Australian submarine builder and maintainer ASC has upgraded its virtual shipyard system from the existing Dassault Systèmes ENOVIA application to the next-generation 3DEXPERIENCE platform.

ENOVIA was chosen by ASC ten years ago to manage all product-related data for its Collins Class Submarine maintenance activity.

The latest 3DEXPERIENCE R2016x platform is designed as a virtual, functional mock up, collaboration, product lifecycle management (PLM) and data intelligence package.

"ASC will prepare it for work on the Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN) Future Submarine project."

Integrating complex systems and infrastructure, the new platform provides end users with accurate, advanced and up-to-date information to make informed decisions.

The 3DEXPERIENCE platform will now be used by ASC to optimise its Collins Class submarine maintenance, design, engineering and construction services.

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Additionally, ASC will prepare it for work on the Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN) Future Submarine project.

ASC interim chief executive Stuart Whiley said: “ASC has significantly improved its Collins Class maintenance in recent years and this decision will consolidate our gains and lay the groundwork for further improvements towards international benchmarks.”

ASC will receive support from MEMKO, a Dassault Systemes partner and technology, engineering and training provider, for the upgrading programme.

The upgrade decision by ASC follows after French submarine designer and builder DCNS, who was recently selected as design partner of the RAN’s Future Submarine project, has decided to transition to the Enovia system.

Whiley added: “We have a close relationship with DCNS and this decision will help to optimise our future work together on the Future Submarines.”

Image: ASC to switch to new virtual shipyard system. Photo: courtesy of ASC Pty Ltd.