Are you familiar with the term “Human Factors and Ergonomics”? It might sound technical, but it’s a crucial aspect of product design that focuses on making things comfortable and user-friendly for people. And when it comes to designing products with human factors in mind, there are two tools that stand out – RAMSIS NextGen and…
Are you familiar with the term “Human Factors and Ergonomics”? It might sound technical, but it’s a crucial aspect of product design that focuses on making things comfortable and user-friendly for people. And when it comes to designing products with human factors in mind, there are two tools that stand out – RAMSIS NextGen and 3DEXPERIENCE.
RAMSIS NextGen is considered the world’s leading tool for Human Factors and Ergonomics, while 3DEXPERIENCE is a powerful business platform that provides a variety of toolsets including CAD, PLM, and Simulation. In this blog, we’ll explore these two tools in more detail and see how they can help businesses create products that are not only aesthetically pleasing but also comfortable and easy to use for their customers.
How to address Human Factors challenges with RAMSIS and 3DEXPERIENCE
By utilising RAMSIS NextGen in 3DEXPERIENCE the design complexity challenges can be addressed through the creation of virtual human models and conducting simulations of the interactions between the vehicle components and occupants. This allows the human factors team to assess the control placements, comfort of seating and interior elements.
This means multiple design options can all be reviewed without requiring physical prototypes, all leading to a quicker time to market.
By utilising these two solutions to create a digital twin of the vehicle, they can conduct simulations and assessments to address any potential regulation compliance issues earlier in the development cycle, all helping to track and achieve regulatory compliance.
Conducting simulation studies through RAMSIS NextGen in 3DEXPERIENCE to evaluate the potential placement of in-car technology, human factors experts can help to reduce drive distractions, by analysing the impact of controls and displays on the driver’s attention and making the necessary changes.
Adapting to Autonomous Vehicles
With the continuous evolution of autonomous vehicles, traditional methods and processes are not suitable for delivering vehicle development, the tools available within RAMSIS NextGen and 3DEXPERIENCE support designers and human factors experts to create suitable interiors, layouts, and user interfaces to facilitate both manual and autonomous driving modes. They can also be used to simulate the user interactions in both driving scenarios as well as validate the seamless transition between the two modes.
Globalisation and User Variability
By creating a multitude of 3D Manikins that represent the diversity of the population with a variety of physical abilities and characteristics. Designers can assess the comfort and accessibility of the vehicle for all the potential occupants across a variety of regions and cultures.
By adopting 3DEXPERIENCE multiple teams within the organisation can effectively collaborate on the most up-to-date models and related documentation, basically ‘a single source of truth’ that ensures everyone is working towards an aligned end goal, bridging the gap between designers, engineers, and human factors.
Evolving User Expectations
With the emergence of innovative technologies such as voice assistants, touchless controls, and augmented reality displays, RAMSIS NextGen and 3DEXPERIENCE enable human factors experts to simulate how these technologies can impact the user’s interaction with the vehicle, allowing for the identification and addressing of potential challenges in adapting to the evolution of user’s expectations.
Overall, the utilisation of RAMSIS NextGen and 3DEXPERIENCE helps to address the many challenges faced by the human factors team and bring together multiple departments to collaborate effectively and leverage the toolsets in a holistic approach to vehicle development.
Written by Luke Howard
Luke Howard is a seasoned Senior Account Manager based in the UK with over 8 years of experience in delivering CAD and PLM solutions to Automotive and Aerospace companies.
Luke’s approach is rooted in solving customer challenges and driving their initiatives. He provides client-centric solutions, prioritising the success of his partners and clients.
Beyond his professional life, Luke’s passions extend to both the world of car design and photography. He’s constantly intrigued by the latest innovations and technologies in the automotive industry, and he has an eye for capturing moments through the lens.
Luke welcomes connections and discussions on how he can assist you in achieving your goals or share insights into the fascinating world of automotive and aerospace.