Design and Engineering Integration During the Weld Lifecycle

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N65538-07-M-0107
Agency Tracking Number: N063-173-0109
Amount: $69,200.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2007
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: N06-173
Solicitation Number: 2006.3
Small Business Information
10670 Treena Street, Suite 210, San Diego, CA, 92131
DUNS: 142307789
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Kenneth Wolsey
 (858) 657-2120
Business Contact
 Kenneth Wolsey
Title: President
Phone: (858) 657-2121
Research Institution
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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