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Aerogility and Cranfield IVHM Centre in second successful project

16 Oct 2013

Aerogility is pleased to announce a second successful project with the Cranfield Integrated Vehicle Health Management (IVHM) Centre – the organization dedicated to IVHM research and development launched by Cranfield University and The Boeing Company in 2008.

A team of postgraduate students at the IVHM Centre was assigned a research project to conduct a cost-benefit analysis of an aircraft health management capability investment. The academic supervisor for the project was Dr Ip-Shing Fan.

The investigation centred on a single aisle new aircraft (SANA) because this type of aircraft is consistently forecast as the most in-demand aircraft type for the next two decades. The research compared aircraft with and without health management capability.

The starting point of the project was to review several cost-benefit analysis tools and tool suites, and identify their strengths and weaknesses. The researchers developed a realistic set of business requirements, and defined and ranked their evaluation criterion. Aerogility contributed their business decision-support system and a suitable multi-agent simulation configured specifically to model the operations of this type of aircraft.

Aerogility ranked top in the comparison of systems for this type of cost-benefit analysis. The team’s findings were documented in an extensive evaluation report.

Malcolm Bridgeford, the Customer Solutions Director at Aerogility, said, “We are really pleased with this recommendation from the IVHM Centre – I know the team worked hard on a comprehensive and rigorous evaluation, and once again, Aerogility has demonstrated that it is the leading system for decision-support in the aviation industry.”

Dr Ip-Shing Fan, the Design Systems lead in the IVHM Centre, said, “The Aerogility platform already comes built in with a rich rule set of aerospace aftermarket spares inventory management. A representative fleet sustainment model could be built in a matter of weeks with Aerogility.”