QinetiQ engineers acclaimed for best practice technical manual

written by australianaviation.com.au | April 30, 2013
QinetiQ Australia's Kevin Watters (third from left) and John Boyes (third from right) receiving their awards. (DSTO)

Two QinetiQ Australia engineers have been internationally recognised for their contribution to a best practice manual for the teardown inspection of aircraft structures.

The Technical Cooperation Program (TTCP), an international organisation that collaborates in the exchange of technical information and program harmonisation, has presented an achievement awarded to John Boyes and Kevin Watters, members of a Defence Science Technology Organisation (DSTO) team that contributed to a manual for use by TCCP member nations.

During the disassembly of an F-111 fuselage for the DSTO, the two engineers created a database that contains the history of more than 50,000 pieces and parts including inspections, findings, images and storage locations. The database has since been used by the DSTO for the teardown of other aircraft structures including a P-3C Orion.

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QinetiQ Australia’s CEO Alan Woolford said: “This manual is of significance internationally, not just in Australia. It is further international recognition of QinetiQ’s aircraft structures expertise and will help all TCCP countries justify, plan, cost and undertake aircraft structural teardown programs in future.”

QinetiQ Australia provides engineering services to the DSTO at its Fisherman’s Bend facility in Melbourne, which provides a range of design, manufacturing and applied imaging services for the Department of Defence.

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