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AVALON 2019

CONFERENCES

AEROSPACE SIMULATION CONFERENCE

Date:
Thursday 28 February
Time:
Thursday 28 February, 0900 - 1345
Registration:
This event is open and complimentary to AVALON 2019 trade visitors, exhibitors and conference delegates.
Click here to register and make your expression of interest to attend (please note that your expression of interest does not guarantee you a place; Numbers at the AVALON 2019 complimentary conferences are limited and spaces are not guaranteed. Attendance is subject to availability and is on a first come, first served basis).
Location:
Theatrette, Exhibition Hall 1, Australian International Aerospace & Defence Exposition, Avalon Airport

PROGRAM

0900 - 0910
INTRODUCTION
Dr Teresa Crea
0910 - 0930

DEFENCE SIMULATION COMMUNICATIONS PLAN – IMPROVING SIMULATION LITERACY

How to improve simulation literacy and ultimately maximise the utilisation of simulation throughout Defence. In 2019, defence plans to develop and implement a Communications Plan to improve the awareness of simulation. This includes promoting the many successful events conducted daily in Defence that rely on simulation. In this presentation, the concept, key messages and approaches will be discussed, and please do not hesitate to add your ideas.

LTCOL James McRae
0930 - 0950

SIMULATION TECHNOLOGIES AND THE PERSONALISED LEARNING ENVIRONMENT

The modern web, effective simulations and pervasive, immersive and powerful computing devices have given rise to new ways of learning. The new learning environment is personalised, flexible and ubiquitous. Trainees are able to learn at their own pace and according to their own learning styles. Learning is collaborative and instructors are guides instead of lecturers. Early experiments in personalised, self-directed, continuous learning have shown significant improvements over traditional learning methods.

James Bonner
CEO and Co-Founder
Opaque Media Group

0950 - 1010

CASTOR: A COTS CONSOLE FOR LEARNING

Project Castor is a prototype for a future secure defence learning platform. It utilises Commercial off the Shelf (COTS) capability via a games console to host an interactive learning environment and creating a platform for training that is more engaging and relevant to today’s personnel at all levels and areas within defence.

Adrian Webb
Manager of Virtual Worlds
Australian Defence Simulation and Training Centre

1010 - 1030

ENHANCING HUMAN PERFORMANCE – GETTING THE MOST FROM SIMULATION

Pressure is increasing on training organisations to deliver competent trainees in a shorter times and greater numbers. There is also growing awareness of the importance of non-technical skills, including decision making and situation awareness. In the context of aviation, this has been formalised in ICAO’s “Evidence Based Training” (EBT) concept. This presentation will discuss a approach that enhances the ability of an instructor to quickly assess the level of stress and mental workload of a trainee and adjust a training session, or to target specific aspects of a debrief based on these factors, which will assist in meeting both objectives.

Philip Swadling 
Technical Director, Avionics Country Business 
Thales Australia 
1030 - 1100

THE KIRKPATRICK MODEL: A PROVEN FRAMEWORK OR A RISK-INDUCED LEGACY?

Air Force, like many other government organisations apply the Kirkpatrick Research/Evaluation model (Reaction, Behaviour, Learning and Results) within a policy directed approach to meeting evaluation requirements. The Kirkpatrick Model is a proven framework developed in 1959 and updated in 1975 and 1993. For decades the framework has and continues to ardently serve the learning environments evaluation needs. The rapid transition from traditional learning formats to one that embraces new and emerging technologies in non-traditional learning environments may see the need to embrace alternative evaluation strategies. These non-traditional environments include, but are not limited to: modelling and simulation, online-learning, self-paced learning, blended learning strategies and activities such as joint and international military exercises. This presentation aims to challenge the status-quo of existing policy to look ‘beyond the box’. The endeavour is to empower personnel, foster innovation, and seek organisational professional and technical mastery to ensure Air Force learning systems are adroit and suitably postured to meeting future capability needs.

Nathan Layton
Flight Lieutenant
Air Force Headquarters, Directorate of Workforce Planning – Air Force
1100 - 1130
BEYOND THE STATUS QUO: EVALUATION AND MEASUREMENT IN SIMULATION AND NON-TRADITIONAL TRAINING ENVIRONMENTS

Nathan Layton
Flight Lieutenant
Air Force Headquarters, Directorate of Workforce Planning – Air Force

LTCOL James McRae
Simulation Lead
Chief Information Officer Group
Department of Defence

James Bonner
CEO and Co-Founder
Opaque Media Group

Philip Swadling 
Technical Director, Avionics Country Business 
Thales Australia

1130 - 1150
BREAK
1150 - 1210

TOLL AMBULANCE RESCUE MISSIONS BUILT INTO THE VIRTUAL WORLD FOR ENHANCED AIRCREW TRAINING

Through the use of simulation, the ACE Training Centre in Sydney is achieving a majority of its aircrew currencies and proficiencies with a level of reliability and realism that could not be achieved safely using a live aircraft. Working alongside the Aeromedical operation, architects are able to reverse engineer missions that occur in the real world and build it in the virtual and simulated world to optimise the learning environment as part of the debrief for the crew and training environments for future students.

