The business need for S1000D:
A global explosion in the size, sophistication and complexity of aviation and military systems has occurred. This has included a dramatic expansion of a diverse global supply chain. These trends have driven OEMs and operators towards standardization to improve efficiency in the creation and sharing of critical technical content.
Technical content also now needs to be usable in a wider range of formats, for different purposes, and on varying devices – from training to operations and maintenance.
These trends gave rise to the S1000D standard, which allows for the reassembly and reuse of content faster and easier than ever before. The mantra has become “create once, use often.”
The advantage of moving to S1000D:
The business advantages of moving to S1000D structured content are considerable. S1000D brings the advantage of a common standard across the military, its supply chain, aerospace and the industrial sector that promotes content sharing. The core advantages of S1000D are to be able to quickly and easily:
- Reassemble content
- Re-use content in multiple information products
- Re-use content in multiple output types
- Insure that content is well suited for mobile formats
Case studies on S1000D utilization have shown significant economic benefits:
- Reduction in costs for technical publication production from 40%-60%
- Reduction in revision cycle time by 90%
- Increase in number of configurations supported
- Increase in number of parts catalogs available
- Increase in revenues from advance technical information
- Reduced time for end user training
- Improved equipment availability through improvements in maintenance quality and repair time
These benefits are so compelling that Boeing recently communicated to their supplier network that S1000D compliance is the organization’s goal, strongly encouraging its current and future suppliers to move towards producing data in the specification. Boeing also announced an update to their Supplier Technical Data Guide that calls out S1000D Version 4.2 as the most up-to-date standard for suppliers to follow.
In the industry’s latest push to mandate S1000D-compliant data, Boeing recently asked the suppliers supporting the 777X to move towards producing S1000D-compliant data with a target of 3rd quarter 2018.
Converting existing content to S1000D
Many organizations begin with the fundamental question of whether to rewrite their content or to convert their existing content. This decision depends greatly on the current state of your content. For many organizations, the content may already exist in a structured form of SGML such as MIL STD 38784. In that case, conversion is more cost effective than re-writing – typically four times more cost effective.
We begin every project with an upfront analysis and plan to help you determine how much of your content is suited for conversion. Based on deep experience, DCL understands optimizing the balance between re-writing, building and executing automated rules and processes, and the possibility of some manual cleanup. We propose the approach for the best product and the best cost, and help you make those decisions.
The main challenges faced in S1000D Conversions
S1000D organizes content into modules. The key challenge is aligning the people and process to move from a traditional “linear” book model of content to the concept of component data modules of content. Having the correct upfront analysis and doing the right planning are keys in overcoming these challenges and preparing your organization to transition successfully.
Some common, specific challenges we help you address include the following:
- Enriching the data by applying content tagging, making data smarter and more findable
- Identification of the Data Modules (DM)
- Intensification of the reusable content
- Math – how to handle this in your S1000D products
- Identification of applicability
Ensuring a successful conversion to S1000D
With the end goal firmly in mind, DCL believes in helping you make the right decisions and constructing a plan for success. This always starts with analysis of your content. Especially with S1000D, upfront analysis is the key starting point for a successful project. The plan also includes:
- A project plan
- A vision of how the Data Module Requirements List (DMRL) will be constructed
- Discussion of project-specific business rules
- Decision on which content to convert/not convert
- Definition of a quality testing and assurance process
DCL applies the highest level of automation to ensure a cost-effective and quality conversion using the DCL Solution Platform. The DCL Solution Platform allows companies working with DCL to run content against both analysis (using the Harmonizer™ module) and then specific, configured conversion tools. These tools are configured to specifically address:
- The conversion specifications for tagging rule governance
- The DMRL
- Content re-use identification to minimize the amount of content to convert
- Configuration of Best Practice scanners
- Configuration of test rules on converted content
- Automated checks ensure conversion quality and verify that specification and best practices have been followed
- Secure Repository
- Production management audit trail
Experienced expertise – a foundation for success:
DCL is a U.S.-based recognized industry leader that is a certified Woman-Owned Small Business (WOSB). It was the first to do any major legacy conversion to S1000D and has done millions of pages of conversions for major aerospace OEMs, operators and all branches of the defense services. DCL has deep experience with all major manual types, including Illustrated Parts, Breakdown Fault Isolation and Reporting, Aircraft Operations Manual, Aircraft Maintenance Manual, Job Guides, Structural Repair, Aircraft Systems Manual and General Systems.
Projects that DCL has successfully executed include the following:
OSD T700 ADL (SCORM) FAA Aerospace and Defense OEM Foreign Military Services Leading Utility Aircraft Company Manufacturer of small gas turbine engines
Weapon Systems: B1, B52, KC-135, AWACS, F-16, Commodity Books DTDs: All Air Force Tech Order DTDs
Weapon Systems: CH-47, Blackhawk, AH-64A Apache, Patriot Missile, MLRS, Bradley, Paladin, M1A1, HMMVW, FMTV, Firefinder, LCU-2000 Watercraft, Singers, Mortar, Small Arms, and others. DTDs: All 2361 versions, CECOM Variant, ATCOM and numerous 38784 variants.
Weapon Systems: LAV, All Non-Aircraft Weapon Systems DTDs: JCALS & USMC V1
Navy (Navair & Navsea)
Weapon Systems: Seahawk, H1, E2C, Missile Assembly, Hull, Mechanical and Electrical DTDs: 3001 & NAVSEA C2
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