Technology Transfer

The US Federal Technology Transfer Act of 1986, (Public Law 99-502, 20 October 1986, as amended) enables the expertise, capabilities, and technologies of US federal laboratories to be accessible to other federal agencies; units of state or local government; industrial organizations (including corporations, partnerships and limited partnerships, and industrial organizations); public and private foundations; nonprofit organizations (including universities); or other persons in order to improve the economic, environmental, and social well-being of the United States by stimulating utilization of US federally-funded technology developments and capabilities.

Current Areas of Technology Transfer

GP Strategies has developed concepts and techniques to facilitate the transfer of the government core knowledge to commercial enterprises over the last 30 years. These areas of technology transfer currently include:

  • Development of enterprise level net centric maintenance networks to provide equipment maintenance and repairs over the Internet.
  • Through the use of the GP Strategies Virtual Maintenance Engineering Platform, connectivity is achievable between commercial unmanned surface and subsurface vehicles or remote operating worldwide locations for maintenance and control. Developments can facilitate the ability to connect systems that are currently disconnected.
  • GP Strategies is a sub-contractor on a recently-awarded contract to support the Navy’s Future Attack Center (FAC) The intent of this facility is to provide a laboratory test bed environment for the analysis and assessment of developing combat control technologies requiring a military environment to evaluate operational performance. While the technology is at the FAC, GP Strategies can develop remote maintenance capabilities using the VMEP as the connectivity to remote repair agents and intermediate maintenance agencies (IMA). The insertion of the remote maintenance capability will make the technology available for military and commercial application years earlier.
  • Application of the GP Strategies Cost Driver Modeling Process to commercial enterprises. Navigating With the Cost Driver Approach (53KB PDF), describes one example of GP Strategies technology transfer for a commercial company. The military concept of system sustainment provides a process to identify support requirements, prior to acquisition, to reduce program life cycle costs. The article Sustainment Modeling for Project Managers (47KB PDF) provides a simplified approach for managers to implement for commercial sustainment projects.

Future Areas of Technology Transfer

Future areas of technology transfer that GP Strategies is actively exploring include:

  • The development and usage of Autonomous Undersea “Robotic” Platforms to support oil exploration, the fishing industry, and homeland security can also be used in the implementation of Portable Test Ranges (PTR) to support the operational testing of commercial unmanned surface and subsurface vehicles. Proposed facilities such as the Autonomous Undersea Vehicle Applications Center could use this type of test range.
  • Parametric sonar constitutes advanced underwater acoustic signal processing and array technology developed and tested by the Navy to support fleet combat operational requirements in areas that are often too challenging for conventional undersea sensors. This unique technology can be readily transferred to other maritime applications adapted for homeland security harbor defense needs, buried object detection, and expand the capabilities of secure undersea acoustic communications. Other advanced acoustic technologies being explored for development include nonlethal acoustic weapons.

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