One of the world’s leading 3D-Experience software companies has signed an agreement with a South Australian engineering firm to map capability across multiple industries in the state, including defence.

French multinational firm Dassault Systèmes is visiting South Australia to discuss its virtual shipyard, a digital project that maps and improves digital capability in order to maximise industry participation in large manufacturing projects, including defence.

The virtual shipyard project, industry transformation, and digitalisation of cities will be the topics of discussion during the visit.

The Memorandum of Understanding signed with local engineering firm LogiCamms will outline future engagement, leveraging Dassault Sytèmes 3D-Experience Portfolio and Industry Solutions platform and LogiCamms’ consulting, projects and engineering expertise.

To date, the State Government has worked with Dassault Systèmes on feasibility assessments to understand the state’s baseline digital capability; exploring opportunities to build a firm-level digital capability; and a visit to Whyalla to explore whether a digital capability development program could include a regional location.

Dassault Systèmes is a French multinational firm with 14,000 employees and global revenue of AUD$4.03bn in 2015. The company currently offers software systems to support 3D design/modelling, simulation, information intelligence and online collaboration across different industries.

The virtual shipyard program is an approach used internationally by major defence contractors and suppliers, including DCNS, to manage the entire lifecycle of projects and link with companies in the supply chain.