A military trial conducted in downtown Adelaide last year, involving five countries and nearly 200 military and civilian personnel, has won a national project management award.
The Contested Urban Environment (CUE) trial was the national winner of the Professional Services category at the recent Australian 2018 Project Management Achievement Awards.
Held in November 2017, the trial used the facilities afforded by the vacant Adelaide Dental Hospital and nearby Adelaide Hospital, both of which had moved to new premises.
Australian lead for the event, DST Group’s CUE project lead Dr Justin Fidock, said the goal of CUE Adelaide 17 was to determine what benefits can be derived from the integration of wide area aerial intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR), ground-based sensors and target sharing for troops operating in the difficult and complex urban environment.
Minister for Defence Christopher Pyne congratulated Defence Science and Technology, and project managers Ground Effects Consulting, on accomplishing a remarkable logistical feat.
“To successfully conduct a full-scale trial with hundreds of soldiers and Defence scientists in the Adelaide CBD is quite an achievement,” Minister Pyne said.
The trial was conducted under the Five Eyes Technical Cooperation Program and involved 100 Australian military personnel and more than 80 Defence researchers, technologists, industry and academic partners from the US, Canada, the UK, NZ and Australia.
“The trial not only demonstrated Australia’s ability to stage a complex exercise of this scale but achieved valuable research and technology outcomes that will serve us well for future urban warfighting,” Minister Pyne said.
The exercise was supported by the SA Government, Adelaide City Council and the SA Police.