The Assessment of New Platforms on Operational Performance and Manning Concepts
TNO DEFENCE SECURITY AND SAFETY THE HAGUE (NETHERLANDS)
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During the various phases of the Defence acquisition process, and in the early design phases, many decisions must be made concerning the performance, crew configuration and cost of new equipment, e.g. new naval platforms. In practice many of these decisions are made either based on a limited view on their impact or based on subjective information. Moreover, previous studies have shown that the impact of the decisions taken in the early design phases is large they generally determine as much as 80 of the total life cycle costs. This highlights the importance of decision making support in these areas. In case of the acquisition of new equipment, the various alternatives must be assessed on performance and costs, and the constitution of the crew needed for operating the equipment has to be determined. In case of the design of new platforms also the design issues have to be addressed. This assessment can be done at various levels of detail performance of the platform during its lifetime in various missions, but also the composition and performance of the crew during specific tasks. TNO has developed two methodologies to support the acquisition and design process of new equipment and the assessment of manning concepts the manning concept framework and the Simulation Based Performance Assessment SBPA methodology. Together these methodologies constitute a toolbox to support the process of designing a new platform or upgrading an existing platform on both the technical and the human components.
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