Defence Sector Capability

VERITAS offers seasoned professionals in engineering across all defence arenas – sea, land and air. From conceptual specification, systems engineering, detailed design, verification and validation (V&V), and system safety risk management, VERITAS can provide its clients with holistic solutions to their technical and managerial defence engineering needs. VERITAS assists its clients by providing robust, fully traceable and supported defence systems comprised of Major Capital Equipment (MCE) as well as their supporting facilities and infrastructure.

VERITAS has deep experience in the application of asset life cycle models for its clients and these include ISO 55000 (formerly PAS 55), International Infrastructure Management Manual (IIMM), the Asset Management System Model from the Asset Management Council (AM Council), the Transport for NSW Asset Management Model published by the Asset Standards Authority (ASA), and the Australian Defence Force Defence Capability Development Manual.

VERITAS has applied this experience during projects in both the public and private sectors and has developed its own approach to strategic asset management (refer Figure 1). VERITAS offers its clients the benefits of its experience and established approach that considers operational needs together with system requirements – this is essential to ensuring that strategic solutions are cognisant and inclusive of all factors to deliver the required capability.

Philosophy and Approach to Design and Development

VERITAS’ philosophy reflects the Australian Defence Organisation (ADO) approach to the design and development of Major Capital Equipment (MCE) programs, where its Capability Development Group (CDG) has incorporated operational and systems aspects into its definition of capability that is defined as:

“Capability is the power to achieve a desired operational effect in a nominated environment, within a specified time, and to sustain that effect for a designated period.

Capability is generated by Fundamental Inputs to Capability comprising organisation, personnel, collective training, major systems, supplies, facilities, support, command and management.”

VERITAS recognises that Capability in the Australian Defence context is the combined effect of multiple inputs. The ADO considers that Capability is not only the sum of those inputs, but the synergy that arises from the manner in which those inputs are combined and applied that determines the level of capability. In ADO terms, this is referred to as the ‘Fundamental Inputs to Capability’ (FIC).

VERITAS’ Whole of Life Asset Management principles and approach addresses the ADO’s key challenges of capability management which are to:

  1. Optimise the design and development of a system to satisfy any capability gap(s), meet operational requirements and manage risk;
  2. Manage the system in the most cost effective manner over the whole life cycle, to optimise the capability system Life Cycle Costs (LCC); and
  3. Orchestrate the development and life cycles of various capabilities so that collectively, they optimise the ability of the ADO to carry out its missions and roles.

VERITAS’ philosophy and approach to projects in the Defence Sector follows its Whole of Life Asset Management Model that further incorporates key principles for sustainable outcomes, and these are economic success, environmental protection and social responsibility.

VERITAS’ Defence Sector capability includes the following services:

  • Strategy Development, Planning and Execution;
  • Business Case Development & Support;
  • Governance Development and Management;
  • Gateway Reviews (reviews, submissions & assessments);
  • Requirements Definition, Management, Verification and Validation;
  • Design Optioneering and Multi-Criteria Analysis;
  • Systems Engineering;
  • System Safety Engineering;
  • Whole of Life Cycle Costing;
  • Configuration Management;
  • Demand and Capacity Management;
  • Concept of Operations definition;
  • Strategic Asset Management;
  • Maintenance Management;
  • Assurance Services;
  • Independent Reviews (1st, 2nd & 3rd party);
  • Procurement & Contract Management; and
  • Business Re-engineering / Change Management.

Figure 1 – Whole of Life Asset Management Services

Applying Capabilities to Real World Needs

VERITAS’ approach to the delivery of its Total Asset Life Cycle Services applies the fundamental concept that the design, development and delivery of service capability must be considered holistically, with requirement inputs applied not only at the Product level, but also at the Program and Portfolio level.

This approach will inform and support the development of an integrated and consistent approach to the design and development of service capability, and include the requirements of the workforce, the logistics and supply chain and the defence organisation overall.

This knowledge and experience translates into a unique capability that enables VERITAS to deliver value to the Commonwealth of Australia (CoA) and the Australian defence Organisation and private industry in all defence capability endeavours and specifically adding value to our clients in:

  • Defining, developing and managing asset requirements using modern system engineering principles to design assets for better and more cost-effective operations and maintenance;
  • Providing assurance to the client on the design, build, construction and refurbishment of defence assets and infrastructure projects;
  • Assisting managers and operators to collaboratively plan and manage the strategic and operational aspects of their assets to optimise the utilisation of the resource and availability of associated infrastructure;
  • Developing and effectively implementing standard operating procedures to deliver efficiencies in maintenance of defence assets and infrastructure;
  • Assisting ADO to develop robust preventative maintenance plans to meet strategic business objectives and ensure defence assets and associated infrastructure continue to operate in a safe and reliable manner;
  • Assisting ADO to develop and utilise effective work forecasting and planning tools to ensure investment in the operating assets is secured and optimised over the design lifecycle of the defence assets and associated infrastructure; and
  • Assisting ADO to develop maintenance regimes are appropriate to support the assets and deliver the required capability outcomes.