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Development of an HSI Module and Material-Design Software to Support Concurrent Design Concept Exploration

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: M67854-16-C-6500
Agency Tracking Number: N142-083-0700
Amount: $749,961.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N142-083
Solicitation Number: 2014.2
Solicitation Year: 2014
Award Year: 2016
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2016-09-29
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2018-12-28
Small Business Information
2020 Kraft Drive, Suite 2400
Blacksburg, VA 24060
United States
DUNS: 556397615
HUBZone Owned: Yes
Woman Owned: Yes
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Yes
Principal Investigator
 Marc Abrams
 (540) 951-5901
Business Contact
 Pallabi Saboo
Phone: (540) 951-5915
Research Institution

We propose to develop the Human Systems Integration (HSI) Engineering Analysis Tool, or HEAT. HEAT provides advice for engineers using material-design software on how their design choices affect HSI domains. While there are nine HSI domains: Human factors engineering, Survivability, Manpower, Personnel, Training, Environment Safety, Occupational, and Habitability that HEATs design can accommodate, we are concentrating on Human factors engineering, Survivability/Safety, and Habitability. HEAT is designed in a modular fashion to integrate with the U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) Framework for Assessing Cost and Technology (FACT). We will continue the work already begun to integrate with the USMC FACT system while also applying the lessons we learned from providing HSI assessment on previous vehicle projects for the Army Future Combat System, the Army Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicle, and the Department of Homeland Securitys redesign of the ambulance patient compartment.

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