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Flexible Approach to Online Training Delivers Results In COVID-19 Environment

Apr 27, 2020

The onset of COVID-19 has dramatically changed the business world. Nova Systems has been quick to pivot and, utilising technology, provide a more flexible approach to ensure results for our clients. While countries around the world began to lock down due to COVID-19, Nova continued to deliver an inaugural air defence network, C2 and weapon engineering course to a client in Singapore, through remote delivery by our Australian-based instructors.

The course comprises of ten modules seven of which designed to be given face to face by six instructors from Australia. As soon as it became clear that face to face delivery would not be possible, Nova Training Capability and IT teams provided critical support including:

  • Conduct immediate training on use of video conference software to trainers.
  • Provide guidance and the conduct of instructions from either Nova office or from home.
  • Schedule online lesson slots for the modules using video conference software.
  • Coordinated with team in Singapore to enable access to planned lesson schedule and to host the meeting rooms.

This is indeed a very apt time to describe the science and engineering behind satellite communications, in the context of helping to ensure business continuity of organisations and bringing the world closer together! This was the first time our client has had a course delivered via video conference and the Course Manager intends to highlight it as a success story and explore this method of delivery in the future.

We are proud to be able to continue delivering services to our clients during this challenging period. Most critically, this endeavour has demonstrated our capability – technology, people, attitude – to deliver quality client focused services in a dynamic and unpredictable environment.

In a world dominated by economic upheaval caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Nova is committed to sustaining operations while being proactive and undertaking new approaches to ensure we continue to deliver solutions to the problems that really matter.

Nova Training is currently updating courses for online delivery via a Virtual Classroom – maintaining the Face To Face training quality of our specialist instructors.  Our plan is to maintain the current calendar and continue to deliver quality training  via Zoom – Education. 

Our capabilities include:

  • Registered Training Organisation
  • Training Needs Analysis
  • Training Management
  • Specialist Engineering Training
  • Specialist Vocational Training

 

View full course list here.

 

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20 years of providing sovereign Australian capability to solve the problems that really matter

Apr 16, 2020

Nova Systems is the largest Australian owned and controlled defence engineering services company. Since our foundation in Adelaide 20 years ago, Nova Systems and its people have been providing sovereign capability to the Australian Defence Force – playing a critical role in the defence and security of our nation.

As an organisation which has grown from two employees 20 years ago, to over 850 across Australia and around the globe, we are accustomed to navigating and finding solutions to solve the problems that matter with pace and agility.

With revenue of over AUD 200 million, Nova Systems is a significant contributor to the Australian economy and national supply chain – providing jobs for Australians and contributing to the nation’s GDP. Within the last five years, Nova Systems has:

  • Invested over AUD 17 million growing in-country capability and technologies and has transferred this Australian know-how to other markets around the world, including 3 of the 5 five eyes nations;
  • Invested over AUD 8 million in innovation programs to further strengthen and enhance our offerings, delivering sovereign specialist outcomes to our endusers;
  • Contributed to the Australian economy through company tax revenues over AUD 16 Million; and
  • Invested over AUD 12 million on acquisitions as part of its growth strategy

Nova continues to invest in upskilling its workforce – as this is at the heart of how we go about solving complex problems. Nova has invested AUD 10 million of expenditure over the last five years in the continued development of our employees. In addition, as part of our on-going commitment to growing the future workforce pipeline for industry, we have invested in the Nova Systems Graduate Program which has matured to over 40 paid full-time graduates on two-year rotations, with a further 25 planned for the 2021 intake.

Nova continues to support key Defence platforms by providing long term support to operational assets and future technology programs. With many ex-Australian Defence Force members employed at Nova – we continue to collaborate with defence and industry at this critical time and endeavour to do what we do best – solve the problems that really matter.
Nova Systems is proud to be part of Australia’s defence and security industry and we will continue our commitment to work along-side you. As the largest privately owned Defence company in Australia, the investments we make in developing sovereign capability, stay here in Australia – providing jobs for Australians for the benefit of our economy and for the Defence and security of our nation.

