An exciting course, sunshine and wind coming from the perfect direction – these are just a few of the conditions that make for a successful sailing regatta. However, before a sailor can register for a place in a regatta, they must first produce an Offshore Racing Council (ORC) certificate that’s valid for professional racing. This certificate can only be issued after the German Sailing Association (DSV) has carried out an official marine survey.

How Business Decision Management simplifies the organization of a sailing regatta.

Yet what criteria must be met for the classification of the ORC certificate? How are the processes run in the background and what decisions must be made for determining the certification of a boat? D-LABS GmbH took a closer look at this process and modeled it using the Signavio Process Editor (see figure 1).

If a sailor would like to register for a place in a sailing regatta, the organizers will have to determine whether the sailor will need a certificate and if so, which kind. There are two types of certificate to decide between: ORC International and ORC Club. If a certificate is necessary, the boat will need to be surveyed before they can acquire it. In order to do so, the boat owner first has to ascertain the scope of the survey as this will determine the boat classification and certificate type. The decision requirement diagram shows the different variables of this decision.

Depending on the scope, the marine survey can either be carried out by the owner themselves, otherwise must be commissioned to do so. The information from the marine survey is then forwarded to the German Sailing Association.

The associated boat classification is determined according to the production type of the boat, which is assigned depending on whether the the boat was built according to an ISAF specified blueprint or was custom made. The criteria needed for this assessment has been summarized in a decision table below (Figure 2), which provides a complete overview of when a boat should be assigned to which classification. The decision table is an essential point of reference for standardized allocation of boat classifications.

After the boat classification and the survey have been carried out, the DSV issues the sailor with a valid certificate, which allows them to register for the regatta. All that remains is for the information about the crew to be submitted and the registration fee to be paid then the sailing regatta can begin.

This example clearly shows that decision diagrams and decision tables can be a valuable means of support to help considerably simplify and speed-up the organization of a sailing regatta. Thanks to structured processes and defined decision-making procedures, helpers and boat owners can quickly become familiar with and integrated into the procedures. Clearly defined rules and established criteria build the foundations for successful and compliant standard classification and certification of a boat. This use case is an exciting example of Business Decision Management being applied in practice.

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