Helicopter aircrew training system facilities
The facilities delivered under this project will support a new Helicopter Aircrew Training System (HATS) for all Australian Navy and Army rotary wing pilots.
The non-airside portion includes a state-of-the-art synthetic training environment, including full flight simulators and highly specialised task trainers. The airside facility will provide a live training environment with hangars, maintenance facilities and an operational flight line to accommodate the training system’s helicopters. Additionally, the project will deliver a 96-bed accommodation block for students and geographically dispersed training facilities to support off-base live training exercises.
Currie & Brown is providing cost management, property and development, project management and programming services for the project. Specific tasks include:
- Reviewing requirements to ensure the best solutions are delivered
- Drafting federal government business cases to secure project funding
- Supporting Defence as part of the parliamentary approval process
- Managing all project procurement activities in planning and delivery phase
- Administering and managing all project contracts
- Reviewing all contract project cost planning deliverables on behalf of the client
- Representing the federal government at parliamentary approvals
The project is driven by a capability date, and we have instigated mitigation measures to best procure and undertake the design and construction to minimise risk to the programme.
The project contains many risks, mainly programme-related, but also with respect to cost as the client is required to maintain the government-approved budget. It is also critical that the project meets high quality standards to ensure that defects are minimised because there will be restricted access for trades once the buildings are occupied. We are facilitating risk management reviews at regular intervals to mitigate these risks.