Capability in Complexity

Shoal uses systems thinking to help our clients define and deliver large scale projects in complex environments. We work with people from diverse industries in the early stages of understanding and planning their largest and most challenging projects. Shoal specialises in working ‘left of the spec’ – defining what is required of the system to meet the needs, goals and objectives of stakeholders.

When developing solutions, we focus on understanding the whole system, its environment and the complex interactions of its elements.

We help our clients clearly define the complex problems they are facing and design solutions they can trust.

FastCAD – A Feasibility Study on UAV-based Scanning and 3D CAD Modelling of Naval Ships

PROBLEM Department of Defence, Science and Technology (DST)’s primary role is to coordinate science and technology for national security. They provide expert support and advice for the conduct of Defence…


Ensuring Readiness to Implement a Major Asset Replacement Program

PROBLEM The Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) is one of the largest multi-model transport systems in the USA, operating bus, rail, subway and mobility access public transport systems. They planned a…


Ensuring Network Integrity for One of the Largest, Busiest and Most Complex Tram Networks in the World

PROBLEM Over two million trips are taken on Victoria’s trains, trams and buses each day helping people get to work and school, access critical services, as well as socialise, shop…


Creating a Data Structure to Effectively Capture Complex Battle Management Systems Data

PROBLEM Our Defence Client is responsible for providing strategic and technical intelligence advice. The database they use is updated constantly, as new system information becomes available and when new system…


Tangara Train Upgrade – OEM Technology Solutions

Transport for New South Wales is upgrading the existing Tangara rolling stock to extend their operating life by 10 years. This upgrade modernises the fleet and brings the equipment in…


WSAF – The Whole-of-System Analytical Framework

Shoal has been instrumental in developing structured frameworks supporting capability definition and acquisition. In collaboration with Australian Defence agencies, Shoal has developed a Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) approach to assist…


Model-Based Capability In Fire And Emergency Services

The Government of Western Australia’s Department of Fire & Emergency Services (DFES), identified in the publication “New Beginnings 2024” that:  “A major focus for DFES in 2012/13 is to design…


JP154 – Defeat Roadside Bombs

The use of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs, or roadside bombs) by insurgents continues to represent a major threat to conventional Defence forces around the world. Part of the reason this…


Integrated Air And Missile Defence

Since 2009, Shoal has been at the forefront of the conceptual design of the Australian Defence Force’s future air defence capabilities. We initially applied our model-based conceptual design methods to…


SEA 1000 – Future Submarine

The Future Submarine project aims to deliver a conventional submarine capability that is regionally dominant whilst being affordable and sustainable. It is considered to be the largest and most complex…


SEA 5000 – Future Frigate

SEA 5000 Phase 1 (Future Frigate) will introduce into service the next generation of naval surface combatants and is one of the Australian Defence’s largest projects with an estimated worth…


LAND 400 – Land Combat Vehicle System

LAND 400 aims to enhance the mounted close combat capability of the Land Force, and Shoal’s engagement has spanned many years, and transferred from Capability Design within Army, to acquisition…


Quantum Computing

QxBranch is our quantum computing software and services company founded by Shoal and formed out of a World-unique research collaboration agreement with Lockheed Martin. Announced in May 2014, the agreement initiated the…


Small Satellites

Shoal’s growing engineering and business capabilities achieved major recognition in 2009 when an Australian, Canadian and US consortium of companies and research institutions led by Shoal (then known as Aerospace…


Joint Direct Attack Munition Extended Range

In 2014, the Royal Australian Air Force approached Shoal to undertake an analysis of the Joint Direct Attack Munition Extended Range variant (JDAM-ER). Since JDAM-ER represents the conversion of an…


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