Integration of User-Centred Design and Product Development Process within a Virtual Environment: Practical case KVALIVE

Juhani Viitaniemi, Susanna Aromaa, Simo-Pekka Leino, Sauli Kiviranta, Kaj Helin

    Research output: Book/ReportReport

    Abstract

    User-Centred Design (UCD) is an approach which aims to improve the management of human requirements in the Product Development Process (PDP). The main aim of this approach is to incorporate the users more closely into the development process already in very early phase, in order to obtain direct clarifications on the specification requirements and immediate feedback from them. A significant drawback observed in the application of this approach was that it had typically not been integrated into the companies' business processes. The aim of this research study was to integrate a theoretical PDP and UCD within a Virtual Environment (VE). The integrated process was tested in one industrial case study - the cabin development of an underground loader. Feedback about the process and virtual simulator was gathered from engineers and loader drivers. Their feedback was mainly positive, however further research about the closer integration of UCD into the real PDP is required.
    Original languageEnglish
    Place of PublicationEspoo
    PublisherVTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
    Number of pages47
    ISBN (Electronic)978-951-38-7489-6
    Publication statusPublished - 2010
    MoE publication typeNot Eligible

    Publication series

    SeriesVTT Working Papers
    Number147

      Fingerprint

    Keywords

    • user-centred design
    • ergonomics
    • human factors
    • human-technology interaction
    • human-machine system
    • product development
    • virtual reality
    • virtual environment

    Cite this

    Viitaniemi, J., Aromaa, S., Leino, S-P., Kiviranta, S., & Helin, K. (2010). Integration of User-Centred Design and Product Development Process within a Virtual Environment: Practical case KVALIVE. VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland. VTT Working Papers, No. 147