Integrated Simulation-Based Design Environment

Period of Performance: 05/20/2002 - 05/19/2003

$750K

Phase 2 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Business Performance Group, LLC
5301 Shilshole Ave. NW, #330
Seattle, WA 98107
Principal Investigator

Abstract

As a result of our Phase I research, BPG has determined that development of an integrated simulation-based design environment is both technologically and economically feasible. Critical to this effort was identifying a business model and define a scenario based on that model around which to demonstrate our proposed integrated simulation-based design environment for the UWV. This scenario, as well as one oriented toward the commercial AUV/UUV communities to be developed at the outset of Phase II will guide the development the ISBDE we have proposed. The overarching goal of the proposed Phase II work is to establish and demonstrate the economic benefits of an ISBDE, and not to develop a fully complete and deployable suite of tools and services. To achieve this goal, our primary technical objective is then to develop a prototype of an ISBDE around our identified scenarios. Use of this prototype will allow us to capture business process metrics; capture technology performance metrics; revise the UWV ISBDE commercialization plan and BPG's overall business plan to ensure the success of both the UWV ISBDE and BPG; and revise/extend the ISBDE implementation architecture based on metrics results. BENEFITS: The immediate focus for application of the ISBDE architecture is deployment in the underea weapons and vehicles communities. BPG foresees that following application of its ISBDE into the undersea weapons domain community, this architecture has great potential for deployment into the larger undersea vehicles domain community, as well as into other communities of practice that engage in large complex, high risk product/systems development projects. Benefits to the Navy include shorter design lead times, increased design and engineering capacity, improved quality of results, more efficient interaction with industry base, reduced technology redundancy and associated cost across the community. Benefits to community members include wider access to computing resources and analysis applications, faster deployment of analysis tools, faster dissemination of knowledge and information, improved sharing of knowledge, information, and data within the community, improved design and analysis efficiency, reduced cost of Government project participation, and mitigation/sharing of technical and business risks associated with design and analysis technologies. Following the deployment of the ISBDE into the Undersea Weapons and Vehicles design community and the wider commercial AUV/UUV Design communities, BPG has identified the potential for deployment of such an environment into other communities similar to these. These communities are typically large domain-specific communities made up of many independent discipline-specific organizations and/or individuals that must work together to develop highly complex systems. These communities include those engaged in designing and engineering surface combatant ships, offshore structures, aircraft, space vehicles, and automobiles. BPG has identified a second market segment BPG has identified an additional market segment that can benefit from working within an ISBDE as we have proposed. This segment is made up of smaller domain-specific, independent, multidisciplinary engineering and analysis firms. An ISBDE would provide these firms with greater capabilities through access to additional, more sophisticated analysis tools, increased integration of available tools, and an improved ability to cooperate with other firms. Examples of these communities include automobile industry suppliers, and small commercial vessel designers.