Spotlight: The Global Human Body Models Consortium (GHBMC)

Smart Crash Test Dummy


As part of the annual report, Compute Canada has highlighted some of its users and their projects.

The Global Human Body Models Consortium (GHBMC) has six centres of expertise at universities around the world, including the University of Waterloo. It is a consortium of original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and suppliers including: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, General Motors, Ford, Honda, Hyundai, Nissan, PSA Peugeot Citroen, Renault, Partnership for Dummy Technology and Biomechanics, and Takata.

Smart Crash Test DummyIn his lab at the University of Waterloo, Dr. Duane Cronin is bent on building a better crash-test dummy, or, as he calls it, “a crash test genius.” He doesn’t diminish the original crash-test dummy, which is an anthropometric test device that he acknowledges has advanced science and saved lives, but he wants to make one that pushes the boundaries. With the help of Compute Canada’s advanced research computing resources, he’s doing just that by building virtual human body models that will give insight into what happens in accidents, especially with events that occur in fractions of a second.

Canada’s participation in this consortium is directly linked to its ability to access digital research infrastructure through Compute Canada. The consortium continues to foster an innovation culture in Canada’s automotive sector.

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