Advertorial: Advanced IPMS from Navantia

18 Temmuz 2017
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In the past 25 years, Navantia has gained a broad history in the development and delivery of Integrated Platform Management Systems (IPMSs) for both the Spanish Navy and for other navies (for example: Thailand, Norway, Venezuela, and Australia) and for all types of ships (for example: patrol vessels, frigates, minehunters, LHD’s, and submarines).

Since its first implementation, Navantia’s IPMS has been in continuous evolution, incorporating the latest technology available in the market, enhancing the capabilities, improving the internal performance, integrating new applications and providing tools to support new concepts of sustainability.

As a result, Navantia has probably the most advanced IPMS in the market.

The decisions in a warship are ultimately the responsibility of the Commander, therefore in order to take the most appropriate decisions, it is necessary to have the best knowledge of the situation. The IPMS becomes, in this way, the tool that, on the basis of the data provided by the sensors of the vessel, generates knowledge about the situation of the vessel and serves as a basis for decision-making.

To implement this concept, Navantia has developed a framework called COMPLEX/SIMPLEX (Control and Monitorization of PLatforms Extensible / SIMulation of PLatforms Extensible).

This framework, together with a hardware (HW) architecture with a high level of redundancy and fault tolerance, based on Commercial-Off-The-Shelf (COTS) components and a software (SW) architecture that allows the operation of the system even with a high degree of physical degradation, results in control systems that:

  • Allow safe navigation with reduced manning,
  • Optimize the response of the operators to provide them with the best knowledge of the situation of the ship, and
  • Provide aids to decision-making.

One of the distinctive characteristics of Navantia’s IPMS is that information can be accessed through three models of representation which are fully integrated and synchronized: 2D View (schematic representation); 3D View (real representation); and Data View (representation data exploration).


IPMS Functionality

IPMS functionality can be grouped as standard and extended:

Standard functionality: The basic IPMS functions cover the automation, control and remote supervision of propulsion and steering, electric power generation and distribution, monitoring and control of the auxiliary systems and faults.

Extended functionality: In addition to these functions, the IPMS incorporates a number of added functions based on the handling of the available information and the incorporation of ship engineering models to assist the decision-making, for example:

  • On Board Training: The system of on board training allows the training of staff, and has the purpose of training the operators in the management of the IPMS’ control and supervision tools, using the same control panels and consoles installed on the ship.
  • Audits: The IPMS stores everything that happens in the ship and in the operation positions. It thus has a black box that allows the operator to analyse off-line what has happened in every moment, who has done what, when and where.
  • User management: Security access control and allocation of responsibilities to the operators.
  • Reporting: The system incorporates the generation of reports from historical data, with the possibility of printing directly or storing them in an HTML file.
  • Maintenance Tools:
    • Built in Test (BITE): Auto diagnosis oriented to the location of faults in the system itself.
    • Aid to Preventive Maintenance: Using the registration of the hours of operation and the number of manoeuvres carried out by the different teams.
    • Predictive Maintenance: The system allows integration of Condition Based Maintenance (CBM) and Health Monitoring System (HMS) tools.
  • Documentarium: An information repository of the ship where each equipment organized in a hierarchical manner and accessible from any operator.
  • Predefined Configurations: Allows the operator to set a particular state in a complex circuit with a single click of the track-ball.
  • Control and Remote Monitoring: Through a data link, it enables remote control and monitoring of the ship, as well as the update of the SW installed.
  • Automatic Sending of Data: This function selects a set of data from all that is stored in the IPMS to be sent to a shore station for analysis by experts in order to determine predictive maintenance actions and also enable forensics.
  • Trend Graphs: Allows the graphical representation of any variable alone or in combination with others, both using values in real time or historical data stored
  • Playback Mode: Allows the injection of historical data on the application itself for analysis of any situation, allowing a strict control of the time (back, forward, stop, fast forward)



The purpose of the Navantia Integrated Damage Control System (NADCIS), as part of the IPMS or as an independent system, is the prevention, detection, search and control the damage that occurs in the ship whether caused accidentally or as a result of a combat situation.

Apart from the standard functions of fire detection, flood detection, NBC pollution control, fire-fighting, bilge and ballast control, HVAC control, monitoring and control of access and tightness, and management and incident tracking, NADCIS incorporates a series of tools and functions to enhance the fulfilment of its function.

In addition to the basic Damage Control functions, other features are incorporated:

  • Control of Stability and Forces: Calculation tool for stability and forces both in un-damaged and damaged vessel conditions. The tool provides recommendations for the restoration of stability conditions.
  • Integration of Video Surveillance: A video window will be automatically opened to the Damage Control Operator for visual confirmation of the incidents detected by the sensors.
  • Determination of Escape Routes: optimal routes calculator between two points in the vessel. The calculation of the path takes into account the situation of the incidents (flood, fire, smoke, pollution NBC, or structural damage) as well as other conditions (access hatches, lifts, etc.)
  • Personnel Locator: Location of ship’s crew in real time, based on the use of RFID tags and a system of antennae located throughout the ship. The system automatically generates man overboard alarms.
  • Panoramic Views: integrated viewer of panoramic views as an aid to the location of equipment and systems in particular for damage control.


Navantia Platform Training Simulator

Based on the COMPLEX/SIMPLEX technology, Navantia provides a wide range of IPMS training simulators, adapted to the needs of training, from simulators for individual training based on PC (Computer Based Trainer / CBT) to full-motion mission simulators for crew training.

Navantia has provided simulators for Spain, Norway, Australia and Venezuela, and for different types of ships (patrol vessels, minehunters, frigates, submarines, LHD’s, etc.).

The Navantia approach for crew training consists essentially in the use of the IPMS SW that runs on the actual ship, complemented with platform simulators that run unnoticed to the student. These simulators feed therefore directly the real time IPMS data base, in lieu of the field data collected by the IPMS Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC).

The platform simulators provide users training capacity in the management of the control systems of the ship, by means of an appropriate environment that includes a representation of IPMS consoles, where it runs the real SW operator interface (HMI) and a coherent simulation SW of the equipment and systems of the vessel, all in different scenarios.

The simulators incorporate likewise a representation (physical and/or virtual) of Local Operation Panels (LOP) and other auxiliary equipment for the training in situations requiring the use of these components since the local control of the platform equipment is an essential part in the daily operation of the ship. The virtualized physical panels are accessed through the 3D View, which allows future crews to become familiar with the interior of the ship, the exact location of the equipment and the local operational its panels.



When, in addition to training in the control of platform equipment, training in the integrated management of the ship is required, Navantia brings an advanced solution, which consists in virtualizing the most complete and complex physical control position that exists on board – the Bridge, thereby completing the training toward the outside of the ship, having dominated the interior.

In addition to everything included in the standard simulation, the navigation module includes a detailed model of the hydrodynamic behaviour of the vessel, in order to obtain a response close to reality, considering the effects caused by environmental conditions such as the state of the sea (height and period of waves), wind, weather conditions, visibility, etc. These parameters are set by the instructor and affect the behaviour of the ship.

Additionally, the simulator incorporates the generation of very detailed three-dimensional virtual environments for the training of the crew in the operation of the ship in different mission scenarios, achieving a sense of reality.

Navantia’s approach enables to unify the training of the equipment and bridge operators, which face the same scenarios and interacting with one another, provide a level of training that today is only achieved on board with the actual use of the ship.


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