• Engineers on the 3D Digital Model course. Credit: Navantia Australia
    Engineers on the 3D Digital Model course. Credit: Navantia Australia

Fourty-four highly-skilled Australian engineers and designers have commenced 3D Digital Model courses to develop electricity, structural and outfitting design activities to develop a naval design capability for complex ships.

Designers from South Australian companies ASC and Cornell Design, as well as Victorian firm Invenio, will work alongside Navantia Australia employees as part of the program.

Navantia Australia MD Donato Martinez said for the future growth of Australian defence industry, it is vital that digital workforce skills, particularly in design, 3D modelling, and development of the digital twin are grown.

“The training we are undertaking is an important part of the transfer of design technology and tools to Australia as part of building local design capability in our role as design manager of the Hobart Class.”

The prime will be providing a training program through which trainees will be taught to use the FORAN digital design software. FORAN is a fundamental tool used to create the 3D models and the digital twin, or ship zero, used in design and build phases. According to Martinez, with FORAN seamlessly integrated into its Business Management System, Navantia Australia is able to reduce costs and improve productivity in the design and construction of vessels.

“This training program is a first for Navantia Australia and will involve both formal and workplace training components, representing a significant investment in developing the workforce capability,” Martinez said.

The training program will run over six months.

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