American Society of Civil Engineers


Using a User-Centered Approach to Redesign the User Interface of a Computer-Based Surveyor Training Tool


by Ruei-Shiue Shiu, (Graduate student, Computer-Aided Engineering(CAE) Group, Department of Civil Engineering, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan E-mail: rex@caece.net), Cho-Chien Lu, (Graduate student, Computer-Aided Engineering(CAE) Group, Department of Civil Engineering, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan E-mail: d91521014@ntu.edu.tw), Shih-Chung Kang, (Assistant Prof., Computer-Aided Engineering(CAE) Group, Department of Civil Engineering, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan E-mail: sckang@ntu.edu.tw), and Shang-Hsien Hsieh, (Prof., Computer-Aided Engineering(CAE) Group, Department of Civil Engineering, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan E-mail: shhsieh@ntu.edu.tw)

pp. 801-808, (doi:  http://dx.doi.org/10.1061/40937(261)95)

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Document type: Conference Proceeding Paper
Part of: Computing in Civil Engineering (2007)
Abstract: This paper summarizes an ongoing project regarding the development of SimuSurvey, a computer-based surveyor training tool. Since survey instruments are costly, surveyor trainers (usually college instructors) oftentimes face a challenge in maintaining and providing high-quality instruments for the class, SimuSurvey is a computer-based simulator which is capable of visualizing and simulating surveying scenarios in a computer-generated virtual environment. Since SimuSurvey is designed for educational purposes, a comfortable and effective user interface that can support teaching and learning activities is important. However, designing a high-quality user interface that fulfills users’ needs is a challenging task. In this study, a user-centered design process was employed. We found that this process can systematically determine user requirements, efficiently navigate through multiple design choices, and effectively improve the existing user interface.


ASCE Subject Headings:
Computer applications
Surveys (non-geomatic)
Training