Business Intel Case Study
Every organization, whether commercial, governmental, or military, collects data about itself, its customers and their business. Key to formulating strategies and decision making is the ability to synthesize that data into a form that makes it readily available and easily understandable.
Since 2008, Bridgeborn has worked with the US ARMY Architecture Integration Management Directorate (AIMD) to do just that. AIMD's mission is to integrate operational architectures with ARMY doctrine and to make that data available in usable form for more efficient reporting and analytics. With over 600 operational architectures describing relationships and use cases; referencing equipment, organizations and personnel, from multiple databases, is a daunting task.
Bridgeborn's efforts yielded a reusable framework, the Architecture Visualization and Analysis (AVA) solution, that utilized web services to extract, transform and load architecture data. This process left the data in place, with its original stakeholders, while making it available to any application or purpose. Bridgeborn then transformed the data outputs of these web services into a rich, interactive reporting application; resulting in a more effective and efficient decision making process, saving time, money and resources.
Business Intel Case Study
The US Navy is responsible for managing ship alterations while vessels are in dry-dock. The lack of consistent data collection and adequate tools for plannning, reporting and scheduling, exacerbated the challenges inherent in this process, and resulted in limited visibility into, and understanding of, the existing conditions and configuration of shipboard spaces.
Bridgeborn developed a Ship Logistics System to support Mission Readiness by creating a secure web-based platform where critical shipalt data can be easily added, updated, accessed and shared. Using web services and Bridgeworks™ visualization technology, the system supports the clients’ need for disparate groups to manage, track and schedule ship alterations. The 3D ship environment provides a familiar and intuitive environment to query databases and display the selected hull and effected compartments through an intuitive 3D view. These reports can be easily understood at-a-glance and include advanced drill down functionality for viewing specified compartments in current view, preview and proposed changes.
The result was a web-based ship alteration and configuration control toolset that improved mission readiness, mitigated risk; reduced alteration costs; saved time and enabled the client to capitalize on opportunities by providing a better, more effective system for handling ship check data.
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US Army G2
Business Intel Case Study
The US ARMY G2 (Intelligence) needed a solution to make decisions on extensive collections of Department of Defense Architecture Framework (DoDAF) data. The Client also needed to provide the DoDAF community with a better understanding of complex architectures in terms of broader relevancy to defense planning, operations, and tactics.
In response to this need, Bridgeborn developed a comprehensive Architecture Visualization and Analysis (AVA) solution for a service-leading DoDAF community. Using an extract, transform, load, and visualize (ETL-V™) process, Bridgeborn connected DoDAF data with relevant data extracted from a number of disparate sources. By utilizing a combination of robust XML technologies and lightweight programming in a Rapid Application Development (RAD) environment, AVA connects ETL outputs to digital dashboards and presentation media. The result is a solution that allows the client to present DoDAF data to a broader community (non-DoDAF experts) and use that information in a collaborative environment.
Bridgeborn’s AVA provides decision makers with “at-a-glance” visibility into workings of complex service organizations, systems, dependencies, and requirements, as well as “drill down” capabilities to data required for verifying and validating decisions. This capability reduces time needed to understand DoDAF data and will greatly increase leaders’ ability to quickly and accurately make decisions.
Business Intel Case Study
The US Army's Future Combat Systems (FCS) project was designed as a modernization program to connect a family of systems over a common network. This integration of systems would provide a measurable advantage in complex and challenging environments. However, this concept placed upon subject matter experts the requirement of having deep and sophisticated knowledge of thousands of complex components, systems, and procedures. The sheer volume and density of data associated with this project challenged the Army’s ability to understand the process and verify results.
Bridgeborn provided agile tools that gave system integrators and other subject matter experts the ability to associate data with high fidelity 3D environments depicting integrated operation use cases (IOUCs) for FCS platforms and systems. Information linked to these environments included assessment objectives, design documents, requirements data, and the outputs of OneSAF Testbed simulations. The solution provided a common metaphor through which experts from different domains (soldiers, engineers, managers) could communicate without losing sight of relevant detail from their respective domains. The entire solution was lightweight and delivered over the web to standard personal computers, making it easily accessible.
