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Media Article - ‘An exciting time to be supporting the Australian Navy’: Lee Kormany, Nova Systems

Sep 15, 2019

With Australia’s $95 billion Naval Shipbuilding Plan beginning to take shape, Nova Systems is gearing up to build on its long pedigree of supporting Australia’s leading-edge naval capabilities, beginning with the Hobart Class.

As a maritime nation, Australia is dependent on unlimited access to the ocean – as the regional paradigm changes, there is greater strain on the Navy to protect the national interests and naval assets like the Canberra Class amphibious warfare ships, combined with concerns about the continuity of Australia’s sovereign naval shipbuilding industry in between major programs. With the Defence Industrial Capability Plan and the $95 billion Naval Shipbuilding Plan setting out how the government is delivering on the commitment to build a strong, sustainable and innovative Australian naval shipbuilding industry.

The NSP states, “The goal of the Naval Shipbuilding Plan is to ensure that the regeneration of the Royal Australian Navy over the coming decades will ensure both a cost-effective solution for the government provide Navy the assured capability to fight and win. The National Naval Shipbuilding Office has been established to implement the Naval Shipbuilding Plan.”

With $95 billion worth of naval shipbuilding programs, the Royal Australian Navy and naval shipbuilding industry would appear to be in an enviable position, however, the long lead time on key programs and ramp-up in delivery poses challenges for industry – in particular, the $50 billion SEA 1000 Attack Class submarine and $35 billion Hunter Class programs face the potential for delay as a result of growing windows between the construction periods of major surface warships and submarines in Australia.

Delivering these costly, complex and highly sensitive defence mega projects is not without its challenges, requiring leading-edge engineers, project managers and related specialists capable of supporting prime contractors, value adding small-to-medium enterprises and Navy throughout the various stages of the platform life cycle.

Enter Nova Systems, which is leveraging its long standing relationships with the Royal Australian Navy and the broader Australian Defence Force across a range of domains, including the maritime and naval shipbuilding domains in particular to across a range of programs to support the sustainment of the existing Navy and delivery of next generation capabilities.

Lee Kormany, general manager, maritime, land and future systems, spoke to Defence Connect about the future of Australia’s naval shipbuilding industry, saying, “It is an exciting time for incoming engineers and project managers, particularly as major programs like SEA 1000, SEA 5000 and SEA 1180 ramp up the really get to engage with leading-edge capabilities.”

Nova Systems brings a wealth of complex project and program management experience to Navy and its long-term recapitalisation programs, beginning with the Hobart Class air warfare destroyer.

More than 60 engineering, project management and operational consultants have contributed across the following areas:

  • 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; and
  • Operational support.

The support provided by Nova over many years has contributed to the successful launch of all three AWD ships: HMAS Hobart, HMAS Brisbane and HMAS Sydney.

With Hobart now in operational service with the Australian Navy, and Brisbane conducting crew work ups, work has continued on HMAS Sydney, now alongside at Techport in Adelaide, and Nova is continuing to provide high-end services in support of the harbour and sea trials, engineering support and acceptance services, system safety and sea release activities.

“Nova worked closely with the Raytheon-led Air Warfare Destroyer Alliance throughout the last 12 years. providing a firm grasp for the Navy’s plans moving forward. This participation and the quality of Nova’s services have seen the company currently supporting SEA 1180 as part of the OPV acquisition process and we are currently supporting the military hydrographic capability as part of SEA 2480 Phase 1,” Kormany added.

Resourcing the growing list of naval shipbuilding programs is not without its challenges, particularly as SEA 1180, SEA 5000 and SEA 1000 all gather pace, placing increasing strain upon the skilled workforce available. Nova has responded with an extensive proactive plan to develop the next generation of Australia’s naval shipbuilding engineering and project management experts.

The Nova Graduate Development Program (NGDP) is designed to attract, recruit and retain graduates who have demonstrated the potential to make high level contributions to Nova, both now and in the future.

The NGDP aims to foster the personal and professional development of graduates, providing them with the experience, supervision, mentoring and training necessary to assist them with succeeding in their future careers with the Nova Group and to be recognised by their associated professional body.

In the maritime and submarine domains, Nova has seen great success in developing a pool of graduates in some key Defence projects (examples include SEA 4000 Air Warfare Destroyer, SEA 1180 Offshore Patrol Vessel, including a deployment to Germany for 12 months) and it is currently in negotiations to find placements within SEA 1000 Future Submarine.

