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Success Stories

NASA Systems Engineering Process Management Tiger Team

Our Challenge

Evaluate and streamline Marshall Space Flight Center’s center-wide System Engineering (SE) Policy (MPR 7123) to ensure efficient process-focused, technically rigorous SE requirements resulting in an implementable SE life cycle policy with great cost-benefit.

Our Experience

The Tiger Team was led by a TriVector Senior Systems Engineer and consisted of TriVector Senior Systems Engineers (3), Junior Systems Engineer, and Configuration Management Subject Matter Expert (SME).

Our Performance: MSFC Director

  • Assembled 60+ Center SE SME’s to gain their input and concurrence on revisions.
  • Developed the execution plan - evaluated MSFC’s 17 core SE processes.
  • Benchmarked NASA, DoD and International standards for best practices.
  • Wrote the modified policy and briefed it to MSFC leadership and SE professionals.
  • Developed the definitive NASA SE handbook and trained NASA SE personnel.
  • Customer requirements achieved and project executed within budget and schedule.

Our Value

  • Reduced “Shall” statements by 84% resulting in more streamlined execution across all NASA programs
  • Significantly increased technical awareness, rigor and validity of requirements

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Large Commercial Space Venture ($2B+) | SE&I Program Implementation and Execution

Our Challenge

Develop and execute a lean, efficient, and effective Engineering & Integration (SE&I) program for Stratolaunch Systems, a large commercial space program. This program required integration of two significant subcontractors, one with a robust government program SE&I history, and one with virtually no SE&I history.

Our Experience

TriVector implemented a small team to successfully execute the SE&I program. Project Leader (SE&I SME), Deputy Project Lead (PM SME managing highly technical, large programs); and 2 high performing Junior Systems Engineers

Our Performance

  • Developed comprehensive execution plan and obtained buy-in from all stakeholders
  • Benchmarked NASA, DoD and International standards for SE&I best practices
  • Developed key SE&I documents to include SEMP, SRD, IRD, risk management plan, and the Configuration Management plan
  • Developed and implemented use of Design Analysis Cycles to maintain architecture baseline control
  • Developed and executed tailored system level technical review processes (SRR, PDR, CDR)
  • Developed effective system level requirements that required very little change through CDR
  • Provided customer oversight/insight to all program and technical reviews

Our Value

  • Providing truly integrated efficient and effective SE&I functions across major subcontractor base with vastly different levels of practicing SE functions
  • Providing complete SE&I technical and PM expertise with a lean, highly experienced staff.

defense system Exceptional SE&I functionality with 60% reduction in normal SE staffing

NOAA Unmanned Systems Program Office

Our Challenge

Develop a new National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) program to integrate unmanned systems into existing operational earth science monitoring programs, where appropriate.

Our Experience

TriVector was sought out directly by the NOAA Program Director due to our reputation and past performance as strong systems engineers and problem solvers. TriVector’s team includes experienced Program Managers, Senior Systems Engineers, and Journeyman-level Systems Engineers.

Our Performance

  • Developed mission unique requirements (Sea Ice Monitoring, Tropical Cyclones, Fisheries Monitoring, Marine Mammal, etc.) using workshops including multiple stakeholders (e.g. field scientists)
  • Developed the Unmanned Systems PO Strategic Plan and Program Management plan
  • Developed/managed an asset database with over 175 unmanned systems, and 90 sensors/payloads
  • Received and evaluated sensitive technical and cost information from multiple vendors via NDAs.
  • Developed Analysis of Alternatives (AoAs), utilizing Air Force Standards, to evaluate NOAA’s mission requirements via existing assets (ships, airplanes, human observation, satellite, etc.) versus unmanned systems. Based on our AoAs, we determined the best asset and sensor/payload for specified missions. Our AoAs also drove the acquisition strategy when unmanned systems were the preferred solution.

Our Value

  • Defined Unmanned Systems requirements where none existed.
  • Developed an AoA process to rapidly provide NOAA with the most technical, programmatic, and lowest risk solution recommendation(s) to accomplish their missions.
  • Ensured NOAA incorporated Unmanned Systems appropriately to ensure optimal mission performance and affordability.

Sierra Army Depot Energy Solution

Our Challenge

Deliver energy savings and passive climate control in a 100,000 square foot Army Storage Facility known for significant temperature fluctuations.

Our Experience

The TriVector effort was spearheaded by our Sr. Sustainability Engineer/Energy SME and backed by TriVector’s wide range of expertise and problem solving capabilities.

Our Performance

  • Navigated the U.S. Army Materiel Command (AMC) paperwork process
  • Secured a construction bond for the facilities modification at Herlong, CA
  • Instrumented the building for data collection
  • Provided onsite supervision of the energy storage material installation using BioPCM™ from Phase Change Energy Solutions, Inc., in Asheboro, NC.
  • Analyzed current energy consumption/variations and reported “before/after” results to the customer
  • Supported the AMC Facilities Director out briefing to Ms. Katherine Hammack, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and the Environment. The result: "Home run ... with Ms. Hammack!”

Our Value

Achieved 35 to 55% reduction in energy necessary to maintain target temperatures in a US Army storage warehouse in the first two months of operation.


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Featured in the September 2015 Energy Huntsville News,
"Energy Huntsville Member Solves Army Energy Problem!”
and on the U.S. Army official home page "Local Researchers Find Energy Solution for Depot."