Using the 3D Static Strength Prediction Program™

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Teaching-chuckMay 10 – 11, 2016

Ann Arbor, MI

Presented by:
The University of Michigan
Center for Occupational Health and Safety Engineering

The program will be presented by University of Michigan faculty and staff:
Don B. Chaffin, Ph.D., CPE
Sheryl S. Ulin, Ph.D., CPE
Charles B. Woolley, M.S., CPE


Manual materials handling activities present significant ergonomic challenges for workers and is associated with many musculoskeletal disorders such as strains, sprains and low back pain. The 3D Static Strength Prediction Program™ (3D SSPP™) is an ergonomics job analysis and design tool developed by the University of Michigan Center for Ergonomics to quantify biomechanical requirements during manual materials handling tasks. This 2 day workshop is devoted to training individuals with an ergonomics background how to use the computer software and interpret its output.

This workshop will include lectures with numerous reinforcing hands-on computer workshop activities supervised by course instructors. Biomechanics principles will be reviewed, but this should be refresher information for attendees. Enrollment will be limited to ensure that all attendees will have access to a computer throughout the course.

Program Objectives

At the conclusion of this program, the attendee should: know when and where the 3D SSPP™ can be applied; know what workplace information is needed to use the software and how to collect it; know how to operate the 3D SSPP™; and be able to interpret the output from the program.

Who Should Attend

This course is intended for those who are responsible for the prevention of injuries and illnesses in the workplace, particularly safety and health personnel, industrial hygienists, physicians, nurses, workplace design engineers and management and labor representatives. This is not an introductory level program.

General Information


Course fee: $750.00.

Pre-registration is required and will be accepted on a first come-first served basis. The fee covers course materials, break refreshments and lunches. Cancellation notification must be received no later than April 15, 2015 in order to qualify for a refund, less $75.00 administrative fee. Substitute attendees are welcome. In the unlikely event that the program must be cancelled, the entire submitted registration fee will be refunded without further liability on the part of the organizers. Telephone registrations are accepted conditionally upon the receipt of a completed registration form with payment.

Extensive information about the 3DSSPP™ software can be obtained at

For more information contact us at


This course will be held in Ann Arbor, MI in the Industrial and Operations Engineering Building (1205 Beal Avenue) at the University of Michigan. Map.


A limited number of hotel rooms  will be held at the Holiday Inn near the University of Michigan, 3600 Plymouth Road, Ann Arbor, Michigan at a rate to be determined. Please contact the hotel directly at (800)800-5560 or (734)769-9800 by April 13, 2015 to make reservations, stating that you are a registrant for the 3DSSPP program. Attendees are responsible for making their own hotel arrangements and payment.


University parking passes may be purchased prior to the course for $12/day (total $24). Metered parking is available in Visitor Parking surface lots. Parking Map. Select hotels will offer a free shuttle to the course (see below).


You may bring your own laptop to the course. You can download a two week free trial version of the software onto your computer. You may also use the computers in the UM computer lab.