Analysis and layout of artillery command posts. Phase I: Final report (including Phase II plan)


  1. Greenley, M.
  2. McLean, D.
  3. Brooks, J.
  4. So, E.
  5. Webb, R.D.G.
Corporate Authors
Defence and Civil Inst of Environmental Medicine, Downsview ONT (CAN);Humansystems Inc, Guelph ONT (CAN)
DND is developing an Advanced Development Model (ADM) of an artillery command and control system (Artillery Regimental Data System - ARDS/ADM). The final functionality of the system will require the installation of computer terminals into existing command post (CP) vehicles and will change to some current command post procedures. This report documents a study to: 1) investigate the likely impact of the new ARDS/ADM on information flow during typical artillery tasks; 2) explore the organizational structure required for crews in the CP vehicles, and; 3) examine the inter-relationships between crew members in a given vehicle. The study was also used as an opportunity to evaluate two human factors engineering (HFE) tools: 1) MacSHAPA a sequential event analysis tool developed in the USA and in use at DCIEM Toronto, 2) LOCATE - a workspace layout tools developed at DCIEM. Information flows were developed for Forward Observer and Battery teams. A framework for the analysis of the information flow and command post layout was established for the Close Support Medium Regiment using ARDS. It was concluded that the introduction of ARDS/ADM into the BC Fire Plan appears to reduce administrative tasks completed by the CP team, and to decrease the total time of the fire planning process. These changes offer the possibility of reducing Regimental (CP and Battery CP crew sizes. TRUNCATED
ARDS (Artillery Regimental Data System);ADM (Advanced Development Model);Functional analysis;Organizational structure;Operational impact;Information flow;Workspace analysis
Report Number
DCIEM-CR-2000-036 — Contractor Report
Date of publication
01 Jun 1996
Number of Pages
Hardcopy;Document Image stored on Optical Disk

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