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Goldie Operational Evaluation

Goldie Operational Evaluation

GOLDIE is a hand-held Improvised Explosive Device (IED) detector developed outside of Australia. To minimise incidents and casualties to ADF personnel caused by IEDs, Headquarters Joint Operations Command (HQJOC) and the Counter IED Task Force (CIEF TF) wished to trial the detector under Australian conditions and to assess its suitability for use in Australia’s operational areas. Nova Systems was engaged to manage and conduct an evaluation of the detector under operational conditions, to assess its effectiveness in detecting IEDs; and to inform a decision to procure a number of detectors for Army use.

In preparation for the evaluation and potential procurement, Nova Systems prepared logistics support documentation (operating manuals, training materials and security instructions) and a trials plan. The trials plan was to be executed by a team at the Multi-National Base Tarrin Kot in Afghanistan; and as many operational areas outside of MNBTK as possible in the limited time available. The trials team was able to successfully execute the trials plan and demonstrate the effectiveness of the detector in theatre.

Nova Systems evaluated the trials data and prepared a trials report which was distributed to HQJOC and CIED TF. Based on the report, HQJOC requested funding to procure a large number of the GOLDIE detectors and Nova Systems’ involvement in the program received critical acclaim from defence organisations. The scope of Nova Systems’ involvement in the project changed significantly during the contract, from preparing ILS documentation to conducting the operational evaluation. The CoA recognised Nova Systems’ resource flexibility during the contract and stated that this flexibility was one of the contributors to the overall project success.

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Bret Barton

Head Progressive Businesses

The Progressive Businesses division of Nova Group amalgamates our newer client sectors and locations with both establish...

The Progressive Businesses division of Nova Group amalgamates our newer client sectors and locations with both established engineering professional services and emerging global technologies.

Bret is responsible for the growth and governance of the businesses and programs which form the Progressive Business division.  These include the:

  • Nova Singapore Business (Commercial and Defence);
  • Nova New Zealand Business (Commercial and Defence);
  • Australian Transport Program (rail and infrastructure, autonomous vehicles, ports); and
  • Australian Energy and Resources Program (oil, gas, mining, power, water, utilities).

Bret is a member of Nova’s Executive Leadership Team and has been a Manager with Nova for 12 years. Bret served 20 years in the Canadian Air Force and supported major test programs for the United States and Australian Air Forces.

Bret is an Engineering Executive with the Institute of Engineers Australia.

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Ian Lawrence

Program Manager - Land & Emergency Services

Based in Canberra, Ian is responsible for the Nova Systems Land, Explosives Ordnance and Emergency Services Program. ...

Based in Canberra, Ian is responsible for the Nova Systems Land, Explosives Ordnance and Emergency Services Program. The program is responsible for client relationships, capture management and service delivery. Ian began his employment at Nova Systems as a Senior Systems Engineer Consultant in 2012 working predominantly in the Land domain. Ian took over the role of Program Manager mid-2012. Prior to this Ian served with both the Australian and British Armies completing over 25 years as a Communications Engineering Officer.

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Nick Kemp

Chief Capability Officer

Reporting to the CEO, Nick is responsible for the leadership and management of Nova’s Capabilities comprising...

Reporting to the CEO, Nick is responsible for the leadership and management of Nova’s Capabilities comprising staff competencies, Intellectual Property, innovation and training. In this capacity, Nick works across the Australia and New Zealand business and is responsible for implementing Nova’s global capability framework.  Nick is an accomplished business leader with over 30 years’ experience across the defence, rail, utilities, medical device and civil aerospace sectors.

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