Engineering for the Customer through
Innovative Engineering Solutions
SHARP’s Safety, Survivability, and Risk Management
Department offers innovative solutions to customer’s design problems through
a performance-based Risk Management Approach to design and engineering.
SHARP’s advantages include:
Nationally Certified Risk Managers and Professional
Engineers on Staff
Proven application of performance-based standards for
bottom-line cost savings
An ISO 9001 Certified Task Management system
Many years of successful government contract
A staff with prior Navy and Coast Guard Service, as
Senior Enlisted Leaders through Commanding Officers, in touch with the end
user’s needs at all levels
Recent SHARP Solutions:
A customer was building a large capacity passenger
vessel (over 4,000 passengers) and felt that full compliance with the new
USCG Lifesaving Equipment Regulations would be too high a cost, in
dollars, weight, and lost deck space, as compared to the benefit provided.
The SHARP Solution was to perform a full risk analysis of the vessel route
and service. Based on casualty records, stakeholder interviews, and
operational details, SHARP analyzed the risks and developed an integrated
Risk Mitigation package of Training, Design, and Operational Procedures,
that the U.S. Coast Guard accepted as providing a benefit equivalent to
the full complement of primary lifesaving equipment. The result for the
customer was less primary lifesaving equipment, a safer operation and
millions of dollars saved in reduced lifecycle cost.
A customer was concerned that the USCG’s stairtower
requirements would enclose spaces, hindering passenger egress and creating
security problems. The customer wanted to eliminate stairtowers from the
vessel, with no reduction in passenger safety. The SHARP Solution was to
conduct a performance based analysis of high capacity stairtowers and
develop a new design that provided an equivalent level of safety for
passengers. The resulting design involved reducing fireloads, increasing
sprinkler systems, mitigating high-risk features, and providing
contingency plans for emergency egress. The U.S. Coast Guard accepted this
solution and the customer now has a safer, more secure design.
The Office of Naval Research (ONR) was concerned with
the high cost of full scale application of MIL-STD-882 (Standard Practice
for System Safety) to the 625 KW Ship Service Fuel Cell Program, being
jointly developed by ONR and a commercial partner, managed by NAVSEA 05R,
and executed by NAVSEA Philadelphia Code 824. The SHARP Solution was to
evaluate the system risks and tailor MIL-STD-882 to this Fuel Cell system.
MIL-STD-882 application costs were reduced by approximately 50% as a
result of this approach.
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