Engineering Advisory

Engineering Advisory

We help the Australian Department of Defence to acquire and sustain its specialist military equipment, such as aircraft, ships and vehicles.

We support Defence in the acquisition and sustainment of military equipment.

Translating the concepts of military end-users into documents that can be understood by design engineers of Prime Contractors and Prime Systems Integrators takes a deep understanding of the requirements on both sides.

At KPMG, we have a vast knowledge of defence and industry standards, and the applicable technical regulatory frameworks to ensure a safe and suitable outcome. We understand the relevant technology, and apply systems thinking to describe requirements without prematurely closing off design innovation.

Our systems engineers assist Defence by evaluating tender responses and participating in contract negotiations. We assure compliance with requirements of the contract by participating in design reviews, technical audits and verification/validation activities (including test and evaluation).

Defence requires engineers and technical officers to assist in the specification and verification of the asset management (sustainment) systems, and KPMG is well positioned to provide this support.

Once an asset is contractually accepted and commissioned into service, our Engineering Advisory team supports Defence with on-going sustainment of the asset. Engineering activities in asset sustainment typically include:

  • specification and acceptance of engineering changes, including upgrades, system enhancements or software changes, caused by changes in user needs or obsolescence of components
  • assessment of the suitability of alternative parts (technical substitution)
  • configuration management
  • defect and incident investigation and resolution
  • safety case ‘maintenance’
  • optimisation of maintenance ‘policy’ to ensure the asset is maintained at required condition and reliability at minimal cost and down-time
  • ongoing accreditation and surveillance of contracted maintenance and engineering organisations and activities.

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