TALPSThin Active Layers on a Passive Substrate
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In May 1997, TALPS 1.03c was certified by the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) as a safe loading instrument, and the software was distributed to MALS.
During the development of TALPS 1.0, the primary guideline for development was that the system had to support and be traceable to Marine Corps doctrine, which meant that it had to be able to support the operations planner doing deliberate planning using notional assets.
In 1998, DCS Corporation was contracted to update the load-planning manual (USMC 1998), and in 1999, DCS was again contracted to update the TALPS software, the user interface, and the rules and fact bases to account for additional modifications made to the ships after the initial release of TALPS.
TALPS is primarily a constraint-based, expert scheduling system.
As a result of the interviews during the initial TALPS development efforts, certain patterns emerged that later became ironclad.
The previous steps are an application of the heuristics learned during the initial TALPS development efforts; the load planners always got these items out of the way first.
TALPS rules process all the facts, within constraints set by the user and imposed by the system, and rapidly produce a certified safe load plan.
TALPS was originally conceived as a tool to help the harried planner develop load plans for the T-AVB class of vessels.