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Provide all Laboratory Engineering Support Services for the NAS Laboratories

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Laboratory Engineering Web Application Portal

The Laboratory Engineering Web Application Portal will provide you with additional information, tools, etc...

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Laboratory Engineering Contacts
Dan Haubrich Group Manager 609-485-4308
Maria Kleinot Secretary 609-485-7363
FAX   609-485-6696

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New Support Services Available

The Laboratory Engineering Team (LET) is now organized to supply its customers with additional support for 2010. The team is structured to provide its customers with quick turn around electrical support services covering:

  • Repair:  Covering minor repair of failed electrical equipment such as outlets, circuit breakers, monitors, etc.
  • Installation:  Covering minor installations of electrical equipment such as power, outlets, circuit breakers, monitors, etc. in support of space modifications.
  • New Equipment Connection:  Electrical connection of new equipment supporting modification of laboratory capabilities.
  • Electrical Usage and Capacity:  Measurement/Monitor electrical usage at the panel/equipment level.

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Laboratory Engineering

Laboratory Engineering (LE) provides Project Management and communications interface to maintain and develop the overall National Air Space (NAS) domain. These activities are coordinated and requested at the Product Change Board (PCB). LE also plans, manages, directs, and coordinates for multiple laboratories/users and the NAS facilities at the FAA Technical Center. Laboratory Engineering also performs hardware development, system analysis for laboratory enhancement in support of the new National Air Space Systems and R&D systems, installation, development, and testing. Responsibilities include:

  • System Implementation Planning Support:  Provides Configuration Management, as well as advanced and transition planning for the efficient use of the laboratory space. Providing compatible methods and processes for the NAS laboratories comprising systems, subsystems, equipment, and Operational System Software (OSS) baselines.
  • System Modification Design Support:  Establish and enhance multi-users laboratories for research and development, experimentation, evaluation testing, and field operational system support production, maintenance, evaluation and testing. Supporting utilization of NAS system support automation and lab facilities.
  • System Decommissioning Planning Support:  Provides systems hardware expertise and systems consultation service as related to air traffic control and experimental systems to all user services. Establishes a change status reporting process for the emerging and existing Configuration Items (CIs) including:
    • Develop list of items to be decommissioned that includes necessary nomenclature and reference ID. Provide support to property custodian to ensure items are identified and designated for removal from property list.
    • Develop removal plan that entails best logistical path to use for equipment removal.
    • Provide technical support during equipment removal to maintain isolation from operational equipment.
  • System Transition Planning Support:  Provides systems engineering supports required to plan and develop specifications for laboratory system configurations and interfaces. Provides technical coordination for timely operation of all NAS facilities, services and systems including:
    • Assess existing system infrastructure (i.e. Interfaces, Hardware, and Software dependencies).
    • Develop integration approach that includes consideration of user scheduling.
    • Determine if there are facility infrastructure modifications needed. This is accomplished by assessing current laboratory conditions (i.e. review existing electrical, mechanical, environmental, and communications hardware and devices) and recommend modifications required to support new system configuration.
  • Review/Research/Prep. Systems Related Documents:  Establishes and maintains hardware configuration control procedures to ensure that only authorized modifications are performed and that the current configuration of the equipment is documented. Ensures control over the laboratory design layout, equipment and infrastructure installation reflects laboratory space configurations and demonstrate acceptability of products CIs for operational and maintenance services.
  • SE Other:  Support the research, development, testing, and acquisition of products that are intended to ensure a seamless transition of safety and efficiency throughout the NAS modernization efforts.

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Systems Engineering

The Systems Engineering (SE) group provides services in support of upgrades and improvements to modernize the Laboratories and Radars Sites. These services include SE requirements studies, design, research and installation/modifications of various components, implementing engineering concept changes and integrating new technologies. Responsibility includes but is not limited to the following:

