ASC upgrades equipment for Australian Future Submarine build

The Australian government-owned submarine builder and maintainer ASC, formerly known as Australian Submarine Corporation, is upgrading its ‘virtual shipyard’ system Dassault Systèmes ENOVIA to the 3DEXPERIENCE platform in preparation for the construction of a new class of Australian Navy submarines.

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 SEA 1000 Future Submarine project.

The next generation 3DEXPERIENCE 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 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 Whiley.

In April the Australian government selected DCNS to be its design partner for the next fleet of Australian submarines to be built in Adelaide.

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”.