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With the rapid growth of expenditure and investment in the field of Synthetic Environments and Training, this conference aims to address the latest developments and key issues surrounding this topical area. It will look at the key challenges and issues facing the military’s training needs in the 21st Century, as we move towards an era of high technology warfare and the digitalisation of the battlefield. It will focus on the main developments and initiatives designed to meet Naval, Army and Airforce requirements in the areas of Synthetic Environments, Virtual Reality, Training and Simulation.

By assembling an international panel of expert speakers, this conference will provide you with an excellent insight into the critical ongoings in the field of Simulation and Synthetic Environments Training and ensure that you are strategically placed to maximise their operational and commercial potential.

Simulation and Synthetic Environments Training is organised and produced by SMi: we specialise in providing senior executives with timely, strategic and focused business information. SMi conferences are leading-edge business events offering delegates the opportunity to meet and network with senior industry figures.

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Conference programme

7:00 VISULISATION IN TESTS AND EVALUATION

Richard Thorpe

Richard Thorpe, Range Technologist, DERA

8:15 Registration & Coffee

8:50 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Trevor Nash

Trevor Nash, Editor, Military Training & Simulation News

9:00 OPENING ADDRESS: CATT - COMBINED ARMS TACTICAL TRAINER

Major Hugh Ward

Major Hugh Ward, JBTS 32, Ministry of Defence (DPA)

  • CATT
  • Verification
  • Validation
  • Cohesion
  • 9:30 SIMULATION AND EXERCISE MANAGEMENT IN JOINT TRAINING

    Wing Commander Mike Russell OBE MBA RAF Retd & Dr. Richard Cawthorn

    Wing Commander Mike Russell OBE MBA RAF Retd & Dr. Richard Cawthorn, Business Area Manager, Joint Training and Operations Support & Senior Technical Consultant, Systems Consultants Services

  • The UK’s experience of joint Computer Assisted Exercises (CAX)
  • Exercise Réaction CombinéeQ
  • Joint Exercise Management Systems (JEMS)
  • Simulation Database Maintenance
  • Long Term Support
  • 10:05 VIRTUAL ENVIRONMENT TECHNOLOGIES FOR SIMULATION & TRAINING

    Professor Bob Stone

    Professor Bob Stone, Scientific Director, Virtual Presence

  • Evolution of VE systems and the PC revolution
  • Current generation VE systems (from immersive displays to force/touch feedback)
  • Business and operational benefits
  • Human factors issues (including the role of ISO 13407)
  • Current examples: RAF F3 Tornado Avionics Training Facility; Submarine Qualification Training Concept
  • Other Examples (Aircraft Maintenance, Gunnery Training, Landmine Clearance)
  • 10:40 Morning Coffee

    11:00 ADVANCED MILITARY TRAINING AND EDUCATION

    Dr. Christian Jahncke & Dr. Alexander von Baeyer

    Dr. Christian Jahncke & Dr. Alexander von Baeyer, Vice President, Business Development & Programme Manager Human Factors, IABG

  • An analysis of current training and educational issues
  • An insight into the application of Synthetic Environments and Virtual Reality in Training
  • An evaluation of the limitations and capabilities of VR and SE technologies
  • Addressing the training needs of the military
  • The future role of VR and SE in the military
  • Future developments in research and development
  • 11:35 THE BENEFITS OF A COMPLETE, INTEGRATED, TURNKEY VISUAL SYSTEM SOLUTION

    Kim Jones

    Kim Jones, Business Development Manager, Evans & Sutherland

  • The interdependency of visual system components
  • Translating training requirements into system specifications
  • Hardware-centric vs. Software-centric system designs
  • Correlation of the out-the-window and sensor databases
  • Optimizing the total visual system, including image generator, display, databases, and sensors
  • 12:40 Networking Lunch

    13:40 VISUAL CUEING IN A LARGE FIELD OF VIEW TRAINING SIMULATOR

    Terry Burns

    Terry Burns, Managing Director, Equipe DERA Training & Simulation

  • The use of mixed systems in networked training simulators
  • Differing needs of trainees, role players and trainers
  • Techniques for matching image content to human acuity
  • The use of augmented cueing
  • 14:15 THE USE OF SIMULATION AS A MEANS OF TRAINING

    Nick Ball

    Nick Ball, Collective Training Manager, Customer Training, GKN Westland Helicopters

  • The technical challenge
  • Training requirement
  • Synthetic environment solution
  • The real environment
  • Future developments
  • 14:50 REALISTIC TRAINING IN ADVANCED ROTOCRAFT SIMULATORS

    Digby Stephenson & Dr RV Kruk

    Digby Stephenson & Dr RV Kruk, Sales and Marketing Manager & Manager, R & D, Military Systems Division, CAE Electronics

  • An update on the latest developments in helicopter simulators to provide greater training capability
  • Technological developments to meet new demands: display systems, image generators, rotor models, innovative motion cueing hardware and software
  • State-of-the-art technology: replicating military missions
  • Future technical challenges
  • 15:30 Afternoon Tea

    15:50 NAVAL BATTLE MANAGEMENT SIMULATION

    Dr Olav M. Hansen

    Dr Olav M. Hansen, Senior Engineer, Simulation Systems, Thomson-CSF Elektronik

  • Implementation approaches taken
  • Features and limitations of current simulation systems
  • Enhancements planned to improve tactical training capabilities
  • 16:20 EMERGING ARCHITECTURES FOR NAVAL TEAM TRAINING

