Accession Number : ADA192728

Title :   Human Factors in Command-and-Control System Procurement,

Corporate Author : MONASH UNIV CLAYTON (AUSTRALIA) HUMAN FACTORS GROUP

Personal Author(s) : Copas, Conn V ; Triggs, Thomas J ; Manton, Jeremy G

PDF Url : ADA192728

Report Date : Dec 1985

Pagination or Media Count : 157

Abstract : The major topic of this report is a review of various human factors engineering techniques that can be used at the early stages of a procurement program for computer based tactical information systems. The report also raises some human factors issues that should be addressed during that procurement program. Some recommendations are made concerning the management of procedures for implementing human factors, and some topics for further research are identified. Experience during World War II highlighted the requirement for the equipment designer to take account of the human operator in the design and development of systems. Meister and Rabideau (1965) indicated that the concern centered on the ability of the operator to use the new complex equipment both effectively, as a fighting machine, and safely. Whereas traditionally the artisan had always developed his equipment on a functional and evolutionary basis the designer of the newer mechanical hardware was somewhat removed from the environment where it was to be used. A systematic approach was then required. The seeds of awareness that human factors design inputs could have substantial effects on overall system performance was the start of the development of a systems approach to design, (Singleton, 1974). As we have increased our ability to develop large scale systems so the design process has become more complex. It has become necessary to attempt to predict at the conceptual stage the way systems will actually perform. The relevant factors that contribute to system effectiveness need to be integrated into the design process.

Descriptors :   *HUMAN FACTORS ENGINEERING, *PROCUREMENT, *COMMAND AND CONTROL SYSTEMS, ASYMPTOTIC SERIES, FEEDBACK, HIGH GAIN, INVARIANCE, PARAMETERS, PERTURBATIONS, STEERING, TIME, TRAJECTORIES, AWARENESS, HUMAN FACTORS ENGINEERING, MANAGEMENT, MECHANICAL PROPERTIES, OPERATORS(PERSONNEL), SYSTEMS APPROACH, PERFORMANCE(HUMAN), COMPUTER PROGRAMS, MODELS, AUSTRALIA

Subject Categories : Command, Control and Communications Systems
      Human Factors Engineering & Man Machine System

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE