Reuse of Legacy Data for Vehicle Support within the US Army
TACOM RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT AND ENGINEERING CENTER WARREN MI
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The US Army Tank Automotive and Armaments Command TACOM supports combat and tactical vehicles for the Department of Defense. It is becoming increasingly important for the Army to acquire spare parts for existing vehicles cost effectively. New vehicle systems such as the Future Combat System must be developed in shorter time frames incorporating the very latest technologies available and using the latest modeling and simulation tools. Reusing valuable legacy data is one approach to reducing product lifecycle costs. However, legacy Army data exists in several heterogeneous formats such as paper and Mylar drawings, 2D vector drawings and some 3D CAD models. This paper discusses the issues involved with working in a heterogeneous product data environment and potential solutions to the problem. The objective is to eventually acquire data in an intelligent 3D parametric model format, convert legacy data where practical and store the information in a Product Data Management system to reap the benefits of modeling and simulation throughout the organization.
- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics