Development and Application of the Framework for Assessing Cost and Technology (FACT) to Support USMC Ground Vehicle Design Analysis


Principal Investigator:  Dr. Daniel C. Browne, Georgia Institute of Technology (daniel.browne@gtri.gatech.edu)

Timeframe:  May 2014 to May 2015

Category: Systems Engineering and Systems Management Transformation (SEMT)


Description

Objective:

The Marine Corps Systems Command (MARCORSYSCOM) has been leading the development of the Framework for Assessing Cost and Technology (FACT) since the spring of 2011. FACT is designed to be a comprehensive Model-­‐ Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) environment to support DoD acquisition. FACT offers a means to capture a solution architecture, define design variables and performance parameters of interest, integrate models and/or simulations, execute trade studies, and analyze the results. All of these capabilities are offered in a collaborative web interface.

This effort was initiated to re-architect FACT into a more modular and extensible architecture, offering an industry standard REST API. Re‐factoring FACT’s capabilities into this architecture would allow Government and Contractor developers to build upon the FACT base with a greatly reduced learning curve,  easing adoption of the framework.

Approach:

  1. Explore Modeling and Simulation Capabilities Available for Evaluating Solutions Against the Requirement Set.
  2. Support Technical Exchange Meetings
  3. Update Data/Models in FACT to support Tool Use.
  4. FACT Toolset Improvements
  5. Explore and Implement Visualization Techniques
  6. FACT Hosting

Publications

Publications: None to date

Research Team

Researchers:

  • Daniel C. Browne, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Santiago Balestrini-Robinson, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Dane Freeman, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Melissa Rost, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Devraj Mehta, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Thomas Mark, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Robert Kempf, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Todd Shayler, Georgia Institute of Technology
  •  Blaine Laughlin, Georgia Institute of Technology
  •  Bryan Ake, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Cusuh Ham , Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Joshua Eppinette, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Giuseppe Scoppino, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Jordan Carroll, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Timothy VanHeest, Georgia Institute of Technology

Collaborating Institutions

Project Researchers