Navy

Universal Engine Controller (UEC)

The UEC is a Virtual Interactive Environment (VIE) application developed with the Unity game development tool.  It is used to support the U.S. Navy Gas Turbine Mechanical Maintenance Core Course.  This strategy capitalizes on the inherent strengths of 3D modeling technologies to provide the learner the capability to gain knowledge and proficiency on highly critical tasks using interactive simulations.  3D models deliver the necessary degree of fidelity for interactive simulations and their high reusability allows them to be an economic and low risk alternative prior to the use of real equipment.  Improving the muscle memory through repetitions and sets should reduce maintenance downtime and increase the operational hours that U.S. Navy missions require.  The UEC provides an Instructor Operation Station (IOS) that allows the Instructor to assign lessons and interactive tasks covering parts familiarization, maintenance procedures, troubleshooting, and remove and replace procedures.

Engine Simulation (SAP)

The T-700/701 Engine Virtual Interactive Environment (VIE) is a training aid designed to assist Critical Task Maintenance Training instructors and Maintenance Test Pilot instructors to teach theory of operation and procedures for the T-700/T701C/D engine. The virtual engine can be moved in any direction, rotated to any angle, expanded or shrunk, cross-sectioned in any direction and dissected in any manner in support of the training objectives. The learner can observe instructor demonstrations and then perform the procedures as instructed or they can use the IETM display to perform Fault Isolation Procedures (FIP) or Maintenance Operational Checks (MOC).

Instructional Systems Design (ISD)

LSI’s Instructional Designers hold advanced degrees in education and learning science disciplines.  They are experienced in using an array of training requirements analysis and design methodologies including, the Analysis, Design, Development, Implementation, Evaluation (ADDIE) process; the Systems Approach to Training (SAT); Human Systems Integration (HSI); and the Naval Education and Training Command (NETC) End-to-End process.  By applying the correct methodology and leveraging extensive domain experience, LSI designs training that is effective, efficient, and engaging.

SCO Workbench

SCO Workbench is a comprehensive analysis system that provides Instructional Designers with a suite of data gathering and analysis tools designed to streamline complex task and media analyses.  SCO Workbench captures Conditions, Behaviors, and Knowledge/Skills/Attitudes (KSAs) associated with knowledge and performance tasks.  Using algorithms based on MIL-HDBK 29612 guidance and customizable based on specific project requirements, a task list is easily distilled into a training task list.  Each training task is then subject to further analysis using Human Systems Integration (HSI) and stimuli parameters, resulting in a clearly defined optimal and secondary training media requirement.  Learning Objectives developed in SCO Workbench are organized in a visual hierarchy for ease of sequencing.  SCO Workbench outputs are the basis of the Instructional Performance Requirement Document (IPRD) and the Instructional Media Requirements Document (IMRD).

Technical Publications

Our technical publications developers use a Quality Assurance-driven team process, designed to reduce costs by minimizing rework and schedule delays due to deficiencies or corrections.  Publications development is a team process, where project managers, subject matter experts, illustrators, data managers and QA personnel work synergistically to deliver maintenance and operator products to our customers that often exceed quality expectation, are on-time and within budget. LSI develops content for:

  • Organizational, Intermediate, and Depot Level Maintenance Manuals
  • Flight and System Operating Manuals
  • Software Users Manuals
  • Wiring Data Manuals
  • Training Device Operator & Maintenance Manuals; Instructor/Operator Handbooks
  • Illustrated Parts Breakdowns
  • Periodic Maintenance Requirement Cards

We offer various methods of delivery from the printed page to electronic technical manuals (ETM). Our long history of publications development spans over 35 years with all the branches of the Department of Defense. In addition, we have provided publications services for a multitude of FMS customers, including Norway, Pakistan, Portugal, South Korea, and Taiwan.

Technical Illustrations      

Our technical illustrators produce graphics from the simplest block diagrams and line conversions to complex graphics and systems. Conversions of graphics from native authoring and publishing systems are performed for inclusion into documents. Our technical illustrators specialize in developing true, mathematically-based, vector formats from your existing raster graphics.

S1000D

S1000D is an international specification for the procurement and production of technical publications. It is an XML specification for preparing, managing, and using equipment maintenance and operations information.  The technical information is authored as XML files called Data Modules (DMs) and stored in a Common Source Database (CSDB).  Recently, the specification has been expanded to include two new types of data modules, a SCORM Content Package Module (SCPM) and a Learning Data Module (LDM).  The purpose of the SCPM and LDM is to provide a method for including SCORM learning content in a CSDB alongside the technical manuals.

