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Naval Ship Upgrade and Modernization: Preparing for the Future

The key to maintaining a suitable and operationally superior USN fleet is the ability and capacity to upgrade and modernize future classes of naval ships economically and expeditiously and selectively upgrade durable, high-value existing ship classes. This webinar will discuss the initial contract design requirements and the planning processes and investments in infrastructure to facilitate the upgrade and modernize future ship classes as well as the planning, engineering and logistics to optimize upgrade processes. The role and potential value of maintaining a digital environment that supports the planning, design and engineering of a comprehensive upgrade package will be discussed. Finally, the presenters will review recent naval ship upgrade programs best practices and lessons learned including effective organizational structures, shoreside supporting investments and land-based, system-level testing facilities.

To institutionalize and optimize the upgrade and modernization of future USN ship classes, this initiative needs to be a top priority, and we need to begin Preparing for the Future now.


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Date & Time: September 15th, 2021; 1300-1430 ET (Presentation with live Q&A discussion)
Audience: U.S. Government, industry professionals, engineering students and young professionals interested in naval design.
Virtual Course Format: This presentation and discussion will occur in Microsoft Teams. If you do not have Teams, you will be able to view this event in your browser.
Enrollment Fee: FREE!
Professional Development Hours: 1.25 Hour (free for ASNE Members or $40 for nonmembers. Please use the ASNE PDH form and send it to education@navalengineers.org.)
Questions: Please email education@navalengineers.org or call ASNE HQ at (703) 836-6727.


Presenters' Biographies

Tim Nichols, Ubiquitech LLC

Tim Nichols has extensive experience in warship design and construction both in international and domestic shipyards. He joined GE Marine & Industrial Engine Division in 1974 where he spent the next 15 years developing global marine propulsion markets for GE marine gas turbines. Subsequently, he held international leadership positions at GE supporting the growth of their aerospace businesses. Then he moved to the aerospace information-technology industry eventually retiring from Siemens in 2017.

He is now president of Ubiquitech LLC, an independent consulting company. Tim holds a BS degree from the US Naval Academy and two graduate degrees from MIT. He has published technical papers with the ASNE and RINA. Most recently, he has organized and executed an annual Global Shipbuilding Executive Summit(GSES) with ASNE starting in 2010. GSES XII will be held in late 2021. The summits have brought together senior executives from the global naval shipbuilding industry to share best practices and innovations to enhance the productivity of naval shipbuilding and the performance of USN naval shipbuilding programs. Tim received the ASNE Frank G. Law Award in 2017 for his dedicated service to the advancement of ASNE and naval shipbuilding productivity.

CAPT Mike Good, USN (ret.)

Michael Good, CAPT USN (Ret) was commissioned in 1983 through the NROTC scholarship program with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Marquette University. He later earned a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School.

He qualified as a Surface Warfare Officer in USS JACK WILLIAMS (FFG 24) and served at sea for 36 months as Ordnance Officer and Damage Control Assistant. He was subsequently selected for the Engineering Duty community and served over 20 years as a Navy Acquisition Professional. His acquisition career included tours in ship repair at Puget Sound NSYD, systems engineer for SC-21/DDG-1000, Action Officer in OPNAV N86, SUPSHIP Bath, AEGIS DDG-51 shipbuilding, AEGIS Combat Systems Engineering, and Supervisor of Shipbuilding (SUPSHIP) Management, culminating in his tour as Major Program Manager for LCS Mission Modules (PMS 420).

He retired from active duty in June 2010 and leads NAVPRO Consulting LLC, an independent consultancy providing expertise to the Navy and defense industry. Tasking includes providing support to the Director for Science and Technology at PEO Ships on the Flexible Ships initiative.

Perry Haymon, Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII)

Mr. Haymon is a Manager and the Chief Technology Engineer, at Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, Mississippi. Perry is external representative of the Research and Development Department at Ingalls. Perry has over 30 years of shipbuilding experience primarily in the areas of electrical and combat systems, all at Ingalls Shipbuilding. He has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (BSEE).

During his 30+ years at Ingalls Shipbuilding he has supported programs including Electromagnetic Pulse Radiation Environment Simulator for Ships (EMPRESS) II test program, preformed Electromagnetic Interference (EMI) testing on CG 47 Class Ships, Lead Shipbuilder Special Studies (SSS) for the DDG 51 Program, was the Electromagnetic (EM) Subject Matter Expert (SME) for the DD(X) Composite Deckhouse, was the Technical Lead for Ingalls Shipbuilding on the CG(X) MOD Repeat Program and had the Technical Lead or Program Management responsibility of many other research and development efforts at Ingalls.

Tony Winter, Vice President of Project Delivery at Victoria Shipyards

Tony was named the Vice President, Project Delivery, at Victoria Shipyards (Seaspan) in early 2019, and brings over 28 years of marine industry knowledge and expertise to this role. Tony served in the Royal Australian Navy from 1987 to 2006, after which his technical expertise brought him to Canada, where he worked as an applications developer and technical representative before joining Victoria Shipyards in 2011, as a Project Controller on the Submarine Program. Tony held progressively more senior roles in that program, culminating with a successful five-year stint at its helm, as Director. Tony holds a Bachelor of Engineering with first class honours from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. He is a Professional Engineer with Engineers and Geoscientists British Columbia, and is a Project Management Professional with the Project Management Institute. As Vice President, Project Delivery, Tony is responsible for Seaspan’s execution of the Royal Canadian Navy’s Halifax-Class Work Period Contract, and Victoria-class In-Service Support Contract, the Royal New Zealand Navy’s ANZAC Frigate System Upgrade, and TOTE LNG Upgrade Programs, and other government projects.


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