Q-CAT (Human Factors – Manpower Domain Tool)

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Paul Wotton, Quintec

Complement aggregation is a process in developing the manpower requirement for a warship. It ensures that Suitably Qualified and Experienced Personnel (SQEP) fulfill all the manpower roles required in a range of anticipated scenarios. The resulting list of SQEP is the complement of the ship. For reasons of cost and ship design the complement should be as small and minimally qualified as possible, whilst satisfying the SQEP requirements. It should also conform to the manpower structures of the operating navy.

The Quintec – Complement Aggregation Tool (Q-CAT) was originally developed in 2003 to support complementing work on the Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carrier project. Q-CAT was originally developed in EXCEL, but as its functionality grew it became complex and unwieldy. Q-CAT has now been redeveloped as a relational database tool with a forms based user interface. This latest version is currently being used on the Type 26 Frigate programme.

The workshop will be of interest to those working or needing support in the HF Manpower domain.

What is the purpose of your workshop?

The primary purpose of this workshop is to: explain what Q-CAT is and does, share knowledge of other tools in this domain and to see if synergies could exist with Q-CAT. Secondary purposes of the workshop are to: discuss ideas for additional functionality and adaptability, investigate potential in other HFI domains, in particular the Personnel, Training, and Social and Organisational domains, explore potential for wider HFI use and gather comments on the user interface. Attendees will gain an understanding of both Q-CAT and how this type of tool is being deployed on major contracts.

What key skills, tools or knowledge do you want your participants to take away?

Awareness of how tools such as Q-CAT can be used to provide a single-point of truth for project HF information, highlight information inconsistencies and produce format outputs for use in and to support project documents.

What activities will you use to engage your participants and help them learn?

The workshop will last about 30 mins and consist of:

• Demonstration and familiarisation – 20 mins
• Question and Answer – 10 mins

This will explain how Q-CAT fulfils three board functions:

• Capture of Manpower domain information including:
o Manpower characteristics
o Role characteristics
o Manpower assignments to roles
o Valid parameter values for manpower and role characteristics, and any hierarchical relationships between them. This gives the user flexibility in setting up the tool, so that it can be used in a variety of projects.
• Indication of anomalies in the assignment of manpower to roles including:
o Incorrect manpower numbers
o Incorrect SQEP

Date & place

19 - 21 April 2016
Staverton Park, Daventry, Northamptonshire

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Join delegates from:

Institute of Occupational Medicine
Royal Air Force
Health and Safety Executive
Office of Rail and Road
Rail Safety and Standards Board
Greenstreet Berman
The Keil Centre
DCA Design
and many more