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Supporting Rail Industry with Complex Procurement

Supporting Rail Industry with Complex Procurement

The Client had an urgent need to determine the cost of procuring, commissioning and supporting an asset information processing system, in a short timeframe and with high confidence. This task was to be completed under strict rules of probity, where industry could not be approached for quotes. Nova Systems was engaged to subsequently produce the Request for Proposal (RFP) documentation to tender the solution in an accelerated timeframe.

In collaboration with the client, Nova Systems conducted an initial needs analysis to develop high level requirements for the asset information processing system. In order to understand the complexity of the system, it was necessary to perform system design. Nova Systems leveraged its vast Systems Engineering experience to produce a System Design, Work Breakdown Structure and System Specification for the asset information system. The system specification was software focussed and delineated between essential and non-essential features to constrain cost and risk. A Constructive Cost Model (COCOMO) was used to obtain a high level cost estimate and a Monte Carlo simulation was applied to the COCOMO output to achieve 90% fidelity in the cost estimate. Nova Systems was engaged for a further phase of work to develop the RFP documentation for industry.

Nova Systems developed the Statement of Work and Operational Concept Document and was careful not to constrain the solution in order to encourage innovation and obtain value for money for the Client. Nova Systems became an indistinguishable part of the Client team and delivered a high fidelity, high quality output to the Client to ensure that their program remained on schedule. Nova Systems answered immediate needs by utilising a proven whole-of-system-life approach in a manner that will provide value through procurement and into sustainment.

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Bret Barton

Chief Executive - Asia Pacific

As the Chief Executive Nova Systems Asia-Pacific, Bret runs a division of Nova Group ...

As the Chief Executive Nova Systems Asia-Pacific, Bret runs a division of Nova Group which 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 a portfolio of progressive businesses and programs which include our:

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

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

Bret holds Masters Degrees in Business Administration and Aeronautical Engineering and is an Engineering Executive with the Institute of Engineers Australia.

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Jim Kira

Program Manager - Transport

Jim is responsible for strategic direction and growth of Nova’s Transport Program encompassing rail, ...

Jim is responsible for strategic direction and growth of Nova’s Transport Program encompassing rail, ferries, ports, automotive and autonomous vehicles. Jim’s background includes aerospace engineering, systems engineering and project management in Defence and senior commercial and operations management experience in the Finance and Renewables industries in Australia, the U.K. and Europe.

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Nick Kemp

Group Chief Strategy & Capability

Reporting to the Group CEO, Nick is a member of the Executive Leadership Team and is responsible ...

Reporting to the Group CEO, Nick is a member of the Executive Leadership Team and is responsible for the leadership and management of Nova’s Strategy, Capability and Marketing functions.  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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