Successful Student Conference

DMTC has held another successful Student Conference, with scholarship recipients gathering in Melbourne on 2 November.

Our annual student conference is conducted in partnership with the Research Training Centre for Naval Design and Manufacturing (RTCNDM) and the Defence Science Institute. The focus of the conference is to give PhD and Masters candidates the opportunity to professionally present on the progress and conclusions of their research work to their peers and to continue to develop their presentation and communication skills. This year’s conference topics were wide-ranging, with everything from inspection robotics to immunology to additive manufacturing of cutting tools, and more.

More information about the 2017 Conference including presentation abstracts is available here.


Some of the presenters from this year’s Conference (l-r) Panneer Ponnusamy (Swinburne), Rowan Pivetta (Flinders) and Emily Kibble (UWA Murdoch).

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Success for DMTC at Innovation Awards

DMTC has featured prominently in prestigious awards recognising success in naval and maritime innovation.

The Maritime Australia Industry Innovation Awards were presented by the Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, on 4 October at the Pacific 2017 International Maritime Exposition in Sydney.

DMTC received a High Commendation for its leadership of a project to study Microbiological Corrosion on Australian naval vessels, and DMTC researcher Peter Kabakov was recognised with the prestigious Young Innovator scholarship prize.

DMTC researcher Peter Kabakov

Employed by the Australian Nuclear Science & Technology Organisation (ANSTO), Mr Kabakov has worked on a DMTC project involving research partners ANSTO and University of Wollongong and DMTC industry partner Thales Australia (Thales Underwater Systems) to establish an Australian production capability for single crystal, piezoelectric ceramics.

Read the full press release – DMTC Pacific awards

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Space sensor research kicks off

On 29 September the Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, announced the first round of the DMTC High Altitude Sensor Systems program including four projects, with work expected to commence before the end of the 2017 calendar year.

A number of organisations across Australia, comprising innovative commercial enterprises and leading Universities and research agencies, will come together under the DMTC program.

Read more here.

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Building local capacity and capability

DMTC’s Industry Capability Development program aims to create a network of ‘Defence-ready’ companies with benchmarked, globally competitive capabilities.

Companies participating in DMTC’s Industry Capability Development Program gain exposure to the latest techniques and equipment used in engineering and manufacturing, and insights into quality, safety and certification standards required within defence supply chains.

To date, welding benchmarking activities have been conducted in the Latrobe Valley, the Illawarra and Mackay regions. While these pilot programs have been directed at the welding of high strength steels for maritime platforms, the outcomes are also applicable to land platforms. The feedback from all companies involved has been very positive.


Targeted at small businesses in particular, the DMTC program involves a process benchmarking and technology transfer activity in partnership with Universities and government research agencies, with support from the Centre for Defence Industry Capability (CDIC) and relevant certification partners, in this case the Welding Technology Institute of Australia (WTIA). The assessment of industry capabilities by DMTC seeks to identify future research and technology transfer opportunities and provide a better understanding of domestic industry capability for Defence. A second objective of the program is to create an environment that allows for collaboration between companies and to build regional industrial capacity.

Case Study: Mackay
With financial backing from the Queensland Government, DMTC’s project in the Mackay region commenced in July 2016 and concluded in February 2017.

The targeted outcomes for companies participating in the Pilot Project were:
• Education on the latest techniques and processes in welding high strength steels
• Information on the international standards and processes required for the defence sector
• Access to the latest automated welding techniques and equipment
• A recommended pathway to welding practice improvement, and
• A mechanism to network and collaborate to establish a critical mass of capability in the region.

Six companies participated, five heavy engineering companies and one non-destructive testing company. All the companies successfully demonstrated compliance with the relevant welding standard (AS/NZS1554). Opportunities for improvement were also discussed with each of the companies. The companies were also provided information on Defence opportunities, avenues for further assistance such as the Centre for Defence Industry Capability and information on the latest automation technology being utilised in defence applications.

What’s Next?
Discussions are currently underway with the respective State Governments for similar programs in Tasmania, South Australia and other Queensland regions in the coming months. DMTC is also planning future benchmarking activities in other specific manufacturing techniques and technologies to enhance Australian industrial capability in areas such as corrosion management and additive manufacturing.

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