Aust smart project software in Dreamliner build

Boeing subsidiary Hawker de Havilland is piloting locally developed project management software which "learns" from past successes and failures to continually upgrade its ability to help managers assess risk.

Boeing subsidiary Hawker de Havilland is piloting locally developed project management software which "learns" from past successes and failures to continually upgrade its ability to help managers assess risk.

Hawker de Havilland project managers are using the Web-based Intelligent Risk Mapping and Assessment System (IRMAS), developed by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), to assist with projects related to the new-generation Boeing 787 aircraft, branded the "Dreamliner".

IRMAS is believed to be the first risk management software to link the entire project management process from product or project design, development, manufacturing to delivery, according to a statement from the CSIRO.

-Many companies are locked in engineering cycles where they repeat costly but mitigable mistakes," CSIRO IRMAS project leader Dr Mingwei Zhou said.

-Based on project manager's responses to a customised set of questions, the software will identify possible risks based on existing knowledge in the system repository."

The software covers eight risk categories and more than 200 risk types, CSIRO said in a statement. It also comes with more than 170 lessons learned, 35 case studies and 13 customer and supplier profiles.

It ranks risks by likelihood and consequence, and suggests mitigation strategies based on lessons learned from previous projects and best practices.

Boeing-Hawker de Havilland has classified over 589 risks into three project types: design build, derivative design and build to print.

"IRMAS will allow us to identify, analyse, mitigate and monitor risks in complex engineering projects across multidisciplinary teams whilst being able to account for interdependency of tasks," Hawker de Havilland research team leader Dr Adrian Rispler said.

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