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Here are some of the ways UTS is boosting businesses' potential through research collaboration.
Connecting SMEs with funding, support and expertise
Enviro Frontier are first-class arborists. But they needed first-class tech expertise to support and grow their business. UTS connected them with the right research student, funding opportunities and support to collaboratively tackle their challenge. Enviro’s CEO Peter Dubiez talks about the experience.
Transcript: Connecting SMEs with funding, support and expertise
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[Peter Dubiez, CEO Enviro Frontier talks to camera]
PETER DUBIEZ >> Basically we’re a hands-on business. In many ways, we’re tradespeople. And I place it in saying we’re the tradesmen with a pair of fat thumbs and an arse-crack. We’re on the job, doing the work.
What we needed was that tech-savvy, youthful, forward-thinking group of people that could come in and make an idea become an actual working system for us.
Enviro Frontier is a managed business service. Our primary vertical is arborist and tree works and we use our Tree Manager IP software platform that allows us to manage storm events across Australia and New Zealand.
No-one’s ever known what the actual costs are for tree works. If you had a building job done, they can break down every line item to ‘this is how much the materials cost’. In terms of trees, they’ve never been able to do that.
Engaging with UTS and coming up with a software and system that allowed us to create formulas, we’re actually able to start outline what the true tree costs should be during a storm event, a non-storm event, for government work, for school works. The benefits of that are around cost containment, future planning, around the insurance industry understanding their premiums and being able to actually capture data down to a small detail.
[Dr Asif Gill, Senior Lecturer, School of Software Engineering talks to camera]
ASIF GILL >> My role in collaboration with Enviro was to really help Enviro achieve their business objective. We are good at technology, and they are good at their business, so how we can bring these things together.
Funding is very important for any venture. So in this particular case, the grant helped both the student — to be paid — and the business to have access to that student and do the job. So funding is, I would say, central to the collaboration between SMEs and universities.
[Denise Pottumati, UTS Research Engagement Associate talks to camera]
DENISE POTTUMATI >> There are a vast number of schemes available to businesses to tap into. So SMEs can actually apply for interns at UTS and receive co-funding from these schemes.
PETER DUBIEZ >> Normally, if we were to go to market, I actually have no idea who I should have found to do the software and technology for us. And I think having UTS actually do that for an SME, actually made this quite a successful project.
Because of the success of everything, we see this as a long-term, ongoing aspect where we’ll always keep coming back to UTS to seek the appropriate student as an intern in our company moving forward.
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NSW Department of Industry TechVouchers
Australian Government Innovation Connections]
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Practical solutions for businesses
Surround Australia help government and organisations make sense of highly complex data. Their challenge: to translate complicated multi-faceted documents such as policies into data that can be interpreted by their software platform and utilised to inform decision-making. By collaborating with UTS, Surround was able to access funding, develop a solution and test its effectiveness in the real world.
Transcript: Practical solutions for businesses
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[Dr Brad McCusker, CEO and Founder of Surround Australia talks to camera]
BRAD MCCUSKER >> Surround Australia has been formed over the last four years. It’s a company which specialises in ontology. One of the key aspects that the company has been able to do is to develop its own Surround Ontology Platform, and the benefit of that platform is that it’s been able to pick up disparate data sources and join those data sources together in order to find new knowledge.
[Professor Ghassan Beydoun, Deputy Head, UTS School of Information, Systems and Modelling (Research)]
GHASSAN BEYDOUN >> Surround has a platform that combines human-coded knowledge and data-induced knowledge. The particular challenge that we are helping surround with is how to take semi-structured documents and convert it to that knowledge-encoded part of their platform to enable the integration of both.
What we’re doing could potentially be groundbreaking in that it enables people to tackle a wider set of problems using AI because we use both types of knowledge: data-induced knowledge and human encoded knowledge.
An example we worked with is the disaster management plans from the State Emergency Services of NSW.
BRAD MCCUSKER >> With UTS, what we’ve been able to do is use the Surround Ontology Platform to combine the data sets together in order to provide an overall view of the behaviour of different river systems to actually provide genuine value to State Emergency Services.
Also, one of the key capabilities UTS has is its Data Arena space. The Data Arena is the smartest way to visualise complex knowledge models.
[Denise Pottumati, UTS Research Engagement Associate]
DENISE POTTUMATI >> The aim of my role is to enable the research collaboration between the SME needs and researcher capability that is available at UTS. The biggest benefits would be that they would receive research from leaders in the field and also the ability to tap into government schemes to fund their project.
GHASSAN BEYDOUN >> With the money we received that was matched by Surround, we engaged research programmers and we purchased the required software to undertake the research.
BRAD MCCUSKER >> With UTS, it has that combination of a very theoretical understanding and the ability to apply the theoretical understanding to real-world problems.
[Supported by the NSW Government Boosting Business Innovation Program]
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