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A PC-Based Visibility Analysis Software Package for Underground Mining Equipment.

Authors
Unger-RL
Source
Proceedings of the 27th International Conference of Safety in Mines Research Institutes, 20-22 February 1997, New Delhi, India 1997:983-993
Link
NIOSHTIC No.
00236956
Abstract
A visibility analysis software package for evaluating visibility requirements and problems of underground mining equipment was described. The Crewstation Analysis Programs (CAP) was developed at the Pittsburgh Research Center of NIOSH as part of a research program to evaluate some human engineering aspects of crewstation designs relevant to the mining environment. The software package was intended for use with personal computers and can be used by mine operators and equipment manufacturers when designing new equipment and for evaluating proposed modifications for machines already in use. CAP consisted of two computer programs that addressed operator visibility: the Standard Test and Evaluation (STE) illumination program and the Visual Attenuation Location Line of Sight (VAL) program. The STE illumination program was a model that evaluates mine illumination systems, therefore, enabling the user to modify illumination designs without having to build physical mockups and take light readings manually. The VAL program currently assessed visibility from the operator's compartment for shuttle cars, scoops, and continuous mining machines. It determined the extent to which the machine design meets the visual needs of the operator such as being able to detect and see around obstructions using as input a geometric model of the machine and information about the anthropometric characteristics of the operator. A brief review of ergonomic design problems in underground mining was presented.
Keywords
Computer-equipment; Lighting; Mining-equipment; Industrial-safety; Visual-aids; Work-environment; Underground-mining; Equipment-design; Ergonomics; Human-factors-engineering; Simulation-methods; Computer-models;
Publication Date
19970101
Document Type
Conference/Symposia Proceedings;
Fiscal Year
1997
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Proceedings of the 27th International Conference of Safety in Mines Research Institutes, 20-22 February 1997, New Delhi, India
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