SeaPort-e Functional Areas Supported

Overview

Boston Engineering’s Advanced Systems Group (ASG) develops game-changing robotics, unmanned systems, and special tactical equipment. The company’s robotics capabilities emphasize unmanned vehicle innovation — with a special emphasis on autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs).

Boston Engineering’s ASG establishes and commercializes intellectual property (IP) that advances our nation’s security. Boston Engineering provides tactical and operational relevance by aligning our technical expertise with key insights based on close collaboration with our sponsors and end users. The results include transforming unmanned systems operations, improving intelligence to warfighters and first responders, and increasing U.S. technical superiority.

R&D Support

Contract Reference: Conduct research, design, and feasibility assessments for autonomous in-liquid survey vehicles (oil tankers).

General Expertise: This functional area supports the development and application of scientific and analytical disciplines regarding oil tankers, and includes the following:

  • Conduct fundamental research, scientific study, and experimentation to advance the state-of-the-art, or increase knowledge in this area
  • Develop, analyze, and evaluate concepts, technologies, systems, and subsystems. Also develop operational concepts and tactics to create new or improve existing warfighting capabilities. This testing effort may include manning, operating, and maintaining test support craft and experimental vessels in the open ocean or restricted waters.

Engineering Support

Contract Reference: Engineer GhostSwimmer™, which is a stealthy, biomimetic AUVs used for military missions including surveillance, waterborne mine countermeasure, and other defense and homeland security initiatives.

General Expertise: This functional area applies engineering disciplines to:

  • Support the technical development of new defense capabilities and systems
  • Support the development of significant alterations to existing systems
  • Support integration of existing equipment or software into different applications or platforms to support military systems
  • Support evaluation of foreign or non-developmental weapons systems, equipment, and technologies to satisfy existing warfighting requirements
  • Support system and process engineering disciplines that consider systematic requirements, synthesize and evaluate alternative concepts, recommend selection, and generate design and system specifications

Modeling

Contract Reference: Engineer GhostSwimmer, which is a stealthy, biomimetic AUV used for military missions including surveillance, waterborne mine countermeasure, and other defense and homeland security initiatives.

General Expertise: This functional area applies a standardized, rigorous, and structured methodology to create and validate physical, mathematical, or otherwise logical representations of systems, entities, phenomena, or processes. The functional area involves the use of models including: emulators, prototypes, simulators, and stimulators. The models are used either statically or over time to develop a basis for making managerial, technical, strategic, or tactical decisions.

Prototyping

Contract Reference: Engineer GhostSwimmer, which is a stealthy, biomimetic AUV used for military missions including surveillance, waterborne mine countermeasure, and other defense and homeland security initiatives.

General Expertise: This functional area includes building, fabricating, testing, evaluating, and operating reduced and full-scale models, mock-ups, prototypes, and pre-production units. This functional area also includes the following:

  • Innovate research and development (R&D) tools to test electronic and electromechanical systems and system elements
  • Fabricate or procure equipment and replacement parts for fielded systems and platforms
  • Use traditional and new composite materials

System Design Documentation/Technical Data

Contract Reference: Miniaturize wireless data acquisition for payload and development integration – embedded electronics evaluation and testing.

General Expertise: This functional area provides technical systems development documentation. This includes preparing documentation that reflects the latest design, configuration, integration, and installation concepts. The technical documentation formats may be print, electronic (digital), or interactive.

Software

Contract Reference: Engineer GhostSwimmer, which is a stealthy, biomimetic AUV used for military missions including surveillance, waterborne mine countermeasure, and other defense and homeland security initiatives.

General Expertise: This functional area supports technical software and hardware requirements that include the following:

  • Perform technical analysis, support technical development, and select hardware and software
  • Modify existing hardware and software for systems, test facilities, and training facilities
  • Provide technical support for software implementations in systems, sub-systems, and components utilizing computers, electronics, and software
  • Plan, design, code, test, integrate, support, and deliver algorithms, software (source code and executables), computer programs that are central for this functional area

Generally, the contract’s software development processes shall be, as a minimum, assessed at Software Engineering Institute (SEI) Capability Maturity Model (CMM) Level 3 or equivalent. However, the government may specify alternative standards (lower or higher) in individual contract task orders.

Reliability, Maintainability, and Availability (RM&A)

Contract Reference: Miniaturize wireless data acquisition for payload and development integration – embedded electronics evaluation and testing.

General Expertise: This functional area ensures that system and platform RM&A requirements are integrated with the system design, development, and life cycle sustainment resulting in warfighting capabilities that function effectively when required. This functional area also detects and corrects design deficiencies, weak parts, and workmanship defects that affect functionality.

System Safety

Contract Reference: Conduct research, design, and feasibility assessments for autonomous in-liquid survey vehicles (oil tankers).

General Expertise: This functional area applies engineering and analytical disciplines to consider safety in all aspects of design, development, operation, maintenance, and modification of systems and platforms.