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Supplier: CONCENTRIC Asia Pacific
08 May, 2008

Sydney. CONCENTRIC Asia Pacific and its joint venture partner Imag Australia, the leading providers in Australasia of solutions and services for Product Lifecycle Management (PLM)/Data Management & Collaboration/Product Data Management (PDM)/Visualisation/Simulation, have announced that the "One Version Of Truth" product, ENOVIA MatrixOne, has been selected for Australia's largest defence project - the Air Warfare Destroyer (AWD) Project.

ENOVIA MatrixOne is a scaleable enterprise-wide document management-collaboration solution from Dassault Systemes. The multi-phase implementation program over the next few years will encompass data management, configuration management and project management over the life of the Hobart class Air Warfare Destroyer project - from the current early stages of the build phase to end of life (EOL).

Key features of ENOVIA MatrixOne include Process Management (managing access to who, how much, and when; automated notification of critical milestones, (electronic) sign-off and approval of corporate data; standardisation and enforcement of corporate policies/processes)…Data Vaulting of both Metadata and Physical Data (central location for corporate information and IP assets; secure repository)…Integration with Microsoft Office products, ERP and MRP systems, and engineering MCAD and ECAD systems…and Collaboration (customer input early in the process; tracking and management of customer requirements; supplier quality management; supplier input through process involvement; global access to corporate information).

ENOVIA MatrixOne will provide a major depository for information from the AWD Alliance members - ASC, Raytheon and the Defence Materiel Organisation - and a seamless collaboration tool for information sharing across the globe. Robyn Lloyd, the CONCENTRIC Director of Technology and Managing Director of Imag Australia, says ENOVIA MatrixOne will provide the alliance with complete visibility of data and processes.

"ENOVIA MatrixOne includes knowledge retention and reuse, document control and traceability, collaboration with suppliers and customers, management of project milestones and deliverables, and the management of IP assets. And, it is a scaleable solution which can be expanded in the future as required."

"AWD is one of a growing list of leading defence organisations to adopt ENOVIA MatrixOne. The solution is already in use with the Collins Submarine Combat Systems Program Office (SMCSPO), Tenix, Raytheon Naval Systems Division, Boeing and at Australian Aerospace."

"From the soon-to-retire F-111's, which are maintained by Boeing Australia, through to the Collins class submarines and the new ARH-90 Tiger helicopters, ENOVIA MatrixOne is the information management and collaboration backbone of these complex operations, making sure that vital information is instantly accessible and able to be shared amongst the various stakeholders with ease", adds Ms Lloyd.

AWD Alliance PLM Implementation Project Manager, Alan Ogden, adds that, "The AWD Alliance PLM Implementation Project team has completed the initial deployment of the Enovia MatrixOne PLM software tool to support the current round of AWD Combat System procurement activities. The system will be used to register, manage and review documentation received in response to requests for tender.

"Over the next few months we will deliver a more complex Document & Configuration Management capability as well as Contract and Deliverable Item management. When fully implemented, the system will be used to mange product build structures and baselines for the HOBART Class and integrate with the AWD manufacturing and logistics data management systems.

"The PLM system will be used for the duration of the AWD Build Phase Project and will support the transition to the Through Life Support Phase of the AWD Program. The AWD PLM Implementation project team are to be congratulated on the successful delivery of a major software system in what has been a short time frame," Alan said.

ENOVIA MatrixOne already enjoys a strong heritage with other defence organisations in Australia including the Collins Submarine Combat Systems Program Office (SMCSPO), Tenix, Raytheon Naval Systems Division,Boeing, Australian Aerospace and, most recently, ASC's submarine through-life program.

The implementation will be carried out by a combined team of AWD personnel and the specialist ENOVIA MatrixOne team at CONCENTRIC, located at offices throughout the nation, and they will provide ongoing product support.

The construction of the three HOBART Class AWD's (to be named HMAS HOBART, HMAS BRISBANE and HMAS SYDNEY) is an $8B project…the largest defence project in Australian history. The destroyers will provide the nation with state-of-the-art attack and defence capabilities with the first ship to be delivered in 2014.