Digital Twin Technology for Naval Maintenance Training and Operations
Navy SBIR 2019.2 - Topic N192-124
ONR - Ms. Lore-Anne Ponirakis -
Opens: May 31, 2019 - Closes: July 1, 2019 (8:00 PM ET)


TITLE: Digital Twin Technology for Naval Maintenance Training and Operations


TECHNOLOGY AREA(S): Electronics, Human Systems, Information Systems ACQUISITION PROGRAM: PEO Carriers

OBJECTIVE: The Navy is facing shortages of fully qualified technical personnel capable of diagnosing and addressing issues while training the next generation of maintainers prior to touching physical systems. In some instances, new systems are brought on-line for which no expertise exists. This SBIR topic seeks to develop a system that enables diagnosis and efficient repair through advanced modeling and provide much needed technology direction for maintenance training applied to Internet of Things (IoT)-enabled equipment. The primary aim of this SBIR topic is to develop a cross-platform maintenance training system using advanced modeling techniques (digital twin technology) to facilitate the understanding of complex and idiosyncratic systems and afford powerful analytical tools to enable more efficient repairs. USD R&E Mod: Fully networked C3; CNOG20 Readiness and Training


DESCRIPTION: Sailors typically attend school and receive most of their rate-specific training up front, which can last up to two years. However, by the time these Sailors reach their first duty assignment their skills may have atrophied or the technology they trained on has become outdated. Thus, as part of Sailor 2025, the Navy wants to provide “Ready, Relevant Training” (RRL) to the Fleet, which will provide a career-long learning continuum where training is delivered at multiple points throughout a career by modern delivery methods to enable faster learning and better knowledge retention.


One manner in which RRL can be delivered to each Sailor is through modernization of training systems to accelerate learning, minimize atrophy, and provide on-the-job performance support that improves individual performance, and enhances mission readiness. This will significantly reduce the cost and time for getting the training to the Fleet, increasing agility in the Navy’s rapidly changing world. Specifically, the goal is to provide training content to Sailors that is accessible anytime from anywhere, and that content is updated and delivered to the Fleet faster. There will be modern content delivery at the point of need so Sailors have convenient access to training content and support.


PHASE I: Develop a system architecture and demonstrate the feasibility of specific examples and implementations of digital twin technologies applied to Navy and/or Marine Corps maintenance training. Specifically, develop an approach whereby the digital twin technology can be used to author content to effectively train multiple expertise levels (e.g., novice through expert). Potential integration opportunities include, My Navy Learning, My Navy Portal,

and within the NETC schoolhouse. Develop a Phase II plan.


PHASE II: Develop a prototype based on Phase I efforts, conduct a proof-of-concept technical feasibility demonstration, and develop a digital twin technology infrastructure that amplifies maintenance training. Incorporate into the system IoT technologies to develop predictive algorithms for machine breakdown/failure and preventative recommendations for maintenance to remediate the failure modes most effectively. Specifically demonstrate how the digital twin solution (i.e., data, interactive 3D models, process visualizations) can be used to train multiple expertise levels.


PHASE III DUAL USE APPLICATIONS: Transition the technology to an operational environment. Develop a plan to transition and commercialize the technology and its associated guidelines and principles. This SBIR topic would provide much needed technology direction for maintenance training applied to IoT-enabled equipment. In addition to the Navy and Marine Corps market, the technology could have broad applicability across DoD maintenance as well as in manufacturing maintenance, heavy equipment maintenance, and the associated training packages.



1.   Department of Defense. Summary of the 2018 National Defense Strategy of the United States of America.


2.   Richardson, John M. Chief of Naval Operations. “A Design for Maintaining Maritime Superiority – Version 2.0”, December 2018.


KEYWORDS: Maintenance; Training; Internet of Things; IoT; Augmented Reality; Digital Twin; Job Performance Aid



Ray Perez




Peter Walker




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