Computer-Aided Planning of Production, Working and Residential Environments

Peter Bengtsson, Curt R Johansson, Joakim Eriksson, Gerd Johansson, Jonas af Klercker, Roland Akselsson

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This paper discusses a computer-aided planning methodology and its applicability for planning of industrial production and working environments as well as for planning of residential and working environments for the differently abled. The methodology has been developed and evaluated in six case studies in mechanical industries and in six case studies related to adaptations for the differently abled.
The results from the case studies indicate that computer-supported modelling and visualisation may serve as a common and efficient language facilitating communication about multifaceted environmental planning issues. The methodology is a cost-effective way of demonstrating layout ideas and testing dynamic activities like manufacturing and transportation. Corporate groups comprising people involved in, or affected by, development work seem to be a fruitful approach for cooperation, one which enhances learning and creativity. Such groups may be a proper forum for the dissemination of information, exchange of opinions, utilisation of both expert and lay experiences, and for public testing of current reality or future plans in such a way that mutual understanding between different professional categories is increased, hence promoting internal commitment.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)59-68
JournalInternational Journal of Industrial Ergonomics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1996

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Psychology
  • Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics


  • computer-aided planning
  • production
  • working environment
  • differently abled
  • cooperation
  • dialogue


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