Rolf Petersen
Aircrewman Instructor / Examiner
Toll’s ACE Training Centre
1210 - 1230

PREPAREDNESS IS KEY: THE EFFECTIVENESS OF SIMULATION IN MEETING MANDATED EMERGENCY AND SAFETY REGULATIONS

This presentation will address how recent advances in innovative incident command software allows aviation organisations to shift from traditional one-dimensional table top exercises to dynamic, multi-dimensional whole of organisational simulation activities in a safe and virtual environment where lessons learnt can be shared across industry and reviewed at any time. The presentation will focus on the key benefits that such a transition offers industry and discuss potential future capabilities.

Simon Van Ballekom
Simulation Technician and Owner
Edge Training and Simulation
1230 - 1315

FRIGATE LSO TRAINER: ADVANCES IN CONSUMER SIMULATION TECHNOLOGIES

Through the case study of a prototype Landing Signal Officer training simulation, this session will explore how new and evolving technologies, tools and methodologies from diverse sectors such as consumer entertainment are becoming increasingly relevant for enhancing training and simulation capabilities.

Liam McGuire
Director 
Opaque Media Group
1315 - 1335

VIRTUAL PROCEDURAL TRAINING SYSTEM VRTS

Virtual reality technology is now a key part of most industries training systems. Aviation has adopted VR in most areas, from ground marshalling, engineering, cabin emergency training to flight training. Designed and used in the right training context via a mature learning process, VR training can have significant improvements in competency and safety. This presentation will reference Nick’s experience with designing and implementing VR procedural training in a modern learning system, and the use and benefits of developing VR systems from a training outcome perspective.

Nick Kranenburg
Managing Director and Flight Training Manager
SimJET Flight Training Pty Ltd
1335 - 1345

CLOSING

Dr Teresa Crea

SPEAKERS

James Bonner
CEO and Co-Founder
Opaque Media Group

James Bonner is the CEO and co-founder of Opaque Media Group, having developed the company into becoming one of the most recognised and innovative technology companies in Australia and worldwide. Opaque Media Group has been internationally acclaimed and recognised for its work in health, education, and entertainment platforms.

James has a background in AI, education and computer science, having left his PhD program to found Opaque Media Group. James has led some Opaque’s largest projects, and now realises the larger strategic vision for Opaque Media Group and its subsidiaries, in particular the AIVA training platform.

Nick Kranenburg
Managing Director and Flight Training Manager
SimJET Flight Training Pty Ltd

As a pilot selection and training specialist, Nick has applied 24 years of flying, training and simulation experience within his own simulation and training organisation SimJet.

Recently, Nick and his compnay designed and developed with the Commonwealth, VR procedural training systems for the new RAAF PC21 and also the B350 King Air for use at the Air Force Central Flying School in East Sale. Also, up until this year, Nick introduced evidenced based selection at 2 major airlines and continues to develop ICAO and IATA standards pilot selection.

He has just opened a new Simulator Flight Training Centre at Brisbane airport to assist the industry and increase training capacity and the pilot skills shortage. The Centre will be open to ATO’s, Airlines, the RAAF and individuals for training, assessment and career pathways into airlines.

Over the last 5 years, Nick has supported the Air Force Candidate Management Centre to deliver national motivation and attraction programs with F/A-18 Super Hornet simulators and instructors. Many of the young people who have experienced the program are in the ADF or University Aviation programs because of the experience they’re had at school.

Nick has a passion for the next generation of pilots achieving aviation career goals. He actively works to assist these young people, education institutions and airlines to meet their objectives.


Nathan Layton
Flight Lieutenant
Air Force Headquarters, Directorate of Workforce Planning – Air Force

Nathan Layton grew up in country Tasmania before joining the Royal Australian Air Force in 1999. Nathan has a degree in Vocational Education and Training and will soon complete his Master of Evaluation. His professional background originated with 14 years in Air Force networks before finding a new career interest in organisational training and development. He has a broad skills base working in Air, Ground and Joint environments and appreciates the benefits of organisational diversity in achieving capability outcomes.

Currently, he is at Training Systems Officer and the training lead on Air Forces Cyberspace Support and Enabling Technical (CSET) Workforce Project (WP) where he is responsible for evaluating capability to design learning solutions for the next generation of the Air Forces networking and cyberspace workforce. He has a passion for evaluations role in organisational capacity building and more specifically policy analysis and program evaluation.

Liam McGuire
Director 
Opaque Media Group

Opaque Media Group is an award-winning emerging technology consultancy and development studio based in Melbourne. As a director and project lead at Opaque, Liam has worked on and led a variety of innovative projects across Healthcare, Education and Training for a diverse range of partners and clients including Microsoft, Google, NASA, and the Royal Children’s Hospital. Liam has extensive applied experience with designing and developing cutting-edge simulations using real-time rendering technologies, modern development practices and research-led design processes.

