SIA 2011 Technology Conference Presentations – Days 1-2




This was the inaugural Submarine Science, Technology and Engineering Conference conducted by the SIA in the series of Biennial Conference and was held in Adelaide, SA on 8-10 November 2011.

The Conference was opened by the Premier of South Australia, the Hon Jay Weatherill, MP and attracted an distinguished array of speakers from the public and private sectors around the world.

With a theme of ‘The Future Submarine – Australia’s Science, Technology and Engineering Challenge of the 21st Century‘, the conference marked the first time that the Institute had focussed on technical matters.  Copies of the Proceedings (containing all the technical papers refereed by a Technical Committee endorsed by Engineers Australia) are available as a separate item.


Day 1 – Science and Technology

Session 1 – Speakers from Defence Science & Technology Organisation (DSTO and Defence & Systems Institute (DASI)

Trends in Autonomous Underwater Vehicles:  Professor Anthony Finn – DASI

The Requirements for Defence S&T in the FSM Program:   Dr David Kershaw – Research Leader, Submarines, DSTO

Submarine Support – Lessons Learned the Hard Way:   Mr Jock Thornton – DASI

Systems Engineering – the Key to Successful Submarine Building:  Professor Stephen Cook – DASI

Test & Evaluation and Trials Management – Timing is Everything Dr Vivian Crouch – DASI

Networked Subsea Communications – MASQ – Developments, Applications, Results:   Mr Alessandrio Ghiotto – Senior Analyst, L-3 Communications Nautronix Ltd

Designing and Building Australia’s Future Submarine:   Mr Jim Duncan – Representing ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems

Session 2 – Academia and Industry

Recent Developments in Submarine Vibration Isolation and Noise Control:   Dr Carl Howard – University of Adelaide School of Mechanical Engineering

Developments in Compression Ignition Engines:   Dr Manfred Zockel – University of Adelaide School of Mechanical Engineering

Experimental and Computational Investigation into the Hydrodynamics of Conventional Submarines:   Professor Dev Ranmuthugala – Australian Maritime College (AMC), Launceston, Tas

Submarine Energy and Propulsion Considerations:   Mr David Williams – Engineer, Deep Blue Tech Pty Ltd

Passive Target Motion Analysis from Bearings and Multipath Time Delay Measurements:   Ms Laleh Badriasl – PhD Student, School of Electrical and Information Engineering, University of SA

Day 2 – Plenary Session

Session 3 – Keynote Addresses

Welcome to South Australia – the Defence State and Opening Address:   The Hon Jay Weatherill, MP – Premier of South Australia

Early Lessons from the UK Successor SSBN Programme:   RADM Steve Lloyd, MSc, CEng, MIMarEST, RN – Chief, Strategic Systems Executive (UK)

The Challenges for Australia in undertaking the Future Submarine (FSM) Program:   RADM Rowan Moffitt AO RAN – Head FSM Program

The Future Submarine as a Nation-Building Activity:   Mr Stephen Ludlam – Chief Executive Officer, ASC Pty Ltd

Launch of the Submarine Centenary Program and Logo:   Mr Peter Horobin and CDRE Steve Davies, RANR

Session 4 – R&D and Engineering Workforce Planning

Future Submarine – The Implications for Australian R&D:   RADM Peter Briggs AO, CSC, RAN Rtd – Chairman, Defence Science Institute Advisory Board of the University of Melbourne

Developing and Sustaining Engineering Talent for large capital Naval Projects:   Mr Jeff Owen – Director – Future Business – Marine & Technology Division, Babcock International Group

Engineering Masters Programs to support Submarine Design and Maintenance:   Dr Margaret Law – Innovation Manager, ASC Pty Ltd

Delivering a World-Class Submarine Capability for Australia:   Mrs Wendy Wates – Strategic Business Development, QinetiQ Pty Ltd

Managing the Transition from Construction to Support:  AVM Chris Deeble – Program Manager, Collins and Wedgetail, DMO

Facing the Technical Challenges of the Future Submarine – the Coalition’s Perspective:   Senator the Hon David Johnston – Shadow Minister for Defence