In 2009, LSI worked directly with the Advanced Distributed Learning (ADL) Initiative and the ADL Job Performance Technology Center (JPTC) to design a strategy for using a CSDB for storing and retrieving SCORM learning content.  The ADL team created a prototype CSDB interfacing tool called the Bridge API.  LSI modified one of its courseware development tools, SCO Workbench, to interface directly with ADL’s CSDB instance over an internet connection using the Bridge API.  With SCO Workbench, courseware developers were given a simple Graphical User Interface (GUI) to create and modify all of the different types of LDMs.  Those LDMs along with SCPMs could then be checked in and out of ADL’s CSDB.

Recently, LSI has modified its latest courseware development tool, Venus 2 Enterprise (V2E), to allow easier access to technical DMs during the courseware development process.  XML DMs can be imported into a SCORM package and linked directly to a SCO in development.  The tool parses the DMs and allows for the courseware developer to pull text directly from the technical publication.  Once linked, the developer now has a simple way to be notified of a technical change which may have an affect on the courseware content.  This kind of surveillance makes courseware development much easier, particularly when courseware development is being performed concurrently with the authoring of the technical publications.

Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC) Full Mission Trainer (FMT) Upgrade Program

The LCAC FMT is an operations trainer for the Operator, Engineer, Navigator and Group Commander of the LCAC. It replicates the LCAC Control Cabin, and consists of a six degree of freedom motion system, 180 degree field of view visual display, aural system, two instructor stations, computer equipment, and associated peripherals. The LCAC FMT provides training in the complex skills required for safe operation of the LCAC in both normal and casualty modes.

LSI was awarded the LCAC FMT Upgrade Program in September of 2014 on the Training Support Contract III Lot II with Naval Air Warfare Training Center Training Systems Division (NAWCTSD).  The program consisted of upgrading the Expeditionary Warfare Training Group Pacific (EWTGPAC) and Expeditionary Warfare Training Group Atlantic (EWTGLANT) trainers. Both trainers received six degree of freedom (6 DOF) motion system replacements. The 6 DOF Motion Systems were old hydraulic systems that LSI replaced with state of the art MOOG electrical motion systems, thereby reducing hazardous material present and increasing system performance.  LSI also replaced the projection systems on both trainers.  Old Cathode Ray Tube (CRT) projectors were replaced with Light-Emitting Diode (LED) projectors, this greatly improve the sustainability costs and reliability of the projection system.  Additionally, LSI upgraded the Image Generators and Database, and EWTGPAC Mylar Screen and Window were replaced. LSI received Exceptional Contractor Performance Assessment System (CPARS) evaluations on this program.

Mobile Training Applications

Portable electronic devices are as common in the hands of today’s learners as three-ring notebooks were to previous generations.  Putting training literally in the hands of the Soldier, Sailor, Airman and Marine frees them from the constraints of the classroom so that training content can be delivered anywhere, at any time.  LSI is at the forefront of this revolutionary change, building first of their kind, leading-edge mobile training applications for the US Navy Recruit Training Command and US Army CH-47 Chinook maintenance personnel.  Our Venus 2 Enterprise (V2E) development engine produces stand-alone mobile training applications, usable on iOS, Android and Windows mobile devices.  By utilizing the Advance Distance Learning Co-Labs Experience API (xAPI), our training apps collect student data while off-line and when an internet or network connection to a Learning Record Store (LRS), such the Navy e-Learning (NeL) system, becomes available, student performance data is uploaded.

Foreign Military Sales

As one of the U.S. Department of Defense’s prime contractors for rotary and fixed wing aircraft training support, we have developed and conducted a number of successful training programs under FMS agreements, including Argentina, Egypt, Germany, Greece, Norway, Pakistan, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, and most recently Taiwan.  Additionally, we have provided FMS and DCS maintenance and training support to our Aerospace Industry partners in a number of countries.  LSI is a Department of State registered exporter and manufacturer and maintains a robust export compliance program.  Our customizable training plans include:

  • Curriculum Development
  • Electronic Classroom Design and Assembly
  • Classroom Instruction
  • Maintenance Training
  • Practical Job Training (PJT)
  • Flight and Maintenance Manuals
  • Flight Simulator Training
  • Flight Training
  • Mission Systems Training
  • Mobile Training Teams

From a single system Mobile Training Team, to a full scale Squadron Maintenance and Aircrew Flight Training Stand-up, let our training specialists customize the perfect plan to fulfill your training requirements!

