Shortfall Analysis and Quantification

Due to Mosaic ATM’s in-depth knowledge of airspace operations and FAA systems and architecture, Mosaic ATM is well suited to identify system shortfalls.  Mosaic authors and supports the development of Shortfalls Analysis Reports for the FAA through all phases of the Acquisition Management System (AMS) process. Early in the process, Mosaic authors shortfalls analysis documents that identify the shortfalls, categorizes them, and assesses their impact on the NAS. In later phases, Mosaic quantifies those shortfalls analytically using our vast archive of operational data and analytical tools, developing measurable impacts of the shortfalls on the system. If applicable, strategies are used to monetize those shortfalls to support benefits analysis.

Mosaic has supported the development of various Shortfalls Analysis Reports for FAA programs, to include Separation Automation System Engineering (SASE), Common Support Services – Flight Data (CSS-FD), Collaborative Air Traffic Management Technologies (CATMT) Work Package 5, NAS Common Reference (NCR), Flight Object Exchange Services (FOXS), Flow Management Data and Services (FMDS), Terminal Flight Data Management (TFDM), and Automated Maintenance Management System (AMMS).

For example, Mosaic led the development of three key concepts for CATMT to an Initial Analysis Readiness Decision (IARD), to include Enhanced Sector Alerting Metric (ESAM), Single Source for Traffic Management Initiatives (TMIs) (SSIT), and integrated User Interface Capability (IUIC). For each capability, Mosaic identified the shortfalls categories and mapped those to operational and service impacts, such as productivity and efficiency.  Shortfall measures were identified, such as the excess time spent evaluating alerts and issuing unnecessary TMIs, the amount of excess delay due to the interactions of multiple TMIs imposed on a flight, the excess hours required to enter TMIs into multiple applications, and the number of monitors, mice and keyboards deployed at facilities. These measures were then monetized to understand the cost to the FAA of these shortfalls.

In another example, Mosaic led a cross-functional team through a brainstorming session to identify shortfalls in the Traffic Flow Management System. Via the use of online collaborative concept boards and brainstorming methodologies such as Affinity Diagrams, Mosaic successfully facilitated the shortfalls identification process and the categorizations of those shortfalls into major themes. Operational and service impacts were identified and methodologies for quantification determined.