The Engineering Resource Lab (ERL) is developed by the Naval Systems Programme Centre and comprises a sophisticated suite of software and computational tools for Ship Performance Analysis, Integrated Topside Design, Sensors and Weapons Integration as well as Underwater Performance Analysis.

With the aid of these specialised engineering tools, DSTA engineers can perform engineering and trade-off studies, propose design concepts and options, and review systems design. They are also able to analyse performance data and validate measurements and test results of integrated systems more efficiently within shorter time spans.

A team from the Naval Systems Programme Centre clinched the National Innovation and Quality Circle Gold Award in 2012 for their innovative use of the tools in the ERL to boost productivity and address technical challenges.