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Submarine program wins top SA engineering excellence award


ASC’s transformation of submarine deep maintenance has been recognised with South Australia’s leading award for engineering excellence – the Malcolm Kinnaird Excellence award from Engineers Australia (SA Division).

The Kinnaird award, for the “most outstanding entry in South Australia”, capped off a successful night for ASC after it won the Project Management award, also for submarine deep maintenance, and ASC Shipbuilding was recognised as a finalist in the manufacturing category.

The judges in the Australian Engineering Excellence Awards (SA) found that ASC’s ambitious, organisation-wide reform of submarine deep maintenance, reducing the full cycle docking of HMAS Farncomb from three years to two, was the leading engineering achievement of the year in the state by any organisation.

ASC’s reform of full cycle dockings followed the Coles Review in 2012 and included the cutting and re-welding of the submarine hull, construction of the maintenance support tower, diesel generator test facility and main engine workshop, among more than 30 improvement streams. 

The two awards were accepted by Ben Kidd, Manager of the Engineering Management Office, on behalf of ASC.

“This award underpins the outstanding achievements of the women and men of the Collins Class submarine program, who implemented innovations and improvements across the organisation,” said Ben.

“In collaboration with our Submarine Enterprise partners and aligned to the needs of the Navy, the awards demonstrate ASC’s courage to set ambitious targets, and tenacity to achieve them and reach international benchmark performance in submarine sustainment.”

The awards put ASC in the running at the Australian Engineering Excellence Awards in November, also run by Engineers Australia.

ASC won the Innovation Award from the Defence Teaming Centre (SA) in May, also for its achievement in full cycle dockings of Collins Class submarines.

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