Author: Dave Sanderson
Date: 08 - 09 June, 2015

Presented at Dynamic Positioning Asia Conference & Exhibition

The growth in modern vessel systems complexity is astounding. In under 50 years vessels have gone from being controlled by telegraph and voice pipe to being packed full of computing technology. This has enabled vessels to utilise Dynamic Positioning to undertake more complex roles. A small part of a DP equipped vessels systems are the position reference sensors. As Dynamic Positioning systems become more sophisticated and capable of providing more information there is a risk that the operator will become overloaded with the less relevant information. This presentation introduces the concepts of User Centred design and Voice of the Customer. Both techniques are central to the understanding of the users job, and what is, and conversely, is not important for the safe, simple operation of a vessel. In the past user interfaces have been developed in house, with little reference to the end users. This has meant that developers found the system easy to use, but potentially added unneeded complexity for real world users. In developing the Dashboard user interface Guidance Marine took a different approach, and focused heavily on end user’s needs, utilising User Centred Design and Voice of the Customer to develop a series of user interfaces that are fit for the modern, DP equipped, vessel.

Some of the results of this are presented here, along with the future direction that Guidance Marine believes User interfaces should follow.

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