Shipbuilding Partners and Suppliers (SPARS) 701 (2008-393)
- National Industrial Information Infrastructure Protocols (NIIIP)
- General Dynamics Bath Iron Works
- General Dynamics Electric Boat
- IBM Software Group
- Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding
- Northrop Grumman Ship Systems
April 2008 - June 2010
NSRP ASE Investment: $985K
Industry Investment: $1.1M
Continue development of a proven web-based shipyard-to-supplier business process. Additional capabilities include the new Supply Chain Management module, upgraded Information Security, and continued operation of the SPARS Pilot Test Bed.
The SPARS Consortium added new functionality to the SPARS system to increase the annual cost reductions realized at implementing shipyards. SPARS directly supports the DDG-51, Virginia Class Submarines, DDG-1000, LPD-17, and LHA-6 programs. Cost reductions of approximately $2M per process per implementing yard have been documented. Fifteen SPARS production processes currently implemented at five first-tier shipbuilders are shown in the table to the left. The new business processes and updates completed in SPARS 701 are:
1. Supply Chain Management – centralize and automate the data collection and updating of required supplier information, which reduces shipyard labor content, cycle time, and error rates for the gathering and maintaining of required supplier business information.
2. Information Security Requirements – update the previously developed software with new security requirements mandated by NAVSEA and the Department of Defense (DoD) Information Assurance Certification and Accreditation Process (DIACAP).
3. SPARS Pilot Test Bed – provide for the continued operation of the Pilot Test Bed where shipyards can experiment with previously developed process modules and determine if a process will fulfill a need or requirement in that shipyard.
Request Final Report from NSRP – Limited Distribution to authorized government agencies and NSRP ASE Program representatives
Point of Contact:
Paul Horstmann, National Industrial Information Infrastructure Protocols (NIIIP) Consortium