This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

Australian Industry And Manufacturing : The Collins Class Submarine Program

2163 words - 9 pages

Executive Summary

The program to design and construct the Collins Class Submarine has become one of the most complex and expensive Defence procurement programs in history. It was devised to replace the existing Oberon submarine fleet. The Collins Class Submarine program demonstrated the capacity of Australian industry to manufacture a world-class submarine. Nonetheless, the procurement of the Collins Class Submarines has not been without criticism. The program has experienced various project management issues that ultimately lead to increased costs and time delays. This report will address these issues along with traditional Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) and non-traditional KPIs and ...view middle of the document...

Kockums had been selected as the design contractor to the Collins program. The design team was in Malmo, Sweden - separated by more than 15,000km from the construction site. This separation presented communication and data-sharing challenges. Furthermore, the new design contained a number of technical risks, one of them was designing a submarine that would operate in a manner and environment very different from what Kockums was accustomed to. The risk resulted fuel system has been proven to be problematic. Swedish submarines have short patrols in calm, relatively fresh water. When a similar design was used in the salty, open water in which Australian submarines operate, water was sucked into the engine causing failure. Moreover, the RAN submarines transit greater distance and are on station for months at time, which has number of implications for fuel storage, hotel service, and other hull design features. The difference in operation concept and environment ultimately led to some equipment and system decision during design that caused problems with operations and supportability.

While accepting that on some issues such as noise there were significant differences between ‘the contracted requirements and the Navy’s current operational requirements’, McIntosh and Prescott (1999) concluded that there were serious deficiencies in the design and manufacture of the submarines. Moreover the requirements and RAN’s expectations had changed since the specifications were established, due primarily to advances in technology. What the 1987 contract laid down was not what the Navy wanted by 1997, yet under a fixed-price contract ASC was determined (and well within its rights) to do no more than it was contractually bound to do (Yule & Woolner, 2008).

Problems associated with changes to design and late delivery of parts manifested in extensive re-work undertaken by Boral. Updating drawings and keeping detailed records of all changes imposed significant administrative overhead, leading to further schedule delays (Yule and Woolner, 2008) and higher overhead costs. These issues could have been prevented if consideration was given to the submarine’s design scope and the manufacturing requirements to meet the design.

2.2 Building Submarines

Kockums and ASC had their own unique modular construction approach, which allowed sections of the submarines to be built throughout Australia and the world, including the Kockums yard in Sweden. From this unique approach, each module and all sub-components could be manufactured and assembled prior to undergoing quality inspections. As with all the Australian sub-contractors, ASC Engineering would be the prime quality control authority to make sure all sub-contractors meet the project’s quality standards. However, Australian manufacturing had never had to compete on quality, and there were only 35 Australian companies in the early 1980s that were certified to meet international standards (Yule & Woolner, 2008). The...

Find Another Essay On Australian Industry and Manufacturing : The Collins Class Submarine Program

The USS George Washington (SSBN-598):Ballistic Missile Class Submarine

540 words - 2 pages The USS George Washington (SSBN-598) was the lead ship of her class, and the first American ballistic missile submarine. The history of how this submarine came to be is quite interesting as it was originally intended to be a fast attack sub called a Skipjack. President Dwight Eisenhower signed for three ballistic missile submarines, and so the Scorpion (SSN-589) Skipjack was reconstructed by placing a 130 foot missile compartment in the middle

Cereal: The Manufacturing Industry Essay

1067 words - 4 pages new firms from entering the industry, are present. Examples of entry barriers include patents, brand loyalty and trademarks. Long-run economic profits are possible for an oligopoly, and non-price competition is a significant way to compete with other firms in the same market. Most of the non-price competition in an oligopoly comes from product differentiation. The cereal manufacturing industry is an oligopolistic market because it exhibits many

Threads: Gender, Labor, and Power in the Global Apparel Industry by Jane Collins

1258 words - 6 pages Jane Collins’ book Threads: Gender, Labor, and Power in the Global Apparel Industry (2003) shows how the apparel industry developed to become labour intensive, driven by low wages and is particularly oppressive against females. The book outlines how two clothing companies, Tultex and Liz Claiborne subcontract work out to plants in Mexico. Collins suggests labour conditions in developing nations help shape new unions with both communal and

Scholarship, Practice, and Leadership in the Manufacturing Industry

1423 words - 6 pages This paper will discuss the application of information literacy as it pertains to the manufacturing industry. Due to globalization, the world appears to be getting smaller, no longer are countries confined to certain segments of the world when it pertains to manufacturing or sales. In today's global market commonality to outsource components from numerous third world countries such as China, India, and Latin America. Today's manufacturing

