US NSWCPD establishes online shock test database eForms

8 June 2020 (Last Updated June 9th, 2020 12:54)

US Naval Surface Warfare Center, Philadelphia Division (NSWCPD) has established an online database called eForms for shock hardened shipboard equipment across the US fleet.

US NSWCPD establishes online shock test database eForms
US NSWCPD has established an online database called eForms for all Navy shock data for shock hardened shipboard equipment. Credit: MC2 Michael Bevan.

US Naval Surface Warfare Center, Philadelphia Division (NSWCPD) has established an online database called eForms for shock hardened shipboard equipment across the US fleet.

The online database eForms was established by NSWCPD with Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) and Naval Sea Logistics Center (NSLC).

eForms is intended for all navy shock data for shock hardened shipboard equipment across the fleet.

Naval ship systems are required to adhere to survivability requirements and shock qualification authenticates that these systems do not fail if the vessel’s hull witnesses an Underwater Explosion (UNDEX) event.

The NSWCPD acts as a NAVSEA lead for shock qualification for navy shipboard equipment.

The Electronic Shock Module of eForms (eShock) was developed to safely store and access official navy shock data.

NSWCPD Ship Systems Hardening branch head Rob Tronzo said: “Shock qualification of shipboard equipment provides a baseline level of survivability independent of threat. Qualified equipment ensures ship survivability and keeps the sailors safe.

“Now, eShock serves as a repository for information that facilitates future shock extensions, provides navy-wide access, and utilizes the NSLC eForms platform leveraging their Authority To Operate (ATO) across the navy.”

Through a user-friendly method, the eShock module manages submission, tracking, approval and documentation of information to execute shock hardening requirements for navy vessels.

The new site offers database functionality including Naval Nuclear Propulsion Information (NNPI) data capabilities and ensures centrally located secure communications.

It has an innovative approach to transmit data submitted for approval. This ensures better record management, reduces the need to retrieve necessary data, streamlines the review and approval process, as well as reduces the possibility of losing data.

Tronzo added: “The eShock module mitigates cost and schedule risk by ensuring data is captured and readily available for anyone who needs it.

“The tool provides 5x to 10x improvement in high velocity learning. It reduces stove piping and allows the data to be more easily accessed, expediting the delivery of data to the necessary parties.”

A module called eSDCP is also under development. Once developed, it will provide corrective action information for equipment required to be shock qualified.