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Title: A Software Architecture for Collaborative Training in Virtual Worlds: F-16 Airplane Engine Maintenance
Authors: Fonseca, Benjamim
Paredes, Hugo
Rafael, Jorge
Morgado, Leonel
Martins, Paulo
Keywords: Cooperation processes
task coordination
virtual worlds
aircraft engine maintenance
Issue Date: 2011
Publisher: Springer
Series/Report no.: Lecture Notes in Computer Science
Abstract: The maintenance of military aircraft is complex and exhaustive, requiring an accurate training program. This process is not fault tolerant and requires certification renewal periodically. Furthermore, the process involves many professionals and resources, requiring phases of maintenance and verification of the tasks. Cooperation between professionals in the overall process is essential and requires strong team coordination. It is a highly costly process, since aircrafts are scarce and their readiness is essential for missions, and it requires a scheduling effort between all team members and aircrafts. The availability of tools that allow intensive training without aircraft presence is an asset to the maintenance squadrons. Virtual worlds have simulation and collaboration capabilities to implement this process. This paper presents a software architecture developed for training engine maintenance squadrons for certification, using virtual worlds platforms. This architecture is being tested in cooperation with the Portuguese Air Force and an engine maintenance squadron of F-16 aircrafts.
Peer Reviewed: yes
ISBN: 978-3-642-23800-0
Document Type: Conference Object
Appears in Collections:OLD - DENG - Artigo em Conferência Internacional

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