Estimating production cost while linking combat systems and ship design
Nussbaum, Daniel A.
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In a Naval International Cooperative Opportunities in Science & Technology Program (NICOP) initiative, the Office of Naval Research (ONR) is investigating whether an emphasis on the utilization of computer simulation and combat modeling will achieve a warship design that effectively links the combat system and the ship design. A success in this effort will result in an enhancement to the ships combat mission effectiveness while providing real-time estimates of the associated production cost. This thesis addresses the cost estimation portion of the various models and simulations associated with the NICOP initiative, with a focus on Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPVs). This thesis identifies the historical and current ship production costs of OPVs that are used for various combat missions. This study supports the NICOP initiative by providing a foundation for further investigation into the framework necessary to provide more accurate cost estimates. This is accomplished within the trade space of the naval architecture developed through the application of Model Based System Engineering (MBSE). The development of a cost model for the NICOP initiative is used as a framework to explain the cost estimating approach process for future MBSE designs. The model is then used to compare to the base model developed by the Italians.
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