An optimization model for fiber-optic cable installation aboard naval vessels
Dorfman, David S.
Strom, Frank A.,III
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The purpose of this thesis is to develop a cost-optimization model that will help reduce the installation cost of fiber-optic cable onboard new construction naval vessels. The data used to develop the optimization models were collected from visits to naval shipyards and interviews with both fiber-optic cable engineers and installation experts at shipyards, as well as MIL-PRF 85045F and cable manufacturers specification sheets. The information compiled from these sources was used to develop a cable measure of effectiveness that could be inputted into simulation software. Simulations were run to examine the effect of cable quality, quantity, and labor rate in order to select the best fiber-optic cable for installation based on cost risk. Depending on the specifics of a fiber-optic cable run, cable choice can vary, but in general the cable with the highest quality results in a lower risk of cost overruns and is the most cost effective choice over the long run. Program managers and shipyards can easily implement the models developed in this thesis into their current practices for fiber-optic cable procurement and installation aboard U.S. naval vessels.
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