The integrated approach to project management and facility refurbishment means Beca is able to provide the RNZN with a turn-key service to acquire, install and commission this training environment.
Beca was commissioned by the Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) to provide project management services for the acquisition, installation and commissioning of the Marine Engineering Synthetic Training Environment (MESTE) at the Devonport Naval Base in Auckland.
The MESTE is a suite of simulators that replicate real vessels in a 3D virtual environment to assist with marine engineering training. The simulators support full mission training and are based on the ANZAC Class frigate and Protector Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV).
Beca was involved in developing the investment case to secure funding for the project, assisting the RNZN to develop user requirements, preparing the tender documents and facilitating the tendering process to select the preferred supplier, as well as project managing the development, installation and commissioning of the simulators.
In addition to providing project management services, Beca is responsible for advising on the refurbishment of an existing facility to house the simulators. This involves architectural design, construction cost estimation, fire engineering assessment, electrical and mechanical design, and construction management.
The integrated approach to project management and facility refurbishment meant Beca is able to provide the RNZN with a turn-key solution to acquire, install and commission the training environment. Our work on this project was nominated by the RNZN for the DICNZ Minister of Defence Industry Awards for Excellence in 2009.