Virtual Crew Optimization and Manning Training
Define alternative vessel- and mission-specfic crew concepts.
Crew Optimization & Manning Training (COMT) - supports the specification, testing and optimization of alternative crew concepts on board of the virtual ship to meet the vessel- and mission specific requirements (team training in freeplay mode - Total Ship Training). The COMT also provides the opportunity to review and optimize the definition of roles, allocation of tasks and therefore at the same time the efficiency and effectiveness of procedures.
The vessel is ready for operation & combat as soon as the mission-specific crew concept, operational plan, strategic staffing and initial training is completed.
Usually, ship-/submarine specific crew concepts cannot be tested, analyzed and modified before ship delivery or retrofit completion. With the aim to minimize operational cost and to utilize the “real estate” on board better, crew sizes are shrinking, while the work densification and the complexity of equipment, procedures & tasks on board increases.
The crew also has to cope with accelerated technological innovation cycles with increasing levels of (semi-)automation. The demand for multirole staff and therefore more holistic training solutions is growing accordingly. New mission profiles accompanied by a rising number of long-distance deployments foster the introduction of multi-crew concepts and crew rotation programs.
Thus, finally more soldiers each vessel must be qualified despite of challenging labor market conditions. The necessity to manage limited resources more flexible and target-oriented drives endeavors to optimize crew concepts and manning methods - encompassing criteria like: crew size, mission specific watch systems, lean procedures, improved time management and use of free capacities, proficiency in handling tools and other hard & soft skills.
By the means of the Crew Optimization & Manning Training (COMT) the client is able to define alternative vessel-and mission-specific crew concepts for testing, analysis, performance data-based comparison and refinement without the need of a physical ship or submarine. In contrast to the scripted products, the crew optimization and manning training takes place in freeplay mode on the virtual ship. The instructor sets the tasks that are carried out in the team training. Roles can be specified and allocated by the instructor.
What makes the system even more special is that the trainer can expand the training step by step:
Setting trials, assigning personnel to the individual stations
Function check, how do the individual scenarios run?
Incorporate malfunctions, such as locked doors or smoke barriers
Complex scenarios such as evacuations or fire, water in the ship
Improved performance transparency allows target-oriented adjustments of ship-specific crew concepts and individual qualification profiles
Increased safety for men & material due to data driven optimization of procedures & role definitions; elimination of human factors & improved damage control
Increased training quality by standardization, early identification and elimination of qualification gaps and team issues
Improved training results (e.g. in terms of knowledge retention: 75%, recall accuracy: 90%) thanks to experimental learning, gathering of emotional experience and getting real time feedback
Shorter training times (about 50%), high training acceptance (97%) and increased motivation of soldiers
Training cost reduction (est. >30%) and time savings
Improved budgeting transparency and reliability
Accelerated and improved cross-functional team building across all hierarchy levels
The modular, holistic ViSTIS® training concept can be complemented by further training modules to gain sea readiness or to provide specialist's training solutions.