GE and CSIRO’s Data61 have developed a data analytics solution to give the Royal Australian Navy greater insights into its fleet engine performance and enhance operational efficiency.

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.


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Techniques such as machine learning and advanced algorithms will be used to predict future failures and reduce fuel burn. In addition, data visualisation 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. This undertaking also contributes to the Australian Government’s defence industry innovation objective aimed at enhancing the digital capability of Australia’s innovative defence industry and workforce,” said Brien Bolsinger, VP, GE Marine.

“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,” said Bolsinger.

Data collection will commence at the end of 2017. The long-term aim of the project is to boost functionality and effectiveness of the current fleet, as well as optimise the design, production and support of future vessels.

Adrian Turner, CEO of CSIRO’s Data61, said “This partnership is a great example of how insights from data can be used to transform existing industries like defence, where cost savings from operational efficiencies can provide significant economic gains as well as serving the national benefit.”

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