Accession Number : ADA295524

Title :   Human Factors Evaluation of Electronic Chart Display and Information Systems (ECDIS).

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : NATIONAL MARITIME RESEARCH CENTER KINGS POINT NY

Personal Author(s) : Smith, M. W. ; Akerstrom-Hoffman, R. A. ; Pizzariello, C. M. ; Siegel, S. I. ; Schreiber, T. E.

PDF Url : ADA295524

Report Date : FEB 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 199

Abstract : This report describes a study done to examine the contributions that ECDlS might make to the operational practices on the commercial bridge. Issues examined were: the contribution to the safety of navigation, the effect on the navigational workload, the features required during route monitoring, and the potential contribution of integration with radar. Two commercially-available ECDlS devices were installed on the simulator bridge at MSl/CAORF. Expert mariners made repeated port arrivals and departures. A variety of ship and mariner performance measures were collected and extensive debriefings were conducted. EODlS demonstrated the potential to increase safety, primarily by decreasing the cross track distance from a planned track, and the potential to decrease the workload of route monitoring, primarily by replacing time-consuming plotting on the paper chart. For route monitoring, mariners required only a simple display outlining safe water, but recommended access to a larger set of chart features as reference. Radar integration, as implemented on the devices used, did not provide the ARPA information mariners required.

Descriptors :   *INFORMATION SYSTEMS, *ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT, *HUMAN FACTORS ENGINEERING, SIMULATORS, COMMERCE, WATER, RADAR, DISPLAY SYSTEMS, TIME, INTEGRATION, NAVIGATION, SAFETY, COMMERCIAL EQUIPMENT, CONSUMPTION, CHARTS, RANGE(DISTANCE), WORKLOAD, PLOTTING, PAPER, BRIDGES.

Subject Categories : Human Factors Engineering & Man Machine System
      Information Science
      Electrical and Electronic Equipment

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE