Global Human Body Models Consortium (GHBMC)
Computational modeling is a growing component of injury biomechanics and trauma research. The Global Human Body Models Consortium (GHBMC) project is a multi-university effort to develop the next generation human body computer models for enhanced injury prediction and prevention.
The GHBMC is composed of a number of automotive manufacturers and suppliers who seek to consolidate model development into a single effort, with the aim of producing the most biofidelic simulated human body models available.
The Wake Forest University Center for Injury Biomechanics serves as the integration center for the project; recruiting subjects to serve as the templates from the model, scanning the subjects in state of the art medical imaging facilities, developing computerized anatomy, and validating the computer model against experiments.
Engineers at Wake Forest continue to work on the first phase of this project, with the goal of developing an average male model in the position of a seated vehicle occupant. Currently, the group is responsible for refinement of the model geometry components or “elements,” designing validation procedures, and reporting related research efforts through publications and presentations.