  • Prepare Specification Package:  Conduct feasibility studies as measured against the design requirements. This includes conducting research and information gathering leading to solution based on a detailed engineering analysis.
  • Develop Procurement Request: 
    • Set technical requirements based on specification, drawings and estimate.
    • Research for best and competent contractors bidders.
    • Research for best price, best value, and lead time.
    • Research manufacture outlets and materials costs.
    • Evaluate contractor track records.
  • Develop Budget Estimate:  Review facility designs, specifications, estimates and schedules. Prepare cost estimates and purchase requisitions, schedule scope of work.
  • Coordinate/Monitor Installation:  Coordinate and assist in the resolution of customer tasks. Support systems implementation activities, including site preparation and detailed installation designs. Coordinate and monitor and report on construction schedule and progress of work.
  • Infrastructure Other: 
    • Ensure compliance to FAA, Local, OSHA, ISO, iCMM Standards.
    • Develop conceptual design and specifications.
    • Develop Microsoft Project schedule and prioritize tasks.
    • Conduct facility survey.
    • Evaluate COTS (Commercial off the Shelf) manufactures against requirements.
    • Development, update, and maintenance of system documentation.

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Configuration Management

The Configuration Management (CM) group supports Laboratory Engineering Team (LET) System Engineers maintaining the hardware equipment baseline of the William J. Hughes Technical Center laboratories. The group works closely with the System Engineers to ensure configured item descriptions are current and accurate.

  • Create/Update Product Resumes:  Maintain a current description of each laboratory system, including purpose, interfaces, installation and acceptance dates, operations and maintenance data, configuration control process, and other identifying configuration information.
  • Provide SCR Change:  Review laboratory System Change Requests and prepare for presentation at Product Control Board meeting; monitor and record status throughout implementation; process closure.
  • Web/Database Support:  Maintain and enhance the Laboratory Engineering Web Application Portal and the CM Web Application Portal. Designs and programs new web-based applications and services using a range of programming languages, protocols, and databases.
  • Review/Research/Prepare CM Related Documents:  Create and/or modify procedures, instructions, reports, or product data for use by the LET or support groups.
  • Laboratory Baseline Change:  Formally maintain the NAS Laboratories baseline as configuration items are updated or removed.
  • Library Management Support:  Maintain the CM Library, which is the repository for all hardware configuration item product records, process records and reports.
  • Conduct Hardware Inventory:  Conduct an annual inventory for each William J. Hughes Technical Center laboratory, or conduct an inventory of a particular laboratory as needed.
  • Provide PCB Support for Transitioned System:  Support the System Engineer in the establishment of a Product Control Board transitioning to the control of the LET, and provide continuous support for Product Control Board meetings.
  • Procedure Updates:  Update ISO procedures as needed within the LET.

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Space Management

The Space Management (Layout and Design) group creates conceptual drawings of a customer’s equipment and associated infrastructure support within the laboratories. The space layout and design team works in close conjunction with the laboratory space manager providing Laboratory Site Maps and the Space Lease Agreement drawings using data from the space manager’s database. Additionally, the group also helps with the technical laboratory equipment recycling process by breaking down, storing, and installing the pieces. Responsibility includes but is not limited to the following:

  • Lab Requirements Def.:  Identify how the Laboratory customer requirements or requests will affect existing WJHTC conditions and labs.
  • New Equipment Drawing:  Perform field surveys to develop accurate drawings using AutoCAD software and identify how existing support systems must be modified to accommodate new systems while not affecting operations. Maintain laboratory site maps and door sign drawings.
  • Conceptual Planning:  Perform site surveys as built conditions in conjunction with development of new design drawings.
  • Upgrade Lab:  Prepare cost quotes relating to designed space (equipment, walls, cages, etc.). Assist with the creation/testing/maintenance of space management database.
  • Relocate/Enlarge Existing Lab:  Analyze and report on operational impacts associated with lab relocation/expansion requirements.
  • Coordinate Installation of Equip & Furn:  Provide design assistance with the dismantling, transportation, installation and recycling of equipment and temporary walls between lab users along with maintaining inventories of recycled equipment. Monitor, assist and report on construction projects through completion.

