Accession Number : ADA116045

Title :   A Computer Aided Workstation Assessor for Crew Operations - WOSTAS.

Descriptive Note : Technical rept.,

Corporate Author : NORTH CAROLINA AGRICULTURAL AND TECHNICAL STATE UNIV GREENSBORO DEPT OF INDUSTRIAL ENGINEERING

Personal Author(s) : Pulat,Babur Mustafa

Report Date : MAY 1982

Pagination or Media Count : 47

Abstract : The last decade has witnessed the development of a number of computer aided workplace design and evaluation algorithms. However, none of these models specifically address the problem of designing the work-space of a crew. Multi-Man-Machine Work Area Design and Evaluation System-MAWADES is being developed for this purpose under a multi-year research program. Workstation Assessor - WOSTAS is the first module in MAWADES. WOSTAS is aimed at grouping and/or subdividing activities or tasks of a crew in such a way that all job stations have a fairly equal amount of work in terms of the time to perform the tasks. WOSTAS is a network based model, which accepts mission oriented task requirements of a crew, and generates suggested total number of workstations and the tasks to be carried out at each workstation. The model allows for probabilistic branchings in the mission data. Some of the task assignment criteria built into the model area: each task group should require fairly similar abilities, precedence relationships between tasks should be observed, whenever indicated, user enforced groupings or separations should be met, timewise work-loads should be fairly balanced across the task groups.

Descriptors :   *Computer aided design, *Workplace layout, *Human factors engineering, *Computerized simulation, Stations, Instrument panels, Man machine systems, Operators(Personnel), Flight crews, Mathematical models, Scheduling, Jobs, Decision making, Modular construction, Computer programs, Algorithms, Heuristic methods

Subject Categories : Aircraft
      Computer Programming and Software
      Human Factors Engineering & Man Machine System

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE