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Aerospace Materiel Systems Program Office (AMSPO) manages the Ground Support Equipment for the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). They identified a need to track the utilisation and health of their GSE. With around 100 fleets to manage and maintain across 23 bases located around Australia and Malaysia, an effective fleet management and maintenance system had the potential to realise a number of benefits based around improved force preparedness, asset rationalisation, safety and return-on-investment.
Named the Health and Usage Monitoring System (HUMS) Pilot Study, the purpose of the trial was to test theories identified in an Operational Concept Document (OCD), drafted for AMSPO, that discussed various HUMS data capture, data transfer and data analysis technologies.
Their goal was to determine:
If HUMS were, in fact, feasible within the RAAF operating environment What mix of available technologies would be the most appropriate and cost effective means of implementing HUMS to their ground support fleets.
The project was divided into three phases:
Babcock won the contract to deliver all three phases of the study. Initially, the team was funded to deliver Phase 1, to determine feasibility, before progressing to the next phases.
By working in partnership with AMSPO and RAAF, the team extended the scope of the study. This resulted in recognising potential problems with the implementation of HUMS technology, as well as identifying solutions through a preferred supplier and alternative technologies.
Phase 1 was completed in July 2015, proving feasibility by determining a system that completely met RAAF’s requirements and operating environment.
Babcock will work with the device and technology supplier, a world leader in ground support equipment telematics devices, to develop the solution further for the trial. This will involve a six month modification and procurement process, followed by a six month trial to collect and analyse the data across multiple fleets.
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