Frazer-Nash is providing specialist support to the Royal Australian Navy’s future engineering capability, to help address the Rizzo report recommendations surrounding the Fleet’s maritime technical integrity and seaworthy preparedness.

Having previously supported a number of streams within the Rizzo Reform Program, since March 2014 Frazer-Nash has assisted in the reform of the Navy’s engineering and administrative processes to achieve a world-class asset and sustainment management approach.

As part of the rebuild of the Naval Engineering capability, Frazer-Nash has supported the development of a new engineering and administration process: the Materiel Seaworthiness Functional Master Set (MS FMS).

It will serve as a standard reference within Naval Engineering – ultimately defining what needs be done to acquire, operate, sustain and retire seaworthy materiel such as frigates, destroyers and submarines.

Initial work for Frazer-Nash has led to a follow-on contract to support the development and roll-out of the Navy’s new engineering and administration process.

Currently the team at Frazer-Nash is providing training to Navy staff in addition to developing operational scenarios and enhancing the analysis capability of the new engineering and administration process model.

The model has potential to serve as a decision support tool, conducting “What-if” analysis to inform the Navy about resource allocation and future capability management decisions.

“It is a great opportunity to support Navy to implement these reforms using a Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) methodology,” Frazer-Nash Project Manager Dr Quoc Do said.

“This ensures a systemic and rigorous approach to the continued development of the Materiel Seaworthiness Functional Master Set, which provides the standard reference to ensure continuous delivery of Seaworthy Materiel.”

“The team at Frazer-Nash has demonstrated the feasibility of the MBSE methodology as a first step to allowing Navy to assess the validity of its engineering and logistic outputs, and ultimately the assessment of the materiel seaworthiness of our assets,” Rear Admiral Michael Uzzell, AM, Head Navy Engineering RAN said.

“With their help we will continue this journey.”

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