Army program completes, delivers technical data package for newest test manikin

June 18, 2018

By ARL Public Affairs

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (June 18, 2018) -- The U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command, Army Research Laboratory's Warrior Injury Assessment Manikin, or WIAMan, Engineering Office delivered the WIAMan Generation 1 manikin technical data package to representatives of the U.S. Army Program Executive Office Simulation, Training and Instrumentation located in Orlando, Florida, during a ceremony held at APG May 31.

The WIAMan Gen 1 is the world's first test manikin that is purpose-built for military use in underbody blast testing of ground vehicles in live-fire test and evaluation.

In accordance with the Army-approved schedule for transition of the WIAMan program from ARL to the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Acquisition, Logistics and Technology), the on-time delivery of the package, which includes drawings, specifications and manuals for the test manikin, marks the start of the formal handover of management of the WIAMan program from the science and technology community to the material developer.

Accelerating innovative technologies from government, industry and academia to the warfighter is paramount to maintaining overmatch for the Army in future conflicts," said Fred Hughes, director of the WIAMan Engineering Office. Success for ARL is defined by the timely and expedited transition of intellectual property from the S&T community to the material developer to push new capabilities into the field sooner."

WIAMan is a tremendous example of the synergy generated by outcome-based research with deliverable products and similar to the current Army cross functional teams, he said.

The WIAMan team integrated representatives of the S&T, program management and testing communities, along with industry and academic partners to collaboratively develop and transition a game-changing technology to improve injury assessment capabilities to ASA(ALT)," Hughes said. ARL is bridging the 'Valley of Death' and rapidly transitioning technology to the testing and analysis community to ensure future combat vehicles are more survivable for our warfighters."

Diversified Technical Systems, Inc., the program's prime contractor, delivered the TDP to the Army's WIAMan Engineering Office April 30. The team initiated an aggressive four-week effort to verify the package, working with representatives from the U.S. Army Test and Evaluation Command and the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center to ensure it was correct and ready for transition to PEO STRI.

The cooperation between government and industry has been a model of how a complex development program can be completed on an expedited schedule, within budget," said Steve Pruitt, DTS President and CEO. Starting from a concept technical data package in early 2015 to delivery of four WIAMan Gen 1 manikins in less than three years is a remarkable achievement."

Pruitt said WIAMan will significantly increase the Army's capability to assess probably of injury to warfighters in a wide range of underbody blast events—saving lives and reducing injuries by helping the Army and industry to design vehicles that best protect them.

According to Hughes, the WIAMan package is a key delivery to the material developer for the continued development and production of WIAMan manikins to support the upcoming armored multi-purpose vehicle under-body blast testing in fiscal 2020.

Maintaining our technological advantage in warfare is found in dogged scientific advancements and decisive programs that are steadfast in its pursuit," said Col. Scott McIntosh, PEO STRI Joint Project Manager Medical Modeling and Simulation. None are more crucial than those that underpin the survivability of our warfighters."

He said the collaborative work between the WIAMan Engineering Office and JPM MMS embodies this determination to save lives.

Our two offices' shared commitment to the program's purpose combined with an innovative strategy with our industry partners has provided the DOD a cutting-edge test capability that is irreplaceable," McIntosh said. Our work illustrates that when the entire process is agreeably focused on the problem set, challenges can be quickly surmounted. Our work will be used for decades to support force wide modernization efforts and evaluate threats to our servicemembers."

The formal transition of the management of the manikin from ARL to PEO STRI culminated in a technology readiness level 6 live-fire test demonstration held at APG June 13.

Army S&T laboratories will continue to execute additional critical elements of the effort, to include ongoing biomechanical research and development of a virtual WIAMan finite element model.


The U.S. Army Research Laboratory is part of the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command, which has the mission to ensure decisive overmatch for unified land operations to empower the Army, the joint warfighter and our nation. RDECOM is a major subordinate command of the U.S. Army Materiel Command.

 

Last Update / Reviewed: June 18, 2018