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CART at Bluefield State College Edits TARDEC Instructional Manual for SAIC

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    Thursday, August 18 2011
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    Jim Nelson/Media Relations - (304) 327-4103

tardec_hermitEven the title of the task—producing an instructional guide capable of explaining how to operate a Hybrid Energy Reconfigurable Movable Integration Test-bed (HERMIT) —sounds complicated. However, the Center for Applied Research and Technology, Inc. (CART) at Bluefield State College (BSC) completed the project, and the result is a practical document supporting critical testing of Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV) component integration and subsystems in a cost-effective laboratory environment that saves development time and improves quality.

"The Scientific Applications International Corporation (SAIC), a Fortune 500® company and a leading provider of systems integration to the U.S. military and intelligence community, requested proposals from their small business partners to help them develop the instructional guide that organized and formatted a vast amount of technical data and instructions related to testing HEV components and subsystems," explained Bruce Mutter, CART CEO. "SAIC wanted to provide an overview of the subsystems and reference drawings, detail proper startup and shutdown procedures, caution operators about the high-voltage power distribution onboard, and bring exact sequence to processes, while explaining appropriate practices and safeguards to maximize safety."

Now located in the Detroit Arsenal in Warren, MI, the HERMIT is used by the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development, and Engineering Center (TARDEC) to evaluate electrical component technologies independently, as well as integrate the technologies to see how they react when packaged with other subsystems in a vehicle platform.

"Producing the instructional manual required taking a tremendous amount of SAIC-provided data, drawings, illustrations, pictures, graphs, and tables that needed to be indexed, formatted, sequenced, and edited to eliminate information gaps, conflicting instructions, unnecessary duplication, and illustrations and tables were formatted to be more operator friendly," Mutter added.

"It was a reiterative process that involved several drafts by the CART team and review and approval by SAIC," he continued. "Our experience with autonomous vehicle research, design, construction, development, and testing was particularly applicable in helping us understand the complexities of systems integration and we certainly needed it to complete this project."

SAIC is pleased with the final product, according to Bob Marinos, Principal Scientist, SAIC. "We received the instructional guides as specified, they looked great, and we delivered them to the customer, and if we have any other editing projects in the future we would come back to CART," Marinos said. For CART, the experience was an opportunity to prove that the center at BSC could be a reliable team member for SAIC. "We really enjoyed working for SAIC and completing a small, but important, part of their TARDEC contract, and we look forward to any opportunities to work for them in the future.