Bridgeborn’s support of FCS provided the US ARMY and the lead system integrator (LSI) with a clearer understanding of their Integrated Operational Use Cases by dramatically increasing traceability and visibility into and across disparate data sets. Our intuitive, 3D environments reduced time to decision by delivering “at a glance” views of complex information and resulted in higher confidence in their decisions. Additionally, this solution greatly improved enterprise-wide communication across the program’s diverse stakeholders.
Education and Training Case Study
Bridgeborn developed and deployed web-based, interactive 3D content for training on complex processes and procedures for the MH-60 Knighthawk. The solution, using Bridgeborn's patented, interactive 3D platform, Bridgeworks™, was conformant with ADL’s Shareable Content Object Reference Model (SCORM) and allowed for web-delivery as well as use in LAN or desktop environments. Features and functionality included interactive, 3D animations of critical procedures and fly-throughs of the cockpit to educate trainees on complex arrangements and equipment.
The web-based training solution provided the MH-60S community with best-available interactive, 3D content and an extensible html framework for inclusion of future training material. The solution was web-accessible to support distance learning and was SCORM conformant, allowing for “plug and play” reuse across multiple platforms such as Learning Management Systems and Content Management Systems. With interactive, 3D features in the Bridgeworks™ scene, the training time necessary to educate students on complex procedures and systems was reduced. Additionally, the ability to “train by doing” in 3D scene is both effective and engaging, and has been proven in multiple studies to increase retention rates thereby reducing need for continued, extensive training.
Modeling and Data Visualization Case Study
Mature organizations provide continuous improvement environments that promote improved processes, products and services. Bridgeborn pioneered a new approach to such environments for the Air Force through a DARPA funded project by recreating the highly successful 18 day air campaign in Afghanistan known as Operation Anaconda. Bridgeborn identified, collected and processed terabytes of data from disparate data sources and file formats which were assembled into a web-based 3 Dimensional recreation of the campaign.
Bridgeborn's patented 3D interactive software powered a digital dashboard with sliding timeline access to mission reports, media, communications, and key events. A built in 3D environment gave analysts and historians the abiltiy to "play back" all the events over the 18 day period, including aircraft speed, heading, altitude and ordinance deployed. The 3D reconstruction provided unprecedented visibility into operations and dramatically improved the value of a lessons learned solution.
US Air Force/Air Logistics Center
Logistics/Supply Chain Case Study
The Client was responsible for managing the overhaul of key manufacturing and repair lines at Tinker Air Force base. The project was scheduled to take 5+ years, cost in excess of $250MM and included Government employees and countless contractors and support teams. The team's mandate was to accomplish the task with a minimum of downtime, requiring that lines be kept running until replacements were operational, and then disassembled to create slack space for subsequent modifications. Further complicating the project, critical data sets including CAD assets and status reports were kept in over 14 different data sources.
Bridgeborn developed the Virtual Management Environment™ (VME) - a web-based solution for managing, tracking and coordinating progress on multiple, concurrent, time sensitive contracts. Leveraging Bridgeborn’s skills in Service-Oriented Architecture, web services and Extract Transform Load and Visualize (ETL-V™), Bridgeborn created a reusable framework that could represent multiple data sources (ranging from blueprints and CAD assets to standard relational database information) through a dynamic digital dashboard. The reporting mechanism in the dashboard used an intuitive, red-yellow-green “stoplight” metaphor to show progress mapped against a 3D, photo realistic view of the AF base. The buildings and cells within the dashboard connected to multiple data sources and gave the client a single view of the project and its status. Additionally, “drill down” capabilities allowed the client to use the VME to support high level decision making as well as access critical source data.
The Virtual Management Environment™ provided the user with an effective decision support solution that saved both time and money. The solution gave management and decision makers a single, intuitive reporting mechanism that pulled data from all relevant data sources, empowering them to make good, educated decisions quickly and easily. Additionally, web-delivery promoted collaborative use and alleviated “stove-piped” data and decision making that existed previously.