Technical Authoring: Air Publications for International Guns and Missiles (IGMR) Project

Overview

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The MoD’s International Guns, Missiles & Rockets (IGMR) Project Team (PT) required a complete review and update of the Air Publications (APs) for their range of miniguns. This involved a team of technical authors and illustrators collecting, collating and reviewing technical information from two main sources:

  • the existing legacy APs;
  • the manufacturer’s literature, featuring upgrades and modifications to the equipment.

The Technical Publications team at CDS:

  • collected and reviewed the source data against the existing APs; and
  • redesigned and restructured the guidance for the next edition of the of APs to:
    • encompass new information; and
    • remove redundant or obsolete information.

Our staged production of the AP enabled the PT’s technical authority and the maintainers in the gun bays to fully review the publication as production progressed.

CDS attended hands-on reviews, working alongside the Project Team and the maintainers to capture first-hand any comments, suggestions and changes required.

The requirement

IGMR PT required a complete review and update of the Air Publications (APs) for the following minigun variants; Mauser on Tornado, Mauser on Typhoon, M134DC, M60D and M3M, to enable the MoD to fully support the equipment’s in-service operation and maintenance.

The solution

CDS collected and reviewed the source data against the existing APs. The results of the review required the CDS team to redesign and restructure the next edition of the APs to encompass new information and remove redundant or obsolete information.

The APs were produced in stages allowing for a complete review of the updated publication by the technical authority in the PT and by the maintainers in the gun bays. Attending the hands-on reviews and working alongside the Project Team and the maintainers, CDS were able to capture first hand any comments, suggestions and changes required to the APs being reviewed.

CDS’s understanding of the technical aspects of the equipment allowed the production process to advance at pace, meeting the PT delivery schedule. Operation, maintenance and other related activities were updated, rewritten and developed with the PT and gun bay maintainers.

All topics were reorganised and, wherever necessary, new procedures written, with supporting images created by CDS’s technical authors and illustrators. CDS’s technical authors and illustrators attended meetings, validations and reviews, as well as live firing tests at various UK locations.

The Parts Catalogues were updated and, when necessary, images amended or created. All NATO Stock Numbers were screened using the MoD’s Item of Supply Information System (ISIS) to ensure that the most up-to-date and relevant information was used.

The APs underwent a significant amount of rework and were subject to, at varying stages, quality assurance activities both by the CDS team and the PT. A number of drafts were issued to facilitate the reviews. The final suite of APs were delivered to the PT in the required format with an option for reproduction.

During this AP project, certain maintenance-significant procedures were highlighted by CDS, which have subsequently led to improved safety, performance and reliability.

CDS services provided

The solution used a range skills from CDS Defence Support division:

  • Authoring
  • Illustrating
  • Data gathering
  • Quality Assurance (QA)

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