Form 9.B Project Summary


Chron: 970444
Proposal Number: 05.01-9765
Project Title: Integrated Design and Manufacturing Software Tool for Windows
Technical Abstract (Limit 200 words)
Affordable and rapid implementation of advanced technologies is an increasingly important aspect of general aviation (GA) product development. Resource optimization for new products and processes requires close coordination between all participating team members. The primary barrier to effective communication is intuitive data integration. As the organization expands, in membership and geographic location, the difficulty in achieving IDM optimization increases.

Recent advances during the last 2 years - in three key areas - have provided a foundation for an effective solution to this problem. The performance of computers continues to improve at an exponential rate allowing the migration of high-powered software tools onto one low-cost hardware platform. Likewise, as the storage price ($/meg) continues downward, increasing amounts of information are now being digitally developed and archived. Given these factors, the PC environment is now poised for significant use within GA product development.

The Phase 1 effort involves the technical feasibility of transferring existing NASA funded research from a large aircraft application to GA. Phase II would then lead into the development of prototype software system, which fully integrates a Client/Serve Database system with ActiveX and OLE2 compliant software. Using this IDM technology will help generate tremendous savings to the life cycle cost of GA.
Potential Commercial Applications (Limit 200 words)
All successful companies search for ways to add value to their products, increase efficiency, and improve the bottom line. This is a delicate balancing act where the merit of fresh ideas and technologies are weighed against the realities of the business climate. Success depends on making the best decisions in the shortest amount of time. Today, global markets and scarce resources have greatly raised the stakes. Fortunately, information technologies have matured allowing for the creation of powerful analysis tools. The next logical step is to create an intuitive IDM technology that enables companies to maximize their team efficiency.

Continual improvements in product development, cost and performance are key for survival of most organizations. By its very nature, effective communication within a multi-disciplinary team will need to span organizational boundaries. An IDM tool would improve critical product development communication across the design, production and management roles. With widespread use, companies utilizing IDM technology will require a significantly larger number of licenses than would be typical of computer-aided design (CAD) tools. Therefore the market potential is larger than the current market for CAD products (+2 Billion 1996).
Name and Address of Principal Investigator (Name, Organization Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip)
Christopher M Fulgham
TeamVision, Inc.
P.O. Box 24207
Federal Way , WA 98093-1207
Name and Address of Offeror (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip)
Brian Deutsch
TeamVision, Inc.
P.O. Box 24207
Federal Way , WA 98093-1207