Effective emergency response requires more than getting equipment and personnel to the scene. As important is determining what supplies are available and where they are available, as well as ensuring that required supplies are staged and deployed in a manner that meets the needs of the situation and any contingencies that might arise. Providing this kind of responsiveness requires two important capabilities: an awareness of what supplies are available, and the ability to communicate, easily and comprehensively, the status of those supplies. As any supply chain manager will tell you, inventory planning and awareness is critical to successful emergency response.
Aviation maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) work involves more than simply turning wrenches or stripping and repainting. Before MRO work can begin on an aircraft, large numbers of MRO assets both big and small, have to be in the right place, at the right time and must be moved in coordination with the aircraft they’ll be servicing. For large-scale MRO facilities like the Air Force’s Air Logistics Centers, the inability to track the location of aircraft and ground support equipment (GSE) makes it difficult to quickly locate, stage, deploy, and coordinate aircraft, GSE, and critical resource movements among the busy ramps and hangars. This inability causes persistent schedule delays, increased MRO flow times, and mounting aviation repair costs at a time when most military organizations are looking for better resource efficiency and utilizations. Working with the Aircraft Maintenance Operations Control Center (AMOCC) at Tinker AFB, KBSI customized its generic asset visualization technology, providing a knowledge based visualization and management application used to track aircraft and GSE across the air logistics center.