Damage Control and Crew Optimization

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  1. Hiltz, J.A.
Corporate Authors
Defence R&D Canada - Atlantic, Dartmouth NS (CAN)
Abstract
The costs associated with personnel and maintenance account for approximately 70% of the total operating costs of a ship. Of these costs more than 50% are associated with personnel. As the Canadian Forces have made the reduction of the total operating costs of ships a priority, approaches to the reduction in crewing levels without jeopardizing operational capabilities and safety are being investigated. Of particular concern is how labour intensive tasks, such as damage and fire control, can be carried out on ships with reduced crewing levels. To aid in addressing the challenges arising from attempts to reduce crewing levels and maintain or enhance damage control, DRDC Atlantic has initiated a project entitled Damage Control and Crew Optimization. In this memorandum, the approaches to reducing crewing levels, including the use of functional analysis in conjunction with modeling and simulation to evaluate the effectiveness of several crewing level-automation for damage control technology configurations, reviews of damage and fire control technologies, the evaluation of the impact of remote condition monitoring systems on maintenance requirements and situational awareness, and the introduction/development of materials with enhanced fire and damage tolerance are discussed.

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Keywords
Damage control;Fire control;Crew optimization;Functional analysis;Human system integration;Materials;Condition monitoring
Report Number
DRDC-ATLANTIC-TM-2005-010 — Technical Memorandum
Date of publication
01 Jan 2005
Number of Pages
34
DSTKIM No
CA025829
CANDIS No
523573
Format(s):
CD ROM

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