The graduates are given a great support network and an environment where they can fast track their development. Feedback from clients has been fantastic and we have a proven track record of graduates not only quickly becoming valued members of the team but raising team energy and morale. The maritime program is looking to bring on a further three graduates in this year’s intake.

“The exciting thing for the next generation of Nova employees is that the government’s commitment to building a long-term, sustainable naval shipbuilding program means their involvement is a long-term, sustainable program offering a career in supporting the delivery of the future of the nation’s naval capability,” Kormany finished.

Nova Systems is a professional service provider, specialising in the provision of engineering and management services, providing industry and government with world-class independent expertise in delivering complex projects and solving technologically challenging problems.


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Nova Systems Raises Awareness for R U OK Day

Sep 10, 2019

Thursday 12 September is R U OK Day, our national day of action dedicated to reminding everyone to ask, “Are you OK?”.

R U OK Day is held each year to inspire and empower everyone to meaningfully connect with the  people around them and start a conversation with anyone who may be struggling with life.

Nova Systems will be raising awareness by hosting local events in our offices across Australia to encourage everyone to Trust the Signs, Trust your Gut & Ask R U OK?

At Nova, we are committed to the wellbeing of our people, friends and families.


“One of the things I love about Nova is how we support our people; not only through every-day life, but also when they are going through difficult times.   I’m really proud of the way Nova go above and beyond whenever one of our team members is going through a difficult period in their life.   And this is all done behind the scenes; not too many people would be aware of the type of support Nova provides.  At Nova, we show genuine compassion for the employees particular circumstances and work closely with the individual and at times, their family, to ensure a successful recovery and eventual return to work.”

Susan Turner, People & Culture Partner



R U OK?’s vision is a world where we’re all connected and are protected from suicide.

Our mission is to inspire and empower everyone to meaningfully connect with people around them and support anyone struggling with life.

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Sep 9, 2019

Nova Group – Nova Systems parent company – has been listed at #355 in the Australian Financial Review (AFR), Top 500 Private Companies List for 2019.

The Nova Group reported an 36.4% increase in revenue from 2018 climbing 51 spots from #406.

The list includes public unlisted companies, partnerships, associations and private companies.

IBISWorld’s Whitepaper Special Report: The Top 500 Private Companies in perspective, also recognised Nova Group in the Top 25 Fastest Growing companies.

View the full list here.

View the white paper here.

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This year’s AFR Most Innovative Companies list is rich with engineering and tech innovation

Sep 2, 2019

Engineering and tech companies rank among the latest Australian Financial Review (AFR) BOSS Most Innovative Companies – and startups and small operations are holding their own.

In a change from previous years, the 2019 AFR Most Innovative Companies list is broken down into 10 categories by industry sector, including: technology; manufacturing; government education and not-for-profit; health; agriculture, mining and utilities; construction and transport; and professional services.

Judges assessed companies’ track records in innovation over the past year, and also surveyed employees to assess company culture and understand what drove their innovative attitude. In the professional services category, engineering companies Nova Systems, Aurecon and Accenture were all in the top 10 – coming in third, fourth and ninth, respectively.

Nova Systems was recognised for their digital twin computer models of engineering operations, Aurecon for software automation in building information management (BIM), and Accenture for a virtual reality system that helps employees understand their unconscious biases.

“By returning time to the infrastructure design process via software automation … we have freed up engineers to do what adds most value – creative design and pushing the boundaries of what is possible,” said Dr Kourosh Kayvani, Aurecon Managing Director – Design, Innovation & Eminence.

Construction giant Lendlease placed second in the property, construction and transport category for their work in creating precast headstocks for the Richmond River Bridge in Sydney, which is the first four-lane bridge to be constructed with a single precast headstock.

Lendlease was joined in the top 10 for construction by two smaller operations: Dempsey Wood, which has created a trailer-based Burn & Blow machine to speed up evaporation from the soil to prepare it for compaction; and Kingfield Galvanising, which has implemented an innovative environmental management system to optimise production and reduce emissions.

Is bigger better?

One of the interesting things about the new-look rankings is that startups and smaller companies are ranking alongside – or overtaking – their larger counterparts.

