Knowledge and Experiences of Expert Labor (KEEL)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N65538-06-M-0071
Agency Tracking Number: N053-161-0420
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2006
Solicitation Year: 2005
Solicitation Topic Code: N05-161
Solicitation Number: 2005.3
Small Business Information
12 Gill Street, Suite 1400, Woburn, MA, 01801
DUNS: 967259946
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Enio Velazco
 Director, OE Division
 (781) 496-2458
Business Contact
 Margaret Clancy
Title: Chief Financial Officer
Phone: (781) 496-2415
Research Institution
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.

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