Requirements-Based Cost Models

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-08-C-5703
Agency Tracking Number: F2-3920
Amount: $709,935.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: 2005
Solicitation Topic Code: OSD05-CM3
Solicitation Number: 2005.3
Small Business Information
INRAD
11020 Solway School Road, Knoxville, TN, -
DUNS: 131344470
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Mary Ann Merrell
 Program Manager
 (865) 927-4134
 MaryAnn.Merrell@inrad.us
Business Contact
 Vicky Dyer
Title: Administrative Assistant
Phone: (865) 927-4134
Email: MaryAnn.Merrell@inrad.us
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
This SBIR Phase II, Requirements-Based Cost Models, will develop software to enable cost managers to extrapolate costs of complex systems with higher fidelity than current approaches. Identifying the true costs of transitioning technologies from concept to production is complicated by many factors, from the lack of a known cost basis from which to estimate new requirements to difficulties in identifying information that can support improved cost extrapolations. Based on an ontology-driven approach, the Requirements-Based Cost Modeling System (RBCMS) will be a web-accessible toolset that enables users to evaluate and document cost estimates, particularly in pre-proposal and proposal project stages. InRAD’s software will merge cost data with technical information to provide a foundation for determining costs for elements in order to (1) provide a basis for the derivation of cost drivers and their impact to total product cost and product requirements and (2) provide a systematic approach for cost managers to access highly targeted data to substantiate costs for which no historical or documented costs are known. The RBCMS will manage cost sessions to provide continual histories of changes and traceability to factors that impacted projections. As middleware, this system will supplement, not replace, current parametric and other cost modeling tools.

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