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University of South Australia granted Industry 4.0 software suite

Siemens has granted more than $450 million of advanced industrial PLM software to the University of South Australia to train future shipbuilders.

The grant provides a suite of advanced PLM software including the Teamcenter portfolio for engineering collaboration, NXTM software for 3D design, the SimcenterTM portfolio for predictive engineering simulation and analytics and the Tecnomatix portfolio which includes digital avatars.

Siemens Australia New Zealand chairman and CEO Jeff Connolly announced the grant at the University of South Australia’s new MOD museum with Federal Defence Minister Christopher Pyne and South Australian Premier Steven Marshall.

“The software that has been selected here in South Australia has been specifically selected for defence applications to start with but that doesn’t mean that it is not applicable to other advanced manufacturing,” Connolly said.

Federal Defence Minister Christopher Pyne said the software would help students learn the skills they needed to find jobs in the three massive shipbuilding projects soon to begin in South Australia.

“One of the most challenging aspects of growing a workforce at Osborne, which is around 1800 now to about 5500 in only six or seven years is finding the skilled people who are able to do the job,” Minister Pyne said.

“There are lots of willing people but we need to have the skills in the workforce.

“We need everybody from highly skilled carpenters and fitter and turners right through to naval architects, high skilled engineers and mathematicians. So this kind of software capability that students at the University of South Australia and others will have access to will give us a really big boost in terms of creation of the kinds of jobs that will be necessary at Osborne for submarine building and sustainment and maintenance as well as shipbuilding.”

South Australian Premier Steven Marshall said the skills would transfer across to all advanced manufacturing and set students up to lead the fourth industrial revolution.

“It is not just in the areas of shipbuilding. There are so many other applications for this type of software. We are particularly looking at opportunities around advance manufacturing,” Premier Marshall said.

“The off-shore patrol vessels, the future frigates and the submarines will allow that technology transfer to other sectors of our economy – manufacturing, mining, agriculture. And this software platform, the 250 licenses in South Australia, enable our students to take on this economy.”

The Siemens grant is part of the company’s commitment of more than a $1 billion in advanced PLM software to select universities nationally to help students develop the skills needed to successfully participate in Industry 4.0.

The announcement is linked to the recommendations and work of the Prime Minister’s Industry 4.0 Taskforce – an industry led group established to support improved bilateral relations between Australia and Germany.

Connolly said the software included in the UniSA grant would increase the state’s shipbuilding, defence and manufacturing capabilities and progress it to meet Industry 4.0 standards.

“As the world changes rapidly through digitalisation, we need to ensure that our future workforce is equipped with the right digital tools to speak the same global digital language so we can not only participate in, but lead global supply chains,” he said.


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