Supportability Audit

 An Intensive One-Day Seminar

Huntsville, AL                                                          September 4, 2018

This one-day conference is aimed at organizations involved in sustainment of complex systems. With complexity comes risk and buyers increasingly demand more capability for less money including "risk budgets" whose importance grows with belt-tightening. You can tame the risk/reward equation by timely, intelligent use of advanced logistics modeling. These tools allow you to explore, in a benign synthetic environment, different support solutions and the risks associated with a variety of scenarios. Hundreds of options can be tested quickly and easily to establish how different cost and performance  drivers interact, enabling engineering, supply and financial managers to home in on a risk/price sweet spot that suits both your appetite and that of your customers.

Thsi Seminar explains how to carry out an audit of system supportability. The purpose of the audit is to uncover those gold nuggets that will help you do more for less:increase operational availability despit a constant or decreasing annual budget.

Morning Session


Logistics delivers operational capability

The components of supportability

Dealing with Total Systems

Why system availability? Happy systems, not happy shelves

Performance contracting

PBL levels and Types of performance contracts

The fundamental idea — reaching higher production functions

Proposing and executing PBL contracts: risks and rewards

Supportability Modelling

Managing financial risk and operational expectations

The use of analysis in decision support and the sequence of analytical processes

The idea of the digital twin: what and why

The 3-Legged Stool — required ingredients of analytical capability

Data, models and analysts

Afternoon Session

Case Studies and Model Demonstrations

The Puma Helicopter — using complete life data to prove the accuracy and value of supportability modelling

    The Swedish TGB360, a 8X8 armoured fighting vehicle

Who Should Attend

Program management executives


Supply chain specialists

Maintenance planners

Logistic analysts

Budget planners

 Seminar Fees

CLEP Attendees        Free

Early Registration

      Government        $100

      Industry               $150

After 30 August

      Government        $150

      Industry               $200


The Teachers

Allan Goody , Air Commodore RAF (ret), has specialized in engineering, logistics, training, and program and change management. An aeronautical engineer his RAF assignments covered capability requirements, life cycle program management and front line commands. His last two posts were Director, Training Capability for all services and MRA4 Deputy Team Leader and Chief Engineer. Joining TFD Europe in 2013, Allan has directed numerous projects in the UK, Sweden, Finland and Japan. Allan was appointed Managing Director of TFD Europe on 1 May 2017.

Robert Butler is the founder and CEO of the TFD Group of companies. He accounts for 55 years of experience in both hands-on-logistic management and development of analytical methods of logistics. Butler began his professional life at the RAND Corporation. In 1976, he established the first TFD company as a defense research consultancy. Turning to software in 1982, Butler developed several tools used by logisticians throughout the world, including the TFD Data Vault, EDCAS, VMetric, MAAP, SCO and most recently the multi-period spares optimization tool, Tempo.

Mitch Stevenson

Over 20 years of successful logistics management in Defence and Aerospace, holding senior positions with Finmeccanica, Thales and MSI Defence Systems.  A subject matter expert in configuration, obsolescence, test and CLS management, Mitch has extensive analytical and modelling experience working across the land, sea and air domains. Mitch is the current LCC analyst for the UK Ajax platform and provides support to the UK MoD and Swedish FMV on a number of projects. Mitch served for 12 years as an British Army aircraft technician and is CMII certified. He contributed to the UK JSP886 obsolescence policy (incorporated into the US SD-22) and holds a BSc in Engineering.

The TFD WorkBench

TFD Data Vault A multi-product logistic data repository, optimized to support logistic decisions through high accuracy analysis

MAAP A multi-system, multi-resource optimization model used for supportability audit, LCC and budget analysis

Tempo A multi-period spares optimization model that accounts for obsolescence, changing operating pace and basing as well as predicted changes in part attributes and system configuration

EDCAS Design trade-off LCC with LOR and scheduled maintenance, sensitivity analysis and run comparison utility built in

SCO Tactical optimization for supply chain managers, based on support-system modeling and total asset visibility


Reserve your seat now!

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Coming soon: Simulation analysis for multi-period spares optimization results, integrated with Tempo.