Design and Engineering Integration During the Weld Lifecycle

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$70,000.00
Award Year:
2007
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N65538-07-M-0107
Award Id:
82431
Agency Tracking Number:
N063-173-0109
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
10670 Treena Street, Suite 210, San Diego, CA, 92131
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
142307789
Principal Investigator:
Kenneth Wolsey
President
(858) 657-2120
kwolsey@ksysinc.com
Business Contact:
Kenneth Wolsey
President
(858) 657-2121
kwolsey@ksysinc.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
Welding is one of the most important aspects of shipbuilding. Welds are one of the largest labor and material components in ship delivery. Also, the effect of even a single weld failure can be catastrophic to the ship's performance and to crew safety. In spite of its key role, welding in the shipbuilding industry suffers from many problems that plague the welding industry at large as well as challenges unique to shipbuilding. These challenges have created a situation where welding is a high-cost process that lacks useful tools and methods to increase efficiency and lower costs. The proposed solution combines recent research from the welding industry with technology and innovations from Knowledge Systems Solutions to create a rule-based suite of software that supports an interoperable weld lifecycle. The proposed solution will 1. Document a weld lifecycle commonly used in shipbuilding. 2. Implement an open system architecture and neutral data modeling standards for interoperability. 3. Create a suite of rule-based software tools to capture, manage, and reuse best practices and lessons learned. 4. Provide a business model that allows companies to incrementally implement the solution with a quick return on investment.

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