    David Jarrett

    David Jarrett, Business Development Manager, Alenia Marconi Systems

  • A summary of new technologies applicable to naval training
  • A review of requirements for naval team training
  • Future directions in shore-based team training
  • Onboard, federated and confederated training
  • 16:50 USING SYNTHETIC ENVIRONMENTS TO SUPPORT CAPABILITY GAP ANALYSIS

    Mike Kelly

    Mike Kelly, Technical Leader Simulation for Land Systems, DERA

  • Defining Capability Gap Analysis
  • Current Process & Customer Needs
  • A Proposed SE Methodology
  • Supporting SE Tools
  • Way Ahead - Really Smart Procurement
  • 17:20 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    17:30 Drinks reception for delegates and speakers

    8:30 Re-registration and Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    9:10 OPENING ADDRESS: US MILITARY TRAINING AND SIMULATION REQUIREMENTS

    James Skurka

    James Skurka, Deputy to the Commander, US Army Simulation, Senior Executive, STRICOM, US Army

  • An update on the U.S Military Training and Simulation Program
  • An insight into the advantages and disadvantages of VR and SE
  • Future initiatives to meet the U.S Training requirements
  • The technical challenge: increased realism at a lower cost
  • Key issues for Training and Simulation in the 21st Century
  • 9:40 KEYNOTE ADDRESS

    Stanley Goodman

    Stanley Goodman, Deputy Project Manager Warfighter Simulation (WARSIM), STRICOM, US Army

  • An examination of the overall Army strategy for WARSIM
  • The operational capabilities of WARSIM: meeting the needs of the military
  • Creating a joint initiative: operating in conjunction with JSIMS
  • C4I interface with the simulation
  • The training advantages associated with a Joint Simulation System
  • Program update and future developments
  • 10:20 SELECTED FUTURE COLLECTIVE TRAINING PROCUREMENT ISSUES

    Rod Aistrop

    Rod Aistrop, Principle Consultant, Foresight Simulation Consultants

  • PFI
  • Standards
  • Simulation Centres
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:20 THE JOINT TACTICAL COMBAT TRAINING SYSTEM (JTCTS)

    Joseph Ricci Jr

    Joseph Ricci Jr, Business Development Manager Maritime and Training Systems, Raytheon

  • Providing realistic air combat training for both Navy and Air Combat: an overview of the JTCTS
  • Operational Concept including key features and capabilities of the system
  • CVW-5 Navy Mobile Range Configuration
  • System simulation capability highlights
  • System technology and future developments
  • 12:00 UK DEVELOPMENTS WITH JANUS

    Adrian W. Timberlake

    Adrian W. Timberlake, Program Manager, SMC Janus (BGWG), DERA

  • The road to flexibility, the first fully compliant NT4.0 version
  • Integration with the ‘tools’ of the trade’
  • Data Capture and scenario development
  • Deployability, making use of cheap technology
  • 12:40 Networking Lunch

    13:40 GEO SPECIFIC TERRAIN DATABASES

    Nicholas Wrobel

    Nicholas Wrobel, Managing Director, Aerobel Defence Technology

  • Requirements
  • Technology
  • Closing the loop
  • Future Issues
  • 14:10 TOWN AND COUNTRY: THE CODARTS NEXT-GENERATION FORCE-ON-FORCE TRAINING ENVIRONMENTS

    Nancy Buchanan & Ernst Christians

    Nancy Buchanan & Ernst Christians, International Business Development & Marketing & Sales Manager, Swiss Electronics Enterprise & C.O.E.L Entwicklungsgesellschaft

  • Merging the real and the virtual for effective combat and MOUT exercises
  • Overcoming the limitations of synthetic simulation for true situational awareness.
  • Eliminating negative training through: pyrotechnics that provide a clear in-field representation of indirect fire
  • Patented TDS that enables true interoperability of Infantry and mechanized troop simulators
  • CODARTS in the field; CODARTS in an urban setting
  • Switzerland’s CODARTS-based SIMUG, the world’s most advanced combat training centre
  • 14:50 SIMULATOR AND TRAINING SYSTEMS

    Stefan Lundmark

    Stefan Lundmark, Business Area Manager/CATS, Cell ITS

  • An overview of CATS: a total training system
  • Meeting the military training requirements
  • The importance of effective simulation technologies in the training arena
  • Key features: unbeatable precision and providing a feeling of reality
  • Key technological developments and future initiatives
  • 15:20 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 PROVIDING MAXIMUM REALISM THROUGH ADVANCED SIMULATION TECHNIQUES

    Alan Davenport

    Alan Davenport, Managing Director, Primary Image Graphics

  • An update on key advanced simulation features and high-definition images to ensure maximum realism for all training applications
  • Key technological developments to provide visualisation solutions to meet military training requirements
  • Simulation as an effective training tool: the advantages and disadvantages
  • Future developments - will technology provide capability?
  • 16:20 USING PHOTOGRAMMETRY TO CREATE AN ‘AS BUILT’ SYNTHETIC ENVIRONMENT FOR TRAINING

    Peter Blessington

    Peter Blessington, Business Development Manager, HVR Consulting Services

  • The requirement for ‘as built’ Synthetic Environments in training
  • Creating the Environment
  • Engineering mission rehearsal
  • Multi Media combination
  • Case studies
  • 17:00 Chairman's Closing Remarks and Close of Conference

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