In the largest ever software grant in Australia, Siemens is giving more than $450 million worth of advanced industrial product lifecycle management (PLM) software to the University of South Australia (UniSA).
The grant was announced by Siemens Australia Chairman and CEO Jeff Connolly, who said: “I’m delighted to be here today announcing the grant of Siemens’ PLM advanced industrial software with in-kind commercial value of more than $450 million to the University of South Australia. It demonstrates the great partnership we have with the state of South Australia, which began in 1872, and our commitment to partnering with great educational institutions to building the workforce of the future.”
The grant is part of Siemens’ commitment of over $1 billion in advanced PLM software grants to universities around Australia and will enable students and the university to develop the skills needed to successfully participate in Industry 4.0.
It follows the recommendations and work of the Prime Minister’s Industry 4.0 Taskforce – an industry led group established to support improved bilateral relations between Australia and Germany.
UniSA Vice Chancellor, Professor David Lloyd, thinks the partnership with Siemens Australia will provide extraordinary opportunities for UniSA students and for local industry in the state.
“It’s exciting to think that our students will soon have access to the same software used to design and develop everything from Space X, the Mars Curiosity Rover, Maserati Ghibli and other world leading innovations such as the digital shipyard for Newport News (US) where aircraft carriers are built,” said Professor Lloyd.
“Not only will it allow us to give our students experience of an industry 4.0 environment, it will also deliver huge benefits for manufacturing research at UniSA and for the industry partners we work with every day to support innovation and enterprise. Across space, mining, environment, defence and biomedical technology – it will allow us to model and prototype new ideas and give our students experience of advanced technology in the production of things, systems and processes.
“The Siemens’ investment is farsighted, and we are delighted to be working with them to deliver graduates with the skills and knowledge to shape and transform industry in the future.”
The software grant provides a suite of advanced PLM software, including power tools such as the Teamcenter portfolio for engineering collaboration, NX software for 3D design, the Simcenter portfolio for predictive engineering simulation and analytics and the Tecnomatix portfolio that includes digital avatars.