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Managing The Complexity in Design Change
UNITED STATES NAVY
In recent work at US Navy Naval Surface Warfare Centre NSWC-SSES Advanced Machinery Systems Integration Branch (Philadelphia), an experienced Naval engineer was working on a minor order: to move a chilled water cooler from beneath deck to above deck in a mess barge.
Whilst this might sound like a fairly straight forward task, he was struggling at having to understand the numerous documents on the individual systems involved; how pipes and machines and spaces are all inter-dependent in the tightly crowded barge; and where every system has been sized, engineered, and positioned for the current configuration.
The "data forensics" undertaken which was required was affecting a seemingly innocuous task and was, in fact, proving extremely daunting, and allowed much less time for the actual “valuable” engineering work required to make the design change.
The BOXARR Solution
Deployment of BOXARR allowed the engineer to simply and quickly construct a comprehensive “boxes and arrows” model of the various systems involved, and how they depend upon one another. Armed with this model, the engineer was able to have a clear visualisation of the task at hand in a single place, allowing him to get on with the real engineering involved, and completing his task faster and more effectively, saving significant man hours.
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