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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; and, for some, the reason their…

19 Aug 2019, by Amy Sarcevic

Healthcare | Technology

The start of a drug development revolution?

Professor Nikolai Petrovsky, a pioneer in the field of immuno-informatics from Flinders’ University, claims to have developed the world’s first AI-generated drug to have entered human trials; and is encouraging other researchers to consider AI technologies for drug discovery also. Deploying a range of AI technologies including Artificial Neural Networks (ANN), Hidden Markov models, Random…

2 Aug 2019, by Amy Sarcevic

Business | Leadership & Communication | Technology

How to develop your company’s ‘innovation muscle’

Disruptive trends like AI, ‘internet of things’ and ‘as a service’ business models are transforming the expectations of consumers and demanding that we all do business in a different, more innovative, way. With tech giants like Google and Microsoft submitting thousands of AI patent applications and investing heavily in this space, other companies are beginning…

18 Jun 2019, by Amy Sarcevic

Technology | Transport & Logistics

How big data is transforming port and marine operations

The marine freight industry has historically relied on intuition and “traditional” (look-back) data to inform its operational and investment decisions. While markers such as transit times, revenue per TEU and cost per voyage are undoubtedly important metrics, they are limited in terms of their ability to make accurate forecasts and sound business decisions. In contrast,…

3 May 2019, by Amy Sarcevic

Defence & Security | Technology

Improving AML surveillance within law enforcement

Anti-money laundering (AML) technology is currently at the forefront of law enforcement innovation. But in the absence of an “innovation framework”, criminals may exploit “system seams” and outpace AML advancement, according to ASPI Senior Analyst Dr. John Coyne. The “seams” he is referring to are the subtle but important incongruences between public and private sector…

12 Mar 2019, by Amy Sarcevic

Leadership & Communication | Technology

Enhancing mobile networks in a 5G world

Australia’s fifth generation (5G) broadband rollout is now well underway and is soon set to go live, with Telstra and Optus both committed to selling 5G products and services in 2019; and Vodafone in the near future. With its ultrafast network speeds and lower latency, 5G is expected to make a big impact on the…

25 Feb 2019, by Amy Sarcevic

Food & Agriculture | Technology

The future of Australian AgTech

Australia’s AgTech sector has seen impressive growth in recent years with $123.8 million worth of angel and seed funding reported in 2017 and a tenfold increase in venture capital deals since 2014. Business startup accelerator GrowLab – owned by Cicada Innovations – has been at the forefront of this growth, having recently graduated its second…

14 Feb 2019, by Amy Sarcevic

Healthcare | Technology

Managing complex pain in digital hospitals

Pain management in clinical settings is highly complex, and the digitisation of workflows in some Queensland Health hospitals - although popular across the board - has added an extra layer of complexity, according to Pharmacist IT Consultant, Deborah Boland. “When assessing pain and administering analgesia there are many variables to consider and criteria to satisfy”,…

13 Feb 2019, by Amy Sarcevic

Technology | Transport & Logistics

Bombardier’s solution for tram networks in growing cities

The Melbourne tram network is the largest in the world, consisting of 250 km of double track that is serviced using a range of trams and modern light rail vehicles (LRVs) of varying age and configuration. Over recent years, the proportion of modern LRV’s in the fleet has increased, as longer low-floor trams with greater…

11 Feb 2019, by Amy Sarcevic
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