The Department of Defense announced November 2, 2018 the release of an update to the Standard Practice Technical Data Packages. This revision introduces the concept of the 3Di PDF viewable Technical Data Packages (TDPs) as an option in creation and delivery of Technical Data Packages.
MIL-STD-31000B 31 October 2018
SUPERSEDING MIL-STD-31000A 26 February 2013
1.1 This standard defines the requirements for a technical data package (TDP) and its related TDP data management products. The purpose of the TDP is to provide an authoritative technical description of an item which is clear, complete and accurate, and in a form and format adequate for its intended use. A TDP contains elements, is described by a level and type, and may have associated metadata and supplementary technical data. A TDP is a sub-set of product and technical data as shown in the hierarchical breakdown in Figure 1 (found in the “read more” link below).
1.2 TDP levels, types, elements and TDP data management products will be identified in accordance with this standard and applicable Data Item Descriptions (DID), as tailored and imposed through the TDP Option Selection Worksheet (Figure 5) or as defined in block 16 of the DD1423, Contract Data Requirements Lists (CDRL) in contracts, purchase orders, and Military Interdepartmental Procurement Requests (MIPRs) (hereafter referred to collectively as “the contract”).
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Jennifer Herron, CEO of Action Engineering has been involved with the MIL-STD-31000 effort since the first release of revision A that opened up the Department of Defense (DOD) definition of a Technical Data Package (TDP). Rev A of this DOD standard was the first time that government agencies had the ability to ask their contractors to deliver 3D CAD models.
Since 2013 when the new standard was piloted within various government agencies (Navy, Air Force, Army), the community learned from authoring and receiving those TDPs. That learning culminated in the release of revision B. The focus of revision B is to urge a standard format for a 3D PDF and increase the sophistication of the TDP Option Selection worksheet.
Note: Many in the model-based community tend to use the TLA (three letter acronym) TDP far to cavalierly. TDP has very specific contractual definition to a DOD organization and their contractors. When generalizing the “TDP” concept, we should use a DP (Data Package) instead.
Action Engineering Course 108: Reviewing & Commenting 3D PDFs offers training to help navigate the MIL-STD-31000A and B standard.