In 1987, ASC was chosen as the prime contractor for the design, manufacture and delivery of the Royal Australian Navy’s fleet of six Collins Class submarines. When the project was completed in 2003, ASC had to move all of its business processes and IT systems from an environment designed for a massive, single-build project to one designed for short-term maintenance of the submarines. In other words, ASC needed to keep track of two sites with different demands and immediately provide submarines when needed.
The key objective of the reorganization—to which all the information technology is fundamental—is to ensure that the Royal Australian Navy can rely on having its fleet of submarines fully operational as necessary. In order to do this, ASC turned to Cincom Control ERP, including the Project Costing model.
Over 18 months, the IT systems were upgraded and altered. This was during a period of massive overall change as the company’s business model transformed. ASC spent an entire year testing each new application. With Cincom’s expert engineers’ support and their own technical expertise, ASC’s IT team was able to guarantee that the information technology supported the new business model.
The stated goal at the beginning of the project was to reduce reporting time from six weeks to two. In reality, the Project Costing module has reduced the time to five days. It also provides instant verification that the project is running on time and on budget. Overall, Control ERP has better positioned the company to bid for other contracts.
In the big picture, twenty-one million Australians are safer due to a ready and capable submarine fleet. The changes brought about by Control have enabled ASC to be much more proactive.
“Since the implementation of the Project Ledger, ASC’s Project Control team has been better able to support the project management of multiple, simultaneous maintenance activities,” said Doug Callow, Chief Operating Officer-Submarines.
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