Engineering & Computer Simulations (ECS) is working with the U.S. Air Force to modernize and advance the use of innovation and emerging educational technologies for its training programs at the Expeditionary Operations School (EOS) at JB Dix/McGuire/Lakehurst. These modernizations will allow airmen to safely prepare for in-garrison and deployment operations. Current projects include applications, courseware, and simulation that directly support the Air Force’s combat support mission in the full range of expeditionary operations, including deployment planning, logistics readiness, air transportation, maintenance, and command and control. In addition, ECS is under contract to develop new simulation and application projects which will continue to evolve the logistics and aviation industry. Shane Taber, ECS vice president/development director oversees the EOS project with Joe Neubauer serving as the project manager and subject matter expert.
Through its EOS contract, ECS is developing animated models of relevant equipment and environments that mirror real-world operations in the academic environment. The overall goal for this training is to provide a controlled environment that simulates the logistics settings and aviation equipment to effectively prepare trainees for real-world situations while ensuring the training objectives are met.
While the EOS projects are in various stages of their lifecycle, the ECS team continues to maintain, upgrade, and improve capabilities through constant communication with the EOS to ensure that the latest technology and equipment are integrated into the simulators. Current projects include Aerial Port Expeditor, Installation Deployment Officer, Air Mobility Command & Control, Pallet Build-Up, Air Terminal Operations Center, Passenger Service, Unit Deployment Manager, and a Customer Service course, as well as Center-of-Balance and Cargo Restraint applications. New projects, including the Aviation Resource Management and Joint Inspection simulators, are in the early stages of development and are projected to be released in 2020.
Neubauer adds: “These EOS projects are primarily centered around operations within the DOD logistics community; however, the projects demonstrate the capability to provide an immersive training tool that could be used in practically any industry that has an appetite for training and simulation. What makes these projects unique is the use of the latest technology to develop the applications and the tools and equipment within the simulators. Constant upgrades allow the EOS to communicate the latest technological advancements being used within DOD logistics for inclusion into the projects.”
Current simulation projects will be available for demonstration on-site at the Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) in Orlando, Florida, from December 2-5.