Project Participants: Huntington Ingalls Industries, Inc.
Project Start:  June 2016

Coordinating the daily tasks of ship construction for thousands of craftsmen is a challenging responsibility for the shipyard foreman. The amount of effort required to coordinate, scope, assign, and record the completion progress is extremely time-consuming and is currently performed in a manner alternating between electronic record, and paper dictation. On average, a large portion of a foreman’s week is dedicated to just assigning and progressing work. This manual process is subject to error and is time-consuming, preventing the foremen from being available to their crews on the deckplate.

The Enhanced Task Assignment and Progressing (eTAP) tool will streamline tasking assignment work by presenting an interface from which the foreman can view/select their accepted bills, providing access to the line items they contain along with the time required completing each line item. This pairing will allow the foreman to ensure the crews are fully utilized throughout the work day. The individual task assignments can then be printed or transmitted for inclusion with the craftsman’s normal work package (operations order, drawing, etc.). Similarly, when the work is performed and the foreman needs to assess progress, eTAP will provide a separate screen of the in-work bills where the line items can be progressed with a simple, fast “one-click” interaction at which point eTAP will automatically calculate the percentage of completion for the value of the line item on the bill. This composite progress report can then be printed or transmitted for recording in the Enterprise Resource Planning system.

The 12-month project will be conducted across two major phases at HII-Ingalls Shipbuilding. Phase I will analyze the current processes for automation and enhancement opportunity. Development will begin on the work assignment function set and Phase I will conclude with a Go/No-Go evaluation. During Phase II, work assignment functionality will be completed and work progressing functionality will be developed. Once all functionality is complete, the eTAP tool will have an initial release to allow the Ingalls Team to pilot the integrated tool functionality. During end-user familiarization and evaluation, the team will collect data regarding time/cost savings and usability of the eTAP tool. Once implemented, Ingalls anticipates this effort will increase craft productivity significantly which translates into a potential cost savings per DDG hull.