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A case study of requirements in the helicopter industry

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000128071D
Original Publication Date: 1998-Dec-31
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Sep-14
Document File: 4 page(s) / 18K

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Software Patent Institute

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DiNuccio, Jacqueline Marisa: AUTHOR [+3]

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Abstract

The helicopter industry has changed since the cold war era. Companies within this industry arP under increasing pressure to maximize the fit of then products with customer requirements while reducing time to market and life cycle costs. This thesis provides an overview of the present helicopter industry and the challenges it faces in the product development process. The thesis presents a generic product development model found within literature and specifically focuses on the first two phases of the process, conceptual and preliminary design. A case study is presented for a current product development, the Sikorsky S-92, and captures some of the challenges a helicopter company faces in the current market environment. The case study examines the requirement generation process and identifies several findings. This research seeks to identify best practices relating to establishing requirements and its impact on the design and development process.

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A CASE STUDY OF REQUIREMENTS IN THE HELICOPTER INDUSTRY

by

Jacqueline Marisa DiNuccio
B.S., Electrical Engineering Boston University, 1987 B.S., Chemistry Framingham State College, 1980
Submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Science in System Design and Management

at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

February 1999
SIGNATURE OF author: [[signature omitted]] System Design and Management Program January 1999
CERTIFIED BY: [[SIGNATURE OMITTED]]

Earll Murman Ford Professor of Engineering Thesis Supervisor ACCEPTED BY: [[SIGNATURE OMITTED]]

Institute Professor Thomas Magnanti

Co-Director of SDM Program
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A case study of requirements in the helicopter industry

A Case Study of Requirements in the Helicopter Industry

By

Jacqueline Marisa DiNuccio

Submitted to the System Design and Management Program on January 10, 1998 in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Science System Design and Management

Abstract

The helicopter industry has changed since the cold war era. Companies within this industry arP under increasing pressure to maximize the fit of then products with customer requirements while reducing time to market and life cycle costs. This thesis provides an overview of the present helicopter industry and the challenges it faces in the product development process. The thesis presents a generic product development model found within literature and specifically focuses on the first two phases of the process, conceptual and preliminary design. A case study is presented for a current product development, the Sikorsky S-92, and captures some of the challenges a helicopter company faces in the current market environment. The case study examines the requirement generation process and identifies several findings. This research seeks to identify best practices relating to establishing requirements and its impact on the design and development process.

Thesis Supervisor: Earll Murman Title: Ford Professor of Engineering

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Acknowledgments

I am truly blessed to have experienced this wonderful opportunity and for this I am thankful to a multitude of individuals w} ,o helped along the way.

First and foremost, I would like to thank Dr. Ken Rosen, SIP of RECD Engineering at Sikorsky Aircraft, UTC for his utmost confidence hi my abilities. Without Ken's sponsorship and encouraging words of support none of this would have been possible. I thank you profusely for the mentoring you have given me over the past two years. Secondly, I wish to give my thanks to Elizabeth Amato, VP of Human R...