South Australia to host world’s largest systems engineering event


The redeveloped Adelaide Convention Centre will house the International Council on Systems Engineering International Symposium in 2017 (IS2017), which is expected to be attended by more than 1000 international delegates.

Adelaide Convention Centre
Adelaide Convention Centre
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South Australia Minister for Defence Industries Martin Hamilton-Smith said the Symposium is the largest gathering of systems engineers in the world and will inject $4.69 million into the State’s economy.

“This is a major coup for South Australia. From a Defence and defence industry perspective, systems engineering and integration is the backbone of what we do in this State,” Mr Hamilton-Smith said.

“South Australia is home to some of the country’s most complex defence systems projects, including the Collins Class Submarines, Air Warfare Destroyer and the Jindalee Operational Radar Network. IS2017 will present an unprecedented chance to showcase the state’s credentials.”

The International Council on Systems Engineering is the leading systems engineering body in the world, with almost 10,000 members.

Shaun Wilson, President of Systems Engineering Society of Australia welcomed the announcement and thanked the State Government and the Adelaide Convention Bureau for their contributions in securing the symposium.

“Systems engineering is at the heart of all large and complex projects, and is vital to not only the defence industry but to mining, oil and gas, health, telecommunications, civil infrastructure, emergency services, transport and rail. The symposium will bring together complex systems practitioners across industries, looking to grow the non-defence interest in systems engineering,” he said.