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The Lifecycle Integration Framework — Extending Affordability Simulation through Cost and Engineering Model Interoperability

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For affordability targets to remain effective across all program phases, cost estimating models must be interoperable with engineering tools to avoid a “disconnect” between each phase of the lifecycle and affordability objectives. Initiatives such as Cost as An Independent Variable (CAIV) are enhanced through interoperability with engineering design tools giving engineers, project and business managers insight into achieving affordability goals.

This presentation discusses and demonstrates how interoperability between engineering tools, cost models and CAIV targets is needed to jointly understand the impact of design on cost in real time -and quickly evaluate alternatives. We will present the results of our work under a Phase II SBIR to establish a standardized interface language known as the Life Cycle Integration Framework (LCIF) that allows communication between cost models and engineering tools that once were standalone.

The presentation will also demonstrate how engineering data can be passed directly seamlessly between cost models and engineering tools for complete affordability simulation. Specifically, interoperability with Pro/E (detail design) ModelCenter 8.0 (design optimization) and MAAP (logistics) will be demonstrated. Attendees at this presentation will:

• Learn how affordability simulation can benefit their organization.

• Learn how the Life Cycle Interoperability Framework (LCIF) is enabling integration between cost and engineering tools.

• Become aware of the various affordability simulation integrations available or under development such as ModelCenter 8.0, Pro/Engineer, MAAP and Rational.


Zachary Jasnoff
Zachary Jasnoff is Director of Development Projects, PRICE Systems, LLC. Headquartered in Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, PRICE Systems provides advanced modeling software and expert professional services to government agencies and corporations throughout the United States and around the globe.
Mr. Jasnoff has executive responsibility for all external software product development and is an acknowledged expert in Affordability Management with a robust career spanning over 25 years. Mr. Jasnoff began his career at the United States General Accountability Office (GAO) where he was responsible for independent audits and investigations on a wide variety of major defense acquisition programs.
Mr. Jasnoff then broadened his career in parametric lifecycle estimating while serving in various positions at Boeing, PRICE Systems (mid-1990’s) and Lockheed-Martin. At Lockheed-Martin he was responsible for managing the Affordability Analysis group, was the “Cost as an Independent Variable” (CAIV) author for the Littoral Combat Ship Proposal and recognized as an expert in lifecycle estimating. He has won several awards from the International Society of Parametric Analysts (ISPA) for various presentations on CAIV and advanced estimating methodologies.
Most recently, Mr. Jasnoff served as Vice President/Director of Business Resiliency at JPMorganChase. In this position, Mr. Jasnoff managed a staff responsible for developing new models for measuring resiliency, value-at-risk and Total Cost of Ownership.
Mr. Jasnoff is also a firm believer in lifelong learning and, in August 2006, received his M.S.E in Technology Management from Penn Engineering and The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. While at Wharton, Mr. Jasnoff was part of a team that developed intellectual property for the financial sector in Business Resiliency. He also holds an M.B.A from American University and B.A. from Villanova University.