Comparative study of the Skjold-class bridge- and simulator navigation training
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OriginalversjonEuropean Journal of Navigation. 2016, 14(1)
This paper presents a comparative analysis of the visual focus of the navigator during a passage in Norwegian littoral waters and in a maritime bridge simulator. The research project collects time distribution data of the navigator’s visual focus on the primary components in the Integrated Navigation System (INS) and looking out the vessels windows. Data is collected by the use of Eye Tracking Glasses (ETG). The ETG registers the visual focus of the navigator, and this is used to generate statistics on which Area of Interest (AOI) the navigator is focusing on. Based on the ETG data AOI and Key Performance Indicators (KPI) are selected to further analyze the difference and similarities between navigation training on board and in a simulator. Findings indicate that use of a simulator is efficient when it comes to navigation training, and provides the same training outcome as on board navigation training. The results also indicates that a simulator passage is a more demanding cognitive process requiring a higher mental workload.