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How Siemens Mobility is improving the emissions, safety and security profile of rail

Climate change, cybercrime, and safety in the rail industry are not easy problems to solve, but thanks to the efforts of Siemens Mobility, they are becoming much easier. In recognition of the enormous role rail plays in our clean energy future, the technology vendor has designed a range of solutions to make transport options cleaner…

6 Nov 2023, by Amy Sarcevic

Transport & Logistics

Overcoming barriers to a national level crossing strategy in New Zealand – what needs to happen?

Last year there were ten fatalities and 305 near misses on level crossings in New Zealand – annual figures that have been relatively stable over the last decade. While there is general agreement that improving safety at level crossings is important, the task is ostensibly complex, says Gini Welch of Waka Kotahi – a moderator…

3 Nov 2023, by Amy Sarcevic

Technology

How plants are inspiring the next generation of space travel

Engineers have long taken inspiration from nature when designing technologies. From solar panels (inspired by a grooved leaf), to wetsuits (which mimic an otters’ blubber), to aeroplanes (which borrow their design from birds). However, it may come as a surprise that plants are now giving clues to the Defence industry on how to engineer energy…

1 Nov 2023, by Amy Sarcevic

Transport & Logistics

What measures need to be taken to optimise the Auckland rail network?

Auckland’s transport network is the most congested of any New Zealand city, with cars accounting for 67 percent of CBD travel and motorway trip lengths up 10 percent over the last four years. The city’s rail network is also congested, comprising a mix of metro, passenger, and freight trains – some stopping frequently and puncturing…

31 Oct 2023, by Amy Sarcevic

Contracts & Procurement

Demystifying the Basics of Australian Contract Law for Non-Lawyers

Image Credit: Gerd Altmann | Pixabay   From 9 November 2023, Australia's unfair contract terms regime will change. The modifications include broadening the unfair contract terms regime to "small businesses" with less than 100 workers or a $10 million annual revenue threshold. There will also be new civil penalty provisions for non-compliance. How can businesses approach legal counsel…

26 Oct 2023, by Kristen Gutierrez

Energy & Utilities

Simple ways to win community respect for clean energy projects

Small, community-scale renewable energy projects play a significant role in our clean energy future, but how do we encourage them in a policy environment that is geared towards larger scale initiatives? Dr Jarra Hicks, Co-Founder of the Community Power Agency, says the key is to deepen the ways communities can be involved - whether through…

19 Oct 2023, by Amy Sarcevic

Education | Technology

Shaping the future: how an AI-powered teaching and learning platform is revolutionising education

The pressure for teachers to ‘reinvent the wheel’ when it comes to unit and lesson planning is one of the key factors behind overwork and burnout in the teaching profession, according to a report released by the Grattan Institute in 2021. Consuming on average eight hours per week, the creative energy required to pull together…

18 Oct 2023, by Amy Sarcevic

Energy & Utilities

The Bell Bay Powerfuels Project – insights from the CEO Michael van Baarle

Earlier this year, ABEL Energy announced it was proceeding with pre-front end engineering work for a large-scale green hydrogen and green methanol production facility in Tasmania – the largest of its kind in the Asia Pacific region. Deploying a 240MW electrolysis plant – powered by hydro and wind – the project is expected to produce…

16 Oct 2023, by Amy Sarcevic

Energy & Utilities

How this small regional city is becoming a national hydrogen leader

A small city of 30,000 people in regional Australia is not the first place that springs to mind when you hear the phrase ‘national hydrogen leader’. But thanks to the efforts of Deakin University, local industry and the community, Warrnambool in Victoria is fast earning that title. Under the Hycel initiative, the Ocean Road city…

13 Oct 2023, by Amy Sarcevic

Transport & Logistics

Railway Safety Enhanced by Human Factors

At the helm of one of the world's most widely used modes of transportation are the people that ensure its security and functionality. Therefore, human factors cannot be underestimated. They encompass everything from the design and operation of equipment to the work environment and organisational culture. The analysis of human factors involves a comprehensive understanding…

4 Oct 2023, by Kristen Gutierrez
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