Ballistics Research Contributing to Personnel Safety
The ‘Platform and Protection Systems’ group within DTA operates a ballistics technology programme. It encompasses an understanding of protective equipment, weapoins systems and weapon effects. It provides a test and evaluation capability and a source of expert technical advice for both in-service equipment and new acquisitions.
Better Training – Safer Working
Effective training is critical for many of the roles NZDF has. Iain’s presentation looks at the pros and cons of simulators including the space requirements and ongoing costs. He then examines how new technologies such as virtual, augmented and mixed reality can provide training systems that are more effective and cost efficient. Iain sees huge opportunities for changing how training is delivered.
DTA Wave Buoy
Theo Zlatanov’s presentation ‘Measuring the Environment for Amphibious Safety’ looks at the use of the DTA Wave Buoy to measure wave height, period and direction. The DTA Wave Buoy has been developed to be easily deployable from small boats. It provides UHF, cellular and satellite communications. Data provided by the Wave Buoy is used as input to SurfZone View software developed by DTA and MetOcean Solutions Ltd. SurfZone View forecasts coastal conditions for Navy landing craft. The presentation also looks at the construction and componentry of the Wave Buoy.
Concept Engineering & Manufacturing at DTA
Garry Armstrong and Clayton Lines discuss some of the work that DTA’s Concept Engineering & Manufacturing Section have undertaken recently. Including the ‘Driver Fatigue Study’. DTA carried out a series of NZDF vehicle crew performance trials which led to modifications of some of the New Zealand Army’s LOVs (Light Operational Vehicle), the Multiinfluence Sensor Sytem developed to measure ships’ signatures, the DSES (Diver Signature Evaluation Sytem) developed to train divers in the safe practice of identifying and disposing of mines, the Army Rope Climber and several other projects in support of the NZDF.
Safety: The Role of Kinanthropometry in the NZDF
Stephven Kolose and Samantha Rodrigues spoke on the importance of Anthropometry in fitting the workplace, tools and equipment to the worker. Stephven has carried out an extensive Anthropometric study of NZDF personnel collecting body measurements, using a 3D body scanner and physical measurements. He and his team have also collected information of the demographics and comments on issues with uniform and equipment as regards fit. Results from the survey can be used to assist future NZDF procurements and potentially improve safety.
Free Space Optical Communications using Software Defined Radio
The number of transmitters and receivers that operate at radio frequencies (RF) is increasing, as a result RF channels are increasingly congested. Free space optical communications is a technology where lasers or LEDs are used instead of RF to transmit information. The point to point nature of these devices have the benefit of being difficult to intercept, however, they also require line of sight. These systems are being considered for military communications. The small divergence of laser beams and atmospheric scintillation effects make implementation for mobile platforms like ships, challenging.
Supporting Platform Safety using Digital Data
Modern military platforms capture a significant amount of data on the utilisation and performance of various systems during operation. This data can be hugely valuable if properly exploited, influencing how we operate, maintain and replace these platforms. This presentation discusses the opportunities and challenges associated with platform data exploitation, including a range of RNZAF and RNZN case studies.
Danger in the Deep South: Southern Ocean Survival
Human beings are poorly adapted for survival in extreme cold environments and must depend on technology and strategy to survive. In this talk, an overview of RNZN Southern Ocean operations and the implications for personnel safety, in light of the IMO Polar Code requirements, is provided. The historical context of maritime Polar survival, recent efforts by DTA to enhance RNZN understanding and future directions for ice-capable vessels are discussed.