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Knowledge and Experiences of Expert Labor (KEEL)

Award Information

Department of Defense
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2006 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
Aptima, Inc.
12 Gill Street Suite 1400 Woburn, MA 01801-
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2006
Title: Knowledge and Experiences of Expert Labor (KEEL)
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N65538-06-M-0071
Award Amount: $70,000.00


The shipbuilding industry has a large number of workers that are close to retirement. With their departure a great deal of expertise, wisdom, and institutional knowledge will be leaving the workforce. This loss could lead to inefficiency and higher costs in the shipbuilding process. A method of capturing and transferring this experience and knowledge to junior workers would reduce the impact of the departure of the expert workers. KEEL, the envisioned product of this SBIR, is a unique tool that will accelerate the training of junior workers by facilitating the transfer of knowledge from experienced workers even years after their retirement. The core of the tool is a knowledge framework based on dimensions within the shipbuilding process that are known to affect productivity. Two interfaces will touch the knowledge framework: a knowledge capture interface and a knowledge playback interface. The knowledge capture interface will systematically elicit the experiences and lessons of the retiring workforce. The knowledge playback interface will allow the junior employee to access these lessons when in need of guidance.

Principal Investigator:

Enio E. Velazco
Director, OE Division

Business Contact:

Margaret J. Clancy
Chief Financial Officer
Small Business Information at Submission:

12 Gill Street, Suite 1400 Woburn, MA 01801

EIN/Tax ID: 043281859
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No