Project Participants: General Dynamics Electric Boat
Project Start: September 2015

The U.S. Navy and General Dynamics Electric Boat (GDEB) have a joint initiative to reduce the construction cost of the VIRGINIA class submarine (VCS) and OHIO Replacement submarine (OR). The Navy ManTech Program is participating in this initiative with specific focus on improving manufacturing processes for ship construction.

A tool is needed to monitor and forecast the use of critical resources at Electric Boat. The focus of this project is a software-based tool that is capable of providing accurate information to Planning regarding the use and availability of critical resources at GDEB and its partners. This tool is intended to be a system that monitors and forecasts the use of critical resources at Electric Boat. The tool will be capable of providing statistical data to Planning regarding the implication of schedule changes, added work, or changes in a manufacturing assembly plan. The data generated within the tool can then be used to estimate the total cost of a planned/unplanned change event or develop the total cost of a proposed plan. The tool will track information beyond the capabilities of current spatial and capacity planning tools and ensure that sufficient quantities of each critical resource exist at all phases of construction.

The project will be executed in two phases. The first phase will be investigative and will include a thorough requirements gathering from potential end users and GDEB management, development of recommendations and the design of a prototype critical resource planning tool graphical user interface, and the inventory and data storage of all Electric Boat critical resources. Phase II will include the development or extension of the data store to feed the critical resource planning tool, the development of a prototype graphical user interface that accesses planning data and incorporates requirements as defined in Phase I, and the development of specific use cases to be tested with initial deployments of the critical resource planning software. A thorough testing procedure will be developed and executed. After verifying full functionality of the critical resource planning software, the project team will demonstrate the tool to Electric Boat stakeholders as well as project sponsors.

This technology, once implemented, could potentially save an estimated $352K per VCS hull and $2.17M per OR hull.

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NSAM Awards Critical Resource Planning