Portfolio Planning

    Government Agency Uses Predictive Portfolio Simulation to Reduce Project Approval Cycle Time and Improve Resource Capacity Planning

    Situation

    A government agency whose responsibility involves overseeing and approving very long cycle time (years) and high risk construction projects was struggling with the complexity of managing multiple projects of this magnitude at the same time.  They were facing resource constraints as well as pressure to shorten the approval time

    Objectives

    • Shorten the contract approval cycle time

    • Develop a simplified, yet accurate way, of analyzing long term resource requirements

    Results

    ProModel worked with the agency to develop a re-usable predictive project portfolio planning capability to help them achieve their objectives both now and in the future.  To date they have been able to achieve the following:

    • Understand more accurately their actual approval process and where the bottlenecks are

    • Test ‘What-If” scenarios around potential different courses of action without interrupting their live process

    • Improve the process for forecasting their resource requirements over the next 5-10 years

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    Process Improvement

     

    Lean Six Sigma Analysis for Army Depot Paint Shop Capacity and Labor Resources

    United States Army

    Situation

    One of the critical functions for which the Army repair depot is responsible is the Paint Shop reset of mechanical items through staging, steam clean, prep, blast and paint. Approximately 11 different items run through the depot's Paint Shop, taking varying times to reset and repaint.

    The depot was anticipating increased demand due to the continued high level of troop deployment throughout the world, and needed to know the maximum capacity of items it was capable of repairing for a given month. Anticipating a demand of resetting a minimum of 200 units per month, the depot engaged ProModel to help develop a simulation solution which would give them the capability to analyze their paint shop reset operations.

    Objective

    • Identify the actual maximum capacity of items the Paint Shop can reset given the current state of equipment and resources.

    • If the current throughput did not meet the demand of 200 units per month, identify the primary and secondary constraints.

    Results

    Lean Six Sigma principles were used to develop current and future state predictive analytic simulation models. The current state model indicated a maximum monthly output of 93 mechanical items reset with resources scheduled for 2 shifts, four days a week, validating data reflective of the actual process.

    A new model was created to simulate the future state scenario to determine the system's maximum capacity with the current staffing while running two blast booths. The maximum capacity with two blast booths and current staffing is 107 items per month.

    Then the future state model was used to determine that once the blast booth process was no longer the constraint, labor was the new constraint of operating a system with two blast booths.

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    Custom Solutions / Custom Development

    AST - Army Force Generation Synchronization Tool

    Background

    Manning the Global War on Terror and other security efforts at home and abroad, while protecting the precious time soldiers have at home with their families, is a complex logistics challenge. ProModel Corporation was selected in 2006 to partner with U.S. Army Forces Command (FORSCOM) to develop a toolset that simulates Army personnel moving through the Army Force Generation process and provides the necessary predictive capabilities.

    The resulting technology developed by this partnership is the Army Force Generation Synchronization Toolset (AST).

     

    ProModel Featured in "Military Logistics Forum" Magazine

    Q: General Via, how do you see the role as the Army’s Lead Materiel Integrator (LMI) evolving over the next few years?

    A:"...LMI allows Army Materiel Command (AMC) and other logistics and materiel stakeholders to use an automated Decision Support Tool (DST) that interfaces with the Army Force Generation Synchronization Tool (AST) and Logistics Information Warehouse (LIW) to better optimize supply against demand..."

    Click here to read the full interview with General Via on page 21 of Military Logistics Forum.

    Objectives

    • Gather all Army conventional force requirements worldwide in one location and review validated requirements over time

    • Assess the conventional forces inventory (Army units) flowing through the Army Force Generation process

    • Source force requirements with the available Army inventory to fulfill missions, while complying with deployment policies for units

    • Model units flowing through Army Force Generation to synchronize the key dwell time events required to optimize readiness for return to deployed status

    Click here for the AST brochure

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    DST - Decision Support Tool

    Background

    The Army is faced with the continuous challenge of getting the right equipment (materiel supply) to the right place at the right time (demand). To locate, prepare the equipment and get it to the units to meet requirements, the Secretary of the Army gave Army Materiel Command (AMC) the mission of being the Lead Materiel Integrator (LMI) - the manager of Army materiel redistribution.

    DST-SM is the unclassified, web-based, collaborative tool the LMI uses to lead the Army Materiel stakeholders through the planning and execution of Army materiel distribution/redistribution. DST-SM matches validated, prioritized equipment demands with available Army inventory in depots, non-deployed units, and other sources. It can also provide different scenarios for solving tough equipping distribution problems. The options will help equipment managers consider the impact of delivery times and transportation costs and the long term effects of any decisions.

    Objectives

    • Provide an enterprise view of total Army materiel supply and demand over time

    • Match validated, prioritized equipment demands with available Army inventory in depots, non-deployed units, and other sources to create proposed sourcing decisions to fill any shortages

    • Improve overall Army readiness by more effectively redistributing materiel

    Click here for the DST brochure

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    NST - Naval Synchronization Tool

    Background

    The Naval Synchronization Toolset (NST) is an Internet-based software tool that provides the Department of the Navy (DoN) with predictive analytic capabilities for the sourcing of aircraft to squadrons, squadrons to air wings, and air wings to aircraft carriers. NST provides rapid visibility into the consequences of the scheduling decisions related to individual aircraft, squadrons, carrier air wings, and carriers. The predictive planning capabilities of NST are used to resource F/A-18 aircraft to squadrons and air wings to support carrier strike groups (CSGs), with the intent of extending the lives of older, currently deployed aircraft.

    Objectives

    • Facilitate the efficient, synchronized development of authoritative operational, maintenance, and training schedules for the DoN's operational units and their assets

    • Facilitate the development of alternative courses of action (COAs) to explore the impacts of potential changes to operational commitments, training patterns, and fiscal constraints

    Click here for the NST brochure

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    DoD Contracts

     

    Prime Contracts:

    • U.S. Army - FORSCOM (Title: ARFORGEN Synchronization Tool (AST) Support Services for the U.S. Army Forces Command)
    • U.S. Army - LOGSA (Title: Lead Materiel Integrator Decision Support Tool (DST) for the U.S. Army Material Command)
    • U.S. Navy - NAVAIR (Title: Naval Synchronization Toolset (NST)

    Subcontract Vehicles:

    • Information Technology Enterprise Solutions - 2 Services (ITES-2S) - (subcontractor to SAIC)
    • LOGSA Information Technology Enterprise Solutions (LITES- ITES-2S) - (subcontractor to IBM)
    • AMCOM EXPRESS - (subcontractor in technical [Quantum Research International, Inc.], and in business and analytical [QuantiTech, Inc.])
    • System Engineering and Technical Assistance (SETAC) Contract 2010 - (subcontractor to Quantum Research International, Inc)
    • Concepts and Operations for Space and Missile Defense Integration Capabilities (COSMIC) - (subcontractor to Quantum Research International, Inc.)

    Purchasing Options:

    • Computer Hardware Enterprise Software Solutions (CHESS) (software)
    • NASA SEWP (Solutions for Enterprise-Wide Procurement) GWAC (Government-Wide Acquisition Contract)
    • General Services Administration (GSA) Contract Number GS-35F-0174T IT-70 (software, maintenance/support, training, IT consulting)

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