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Client: NASA Dryden Flight Research Center
Edwards, CA.
Project: Improving business efficiency and performance

Background

Dryden Flight Research Center, located at Edwards, California, is NASA's primary installation for flight research. Projects at Dryden over the past 50 years have lead to major advancements in the design and capabilities of many civilian and military aircraft. Dryden’s mission elements include:

  1. Conduct aeronautical flight research in support of global civil aviation, revolutionary technology leaps, and access to space
  2. Support development and operations of the Space Shuttle and future access-to-space vehicles
  3. Conduct airborne science mission and flight operations and
  4. Develop piloted and uninhabited aircraft test beds for research and science missions.

AMS REALTIME Projects has been the standard scheduling tool since 1990 for the Project Management Information System (PMIS) Office, which is staffed by GRD, Inc., under contract with NASA Dryden. GRD Project Analysts have been scheduling individual projects and using multiple project functionality to develop integrated management reports.

AMS Solution

In response to a NASA-wide effort to improve business efficiency and performance, Dryden decided to implement the resource management and integrated cost and schedule capabilities of the AMS REALTIME Solution in order to meet their goals. AMS REALTIME Resources provides them with an enterprise resource management capability, and the AMS REALTIME Enterprise Server acts as a central data repository that is integrated with their other critical database systems.

Implementing the additional AMS REALTIME capability has enabled GRD to accomplish two primary goals for their government customer: to level resources across all projects for the upcoming budget period, and to automatically integrate financial information from legacy systems with the project schedules to provide earned value cost reporting.

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