Evaluation of the consequences of change is difficult and seldom done in a structured fashion. There is reason to believe that when a new technology, regulation or teaching method is implemented, most planning revolves around the expected effects of this change, not the unexpected. We propose that these consequences should be studied on a function-centred, systemic level and in context to a much higher degree than today.

The IMPACT project will design a set of realistic maritime scenarios to be performed in maritime simulator/work station clusters. The scenario outcomes will be recorded by a refined data collection system collecting simulator data, expert observation reports, voice and data communication, and time stamped digital photographs and video sequences. The result from each scenario will be presented with a visualization system and build the basis for evaluation and assessment.

We envisage that the major part of the work, the challenge and large parts of the answers will be in the construction of a rich scenario, which needs to be designed such that it highlights the unexpected consequences. The project aims to contribute a consistent and comprehensive structured method for evaluation of the consequences of change.
Project time: 2010-2012
•Test new technical concepts in realistic settings before they have been implemented (i.e. virtual prototypes and research studies)

•Evaluate the introduction of new technology in the shipping domain (i.e. e-navigation)

•Increase the learning effect from simulator training by introducing structured feedback to the trainees (i.e. computer-supported after-action review).

•Estimate the consequences of new maritime legislation (i.e. identifying requirements on and interaction between maritime actors)
Chalmers Objectives
•    To establish the simulator environment, technical preparation and integration
•    To perform evaluations using combinations of test cases in appropriate settings.
•    Management control
All Project Members
Chalmers University of Technology: Margareta Lützhöft, Albert Kircher, Thomas Porathe, Mia Björkil
VSL Systems AB   
World Maritime University   
ARMINES Centre for Research on Risks and Safety   
Sweden – The Swedish Governmental Agency for Innovation Systems (VINNOVA)
France – Ministry for Ecology, Sustainable Development, Transport and Housing (MEDDTL)

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