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Dynamic Web Based Information Management With Flash Interface For The Mcalester Defense Ammunition Center

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2004 Annual Conference


Salt Lake City, Utah

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June 20, 2004

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June 20, 2004

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June 23, 2004



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Technology and Tools for IE Education

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9.487.1 - 9.487.11

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Chris Dilorenzo

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Session 3157

Web-based Information Management of Demilitarization Technology Trees at the Defense Ammunition Center

Christopher Dilorenzo and Kurt Gramoll

School of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering The University of Oklahoma


Visualization of information is a useful method of education in industry and interactive applications are beneficial to many institutions. Vast amounts of information need to be structured in a manor which will promote access and manipulation of the content for training and education in industry and at learning institutions. Tools are developed which help create and relate information to users. Every area of industry implements these tools allowing for better understand and access of pertinent information. The application focused on in this paper is an exceptional case where a visual, interactive tool was developed to provide industrial education.

The Defense Ammunition Center (DAC) in McAlester Oklahoma requires an additional informational management system for the technologies used in ammunition disposal and to assist in the training of personnel worldwide. Currently, the DAC uses a universal template which is reused with changing path lines to indicate appropriate process paths for the demilitarization of munitions. These hierarchy structures are referred to as Technology Trees. This method of documentation is static and does not allow for access of additional information. A dynamic application was created to educate and deliver information to users. The interactive informational database application described in this paper allows users to navigate through applicable technology paths for a particular ammunition family from disassembly to handling of waste streams. This user-friendly system has information that is quickly and easily accessible by all installations.

This paper outlines the design of the system created at the University of Oklahoma with DAC input. The functionality of a web-based system allows it to be easily managed and readily available for any authorized user. The system developed can also be adapted to educate and manage other information for various institutions. A web-based database editor was also developed to allow the transfer of the technology tree structures for ammunition disposal from hard copy to an interactive user format through the use of Active Server Pages (ASP). Desired information technology structures can be viewed in a graphical format by way of a Flash interface. This visualization provides excellent content relation. The Flash file has all parts and sub-parts of each munitions diagramed in a tree-type flow chart so that the disposition of the item can be easily understood. The user can get additional information about each part and how it can

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Dilorenzo, C., & Gramoll, K. (2004, June), Dynamic Web Based Information Management With Flash Interface For The Mcalester Defense Ammunition Center Paper presented at 2004 Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah.

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