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A Basis of Estimate (BOE) Tool for Project Estimates

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This Basis of Estimate tool is under development at NASA Langley Research Center, for use in formulating and documenting project build-up estimates, as part of an effort to improve the quality and documentation of proposals.

The tool runs in the Microsoft Excel environment, using Excel sheets for input and output. Some salient features include: subsystem groupings and user-set variable time durations for resource input; an extensive capability for description and documentation of estimating rationale; a comprehensive collection of standard output formats, including detailed output in matrix form, to enable users to create new output combinations or perform ad hoc data analysis; range input and output capability with interface to probability analysis tools; capability to import data from parametric costing tools; and the parallel capability to be used as a project cost recording tool.


Robert Fairbairn
Bob Fairbairn is a cost analyst at NASA Langley Research Center. He has 21 years experience in parametric cost analysis and in the development of cost analysis tools. He has a B.A. in Psychology and an M.S. in Mathematics and Operations Research from William and Mary.

James Miller
Jim Miller is a project manager in the Flight Projects Directorate, NASA Langley Research Center. He has 29 years experience in the design, development, and management of spaceflight Earth remote sensing instruments. He has a B.S. in Engineering and an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Old Dominion University.

Rosemary Baize
Rosemary Baize is based in Hampton, Virginia and works at NASA Langley Research Center as the Bid and Proposal Team Lead. She is responsible for identifying new opportunities and developing competitive solutions consistent with the customer’s technical, cost, and schedule constraints. She works with proposal team(s) from mission concept development through final proposal submission.
Ms. Baize began her career with NASA in1988 as an aerospace engineer. During her tenure, she has served as a Test Engineer, a wind tunnel Facility Safety Head, Business Manager for the Technology Commercialization Program Office, New Business Lead, Earth and Space Science Program Office, and New Business Lead and Acting Assistant Branch Head, Climate Science Branch. In addition, she spent two years at Kennedy Space Center as a Technology Commercialization Manager.
Ms. Baize received her undergraduate degree in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering from Purdue University. She received an M.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Michigan. Most recently, she obtained an M.B.A. from the College of William & Mary with an emphasis in marketing and finance.