New Console Design for Rigid Hull Inflatable Boats
We reviewed the console of the Royal New Zealand Navy’s (RNZN’s) J3 Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat (RHIB) to assess the best placement of new equipment.
Helping redesign the RHIBs’ consoles.
"The video data helped us to understand how the controls and instrumentation are used"
- We mounted GoPro cameras on the console and on the skipper’s helmet to learn how they use the console.
- The results of our assessment helped the RNZN to install the new equipment in the best place for a person to use the equipment efficiently and safely.
New equipment was to be added to the RNZN’s J3 Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat (RHIB) console in 2013.
The RNZN wanted the placement and arrangement of the new equipment reviewed by our Human Systems team to ensure optimal operational safety and efficiency.
We mounted GoPro cameras on the console and on the coxswain’s helmet and chest. These were used to record operational tasks. We reviewed the video data to understand how the controls and instrumentation are used and to identify human engineering issues.
The findings of our assessment helped the RNZN to redesign the J3 RHIB console.