Tecolote can provide specialized ACEIT support tasks. These services and resulting products may be procured via separately negotiated tasks/contracts and are not included within the scope of the basic software license. Each job generally includes level-of-effort activities related to ACEIT tailoring and/or cost research. Due to the unique nature of each task, costs for each effort can only be priced on a case-by-case basis. In most cases this type of support can be provided through our Mechanics Training offering. Please contact ACEIT Sales firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information. Some examples follow
ACE: Optimize ACE estimates/models to better support rapid what-if exercises, improve efficiency of input and methodology changes, increase calculation speed, and ensure utility of outputs/reports (e.g., client-specific budget/financial/decision reporting requirements). Review ACE session files for problems, suggest alternative estimating structures (WBS/CES), develop specialized ACE functions or model structure to reduce estimate complexity, session size, and calculation time. Discuss how to structure the estimate to optimize utility of outputs for management. Show how to set up sessions to integrate estimates from different team members.
ACDB: Review existing client databases and data sources in order to determine the utility of incorporating the data into ACEIT's Automated Cost Database (ACDB). Recommend optimal ways to view ACDB-retrieved data in CO$TAT and determine approaches to tailoring/normalization (e.g., CES vs WBS, standardized WBSs, flexible resources, subject keywords, keyword metrics, standard units, reference tables, etc.). Lead client-analysts through the ACDB tailoring process and assist database administrator/database entry (DBA/DBE) staff with any problems. Review and validate data retrieval methods and utility of reports; examine possible electronic data transfer/updates with ACDB; help design and/or implement data transfer program(s); and provide additional ACDB training as required.
Methodology Knowledge Base: Review Assess the utility of client-unique ACEIT methodology libraries and recommend a development process. Help review methodology library files for standardization and consistency, install libraries in the ACEIT system-provided database (if desired, for sharing across the ACEIT community), and test/validate library applications. Provide interface specifications for transferring results from other tools to ACE and help design and/or implement the interfaces. Review and recommend potential default estimating structures or cost drivers useful as starting points in building estimates. Link default WBSs to methodology libraries, and link cost drivers to existing data sources or cost elements (e.g., labor rates, burden rates, etc.).
Modeling and Simulation Interface & Cost Engineering Tools: Review automated systems/design engineering tools for potential interface with the ACE cost estimating engine (we have performed similar work for AFCAA, AMCOM, NAIC, NSWC, NUWC, TACOM, and weapon system contractors). Design and/or implement an interface that allows engineers to enter technical parameters in the design tool, select the desired outputs, and retrieve resulting cost estimates without ever touching ACEIT. In cases where there are no automated engineering tools, design and/or implement ACE sessions to perform cost engineering or other design/cost optimization functions. Structure an ACEIT Executive application to allow non-ACE users (e.g., engineer, logistician, project manager) to run design and cost trades within the ACE session - again, without touching ACEIT.
POST: Optimize POST workbooks to enable rapid what-if exercises, improve efficiency of input and increase calculation speed. Design high-level architecture for data flow and identify best practices in using POST reports. Provide support in using POST and/or the ACEIT API to automate POST environment and/or create custom user-specific reports.
ACEIT API: Provide training in using the API to automate data interchange between ACEIT and other applications. Support build-out of ACE Plug-Ins.
Note: To avoid potential conflicts of interest, we may not be able to develop estimating methodologies (i.e., do the cost estimate) or develop estimates for some specific DOD weapon system programs.