A Critical Review of Front-End Analysis Procedures Employed in the Army Maintenance Training and Evaluation Simulation System (AMTESS)
Final technical rept. Jun 1982-Jun 1984
SCIENCE APPLICATIONS INC MCLEAN VA
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In 1977, the Army conducted an investigation of the feasibility of using reduced-physical-fidelity training devices for maintenance training rather than the actual equipment then in service Durall, Spears, Prophet, 1978. The results of that effort indicated that reduced-physical-fidelity trainers were appropriate for training a number of maintenance tasks. The positive recommendation for reduced-physical-fidelity trainers led to the Army to embark on development of the Army Maintenance Training and Evaluation Simulation System AMTESS, an effort designed to provide the Army with more cost- and training- effective maintenance simulators. By 1981, the Army had received two prototype maintenance simulators. In a previous report, Criswell, Unger, Swezey, and Hays 1983 provided an historical review of the AMTESS effort. The purpose of this report is to provide a case study of the front-end analytic activities which led to the construction of prototype AMTESS simulators. Based on this case study, the report suggests improvements in the front-end analysis procedures which can be used to guide future AMTESS-like efforts. The AMTESS training devices are generic training devices in which combine two-dimensional media e.g., CRT monitors, video-disc projectors with three dimensional plug-in mock-ups of actual equipment driven by a common microprocessor.
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