Updated: Sep 13
Defence has invested funding in world-first safety and monitoring equipment for temporary infrastructure and bridges.
Melbourne, Victoria, 01/09/2023 - Earlier this year, the Defence Innovation Hub (DIH) awarded Anywise a contract to further develop its health and usage monitoring system for military bridging. Following its successful demonstration of the technology in 2021, Anywise further secured funding to develop system prototypes across additional bridge fleets including the Medium Girder Bridge, the Improved Ribbon Bridge, and the Dry Support Bridges. The Fleet Agnostic Bridge Health Usage Monitoring System (FABHUMS) aims to reduce risks, improve operational confidence, and lower cost of ownership of the military's bridging systems.
FABHUMS is a world-first, innovative, Australian solution to a complex and challenging problem. The Anywise team has developed and demonstrated a highly collaborative lean capability development model, allowing Defence to realise capability benefits incrementally and at a rapid rate. While traditional project management frameworks can be effective, oftentimes there is little transparency throughout development and can lead to an end-product that is not fit for purpose. The agile model has led to early risk reduction, rapid development, and very close alignment to known and emerging user requirements. Applying an agile methodology to product development has been a herculean feat, but the results speak for themselves. “The Anywise capability development model provides an agile framework for creating solutions to complex challenges in dynamic environments. Applying the model to military bridging has provided the capability manager with a meaningful roadmap for incremental capability improvements, improved fleet management, and critical safety insights and improvements. Increasing the longevity of bridging kits and providing a transparent view on how kits are used, repaired, and the remaining life cycle.”
Demonstrated in December 2021 for the ADF, the FABHUMS system has generated renewed interest from international bridge users. Anywise has initial export approvals in place and is exploring a range of applications of FABHUMS that deliver similar outcomes for military and civilian bridge manufacturers, maintainers, and users in Europe and the USA. Participating at a NATO bridging demonstration in Dec 2022, Anywise demonstrated an early prototype of the world-leading technology. Throughout 2023, development efforts have focused on improving the system and sub-system maturity to a point where it can be deployed safely in harsh environments.
The FABHUMS system is attracting interest and attention from Defence and commercial parties from around the world. It promises to be a success story of innovation from an Australian SME that has developed a close partnership with the Army, and is responsive to end-user requirements. Its strong export potential is a reflection of what the Australian sovereign industry can produce when collaborative relationships with Defence are embraced.
“The FABHUMS project is the result of a highly disciplined, agile development project team. A team that has insisted on a clear focus on outcome and the needs of the end user. The Anywise team uses a deep commitment to collaboration and continues to demonstrate the collective capability and capacity of a wholly Australian-owned SME. The model has already led to additional capability concepts under consideration by existing and new customers, and is a model that can help scale, pivot and deliver agile capability development, acquisition, and mobilisation.“
Anywise is a 100% Female Veteran Australian Owned SME that has a passion for applying agile project management and development to good ideas and has cultivated an environment that is highly conducive to innovation and problem-solving. This project creates numerous jobs and planning for manufacture and support has already commenced.
Anywise is a Victorian-based SME that has been supporting the Defence industry since its inception in 2014 and continues to deliver and work on projects with purpose. Clients seeking integrated support rather than body-shop resources rely on Anywise. It integrates people, processes, and tools to form high-performing teams, and helps clients deliver their most challenging projects.
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About Anywise: First established in 2014, Anywise is proudly one of few organisations that is both veteran and female-owned. The firm specialises in complex project mobilisation, agile project design
and delivery, consulting services, digital transformation, innovation lab, project management office (PMO), solutioneering, and logistics support. As recent honourees of BCorp’s top 5% Best for the World in Governance, Anywise is not your average consultancy. Iterative improvements ensure that projects, staff, and policies are continuously evolving. Learn more about Anywise and the work they do by visiting: https://www.anywise.com.au.
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