Knowledge and Experiences of Expert Labor (KEEL)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00024-08-C-4107
Agency Tracking Number: N053-161-0420
Amount: $750,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2007
Solicitation Year: 2005
Solicitation Topic Code: N05-161
Solicitation Number: 2005.3
Small Business Information
APTIMA, INC.
12 Gill Street, Suite 1400, Woburn, MA, 01801
DUNS: 967259946
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Rebecca Grier
 Team Scientist
 (202) 842-1548
 rgrier@aptima.com
Business Contact
 Margaret Clancy
Title: Chief Financial Officer
Phone: (781) 496-2415
Email: clancy@aptima.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
The shipbuilding industry has a large number of workers that are close to retirement. With their departure a great deal of expertise will be leaving the workforce. This loss could lead to 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 (Knowledge and Experiences of Expert Labor), 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 this innovative knowledge management tool is a framework based on topic areas (and their competencies and KSAs) within shipbuilding that are known to affect productivity. Two interfaces will touch the framework: a knowledge capture interface, which will systematically elicit the experiences and lessons of the retiring workforce, and a knowledge playback interface, which will allow the junior employee to access these lessons when in need of guidance. In phase II, we will develop and validate a beta prototype. This will prepare us for Phase III, when we will build a working system.

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