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Navy begins IT overhaul to bring ship data into real time

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The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) has become the first beneficiary of the Defence Department’s corporate strategy for the rationalisation and standardisation of technical data management for engineering and maintenance applications.

This strategy aims to move from paper-driven asset management into the paperless, instant era where it has control of “configuration data” rather than mere “maintenance data”.

The move sees the RAN begin a rollout to standardise record keeping and traceability on all major capital acquisitions of ships and aircraft – from concept to disposal – and in due course companies along its entire supply chain will be encompassed for total, seamless integration.

Based on Teamcenter Aerospace & Defense software, supplied by Product Lifecycle Management Australasia (plm) , the development complements the RAN’s current seagoing logistic transactions system, the Asset Management Planning System (AMPS), by interfacing AMPS to a shore-based safety- and efficiency-driven Configuration Management Tool (CMT).

Commander Mal Gahan, CMT Project Manager in the Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO), said the marriage of AMPS and Teamcenter provides the optimum solution for the volatile world of maintenance management on the one hand, and the controlled, docile world of engineering change management on the other.

Gahan said it ensured sailors conducting maintenance at sea can go about their tasks in the maritime environment, safe in the knowledge that the documentation, spares and training material are the latest available, and congruent with the current modification status of the equipment that they support.

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