Historically, U. S. Navy Pilot House Design has been based upon modification of previously used designs to fit the instant ship. This approach essentially assumes that all of the pilot house manning and functions that were valid in the previous design remain valid at the time of the present design. This paper addresses a recent effort to change this approach. In the example given, a complete Pilot House Design was undertaken using a system level approach. The required functions to be performed were defined. Human factors and ship control considerations were allowed to dictate several candidate designs which could perform the necessary functions. The designs were developed to the level of 1/4 scale bridge mockups and full scale console mockups. Computer simulation and decision theory were effectively employed to quantify and compare the alternatives. In one case, real time "man-in-the-loop" simulation was used to evaluate one of the concepts. The reality of ship construction schedule, cost, and other ship design considerations dictated some compromise in the final configuration. However, the process that led to the final configuration represents a significant step in a new direction for resolving complex man/machine interface problems such as are represented by this Pilot House Design.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Presented at the 4th Ship Control Systems Symposium, 1975.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Royal Netherlands Naval College

    P-de Hoochweg
    129 Rotterdam,   Netherlands 
  • Authors:
    • Underwood, F S
    • Buell Jr, G D
  • Publication Date: 1975

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  • Accession Number: 00323534
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Stevens Institute of Technology
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 12 1981 12:00AM