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Posted: October 3, 2017 3:54 PM

GE/Data61 Partnership to Boost Australian Navy Fleet Performance

SYDNEY, Australia — GE and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation’s (CSIRO’s) Data61, Australia’s data innovation network, have developed a data analytics solution that will give the Royal Australian Navy greater insights into their fleet engine performance and enhance operational efficiency, GE said in an Oct. 3 release.

GE supplies the Royal Australian Navy with its LM2500 gas turbines that power the Anzac, Adelaide-, Canberra- and Hobart-class vessels. CSIRO’s Data61 has developed an application that will process data from GE engines captured from sensors and use advanced analytics to identify where improvements can be made.

Techniques such as machine learning and advanced algorithms will be used to predict future failures and reduce fuel burn. In addition, data visualization tools will be used to represent the engine performance.

The data analysis is expected to highlight areas where operational efficiencies can be achieved such as improved reliability of performance, increased uptime due to enhanced understanding of component durability and functionality, reduced fuel consumption and lower maintenance costs. Data will be captured initially from two Royal Australian Navy vessels, which will then be used to help improve and manage the performance GE marine gas turbines used more broadly across the fleet.

“With the expertise of CSIRO’s Data61, we aim to use the insights gained from data to support the Royal Australian Navy,” said Brien Bolsinger, vice president, GE Marine. This undertaking also contributes to the Australian Government’s defense industry innovation objective aimed at enhancing the digital capability of Australia’s innovative defense industry and workforce.”

This is the first Australian application of data collection from GE’s LM2500 engines for naval purposes. In the long-term there is enormous potential for further advanced data analytics tools to be developed here in Australia that can be applied to other GE-designed military and commercial marine engines, Bolsinger said.

“This partnership is a great example of how insights from data can be used to transform existing industries like defense, where cost savings from operational efficiencies can provide significant economic gains as well as serving the national benefit,” said Adrian Turner, chief executive officer of CSIRO’s Data61 “CSIRO’s Data61 and GE are both focused on the global opportunity to securely connect industrial equipment to the network globally. This project reinforces Data61’s and Australia’s strength in cyber physical systems, and in creating new value at the intersection of digital and domain, through the use of trusted data analytics.”

GE marine gas turbines are used by the the Royal Australian Navy and 34 other navies worldwide including the United States, New Zealand, Japan and South Korea.



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