The Virtual Manikin: imitating an operator in his work environment

 

The Virtual Manikin is a puppet that enables to imitate an operator in virtual reality in his work environment, in real time.

Reintegrate the human factor into a virtual work environment

TechViz Virtual Manikin option enables to see how an operator interacts with his work environment, but also with other operators in the same space. It also enables to make ergonomic studies of the workspace.
Modern designs are becoming denser in composing and tend to optimize the product space in order to gain in volume and weight of transport.
It therefore becomes critical to evaluate the consequences of these designs on the assembly lines and on the maintenance operations.
It is in response to this growing demand from its customers that TechViz developed a Virtual Manikin that can be manipulated as a puppet and meets the physiological rules.

Why use the Virtual Manikin?

Integrate the human factor into a professional environment:

  • Mimic an operator in his professional environment
  • Perform “reachability”, collision and ergonomics test
  • Check if from the seat the manikin accesses the controls
  • Check his visual field
  • Check if several operators fit in a small space (eg in a submarine)
  • Check accessibility: if the operator can reach the buttons or commands
  • Detecting collisions between the user and his environment: collisions of obstacles that hinder the user
  • View many virtual manikins at the same time and check how they interact with each other and with their virtual environment: study the workspace in the case of multiple users.

How does it work?

The Virtual Manikin works with TechViz XL, our virtual prototyping software that allows you to visualize and navigate directly in a 3D model (small or large models such as buildings or airplanes) from industrial applications such as Catia, Autodesk, Navisworks, Pro-E, NX, and more than 200 others. These 3D applications can be displayed directly and instantly on any VR system without any data conversion.

Use cases

  • Automotive:

    Dashboard construction, ergonomics of the driver’s seat

  • Assembly line:

    Evaluation of comfort, efficiency and safety of the workstation. Ergonomic rules can be validated from the design stage. Visual communication simplifies the exchanges of multidisciplinary teams.

QUESTIONS?

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  • Key features

    • Define the morphology of the virtual model forced physio mechanically.
    • Add one or an infinity of Manikins responding to the different characteristics of world population in the virtual scene.
    • Quickly position the Manikin in the virtual space as soon as it is created: “Fast positioning”.
    • Interact with the Manikin: move or steer his limbs to make him change his posture. Move and steer the Manikin using a handle.
    • Attach the manikin to an object in the virtual scene or attach the manikin to a specific area of the 3D model with a magnet.
    • Unblock a joint and block some: on his workstation the user often has his hand fixed in the same place.
    • Quickly switch between different basic postures (sitting or standing) or configure any other posture and save it.
    • Real time ergonomic evaluation of postures based on RULA