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July 11, 2012

Stottler Henke Associates' Aurora-CCPM Software Selected by U.S. Navy

By Arvind Arora
TMCnet Contributor


The rapidly changing global political conditions have been posing serious challenges to world peace and humanity, encouraging the armed forces to be more advanced in combating any untoward situation. Technology has been offering great help to the defense sector in preparing itself to more effectively meet these challenges.

Stottler Henke Associates Inc., a source of advanced artificial intelligence solutions and technologies, has announced that Aurora-CCPM software has been selected by the U.S. Navy for scheduling maintenance operations at the Naval Submarine Support Facility (NSSF).

A New London, Connecticut-based organization, NSSF is responsible for offering maintenance and repair support services for the 21 nuclear attack submarines operating out of the Naval Submarine Base.

Enhanced software solutions provided by Stottler Henke Associates are helpful in education and training, planning and scheduling and knowledge management and discovery. The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) had earlier honored the company with the Tibbetts Award as a part of its Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program.

With the help of the new Aurora-CCPM software, the U.S. Navy will be able to develop better schedules to carry out vital maintenance operations on the submarines during their limited times in port.

A number of complicated resource-related aspects govern the submarine maintenance schedules, as the Navy can run a number of maintenance operations deploying different combinations of resources, such as maintenance shops and equipment and maintenance teams with a peculiar set of skills and certifications, when the submarines are at the NSSF.

Further, the large submarine parts can only be repaired at 35 specialized maintenance shops, for which they need to be dismantled off the submarine and sent to these destinations. The narrow and confined passageways within the submarines also emphasize that the scheduling system must be designed in a way so that the parts can be transported creating minimum interference to other activities of the craft, and the movements of its crew.

The Critical Chain Project Management (CCPM) methodology was initially deployed by the U.S. Navy successfully for streamlining its operations. But it wanted to adopt a new scheduling software system that could seamlessly integrate with the CCPM structure.

“Critical Chain showed great success when applied to the submarine maintenance, repair and overall (MRO) process at Pearl Harbor 10 years ago,” commented Hilbert Robinson, a critical chain expert and program manager at NOVACES. “However, we wished we had better support for some of the unique scheduling constraints found in the submarine maintenance domain. In addition to the benefits of Critical Chain, Aurora-CCPM provides the capability to zero in on and potentially mitigate additional factors that could otherwise blindside the project team during execution.”

In April 2012, Mason Peck, chief technologist at NASA, paid a visit to Stottler Henke, Inc. corporate headquarters in San Mateo, California.

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Edited by Braden Becker

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