Nova Systems has delivered sovereign capability to Australia’s defence forces including specialist engineering, test, management and/or systems integration services over its 20-year history

  • MRH-90 Multi-Role Helicopter
  • CH-47 Chinook Heavy-Lift Helicopters
  • PC21 Pilot Training System
  • F-35A Joint Strike Fighter and F18 Super Hornet
  • E-7A Wedgetail Airborne Early Warning and Control Aircraft
  • OneSKY – Air Traffic Control
  • Fixed Base Defence Air Traffic Management
  • Hawkeii Protected Mobility Vehicle
  • Air Warfare Destroyer and Anzac Class Frigate
  • Future and Collins Class Submarines
  • UHF Military and Next Generation SATCOM
  • Maritime Communications Modernisation

 
Download: Sovereign Australian Capability  

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Ask an Astronaut!

Apr 14, 2020

Ever wondered if Space Suits are comfortable? Or if your ears pop when you leave the atmosphere?

Children across our Nova community asked all the hard questions to Pamela Melroy, Astronaut and Nova Systems very own Director of Space Technology and Policy, one of two women who have ever commanded a Space Shuttle Mission.

 

Download: Kids Space Activity Sheet

 

Here are some some of the questions Pam answered for our budding scientists.

 

Thank you Pam – your Ask an Astronaut session was a big hit across our community!

Nova Systems is a family focused employer, as it is our people who are our greatest asset.
Find out more here.

 

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News Feature - SA-based Nova Group’s Two Decades of Flying High

Apr 7, 2020

An Adelaide company with global defence customers is eyeing $200 million in revenues this financial year, as it marks a key milestone.

A focus on providing specialist complex engineering services globally has helped Adelaide-based Nova Group grow from two founders to 600 employees in two decades.

While the 20-year milestone this year comes with new COVID-19-related challenges, the business, which is projecting more than $200 million in 2019/2020 revenues, has taken time to take pride in the growth and innovation over that period.

“What has impressed me throughout my 17 years at Nova, has been the incredibly smart and dedicated people that make it fun to come to work,” said group chief executive Greg Hume.

From its early days of offering flight testing services, the company founded by SA chief entrepreneur Jim Whalley and Peter Nikoloff, today works to solve complex problems for the Australian Defence Force, the UK Ministry of Defence, Royal Norwegian Air Force and the Republic of Singapore Air Force, among other clients.

More than $20 million has been invested on eight acquisitions to expand into the UK, Europe, South East Asia and New Zealand.

In Australia, Nova Group is one of four companies in the ADF’s Major Service Provider (MSP) consortium, providing large integrated support contracts to defence over the next ten years.

It has founding partnerships with SA-based SMARTSAT Co-operative Research Centre (CRC) and WA’s Australian Remote Operations for Space and Earth (AROSE).

“With a solid foundation in the defence markets in Australia and the UK, and a footprint in space, transport and energy, I am very proud to be exporting Australian capability and know-how to the world and look forward positioning for our next phase of growth,” Mr Whalley said.

“I truly believe it’s the scientists, mathematicians and engineers of the world that will be instrumental in solving the really complex challenges nations and governments are facing like national security, climate change and urbanisation,” he said.

In a world dominated by economic upheaval caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the business is committed to sustaining business operations while being proactive and undertaking business modelling against a number of scenarios.

“Infection control measures have already been implemented across the business which include the cancellation of a number of training courses and internal business and social gatherings through to April,” Mr Hume said.

“We continue to monitor the situation and will introduce additional measures as required to protect our employees and clients.”

At this stage, 20-year celebrations are set to coincide with its all-staff annual conference in August where Nova’s employees will dress up in safari suits and kaftans to mark the occasion.

AUS PROJECTS LIST

    • Air Warfare Destroyer (AWD)

      Over the last 12 years, more than 60 Nova engineering, project management and operational consultants have contributed to the AWD Program in the areas of test and activation.

    • SEA 1000 Future Submarines

      Over 25 Nova consultants have contributed to the future submarine program supporting naval architecture, systems engineering, seaworthiness, configuration management, asset management, etc.

    • P8 Poseidon

      Nova has been associated with the P8 program over the past 4-5 years, providing a number of services.

    • IGS Network

      Nova’s owned and operated site(s) provide ground segment services to satellite owners and operators. The satellite ground segment facilities will be strategically located around Australia to meet the needs of current and future Low Earth Orbit (LEO), Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) and Geostationary Orbit (GEO) small satellite missions. A first site has been identified at Peterborough in SA.

    • Adelaide Desalination Plant

      About 30 Nova employees have provided project management and contract over five years.

    • E-7A Wedgetail

      Nova has provided Test and Evaluation services in support of the Wedgetail E-7A since January 2011.

    • C17A

      Nova was an integral part of accepting all C-17 aircraft into service during the various acquisitions.

