Calytrix Technologies was established in Perth, Western Australia in 2001. In March 2003 Calytrix opened an office in Dayton, Ohio, and subsequently moved to Orlando, Florida in 2013. Today, Calytrix employees 60+ full-time staff in both Australia and United States with offices in Perth, Canberra, Brisbane, and Orlando. The Company continues to grow in a measured manner and now sells products and consulting services in The Americas, Asia, Australia, Europe and New Zealand.
Calytrix was originally formed to develop ‘software without excuses’, bringing a level of engineering rigour and commercial expertise to the delivery of cutting edge military simulation and training software.
Since its formation, Calytrix has focused on the defense training and simulation community, although our work has expanded to encompass the international humanitarian assistance communities. While Calytrix’s original focus was software development, Calytrix has grown a substantial training and consulting division to deliver both technical and integration solutions to meet its customers’ growing needs and expectations. Calytrix maintains a careful balance between its complimentary software development and services arms.
Calytrix’s software development team is mainly resident in Perth, Australia while services are predominately completed from Orlando and the eastern seaboard of Australia.
Since its formation, Calytrix has focused on the defense training and simulation community, although our work has expanded to encompass the international humanitarian assistance domain. While Calytrix maintains a leading industry edge in the development of simulation systems, our training and consulting division has provided a customer interface which continues to guide the development of our software technologies. The services provided by Calytrix are primarily focused within the Defence and Humanitarian Assistance environments, and blends state of the art technology systems with experienced military/training professionals to deliver high quality, focused operational training and support. A high percentage of our employees are experienced military members with a wealth of operational and training experience. Using experienced operational planners, practitioners and instructors Calytrix can develop and conduct realistic training scenarios and exercises for a variety of Government Organisations (military, Emergency Management, first responders), non-government organisations and International Agencies. Calytrix provides training, planning, and assessment support as a complete technology and expertise package.
Combining innovative training with world leading simulation systems Calytrix provides realistic, cost effective training. Calytrix’s software technology supports its consulting activities, allowing the company to deliver a complete and supported training system to all individual and collective training exercises.
Calytrix can deliver professional services in the following areas:
- Training expertise: training design, delivery and evaluation
- Conduct of courses
- Military (joint, air, land, sea) Subject Matter Experts
- Training focused on operational and strategic planning
- Exercise design, conduct and evaluation
- Outcome assessment
- LVC systems architecture, development and delivery
- Provision of large numbers of exercise role players.
Calytrix’s training services supports a wide range of training delivery. Calytrix has extensive experience in the delivery of highly complex Live, Virtual and Constructive (LVC) joint and combined training events. Responsible for all aspects of planning and delivering LVC support to large scale Australian military exercises Calytrix is the largest simulation support services provider to the ADF. Within the United States, Calytrix as the prime for the Games for Training program, is responsible for delivering VBS3 to the United States Army. This responsibility includes all training, support, development and delivery.
Calytrix’s ‘services led’ software development approach to business ensures that its personnel remain focused on cutting edge technologies and processes while keeping in touch with its customer’s real world training needs. Calytrix’s software approach is standards-based. Calytrix uses open systems and standards to facilitate greater interoperability of its products and services into its customer’s environments.
Calytrix’s R&D is at the forefront of software thinking and our engineering team understands the importance of balancing innovation and elegance with practical experience. The senior members of the Calytrix development team have extensive software development and integration experience and the team’s focus on design, process and testing reflects the principals that Calytrix insists are critical to predictable and repeatable software development. Calytrix’s ongoing investment in R&D ensures that its products and services are of the highest quality. Calytrix prides itself on being at the forefront of development in the simulation and training sector.
Meet the Team
Shawn is the CEO and Founder of Calytrix Technologies. With over 20 years experience in the IT industry, the last 10 years in the Defence Simulation and Training domain, Shawn brings a wealth of knowledge and delivery experience to the organisation.
Since taking on the role of CEO in mid-2005 Calytrix has enjoyed sustained growth and greater opportunities. Shawn has actively fostered an ethos of partnering with defence to ensure that Calytrix's solutions meet the training and operational needs of its customers.
Shawn holds a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree from the University of Queensland and a research based Masters of Philosophy (MPhil) in Component-Based Software Engineering from Griffith University.
