NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS) -- Four USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) (Ike) Sailors were awarded $5,000 through the Department of the Navy Military Cash Awards Program (MILCAP) Sept. 20.
Cmdr. Timothy Veschio, Lt. Cmdr. Alan Kolackovsky, Lt. Kurt Rohlmeier and Master Chief Machinist's Mate (SW/AW) Dale Friestad developed a system to save the Navy time and money when tracking jobs to be performed on the ship during Ike's shipyard period. The program, RCOHIMS [Refueling Complex OverHaul Integrated Management System] was launched Nov. 24.
Veschio said the idea for the system came about because the previous process of gathering data was inefficient. More than 16,000 jobs needed to be managed on the ship throughout the Refueling Complex Overhaul (RCOH) period, and the file, which was essentially a single spreadsheet, was so large it took 30 minutes to save.
"There had to be a better way," said Veschio. "If we were to do it on a database, it would be quicker."
The Sailors, with backgrounds in information technology and shipyard work, attended a local Navy eBusiness Operations Office (E-Biz) event. The group decided the best option was to hire a computer programmer to build a database that could read all the different databases within the shipyard environment, and convert them into one simple Web-based file.
The software was developed, and the ship went into the testing phase. With help from several Sailors aboard Ike, the software was integrated onto Ike's Intranet.
"It's a solution to managing the way we keep track of ship-force work in the shipyard," said Veschio. "We are very happy with the results of the program. The program, however, is still a work in progress as it can be added to and refined."
Although many goals are associated with this software, there seems to be one common goal for the group - to see RCOHIMS used to help the entire fleet. There are already proposals to get the program integrated onto other carriers when they enter the shipyard for their own RCOH.
"I wanted to make a change because our technology was still in the dark ages," said Rohlmeier. "My goal is to make the Navy better for all Sailors."
The creation of this program set in motion a system that will help current and future Sailors complete their jobs in a timely manner. Time is money, and saving time deserves a little reward in the end.
For creative thinkers, more information on the BeneSug program can be found in OPNAV Inst. 1650.8C. Eligible suggestions include ideas that would simplify operations or equipment; save manpower, money or time; or increase productivity.
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