Application of a robust naval material assurance framework can lead to significant savings in time and cost and improved program performance.
Naval material assurance (NMA) provides a framework to achieving the required design standards in the areas of safety, environment, operability, supportability, affordability and program. The framework guides project teams as they collate the evidence for assurance and consider the evidence holistically.
BMT in partnership with Lloyd's Register has formed an alliance with the United Kingdom's Ministry of Defence to support them in developing, managing and enhancing an NMA framework for naval ship specifications, standards and assurance. The framework, however, is generic enough that it can be tailored to any nation's domestic requirements.
A robust NMA framework provides the following benefits:
- Improved performance: The accuracy of application leading to naval requirements being clearly communicated is improved; and as the framework is maintained by industry, it is benchmarked against best merchant practice. This means it is updated with industry experience over time.
- Cost is reduced: Elimination of overlaps and gaps between purely merchant practice and traditional naval practice drives out risk, supports early acceptance and avoids costly modification to ships once in service.
- Time is saved: The use of a simplified framework that is dependent on fewer key publications reduces time on several fronts: clients can more quickly select options, the framework is easier and quicker to apply during design and construction, and assurance organizations can more easily review and confirm compliance. Such time savings translate directly into cost savings.
BMT provides NMA giving customers both a framework for regulatory and design programs and independent verification services that ensure platforms conform to operational standards.