Pioneering Systems Engineering Approaches in the Shipbuilding Industry

AOC personnel approach our designs with a sound and detailed understanding of the requirements and mission that needs to be fulfilled. With our experience in complex and complicated designs we are conversant in the tools available to control the large amount of information involved in creating a solid design base. This includes knowledge, development and management of the databases to track requirements from the operation level down to the engineering level. This focus on the design foundation has allowed us to keep our projects within the requirement bounds, preventing scope creep and the resultant cost escalation.

Marine Systems

AOC's Marine Systems group applies mechanical, electrical, structural and naval architecture knowledge, experiences, and technologies in developing marine analysis and design. The Company has experience supporting ships, submarines, aircraft, watercraft, automation, unmanned vehicles, and electronic systems with U.S. Navy. AOC personnel in the Marine Systems Group have specialized capabilities in commercial vessels, shipyard repair estimating, dry-docking, mega-yachts, historical vessels, fiber optics, and large marine structures.

Combat Systems

AOC's Combat Systems Group serves as an integral part of the weapons team supporting the integration of combat systems on the LCS variants. This integration includes the 30mm Gun Mission Module (GMM) and the Surface to Surface Missile Module (SSMM). AOC's integration effort requires coordinating with weapons engineers, inspection teams, test teams, certification teams so each unique teams' requirements are incorporated into the combat systems on the LCS. In addition, we work closely with Dahlgren combat system engineers for test events and ship checks. As a result, the AOC combat systems team has been a key factor in bringing new weapons systems onto the LCS. Our senior engineers have decades of experience in working on Navy combat systems and this vast knowledge provides the unique skill-set to serve in this technical role.

Reliability Engineering

A major factor to the delivery of a robust system is the ability to influence component level reliability and maintainability. AOC personnel have years of experience in conducting reliability, maintainability and availability (RMA) analysis - having been involved in the development of the TIGER/Monte Carlo based reliability model now used throughout the Navy. Capabilities include models and processes that permit rapid identification and allocation of reliability and maintainability characteristics to engineering design teams. These models and processes enable continued RMA support throughout the engineering design cycle to ensure the implemented solution is a reliable and easily maintained system. AOC personnel have reliability engineering experience with Navy Ships, Army/Marine Ground Vehicles, Combat Systems and commercial electric utility systems. AOC, as part of a larger team headed by Oregon Iron Works and Leidos, has been awarded the Reliability, Maintainability, and Availability contract for the United States Special Operations Command's (SOCOM) Combatant Craft Medium Mk1 (CCM Mk1).

Systems Analysis

Over the years, AOC has conducted Systems Analysis for its clients in support of key management decisions - required in major engineering projects. Systems analysis provides a basis for rational decision-making, accounts for uncertainty, considers failure impacts, identifies all cost elements and uses life cycle cost comparisons. To execute system analysis studies, AOC possesses expertise in both deterministic and probabilistic modeling applied to design, cost and mission effectiveness models. SA can evaluate alternate engineering concepts without building or operating each system and can focus on key design and cost drivers that are of interest to the decision maker.

Human Systems Integration

AOC personnel provide MSSIT support to the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) Human Systems Integration (HIS) Integrated Project Team (IPT) to identify, communicate and document HSI problems, risks and solutions between organizations.

AOC retains a unique blend of experience with Human Systems Integration, human factors engineering, system safety analyses and human resource requirements modeling. For example, AOC personnel have experience with current HSI requirement standards (MIL-STD-1472) and also have pioneered Design Work Studies to incorporate Operational Sequence Diagrams (OSD's) and Flow Process Charts (FPC's). These tools and processes influence modern Human Factors Engineering and are as applicable today as they were years ago. HSI is an integral part of DoD product development and sustainment. AOC's expertise with core HSI methodologies is applicable to many different DoD programs.