Crew Systems Integration 2013 Program Announced
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Finnish Lifeboat - Image by Jaakko Pitkäjärvi

FRC International will host CSI 2013 - Crew Systems Integration conference from July 2-4, 2013 at RNLI Lifeboat College, Poole, U.K.

The international conference includes over 20 presentations focusing on nine integrated topics for the RIB and high speed craft sector. The CSI 2013 conference program and registration details are now available at

Dr. Trevor Dobbins, Technical Director of FRC International, said, “The CSI concept brings together integrated topics which can improve RIB & HSC operations. CSI 2013 focuses on the latest craft and equipment, human factors engineering, crew, training, qualifications, simulation, repeated shock, whole body vibration and the increasing use of unmanned surface vessels.”

Crew Systems Integration (CSI) is now a recognized requirement for many maritime organizations and CSI 2013 will cover a wide range of solutions for the professional sector.

Keynote speakers at CSI 2013 include former Royal Navy Rear Admiral Chris Parry, Captain Andrew Moll of the MAIB (U.K. Marine Accident Investigation Branch) and Commander Chris Pratt of Maritime & Aviation Operations, U.K. Border Force.

CSI 2013 brings together end-user organizations with boat builders, equipment manufacturers and designers. ASNE and RINA (Royal Institute of Naval Architects) are supporting the CSI 2013 event so naval architects can earn CPD and take advantage of professional registration discounts. All attendees will learn from industry participants showing the latest developments for planing craft. Industry supporters include Maritime Reporter, Marine News, KPM Marine and Scot Seats.

CSI 2013 – Program Includes:

Captain Fredrik Forsman and Dr. Joakim Dahlman
Swedish Sea Rescue Society / Chalmers University
Title: How Dynamic Navigation can enhance performance and safety at sea. Innovative and effective navigation methods for high speed craft.

Dan Hook and Richard Daltry
ASV Global Ltd
Title: USV and 3D - how unmanned craft can take over the Dull, Dirty and Dangerous tasks. Developing USV capabilities from one meter to 100 miles.
Lorne Campbell
Lorne Campbell Design, U.K.
Title: Power and speed are nothing without control. Professional requirements for high speed craft.

Jonathan Hill AFNI, AmRINA
FRC International & Trident Marine Ltd
Title: Professional training and qualifications in boarding / transfer operations and the increasing safety demands.

Simon Knight
NDP Team Leader, U.K. MoD
Title: Exploring innovative methods to develop future launch and recovery systems for RIBs and unmanned craft.

Dr. Trevor Dobbins
FRC International and STR Ltd
Title: Information displays for fast craft. Developing standard views to improve the handling of multiple tasks, high speed navigation and situational awareness

Steve Austen
Title: The design and development of the Shannon Class Lifeboat.

Dr. Steve Myers
Chichester University
Title: The fast response exercise program FR-X. What type of fitness is relevant for professional boat crews and PAX.

Jonathan Hill AFNI, AmRINA
FRC International and Trident Marine Ltd
Title: Mission planning for success. Managing performance and risk in extreme operating environments.

Tyler Brand
StrongWake Ltd.
Title: Effective simulation for fast response craft crews. Gamification - how computer game technology can support 21st Century learning strategies.

Dr. Tom Gunston
VJ Technology Ltd.
Title: Developing standards for fast craft seating – measurements, test methods and performance metrics for use at sea and in the laboratory.

Prof. Don Harris
Organization: Coventry University, U.K.
Title: Sweet SA; Situational Awareness – an essential element but what is it, how do you get it, and how do you keep it.

John Haynes AFNI
FRC International & Shock Mitigation Ltd
Title: How professional organizations are using WBV & RS awareness training to improve safety and operational effectiveness.
David Edinburgh
Title: Modeling and visualizing planning craft motion using Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) analysis.

Dr. Trevor Dobbins
FRC International & STR Ltd
Title: The MAN in CAD. Fitting the fully equipped digital human model into Computer Aided Design.

Dr. Tom Coe and Dr. Kieran Rutherford
Title: Technical solutions for shock mitigation on high speed government craft.

The RNLI College is a waterfront venue overlooking Poole Harbor next to Sunseeker International. CSI 2013 is designed to be an informal and enjoyable networking event that includes lunches and an evening drinks reception hosted by Canadian suspension seat manufacturer SHOXS. There is accommodation available onsite.


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