Accession Number : ADA312449

Title :   Report on Prototype Design IETM.

Descriptive Note : Test rept.

Corporate Author : CALS TEST NETWORK WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH

PDF Url : ADA312449

Report Date : 16 DEC 1992

Pagination or Media Count : 31

Abstract : Major efforts are underway within the Department of Defense (DoD) and the joint services to develop and transition technology which will speed the origination and exchange of information required to conduct day to day operations. A major focus of these efforts are Interactive Electronic Technical Manuals (IETM). These automate the diagnostics and maintenance of a defense system and may use an expert system to perform diagnostics. Draft IETM specifications are being reviewed and pilot studies to identify portable maintenance aid (PMA) platforms are underway. The purpose of this task is the development of a prototype IETM based on the (draft) General Content, Style, Functionality and User Interaction (MIL-M-GCSFUI) and IETM Data Base (MIL-D-IETMDB) Military Specifications. The prototype will provide a framework for evaluating the proposed standards and whether they are adequate for the creation of a viable IETM using commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) software. Unlike prior attempts to develop IETMs, this effort utilizes COTS software which is part of the JCALS system. The prototype integrates a hypertext browser and a model-based expert diagnostic system. The user may optionally select the expert system to perform diagnostics on a defense system. The prototype system will be interactive and context sensitive. The data used for developing the IETM data base and demonstrating the prototype system are from the Air Force Technical Orders for the Communications System of the F-l6 C and D aircraft. This report details design considerations for the preparation of the technical data used to develop the IETM data base, the tailoring of the hypertext browser to operate according to the IBTM specifications, and the integration of the model-based expert system. The proposed user interface design is included as an appendix to this report.

Descriptors :   *INFORMATION TRANSFER, *AIRCRAFT MAINTENANCE, *PROTOTYPES, *MAINTENANCE MANAGEMENT, *MANUALS, COMPUTER PROGRAMS, DATA BASES, MAINTENANCE, PORTABLE EQUIPMENT, ELECTRONICS, DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, MILITARY REQUIREMENTS, DEFENSE SYSTEMS, INFORMATION EXCHANGE, INTERACTIONS, SPECIFICATIONS, INTERFACES, OFF THE SHELF EQUIPMENT, JOINT MILITARY ACTIVITIES, COMMERCIAL EQUIPMENT, USER NEEDS, DIAGNOSIS(GENERAL), COMMUNICATION AND RADIO SYSTEMS, EXPERT SYSTEMS, TRANSITIONS, PILOT STUDIES, HYPERTEXT.

Subject Categories : Information Science
      Computer Programming and Software
      Attack and Fighter Aircraft

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE