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Babcock Training Academy

We deliver world-class training in complex systems to AUS/NZ defence, government and high tech markets

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All Short Courses

Advanced Topics in Digital Signal Processing


          					
            
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This 4 day course delivered by Professor Fred Harris is designed for communication systems engineers, programmers, implementers and managers who need to understand current practice and next generation Digital Signal Processing (DSP) techniques for upcoming communication systems. DSP is more than simply mapping legacy analogue designs to a DSP implementation. To avoid compromised solutions based on analogue limitations from an earlier time period, this course returns to first principles to demonstrate how to apply new technology capabilities to the design of next generation communication systems.

Artificial Intelligence and Data Mining


          					
            
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The main objective of this 3 day course delivered by Professor Michael Negnevitsky is to acquaint participants with Computational Intelligence and Soft Computing and provide them with working knowledge for building intelligent systems for solving practical problems with practical sessions using MATLAB.

Breakthrough Performance using Design for Six Sigma


          					
            
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Great systems don’t come by accident - they are the result of a systems engineering process that seeks the right solution for a customer’s need. How quickly and efficiently this answer is reached however often varies, for many reasons. If you work in an environment where cost, schedule and capability all count, then this course is for you.

This 1 week hands-on workshop with Dr Mark Kiemele teaches the Identify, Design, Optimize, and Validate (IDOV) strategy for delivering better systems and services to customers faster and at a lower cost. The course uses the “Keep It Simple Statistically” (KISS) approach that includes many in-class examples and exercises. Participants have ample opportunity to practice what is taught to ensure they have a practical, working knowledge of the IDOV tools and methodology.

This course can be used towards Green Belt Accreditation in Design for Six Sigma through Air Academy Associates.

Combat Systems Engineering - Introduction


          					
            
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The increasing level of combat system integration and communications requirements, coupled with shrinking defence budgets and shorter product life cycles, offers many challenges and opportunities in the design and acquisition of new combat systems. This course presented by Prof Robert Fry teaches the systems engineering discipline that has built some of the modern military’s greatest combat and communications systems, using state-of-the-art systems engineering techniques.

Computational Intelligence & Soft Computing


          					
            
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The main objective of this 3 day course delivered by Professor Michael Negnevitsky is to acquaint participants with Computational Intelligence and Soft Computing and provide them with working knowledge for building intelligent systems for solving practical problems.

Cost Estimation


          					
            
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This two-day course by Dr Ricardo Valerdi covers the primary methods for cost estimation needed in systems development, including parametric estimation, activity-based costing, life cycle estimation, and probabilistic modelling. The estimation methods are placed in context of a Work Breakdown Structure and program schedules, while explaining the entire estimation process.

Emphasis is also placed on using cost models to perform trade studies and calibrating cost models to improve their accuracy. Participants will learn how to use cost models through real-life case studies. Common pitfalls in cost estimation will be discussed including behavioural influences that can impact the quality of cost estimates. We conclude with a review of the state-of-the-art in cost estimation.

Cost Estimation Master Class


          					
            
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Many projects require reliable cost estimates very early in the life cycle. At this point in time, both the technology and development strategy are often unknown. Estimators and decision makers do not have access to the usual information about cost drivers at the level of precision desired. Nonetheless, an estimate must be produced. In these circumstances, it is common that a broad range of information is available about the project, but it is not in a form that is suited to directly answer the question “How much will the product cost?”

Cyber Security Awareness for Decision Makers


          					
            
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This 2-day course provides an introduction to modern attacks targeting corporate environments via the human factor.

The course provides a clear view of modern threat factors and their techniques, focused on advanced social engineering, physical security and the exploitation of weaknesses in technologies used by large organisations. Students will understand how they can be targeted or affected by an advanced attack, and countermeasures to avoid full compromise of the organisation IT estate following a security breach.

Digital Signal Processor Based Carrier & Timing Synchronisation in Digital Modems


          					
            
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Presented by Prof Fred Harris - Digital Signal Processing has become the standard method of signal conditioning and signal processing in modulators and demodulators of modern communication systems. These systems require acquisition and tracking of a carrier and of a timing clock from the received signal when neither carrier nor clock are present.

Electronic Warfare - Advanced


          					
            
Available from mid-August. Contact us today about upcoming dates for this course or tailored courses to suit you and your team!

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This four-day course delivered by Mr David L Adamy builds on the information in Concepts of EW (or equivalent) courses. The principles learned in the fundamentals course will be reviewed and then applied to new types of radars (mono-pulse, pulse Doppler etc.) with advanced electronic protection (ultra-low side lobe, side lobe canceller and blanker, etc.) new types of communications threats (Low probability of Intercept) and new EW tools (Direct Digital Synthesis, Digital RF Memory, etc.).

Special attention will be given to resources available to EW professionals: textbooks and authors, periodicals, journals, organizations, etc. This will be run like a typical graduate seminar course with much class participation.

Electronic Warfare - Concepts


          					
            
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This practical 3-day course presented by Mr Dave L Adamy provides holistic insight to the field of electronic-warfare at the systems and operational level. It covers the basic definitions and technical and operational concepts of electronic and information warfare to enable students to communicate effectively with professionals in those fields and as a foundation for subsequent higher level courses.

Electronic Warfare - Fundamentals


          					
            
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This practical two-day course presented by Mr David Adamy provides insight into the whole electronic-warfare field at the systems and operational level. It covers the basic definitions and technical and operational concepts of electronic warfare to enable students to communicate effectively with professionals in those fields and as a foundation for later higher level courses.

Electronic Warfare Foundations


          					
            
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This 3-day course provides a powerful introduction to the world of electronic warfare (EW) from an engineering and operations perspective. Delivered in an Australian context, the course provides essential knowledge for managers, operators and engineers working within the Electronic Warfare domain in Australia.

 

Electronic Warfare in the New Threat Environment


          					
            
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This 4-day course is based on the newly published book, Electronic Warfare in the New Threat Environment (Artech House, January 2015). Recent threat system development has delivered increased lethal ranges, reduced response times, new waveforms, jamming cancellers and sophisticated seeker head technology that have reduced or negated defensive approaches used successfully for decades.

Engineering Aspects of GPS


          					
            
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 A two-day course delivered by Prof Andrew Dempster covers the basics of the Global Positioning System (GPS), suitable for the novice as well as professionals that deal with GPS technology on a daily basis. Particular attention will be given to the fundamentals of GPS signals, measurement data processing, hardware, and augmentations.

 

Fundamentals of Naval Architecture


          					
            
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This three day course, delivered by the Australian Maritime College provides participants with introductory knowledge and awareness in the field of naval architecture. The course is suited for those working in surface or subsurface engineering programs who would benefit from an understanding of naval architecture to support their primary role.

Fundamentals of RF System Design and Simulation


          					
            
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This 3-day short course delivered by Dr Rowan Gilmore  will focus on trade-offs in designing wireless systems, and show how to seamlessly move between both the circuit and system level in radio transceivers and other RF systems. We do this by looking at typical radio architectures, exploring the design trade-offs, and simulating at both the circuit and system level.

Global Navigation and Satellite Systems Vulnerabilities


          					
            
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Signals from Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) such as the Global Positioning System (GPS) are very weak and suffer from a range of vulnerabilities . This two-day course delivered by Prof Andrew Dempster  examines all of the electronic and signal vulnerabilities that a receiver can experience from space weather to jamming and spoofing.

Global Navigation and Satellite Systems Vulnerabilities


          					
            
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Signals from Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) such as the Global Positioning System (GPS) are very weak and suffer from a range of vulnerabilities . This 2 day course delivered by:

Prof Andrew Dempster examines all of the electronic and signal vulnerabilities that a receiver can experience from space weather to jamming and spoofing.

Guidance, Navigation & Control


          					
            
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This 5 day course  provides comprehensive training in Guidance, Navigation and Control delivered by Dr Clayton Kerce and Dr Brian Stevens.

Starting with principles of operations, the basics of GNC are described in a practical context helping students contextualise system behaviour. As the course progresses, this foundation is built upon with more detailed explanations of GNC use in actual systems.

Guidance, Navigation & Control


          					
            
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This 5 day course, presented by Dr Brian Stevens and Dr Clayton Kerce provides comprehensive training in Guidance, Navigation & Control. Starting with principles of operations, the basics of GNC are described in a practical context helping students contextualise system behaviour. As the course progresses, this foundation is built upon with more detailed explanations of GNC use in actual systems.

Human Factors for Maritime Design and Operations


          					
            
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This 3-day course provides a comprehensive introduction for people working in the maritime/defence industry who want a sound knowledge of how to apply human factors in the maritime / marine systems industry, to understand human capabilities and limitations and how this affects human performance and wellbeing.

 

Integrated Logistics Support and Asset Management - Practitioner


          					
            
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This 4-day course by Mr Andrew Ferguson provides comprehensive coverage of all the key aspects and techniques of integrated logistics support (ILS) and asset management (AM), using current Australian and international (incl. UK, US, Europe) standards, references and common practices. It is relevant to all technology projects, systems and products.

