CASCADe, a three-year, EU-funded project which is coming to a close this month has developed new methodologies in which information is shared and displayed on a ship’s bridge, helping to improve efficiency on board and contribute towards the prevention of accidents at sea.
Drawing directly from the experience of seafarers, CASCADe has developed a new adaptive bridge design methodology that treats both human agents and electronic equipment as parts of a cooperative system. This allows for the sharing of information to be optimised.
In addition, CASCADe has developed a set of adaptive bridge displays. A touch screen ‘Shared Display’ is intended to aid communication and co-operation on the bridge.
This tool is fully customisable and allows one screen to show multiple sources of information in whatever configuration is most suitable for a particular situation. The ‘Shared Display’ provides functionality to graphically annotate maps, leave notes for other crew members or complete checklists electronically.
Moreover, the CASCADe console was integrated with tools used by pilots in their Portable Pilot Units (PPUs). Firstly, CASCADe developed a protocol to share pilotage routes between the PPU and the ship’s electronic charts. Secondly, a link was established between the PPU and the bridge screens to allow mirroring of information from the PPU screen, enabling crew members to see extra information normally only available to the pilot.
All of these CASCADe tools were tested on both a physical simulator (a ship simulator used for training) and a virtual simulator (a software-based simulation of a ship bridge). The virtual simulation platform makes it possible to test new bridge designs at the earliest stages of development, based purely on computational models. By simulating human-machine interaction, it is possible to analyse information flow and optimise the information exchange between seafarers and bridge equipment.
Through innovative research techniques such as modelling and simulation, listening to the experience of seafarers, cross-discipline collaboration and forward thinking ideas, CASCADe has produced new concepts in bridge console design.
By improving communication and co-operation and providing adaptive features on the bridge, CASCADe has contributed towards the prevention of accidents and the improvement of efficiency on board – impacts that will be felt by both individual seafarers and the maritime world as a whole.
Under the coordination of OFFIS - Institute for Information Technology from Oldenburg, Germany, CASCADe included a consortium of seven project partners from five EU countries including BMT Group Ltd, Raytheon Anschuetz GmbH, Mastermind Shipmanagement Ltd, the University of Cardiff, Marimatech AS and Symbio Concepts & Products SPRL.
Four further associated partners including the Maritime Cluster Northern Germany, Nautilus International, NSB Niederelbe Schiffahrtsgesellschaft mbH & Co. KG and the University of Tasmania also supported the project.
OFFIS – Institute for Information Technology
Dr. Andreas Lüdtke
Group Manager Human Centered Design
Tel: +49 441 97 22 530
Dr. Philipp Lohrmann
Senior Research Scientist
Tel: +44 (0) 7824 467746
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