Government legacy infrastructure systems often require detailed sustainability analyses – historical parts failures analysis, parts’ procurement, end-of-life, and economic analyses – to
- forecast the optimum date for an acquisition to replace aging infrastructure with a New Investment or Tech Refresh,
- conduct a cost-benefit analysis to justify further F&E investment, and
- provide a standard sustainment cost estimate (procurement, corrective and preventative maintenance) for government acquisitions.
Program offices utilize sustainment data and analyses to justify future investments. Second level engineering uses sustainment analysis to evaluate strategic sustainment options. And, F&E budget offices evaluate investment urgency based on legacy system, end-of-life cost estimates.
Understanding factors, process methodologies, and sustainment analyses drivers can help cost estimators make data-driven decisions and demonstrate the criticality of infrastructure replacement projects. Using a proven approach of research, parametrics, and software algorithms, the team demonstrates an optimum process and approach for sustainment analysis.
George Bayer and Austin Lutterbach will review the models and methodology they have developed to support the FAA’s decision making and infrastructure sustainment that help keep US airports and flights running smoothly.