IT Solutions

Multimedia Development

AMSEC supports a number of projects within the Navy Community and Huntington Ingalls Industries.  Our multimedia specialists have expertise in a vast array of multimedia development tools.  These tools are used in the development of:

  • Graphics
  • Scanning including Optical Character recognition (OCR)
  • CAD development
  • Video production
  • 3D animation using Autodesk 3D Studio MAX
  • Digital video capture
  • CD-ROM production
  • Multimedia Application development using HTML, Iconauthor, and Toolbook
  • WEB applications development including HTML authoring and JAVA script development

Some of the products delivered by our Multimedia Development group include:

  • Computer Based Training Applications
  • Multimedia presentation packages
  • Task Planning Applications
  • WEB pages and WEB based training applications
  • CAD drawings
  • 3D animation's
  • Digital image libraries
  • Digital video libraries
  • Training and marketing videos

Some examples of our Multi-Media products:

CVN Image Library

One of the latest multimedia products is the interactive shipcheck library.  This task is currently being implemented onboard CVN69 in support of the pre-overhaul shipcheck.  The application is designed to provide engineers, planners, and trades visual access to the ship spaces through a WEB based application running from either a CD ROM or on the internal NNS intranet.  The application consists of digital images of 800 spaces onboard CVN69 with detailed shots related to engineering Change Proposal (ECP) packages proposed for the overhaul.  In addition to the images, digital video is being shot of all ECP walkthroughs conducted with Newport News Shipbuilding and government representatives.  This video is being digitized into Moving Picture Experts Group (MPEG-1) format and delivered on a set of CD ROMs.  Currently, approximately 60 hours of video has been captured which equates to approximately 60 CD ROMs of data.

ICAN Computer Based Training

Integrated Communications and Advanced Network (ICAN) is a new high-speed network system being installed onboard carriers.  The training required for the crew to successfully operate and maintain the system is being developed in Interactive Courseware.  This comprehensive training package utilizes a Computer Managed Instruction (CMI) shell to manage sailors and individual training modules.  This effort utilizes HTML, JAVA script, MPEG, and various other web delivery methods to provide more interactive training running from an MS 4.0 Internet Browser.

Computer Based Training

The Life Cycle Engineering Department is closely involved with the Navy’s Submarine Onboard Training (SOBT) organization in the development of training applications delivered on CD.  Within the past year, AMSEC has delivered or is currently developing over 10 different courses ranging from Logistic Technical Documentation and Advanced Technical Information Support (ATIS) simulation training to Torpedo Qualification training and a number of C4I related training.

Smart Product Technology Demonstration

This product was developed for Newport News Shipbuilding's (NNS) Marketing department as a tool to demonstrate product model technology.  Included in this CD are a variety of images, 3D models, video, and animation created by various departments throughout NNS.  This product was introduced at the ASNE show in November 1997 and was modified for the 1998 shows.

Electronic Technical Documentation

The Life Cycle Engineering, Digital Product Management Activity (DPMA) is responsible for the delivery of Navy technical documentation.  This process has moved from the development of traditional paper based manuals to Interactive Electronic Technical Manuals (IETMs).  Department E75 has set its focus on developing a workflow-based production of these manuals; which ultimately delivers documentation to SEAWOLF, 688s and CVNs through our distribution channels.  The process is wrapped around the Integrated Product Data Network (IPDN) which stores the information in a Standardized Generalized Mark-up Language (SGML).  This allows the authors to focus on document content instead of format.    The IPDN system can then output IETMs (Guide, Inso, HTML, etc.  ), PDF(for online review/editing/ approval), as well as traditional camera-ready paper copy.

Data Archival Navigator

The Data Archival Navigator was created to provide the Navy with a method of reviewing the electronic data generated as a result of the USS Eisenhower overhaul.  Records in a large variety of formats were collected on CD and a common menu program was created to view each of the documents, regardless of format.  Paper based information was scanned into image files and an associated database was created to allow searches on textual data.  The database automatically links to the scanned image.  Other types of records automatically open Excel spreadsheets, Access databases, FoxPro applications, or generic image files.

Interactive Planning Application

The Interactive Planning Application (IPA) was developed for Shipalt 4084K Acoustic-Rapid Cots Insertion (AN-BQQ-5) for AN-BQQ-5 equipped submarines as an engineering tool to assist the planning and accomplishment of the ShipAlt installation.  The IPA is a multimedia application that incorporates photographs, drawings, procedures, and a variety of other related documents into one application delivered on CD ROM.  This product is unique in that it incorporates new technology to repackage existing products — including 3D Intergraph models, vector drawings, and documents converted to HTML.  This application is WEB compatible and is being reviewed by the Navy as a new means of delivering Shipalt information.  A similar product is currently under development for the replacement of the ERDPS during Carrier Overhauls.

Advanced Technical Information Support (ATIS)

Life Cycle Engineering has been a major contributor to the development and delivery of the ATIS system.  ATIS is the Navy’s document storage and retrieval system, which is installed onboard U.S. Navy surface ships and submarines.  ATIS stores, retrieves, and transmits technical data and documentation such as drawings, technical manuals, operations and maintenance data, and compact bulletins and standards for shipboard and shore-based use.  ATIS employs digital and optical disc technology and data exchange techniques.  The application software features an extensive search capability for configuration data, library data, and an option for creating electronic work packages using images drawn from ATIS.  The configuration data option provides accurate configuration and logistics data for ships, systems and equipment and the digital library provides a central repository for ships technical manuals and engineering drawings.