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Optimization of assembly instructions for a low-cost housing solution

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posted on 27.05.2016 by Carmen Torres, Changxi Huang, Garry Steel
Bamboo huts have been proposed as a low-cost housing solution in places like India, the Far East and South America. Successful building is strongly linked to the end-user’s ability to interpret and execute their assembly instructions correctly. This article reports a case study in which the planning of the structure of the instructions was carried out to decrease complexity and increase effectiveness so that the assembly could be interpreted and executed correctly by participants. A diagnostic test to assess their suitability was conducted. The results provided insight into the way in which end-users dealt with ambiguity and intrinsic cognitive load, and their preferences for sub-assemblies, action, colored diagrams and self-auditing steps.

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  • Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering

Published in

Information Design Journal

Volume

22

Issue

1

Pages

32 - 48

Citation

TORRES-SANCHEZ, C., HUANG, C. and STEEL, G., 2016. Optimization of assembly instructions for a low-cost housing solution. Information Design Journal, 22 (1), pp. 32 - 48.

Publisher

© John Benjamins Publishing Company

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Acceptance date

19/02/2016

Publication date

2016

Notes

This article was accepted for publication in the Information Design Journal [© John Benjamins Publishing Company]. The publisher should be contacted for permission to re-use or reprint the material in any form.

ISSN

1876-486X

Language

en

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