The recent 2020 Defence Seaworthiness Symposium was an astounding success with 60 people in attendance physically at the Australian Defence Force Academy, Canberra and over 400 logging in from around the world.
Attendees had the ability to experience what some of the greatest minds in the Royal Australian Navy and greater Defence Maritime Community had to say about Seaworthiness and where it has made the difference in the way the RAN operates.
Navy’s Seaworthiness Regulator and Head Navy Engineer, Rear Admiral Colin Lawrence said he was really pleased with how the day went.
“The success of this event has really set the standard for what can be achieved with virtual events of this level.”
Speakers were a mix of in-person presentations, live-streamed and pre-recorded, with even the Defence Seaworthiness Authority, and Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Michael Noonan opening the event from the comforts of home.
Vice Admiral Noonan was joined by many speakers throughout the event, in delivering their presentations to the audience.
Topics of the day included how Seaworthiness enables the operational effect, how it is viewed from Army, Infrastructure and Industry perspectives as well as the internal evolutions in Navy’s own journey and even a discussion on how COVID-19 has had an impact.
Participants were very happy with the content. The feedback acknowledged that the ability to access the event online and only attend those talks of interest was an excellent concept; and that consideration should be given to continue undertaking the event both in person and virtually in the future, ensuring a larger audience can be reached, and enabling the importance of the topics being better understood.
Executive Director of the Office of the Seaworthiness Regulator, Mrs Nickola Lee and her team are doing just that and are already starting to plan the 2021 event, with the hopes it will be bigger and better yet again.
For those of you who may have missed the event or would like to re-watch any of the videos, recordings of all presentations from the day are now available via the Defence Seaworthiness webpage.