ITEC 2019

Speaker Interview with Derek Hughes

Over the next 10 years what will be the most significant areas for development in military and civil technology?

There is an ongoing debate regarding the intelligent client and where industry can best deliver for the available resources and funding.  The trade-off will be the ability to provide the latest technology with a level of tiered readiness so that the risks are mitigated with new equipment introduction.  Technology life cycle costing and technology insertion will play a larger role in the next 10 years.

With the rapid introduction of new technologies in mass consumer markets there are challenges not only old technology but old ideas; and there are open questions - how are these technological developments impacting on defence and security capabilities?

Industry will continue to innovate and they will need a customer base to use the latest advancements in technology.  There will need to be a concerted effort to ensure the customer has a need for the technology and that there is a return on investment given the escalating costs to new technology development.  This can be achieved through a focus on design and build for Through Life effectiveness.

There is a focus on achieving advances in miniaturisation, robotics and artificial intelligence and the exploitation of big data which have the potential to generate revolutionary change – do you think this focus is correct and where do you think we can expect to see the most rapid developments?

We will continue to see developments in AI and other sector technology such as UUV/UAVs to support the needs of the customer.  In regards to big data, there has been a lot of info gathered by industry and Governments with a lack of sufficient data analytics which could prover beneficial to support the through life of equipment.  A concentrate effort to use the data collected and interpret equipment performance will go a long way in helping the military and industry to integrate new technology that responses to the performance aspects of older equipment already installed. 

There is a growing demand from the user community for practical and pragmatic change, based on rapid development and experimentation from industry – do you think this demand is fair and what can we expect to see as a result?

There are trade-offs as industry will not invest if the customer does not see a potential purchase for their equipment.  Change is the norm and the resultant is a better appreciation of equipment performance and expectations on functionality and costs through life.  We need to ensure that there is a balance where the advancements are inherent and can benefit the upgrades to the platform so that both industry and the customer gain from the technology developments.

Can you give us a brief insight into the areas your session will be covering?

There are three main areas to be covered to include:

Minimizing Life Cycle Cost using sustainment initiatives;

Focus on design and build for Through Life effectiveness; and

Automation effectiveness versus crew size.

While there is a limited presentation timeframe, the information provided will give insight into the recent industry developments with a practical perspective on the benefits of the three areas.

What can delegates expect to take away from your session?

The intent is for attendees to have an immediate take away range of tips from the presentation.  I intend on providing some practical aspects of innovative life cycle management that will be of immediate benefit to the attendees.  Given the presentation period, there is far too much information to share in the timeframe and the conference paper will give the attendees tangible information that will be supportive of their sustainment and life cycle equipment management/projects.

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UDT 2019 date & time:

Mon 13th May - 09:00 - 17:30
Tues 14th May - 09:00 - 19:30
Weds 15th May - 09:00 - 15:30

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