- Range Safety & Modernization Design
The Lake City Army Ammunition Plant (LCAAP) north of Independence, Missouri, was the first of 12 small arms plants run by the Army to support wartime efforts during World War II. It was established in the 1940 by Remington Arms and is a government-owned, contractor-managed facility. LCAAP is currently managed by Alliant Techsystems (ATK) and produces about 1.4 billion rounds per year. In addition to testing the rounds produced in the plant, the 2,400-yard firing range is also used for stockpile reliability testing as well as supporting NATO’s National and Regional Test Center for ammunition and weapons testing.
The range and the associated building housing the firing bays, gun shop and ammunitions storage is managed through manual safety and security procedures. Access to the range is controlled through a lock-out/tag-out key system. When personnel need access to downrange areas to work, they sign a log book and lock out the firing system by removing a key from the key panel to prevent the range from being taken into firing mode. While some automation has been incorporated to control the accuracy firing bays in recent years, this system is disconnected from all other systems and only reports on the status of the bays; firing from those bays is still controlled by the key system. Because this manual process was susceptible to human error, the Army and ATK decided to pursue modernizing and automating the safety systems at the range.
Burns & McDonnell assessed the various systems and controls, then designed an integrated system that modernizes and improves range safety. The design leverages the manual processes and incorporates modern security and safety technologies. It also incorporates the access badge system used by employees at the plant to automate the control and logging process for accessing the range perimeter, downrange observation buildings and the range building. The design also proposes an update of the existing range safety system, allowing it to integrate with the access badge system. These changes prevent the range from entering live-fire mode when personnel have accessed the range with a badge. Burns & McDonnell also incorporated ground-based radar into the design to scan downrange areas to verify no human-sized objects are moving in the firing area.
The design integrates disparate systems to provide the range control officer with timely information on the status of system components, range access and downrange areas and allows him or her to change the status of the range between firing and non-firing mode.
- Legacy systems integration
- Systems integration
- Project/program management
- Business process re-engineering