"The results underscore the gains that a proper application of these tools can offer to the Air Force," he said. "This accomplishment should reinvigorate the use of Operations Research in the Air Force and across all branches of the military in general."
"To be recognized by the business and academic communities for improvements we've made at this center, especially with aircraft maintenance operations, is quite an honor," said Bill Best, deputy director of the 402nd Aircraft Maintenance Support Group.
"This is what happens when the most capable people use the most innovative and advanced tools for this highly complex operation," he noted.
Critical Chain Project Management is a means of using resources in the most expeditious way possible.
The adoption of this management has allowed major reductions in flow days. It makes use of the Concerto computer software, which gives a visual depiction of the aircraft, tasks, and status. The lists of tasks are color coded as to urgency, alerting us to the most important things to do.
"On behalf of the entire C-5 enterprise, we are thrilled to win the 2006 Franz Edelman Award for Achievement in Operations Research and the Management Sciences," said Col. David Holcomb, C-5 system program manager.
"The use of critical chain project management to reduce the time required for depot maintenance is a key element of our plan to increase aircraft availability," he noted.
"The 402nd Maintenance Wing at Warner Robins has executed Critical Chain Project Management brilliantly, resulting in additional C-5 aircraft available to accomplish our Rapid Global Mobility mission," Holcomb said.
"This initiative has provided our Mobility Air Forces with five additional aircraft to provide intertheater airlift support to our troops around the world," he emphasized. "The team's outstanding contribution to our nation's security warrants this prestigious award."
The other finalists were Animal Health Institute and Cox Associates; The U.S. Commercial Aviation Partnership, comprising Airports Council International - North America, Air Transport Association, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Transportation, The Boeing Company, and the Transportation Security Administration; Omya Hustadmarmor and More Research/ Molde University College, and Travelocity and Sabre Holdings.
The Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences is an international scientific society with 10,000 members, including Nobel Prize laureates, dedicated to applying scientific methods to help improve decision-making, management, and operations.
Institute members work in business, government, and academia. They are represented in fields as diverse as airlines, health care, law enforcement, the military, financial engineering, and telecommunications.