The civilians manning and loading the T-AVB will load the ship any way the Marines tell them as long as it does not put the ship in an unsafe condition.
T-AVB load planning is a time-consuming, inflexible process made more so by the high tempo of operations and pressure to execute operational orders in the time allotted in a time of war.
Prior to TALPS, T-AVB load planning had always been done manually, (the "stubby pencil" method).
The purpose of the T-AVB AUTOMATED LOAD-PLANNING SYSTEM (TALPS) is to automate the T-AVB load-planning process.
Because of the unique functioning provided by the ship, there are extremely few people with T-AVB load-planning expertise.
From 1992 through 1997, the TALPS development team participated in every T-AVB training exercise as observers, interviewed all load planners involved with each exercise, and extracted knowledge from the few load-planning manuals that existed for the ships.
TALPS is reviewed after the annual T-AVB exercise and updated or modified as required.
The output is shown as a proposed load plan only because the one constant in T-AVB load planning is change
TALPS was originally conceived as a tool to help the harried planner develop load plans for the T-AVB class of vessels.
Cerkez is the recognized subject matter expert for the Marine Corps T-AVB ships and performs training on T-AVB loading and load planning and TALPS software operations and provides expert advice to Marine Corps planners on T-AVB use.
To overcome these challenges, in the mid-1980s, the Department of the Navy purchased the T-AVBs, and United States Marine Corps (USMC) aviation simultaneously introduced the MARINE AVIATION LOGISTICS SUPPORT PROGRAM (MALSP) (figure 1).