What do we need to visualise?

What do we need to visualise?

Introducing the SCAF Model

When we are forecasting maintenance requirements for Rolls-Royce aircraft engines, we can’t afford to wait and see what happens. We need accurate, timely data so we can ensure that the right spare parts are available as soon as they are needed. If we get this wrong, passengers are delayed in reaching their destination because of grounded aircraft, or money is wasted on overstocked parts. 

Just like the weather forecast, there is a lot of information that needs to be considered to enable us to make these decisions. We review data from systems that monitor the performance of engines, as well as flight plans, warehouse inventory management records and mathematical models. This all comes together in the Rolls-Royce Services, Cost and Availability Forecast (SCAF) modelling system.

SCAF simulates fleet, maintenance and supply chain operations worldwide, generating complex reports that can assist in planning across each of these areas. It provides predictions for engine availability, parts demand, and maintenance capacity & cost over the medium and long term.

The reports generated by SCAF are incredibly detailed, and the insights they contain are invaluable to the technical, maintenance and commercial functions with an airline’s operations team. But they are only useful if they can be seen and understood easily. The Data Storytelling Challenge invites you to develop a more visual way of presenting the spare parts forecast from SCAF.