PARTNER SPOTLIGHT: CGI OPENSEA360

SubSea Craft has worked with CGI since the start of the VICTA project. CGI OpenSea360 and its open architecture allows for adaptability in the most complex of projects, such as VICTA. 

CGI OpenSea360 is a maritime mission system for sub-24m high-speed craft that undertake complex, high-tempo missions: small boats doing big jobs. 

Scientifically designed in close partnership with end users, it’s proven to empower crews to react faster to changing circumstances in challenging conditions, and consequently achieve their missions more effectively and with greater confidence than they can with the incumbent systems in service with many armed forces.

These benefits, along with CGI OpenSea360 truly open architecture, future-proof flexibility and their partnership working ethos, are some of the reasons CGI OpenSea360 is used by the Royal Marines, the RNLI and other leading small-craft operators such as SubSea Craft.

CGI designed CGI OpenSea360 specifically for craft like VICTA and there are three features of VICTA and her potential mission profile which help to illustrate this.  

Complex, Information Centric Mission

The insertion mission profile requires maintenance of situational awareness (SA) in a number of disciplines: Navigation SA: Where are we, are we safe and will we arrive at the objective on time?  When dived, where is the final rendezvous? How do I avoid submerged countermeasures and hazards?  Tactical SA: Where are our adversaries and potential hostiles?  Where are friendly forces?  How do I minimise risk of detection whilst maximising mission effect? How do I access real-time information from external sources to remain responsive to evolving situations?  Platform SA:  What is the state of the craft: Buoyancy, trim, air reserves, power state and diver state? How is the automation performing, and when and how does the pilot need to intervene in the event of a problem?

Sophistication of the Craft

The craft is designed to fulfil roles only delivered by separate platforms today: Long-range delivery and deployment by air or surface platforms; High-speed surface passage followed by rapid transition to the sub-surface domain, to operate in potentially dangerous, turbid, tidal coastal waters.  The craft will be operated through all mission phases by a small team, responsible for scrutinising a wide array of information resources which could include monitoring and, potentially, intervening in automated processes.

Cognitive and Physical Operator Workload

Assimilating and managing all of these feeds increases the cognitive workload and, when combined with pressure, cold and sensory deprivation when dived, makes the interaction with this information challenging.  CGI OpenSea360 helps to overcome those challenges and eases operator burden by better enabling the absorption and exploitation of critical data, allowing commanders to make quicker, better decisions.  

CGI and SubSea Craft have worked closely to resolve these conflicting challenges 

Mission System Architecture

The architecture and design of the mission system: Exploiting the Open Architecture to provide simple and intuitive integration with platform systems and sensors.

User Interface

Adapting the user interface (for this craft, with particular focus on the design of screens for dived operations.

Assurance and Testing

Using a comprehensive and traceable approach to ensure the highest technical and quality standards are achieved.

CGI OpenSea360 allows VICTA to continue to be a generation ahead of the competition and give operators the comfort in knowing that maritime mission system has been designed with their safety in mind.