TRIZ Paper and Case Study:

The Super Stream Augmented Approach for TRIZ and its Application to Aviation Safety.
Shahid Saleem A. Arshad, Ph.D.
(Applied Innovations, Sydney, Australia)
Recd. on May 15, 2009
[Posted on Jun. 16, 2009] 

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Editor's Note (Toru Nakagawa, Jun. 15, 2009)

On May 15, I received an Abstract of a paper from Dr. Shahid Arshad, Australia, for his application to presentation at our coming Japan TRIZ Symposium 2009.  The present paper, having 37 pages in PDF, was attached to it as a reference.  Though I took a glance of airplane figures in the paper, I was too busy to read it through because of the work of accepting/reviewing more than 40 abstracts, and setting up and announcing the advanced agenda of the Symposium.  I finished reading this Arshad's paper in Shinkansen in the morning of Jun. 8.  On the same day, I received an email from him asking me to publish his paper in my Web site as soon as possible.

In the present paper, Dr. Shahid Arshad deals with the problems of the speed sensoring system of airplanes.  He explains the weak points of the current "pitot + static system", whose defects caused several big airplane crash accidents in the history.  He suggests that the 25 concepts generated in the paper are not equivalent, or for that matter exceptionally outstanding. These TRIZ generated concepts are listed to serve as a diverse set to be further compared and elaborated upon in a follow-up paper on developing the approach.

On June 1, 2009, an Airbus A330 of Air France plunged into the Atlantic Ocean off Brazil, causing 228 victims.  Even though the real cause of the accident seems not clear yet, the trouble in the speed sensor 'pitot + static' system is most suspected.  So Dr. Arshad wants to publish his paper as soon and widely as possible. 

It is a pleasure for me that he has chosen our Japan TRIZ Symposium for his presentation and my Web site "TRIZ Home Page in Japan" for his paper publication and that my Web site is readily available for such a timely publication of this important article. 

This paper is written with the original intention of demonstrating his method of problem solving to the people who know TRIZ (i.e. Theory of Inventive Problem Solving').  Since he developed his method (Super-Stream Augmented Approach) for himself through his career as an engineer for over 30 years, some methodological parts of this paper are not familiar even to TRIZ people.  However, the case study he shows consistently here is clear.  You may be able to follow the steps of improving and resolving the current speed sensoring system.

I will quote the author's Abstract of the paper in this Web page. 
The paper itself is published in the PDF format (37 printed ages).

Then I will quote the Authors profile, which is taken from the end of this paper. 
And finally I would like to introduce you his self-introduction, with his kind permission, which I received in a personal communication with him on May 26.

The Super Stream Augmented Approach for TRIZ
and its Application to Aviation Safety.

Shahid Saleem A. Arshad, Ph.D.
Applied Innovations, Sydney, Australia
T: +61 421 552 440


The Super Stream Augmented (SSA) approach has been developed by the author to provide a structural framework to facilitate the application of TRIZ, and other innovation tools, to engineering and technology problems.

The SSA approach inter-weaves concepts taken from TRIZ and Systems Engineering. Emphasis is given to the issues of multiple assumption forming at the outset, and the macro level steering of solutions towards effectiveness at the super-system level. The innovation activity is stratified at four + one levels thus both tactical and strategic goals can be formulated early. This stratification also provides a clearer indication of entry and exit criteria for innovation management.

The utility of the SSA approach is demonstrated by its application to a current issue in aviation safety with the generation of over 25 concepts; each of which is an advancement over the current state of the practice in the aviation industry.


Paper in PDF  (37 printed pages, 1.1 MB)   (Jun. 15, 2009)


About the Author

Shahid Saleem A. Arshad earned his Masters and PhD industrial engineering / CIM from Purdue University, USA. His verifiable record of industrial innovation begins with his senior design project at the Macklanburg Duncan Co. in Oklahoma City in 1979. He has experience in industry as well as in research. Presently he is based in Sydney, Australia, and is active in the field of applied industrial innovation.

Personal Self-Introduction (Personal communicaton to Nakagawa on May 26, 2009):

My background is in industrial engineering, specifically in manufacturing and production.  In the three engineering degrees I obtained from the USA (BSIE Oklahoma, MSIE Purdue, PhD Purdue), I did not come across any training on innovation, creativity, and more specifically on improving  "inventiveness".  However I have always had an interest in the later, and tried to do work which demonstrated a certain amount of inventiveness.  For the bachelors, I found a way of using a fixed area anode attached to a long shaft, that could be immersed in a large aluminium anodizing tank, and provide data to manually plot 3D current density contours of the tank.  The manufacturer was not aware of any methods of obtaining this data in real-time. Very simple but workable device.  ( I incidentally later worked for 7 years in an aluminum extrusion and anodizing plant ).  Since the early 1980's were a time of new breakthroughs in integrated manufacturing, robotics, and flexible manufacturing systems, Purdue University was a top ranked school in this area.  I developed a dynamic chip breaker for machining metals in unmanned operations.  For the PhD, It was a complex problem in automatically generating the CAD solutions for complex prismatic workpieces, and then designing computer assisted robotic assembly devises to put the tooling / fixture together from the generated code.

At this stage I did use Axiomatic Design principles developed by Nam Suh at MIT.  Later on when I came across TRIZ in 2003, I was very impressed with some of the tools that were a natural fit with what I had been doing and thinking of previously.

My own observation, with which you may differ, is that there is some work still remaining to be done with the structuring and interfacing issues in TRIZ.  USIT, is of course one good possibility. 



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