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Test #03-005, DCAMS Computer/Software Upgrade Phase 1

DAMAGE CONTROL ENGINEERING TEST FACILITY

(DCETF)
NAVAL RESERVE CENTER, BALTIMORE
TEST DATA

TEST NUMBER: 03-005 DATE: 16-17 April 2003
TEST TITLE: DCAMS Computer/Software Upgrade Phase 1
OBJECTIVE Criteria: In this test the objectives are as follows: 1) Install new computers with DCAMS software, up to seven computers were connected through a hard wire LAN cable, 2) Check the performance of the system, 3) evaluate DCAMS software for ease of use.
DESCRIPTION OF EQUIPMENT: Six new Dell computers with a flat screen monitor were installed. Four were installed in the DC computer lab, one in DCC, one in DCOPC, and one Gateway laptop in DCR2. Photo of the computers and software are shown below.
DESCRIPTION OF TEST - RESULTS:
The results of the following objectives are; 1) All seven computers have been setup and hard wire to a LAN cable system. There were some problems in the LAN cable for DCC, DCR2, and DCOPC computers at first, but after the connection were repaired all computer seem to be working ok, 2) The performance of the system are still being study, one problem that has come up is DCOPC computer is not showing up on the network, but can see other computers on the network. Other problems in the network system may have occurred on DCR2 computer since I was trying to fix the DCOPC computer. I think it a good time to get the network engineer back to see what the problem is. 3) The ease of using the DCAM software in general can be self learn by playing with, but there are some areas that may not be easily understand such as dark shaded areas that coming on or off. The doctrine guideline and the user's manual in "help" may be very helpful, but overall I think a day class on the using the software would be very much helpful.
EVALUATION:
TEST TEAM:
webmaster@dcfpnavymil.org, NAVSEA 05L4
Creig Beck, NAVSEA
EQUIPMENT NAME: Dell Computer desktop and Gateway laptop
CONCLUSION AND RECOMMENDATIONS:
The network system seems to work except for a couple of computers that will be looked at for network software problems. The DCAM software looks like a very helpful tool for Damage Control; just need some training classes and use in DC training drills. Overall, this should be installed aboard a test ship to get more feedback on equipment and system reliability.

Image showing DCAM Computer Lab

DCAM Computer Lab

Image showing DCAM Sample

DCAM Sample