SPIR–heading underwater robotics
An underwater robot developed by the Centre for Autonomous Systems with Roads and Maritime Services NSW (RMS) is the 2019 winner of the NSW iAward for Government and Public Sector collaboration.
This was of one of the two Awards for UTS at the NSW branch of the peak industry body for the technology sector, Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA).
Distinguished Professor Dikai Lai, Director, Research, CAS provides background to the development of the intelligent robot named SPIR - Submersible Pile Inspection Robot – which began in 2013.
We developed methodologies that enable robots to clean and inspect underwater structures, e.g. bridge and wharf piles, currently carried out by human divers. The ultimate goal of this project is to improve bridge maintenance workers’ OH&S and productivity in the vital area of underwater structure maintenance, permitting much more thorough inspection of infrastructure, and saving money by allowing issues to be identified earlier.
Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering recent graduate David Henderson won the Undergraduate Student Award for his Capstone project to develop a Rotational Build DLP 3D Printer. This world -first 3D printer is designed to achieve spiral shaped prints on a rotating, tubular form, for industrial applications. The design proves a concept that allows 3D printing of spiral profiles containing converging layers (variable layer height) far more efficiently than using conventional print methods.
All state winners now go forward to the national Awards announced on 29 August. Projects receiving a Merit are also eligible for a national Award, and UTS will be further represented by
- AI Data Driven Underwriting Solution, a collaboration between insurer ANZ OnePath and the Advanced Analytics Institute (AAi) which simplifies the insurance underwriting process (in the Business Service Market, Research and Development Project of the Year and Data Insights Innovation of the Year categories)
- BindiMaps (Start-up of the Year, Community Services Markets categories), led by Dr Anna Wright from the Business School, whose app-based navigation system was developed for vision-impaired people but can be used by anyone. Building 11 has been at the forefront of concept testing for this app
- a merit in the Victorian Industrial and Primary Industries category for Predictive Analytics for Water Pipe Maintenance. This went to CSIRO’s Data61, utility Western Water and a UTS team led by Distinguished Professor Fang Chen. It assist water utilities to mitigate pipe failures, save maintenance resources and proactively renew the water mains in a cost-effective way, reducing impact on customers and lowering its cost to serve.
AIIA CEO Ron Gauci said the innovation showcased by the 2019 finalists builds on the incredible success and momentum of the Australian technology sector.
AIIA would like to congratulate all the winners and merit recipients of the 2019 NSW iAwards, which for 26 years recognise, celebrate and elevate those at the forefront of Australian innovation.
We are proud to provide a platform for, and encouragement to, people in our community who dedicate their time and energy to develop technological ideas that can make a real difference at home, in the office or on a global scale. We continue to be inspired by Australian innovators, whether they're in start-ups, the public sector, community services, schools, academia, or private enterprise. The outstanding work of the 2019 finalists adds to the growing momentum in Australian innovation, which will create positive change for the community, and play an important part in shaping and growing Australia’s modern economy.