Taiwan P-3 Squadron Stand-up Program

A recent example and typical of the type and quality of training LSI provides was evidenced in support of the Taiwan Air Force (TAF) and Taiwan Navy (TN) P-3 Program under a Naval Aviation Warfare Center FMS contract.  Taiwan had acquired twelve former USN P-3C Orion aircraft and, as in many of the previous LSI conducted training programs, required a complete ground up build of the maintenance and aircrew support.  Training for this substantial program began in NAS Jacksonville, FL for the initial cadre of operational and maintenance personnel and then transitioned outside of the continental United States (OCONUS) to Pingtung Airbase in Taiwan for its completion.

For the OCONUS effort, LSI provided thirty-four Naval Aviation Maintenance Program (NAMP), Government Flight Representative (GFR), and Government Ground Flight Representative (GGFR) qualified maintenance instructors and maintenance support personnel in order to maintain four Taiwan P-3 aircraft designated for the training program in Pingtung.  Using those aircraft, as well as curriculum developed through our referenced processes, LSI delivered Course of Instruction (COI) for both Organizational (“O”) and Intermediate (“I”) levels across eight prime Aviation Maintenance ratings.  The COI included both practical job training (PJT) and on the job training (OJT) as well as personnel qualification standards (PQS) ultimately leading to positional qualifications in each respective rating.

In addition to the Maintenance team, LSI provided twenty-three Naval Aviation Training and Operating Procedures Standardization NATOPS/GFR/GGFR qualified aircrew instructors to deliver COI for Advanced Positional Pilot, Naval Flight Officer (NFO), Acoustic and Non-acoustic Warfare Officer (AWO), In-flight Technician (IFT) P-3 operator flight training, and Instructor-Under-Training (IUT) instruction.

LSI certified instructors provided all aspects of stand-up instruction, as well as performance monitoring during all phases of training including classroom and device sessions on the ground and in-flight training.  Additionally, all course material was monitored and updated by LSI instructors as changes were identified and provided to the Taiwan service at the completion of the case.

For the Taiwan program, LSI flew over 300 sorties and added 1100 flight hours to its total completion of over 4500 mishap free flight hours of P-3 Orion training over its many years of international programs.  Upon completion of the training program, the TAF maintenance personnel were prepared to accept and maintain the remainder of the delivered aircraft for operational use and the aircrew ready and qualified to fly them.

LSI excels in planning and deploying the right amount and mix of employees to foreign areas in order to meet and exceed mission requirements.  LSI is familiar with the myriad of special requirements associated with FMS work and working in the varied OCONUS environments.  The company maintains a robust Foreign Clearance and Export compliance program and all deployable LSI employees comply with the applicable partner nation general protection/security policies and procedures.  Over the three year Period of performance in the Taiwan case, LSI accomplished this high risk, highly visible aviation training program on time and under budget.  At its completion, LSI was able to de-obligate 5.5 million dollars back to the customer attributable to the cost efficiencies created and employed by LSI.

Instructor Services

LSI’s cadre of exceptionally experienced instructors provides training that meets specific Government requirements for numerous military aviation and other academic courses. These services are provided at designated military installations nationwide, at LSI facilities, and at various military facilities around the world.  LSI provides full spectrum aviation training, from courseware and classroom instruction for both aircrew and maintenance, to part-task training as well as in-flight training through the instructor level.  LSI holds an extensive and wide variety of Instructor expertise, we have provided instructors to teach U.S. Navy Seabee construction, U.S. Navy Helicopter pilot simulator instruction, and we currently provide Customs and Border Protection with P-3 Pilot instruction.  We provide New Equipment Training (NET) Team personnel and maintainer ground school instruction as well as the revision and maintenance of courseware as the aircraft changes due to the Product Improvement Program.

