Performance-Based Simulation Certification (SIMCERT) System

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-12-M-6318
Agency Tracking Number: F121-020-0880
Amount: $149,448.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2012
Solicitation Year: 2012
Solicitation Topic Code: AF121-020
Solicitation Number: 2012.1
Small Business Information
Lumir Research Institute, Inc.
301 East Fairmont Drive, Tempe, AZ, -
DUNS: 149218286
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Lisa Holt
 Research Scientist
 (480) 773-5241
Business Contact
 Brian Schreiber
Title: CEO
Phone: (847) 946-2171
Research Institution
ABSTRACT: Lumir proposes to develop Sim MD, a multi-dimensional simulation certification system to easily assess training capabilities of LVC or DMO combat mission training and rehearsal systems. Sim MD will provide ready access to valuable training capability information without risk of technical, methodological or political challenges. At the core of Sim MD are ratings of training capabilities and diagnostic documentation of system deficiencies (a method that has been favorably received by ACC). Additional layers of supporting data will be collected with minimal time commitments from operational units. Sim MD will automate much of the data collection and make data readily accessible to decision-makers in the form of interactive reports that will facilitate data-driven decisions. Sim MD will put information directly into the hands of practitioners who make decisions about simulator certification and needed engineering modifications to maximize return on investment in order create an efficient and effective training environment. The Sim MD solution has a high probability for success. Given Lumir"s proven expertise in the areas of fidelity assessment and performance measurement. Lumir is confident that at the completion of Phase I, Sim MD will be the most complete, least risky solution available for immediate use by the US Air Force. BENEFIT: The primary result of the Phase I effort will be a fully-functional Sim MD prototype, a multi-dimensional simulation certification system to easily assess the training capabilities of LVC or DMO combat mission training and rehearsal systems. The ultimate Phase II solution will provide the following innovative capabilities: Automated collection of core training capability and deficiency data via a secure, web-based survey Automated collection of supporting mission-based assessments of simulator realism and proficiency via a secure, web-based survey Automated collection of supporting objective profile information from the simulator network Automated collection of supporting objective performance data from PETS Automated interactive reporting functions including: o A high-level summary of capability data o Summaries of relevant supporting data with options for deeper exploration o Automated alerts to call attention to inconsistent supporting data o Data-driven, event-based certification recommendations (e.g., for RAP events, MEC experiences, EPs, instruments and mission types) Sim MD, with its vast, multi-dimensional dataset, will provide unprecedented research power for the US Air Force. Sim MD will enable a large variety of operational field studies, including objective studies of the effects of trade-offs with changes in simulator and live-fly training hours, studies of the optimal mix for LVC training, skill retention studies, transfer of training studies, return on technology investment studies, training effectiveness studies, etc. These possibilities are all in addition to the primary benefit of being able to certify a simulation for various training tasks, diagnose the deficiencies, and prioritize recommended upgrades to improve training. Sim MD can provide valuable data that can help to address congressional-level, national budgetary issues facing the entire US military, as all services are facing the same challenges of reducing live training and certifying simulators.

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