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Fleet Availability Modelling: Search and Rescue

BMT developed a fleet operation model for the Search and Rescue Helicopter (SAR (H)) Project Team to advise and support decisions whilst selecting a Value For Money service supplier.

Summary

BMT developed a fleet operation model for the Search and Rescue Helicopter (SAR (H)) Project Team to advise and support decisions whilst selecting a Value For Money service supplier. The model was designed to simulate the performance of a SAR (H) fleet taking into account the characteristics considered to drive the performance and costs of any candidate solution:

  • Operational sortie demands
  • Planned training sortie demands
  • Aircraft capability – range, capacity, availability and maintenance
  • Fleet size
  • Fleet mix and type
  • Number and locations of bases
  • Fleet maintenance and repair support strategy
  • Risks

The model was built using an event-based simulation tool that calculates anticipated achievement against measures of performance for the required service. This is supported with statistical confidence in the analysis outputs provided through Monte Carlo simulations. 

For a user-defined basing configuration and aircraft deployment mix, the model simulates one year of operation of the SAR (H) fleet and evaluates the impact of the following characteristics on the SAR requirements:

  • SAR events / demands
  • Aircraft
  • Training
  • Crew

Key Benefits

  • Informs design and procurement decisions
  • Provides decision traceability
  • Provides a common option evaluation template
  • Enables a Value For Money assessment
  • Compares measures of effectiveness of different fleet abilities to meet the future SAR capability requirements, for a range of basing options and aircraft types

Key Features

  • Uses location and seasonal historical demand data
  • Models SAR and training missions
  • Support Optimisation of fleet size, fleet mix and number and location of bases
  • Models uncertainty parameters with Monte Carlo simulation

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