French tech giant to establish operations in Adelaide to build virtual shipyard

14 September

Dassault Systèmes will establish its Australian headquarters to Adelaide in 2018 as part of an agreement to build Australia’s first virtual shipyard.

The virtual shipyard will assist South Australian companies working on defence projects and provide them with the opportunity to compete for work on a global scale. The 3D technology will be an invaluable source for training as the State gears up for the Future Submarines Project.

The project was announced in Paris by Premier Jay Weatherill and Dassault Systèmes Executive Vice President, Global Affairs and Communities, Philippe Forestier.

Major defence contractors rely on advanced levels of digitisation and integration and, under a partnership, Dassault Systèmes will deliver a Virtual Shipyard Training Project to ensure South Australia’s defence supply chain is world-class.

Up to nine companies will participate in the first round of the Virtual Shipyard Training Project starting in October 2017, and a second round will commence in April 2018.

Major defence contractors now use 3D digital environments to test construction, manage the entire lifecycle of projects, and link companies in to their supply chains, all over the world.

Dassault Systèmes has delivered similar industry-focused capability-building programs with strong results, including the 3DEXPERIENCE Centre located at Wichita State University and the Centre of Excellence for Aerospace and Advanced Manufacturing in Washington state.

Small to medium enterprises participating in the Virtual Shipyard Training Project will be provided with twelve months of training and support to develop their digital environments and industry processes needed to support the next generation of naval shipbuilding.

Dassault Systèmes is a European multinational firm with 15,000 employees and global revenue of €3.1 billion (AUD$4.5 billion) in 2016.

The company currently offers software systems to support 3D design/modelling, simulation, information intelligence and online collaboration across 12 different industries including aerospace and defence, and marine and offshore.

Naval Group (formerly known as DCNS, designer of the future submarines) and Damen Shipyards (offshore patrol vessels contender) have chosen Dassault Systèmes’ 3DEXPERIENCE platform as the strategic software platform to manage the entire lifecycle of their naval products, from concept through engineering, to build, maintenance and operations, regulations, and project planning with full traceability.

Premier Jay Weatherill said South Australia must explore new ways to leverage the advanced technologies that are defining a new era in naval shipbuilding, to gain an edge in the local and international marketplace.

“South Australian companies participating in this training project will improve international competitiveness, not only in defence, but across a variety of sectors,” Mr Weatherill said.

Dassault Systèmes Executive Vice President, Global Affairs and Communities Philippe Forestier said the company has served the aerospace and defence and marine and offshore industries for over 30 years as the leading solution provider and partner to many major programs.

“Supply chain enablement and building up strong continuum programs in education are fundamentals in ensuring the successes of these programs,” Mr Forestier said.

“We are delighted to see strong support from the South Australian Government in ensuring SMEs in the state are equipped with the right capabilities and well ahead of time for the future programs and the surging global industry demand.

“This is an excellent opportunity for the SMEs not only to gain an edge in the local and global marketplace, this also presents a potential to diversify to other high value industries.”