AH-64D Apache Postproduction Software Support (PPSS)
Establish a capability to modify, build, integrate, and test the tactical software changes for version 14A software build for the AH-64 D Apache PPSS. When TriVector joined the team, there were no programmatic processes or systematic approaches for testing defined; which would be required for achieving the independent AIMS certification required to fly with the ADS-B out upgrades.
TriVector’s subject matter experts (SMEs) led the Systems Engineering Team and participated in the Systems Engineering IPT for V14A which addressed the AIMS certification process and led the effort to establish the team processes and Integrated Product Teams (IPTs) including updating the Project Management Plan and the Software Development Plan.
- Integrated Commercial Off-The-Shelf (COTS) hardware and upgraded Version 14 software to incorporate the Automatic Dependent Surveillance – Broadcast (ADS-B) Out and Mode S functionally required by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) mandates.
- Airworthiness Liaison and prepared the Airworthiness Qualification Specification (AQS), performed the Delta System Safety Analysis for the ADS-B Out functionality, developed and coordinated the Software Change Impact Analysis (SCIA), acted as the Test Lead for the Software Test Plan, Software Test Description, and the Software Test Report for version 14A and performed coordination with multiple outside agencies.
- The TriVector team defined the software engineering processes, including the airworthiness and safety processes, defining a testing strategy, and contributed to the execution of the plan for the V14A software build. Additionally, worked with the AIMS Project Officer representatives to execute the DoD 1102 AIMS Test prior to Formal Testing.
- TriVector defined tests that would be used for the Aircraft Test Plan (ATP) prior to the Ground Test and the subsequent Flight Test demonstration. The S3I AH4-64D Apache PPSS is the first team to successfully modify Apache software without the Prime contractor’s support.
NASA Systems Engineering Process Management Tiger Team
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.
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.
- Reduced “Shall” statements by 84% resulting in more streamlined execution across all NASA programs
- Significantly increased technical awareness, rigor and validity of requirements
Received MSFC Group Achievement Award
Large Commercial Space Venture ($2B+) | SE&I Program Implementation and Execution
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.
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
- 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
- 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.
Exceptional SE&I functionality with 60% reduction in normal SE staffing
NOAA Unmanned Systems Program Office
Develop a new National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) program to integrate unmanned systems into existing operational earth science monitoring programs, where appropriate.
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.
- 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.
- 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
Deliver energy savings and passive climate control in a 100,000 square foot Army Storage Facility known for significant temperature fluctuations.
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.
- 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!”
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.
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."