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Nova Engineers Selected as Australia's Most Innovative

Jul 15, 2016

Congratulations to 3 of Nova Systems’ engineers who have been selected by Engineers Australia as among Australia’s Most Innovative for 2016!

The Most Innovative Engineers list recognises engineers who have made an active contribution to innovation in the last two years and was open to all members of the engineering profession.

  • Mike Roberts – recognised in the General Industry category for his work on Innovative Autonomy in Defence;
  • Andy Bull – recognised in the General Industry category for his work on Smart Communication Tools; and
  • Tim Ryan – recognised in the Young Engineers category for his work on Concept Demonstrators.

Congratulations to Mike, Andy and Tim!


mike   tim   andy

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Jun 30, 2016

Nova Group today advises that Greg Hume has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer, effective 1 July, 2016.

Greg has been a key member of Nova Group’s senior management team as Chief Operating Officer since 2009 and will take over from Jim Whalley, who co-founded the Australian owned professional services firm with Peter Nikoloff in 2000.

Nova Group acts as the parent company for professional services provider Nova Systems, civil aerospace engineering firm GVH Aerospace, and integrated communications specialists Auspace.

Announcing the appointment Jim Whalley said he was delighted the Board had appointed Greg Hume as CEO.

Greg and I have been working together since the early days of Nova and I believe he is not only my natural successor but an outstanding one at that.

Greg is uniquely positioned for this role. He clearly understands the Australian Defence market and has a total commitment to our client’s success by maintaining a passion for Nova’s core values and strong culture.

Nova has grown rapidly over the past 15 years to be among the most successful and I believe, admired, Australian owned and operated professional services firms. That success for the most part, has been due to the leadership, effort and hard work of many others including Greg,” Mr Whalley said.

As Nova Group Chief Executive, Greg also takes over the role from Jim as Australia/New Zealand CEO for Nova Systems.  Jim will remain as Chairman of the Nova Board, and will continue to work within the firm on international expansion and as a project test pilot.

Reflecting on his appointment, Greg said his selection by Jim and the Board to lead this amazing team and position the Group for future growth was an exciting honour.

“The firm is in a good position for global expansion – already with operations in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and the UK – and we will look to consolidate in these regional centres allowing us to grow strongly and contribute to solving current and future clients’ complex capability assurance problems.

I believe the innovative way we deliver our capabilities and the talent and experience of our consultants is key to our future successes,” Mr Hume said.

Greg Hume joined Nova in 2003 after 20 years with the Royal Australian Air Force.

A graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School, Greg is a qualified Flight Test Engineer and has over 25 years’ experience in aerospace test and evaluation, airworthiness certification, project management and systems engineering.

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Jon Sciortino receives BHP Billiton Recognition

Jun 27, 2016

Congratulations to Jon Sciortino, who recently received significant client recognition from BHP Billiton.

Amongst other responsibilities, Jon has recently managed the software upgrades for BHP Billiton’s Autonomous Haul Truck program. A potentially major safety issue arose during a recent upgrade and Jon, in his capacity as the operational representative, was a key member of the problem rectification team. Jon’s collaborative approach, energy and willingness to question traditional thinking, as well as his efforts to mentor and coach the team to approach the issue without bias, helped to identify a root cause and develop a workable solution under considerable time and production pressure.

‘Congratulations Jon on your Oresome Effort in recognition of your contribution to BHP Billiton and the way you live our Charter Values, particularly the values of Performance, Integrity & Respect.’

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Media Article - How aviation experiences can affect change in the gas industry

Jun 24, 2016

Oil and gas projects can benefit greatly from the aerospace industry and save millions of dollars in the process, according to Ernst and Young State Category Entrepreneur of the Year, former Air Force fighter pilot and co-founder and CEO of Nova Systems Jim Whalley.

Mr Whalley believes the knowledge and learnings from 50 years of the aerospace industry – using the example of the Boeing 747 aircraft in particular – can be applied to the oil and gas industry.

“The aerospace industry has matured a lot since the 1960s and continues to evolve,” says Mr Whalley. “It took the development of tools, expertise, metrics, processes, standards, training, benchmarks, suppliers, data, as well as the tools and systems to get it to where it is today.

“What’s been learned in these years of perfecting aircraft can be applied to oil and gas to help them bypass the mistakes and inefficiencies that aerospace made when it was at the same stage in its lifecycle.

“It sounds simple, but 37 per cent of general project problems can easily be tracked back to the requirements of the project not being rigorously analysed, being incorrect or simply missing altogether. The end result is a solution which provides only partial levels of desired performance, imposing a tension on operational costs for the balance of the product life-cycle,” he says.

“Oil and gas production is a linear process resulting from the integration of thousands of parts – just like a passenger aircraft. The weakest link in the process can slow or even prevent the entire process from executing. Not only do all the parts have to work correctly to contribute to production, they have to work together in the right way.

“We see a lot of synergies and alignment between the oil and gas and aerospace industries, where even small actions and changes to thinking can result in major cost savings.

The Jumbo is arguably the safest and most optimised form of transport in the world. It has carried more than 3.5 billion passengers since 1969. Each aircraft comprises approximately 6 million parts sourced from 33 countries. Over the past 50 years, the Boeing 747 has continued to drive technological innovation and industry collaboration initiatives to remain competitive.

Winglets (upturned wingtips of aircraft) are an example of ongoing optimisation in aerospace. This change to the wing design saves approximately 3 per cent of the fuel consumed over a long haul flight. These incremental improvements in efficiency support profitability and deliver the reward of large savings over the long-term.

“It’s this cross-sector knowledge and expertise that’s now helping oil and gas to become more efficient by pinpointing highly specific optimisation solutions” said Mr Whalley.

“This paves the way for the Australian oil and gas sector to truncate its development programs and gain significant efficiencies far more rapidly than the aerospace industry was able to do at the same stage of its lifecycle.”

Part of what’s needed to make this happen is data – a lot of it.

Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) technology is helping in the collection of data for oil and gas.

“The type of data UAVs and other remote sensors can collect in the field is huge – weed growth, sounds, heat and cold, failures, leaks, materials, parts, locations, distances.

“The key is to then take information from all those sources and solve the problems that mean most, by finding the needles in the haystack as it were that deliver true value,” said Jim. “Coupling data analysis with learnings from aerospace alongside innovation and ingenuity can get the job done cheaper, faster and better – and that benefits the oil and gas industry as a whole.”

Article taken from


Thurs 23 June 2016

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SUBS in Schools - Athena go to NASA

Jun 24, 2016

Nova Systems recently sponsored the ATHENA 2015/16 St Peter’s Girls team – the 2016 Australian National Champions – in the ‘Subs in Schools competition’.

This sponsorship enabled the team to visit NASA in Houston to experience a one on one with Astronauts Andy Thomas, and (wife) Shannon Walker.

Congratulations team Athena.

For more information, and to follow their progress,  view the ATHENA Facebook page here!



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