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BAE Type 26 – Building a world class frigate

23 May @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Join us at BAE Systems in Scotstoun, to find out how our team of history makers are building the next generation anti-submarine and anti-air warfare frigates on the Clyde. In a partnership between BAE Systems, DE&S and the Royal Navy (supported by our global supply chain), we are building the ships that will secure a future for generations to come. Type 26 is our great endeavour – an £8bn (8-ship) construction programme, built in a yard undergoing a huge transformation.

We have world-class people, building a state of the art frigate, with modern tools, techniques and technology – all of which is happening on the Clyde. So come and find out what we are up to, and see how we are making history!

We are utilising new data visualisation tools, exploiting the digital model, and significantly investing in both our facilities and our people (including a £150m modern new build facility as well as a new skills and training academy – investment like this has not been seen in decades).

Data Analytics: Driving affordability and exploiting the digital landscape are key objectives across Maritime and Naval Ships, which is around enhancing performance while securing a long term sustainable business. BAE Systems is in the responding category and developing its Digital Strategy to drive the Business towards a world where we are driven by the data in the organisation.

To become data driven, the business needs to transform itself to ensure that the right data is created and provided to the right people at the right time. The Data Analytics competency centre will need to support this business change activity through the provision of technology but most importantly the knowledge to exploit the technology and data, delivering insight and driving business agility.

Infrastructure Investment / Ways of working: Historically ships constructed in Govan have been assembled while exposed to the environment, either on the slipway or the hard stand. This makes quality, working environment, cost, and schedule more difficult to manage. BAE Systems want to play a leading part under the UK National Shipbuilding Strategy, in the first instance T26 Batch 2, which consists of a further five ships in addition to the three under construction.

Govan Wet Basin Hall; Fully integrated, twin build line assembly hall for T26 with supporting infrastructure
Digital Shipbuilder; Digitising the interface to the right person at the right place and time; rich data capture – instant feedback

Integrated Change Management: The Global Combat Ship presents a unique opportunity with 32 ships planned to be built by three sovereign Nations across the globe. However, it also presents an unique challenge of implementing and controlling change across an evolving baseline with the prototype still being under construction. The session will explain the challenges and how BAE Systems Naval Ships have developed new tools and techniques to control and configure the design and build of this complex and historic programme.


Roger Hunter

Roger has 25 years of Project Management and Controls experience across multiple industries. His experience has mainly been in shipbuilding, working on and supporting projects such as the Type 45 Destroyer programme, the Type 26 programme, and the Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carrier programme.

Roger Hunter is the Project Controls Capability Director for the Maritime and Land Sector in BAE. In his role, he leads the sector Project Controls disciplines, tools, techniques, capability, resourcing and governance associated with the function. He is a Charter member of APM and a BAE PM Fellow.

Mike Macfarlane

Mike has been with BAE SYSTEMS for 23 years and has held a number of senior PM roles. He spent 8 years as part of the Air Systems business prior to moving to the ACA (Aircraft Carrier Alliance) working around the UK as Head of Programme for QNLZ (Queen Elizabeth) and ACA Project Control Director. Mike then moved to Naval Ships and over the last 7 years has held roles as Chief of Staff and OPV Head of Programme and Delivery Director. Mike is currently PMO Director for Type 26.

Mike has held the PMA (PM Authority) role on various programmes over the past decade, he is ChPP qualified, has LCP3 accreditation through Manchester Business School and ALP (Advanced Leaders Programme) through INSEAD Business School. Mike is married with three children. Outside of work, he enjoys running, rugby (qualified SRU coach), gardening and family walks with the dog.


18:00: Registration and refreshments
18:30: Presentations
19:30: Q&A
20:00: Networking
20:30: Close


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