ASC has declared that it is set to consolidate its position as a leading defence industry innovator by upgrading its Dassault Systèmes ENOVIA application to the 3DEXPERIENCE platform, becoming the first Australian company to upgrade the ‘virtual shipyard’ system, the submarine builder and maintainer stated.
ASC said this move will optimise its Collins class maintenance, design, engineering and construction services, and prepare it for work on the Future Submarine program.
The next-generation 3DEXPERIENCE release 2016x platform is a virtual design, functional mock up, collaboration, product lifecycle management and data intelligence package that integrates complex systems and infrastructure, and provides end-users with accurate and up-to-date information.
ASC stated that it first selected ENOVIA ten years ago to manage all product-related data for its Collins submarine maintenance activities; since then, ASC has migrated data from diverse obsolete IT applications to the ENOVIA system, thereby improving efficiency and innovation.
ASC interim chief executive Stuart Whiley said the upgrade will enhance its 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 Whiley.
ASC is supported by Dassault partner and technology, engineering and training provider MEMKO.
ASC said the move complements a decision by French naval shipbuilding company DCNS to commit to transitioning to ENOVIA.
Whiley added that 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,” the interim chief executive said.