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Design management advisory

We have unrivalled understanding and knowledge to help you navigate and interpret the complexities of the transition from design and build contractor to end-user ownership.

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Key contact

Lee Hedd

Business Development Manager

Ottawa, Canada


As part of the delivery process, the evidence must be available to support decisions and ensure the performance requirements are correct. We can provide a full suite of test form production and gap analyses which ensure any builds are fit for purpose.  In addition, we can help you identify the training needs.

Our services:

  • precise acceptance planning and management
  • stakeholder identification and engagement
  • risk identification and mitigation
  • impartial expert advice to ensure that the critical path and key decision-makers and influencers understand their roles in accepting major platforms, projects, and programmes

Acceptance planning and management

To accept or not? The sheer complexity of an underwater platform, the number of stakeholders involved, tight timeframes, challenging cost and performance constraints: can all undermine your confidence in accepting a new capability.

To help you fully understand and mitigate the risks, we have used our experience of defence acquisition projects to develop critical techniques to give you the confidence you have fully understood and mitigated any risks.

As well as our depth of expertise on naval platforms and knowledge gained over numerous acceptance projects, our independence from external shareholders or manufacturing interests sees us well placed to provide impartial guidance.

Our process sees us work to identify all stakeholders in accepting a system, the critical evidence required to base decisions, the standard to be applied and the risks that may impact the programme, its cost, quality and capability. We translate this understanding into an acceptance strategy and a robust Integrated Test Evaluation and Acceptance Plan (ITEAP), which flags potential acceptance risk early.

Acceptance is not just a technical activity; it is about communication and interaction too. We provide maximum engagement with all stakeholders throughout a project, helping to manage expectations and reduce acceptance risk.

Trials and validation

Pressure to deliver operational availability applies whether accepting a new asset or supporting changes to requirements or user needs. We bring a detailed understanding of performance characteristics, together with tailored and effective data collection and analysis tools, to manage the time and cost involved in acceptance.

We develop and implement the processes and services you need to measure the performance of your asset against its requirement and specification, whether that asset is a platform, a system, a service or a product:

  • Data Collection and Performance Measurement:
    Performance measurement and reporting; R&M trials & demonstration; analysis and reporting
  • Integration and Acceptance Trials:
    Asset performance and analysis; data collection, analysis and reporting; Reliability & Maintainability (R&M) testing including Maintenance Demonstrations (MDEMO), Requirements Growth Testing (RGT), Highly Accelerated Life Testing (HALT) and Higher, Adjacent, Support, Security (HASS) testing; performance measurement; reporting and improvement; asset integration trials and integration management; asset acceptance trials including production of documentation, planning and management; verification and validation
  • Ordnance, Munitions and Explosives (OME) Trials and Tests:
    development, integration and acceptance trials; R&M testing including MDEMO, RGT, HALT & HASS; OME safety; explosive trials and tests