RMIT University's research and development concentrates on two related areas of activity - managing and fostering research, and encouraging innovation and its practical application, particularly to the benefit of the Australian community.
The University's research seeks to expand its capabilities through the use of multi-disciplinary approaches to problem-solving and the building of strong relationships with industry, government, commerce and the wider community.
The Centre for Design is based in the Faculty of the Constructed Environment. Its activities include:
The Centre for Design has generated a significant and wide-ranging body of work for public and private sector clients, generating new options for development within environmental limits.
- developing and demonstrating new design methods, tools and processes aimed at improving the environmental performance of products and services;
- working with industry to design greener products and services, and to develop more strategic environmental directions;
- advising government agencies on policy and programs to reduce environmental impacts through design and exploring new design concepts and scenarios for a sustainable future;
- maintaining a national and international network of research and information exchange in environmental design.
The Department of Building and Construction Economics in the Faculty of the Constructed Environment, is expert in a wide range of building and construction research fields. These include sustainable construction; development and building control legislation; construction/project management; information management; innovation and new products.
The School of Architecture and Design, also in the Faculty of the Constructed Environment, is a pre-eminent international design school with the largest post-graduate research program in Australia. Researchers are engaged in a wide range of issues involving application of design to the shaping of cities, at the large urban scale as well as in the detailed provision of architecture; landscape architecture; interior design and products. Sustainability is also a major focus of design research.
In the Department of Land Information, the Remote Sensing and GIS group has strong interests in spatial and image analysis; environmental applications of remote sensing and Geographic Information Systems (GIS); business applications of GIS; land information systems, and soft-copy photogrammetry. The Mapping Science group, as well as its research and development activities, conducts short courses in cartography, desktop mapping and multimedia. The Measurement Science group is active in the fields of cadastral surveying, the Global Positioning System (GPS), geodesy and other measurement based activities. The group aims to be innovative in the use of modern measuring technology. Research projects have included investigations of the legal traceability of GPS measurements, and the establishment of GSP infrastructure in Victoria.
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