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Fast track to affordability

By: jwelsh
Like it or not, the government just added another layer of complexity to the competition for government contracts. As part of the new efficiency initiative mandated by Defense Secretary Gates, not only does a proposed design have to meet performance goals, but it has to be the most cost-effective way to get the job done.  While that’s great for the military and essential for the federal budget, it will mean extra work for engineers and acquisition personnel as they pore over trade studies looking for the perfect balance of effectiveness and affordability.  Or, then again, maybe not. On Thursday, February 24 at 1:30 p.m. ET, AGI will co-host a live webinar with our business partner Phoenix Integration to show how three commercial products working in tandem can make those trade studies fast and effective. Phoenix Integration’s ModelCenter software ties AGI’s systems engineering software, STK, to PRICE Systems’ cost-estimating software, TruePlanning.  ModelCenter enables them to interact as one package that performs mission design tradeoffs and system analysis and assigns a cost estimate for each one.  As an example, we will evaluate system trades for a hypothetical UAV collection platform. ModelCenter will assemble different options for airplane platforms, sensors and communications systems, and then push each design into STK to evaluate mission effectiveness and into TruePlanning for cost estimation.  From all the designs, we will select the top-performing group and perform more trade studies to refine our selection to the best, most cost-effective choice. While we have chosen a UAV example, the same analysis can be performed for space mission design and operations, space situational awareness, missile defense, C4ISR, electronic systems and aircraft missions. The beauty is that the tools are ready today and save the time of creating the system yourself or jury-rigging in-house options to work together. Along with that, they’ll make you much more facile during the inevitable systems engineering iterations and you’ll be able to repurpose the models for the design phase. So, grab your coworkers and managers and tune into Thursday's webinar. The event is only 30 minutes long, and free, so it's quite efficient and most likely your least-cost option.
Posted: 2/23/2011 8:25:19 PM