Introduction to Discrete-Event Simulation Modelling and Analysis


          					
            
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The objective of this three-day short course presented by Prof Allen Greenwood is to provide participants with the knowledge necessary to develop and analyse simple, yet effective, simulation models and to be able to effectively participate and partner with SMA experts in support of more advanced projects. This course is delivered by Professor Allen Greenwood.

Introduction to Enterprise Systems Engineering


          					
            
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Presented by Prof Allen Greenwood, Enterprise Systems Engineering (ESE) is the application of engineering principles and methodologies—using a scientific and holistic approach—to the analysis, design, and management of a complex system of processes that span an organization.

Introduction to Guidance, Navigation & Control


          					
            
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The course, presented by Dr Brian Stevens and Dr Clayton Kerce is strongly oriented towards applications, and diagrams will be used extensively to explain the principles, Examples of practical systems will be given and, whenever possible, numerical simulations will be used to illustrate dynamic behavior. Historical evolution of systems will be described when appropriate.

Lean Six Sigma (LSS) Black Belt Program - Week 1 & 2


          					
            
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This 4-week hands-on workshop with Dr Mark Kiemele provides participants with the detailed methodology and tools of Lean Six Sigma to lead their organization toward “World Class” status.  The workshop combines the proven and powerful elements of both traditional Lean and traditional Six Sigma into a blended approach.  The emphasis is on 1) gaining process and product knowledge with critical thinking 2) reducing variability and non-value added activities and 3) developing leaders in the organization who are focused on enhancing customer value, decreasing defect rates and wasted efforts, reducing cost and cycle time, and generating business growth and breakthrough improvements.  The Lean Six Sigma methodology is taught with a “Keep It Simple Statistically” (KISS) approach and makes use of many in-class examples, simulations, and hands-on exercises to ensure that participants have a practical, working knowledge of the tools. 

Lean Six Sigma (LSS) Black Belt Program - Week 3 & 4


          					
            
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This 4-week hands-on workshop with Dr Mark Kiemele provides participants with the detailed methodology and tools of Lean Six Sigma to lead their organization toward “World Class” status.  The workshop combines the proven and powerful elements of both traditional Lean and traditional Six Sigma into a blended approach.  The emphasis is on 1) gaining process and product knowledge with critical thinking 2) reducing variability and non-value added activities and 3) developing leaders in the organization who are focused on enhancing customer value, decreasing defect rates and wasted efforts, reducing cost and cycle time, and generating business growth and breakthrough improvements.  The Lean Six Sigma methodology is taught with a “Keep It Simple Statistically” (KISS) approach and makes use of many in-class examples, simulations, and hands-on exercises to ensure that participants have a practical, working knowledge of the tools. 

Microwave and RF Circuit Design


          					
            
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This 3-day short course delivered by Dr Rowan Gilmore is a popular course that has been extensively updated to reflect modern trends. While still focusing on the design of discrete RF and microwave circuits to show classical microwave design techniques, examples of integrated circuits are presented to compare the ‘two worlds’.

MSG-3 Foundation Course


          					
            
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This four day course by Mr Gavin Walker provides the student with a detailed understanding of the MSG-3 process, complemented with a sound knowledge of the underlying principles.

Multirate Signal Processing for Communications Systems


          					
            
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Presented by Prof Fred Harris - A multirate filter has embedded within its structure a mechanism to implement one or more sample rate changes as part of its signal processing task. One might ask why one would want to change the sample rate. It was once suggested to me that ‘We change sample rate because we didn’t do it right the first time.’ Cute, but not true! We change sample rate to reduce the cost or improve the performance of a signal processing task. One obvious driver for changing sample rate is the Nyquist criterion that directs us to select a sample rate that exceeds the signal’s two sided bandwidth.

Naval Architecture for Maritime Systems


          					
            
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This five day course, delivered by the Australian Maritime College provides participants with comprehensive knowledge in the field of naval architecture. The course is offered with a project component based on a surface vessel or a submarine. The course is equivalent to a masters unit with the Australian Maritime College (University of Tasmania).

Operational Design of Experiments


          					
            
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This five-day course delivered by Dr Mark Kiemele provides staff working in test-related fields with the skills to apply a range of powerful tools and methods to maximise the return on investment from their test program.

