Operational Console Modernization Tool

Period of Performance: 07/18/2014 - 01/14/2015

$80K

Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

HF Designworks, Inc.
PO Box 191
Boulder, CO 80308
Principal Investigator

Abstract

In this proposal, HF Designworks (HFDW) and Alion Science and Technology (Alion) describe an approach for developing a concept for an operational console modernization tool. This tool will assess potential console designs in terms of several key factors: their adherence to human factors design principles, the probability that operators will notice key information changes in a timely manner, the time required to complete key task sequences, and the workload experienced by operators when interacting with the console. The Phase 1 effort will include identifying requirements for such a tool, interviewing Navy subject matter experts to identify key concerns, and performing best of breed analyses of existing modeling tools to select relevant features for inclusion in this tool. Phase 1 will result in a plan and paper-based prototype of such a tool. In Phase 2, this system will be implemented and tested. The goal of this project is to develop a principle- and model-based software tool that allows Navy personnel to evaluate and compare potential console designs in terms of their expected effects on operator performance before these systems are built.