Quality Data Management for Space Station Freedom


Bravener, Lee C.; Haney, T. F.   (1990, ASQC)   McDonnell Douglas, Huntington Beach, CA

Annual Quality Congress, San Francisco, CA    Vol. 44    No. 0
QICID: 9450    May 1990    pp. 200-206
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Article Abstract

In December, 1987, the Space Station Division of the McDonnell Douglas Space Station Company won the competition for Work Package 2 of the NASA Space Station Freedom Program. This contract, largest of the four work packages, is currently valued at $5.2 billion and will require a close working relationship between McDonnell Douglas and our customer, NASA Johnson Space Center. Work Package 2 contract requirements call for the detailed design and fabrication of major structures and distributed systems for Space Station Freedom.

A key element of this contract is the requirement for the intefface/interaction with a variety of support data bases. These data bases are being defined by NASA and will be serviced through their Technical and Management Information System (TMIS). The massive mounts of data required to support a program of this magnitude will be integrated into TMIS by all the various prime and subcontractors of all four work packages. McDonnell Douglas has responded with the development of the Contractor In-House Data Support Capability (CIDSC) to perform their share of this task.

This paper will address the ongoin development of a quality data management system known at McDormell Douglas as the Quality Information Management System (Q/MS). Residing in CIDSC, it is intended to be fully compatible with NASA's TMIS. Q/MS will act as not only the quality management information system, but also as the "clearing house" for subcontractor quality information flowing through McDonnell Douglas up to NASA. Further, it is intended that Q/MS will be, to a large extent, interactive with both NASA as well as subcontractors. QIMS will be used to electronically furnish to NASA all quality contract deliverable items, as well as other non-contract required informational items as necessary.Currently in its development stage, state-of-the-art information methodelegies and techniques are being investigated. QIMS will utilize the methodology developed by DACOM, a comprehensive three architecture model describing an enterprise-wide shared data environment. As far as practical, QIMS will strive to become a fully integrated data base; not only internally, but also with data elements derived from all areas of interest. Where full integration is impractical other forms of communication will be considered, including equipment innovations such as lap top computers, and new techniques emerging in Electronic Data Interchange (EDI).

The benefits anticipated from the development of a semi-paperless or "paper-lite" quality system are numerous; but include fewer errors, faster data retrieval, and lower operating costs, to name a few. It will support Space Station Freedom over its full anticipated 30 year service life and help position McDonnell Douglas Space Station Division as a strategic leader for large scale information systems into the 21st century.


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