SDI Government Solutions, a leader in the creation and conversion of government technical documentation, has designed two tools to streamline military documentation conversion tasks.
SDI TM Skeleton Creator uses the targeted publication type, directorate, maintenance level and other information to create a valid MIL-STD-40051 XML skeleton, or framework. The application is particularly useful for publications that have lengthy Repair Parts and Special Tools Lists (RPSTLs) since these conversions were extremely labor-intensive prior to using the tool. The SDI TM Skeleton Creator integrates government-furnished information (GFI) tabular RPSTLs automatically, reducing the manual’s conversion time by as much as 60%.
The second tool, TM Magic, is designed for use on military technical documentation projects. Among its features are automatic stock and part number indexing that reduce development time in RPSTL-only documents by 20% and the ability to automatically update source maintenance and recoverability (SMR) codes. Warning summaries and detailed quality assurance reports are also produced by the application.
According to Phil Vallone, SDI Government Solutions Information Technology Manager, these tools, “are a tremendous step forward for the entire military technical documentation community. The same tasks that would have taken a week to complete are now finished in about two days. That leaves the technical writer free to focus all of his or her efforts on the other portions of a technical manual.”
SDI Government Solutions Division President Barbara Reeder praised the SDI TM Skeleton Creator and TM Magic tools for their contributions to the technical documentation community.
“SDI Government Solutions is pleased to have developed tools with these time-saving functionalities for technical writing projects,” she said. “Our team has proven its leadership within the industry by successfully constructing the SDI TM Skeleton Creator and TM Magic tools. We are proud to use these applications to produce superior technical documentation for our Warfighters serving overseas.”
About SDI and SDI Government Solutions
SDI Government Solutions (sdigovsolutions.com) is a division of Systems Documentation, Inc. (SDI), a woman-owned small business based in South Plainfield, NJ. Founded in 1978, with offices in New Jersey, Maryland, New Hampshire, Hungary and India, SDI develops a variety of information systems including enterprise architecture, interactive technical documentation, training and eLearning systems, content management systems, knowledge management systems and cutting-edge multimedia elements.
SDI Government Solutions has been a leading subject matter expert in the Electronic Warfare (EW) community and the de facto leader in JCREW training and logistics programs management since 2007. It uses Training Planning Process Methodology (TRPPM) and front-end analysis (FEA) to create integrated technical documents and training materials, including interactive 3D simulations, gaming solutions and SCORM-compliant computer-based training (CBT). SDI Government Solutions excels in the creation of Interactive Electronic Technical Manuals (IETM) in S1000D as well as XML conversion, content management systems, Department of Defense (DoD) 5000.2-compliant logistics and systems acquisition, integration and support. Through all of its services, SDI Government Solutions assists the US Department of Defense and other federal agencies that support the Warfighters protecting our freedom and homeland.