Training Support Services

LSI provides numerous high quality training support services to multiple U.S. DoD customers, to include:

  • Training Support Staff to the Center for Seabees and Facility Engineering, PT. Hueneme, CA.
  • Administrative and Financial Support Staff for the Naval Construction Training Center, PT. Hueneme, CA.
  • TECOM support for projects across TECOM (GNOSS, MCTIMS, Exercises like Javelin Thrust, etc.)
  • Instructional Systems Design Support Staff for the Center for Surface Combat Systems, Dahlgren, VA.
  • Transportable Flight Proficiency Simulator (TFPS) support for CH-47 NET
  • Any other non-instructor services

Fabrication

In support of our Modeling and Simulation lines of business, LSI operates a manufacturing production facility in Pensacola, FL.  The 61,000  square feet of manufacturing space is spread over a five building compound,  all actively engaged in  training device manufacturing, modification, relocation, depot level overhaul, and supporting on-site repair and contractor operation and maintenance at numerous military sites.  This facility includes three main hangar production facilities, one each for the ongoing Apache, Chinook, and Black Hawk work. Another building is dedicated to our machinery, welding, sheet metal, and electrical/electronic shops and includes a CNC machine and a water jet cutter.  The fifth is a warehouse space. We also have an OSHA certified paint booth, large enough to paint an entire CH-47 Chinook Helicopter and a smaller paint booth for modeled component and smaller parts.  In this comprehensive facility, LSI engineers and technicians produce quality training devices that meet or exceed customer requirements at the lowest possible cost with on time, or ahead of schedule delivery.  The fact that we have our own metal fabrication gives us better control of quality and helps us ensure on time deliveries.  Our capabilities at our fabrication plant not only provide a facility that is fully capable of manufacture, overhaul and modification of major Aircraft Training Systems, it also provides additional research capacity and capabilities leveraging the impressive skills and expertise of our artisans who bring Depot, Intermediate, and Organizational level Aviation Maintenance experience.

Electronic Classrooms

Our electronic classrooms are made up of hardware and software designed to provide the instructors with the tools to more actively engage the students. Our electronic classrooms are designed to meet the needs of each customer’s learning environment.  They consist of servers to support the curriculum, an instructor station consisting of a computer with dual flat panel monitors, student workstations with a computer, and dual flat panel monitors.

DDG-51 Courseware

LSI develops DDG-51 courseware that supports U.S. Navy training requirements for crews taking possession of new DDG-51 class destroyers from the shipbuilder.  This training is designed to enable the crew to safely operate and maintain designated ship’s systems and equipment, and to assist in the successful completion of new construction milestones.

The training is based on U.S. Navy standards, documentation, doctrine, and programs such as: Personnel Qualification Standards (PQS), Planned Maintenance System (PMS), Engineering Operational Sequencing System (EOSS), Sewage Disposal Operational Sequencing System (SDOSS), Naval Ships Technical Manuals (NSTM)s, OPNAV/FFC/TYCOM Directives, Ship Information Books, and lessons learned.

DDG-1000 Courseware

The DDG-1000 Zumwalt-class destroyer represents the next generation in U.S. Navy surface combatants.  The advanced technology present on the DDG-1000 demands an equally advanced training system.  Our DDG-1000 courseware prepares personnel to be “Ready for Qualification” prior to arrival on their assigned DDG-1000 Class ship.

Our DDG-1000 courseware supports Personal Qualification Standards (PQS).  The training modules include:

  • Module 100 – Fundamentals
  • Module 200 – Systems
  • Module 300 – Watch standing Principles and Procedures/Operations
  • Module 400 – Watch standing Practice
  • Module 500 – Maintenance Support
  • Module 600 – Preventive Maintenance
  • Module 700 – Corrective Maintenance
  • Module 800 – Emergency and Battle Damage Repair
  • Module 900 – Capstone event (Oral Boards)

F-35 Lightning II Courseware

The F-35 courseware introduces the aircraft and all of its systems and capabilities to both maintainers and pilots.  The Interactive Courseware (ICW) provides the foundation for all subsequent training.  Our sound instructional design principles produce topics, lessons, and units that allow the learner to master basic knowledge of the aircraft before advanced system-specific knowledge is introduced.  The training instructs over 50 skillsets covering all three U.S F-35 variants (Air Force, Navy, and USMC) as well as a number of foreign military customers.  Because the evolving nature of this emerging aircraft demands training be frequently revised, the courseware is designed to allow updates to be done once and then shared with all target audiences.

Complementing the F-35 courseware is enhanced training developed for the F135 engine.  While the basics of the F135 engine are included within the F-35 courseware, some learners receive more detailed training related to depot-level engine component repair and replacement.  The same high-fidelity interactive graphics in the courseware are re-purposed in an F135 Electronic Training Aid (ETA).  The ETA is used in the classroom to highlight, isolate/restore, separate/join, and cross-section any system of the F135 engine in a high-resolution virtual environment.

