Accession Number : ADA322855

Title :   An Assessment of CVP Technology Integration, and Implementation.

Corporate Author : BDM FEDERAL INC MCLEAN VA

PDF Url : ADA322855

Report Date : MAY 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 106

Abstract : The purpose of this study is to assess the maturity, level of use, utility, and viability of Collaborative Virtual Prototyping (CVP) technology and its application to the industrial base. CVP represents a collection of technologies that enable the establishment of an integrated and simulated acquisition environment. Integrated and Simulated Acquisition (ISA) enables: (1) system developers, customers, and end users to work as a distributed team, and (2) system developers to fully evaluate design concepts and conduct trade offs among design concepts prior to production. Despite the apparent potential of CVP technologies to support improvements in the weapon system process, numerous questions remain regarding the viability of this technology, namely: (1) existence of technological barriers to implementation of CVP in weapon system acquisition programs, (2) integration of CVP into the weapon system acquisition process, (3) existence of cultural and policy barriers associated with CVP technologies and related new processes, (4) economics of implementing CVP and how these economics affect the Government's ability to use small businesses at the prime and subtier level, (5) measurement of the benefits of CVP, (6) transition of industrial practices employing CVP to weapon system development programs, and (7) acceptance of CVP technologies and practices within the defense development community. These issues are at the heart of this report, which encompasses the collection and analysis of technical, business, and policy information related to CVP research efforts and industrial capabilities in both the U.S. and Canada. Particular focus is placed on the challenges faced by small and medium sized organizations in applying these emerging technologies.

Descriptors :   *INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION, *PROTOTYPES, *COMPUTER AIDED MANUFACTURING, INTEGRATED SYSTEMS, SYSTEMS ENGINEERING, DATA MANAGEMENT, INFORMATION EXCHANGE, ECONOMIC IMPACT, COMPUTER AIDED DESIGN, DISTRIBUTED DATA PROCESSING, COMPUTER COMMUNICATIONS, TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER, PRODUCTION CONTROL, ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE, COMPUTER NETWORKS, INDUSTRIAL RESEARCH, VIRTUAL REALITY, DISTRIBUTED INTERACTIVE SIMULATION.

Subject Categories : Computer Systems
      Mfg & Industrial Eng & Control of Product Sys

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE