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Draft SubSTEC4 2017 Program (subject to change). Updated 24 August 2017

The  program for SubSTEC4 2017 will reflect the theme for this year's Conference:  ‘The Australian Submarine Capability – Consolidating Emerging Technologies and Developing the Submarine Workforce’.

On Monday 13th November, visits to submarine related industry and University laboratory facilities are being organised.    Registrations for these visits are via Eventbtite.  Some facilities have security restrictions which require (up to a week) prior notice for the details of those wishing to attend.  This requirement is likely to prevent the acceptance of last minute applications.

Please register your interest to participate in industry tours as follows. Final itineraries and timings will be dependent on expressions of interest and confirmation from visit hosts

  • Tour A: Adelaide University Mechanical Engineering, MacTaggart Scott Australia, Babcock Australia, PMB Defence Australia, ASC
  • Tour B: Flinders University, Adelaide University Institute for Photonics and Advanced Sensing, University of South Australia, Airspeed, Lockheed Martin Australia, Mawson Lakes, DST Group Maritime Systems Division, Edinburgh

In each case the tour bus will depart from Adelaide Airport by 1000 am and pick up other participants enroute. A nominal charge of $40 per head will cover the tour bus and refreshments. Tours will complete by 1700 in the city.

The Conference Reception will be held at the Adelaide Convention Centre (ACC) from 1800-2000 on the evening of Monday 13th Nov. 

Tuesday 14th Nov. will be the SIA SubSTEC4 Plenary Day with senior speakers from Government, Industry and Defence.  Conference registrations will open at 0700.

The Conference Dinner will be held at the Adelaide Convention Centre (ACC) from 1830-2200 on the evening of Tuesday 14th Nov.

Wednesday 15th Nov. will begin with the AGM of the SIA being held at 0700.  Registrations will continue from 0730 and the forenoon will include more plenary speakers until the mid-morning break, after which Technical Papers (single stream) will be presented until lunch, folloed by streamed papers in the afternoon.

A social function around the presentation of Poster Papers will be held in the evening from 1800.  An award for the best Poster Paper will be presented.

Thursday 16th Nov will begin with registrations at 07:45. Streamed technical papers will be presented throughout the day until 16:10, at which time the conference will be formally brought to a close by the SIA President.

The draft program is shown below:

Monday 13 November 2017
SubSTEC4 - Day 1
Session 1 - Industrial and University Laboratory Visits
Start Finish Session Activity Speaker, Venue etc
10:00 17:00 Visits Visits to Industry and Universities (see above). Various venues by bus
18:00 20:00 CTP Opening Reception  and presentation of Submarine Engineering Excellence Award: sponsored by MacTaggart Scott Australia Adelaide Convention Centre (ACC) - Foyer AB
Tuesday 14 November 2017
SubSTEC4 - Day 2
07:30 08:15 Reg Registration & Refreshments Foyer AB
Session 1 - Plenary Session (1) Hall A
8:15 8:30 Admin

Opening Comments and Admin

Mark Sander (SIA President) and Steve Davies (Master of Ceremonies)
8:35 8:45 Welc Welcome to South Australia Hon Jay Weatherill MP - Premier of South Australia
8:50 9:15 1-1 Opening Address Hon Christopher Pyne MP - Minister for Defence Industry
9:20 9:45 1-2 Managing our Submarine Force: The Transfer from COLLINS to FSM Vice Admiral Tim Barrett AO, CSC, RAN - Chief of Navy
9:50 10:15 1-3 FSM - Sovereignty and the Supply Chain Rear Admiral Steve Johnson USN (rtd) - General Manager Submarines, Capability Acquisition & Sustainment Group (CASG)
10:15 10:40 Break Morning Session Break - Sponsored by Jenkins Engineering Defence Services (JEDS) Foyer AB
Session 2 - Plenary Session (2) Hall A
10:45 11:10 2-1 Expanding and Managing the Shipbuilding Workforce - an Industry Perspective Megan Lilly - Head of Workforce Development Australian Industry Group
11:15 11:40 2-2 Expanding and Managing the Shipbuilding Workforce - a Union Perspective Andrew Dettmer - National President, National Secretary Australian Manufacturing Workers Union
11:45 12:10 2-3 'State of the Union' Commodore Tim Brown, RAN - Director General Submarines, Navy Headquarters
12:10 13:10 Lunch Luncheon Break sponsored by Forgacs Marine & Defence Foyer AB
Session 3 - Multi-Lateral Liaison Hall A
13:15 13:40 3-1 Sovereignty as a Facet of International Liaison Rear Admiral Greg Sammut, AO, CSC, RAN - Head, Future Submarine Program, CASG
13:45 14:10 3-2 Sovereignty in Science Dr David Kershaw, CMD Defence Science & Technology Group (DSTG)
14:15 14:40 3-3 International interchange of a Skilled Workforce - Associated Issues Paul Beavis - Director Combat Systems & Support, BAE Systems
14:45 15:15 Break Afternoon Session Break sponsored by JFD Global Foyer AB
Session 4 - Preparing for the Future Hall A
15:35 16:00 4-1 Gold Sponsor's Address Michael Oliver - Program Manager, Lockheed Martin Australia
16:05 16:30 4-2 Developing a Submarine Shipbuilding Workforce - International Experiences John Birkler - Rand Corp.
16:35 1700 4-3

Observations from the Opposition

Hon. Richard Marles MP - Shadow Minister for Defence
18:30 19:00 PDD Pre-Dinner Drinks sponsored by the Defence Teaming Centre Panorama Foyer, Adelaide Convention Centre
19:00 22:30 AD Annual SIA Dinner sponsored by Defence SA
Dinner Wines sponsored  by PMB Defence
Panorama Ballroom
Dinner Speaker: The Hon Kim Beazley, AC (invited)
Wednesday 15 November 2017
SubSTEC4 - Day 3
07:30 08:15 AGM Annual General Meeting of the Submarine Institute of Australia Financial Members only Hall A
07:30 08:15 Reg Single Day Registration & Refreshments Foyer AB
Session 5 - Building on Experience (1) Hall A
08:20 08:25 Admin Opening Comments & admin Mark Sander, President, SIA and Steve Davies, Master of Ceremonies
08:30 08:50 5-1 The French Experience RADM Guillaume de Garidel, Director Asia-Pacific, French MOD/DGA
08:55 09:20 5-2 Defence Research and Education at the University of Adelaide,
a Fundamental Input to Capability
Professor Michael Webb - Director Defence & Security, University of Adelaide
09:25 09:50 5-3 From Collins to FSM - learning from Oberon to Collins RADM Peter Briggs AO CSC RAN Rtd - former President, Submarine Institute of Australia
0950 10:20 Break Morning Session Break sponsored by APC Technology Foyer AB
Session 6 - Building on Experience (2) Hall A
10:25 10:50 6-1 The Naval Group Approach to Designing the Future Submarine M. Gerard Autret - Chief Technical Officer, Naval Group Australia
10:55 11:20 6-2 Subject TBC Dr Hans Ohff PhD - former CEO ASC
11:25 11:50 6-3 A collection of engineering considerations for submarine programmes CDRE Paul Greenfield AM RAN Rtd
11:50 12:50 Lunch Luncheon - Sponsored by Flinders University Foyer AB
Sessions 7-8 - Streamed Technical Papers
Stream 7A - Strategic Capability Enhancements Hall A Stream 7B - Supply Chain & Asset Management Room E1
12:55 13:20 7A-1 Post-graduate Submarine Design Courses - A Unique Catalyst for Australian Engineers Éric Fusil - Submarine Design Course Coordinator and Lecturer, Uni of Adelaide & ASC 7B-1 Integrating Research, Education & Manufacturing Jonathan Binns - Associate Dean (Research), Australian Maritime College, Uni of Tasmania
13:25 13:50 7A-2 Submarine Rolling RDT&E Adrian Depetro - Modelling & Decision Support Lead, BMT Design & Technology 7B-2 Supply Chain Lessons Learnt Tanya Pimblett - Supply Chain Manager, ASC
13:55 14:20 7A-3 ASC Collins Class Submarines Digital Environment Gavin Hamilton - Chief Technology Officer - ASC 7B-3 Applying Asset Management to sustain a Multiclass Fleet Toby Lemerande - Asset Solutions Lead, BMT D & T
14:25 14:50 7A-4 Sovereignty in a Resource-Constrained Environment Graeme Dunk 7B-4 Submarine Collaborative Working Environment Sean Williams - Babcock Pty
14:50 15:20 Break Afternoon Session Break - Sponsored by TAFE SA Foyer AB
Stream 8A - Maintenance & Sustainability Hall A Stream 8B - Future Systems Forecasts Room E1
15:25 15:50 8A-1 Fatigue & Dive Cycle Assessment for Collins Class Submarines Luke Cannata - Lead Engineer, ASC 8B-1 Cross-Platform Challenges Andrew Davis - Technology Manager, Ultra Electronics - PMES
15:55 16:20 8A-2 Sustainability supporting Submarine Maintenance Mitchell Bacon - Environment Advisor, ASC 8B-2 An Analytical Approach for Dynamic Stability
and Manoeuvring Analyses of X-form Stern
Configuration Submarines at Early Stage
Zeeshan Riaz, Imran Khan, David Fellows
 - Centres of Excellence in Science and Applied Technologies (CESAT), Islamabad
16:25 17:20 8A-3 Equipment Long-Term Support Management Concept Philippe Novelli - Managing Director, ECA Group 8B-3 The Submerged Acoustic Navigation System (SANS): An Undersea Tracking Range for Virginia Class Submarine T&E Brian Guimond - MIKEL Inc
17:25 17:50 8A-4 ASC Collins Class Submarine Maintenance Capability Improvement Tim Hosking - Business Improvement and Transformation Manager, ASC 8B-4 Submarine Concept Design Presented by the Author of the Winning Student Paper - University of Adelaide Submarine Design Course
18:00 20:00 Poster Networking Session and Poster Papers  Featuring University of Adelaide Submarine Design Course - sponsored by Nova Systems Foyer AB
Thursday 16 November 2017
SubSTEC 4 - Day 4
07:45 08:40 Reg Single Day Registration & Refreshments Foyer AB
Sessions 9-12 - Technical Papers
Stream 9A - Submarine Safety & Materials Hall A Stream 9B - Submarine Combat Systems Room E1
08:45 09:10 9A-1 Bridging the gap from Shiny Toys to Powerful Learning Stuart Somerville - Future Programmes Director (Training), Babcock International 9B-1 Frequency Dependence of Acoustic Detection in Different Underwater Environments Zhi Yong Zhang - Research Specialist Underwater Acoustics, DST Group
09:15 09:40 9A-2 Improving the Effectiveness of Submarine Emergency Surfacing Dr Thomas Langer - Airbus Safran Launchers GmbH 9B-2 A Lightweight Mechanism for building Heavyweight Systems Ted Huber - Managing Director, Acacia Research
09:45 10:10 9A-3 Cyber Security Challenges Dr Keith Joiner - Senior Lecturer, Test & Evaluation, University of NSW 9B-3 ASC Combat Systems Integration Josep Gudayol - FSM Principal Engineer, ASC
10:10 10:40 Break Morning Session Break - available for Sponsorship Foyer AB
Stream 10A - Platform Hall A Stream 10B - Optronics Room E1
10:45 11:10 10A-1 ASC Materials Capability Ingrid Brundin - Specialist Materials Engineer, ASC 10B-1 Interia-Vision Hybridization - New Perspectives for Submarines Dr Pierre-Olivier Nougues - Safran
11:15 11:40 10A-2 Remote Identification of Materials Dr Jim Byrnes - President, Prometheus Inc. 10B-2 Submarine Outboard Electro-Optic Cabling and Connector Interface Douglas Whyte - CEO Hydro Group plc
11:45 12:10 10A-3 Improving Toughness of Composites Steve Barlow - Managing Director, Airspeed 10B-3 Submarine Visual Systems John MacDonald - Head of Naval Optronics, Thales UK
12:10 13:10 Lunch Luncheon Break sponsored by Ajilon Foyer AB
Session 11A - Platform Technologies Hall A Stream 11B - Acoustics and Sonar Room E1
13:15 13:40 11A-1 Design & Challenges of Lithium-Ion Battery Technology Adrian Depetro - Modelling & Decision Support Lead, BMT Design & Technology 11B-1 Maintaining Sovereign Capability Norman Dong - Thales Underwater Systems
13:45 14:10 11A-2 From Deep Space to the Deep Ocean Thomas Muerling - Director of Global Defense and Security, Teledyne Marine 11B-2 Within and Beyond ASW Adam Waldie - Product Manager Submarines, Thales Australia
14:15 14:40 11A-3 Submarine Tank Inspection Robots Rowan Pivetta - PhD Student, Flinders University 11B-3 Water Column Effects on Sonar Dr Adrian Jones - DST Group
14:40 15:10 Break Afternoon Session Break - Available for Sponsorship Foyer AB
Stream 12A - Submarine Systems Hall A Stream 12B - Signature and Acoustics Room E1
15:15 15:40 12A-1 Electro-Actuation of Submarine Control Surfaces Steven Brown - Development Manager, MacTaggart Scott Ltd 12B-1 Specifying & Assessing Submarine Signature Performance across the Platform Lifecycle Jonathan Carter/David Miles - Atlas Elektronik UK
15:45 16:10 12A2 Submarine Escape: Hood Inflation System Development Program Trevor Charsley - Hale Hamilton 12B-2 Reduction of Emitted Vibrations Murdo Matheson - R&D Engineer, MacTaggart Scott Ltd
16:10 16:15 Shift Leg-stretch while Room E1 moves Shift Move to Hall A
16:20 16:30 Shut Closing Remarks Mark Sander - President, Submarine Institute of Australia Hall A





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