Task-related Field of View Parameters
Paper in proceeding, 2004

In a manufacturing context it is of great importance that the assembly worker has a clear view of what he is doing, or the quality of the work will be suffering. Most human simulation software includes functionality to display the manikin's field of view. Most manikins also give the user the possibility to choose different settings for the field of view, such as sight areas (e.g., in eMHuman/ Ramsis two settings of field of view are available; ±15º, ±50º). This makes it possible to consider different properties of the fields of view (e.g., foveal versus peripheral). However, current human simulation tools do not give any type of recommendation for field of view settings, which in turn set high demands on the manikin users' knowledge about human vision and can lead to erroneous decisions. This paper sets the scope for future research in order to be able to show what a human actual look at and what he sees in a certain context. The research should aim towards a sight module not primarily described with degrees or distances, but instead related to the task, operator and environment characteristics that are being simulated.

Visual demands

virtual manufacturing


digital human model


M. Rönnäng

Dan Lämkull

Chalmers, Product and Production Development, Human Factors Engineering

Roland Örtengren

Chalmers, Product and Production Development, Production Engineering

SAE 2004 Transactions Journal of Aerospace and proceedings of the 2004 SAE Digital Human Modeling for Design and Engineering Symposium

Subject Categories

Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics

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