The Collins Class Submarine Project

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EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

The Royal Australian Navy’s Collins Class Submarine is designed to replace the 30 year old Oberon Submarines. The Collins Class is the first submarine to be made in Australia and is the most advanced of its time due to its software architecture. Deep Trouble addresses various issues that were faced during the design and development stages of the Collins Class project. This report will focus on the interrelationship between the three PMBOK knowledge areas of scope, procurement and quality management and the impact each had on the final project.

The Collins Class submarine was prone to excessive noise signatures whilst travelling at speed and lacked the operational capability to enter conflict situations due to the
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This report will focus on the interrelationship between the three PMBOK knowledge areas of scope, procurement and quality management and the impact each had on the final project.

DESIGN SELECTION

The two finalists for the submarine design were the German company HDW-IKL and to the surprise of many, the Swedish company, Kockums. Deep Trouble identifies that the selection process to choose the Collins Class Submarine was badly flawed and it was believed by many that the Swedish were nothing more than a ‘straw man’ and had no real chance of winning the competition. Prior to sitting in front of two selection committees to defend their designs, the Germans were given a list of eight questions that they would be asked. This information was leaked to the Germans by a member of the submarine project team with the belief that their submarine design was the one Australia should purchase.

Following a change in government, a high level Australian Council Trades Union (ACTU) government delegation visited Europe. Upon its return an industrial blueprint was released called ‘Australia Reconstructed’ which made special mention of the Swedish company Kockums for their pioneering organisational ability. Just one month prior to the selection of the winning tender, critical performance areas were adjusted by the navy and Kockums were upgraded, whilst HDW-IKL had their
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