Real-world analysis of motion sickness sensitivity questionnaires for cases of tall building movement

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    Merwood, Y.
    Burton, M.
    Kwok, S.
    Walton, D.
    Donn, Michael
    2011 Conference Papers
    Construction Technology


ABSTRACT: Within the research field of wind-induced tall building movement and occupant comfort there is a lack of naturalistic based study on the significant and potentially negative impact of motion sickness on occupants of wind-moved buildings. Recently a wealth of data has become available through a PHD students work of over 250 surveys that asked a „random‟ selection of people in Hong Kong about their experience of wind-induced tall building movement.

This study will statistically analyse the resultant full-scale wind-induced tall building movement database (Hong Kong database) to investigate 1) what can be seen to affect the motion sickness cases reported by respondents within the data from the Hong Kong Database? And 2) what is the severity is of the motion sickness cases reported in the full-scale database?

This study has found that the reported cases of motion sickness within the population of the Hong Kong database range in severity depending on motion sickness sensitivity; number of symptoms suffered and the nausea rank of these symptoms. Additionally the study found that despite 13 different independent variables being tested, only 3 factors had a statistical association to the 3 motion sickness indicators; Gender, How often people complained and Acceptability.


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