Steve SalmonTraining Systems Principal
Steve Salmon is a Principal of Calytrix Training Systems (CaTS) and has a wealth of military operational and training experience. Steve served 30 years in the Australian Defence Force predominantly in operational, command, training and instructional positions.
Immediately prior to joining Calytrix, Steve was the Director of Studies and Joint Operations Component Director at the Australian Command and Staff College. In previous operational positions Steve was the Director of Joint Plans within the Headquarters of the Australian Defence Force responsible for developing strategic levels plans for ADF operations and the Deputy Commander of ADF forces in the Middle East (Iraq). Amalgamating Joint and Combined operational experience with his senior command and instructional abilities, both within Australia and overseas, Steve provides Calytrix with a valuable insight into military and emergency management operations and training.
As the Principal of CaTS, Steve has been responsible for assisting clients to plan and conduct major training events through the integration of Live, Virtual and Constructive simulation systems.
In addition to a wide variety of military qualifications Steve is a Graduate and Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a qualified Financial Planner, and Master Project Director with the Australian Institute of Project Managers.
Arthur (Buck) ConnorPresident
Buck Connor graduated from West Point in May 1981 and was commissioned a 2LT of Armor. He retired from the Army with the rank of Colonel on 1 July 2005 and accepted a position with SAIC working on the Army Future Combat System Training Integrated Product Team. During his more than 24 years in the Army, Buck served in a variety of command and staff assignments throughout the United States and overseas in Germany, Korea, Bosnia, and three separate tours of duty in the Middle East; the last in combat as the commander of the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division in Iraq from September 2003 through September 2004, where he was awarded the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star with V device for Valor. He is currently the President of Calytrix Technologies incorporated in Orlando.
Buck was with SAIC for eight years, beginning on the Future Combat System program in St Louis from 2005 through September 2009. On the FCS program he served in a variety of jobs including the PM for training execution. In November 2011 he became the division manager for the Virtual Training product line, absorbing the Constructive Training product line in December 2012. In this new division, Immersive Training Solutions Division, he was responsible for overseeing day-to-day division operations of 12 programs producing nearly $70M in revenue annually. He became President of Calytrix Technologies Incorporated on 30 September 2013 and is actively engaged in making Calytrix a leader in the Orlando Modeling and Simulation community.
Matt MoncrieffTraining Systems Manager
Matt is the Training Systems Manager with Calytrix Training Systems (CaTS) and manages the Calytrix Canberra office, liaising with Calytrix’s numerous Canberra and Sydney based clients. Matt comes from a strong military operational and training background after 24 years with the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) in operational, command, training and instructional positions.
Before joining Calytrix, Matt was a Director of Studies and Joint Operations Component Manager at the Australian Command and Staff College. Outside of training and instructional positions, Matt’s experience has predominantly been in border protection operations. This experience includes command of a patrol boat and a two year secondment to the US Coast Guard as the Fisheries and Law Enforcement Officer.
In addition to his business skills, Matt provides Calytrix and its customers with a detailed understanding of the challenges and benefits of integrating simulation into large scale training and exercise activities. His experience in this area extends across the military and disaster response domains.
As well as his military qualifications, Matt holds a Masters of Business Administration.
Dr. Tim PokornyCTO
Dr. Tim Pokorny is Calytrix's CTO, responsible for the oversight and management of our suite of COTS products. Tim has over 10 years experience with distributed simulation technologies such as HLA and DIS. He is the co-creator of Portico, a popular open source HLA Run-Time Infrastructure, and provides technical guidance and direction for Calytrix’s complete product line.
Tim holds a PhD in Distributed Simulation from the University of Ballarat and has worked as an active member of simulation industry groups both nationally and internationally via participation with the Simulation Industry Association of Australia (SIAA) and the Simulation Interoperability and Standards Organisation (SISO), previously as an appointed member on the SISO Standards Activity Committee (SAC).
General Call — Perth |
Although we have no open positions currently, Calytrix is always on the lookout for talented and passionate software engineers to work in its Perth office and help us build the next generation of military simulation. Expressions of interest can be submitted to [email protected]
All candidates must hold Australian Citizenship in order to qualify for an Australian Defence Force security clearance.