Accession Number:

AD0657175

Title:

TECHNICAL MANUALS EVALUATION PROGRAM: SIMMS FORMAT VERSUS CONVENTIONAL ORDNANCE PAMPHLET,

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

NAVAL UNDERWATER WEAPONS RESEARCH AND ENGINEERING STATION NEWPORT R I

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1967-08-01

Pagination or Media Count:

26.0

Abstract:

SIMMS Symbolic Integrated Maintenance Manuals is a new concept for presenting the maintenance and troubleshooting information needed by Fleet technicians to keep their equipment operational. A technical manual evaluation program was conducted at NUWS to compare the troubleshooting capabilities of Fleet technicians using a conventionally prepared manual OP versus a manual prepared in the SIMMS format. A moderately complex piece of electronic equipment - the Missile Electrical System Test Set Mk 363, used to check the ASROC Weapon System - was selected for the evaluation, and sixteen Fleet technicians were temprarily assigned to NUWS for the test program. Although the overall results showed SIMMS to be about equal in effectiveness to the conventional manual when the briefness of the orientation period and the technicians lack of prior training with SIMMS are taken into account, the SIMMS format did show a significant advantage. During the final two-thirds of the evaluation, Class A technicians using SIMMS obtained almost as many correct solutions to the troubleshooting problems as the Class C technicians using the conventional manual. It also took them less time, on the average, with SIMMS. As the program progressed there was a steady increase in the percentage of correct solutions made by both Class A and Class C technicians using SIMMS. The same was not true with the conventional manual. Reaction of the Fleet technicians to SIMMS was generally favorable. Author

Subject Categories:

  • Information Science
  • Guided Missile Launching and Basing Support

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE