Training System Operational Profile Management System (TSOPMS) –
The TSOPMS provides the ability to define and manage a set of operational profiles. These profiles identify and define the baseline parameters used to accomplish the TSOM metric analyses and as a foundation for both operational performance and metric reports. There are five major profile categories used to define the training system’s operational parameters. These profiles can be setup independently for each defined annual period or for a defined setup of time periods.
Contract – this profile sets the baseline operational objectives or goals which are used in various assessments such as Earn Value Management (EVM) and Technical Performance Measurements (TPM). Additionally this profile provides or defines the parameter boundaries or constraints for other profile elements used in various training system performance and metric assessments and reports.
Training Site – this profile consists of two operational profiles; a Training Site Operational Profile and a Training Site Training Delivery Profile. Collectively these profiles define the overall operational parameters for a single training site within the training system and the baseline parameters for the training site’s operational performance and metric reporting functions. These profiles can be established for each different geographically located training site within the training system. These profiles are used as part of the parameters for estimating training site operational resources needs such as labor, logistics assets and training device placements and when assessing training device capacity utilization factors and training delivery effectiveness. These profiles are also used to determine how to optimize or balance training device availability and operational cost for the necessary support resources to deliver the required training footprint in relationship to both training device and training site design constraints and logistics constraints. Optimally balancing the way a site operates in relationship to the costs permits you to balance training system capability in order to changing of specific training delivery requirements. Additionally this training delivery optimization ability provides information about where and why tradeoffs could best be implemented to receive the highest training throughput for the least amount of training investment. The Training Site profiles are used as part of the baseline parameters for overall performance and metric analyses efforts when assessing contractual compliance and assessments such as Earn Value Management (EVM) and Technical Performance Measurements (TPM). These profiles also provide the parameters used when assessing training system capability, utilization effectiveness and training delivery ability factors.
The Training Site Operating Profile defines how a training site operates per operational day. The Operating Profile defines the parameters for those performance elements that are dictated to by the overall operational requirement of the training site such as training device availability. The Training Profile defines how training delivery will be accomplished by the training site which is partially defined by the training foot-print from the Training or Learning Management System (TMS or LMS). The Training Profile defines the parameters for those performance elements that are required to adequately delivery training requirements. The Training Profile is bounded by the Operating Profile and together they are used to measure such factors as capacity, utilization, and training delivery performance factors.
Training Device – this profile defines the overall parameters for a single training device located at a training site. A training device operational profile can be established for each different type of training device at a training site. The training device profiles establish the baseline parameters used in all of the training device operational performance and metric analyses and reports. The training device profile(s) are also used to determine specific operational resource type needs for items such as labor, logistics assets and defining part of the Logistics Support Package (LSP) requirements. Additionally these profiles are used when evaluating such elements as training site and training system capacity, utilization, and training delivery capability. Additionally the training device profile provides the foundation for accomplishing design evaluations such as training device actual inherent design attributes to contractual design attributes. The training device profiles are also used to optimize training device operational costs to contractual training delivery requirements when bound by both device design and logistics constraints.
Student Throughput – this profile sets the parameters for monitoring and managing training system objectives or goals and is then used to evaluate training delivery accomplishments. Additionally this profile provides some of the parameters used when assessing current capacity utilization and for predicting items such as labor and logistics asset needs based on training delivery operational needs. This profile is also used to aid with optimizing training system operational cost against contractual requirements and training system capability. The student throughput profiles also provide an ability to manage a training site’s planned or baseline student throughput against predicted operational needs and associated projected cost requirements that are balanced with tradeoffs against training delivery verses operational viability and constraints.
The TSOPMS profiles can be automatically fed into the Training System Cost of Ownership Prediction Tool (TSCOPT) to provide constant real time anticipated operational cost assessments as well as identification of capacity increase need points for acquisition planning purposes. Combining the TSOPMS with the TSCOPT permits the TSCOPT to predict a host of cost driver elements in relationship to training delivery objectives such as training device acquisition needs by year and quantity and student throughput as a function of true training system effectiveness rate.
The TSOPMS reporting function can be an integral part of the DCARS reporting capability, or the TSOPMS can be setup with its own web-based reporting capability. Like the DCARS, the TSOPMS reporting can be either predefined “one-button push” reports or ad-hoc reporting using a minimum set of report generation criteria.