ASC opens submarine innovation hub
The shipbuilding company has unveiled a new science and technology hub in South Australia, set up to support its ongoing work to sustain and upgrade the Collins Class fleet.
ASC has announced the establishment of a new science and technology hub at Adelaide’s Lot Fourteen, which aims to foster new research and business collaboration opportunities in support of the Collins Class submarine sustainment and the future $6 billion life-of-type extensions (LOTE).
ASC’s Lot Fourteen office is expected to serve as a base for both permanent staff and visiting stakeholders across the engineering team.
This is set to build on existing research activities at the company’s Osborne site, while also providing a new gateway for students and future partners to connect with ASC’s programs.
Future research subjects for ASC’s Science and Technology Program are likely to include robotics, automation, artificial intelligence, knowledge management and machine learning.
South Australian Premier Peter Malinauskas welcomed the opening of the new hub, noting the benefits for the defence innovation sector.
“The district’s close proximity to universities makes Lot Fourteen the perfect location for ASC’s city hub,” Premier Malinauskas said.
“As a valuable addition to the Lot Fourteen innovation district, ASC will become part of the district’s knowledge transfer network that supports South Australia’s world-class research excellence.
“My government is committed to setting up the workforce of the future, which is why we’re backing Lot Fourteen.”
ASC managing director and chief executive officer Stuart Whiley said the new science and technology hub would ensure the company is best equipped to service the Collins Class fleet into the future.
“This new hub will place ASC’s expert staff at the centre of activity in Adelaide’s CBD, and create even more two-way links with universities and new technology businesses,” Whiley added.
“The rapid evolution of technology in industries that are adjacent to defence provides opportunities to collaborate on projects that can drive improvements in shipyard safety, the performance of Collins Class submarines and assist in optimising LOTE activities.
“It is important that we focus on fostering the next wave of Australia’s innovation and skills development, to continue serving the long-term goals of ASC and our valued partners.”