The following items address key factors of the study:

  1. The project problem was to determine whether the modifications made to the vessel’s skeg improved fuel consumption.
  2. The contribution to the problem was to produce a methodology for computing ship fuel consumption based on data that the Navy has readily available.  An analysis was provided to support the customer’s question as to whether or not the skeg modifications improved T-AGS fuel consumption.
  3. The deliverables provided were a final report that documented The DCMIL Study Team’s (hereafter referred to as “the Team”) methodology and findings, an Access database containing data and data processing techniques used to implement the methodology, a standalone word document providing an overview of the mathematical model (i.e., “cheat sheet”), and a final presentation.
  4. The customer was updated on the project status through discussions in the form of in-person meetings and teleconferences.  The meeting minutes from these meetings are contained in Appendix B.
  5. The risks for successfully completing the project were:
    1. Receiving the necessary data.
    2. Time management.
  6. The approach to mitigate the risks was:
    1. Receiving the necessary data:  Maintained a close working relationship with the customer via frequent meetings and teleconferences to address any data problems or data needs.
    2. Time management:  Developed and followed a project schedule.  The project leader was responsible for delegating work and maintaining the schedule.  Well defined group member roles and responsibilities were assigned.