The Capability Systems Centre at UNSW Canberra is a centre of research excellence focused on a range of disciplines related to capability systems development, acquisition and sustainment; including systems engineering, systems thinking and modelling, systems science, requirements engineering, complex systems and project management.
The principal focus of the Centre is to address shortfalls in research in methodologies, tools and techniques for developing capability. We do this through our cutting-edge research and analysis, publications, education, and events; combining world-class academic expertise across a range of disciplinary areas.
The Centre is able to provide cutting edge research and assurance support to systems engineers, business analysts, executives or project, program and portfolio managers in Defence, Government and Industry.
The Centre offers the following services.
The Centre provides comprehensive and independent assurance to project/program managers or for contestability purposes. These structured assessments focus on project management, technical, business and innovation aspects of capability development or acquisition activities. The assessments can be undertaken at various levels of abstraction depending on where the project/program is in the lifecycle or based on the outcome sought.
Schedule Compliance Risk Assessment Methodology (SCRAM)
The Schedule Compliance Risk Assessment Methodology (SCRAM) is an approach for identifying risks to compliance with program schedule, i.e. SCRAM can be used for the assessment and improvement of schedule risk compliance.
SCRAM can be used:
- By organisations to construct a schedule that maximizes the likelihood of schedule compliance.
- To ensure common risks are addressed before the project schedule is baselined at the commencement of a project.
- To monitor project status, performed either ad hoc or to support appropriate milestone reviews
- To evaluate challenged projects, to assess the likelihood of schedule compliance, root cause of schedule slippage and recommend remediation of project issues
The audience for the models include:
- project and program managers
- project schedulers
- hardware and system/software engineers, and
- anyone interested in achieving project schedule compliance.
Technical & Engineering Risk Assessments
A risk assessment service is provided that focuses on analysis of the technical and engineering risks associated with capability development and acquisition activities. These risk assessments can range from high level & short duration to comprehensive & ongoing dependant on the complexity and scale of the project/program.
Business & Innovation Assessments
The Centre as able to provide practical insights into the current and potential business capacity, specifically engineering and technical capabilities of business both in Australia and overseas with a focus on system design, manufacturing/production and integration. The assessment provides an analysis of the business’ ability to deliver and sustain the capability or provide assurance of their innovation potential in a specified domain.
Research and Independent Advice
The Centre offers a comprehensive research and advice service to underpin capability and business decisions. This service provides support to risk reduction activities across the capability life cycle for a project or program through facilitated workshops, modelling and simulation research and ‘above the line’ independent reviews and advice.
These activities can be of any length consolidated into one block or spread across a defined period. Catering is also available on request.
Technical ‘Deep Dives’ & Investigations
The Centre is able to conduct in-depth analysis of technical and engineering-related issues and activities for a project or program throughout the life cycle. The Centre has an extensive network of technical and engineering specialists that can undertake ‘deep dives’ that support decision making by the business, program or project.
Technical Risk Reduction
The Centre is able to support risk identification and reduction activities through:
- world leading capability systems and system dynamics research,
- independent reviews of the project/program artefacts including remedial actions; and
- hosting facilitated workshops.
Education, Training and Events
One of the Centre’s roles is to provide avenues to share information relevant to the development, acquisition and sustainment of capabilities, whether that is through technical papers at one of our conferences or through our experts delivering professional education short courses and postgraduate programs.
The Centre is able to assist individuals or organisations with understanding their postgraduate education need and determine the most appropriate program and delivery method to meet that need.
Professional Education Short Courses
The Centre conducts a number of professional education short courses throughout the year which are open to the general public. However, we can deliver any of our courses tailored for your organisation and at your chosen location.
The Centre hosts a number of capability systems related conferences and seminars annually.
Course Delivery Options
There are two methods ways an organisation can fund either postgraduate education or professional education short courses:
1. Procure a course or program for up to 40 people. This ensures the one to five-day course content is tailored to your organisation and is delivered at a time and place of your choosing, which includes at UNSW Canberra.
2. Fund staff to enrol in the UNSW Canberra courses as individuals.
How to Engage the Centre
The Capability Systems Centre is able to provide comprehensive assurance, research and education & training services to organisations in any domain in any stage of the capability life cycle. Our research and assurance effort is tailored to support decision making across the capability life cycle, whether in the initial exploratory phase, defining needs and requirements or development of the integrated logistic support plan.
How to Engage the Centre’s Services
The Centre’s services can be accessed by Defence, Government and industry to underpin capability decisions with robust research, assurance and education.
The first step is to contact the Centre so that the research question, assurance activities or education opportunities, and associated cost and schedule, can be developed.
Once the Services are agreed by both parties:
- Defence stakeholders can engage the Centre directly through the Defence Agreements Manager at the Australian Defence Force Academy as a variation to the Defence/UNSW Canberra contract or as a purchase order.
- Government and Industry stakeholders can engage the Centre using a purchase order.