Automating Ship Assembly Planning and Simulation

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00024-08-C-4155
Agency Tracking Number: N063-173-0305
Amount: $695,757.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: N06-173
Solicitation Number: 2006.3
Small Business Information
175 Admiral Cochrane Drive, Suite 400, Annapolis, MD, 21401
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Bryan Miller
 (410) 897-9910
Business Contact
 Bryan Miller
Title: President
Phone: (410) 897-9910
Research Institution
Discrete Event Simulation (DES) can help U.S. shipyards reduce cost and schedule risks. A major barrier to employing DES in shipyards is the overwhelming task of modeling production facilities and work content. Another obstacle is large data volumes generated for shipbuilding can seriously degrade system performance. The goals of this project are to reduce manual data input for simulation by at least 70% and to achieve acceptable levels of system performance. Utilizing two Atlantec tools, QA Desktop and Assembly Production, an automated front end application for DES modeling systems will be developed that greatly reduces modeling time and processes large volumes of complex data. The application will be a rules-based facility, resource, and process modeling system that interfaces with major DES systems. The initial approach will be to develop a system for yard-wide capacity planning, scheduling, and estimating. Follow on efforts will enable detailed planning and scheduling, connecting CAD, MRP, and scheduling systems.

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