For instance, the government and not-for-profit list is topped by tech startup Penten, which has just 52 employees, including 40 engineers. The company has been recognised for their AltoCrypt Stik – a USB device used with laptops or tablets to allow defence and government users to connect to sensitive networks over WiFi. The leading manufacturing company, custom-printer Easy Signs, also has under 60 staff.

The highest ranking company in the agriculture, mining and utilities category is GroundProbe – which employs just over 180 people. GroundProbe took out the top spot in last year’s rankings for its Geotechnical Monitoring LiDAR, and was this year recognised for its SSR-Omni slope stability radar tech.

The gong for best overall innovation program across all categories went to technology company Custom Innovation Co (CIC) for its smartphone-based full-body scanning tool and 3D printing technology that can produce life-sized, recyclable mannequins for use in custom tailoring.

CIC, which has just 30 staff members, credited a company culture of learning from mistakes as key to its success. The company has even entrenched that motto in their official culture statement (although they use stronger language).

Co-founder and head of technology David McLaughlin said that this is a key difference between small companies like his and larger organisations.

“Where people make mistakes at larger organisations, they will often try to cover it up or pass on the blame,” he said.

Common ground

Besides learning from mistakes, a trait that sets innovative organisations apart is a user-centric mindset from start to finish, said Amantha Imber, list co-founder and CEO of Inventium.

“In the top-ranking companies, employees are 62 per cent more likely to bring customers into the innovation process to identify relevant problems to solve,” she said in a piece for the AFR. 

Users bookend the process; this year’s most innovative companies were 72 per cent more likely than the bottom 10 to involve customers towards the end, during experimentation.

And once innovation hits, she said successful companies recognise and reward employees for their efforts. For example, GroundProbe rewards staff with more time to work on innovation, and many companies on the list offer benefits for innovative behaviour ranging from money to additional training.


View the original article by Create Digital here.


NOVA SYSTEMS INSIGHTS – Digital Twin for Energy and Resources Sectors

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2019 Nova Directors Award Winners

Aug 29, 2019

Congratulations to the winners of the 2019 Nova Group Directors Awards!

Each year, Nova Systems parent company, Nova Group, recognises the outstanding achievements of their people across the group (Nova Systems, GVH Aerospace, Geoplex, two10degrees) in the annual Directors Awards.

The Directors of the Nova Group (Nova Aerospace Pty Ltd) believe it is important to recognise those outstanding performers, focusing on characteristics such as attitude and drive in the Nova spirit, a positive influence on the team and consistent outstanding performance.

Additionally, Nova’s core values of Trust, Professionalism, Passion and Community, define how we treat our people, our clients and frame how we work with our peers.

Nova is proud to have so many dedicated and talented people whose passion and drive continues to ensure Nova’s success and we continue to be a great place to work.


Outstanding Achievement in Corporate Services

Finalists: Pam Medder, Serena Macalister, Huai-Ping Lee

Winner: Pam Medder, Project Support Officer – Nova Systems ANZ, Adelaide


Outstanding Achievement for the Provision of Innovative Solutions

Finalists: You-Song Tien, Sean Tuttle,

Winner: Lauren Ryan, Project Support Officer – Nova Systems ANZ


Outstanding Achievement in Management

Finalists: Peter Tippner, Jemille Jenkins

Winner: Greg Wicks, Operations Director EMEA – GVH Aerospace


Outstanding Consultant

Finalists: Sarah Cannard, Zi Huang

Finalists: Tim Grabert, Senior Systems Engineer – Nova Systems ANZ


Outstanding Project Management

Finalists: Annabel Roseler, Jaco Loubser

Winner: Mark Wagstaff, Senior Systems Engineer – Nova Systems ANZ


Outstanding Achievement in the Maintenance of the Nova Culture

Finalists: Tim Butler, Michael Ziebell

Winner: Sam Ludowyk, Engineer – GVH Aerospace


Outstanding Citizen

Finalists: Lauren Ryan, Susan Turner

Winner: Natalie Porter, Senior Project Manager – Nova Systems ANZ


Outstanding Contribution to Health & Safety

Finalists: Carol Ann Logue, BJ Martin

Winner: Mark Purvis, Capability & Innovation Manager Europe – Nova Systems UK


Outstanding Contribution to the Nova Team

Finalists: Paul Dorsett, Colin Hickman

Winner: Dillon Aero Incorporated

View our Nova Group Board of Directors here. 

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