Function Analysis of TIAPS, Update of CANTASS Functionality and Human Factors Review of OMI Design for Sonar Combat Systems


  1. Matthews, M.L.
  2. Webb, R.D.G.
  3. Woods, H.
Corporate Authors
Defence and Civil Inst of Environmental Medicine, Downsview ONT (CAN);Humansystems Inc, Milton ONT (CAN)
This report covers a number of Human Factors (HF) issues relating to the role of the operator and the operator machine interface (OMI) in sonar processing. The first section of the report updates an existing function analysis of the CANadian Towed Array Sonar System (CANTASS) to incorporate ongoing operational functions that have emerged since the original analysis was conducted. The second section of the report reviews relevant literature that addresses design issues for the OMI of sonar combat systems. No specific guidelines were found that could be directly applied to the design of new sonar systems. However, some useful generic principles for the display of tactical information, for representing the underwater environment, for data visualisation and for supporting military command decision-making were obtained. The third section of the report outlines a function analysis of the Towed Integrated Active Passive Sonar (TIAPS) systems based upon its present state of development, reviews HF considerations of the TIAPS OMI and examines core functions. These include configuring the system, monitoring, evaluating and refining automated processes, analysing the "truth" concerning auto-detected contacts, building and monitoring the tactical picture and building and maintaining the Under Water (UW) recognised maritime picture (RMP). TRUNCATED
Operator Machine interface;TIAPS;Functional analysis;Sonar combat systems
Report Number
DCIEM-CR-2001-045 — Contractor Report
Date of publication
01 Mar 2001
Number of Pages
Hardcopy;Document Image stored on Optical Disk

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