Integration of ergonomic concerns and simulation capabilities into a company's model, engineering design and development process

This project aims to assist a company in developing Discrete Event Simulation (DES) and Human Factors modeling (HFM) capabilities. Simultaneously the project aims to explore the impact of alternative engineering designs with a Human Factors (HF) focus. These two aims will help understand factors that affect the uptake and application of the DES and HFM in work system design. The participating company is Research In Motion (RIM), which is a well known Waterloo, Ontario based telecommunication company. Better understanding and improved simulation capabilities will enable RIM to work towards optimizing its production process, increasing the efficiency of its production launch and, simultaneously, reducing risk exposure to workers through improved human factors. This study is part of a bigger study which aims to understand the barriers and facilitators that influence the integration of ergonomic concerns into a company's production model and development process.

Petrit Dode
Faculty Supervisor: 
Dr. W. Patrick Neumann & Dr. Saeed Zolfaghari