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Transforming the Naval Industry to Optimise Defence Programs

Wednesday 9 October
This event is open and complimentary to PACIFIC 2019 trade visitors, exhibitors and conference delegates.
Click here to register and make your expression of interest to attend (please note that your expression of interest does not guarantee you a place; Numbers at the PACIFIC 2019 complimentary conferences are limited and spaces are not guaranteed. Attendance is subject to availability and is on a first come, first served basis).
Starboard Theatrette, Hall 1, ICC Sydney

1. Re-thinking naval programs business models to optimize costs and reduce lead times

  • Alain HOUARD – Vice President Marine & Offshore Industry, Dassault Systèmes
    The world is experiencing a profound global transformation in the way we invent, learn, produce and trade. It is as great a change as the Renaissance that occurred in Europe from the 14th to the 16th century. Virtual experience platforms are the infrastructure of this Industry Renaissance. As the only platform that’s both a system of operations and a business model, the 3DEXPERIENCE platform is the most powerful way for naval shipyards to drive their transformation, enabling them to innovate with operational excellence as well as redefining the relationships across their entire value network, from the navy to their ecosystem of suppliers.
  • B&R: Chris Bridges-Taylor – GM
    B&R Enclosures is an independent, 100% Australian family-owned and operated business. B&R Enclosures has been designing and manufacturing enclosure and cabinet solutions for more than 60 years. The company encompasses four divisions: B&R Industrial, B&R Data ICT, B&R Hazardous Areas and B&R Residential Commercial. B&R Enclosures was part of the South Australia Virtual Shipyard program, the company initiated its digital transformation using the 3DExperience platform to optimise its manufacturing processes to better supply Defence Prime contractors’ supply chain.

2. Aligning the workforce of the Future with defence industry needs

  • Empowering the naval workforce of the future through digital experience platforms: Eric Chow - Academic Lead Dassault Systemes AP South, Workforce of the Future.
    The future is in people. The transformation at play in the Naval sector implies new ways of thinking and along with it a rising demand for new skills in the workplace. Dassault Systèmes is collaborating with academic institutions, shipyards, as well as small and medium enterprises to build capabilities by using virtual worlds on virtual experience platforms. Giving current and future employees ready access to rich knowledge, know-how and collaborative abilities to imagine, test, create and operate holistic experiences in both the real and virtual worlds.
  • Align Naval industry requirements with University curriculums: David Harvey - Senior Lecturer in Engineering Systems and Mechanical Design at University of Adelaide.


The conference will be moderated by Francois Mathieu - Consulting and Services Director, Marine & Offshore Industry, Dassault Systèmes.


Vice President Marine & Offshore Industry, Dassault Systèmes

Alain Houard is the Vice President in charge of the Marine & Offshore industry at Dassault Systèmes. He is driving the company’s vision, strategy, and value proposition to better serve the various Marine & Offshore sectors – from Naval Shipyards, Commercial Shipyards, Offshore, Yachts & Workboats to Marine Suppliers and Marine & Offshore Specialists.

Mr. Houard’s organization is responsible for the definition and development of Industry Solution Experiences based on Dassault Systèmes' 3DEXPERIENCE® platform to help Marine & Offshore stakeholders address their specific challenges and accelerate innovation.

Mr. Houard joined Dassault Systèmes in 1990. Prior to being appointed Vice President for the Shipbuilding and Energy Industries in 2010, he held various positions with regional responsibilities. He was the Aerospace, Shipbuilding and Defense Director for North America, the CATIA Sales Director for North America and later became the CATIA Sales Vice President for Europe.

Mr. Houard graduated from the Ecole Centrale de Paris with an Aeronautics and Space Engineering degree. He also holds a Master’s degree in Database Management Systems from the University of Paris.

François MATHIEU
Consulting and Services Director, Marine & Offshore Industry, Dassault Systèmes

Francois Mathieu is Consulting and Services Director for the Marine & Offshore industry at Dassault Systèmes. In this position, he is supporting major transformation projects at leading shipyards in Asia and Europe.

After spending the first seven years of his career as a mechanical engineer in aerospace and as a design engineer in the automotive industry, François Mathieu joined IBM in 1996 as a pre-sales project manager. In this position, he led major projects including a two-year project at Chantiers de l’Atlantique following a formal training in naval architecture.

François Mathieu joined Dassault Systèmes in 2004 where, prior to being appointed Technical Director for the Marine & Offshore Industry in 2012, he was in charge of business development for small and medium enterprises in the marine sector, with a special focus on yachts and workboats, naval architects, and marine engineering companies.

Mr. Mathieu graduated from the National University of Toulouse with a degree in Aeronautical Engineering and holds a Master’s degree in engineering from the Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers.

In his spare time, he likes sailing his boat over the Mediterranean Sea.