Personal Experience and The Heroic Influences of the Submarine Community

1033 words - 5 pages awareness of our purpose and calling to serve. While walking to class during the academic year, I frequently pass the Submarine Centennial Monument. The memorial is located in McKee Plaza, named for ADM Kinnaird McKee (USNA ’51), whose leadership guided the nuclear community after the retirement of ADM Hyman Rickover in 1982. For those who have never had the privilege of seeing this beautiful monument first hand, it is a bronze sculpture depicting a

A Report on the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander Sexual Health Program

2357 words - 9 pages TABLE OF CONTENTS1. INTRODUCTION2. PROJECT BACKGROUND2.1 Program Funding2.2 Consultation Process3. PROJECT STRUCTURE AND FUNCTION3.1 Program Development3.2 Implementation of the Program3.3 Ongoing Sexual Health Education for Aboriginal Prisoners3.4 Phase 24. AIMS AND OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAM5. SUCCESS OF THE PROGRAM5.1 Evaluation of the Program6. HOW THE PROGRAM COULD BE STRENGTHENED6.1 Recommendations7. CONCLUSION8. REFERENCES1

How has the high Australian dollar impact on manufacturing?

831 words - 4 pages sure that Australian manufacturing chief is aware of new work opportunities. Those rules were being made by Australian Industry Participation National Framework. Buying things at home and abroad advantage, was also said in the last budget. Australian government also looked to connect manufacturers’ chances of the area of a resource. This advantage will help manufacturers to improve their current skills and find their way to join resource chains. If

The Advancement of the Australian Fashion Industry

2673 words - 11 pages government. The internal components of the system that are being affected include the designers, manufacturing process, sourcing and retailing. The Australian fashion industry is smaller than the major fashion industries around the world, however has the same goals and underlying systems. The main difference between them however, is the government funding that the Australian Fashion industry does not receive, unlike countries like Paris where the

Australian Casino Industry and Competitive Analysis

3438 words - 14 pages (Wright, 2003). The combination of these factors has lead to a dramatic slowdown in industry growth and profits.The government also reviewed and passed legislation regulating the use of internet casinos by Australian residents. There are however a number of Australian owned gaming sites accessible to overseas markets.3.2 EconomicalEconomics conditions and trends can greatly impact on the industry in terms of economic slumps or booms and market

Suzanne Collins and The Hunger Games

781 words - 4 pages to emphasize her personal family influences, influences from the idea of war, the importance that reading is for all ages, and the importance of hope in her writing. Born in 1962, in the city of Hartford, Connecticut, Suzanne Collins was the youngest of four children. Due to her father being an Air Force Officer and a college professor, history was a very important subject to her family. During her youth, the Collins family traveled many times

Pricing Issues in the Australian Wheat Industry

1641 words - 7 pages IntroductionThis report is going to outline and explain pricing issues in the Australian wheat industry, covering the topics of production & consumption, trade, industry structure and price. Australia is currently one of top five wheat producing countries in the world. We represent only 3% of global wheat production but account for up to 18% of total world exports.ProductionBetween 1995 & 2000 wheat production in Australia averaged

Similar Essays

Australian Car Manufacturing Industry Essay

1427 words - 6 pages . 2010). In an article “Death of Australia's car industry prompts recession fears” by Phil Mercer, BBC News, Sydney articulated that Toyota has determined to shut its assemblage lines by the closing stages of 2017, holding responsible a muscular Australian dollar that has battered global competitiveness and mounting expenses, which have eaten away all earnings., prompting caveat that the sluggish fatality of car manufacturing in Australia may perhaps

Australian Car Manufacturing Industry Essay

3878 words - 16 pages , building a brand for Ford Australia is very important if Ford really wants to compete and gain a competitive advantage in the Australian car manufacturing industry.5.2 Globalization"Globalization is the shift toward a more integrated and interdependent world economy" (Charles Hill). Most of big companies in the world have done globalization as its strategy to gain more profit and customers from many other countries. However, unlike Toyota and Holden

The Long Standing Viability Of The Australian Manufacturing Industry

723 words - 3 pages The Long-Standing Viability of the Australian Manufacturing Industry Talking about Australia’s manufacturing industry in February, 2014, Mike Smith, ANZ chief, describes it as ‘alive and kicking’, adding that Australia is quite competitive in a lot of things. These include products such as high-end vehicle components and processed milk powder, which are of good standard and can be sold across the globe. This projection comes at a point when the

Australian Car Manufacturing Industry Comes To An End?

1207 words - 5 pages Introduction It is believed that the Australian car manufacturing industry has come to an end. The following essay will argue that the government should not provide finances to save the automotive manufacturing industry. There is a continuous debate between the shareholders of the automotive businesses and the Australian citizens on what should be done with this issue. In order to determine the strength of the argument, the following essay will