Configuration/Data Management

UTRS personnel have been providing system engineering and software development services to the U.S. Army Armament Research, Development & Engineering Center (ARDEC) for over 20 years. The Armament Systems Integration Center (ASIC) is responsible for configuration data management (CDM) and status accounting of the Army's weapon systems.

CDM is a discipline applied to a configuration item (CI) for its entire life cycle. Effective CDM ensures that the defined user requirements of a CI are met. The four functions of CM are:

  • Configuration Identification (CI) - Identifies the item, and establishes and maintains a basis for control and status accounting for an item throughout its life cycle.
  • Configuration Control (CC) - Controls the proposal, justification, evaluation, and coordination of all changes to a CI (e.g., ECPs, RFDs, RFWs, ERRs, etc.) and its documentation.
  • Configuration Status Accounting (CSA) - Records and reports information required to manage the documentation; the status of the proposed changes, deviations, and waivers; the implementation status of approved changes; and the management of CIs in the operational inventory. CSA ensures effective logistic support.
  • Configuration Audit (CA) - Consists of a functional (FCA) and physical (PCA) configuration audit conducted by the government prior to accepting a CI and establishing a product baseline. The CA verifies that the CI complies with its corresponding configuration information.

UTRS personnel were instrumental in the development, data conversion and deployment of ARDEC's new SAP PLM (System Applications Processes - Product Life Cycle Management) system. This new automated system replaced the antiquated JEDMICS, TDCMS, CARS, CMSA, Vendor Database and Viewer systems. SAP PLM currently stores over 1.2 million weapon system drawings as well as the corresponding metadata in support of TDP production. UTRS programmers have modified existing SAP ABAP (Advanced Business Application Programming) programs and created new ones in order to keep abreast of changing requirements of the ARDEC engineering and procurement requirements.

UTRS provides support of technical data and configuration management processes in support of the ASIC and ASIC's customers. This includes configuration identification, configuration and change control, configuration stautus accounting, configuration verification, and documentation and records management. This also includes but is not limited to engineering drawing analysis and encoding, drafting services and support of the PRON (procurement request order number) process.