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Technology | Transport & Logistics

New tool helps spot worksite blind-spots and prevent machinery accidents

After three of his brothers were seriously injured by construction site vehicles at work, Dr. Nathan Kirchner decided it was time for the industry to change. Together with Dr. Kieran MacKenzie he founded tech start-up Presien – a Laing O’Rourke spinout, aimed at preventing vehicular accidents in heavy industries. Kirchner’s personal experience was not the…

23 Sep 2020, by Amy Sarcevic

Infrastructure | Leadership & Communication | Technology

Is your business a critical infrastructure asset?

Last month, the New Zealand Stock Exchange came to a standstill as cyber-attackers carried out a series of distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks. Overwhelming servers with a flood of traffic, the attackers halted the site’s main board, debt and Fonterra shareholder markets. Aftershocks were felt around the country, with trading effectively frozen for four…

17 Sep 2020, by Amy Sarcevic

Leadership & Communication | Technology | Transport & Logistics

Unlocking VTS data for optimal port operations

With $1.2 billion worth of trade moving through Australian ports every day, it is not surprising that the role of ports as a ‘service provider’ – and not just a ‘landowner’ - is becoming increasingly important. Dr. Tim Wilkes of Marico Marine believes real time data, like that collected by vessel traffic systems (VTS), will…

2 Sep 2020, by Amy Sarcevic

Healthcare | Technology

Ensuring medicines safety in digital health innovation

Electronic medication management is becoming increasingly embedded in our health system and has already had a meaningful impact on prescribing decisions, safety, workflow efficiencies, quality assurance and audit capacity. Whilst there is growing consensus that the advent of digital platforms in medical practice is a positive development for the sector, it does raise a number…

6 Feb 2020, by Amy Sarcevic

Technology

Australia must forge its own agtech techniques, not rely on US

From popular culture to military strategy, Australia has always drawn a lot of influence from the USA, but when it comes to deriving data for agtech, digital agriculture and smart farming, the country needs to carve its own path, says Dr. Andrew Moore of CSIRO. “In Australia, there is currently a ~$9billion per annum opportunity…

15 Jan 2020, by Amy Sarcevic

Healthcare | Technology

Becoming an award-winning, fully-integrated digital hospital

St. Stevens hospital in Hervey Bay is Australia’s first fully-integrated digital hospital. It was the first hospital nationally to get level 7 HIMSS EMRAM accreditation, and the third globally, outside of North America, to win the highly prestigious HIMSS Nicholas E Davies Award of Excellence. How did it get there? Ahead of the eMedication Management…

9 Dec 2019, by Amy Sarcevic

Technology | Transport & Logistics

Reaching net zero carbon and implications for asset renewal in rail

In a national bid to reach net zero carbon and meet the prescribed targets of the 2016 Paris Agreement, rail has an important role to play. It’s efficient throughput and high passenger density may give it brownie points from an environmental perspective. However, with the vast majority of freight rail assets in Australia and New…

13 Nov 2019, by Amy Sarcevic

Technology | Transport & Logistics

Satisfying the national rail safety regulator in today’s high-tech world

The heavy haul rail sector is rapidly evolving with new technology - from train automation, to interconnected and wireless devices, to communication-based train control. The speed of disruption is impressive and indicates a promising future for the sector: one which effectively balances cost, risk and performance. But amid the excitement associated with next generation systems,…

10 Oct 2019, by Amy Sarcevic

Infrastructure | Technology

Tunnel boring in complex conditions – insights into Europe’s Brenner Base Tunnel project

The Brenner Base Tunnel is one of the largest infrastructure projects in Europe and will be the centerpiece of the Scandinavian-Mediterranean TEN-T Corridor from Helsinki to Valetta, Malta. Project operations are ongoing and progressing well, explains Karin Baeppler of Herrenknecht - the project’s TBM supplier - ahead of the Australian Tunnelling Conference. But at 64 kilometers…

2 Sep 2019, by Amy Sarcevic

Education | Technology

How this school is breeding the next generation of technology experts

Flying through google earth, finding solitude in an enigma portal, virtually touring the cosmos in a VR-enabled telenaut centre. These are hardly the quintessential images we conjure up when thinking back to our primary school years. But for students at Wooranna Park Primary, they are part of everyday routine. That’s because Wooranna recognises that the…

19 Aug 2019, by Amy Sarcevic
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