MH-60R/S Operator and Maintenance Training Curriculum

LSI develops MH-60R/S courseware and training products that support United States Navy H-60 helicopter training programs.  As new aircraft, operator, and maintenance capabilities evolve, we seamlessly integrate the upgraded system information utilizing technical data extracted from developmental/operational test events and Engineering Change Proposal (ECP) modifications.  Our H-60R/S training is a blended solution employing Interactive Courseware (ICW), Instructor-guided Computer Aided Instruction (CAI), interactive examinations, and curriculum packages supporting laboratory events. Course development is conducted with review authority and oversight by the Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training (CNATT), HSC and HSM Fleet Replacement Squadrons, Wing Weapons School, PMA-205, and NAWCTSD.

H-60 Maintenance Training Curriculums

MH-60R Avionics Organizational Maintenance
MH-60S Avionics Organizational Maintenance
MH-60S Organic Airborne Mine Countermeasures Mission Kit Maintenance
SH-60F/HH-60H Electronic Systems Organizational Maintenance
MH-60R/S Electrical Organizational Maintenance
H-60 Power Plants and Related Systems Organizational Maintenance
H-60 Airframes and Related Systems Organizational Maintenance
MH-60S Armament Organizational Maintenance
H-60 Armament and Related Systems Organizational Maintenance
MH-60S Conventional Weapons Loading

MH-60S Operator Training Curriculums

Pilot and Aircrew training encompasses the below operator Category I courses:
MH-60S Fleet Replacement Pilot Category I
MH-60S Fleet Replacement Aircrew Category I
MH-60S Organic Airborne Mine Countermeasures Fleet Replacement Pilot Category I
MH-60S Organic Airborne Mine Countermeasures Fleet Replacement Aircrew Category I

Missile Technician Continuum

The Missile Technician Continuum (MTC) is a blended training approach designed to provide phased training to Missile Technicians onboard the Navy’s Ohio-class ballistic missile submarines. This approach provides training at the Operator, Technician, and Manager levels, delivering focused training throughout the MT’s career. The training consists of over 340 hours of Interactive Courseware, Instructor Led Training, and Laboratory Training.  Virtual Training. Assessments are accomplished through computer-based posttests, hands-on performance assessments in the laboratory using training devices and simulators, and through interactive assessments in the virtual environment.

This training is initially designed in the Navy’s Authoring Instructional Materials (AIM) system, then exported into LSI’s courseware development engine. After the SCORM 2004 conformant interactive content is developed, it is imported back to the AIM system, providing enhanced surveillance and maintenance capabilities of the content for life cycle management. The content is staged in afloat and ashore Learning Management Systems (LMS) to support training delivery through the sailors’ at-sea patrol and shore duty assignment periods.

Naval Training Products and Services for Naval Education and Training Command

As a prime contractor on several Naval Training Products and Services (NTPS) multiple award contracts, LSI has conducted analyses and built courseware on a variety of topics for the Naval Education and Training Command (NETC), including support for the Operational Specialist (OS) and Quartermaster (QM) schools, instructional system design support for the Center for Surface Combat Systems (CSCS), and mobile device training applications for Recruit Training Command (RTC).  Work for NETC on the NTPS contract vehicles requires in-depth knowledge of the NETC End-to-End (E2E) process.  This comprehensive training analysis and content development process supports the NETC Training Strategy by employing realistic scenarios and problem solving exercises to design effective performance-based training.  Content built using the E2E model is developed in the Content Planning Module (CPM) and the Learning Objective (LO) modules of the Navy’s Authoring Instructional Materials (AIM) toolset.

Courseware Development Tools

Venus 2 Enterprise (V2E) is LSI’s premier courseware development tool.  While we also employ Commercial Off The Shelf (COTS) development tools, V2E provides our customers with a powerful, customizable solution that creates SCORM 2004 complaint training, and apps for mobile devices (iOS and Android), from the same training content – build it once and deploy on multiple platforms.  V2E courseware can synchronize learner data (progress, metrics, assessment scores, etc.) with either a traditional SCORM Learning Management System (LMS) or with an Experience API (xAPI) Learning Record Store (LRS).  V2E training content conforms to the latest internet browser standard, HTML5.  By embracing the HTML5 standard, LSI has eliminated the need for third party plugins, ensuring compatibility now and in the future.  The V2E tool itself is scalable, easily supporting large development teams in a server-based enterprise environment and also functioning as a stand-alone editor on a desktop workstation.  LSI provides V2E to our customers, free of charge and without licensing fees, including a simplified courseware editor that anyone can use to sustain their training content.