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Drafting (CAD) Services

Employing state-of-the-art file management software, the Laboratory Engineering Team (LET) Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) group develops and maintains a repository of drawings, consisting of infrastructure, building and laboratory space as-built conditions, proposed infrastructure design changes, laboratory system connectivity and other requested design drawings of the William J. Hughes Technical Center (WJHTC) National Airspace System (NAS) laboratories and sites under facilities management. Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Drafting Support:  Develop new designs and modify existing designs for mechanical, electro-mechanical, civil design and equipment layout projects within the (NAS) laboratories and other sites supported by LET.
    • Prepare detailed drawings, wiring diagrams, elevations and schematics.
    • Prepare 3-D drawings of equipment.
  • Update As-Built Drawings:  Create and maintain as-built drawings, electrical single line (substation to panel), panel schedules and radar facilities.
  • Field Survey:  Perform site surveys and provide conceptual drawings for designers and infrastructure engineers. Review drawings created by other drafting personnel for technical and documentation accuracy.
  • Plot Requests:  Provide requested hard copies of new and existing drawings. This effort includes lab spaces, equipment, electrical single line drawings.
  • Drafting Other:  Provide CAD support for Drawing Change Orders (DCO) to the VSCS Laboratory drawings. Review drawings previously developed and/or created by other entities for technical and documentation accuracy.

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Cable Management

The Cable Management group is responsible for all of the cable duties pertaining to all of the Labs at the FAA William J. Hughes Technical Center (WJHTC). The Cable Management group designs, installs, tracks and maintains all of the interconnectivity cables and records end to end termination information between all of the labs at the WJHTC. Responsibility includes but is not limited to the following:

  • Reroute Existing Cables:  Reroute existing cables due to lab/equipment relocation projects and/or to be compliance with best commercial practices.
  • Cable Installation:  Perform various data cables (CAT 5, Token-Ring, Serial, Fiber Optic, Bus/Tag) installations to facilitate interconnectivity.
  • Extend Existing Cables:  Develop cable extension plans/procedures vice installation of new, to include profiler equipment (repeaters/converters), when supported by a cost benefit analysis approach.
  • Cable Removal:  Perform cable removal of cables that are no longer needed or defective.
  • Trace & Tag Cables:  Trace out end to end cables for equipment and identification purposes. Tag newly installed cables with a unique 5 digit Cable Management Database (CMD) tag.
  • Provide Cable Data Reports:  Maintain the CMD for all interconnected cables within a lab space and between labs. Prepare cable installation reports derived from the CMD listing all of the interconnectivity of the cables associated with a specific lab.
  • Cable Other:  Perform cable length surveys for the customer to determine the amount of cable required to perform a given task.

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Floor Tile Management

The Laboratory Engineering Team (LET) maintains and provides a raised flooring system for the distribution of electrical power and grounding, data cabling, IT system cooling and electrostatic dissolution. This system offers a safe and reliable foundation for laboratory development as well as giving the opportunity for varied laboratory designs and a dynamically changing environment.

  • Provide Access Penetration:  Provide grommet access openings, closes unnecessary holes and insures wall cuts are snug-fit. This increases plenum pressure which is directed to designated openings (vents) for optimal cooling. Floor tile modifications (access, vent or resize) are provided in coordination with the facilities group or specified contractors.
  • Provide Plenum Flooring Data Reports:  Provide engineering specifications for load ratings, electrostatic dissolution, acoustical dampening and thermal dispensation. Survey, assemble and disseminate data on current plenum pressure, openings, leakage and obstructions.
  • Monitor Floor Installations:  Monitor, assist and report on construction projects through completion.
  • Replace Wet/loose Floor Tiles:  Inspect floor tiles on a periodic basis and repairs or exchanges tiles as needed. Inspect the raised floor structure (stanchions, pedestals and stringers) on a periodic basis and replaces or upgrades failing parts.
  • Obtain Vendor Quotes:  Prepare cost quotes relating to designed space (floor, support stanchions, tile modifications, etc.). Interface with vendors on latest products and designs.
  • Design/Markup CAD Drawings:  Provide engineering designs for installations or modifications. These may include; weight distribution calculations, floor spacing designs, access control and venting placement. Provide facilities or outside contractors with CAD drawings of rack tie-downs, floor tile modifications and venting placement. Mark-up Space Management’s or the CAD Depts. drawings.
  • Other: 
    • Manage and maintain excess inventory and keeps accurate information on inventory location, quantity and ownership.
    • Ensure a static dampened environment through the attachment of the raised floor grid to the multi-point grounding system and the use of ESD flooring tiles.

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