Home' Army News : November 8th 2012 Contents Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service
A service founded by Vietnam veterans
Supporting Australia's veterans, peacekeepers
and their families
VVCS provides counselling and support services to Australian veterans, peacekeepers, eligible members
of the Defence Force community and their families, and F-111 Fuel Tank Maintenance workers and their
partners and immediate family members. VVCS is a specialised, free and confidential Australia-wide
VVCS can provide you with:
• Individual, couple and family counselling including case management services
• After-hours crisis telephone counselling via Veterans Line
• Group programs including Anger Management, Depression, Anxiety, Lifestyle Management and Heart
• Support on transition from military to civilian life, including The Stepping Out Program
• Information, self-help resources and referrals to other services.
We can help you work through issues such as stress, relationship, family problems and other lifestyle
issues as well as emotional or psychological issues associated with your military service.
If you need support or would like more information
about us please give us a call or visit our website.
1800 011 046*
* Free local call. Calls from mobile
and pay phones may incur charges.
THE AUSTRALIAN CAREERS TRAINING CENTRE
3 DAY FORKLIST COURSES
TUESDAY, THURSDAY & FRIDAYS
EVENING COURSE: TUES, WED, THU & FRI
WEEK END COURSE: SAT, SUN & FRIDAYS
1300 365 931
Army November 8, 2012
AUNSW Canberra team
of four ADFA offic-
ers won the 2012
Warman Design and
Build Competition in Sydney on
September 30 with their robotic
system "Marty", named after the
RAEME motto "arte et marte".
Sixteen teams from Australia,
New Zealand and Malaysia com-
peted in the challenge to design,
build and prove a prototype sys-
tem which could autonomously
move a payload, consisting of a
softball, to a set height on a rope
The competition is an initia-
tive of the National Committee on
Creative, innovative and intri-
cate solutions were required to
build the systems that could accu-
rately move the softball along a
5m track, past an obstacle and
up 1.4 metres of rope within two
One subsystem could use elec-
trical power and electronic cir-
cuitry, while the other was to be
UNSW Canberra was repre-
sented by Maj Roger Dudziak,
Maj Simon Telleria, Capt Nathan
Gilfillan and Lt Jacob Fisher, all
second-year engineering students.
Lt Fisher said the team had
worked on the project as part
of a subject undertaken by all
Mechanical and Aeronautical
Engineering students since late
"While a part of the course is
about the functionality of a device,
a large part is about the design
TEAM members were required to manufacture and
fabricate their prototype system using commonly
available materials, components and methods, and
the gross weight was not to exceed 8kg.
A mechanically operated pneumatic piston
attached to rope ascenders was the final design for
the rope climbing subsystem.
A sink strainer holding a table tennis ball was
attached to this subsystem as a motion smoothness
sensor. If the ball fell out of the strainer, the team's
score would be discounted.
ADFA team member Lt Jacob Fisher said
because the climbing system was not permitted to
use electronics or electrical energy, one option con-
sidered was using a helical spring.
"During our testing we found it was hard control-
ling the energy when climbing the rope, but the most
difficult part was stopping and keeping control of the
ping pong ball," he said.
"Our biggest challenges during the project
were creating designs on paper and then spending
months developing them when they didn't work as
Helping Marty negotiate the path was achieved
with infrared reflective sensors. When Marty arrived
at the rope, doors on the top of the machine opened
to deploy the softball for its climb up the rope.
Speakers on board Marty provided the theatre for
ADFA's demonstrations, with Richard Wagner's Ride
of the Valkyries played during the first run and music
from the Star Wars score during the second.
The team also experimented with a tracked ver-
sion of their prototype -- which would climb over
the obstacle instead of manoeuvring around it -- for
nearly two months, but the machine became too fast
and was uncontrollable.
Winning the war of robots
A team of engineering students from ADFA took out a national robotics competition with
their innovative machine, Cpl Mark Doran reports
requirements and the planning
process," he said.
"Maj Dudziak was the team
leader and although we divided
the responsibilities of the tasks
according to our strengths, we
also helped out across all areas
because the idea of the competi-
tion is to learn."
The ADFA team scored 149
points from a possible 150. The
judges were also impressed by the
way their entry (one sub-system
was in the form of an APC with
camouflage paintwork) proudly
projected the Army brand and
demonstrated military precision.
It took the prototype 18 sec-
onds to negotiate the route and 12
seconds to climb the rope.
As a group, the ADFA team
members were highly motivated to
win the competition and said some
of the biggest challenges during
the project included avoiding tun-
nel vision and maintaining the bal-
ance of workloads.
Maj Dudziak said there were
various real-life applications for
the robotic devices particularly in
a military context.
"In order to reduce the expo-
sure of personnel to risk, there is
an increased focus on the develop-
ment and application of autono-
mous devices within military forc-
es," he said.
"There are definitely applica-
tions for the climber in Defence
and with modifications it could
take heavier weights and be used
in many scenarios."
Students from ADFA have
competed in 24 of the 25 national
finals. ADFA won the national title
in 1998, placed third in 2006, sec-
ond in 2008 and also received the
Judges' Award in 2000 and 2004.
HOW MARTY WORKS
Machine masters: From left, Lt Jacob Fisher, Capt Nathan Gilfillan, Dr Warren Smith (National
Coordinator), Maj Roger Dudziak and Maj Simon Telleria with the winning prototype of the 2012
Warman Design and Build Competition.
Photo by Cpl Mark Doran
pl Mark Dor
See Marty in
action online at
Links Archive October 25th 2012 November 22nd 2012 Navigation Previous Page Next Page