Application of Locate Software to United States Navy Surface Combatant-21 - Final Report


  1. Edwards, J.L.
Corporate Authors
Defence and Civil Inst of Environmental Medicine, Downsview ONT (CAN);Artificial Intelligence Management and Development Corp, Toronto ONT (CAN)
This report describes Phase II in the application of the LOCATE Workspace Layout Tool to notional designs of the US navy's Integrated Command Environment (ICE). Phase II work involved participation by staff from Artificial Intelligence Management Corporation (AIM) and the Defence and Civil Institute of Environmental Medicine (DCIEM) in a week-long workshop held at the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Dahlgren, Virginia. During the Workshop, AIM and DCIEM staff worked with Navy personnel to gather data necessary to analyse the design layouts that emerged from the Workshop. Analyses revealed clear differences in the communication efficiency among the designs and the use of LOCATE's new optimiser led to the consideration and analysis of several additional designs with a common theme. Among the observations and lessons learned are that: (1) LOCATE is a mature and useful tool for workspace design and analysis; (2) there a particular features that need to be added to LOCATE to make the design and analysis job easier ( a few were added during the current work phase); (3) LOCATE's optimiser, even though currently a simple demonstration optimiser, added value to the analyses of the Navy designs; and, (4) there are particular opportunities for adding intelligent aiding features to LOCATE that will allow it to make explicit some of the complexity inherent in user decisions about the data LOCATE requires.
Human Factors Engineering Tools;Human Engineering Tools;Human modeling;Workspace layout;Workspace design;Facility;Layout;Command and control centres;Command and control centers;Locate (computer program)
Report Number
DCIEM-CR-1999-082 — Contractor Report (Final)
Date of publication
01 May 1999
Number of Pages
Hardcopy;Document Image stored on Optical Disk

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