Performance-Based Simulation Certification (SIMCERT) System
Department of Defense
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Lumir Research Institute, Inc.
301 East Fairmont Drive, Tempe, AZ, 85282-3718
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AbstractABSTRACT: Lumir is developing Sim MD, a multi-dimensional simulation certification system to assess training capabilities of LVC or DMO combat mission training and rehearsal systems. Sim MD provides ready access to valuable data without risk of technical, methodological or political challenges. At the core of Sim MD is the training capabilities assessment tool (TCAT) through which warfighters and subject matter experts (SMEs) provide subjective ratings of a simulators training capabilities targeting specific Ready Aircrew Program (RAP) events and Mission Essential Competency (MEC) experiences. TCAT also captures valuable diagnostic information about the deficiencies of the simulator (and/or its supporting components) that hinder training capabilities. The resulting data can be examined in various interactive reports that readily facilitate certification decisions about the use of the simulator for training. Sim MDs reports are enhanced by complementary data (when available) such as simulator usage data, objective performance data and mission-level ratings of realism and proficiency. Sim MD automates much of the data collection and makes data readily accessible to decision-makers. Sim MD puts 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. BENEFIT: The outcome of the Phase II effort will be robust, comprehensive 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 training capability and diagnostic deficiency data via a secure, web-based training capability assessment tool (TCAT). TCAT will be ready to administer surveys for the A-10, F-16, F-22, F-15C, F-15E, and B-1 platforms. Automated collection of mission frequency and objective mission and event profile information documenting simulator usage (Profiler). The Profiler will be installed at a representative site for each of the targeted platforms (A-10, F-16, F-22, F-15C, F-15E, and B-1). Incorporation of data from other sources when available, e.g., Profiler, PETS, or STAT. Generation of unclassified reports (based primarily on TCAT data and incorporating STAT data if available) from any location using web-based reporting functions. Generation of classified reports from a centralized classified location where unclassified and classified data have been merged. Future exchange of data with other sources (e.g., LMS components). 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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