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.