Welcome to the Human Activity Analysis User's Guide!
This guide is intended for users who need to become quickly familiar with the product.

This overview provides the following information:

Human Activity Analysis in a Nutshell

In the demanding global marketplace, ensuring that human fit, form, and function are comprehensively addressed is becoming an increasingly important aspect of design. Human Activity Analysis is based on a best-in-class human modeling system, which for many years has permitted detailed investigation into human-centered design issues in the context of a workplace before it physically exists. Human Activities Analysis specifically focuses on how a human will interact with objects in a working environment, as well as the effects of lifting, lowering, pushing, pulling and carrying on task performance.

Human Activity Analysis evaluates all elements of human performance from static posture analysis to complex task activities. Human Activity Analysis possesses a range of tools and methods that specifically analyze how a manikin will interact with objects in the virtual environment. The NIOSH 1981/1991 and Snook and Ciriello equations measure the effects of lifting/lowering, pushing/pulling, and carrying to fully optimize task performance. A designer can determine a number of task variables such as action limit, recommended weight limit, and maximum lifting/lowering weight. Benefits include accurately predicting human performance, ensuring conformance to health and safety standards and maximizing human comfort and safety.

Human Activity Analysis is part of the V5-based human modeling solution that also includes Human Builder, Human Posture Analysis, and Human Measurement Editor. Together, these tools provide designers with a comprehensive, quantitative and intuitive capability to design products that reflect the key skills as well as the limitations of the target audience.

Before Reading this Guide

Before reading this guide, you should be familiar with basic Version 5 concepts such as document windows, standard and view toolbars. Therefore, we recommend that you read the Infrastructure User's Guide that describes generic capabilities common to all Version 5 products. It also describes the general layout of V5 and the interoperability between workbenches.

You may also like to read the Human Builder User's Guide, for which the appropriate license is required.

Getting the Most Out of this Guide

To get the most out of this guide, we suggest that you start reading and performing the step-by-step Getting Started tutorial. This tutorial will show you how to access the Human Activity Analysis workbench and introduces you to the analysis of working postures in the workplace.

Once you have finished, you should move on to the User Tasks section of the book that provides procedures for using the features of Human Activity Analysis.

The Workbench Description section describes each functional icon or command in the workbenches.

The Glossary provides definitions of terms specific to Human Activity Analysis and related products.

Navigating in the Split View mode is recommended. This mode offers a framed layout allowing direct access from the table of contents to the information.

Accessing Sample Documents

To perform the scenarios, sample documents are provided. For more information about this, refer to "Accessing Sample Documents" in the Infrastructure User's Guide.