Naval Air Warfare Center, Lakehurst takes both MIC Overall and People’s Choice Award

Congratulations to the Creative Lab at Naval Air Station Warfare Center—Aircraft Division Lakehurst for receiving both the Overall Maintenance Innovation Challenge (MIC) as well as the People’s Choice Awards for their submission, Augmented Reality Remote Maintenance Support Service (ARRMSS). Their presentation impressed the panel of judges and the event attendees as an excellent example of revolutionary and evolutionary maintenance and sustainment technology. ARRMSS is an application framework that connects a Subject Matter Expert (SME) to a maintainer through augmented reality technology and allows for the transfer of applicable data over a DOD network. The team, anchored by Aristides Staikos, will receive $50K from NCMS for a one-year DOD initiative managed through the CTMA Program.

This submission resonated with the panel of DOD Senior Logistics Managers, who judged the six MIC finalists. They evaluate the submission on the following criteria:

  • Maintenance centricity
  • Original contribution for the State-of-the-Art
  • Commercialism
  • Technical maturity
  • Cross-Service application
  • Potential to benefit maintenance
  • Feasibility and practicality

The Creative Lab at NAWCAD, Lakehurst was established in 2014 to improve Sailor performance and fleet readiness with respect to support equipment and aircraft launch and recovery equipment through the use of advanced modeling and simulation in virtual reality/augmented reality products.

The MIC aims to elevate and expand the call for maintenance innovation to include not only new technology, hardware, and software, but also unique partnerships, resourcing strategies, business practices or processes that promise to make maintenance more capable, agile, and affordable.