LTCOL James McRae
Simulation Lead 
Chief Information Officer Group, Department of Defence

James is currently the simulation lead in Chief Information Operations Group (CIOG, Defence), predominantly working on the JP9711 Core Simulation Capability. In the last ten years, he has worked with the UK Joint Helicopter Command, Joint and Collective Training Capability (JCTC) and the ICT lead for the Defence Lessons Program. As an Army Reservist, James is supporting Army Headquarters with the conduct of Drone Racing events to promote the emerging motorsport, support STEM and Defence Recruiting.

Previously, James served in the Australian Army, Royal Australian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (RAEME) from 1987. He transitioned as a Lieutenant Colonel from full-time to part-time in 2008. His regimental appointments include command of the logistic squadron in the 2nd Combat Engineer Regiment (2CER), major acquisition project director for simulation and weapon systems, maintenance engineer and simulation senior engineer. He has subsequently worked on several simulation logistics and technical initiatives, such as RFID tracking, Counter IED detection (with RPDE) and capability transition (with the Joint Helicopter Command, United Kingdom). Among other interests, James owns small businesses in Canberra and Melbourne.

James is a graduate of the Australian Defence Force Academy, Royal Military College (Duntroon), Royal Military College of Science (Shrivenham, UK) and the Malaysian Armed Forces Staff College. James’ post-graduate qualifications include Computer Science, Chemistry, Computer Engineering, Simulation and Modelling, Strategic Studies and Project Management.

James is a SISO member and advocate for improved literacy of simulation.

Rolf Petersen
Aircrewman Instructor and Examiner
Toll’s ACE Training Centre

Rolf Petersen “Pedro” has been an Aircrewman Instructor / Examiner at Toll’s ACE Training Centre since the October 2016. Coming on board after starting out in the Royal Australian Navy as an aircrewman on board Seahawk helicopters, he has spent more than a decade in the aeromedical industry flying HEMS NSW, Victoria and South Australia, offshore SAR in the North West Shelf and in Trinidad, and has also spent a number of years with the UAE Airforce SAR squadron.

As an Aircrewman Instructor, his role is involved in all training aspects at ACE. The principal role is search and rescue training with a key part being the winch training for the NSW Ambulance paramedics and doctors, and for new crewmen. It also involves conducting standardisation checks for new crewmen, line checks, and night vision goggle annual assessments. Facilitating three cyclic training blocks per year, the unique part of the role is having a foot in every camp, in the cockpit assisting the pilot so there is involvement with the full flight simulator; in the cabin conducting the winching so using the Virtual Reality in CATS (Complete Aircrew Training System) and also working in HUET (Helicopter Underwater Escape Training) facility as instructors, so in the pool each week!

Philip Swadling 
Technical Director, Avionics Country Business 
Thales Australia
 

Philip is the Technical Director, Avionics Country Business Unit of Thales Australia and Deputy Technical Director, Training and Simulation Business Line. He has worked for Thales since 1998 in a variety of systems and software engineering roles, including avionics for the ARH and MRH helicopters and simulators for the ARH, F-111 and Wedgetail aircraft, the Collins submarine and ASLAV light armoured vehicle.

Philip is responsible for the technical aspects of simulation and avionics activities in Australia, including the definition of local technical strategy, managing self-funded R&D, and interfacing with global business lines for avionics and simulation products and systems. Philip is also responsible for establishing and maintaining the Design Authority framework within the global business.

Simon Van Ballekom
Simulation Technician and Owner
Edge Training and Simulation

Simon Van Ballekom is a Simulation Technician who owns Edge Training and Simulation. Simon specifically tailor’s simulation to emergency management and incident command teams leveraging off his international experience working within the simulation industry in Europe and the use of simulation in his previous role within the Australian Army.

Before starting a simulation business in 2019, Simon spent over sixteen years in the Australian Army, the last five of which he spent as a training developer at the Australian Defence Force Policing School, developing leadership and law enforcement training courses harnessing advances in both simulation and practical training methods.

Simons formal education includes undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications in policing and adult vocational education and training, along with extensive military leadership and response training. His career achievements include various formal commendations and letters of appraisal.

Adrian Webb
Manager of Virtual Worlds
Australian Defence Simulation and Training Centre

Adrian Webb is the Manager of Virtual Worlds at the Australian Defence Simulation and Training Centre (ADSTC). His role is looking at how Defence can better utilise technologies and capabilities from all walks of life to create a more engaged and prepared future workforce. It can be summed up as being an unbiased evangelist inside Defence (and the wider commonwealth) for new and emerging technologies and practices. This involves understanding products and systems capabilities, their limitation and to marry the best solution for the problem at hand. This is particularly focused within the simulation, VR, AR/MR and serious games space.

Alisha Fisher
Managing Director
Asia Pacific Simulation Alliance
www.asiapacificsimulationalliance.com

M: +61 412 442 642
E: alisha@asiapacificsimulationalliance.com

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