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This project took place within the Airbus EVAIS (Simulator Operations and Support) department in Toulouse (Airbus Saint Martin site). Beginning the 30th March 2015, the project had a total duration of 6 months. It was supervised by David Barbara and Guillaume Cotin, both of them simulator managers from the A350 program.
Airbus EVAIS department is charged with assuring simulator operation and efficiency. This task requires real-time problem solving and has strict deadlines for weekly simulator planning. Regardless of the complexity, the tools of which they disposed were often over simplistic. This led to inefficiencies, mostly in terms of unnecessary time consumption.
This internship was an attempt to address this problem. Its objective was therefore to improve simulator planning efficiency and includes the development of an intelligent tool for optimised scheduling. Its structure was inspired in the Lean-Six Sigma approach and the DMAIC project methodology. Figure 1 is a visual representation of this framework:
The first stage of this project was to understand the user’s needs and to define goals that were consistent with the department’s strategy. It was therefore essential to start by getting to know the company, the simulator operations departments and the tasks that they were conducting. The first pages of this report attempt to summarise this information.
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