Australia rolls out virtual shipyard
The South Australian Government has partnered with French software company Dassault Systèmes on the Virtual Shipyard programme. The training program is currently underway in South Australia, led by the South Australian Government, in partnership with the Australian Government’s Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre and an ICT services company - ASG Group. Through the Virtual Shipyard Training Program, Dassault Systèmes is helping 16 local companies develop the digital capabilities used worldwide to test construction, manage the entire lifecycle of projects, and link companies in to their supply chains, to enable them to compete for major defence work. The new hub will also support a variety of other industries outside of defence to improve infrastructure design, and for process management. The program will position South Australia’s defence supply-chain to take advantage of the wealth of defence shipbuilding opportunities that will become available in South Australia from 2020, through projects including the Future Frigates and Future Submarines. Through the Virtual Shipyard Program, a high-value, world-class supply chain, will be developed and retained in South Australia, creating sustainable jobs into the future and positioning the state at the forefront of industrial digital capability development in Australia across not only defence, but other industry sectors too, such as mining, agriculture and healthcare. Eight South Australian companies are already participating in the Virtual Shipyard Program, which is being delivered at Regency TAFE SA.