Case studies make it

The VPTN managers are often out presenting to various groups on the resources that are available through the network, like the recent presentation to the Victorian business advisers to the Entrepreneurs Infrastructure Program.

First published: 04/03/2015

Updated at: 05/03/2015 at 1:08 pm

Case studies turn a concept into the tangible. The VPTN managers actively seek opportunities to present to various groups on both the VPTN program of activities and the outcomes that can be obtained by working with VPTN member facilities.

Case studies are the best way to illustrate that VPTN facilities are very engaged with their clients to support research and innovation outcomes.

VPTN most recently presented to the Victorian business advisers to the Federal Government’s Entrepreneurs Infrastructure Program (EIP). Several facilities in the VPTN provided case studies which highlighted the capabilities and opportunities available through engaging with VPTN member facilities.

Presented case studies

Working with Boral to improve product quality.

The Advanced Microscopy Facility at the University of Melbourne. Dr Eric Hanssen.

Operating since 2006, all the microscopes have been recently upgraded for a total $2M for elemental analysis. The facility’s expertise lies in 3D imaging and microanalysis of a variety of samples.They are currently working with Boral to perform tests on pavers and studying the effect of different manufacturing processes on the quality of the finished product.

Working with Orica to improve ammonia production

The Rapid Automated Materials & Processing Centre (RAMP) at CSIRO. Dr Ben Muir

Official opening in late 2014, RAMP Centre houses robotic materials synthesis and characterisation equipment to speed up the formulation, research and development of a range of materials. Recently Orica completed the development of new catalysts for the efficient production of ammonia. Three years of research was completed in just three months using the technologies in the facility. Orica is now seeking to exploit the new catalysts and the IP that has been developed. They have signed a 5 year research alignment agreement with CSIRO.

Working with AUSTRACK to test the load bearing on railway sleepers

The Smart Structures Facility at Swinburne University

Operating since 2012, this $15 million three-dimensional testing Facility has Australia’s only Multi-Axis Substructure Testing (MAST) System. Their expertise lies in stress testing of all sorts of materials, such as concrete and steel and modern reinforcing techniques using carbon fibre. They are currently working with AUSTRAK to perform fatigue tests on concrete railway sleepers at 10 cycles per second for 3 million cycles simulating the loading on the sleepers due to wheel axil passes.

Working with the Malaysian Automotive Institute on a low cost bus tracker

Swinburne Software Innovation Lab at Swinburne University

This facility pairs NICTA’s world-leading ICT research with Swinburne’s agile, industry-focused software development expertise. Bus operators wishing to track their fleet faced software, hardware and driver behaviour hurdles. The solution developed by SSIL enables bus operators to track their fleet using low cost mobile phones. In addition to a fleet tracking app for drivers, the lab also developed a set of tools to assist fleet managers with motoring their vehicles, algorithms to determine traffic conditions and estimated time of arrival, and a public transport consumer applications for iOS and Android phones.

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