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Airline Real Time Application for Maintenance Information Systems

Objective

This project proposes to develop a maintenance information system for aircraft maintenance and to evaluate its usability. The objectives are:

- To create and establish a new domain of applications: computer supported aircraft maintenance.
- To provide faster, cheaper and more accurate ways to manage remote maintenance problems.
- To incorporate emerging and available technologies in the domains of broadband communication, high speed and multimedia communication, multimedia databases, co-operative work and information technology.
- To contribute to the introduction of advanced telecommunication infrastructure and high speed telecommunications services in Europe.
- To provide inputs to standardisation bodies in the areas of high speed data / multimedia communication and aircraft technical information.
- To study the organisational impact of the introduction of advanced communication in aircraft maintenance.
The main objective of the research was to develop a maintenance information system for aircraft maintenance and to evaluate its usability. Specific objectives were:
to create and establish a new domain of applications namely computer supported aircraft maintenance;
to provide faster, cheaper and more accurate ways to manage remote maintenance problems;
to incorporate emerging and available technologies in the domains of broadband communication, high speed and multimedia communication, multimedia databases, cooperative work and information technology;
to contribute to the introduction of an advanced telecommunication infrastructure and high speed telecommunications services in Europe;
to provide inputs to standardization bodies in the areas of high speed data andmultimedia communication and aircraft technical information;
to study the organizational impact of the introduction of advanced communication in aircraft maintenance.

The following results have been achieved:
definition of user requirements, information technology (IT) platforms, telecommunications infrastructure and applications;
specification and installation of telecommunications infrastructure;
specification and implementation of IT infrastructure, communications services and applications;
provision of midterm testbed interfaces to the end system;
installation and integration of prototypes for midterm test;
midterm testing and evaluation;
implementation and integration of final testbed;
evaluation of the concept in the final test;
exploitation and dissemination of results.

Exploitation of the results should lead to generic applications and the study of the organizational impact of introduction of advanced communications in the airline maintenance business.
Technical Approach

The project has reached its objectives through the development of an aircraft maintenance pilot, implementing the concept of a maintenance information system (MIS) through a real time distributed application. This has been done by use of workstations with desk-top conferencing and multimedia capabilities including full motion video, interconnected through a high speed communication network. An ATM test was included in the final test and all applications according to user requirements were tested on powerful PC's.

The ARAMIS project adapts a classical methodology when dealing with applications. A requirements task will capture the needs of targeted users. This was compared with the results of R1058(RESAM) user needs and evaluation. The specification of the validation criteria and procedures necessary was done by the users themselves. Specialists have specified the application functions and define their requirements in terms of supporting telecommunication and information technology infrastructure and services.

Finally, the application and supporting IT and telecom infrastructure was implemented, integrated, tested and evaluated in terms of the original objectives regarding usability.

Key Issues

- Definition of the user requirements.
- Specification and design of the information system.
- Specification and setting up of the network architecture.
- Evaluation of the usability and plan for exploitation of such a system.

Expected Impact

The project should demonstrate the efficiency of digitised aircraft maintenance information in a multimedia environment for reducing the decision time and thereby the 'out of service' cost. Exploitation of project results should lead to generic applications and the study of the organisational impact of introduction of advanced communications in the airline maintenance business.

Coordinator

SCANDINAVIAN AIRLINES SYSTEM
Address
Technical Devision
2770 Kastrup Denmark
Denmark

Participants (5)

AEROPORTS DE PARIS
France
Address
291 Boulevard Raspail
75014 Paris
COMPUTER RESOURCES INTERNATIONAL A/S
Denmark
Address
Bregneroedvej 144
3460 Birkeroed
COPENHAGEN TELEPHONE COMPANY
Denmark
Address
Noerregade 21
1199 Copenhagen
IBM France SA
France
Address
Centre D'études Et De Recherches Le Plan Du Bois
06610 La Gaude
SIEMENS AG
Germany
Address
Hofmannstraße 51
81359 München