Overview: Training Option/Media Analysis can lead to significant savings without compromising performance. However, selecting the right balance is not easy. Dozens of interrelated factors impact the decision. For example, which options are available; which training activities are best suited for live, synthetic, or a mixture of the two; how much time, money, personnel and resources would each of these options require; and where will the savings come from? BNH has successfully completed hundreds of studies by building a model that considers all variables needed to identify the most cost effective solution. Moreover, BNH stores all data in a centralized database that can be accessed and updated by clients 24/7 – to assess the impact on budget, personnel and resources as requirements change; and keep training effective, efficient and relevant.

In addition to identifying the most cost effective delivery option for each training activity, BNH leverages ADVISOR Enterprise capabilities to improve training efficiency. More specifically, minimize duplication and maximize resource utilization by identifying duplicate knowledge, skills and competencies within various courses; and forecasting/comparing the cost, personnel and resource requirements of viable delivery options.


BNH’s Approach

  • Available media (i.e., instructor-led, self-study books, videos, eLearning, conferencing, virtual classroom, gaming, mobile learning, social learning, performance support systems, trainers, simulators and virtual reality) are identified.


  • Next, to minimize the effort needed to conduct the analysis without compromising the results, training activities are divided into Groups with similar characteristics. For example, all Fact based Knowledge Learning Objectives are placed in the same Group.


  • Viable delivery options for each Group are revealed by mapping training requirements to the capabilities of available media. Options that do not meet a critical requirement (e.g., required level of display, control, hardware, system, motion, audio or video fidelity) are eliminated. Remaining media are rated based on the % of training requirements met. 90% rating, for example, indicates that media met 90% of overall requirements including all critical requirements. (Read more.)


  • The most economical training options are then identified by forecasting and comparing the costs of viable media over life cycle. These may include, for example, out-of-pocket expenses, as well as personnel needed to design, develop, administer, manage, deliver, maintain and support the delivery option. In addition to pinpointing potential savings, the cost analysis facilitates resource management by identifying upfront versus recurring costs, and resources needed over the life-cycle.


  • Next, organizational readiness to implement new learning technology is assessed to identify risks as well as actions and associated costs needed to mitigate those risks.


  • The right balance of live/synthetic training is uncovered by compiling, computing and comparing the effectiveness, costs, resource requirements, benefits and limitations of plausible blends of delivery options to determine the strategy that best meets clients’ needs given existing infrastructure and resources.



BNH Added Value

Proven Track Record. Since 1987, BNH has assisted hundreds of organizations in conducting Training Option/Media Analysis in Canada, United States of America, United Kingdom, Australia, Netherlands and Singapore.

Maximize Training Impact. BNH leverages ADVISOR Enterprise to identify the training requirements of each job/position, prioritize training needs, identify most effective blend of delivery options, focus resources on most critical initiatives and support recommendations through audit trail.

Drive Training Efficiency. BNH leverages ADVISOR Enterprise to identify common knowledge/skills, reveal training creep, uncover key cost drivers, conduct multiple what if scenarios, identify most cost effective solutions, improve resource allocation and reduce travel costs and time away from job.

Keep Training Relevant. BNH leverages ADVISOR to quickly and accurately update the analysis as jobs, policies and equipment evolve; and in-turn ensure that training will remain effective, efficient and relevant.

Military Training Expertise. BNH has in depth knowledge and experience with various military standards including CFITES, MIL-HDBK 29612-2A and DSAT. (Read more.)

Controlled Goods Certified. BNH is certified under the “Controlled Goods Registration Program (#020638) (equivalent to International Traffic in Arms Regulations – ITAR) and is entitled to examine, possess or transfer controlled goods in accordance with Defense Production Act and the Controlled Goods Regulation (

Industrial and Technology (ITB) Benefits. BNH can maximize ITB benefits for Canadian based projects by ensuring all its activities are carried out in Canada by Canadian resources.


“BNH identified $49.3 million in direct and indirect savings for Leopard 2 and Light Armoured Vehicle III crews over a 10 year period with minimal impact on individual and team performance.”

Canadian Forces Land Vehicle Crew Training System.

“BNH identified $22 million in upfront savings and $6 million in annual savings for the nine month, instructor-led Command and Staff course.”

Command and Staff College.

“ADVISOR gives guidance to all the things you have to look at when you are costing training methods. It is not just a spread-sheet exercise.”

Stuart Weinstein, Director of Learning, Unisys Corporation.

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