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A Web-based Distributive Simulator for the ALVIN Deep Submersible Vehicle - Innovative Approaches and Early Experiences

: Encarnacao, L.M.; Barton, R.J.; Jungclaus, J.

Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference 2001. Proceedings. CD-ROM
Orlando, Fla., 2001
Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) <2001, Orlando/Fla.>
Fraunhofer IGD ()
education; electronics; engineering; distance learning; user-centered design

Multi-mission proficiency training is a growing DoD-wide issue, with new technology and systems being deployed at an accelerated pace. Furthermore, accomplishing mission goals with minimal manpower will continue to push forward training requirements. In part to address this problem, we present a system and approach to team training for deep submersibles which uses the flexibility of the web, and the interactive media content available today on the average personal computer.
The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution's "ALVIN" research submersible is used for civilian scientific research at extreme ocean depths for oceanographic research. Pre-operational system familiarization and rehearsal is critical for successful missions. In particular, scientists need to be able to plan a mission which takes into account battery capacity and duration, in order to accomplish desired tasks before surfacing. What is needed is a tool that affords both familiarization and mission planning prior to underway research operations. The ALVIN Distributed Simulator is a web-based, interactive environment which allows users, either in stand-alone or collaboratively, to perform mission planning and rehearsal over the Internet. In this paper, we describe this system and discuss its migration into reusable learning objects based on Fraunhofer CRCG's M5 training and learning object management system, to allow for cost-efficient maintenance of the simulation interface, such as when replacing panels in the original
ALVIN. Upon acceptance, the paper presentation will include a demonstration of the ALVIN simulator run over the Internet.