June 26, 2011
June 26, 2011
June 29, 2011
Computers in Education
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Work-in-Progress: Incorporating pervasive computing concepts into an aircraft maintenance job task card systemIn response to increased capacity and demand requirements of global air transportation predictedby 2025, the current U.S. air transportation system is being modernized by the implementation ofthe Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen). This overhaul and modernizationeffort links aircraft, air traffic controllers and airports through advanced satellite assistedcomputer networks and technologies. Modern aircraft themselves are being manufactured withthese technologies built in, including computer networked systems and self-diagnosticcapabilities to facilitate their own maintenance. These new capabilities place tremendouspressure on maintenance organizations to improve their process efficiencies, technicalcompetence and capability, and overall speed in order to match those of the “smart” aircraft onwhich they will work. Traditional computerized networks and information management systemsused by modern aircraft Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) operations are believed to beinsufficient for helping maintenance engineering technicians efficiently connect with theseadvanced aircraft systems and obtain the highly technical data supporting them, without leavingthe proximal aircraft work area. Integrating advanced visualization and graphics-based workinstructions, delivered to mobile computing devices at the point of maintenance, and embeddedinto an existing electronic job task card system, could better equip modern aircraft technicians toaccomplish individual maintenance tasks, increase efficiency and decrease overall time anaircraft is out of service during a maintenance visit.This report covers research and development work in progress by a cross-disciplinary team offaculty and student researchers to develop a network-enabled, user-friendly electronic job taskcard management system for aircraft maintenance technicians. It describes to-date developmentand testing of a pervasive, contextually-based data delivery approach for aircraft technicians thatis expected to be faster and more capable than traditional electronic data file access. It includesdevelopment of electronic aircraft job task cards linked to a dedicated server, use of tablet PCswith touch screen technology for graphics enhanced job task instructions, including developmentof lightweight 3D graphics and other graphics-based process visualization capabilities deliveredto the point of maintenance. Project goals are reduced overall time on task, reduced technicianinformation search time and improved situational awareness. Testing will be accomplished on alarge, non-flying transport category aircraft similar to those in industry.
Ropp, T. D., & Whittinghill, D. M., & Hansen, R. A., & Bowen, E. E., & Holmes, J. L. (2011, June), Work in Progress: Incorporating Pervasive Computing Concepts into an Aircraft Maintenance Job Task Card System Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. https://peer.asee.org/18415
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