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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

General Manager – Integrated Solutions

Bret is responsible for building and governing the Integrated Systems Business Unit encompassing the ...

Bret is responsible for building and governing the Integrated Systems Business Unit encompassing the:

– Transport Program (rail, roads, ports, infrastructure),
– Oil/Gas and Utilities Program and
– Land and Protective Services Program (Defence and civilian vehicles and services)

Bret has been a Manager at Nova for 10 years and spent over 20 years working with Canadian, United States and Australian Air Forces. Bret additionally consults and instructs to industry in engineering and business systems.

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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

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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