Support Vehicle Technical Documentation redrafting
CDS Defence SupportÂ was tasked with redrafting the SV Technical Documentation Set and did so ahead of schedule and on budget.
CDS Defence Support went above and beyond what was required and their meticulous attention to detail gave us great assurance that they would meet all requirements asked of them, including the mitigation of risk within the project.
Keith Major, Commercial Manager, MAN Truck & Bus UK Ltd
The DE&S Operational Support Vehicles Programme Project Team (OSVP PT) taskedÂ MAN Truck & Bus UK Ltd to provide a future ILSÂ strategy for their in-service Support VehicleÂ (SV) fleet.
The requirement involved the redrafting of the SVÂ Technical Documentation Set, in accordance withÂ Def Stan 00-600, JSP 886 and JSP (D) 543. This taskÂ took disparate source material, from variousÂ sources and brought it all together into a coherentÂ suite of Army Equipment Support Publications (AESPs).
The threeÂ main sources of information were:
- Existing Trilogi-based Data Modules
- MAN internal MCOTS manuals
- Existing MOD AESP suite
MAN invited six companies to compete for this work. Following a rigorous competition, CDS were awarded the contract having demonstrated outstanding technical capability, meticulous attention to detail and a comprehensive understanding of the requirement.
CDS developed scripts to convert the S1000DÂ XML-based Data Modules into the new draft AESPÂ format, instead of manually copying theÂ information into the new template. There wereÂ over 1800 Data Modules to be converted and thisÂ method ensured accuracy and consistency, whilstÂ also enabling them to be processed more quicklyÂ and efficiently.
These converted Data Modules, MANâ€™s CommercialÂ Off The Shelf (MCOTS) manuals and the ProjectÂ Teamâ€™s AESP suite were interrogated for accuracyÂ and applicability. This was achieved by visitingÂ MAN and MOD sites and cross-referencing theÂ existing information with the actual equipment.
Approximately 40,000 pages were amended,Â verified and reformatted into the new AESPs. CDS created the full suite of AESPs for all variantsÂ within the Support Vehicle Programme ahead of time and within budget. These were accepted byÂ the Project Team and are now used to operate,Â maintain and support the SV fleet. CDS continue to provide ongoing support underÂ Post Design Services (PDS) management activities.
CDSâ€™ comprehensive experience and skill setsÂ provided a number of benefits:
- The innovative development of the scriptsÂ enabled the Data Module conversions to beÂ performed in a more accurate and consistentÂ manner, whilst also providing substantial timeÂ and cost savings.
- The significant amount of verification andÂ validation conducted throughout the processÂ ensured the supplied suite of AESPs to theÂ Project Team were safe and accurate for use byÂ the operators and maintainers of the vehicles.
- CDSâ€™ extensive experience of producingÂ military land systems documentation and aÂ team comprising a number of ex REME VehicleÂ Artificers ensured there was a high level ofÂ technical understanding of the subject. Therefore,Â further time and cost savings were able to beÂ made and passed on to the customer.
- A Request for Change (RFC) procedure wasÂ developed and a Configuration Control Plan andÂ Master Document Repository set up containingÂ methodology for change management, ensuringÂ that all changes and amendments to theÂ documentation suite are now agreed, recordedÂ and actioned.
CDS services used in delivering thisÂ solution
- Project Management
- Information Management and Configuration Control
- Technical Authoring
- Technical Illustration
- Software Development