COURSE dates

Coming Q1 2020
  • Speaker: Stephen Hunt

    Venue: Northampton

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Supportability Engineering & Logistic Support Analysis

First Delegate: TBD

Second Delegate and MOD: TBD

Duration: 5 days

course description

This course is a comprehensive study of how the LSA process can be applied in a cost-effective manner to lower acquisition costs and whole life costs. The course focuses on how to obtain the maximum benefit for the least investment in time and money.

course overview

The Logistics Support Analysis course is a detailed presentation of the LSA process as it is applied to procurement programmes. The course presents the concepts, theories and philosophies of LSA, and then allows students to experience its application through extensive practical exercises. The latest MOD policies contained in Def Stan 00-600 are addressed alongside current commercial practices. Implementation methods of LSA for design, upgrade, and off the shelf programmes for both hardware and software are discussed to determine appropriate application techniques for both the buyer and the seller.

A significant benefit of this course is resolving the myths and horror tales that have surrounded the LSA process. At the completion of this course students will understand that LSA does not create a large cost for acquisition, that LSA does not equate to useless data and databases and that, when done properly, LSA is a painless process.

Students participate in 12, syndicate performed, practical exercises that provide real-world capability to apply LSA at course completion.

course outline

Lesson 1: The Concept of LSA
Introduces the concepts, theories and philosophies of the LSA process and how it is used to meet the requirements of the ILS organization for design, upgrade and off the shelf acquisition programmes.

  • History and background of LSA
  • Acquisition logistics
  • Different acquisition strategies
  • Cost of Ownership
  • Support planning
  • Support infrastructures
  • Support options (In-Service & CLS)

Submarine constructionLesson 2: Supportability Engineering
A detailed presentation of how supportability engineering must be an integral part of systems architecting and systems engineering to achieve User requirements. This lesson focuses on how an organization implements LSA during design or selection of a system.

  • Establishing measurable supportability goals, thresholds and constraints
  • Performance-based supportability
  • Systems architecting and systems engineering processes
  • Reliability engineering
  • Maintainability engineering
  • Testability engineering
  • Reliability centered maintenance
  • Calculating and validating Availability requirements
  • Testing system supportability

Lesson 3: Decision-making for Support and Supportability
The how, when, who and why of decision-making that must be made to achieve minimum supportability requirements.

  • Design decisions for supportability
  • Procurement decisions for supportability
  • Cost of Ownership
  • Operational Effectiveness
  • Operational Availability
  • Balancing requirements with budget limitations

Lesson 4: Developing the Physical Logistics Support Package
Discussion of how a portion of the LSA process can also be used to identify, document and develop the physical logistics support package during the latter stages of system acquisition.

  • Maintenance planning
  • The physical logistics support infrastructure
  • Identification of maintenance significant items
  • Maintenance task analysis
  • Documenting results in the LSAR
  • Using the LSAR
  • Validating the final support package

Training roomLesson 5: Assuring Support Through Life
Discussion of how the LSA process aids in identification and resolution or mitigation of potential long-term support shortfalls.

  • Pre-fielding analysis
  • Post production support analysis
  • Obsolescence
  • Technology evolution
  • Pre-planned product improvement

Lesson 6: Product Life Cycle Support
Discussion of how the output of the LSA process is an integral part of initial PLCS implementation.

  • History of PLCS
  • Standard Exchange of Product Data (STEP)
  • Overview of Product Data
  • Acquisition Data
  • In-Service Data
  • Support Data Utilization

Lesson 7: Supportability Assessment
A step by step methodology to assess progress toward achieving supportability goals, thresholds and constraints.

  • Pre-procurement strategies
  • Design assessment
  • Testing guidelines and implementation
  • Physical resource assessment
  • Acceptance testing
  • In-service demonstrations
  • In-service trend analysis

Lesson 8: Managing the LSA Process
A comprehensive discussion of proven management techniques to assure a successful outcome.

  • Strategies based on procurement methodology
  • Planning by both the buyer and the seller
  • Coordination internally and externally
  • Reporting and communications

Lesson 9: Tailoring the LSA Process
The key issue for success is selecting the minimum LSA activities to be applied to an acquisition programme, determining who should perform the activity and when it should be performed, and linking all activities to a required outcome.

  • Design programmes
  • Upgrade programmes
  • Integration programmes
  • Off the Shelf programmes

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