Submarine builder and maintainer ASC will consolidate its position as a leading defence industry innovator by upgrading its Dassault Systèmes ENOVIA application to the 3DEXPERIENCE platform -- the first Australian company to upgrade the ‘virtual shipyard’ system.
ASC’s move will optimise its Collins Class submarine maintenance, design, engineering and construction services to the Federal Government and prepare it for work on Australia’s Future Submarine project.
The next generation 3DEXPERIENCE R2016x platform is a virtual design, functional mock up, collaboration, Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) and data intelligence package that integrates complex systems and infrastructure and provides end users with accurate, advanced and up-to-date information to make informed decisions.
ASC first selected ENOVIA ten years ago to manage all product-related data for its Collins Class Submarine maintenance activity. Since that time ASC has successfully migrated data from diverse obsolete IT applications to the ENOVIA system, increasing efficiency and innovation.
ASC Interim Chief Executive Stuart Whiley said the upgrade will enhance ASC’s major maintenance activity for the Collins fleet.
“ASC has significantly improved its Collins Class maintenance in recent years and this decision will consolidate our gains and lay the groundwork for further improvements towards international benchmarks,” said Mr Whiley.
The 3DEXPERIENCE Platform is used across 12 industries including major US defence manufacturers Boeing, General Dynamics-Bath Iron Works and Germany’s Meyer Werft, one of the world’s leading cruise ship builders. ASC is supported by Dassault Systemes partner and technology, engineering and training provider MEMKO, an Australian owned company.
ASC’s move complements the decision this year by French submarine designer and builder DCNS to commit to transitioning to the Enovia system. In April the Federal Government selected DCNS to be its design partner for the next fleet of Australian submarines to be built in Adelaide.
Mr Whiley said ASC is ready to work constructively with DCNS. “We have a close relationship with DCNS and this decision will help to optimise our future work together on the Future Submarines,” Mr Whiley said.