The course demonstrates why Design Of Experiments (DOE) is the most effective and efficient means to conduct testing of complex systems (including operator and environmental factors). DOE techniques allow the user to either achieve their existing test objectives with a greatly reduced test scope, or conversely allow the user to achieve so much more, within the original schedule and budget . The course covers the activities that must precede a DOE, including the first line of defense against variation and Measurement System Analysis (MSA). Testing strategies, such as screening, modeling, and confirmation are discussed along with how they fit into an integrated developmental and operational testing strategy.

The course is highly suited to those working in the field of verification and validation for complex systems and can be used towards Green Belt Accreditation in Design for Six Sigma through Air Academy Associates.

 

Practical Machine Learning


          					
            
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Machine learning is concerned with making computers learn from data rather than hard coding the solution to different tasks. It has been applied successfully to long-standing problems in Artificial Intelligence and other areas where understanding and exploiting the available data is crucial. This course is delivered by Dr Edwin V. Bonilla.

Principles of Naval Weapons Systems


          					
            
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This 4 day short course presented by Mr Craig Payne spans a wide variety of topics with the objective to provide the student the “big picture” as related to basic sensor and weapons theory. Material will cover general physical theory of various types of radar systems, electro-optical systems, sonar systems, guidance and tracking systems, command and control architectures, weapon propulsion, fusing and warheads. Mathematic expressions are kept simple such that a quick understanding of the relationships and trade-offs of different performance factors can be appreciated and determined. Considerations on how the differing elements of the Detect-to-Engage sequence could be analysed, judgments made and metrics used are also explored. All subjects will be treated in an unclassified nature.

 

Risk Intelligence


          					
            
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Conventional risk management is limited for many reasons. One of which is the underlying assumption that people make rational decisions after carefully weighing all of the information available. However, this assumption may not hold due to biases in the manner in which people evaluate and draw inferences from the information they have. To address this limitation, this 2 day course presented by Dr Ricardo Valeridi aims to improve the risk intelligence of decision makers by quantifying and reducing overconfidence through calibration exercises.

 

 

Risk Intelligence Masterclass


          					
            
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Conventional risk management is limited for many reasons. One of which is the underlying assumption that people make rational decisions after carefully weighing all of the information available. However, this assumption may not hold due to biases in the manner in which people evaluate and draw inferences from the information they have. To address this limitation, this one-day Masterclass presented by Dr Ricardo Valeridi aims to improve the risk intelligence of decision makers by quantifying and reducing overconfidence through calibration exercises.

Six Degrees of Freedom Modelling & Simulation of Aerospace Vehicles


          					
            
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As modeling and simulation (M&S) is penetrating the aerospace sciences at all levels, this two-day course with presenter Prof Allen Greenwood, will introduce you to the difficult subject of modeling aerospace vehicles in six degrees of freedom (6 DoF). Starting with the modern approach of tensors, the equations of motion are derived and, after introducing coordinate systems, they are expressed in matrices for compact computer programming.

Systems Engineering Practice


          					
            
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This course delivered by Dr Neil Davidson has been designed to introduce the foundational elements of the discipline of traditional Systems Engineering. The course will focus on the fundamental principles and concepts of systems engineering and their application to the development of complex systems.

Tracking & Data Fusion


          					
            
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Multiple target tracking is an integral component of modern surveillance systems for both military and civilian applications. This two-day short course delivered by Dr Branko Ristic, Dr Samuel Davey and Dr Jason Williams provides an introduction to the topic, spanning both classical methods, and modern developments such as random finite sets and track before detect.

UAV: Mission Links and Payloads - Introduction


          					
            
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This is a practical 4 day course delivered by Mr David Adamy covering technical requirements for all UAV command and data links, and the requirements which various types of payloads place on command and data links. Attendees will learn to calculate the link throughput performance and the data rates associated with each type of payload in typical missions.

UAV: Mission Links and Payloads - Introduction


          					
            
Contact us today about upcoming dates for this course or tailored courses to suit you and your team!

This is a practical 4 day course delivered by Mr David Adamy covering technical requirements for all UAV command and data links, and the requirements which various types of payloads place on command and data links. Attendees will learn to calculate the link throughput performance and the data rates associated with each type of payload in typical missions.

Variable Message Format (VMF) - Introduction


          					
            
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This 1 day Variable Message Format (VMF) Introduction course provides attendees with the confidence necessary to start working with VMF projects. The aim of the course is to help students rapidly develop an understanding of VMF including many of the technical aspects within these systems.

Variable Message Format (VMF) Advanced


          					
            
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This 2 day course is aimed at providing detailed information relating to VMF, its application and system integration issues and considerations. This course will help system integrators to apply theoretical VMF knowledge in order to develop a VMF system.

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