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Better together? Investigating new control room configurations and reduced crew size in submarine command and control

Better together? Investigating new control room configurations and reduced crew size in submarine command and control
Better together? Investigating new control room configurations and reduced crew size in submarine command and control
The separation of the sound and control rooms in Royal Navy submarines seems to be artefactually reducing the effectiveness of information transition and the overall productivity of the team. A proposed integrated sound and control room was tested in three scenarios: Return to Periscope Depth (RTPD), Inshore Operations (INSO) and Dived Tracking (DT). The activities and communications of a team of serving submariners were recorded in a control room, in a single case study design, comparing co-location and reduced crewing with a baseline of the separate sound and control room configurations that is representative of current submarines. The Event Analysis of Systemic Teamwork (EAST) method was used to examine changes in social, information and task networks. In general terms, the co-location of the submariner team led to more efficient communication and completion of tasks. Reducing the crew was more challenging in the higher demand scenarios.
Submarine, Control room, Teamwork, Communications, Networks
0014-0139
1-27
Stanton, Neville A.
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Roberts, Aaron P. J.
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Stanton, Neville A.
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Roberts, Aaron P. J.
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Stanton, Neville A. and Roberts, Aaron P. J. (2019) Better together? Investigating new control room configurations and reduced crew size in submarine command and control. Ergonomics, 1-27. (doi:10.1080/00140139.2019.1654137).

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Abstract

The separation of the sound and control rooms in Royal Navy submarines seems to be artefactually reducing the effectiveness of information transition and the overall productivity of the team. A proposed integrated sound and control room was tested in three scenarios: Return to Periscope Depth (RTPD), Inshore Operations (INSO) and Dived Tracking (DT). The activities and communications of a team of serving submariners were recorded in a control room, in a single case study design, comparing co-location and reduced crewing with a baseline of the separate sound and control room configurations that is representative of current submarines. The Event Analysis of Systemic Teamwork (EAST) method was used to examine changes in social, information and task networks. In general terms, the co-location of the submariner team led to more efficient communication and completion of tasks. Reducing the crew was more challenging in the higher demand scenarios.

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Accepted/In Press date: 25 July 2019
e-pub ahead of print date: 8 August 2019
Keywords: Submarine, Control room, Teamwork, Communications, Networks

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Local EPrints ID: 433723
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/433723
ISSN: 0014-0139
PURE UUID: 66b5e24a-0909-48d8-ab1a-cf8c1da1e842
ORCID for Neville A. Stanton: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-8562-3279

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Date deposited: 02 Sep 2019 16:30
Last modified: 26 Nov 2021 05:54

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