    • PC21

      Nova continues to support Lockheed Martin for the delivery of the Pilot Training Systems (PTS). This includes certification of the PC-21 aircraft, qualification of the synthetic training devices, and verification & validation of the overall PTS.

    • Air Traffic Control

      Nova has been an integral part of Hensoldt’s delivery of AIR5431 Ph2, providing both the in-country team and facilities for the Hensoldt PMO, and delivering the tower and civil works at nine sites around Australia.

    • F-35A

      Nova has supported the verification and validation portion of the F-35A introduction into service, through designing the Australian Effectiveness Test Program, and assisting in enabling the Suitability Test Program.

    • Land 121 Phase 4

      Hawkeii
      The Nova team has assisted Thales with the vehicle verification and validation (V&V) program across various phases of Land 121 Phase 4.

    • Parramatta Light Rail Stage 1 (Active project)

      About 13 Nova staff have been providing systems integration, systems assurance and safety assurance for current design phase since February last year.

    • Newcrest Mining Autonomous Systems

      Strategic advice and engineering services for the vision, technology road map and implementation for targeted world-first autonomous underground gold mining.

 

View the original article here

Valerina Changarathil, The Advertiser, April 7, 2020 12:00am

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News Feature: Nova Group Celebrates 20 Years of Business

Mar 27, 2020

Australian owned and operated Nova Group celebrates 20 years in business this year. The company has grown from the original two founding partners to 600 employees and services customers such as the Australian Defence Force, the UK Ministry of Defence, Royal Norwegian Air Force and the Republic of Singapore Air Force.

Founded in 2000, Nova Group specialises in the provision of technology-enabled solutions and world-class expertise, to solve problems within defence and aerospace, government and critical infrastructure industries.

Headquartered in South Australia, co-founders Jim Whalley and Peter Nikoloff have expanded the focus of Nova from the early days of offering flight-testing services to a global company solving complex engineering problems across a range of sectors including defence, space, geospatial, transport, energy and resources.

“With a solid foundation in the defence markets in Australia and the UK, and a footprint in space, transport and energy, I am very proud to be exporting Australian capability and know-how to the world and look forward [to] positioning for our next phase of growth,” said Whalley.

“I truly believe it’s the scientists, mathematicians and engineers of the world that will be instrumental in solving the really complex challenges nations and governments are facing like national security, climate change and urbanisation.

“Pete and I are really proud to have created and be a part of a company that takes on those challenges and provides smart people to clients who continue to have a positive impact across the world.”

The group projects over $200 million in 2019-20 revenue and has a strong, entrepreneurial culture reflecting the innovation and creativity of thought, which started with Whalley and Nikoloff’s original vision in 2000.

Solving complex challenges within the defence sector remains a key focus for the firm within Australia, with its recent award as one of four industry leads in the major service provider (MSP) consortium, providing large integrated support contracts to Defence over the next 10 years.

Having pursued a strategy to diversify and globalise, Nova Group has invested more than $20 million on eight acquisitions across the globe and cemented a footprint across multiple geographies including the UK, Europe, south-east Asia and New Zealand.

Long-term Nova employee and chief executive Greg Hume commented on the company’s passion and commitment to its people.

“What has impressed me throughout my 17 years at Nova, has been the incredibly smart and dedicated people that make it fun to come to work, which is why we have consistently been recognised as one of the ‘Top 50 best places to work’,” said Hume.

“The other differentiator that really sets us apart in the market, is Nova’s continued commitment and investment in its people – to foster a culture of continual learning in every single Nova employee and embed an entrepreneurial spirit which forms such an integral part of Nova’s foundation.”

Nova Group has received multiple listings among the Business Review Weekly’s Great Places to Work and The Australian Financial Review Boss’ Most Innovative Company, competing against industry giants such as Deliotte and Accenture.

Some of the major current projects Nova is working on include the work within the AWD and Wedgetail E-7A programs.

Over the last 12 years as part of the AWD program, more than 60 Nova engineering, project management and operational consultants have contributed to the AWD Program in the areas of test and activation, including harbour and sea trials, communications, combat systems engineering, program/project management, risk management, electronic warfare, sonar engineering and operational support, system safety and hazardous materials, operational and business support.

Nova has also provided test and evaluation services in support of the Wedgetail E-7A since January 2011. This has included the capability assessment necessary to support both IOC and FOC declarations, and ongoing capability upgrades.

Original article can be viewed here.

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