September 16, 2015 (6:00 PM – 8:00 PM)
|David Di Pietro, Senior Engineer for Advanced Concepts and Architectures, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center|
Techniques for Conducting Effective Concept Design and Design-to-Cost Trade Studies
Presentation: Concept design plays a central role in project success as its product effectively locks the majority of system life cycle cost. Such extraordinary leverage presents a business case for conducting concept design in a credible fashion, particularly for first-of-a-kind systems that advance the state of the art. A key challenge is to know when credible design convergence has been achieved. In this session, we will use a space system example to discuss the level of convergence needed for concept design, the importance of design and cost evaluation learning curves in determining credible convergence, techniques that help expedite convergence, and practices for conducting effective concept design-to-cost studies.
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