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Project management award for international defence trial

australian army contested urban environment exercise
Soldiers conduct a multi storey building clearance as part of the 2017 Contested Urban Environment Strategic Challenge conducted in Adelaide South Australia (Source Dept of Defence)

The Contested Urban Environment trial conducted in downtown Adelaide, involving five nations and nearly 200 military and civilian personnel, has been awarded a major project management award. 

Minister for Defence Christopher Pyne congratulated Defence Science and Technology and project managers Ground Effects Consulting on accomplishing a remarkable logistical feat.


The Contested Urban Environment (CUE) trial was the national winner of the professional services category at the recent Australian 2018 Project Management Achievement Awards.

"To successfully conduct a full-scale trial with hundreds of soldiers and Defence scientists in the Adelaide CBD is quite an achievement," Minister Pyne said. 

Held in November 2017, the trial investigated emerging technologies that have the potential to enhance intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities in urban environments where future wars are likely to be fought. 



The trial was conducted under the Five Eyes Technical Cooperation Program and involved 100 Australian military personnel and more than 80 Defence researchers, technologists, industry and academic partners from the US, Canada, the UK, New Zealand and Australia.

Minister Pyne said, "The trial not only demonstrated Australia’s ability to stage a complex exercise of this scale but achieved valuable research and technology outcomes that will serve us well for future urban warfighting."

CUE was not a military exercise, but a way to investigate new and emerging technologies that offer the potential to reduce risks to soldiers operating in an urban conflict overseas and the innocent civilian inhabitants.

Participants in CUE Adelaide 17 worked out of the old Adelaide Dental Hospital and neighbouring residential wing of the old Royal Adelaide Hospital.

Ground Effects Consulting is a South Australia-based consulting firm with experience in oil and gas, local government, defence, maintenance engineering, logistics and commercials.

Project management award for international defence trial
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