Advancing Digital Design Through Openly Available Digital Human Models

Open Access
Haupt, Daniel Reuben
Graduate Program:
Mechanical Engineering
Master of Science
Document Type:
Master Thesis
Date of Defense:
June 04, 2014
Committee Members:
  • Matt Parkison, Thesis Advisor
  • Digital Human Modeling
  • Anthropometry
  • digital design
The consideration of human factors such as anthropometry, fit, reach, strength, and others through Digital Human Models (DHMs) can lead to reduced development time and cost and ultimately improve interaction between humans and their environment. Despite the many benefits, the use of digital human models is limited by excessive software cost leading to difficulties in access, accuracy, knowledge, usefulness, and realism of available DHMs. This research provides the means for open access to high quality DHMs and allows users to overcome these difficulties. The ability to freely access realistic, anthropometrically correct, DHMs has never been available before. This research achieves this availability through the anthropometric verification, software integration, model creation, and web deployment of realistic parametric human models. This research is able to provide DHMs, acceptable for use in design, free to all.