Originally Published – Australian Defence Magazine November 2006
The Department of Materiels Organisation has acquired a new resource management and scheduling system from Melbourne-based, Ocean Software Pty Ltd.
Project ULTRA (standing for Unit Level Tool for Resource Allocation) is to be delivered as a component of the Air Command Support System under Joint Project 2030 Phase 7B. It will provide a state of the art aircrew scheduling, categorisation and currency management capability to optimise the utilisation of operational air assets and tasks.
“ULTRA will build on Ocean’s leading edge Training Management Information System, FlightPro®, and will significantly accelerate and complement the operational planning process,” said Ocean’s Managing Director Major General (Retd) Ian Freer. “This important contractual award is a demonstration of the Commonwealth’s confidence in Ocean Software’s ability to deliver,” he said. “It strengthens our already established reputation as a world leader in the field of operations management solutions.”
A contract of undisclosed value was signed on 3 October by Wayne Ryan, the DMO’s Director General Command and Support Systems, and Moshe Meydan, Managing Director of Meydan Group, Ocean Software’s parent company.
Ocean Software Pty Ltd won the contract after an open tender process. ULTRA is a tailored version of the company’s existing FlightPro® product. This is currently used by the Air Force Training Group and by a number of foreign air forces, including those of the UK and Canada, and will be modified in Australian service to interface with other Defence systems.
The project will commence immediately and early work will include developing interfaces to the Air Command Support System and to Defence’s personnel management information system. Further enhancements will ensure that ULTRA can be implemented across the Defence classified information network.
Ocean Software is employing highly experienced sub-contractors to assist with deployment: the KoBold Group for systems integration, eValua for systems testing, and Boeing Australia for integrated logistics support and training (ILS&T).
Boeing Australia’s ILS&T Sustainment Manager, Rod Drury, said “The Company will work very closely with Ocean Software to deliver Project ULTRA and is looking forward with future opportunities together such as the ADF’s fixed and rotary wing pilot training systems.”
The scope and complexity of the project is impressive. The system will link 14 bases across the ADF and will encompass all fixed and rotary wing military flying in Australia by the Air Force, Army and Navy. There will be a high degree of integration of the solution with other software products.
The benefits for personnel capability management will be far-reaching, says Ocean, as the solution will track the experience and currencies of aircrew from the ‘abinitio’ training environments to their operational squadrons. Significant improvements in efficiency and overall cost reductions for the Commonwealth are expected.
Ocean Software’s FlightPro® system will soon be one of the few flying management systems in the world that encompasses both the operational and training environments, thus allowing the effective training and monitoring of aircrew throughout their career.
FlightPro® is a highly respected military flying training and operations management system long established within the RAAF’s Air Training Wing and globally in training squadrons. It is used in Canada at the NATO Flying Training (NFTC) bases at both Moose Jaw and Cold Lake, as well as the CAF’s new CF-18 Simulator training facilities. It is also in place in the UK at RAF Velley, RAF Coningsby and RNAS Culdrose, and Oxford Aviation Training for their civil commercial flying training at Kiddlington, UK and Phoenix, Arizona. A proof of concept has just been completed for the Royal Malaysian Air Force at their training base at Alor Setar. By selecting such a reliable and proven system, the ADF has significantly reduced the level of project risk, the company says.