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The University of Melbourne

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University of Melbourne research staff have developed expertise of national strategic importance and established strong industry links in the infrastructure, construction and maintenance sectors.

Key areas attracting significant national competitive research funding and industry support include architecture, building and planning, agricultural, environmental and geotechnical engineering, development technologies, and geomatics.

Among current civil and environmental engineering research projects are investigations into the management of groundwater extraction for mining operations, efficient and flexible contour irrigation design, and integration of research and development in catchment management.

Geomatics research includes work on geographic information and spatial decision support systems, remote sensing, virtual reconstruction and visualisation of archaeological sites, land management, precision industrial and engineering measurement, photogrammetry, spatial data infrastructure and cadastral systems, and dynamic network management.

A recent notable commercial outcome of national strategic research is a state-of-the-art computer program that calculates and defines maritime boundaries with unparalleled speed and accuracy.

The program was developed to map Australia's maritime boundaries for the Australian Surveying and Land Information Group. Work is now well into the mapping phase, which includes charting the legal limits of Australia's continental shelf.

Research and Innovation
The University of Melbourne

 

Centre for Environmental Applied Hydrology
http://www.civag.unimelb.edu.au/ceah/research/research.html
[ Australian Science at Work Entry ]

RIP - Integration and adoption of research and development in catchment management
Chief Researchers: McMahon Prof T A, Grayson Assoc Prof R B
Sponsor: Land and Water Resources Research and Development Corporation
Duration: -2001
Descriptors: CATCHMENT MANAGEMENT; ENVIRONMENTAL SOFTWARE
Research Field Classification: 291199 Environmental Engineering nec


Impact on hydrological response of spatial variability in the environment
Chief Researchers: McMahon Prof T A, Grayson Assoc Prof R B
Sponsors: CRC for Catchment Hydrology; Austrian National Bank; National Institute for Water & Atmospheric Research
Duration: -2002
Descriptors: SOIL MOISTURE; EXTREME EVENTS; ENVIRONMENTAL PREDICTION
Research Fields Classification: 291004 Spatial Information Systems
291199 Environmental Engineering nec

 

Department of Geomatics
http://www.geom.unimelb.edu.au/research/index.html
[ Australian Science at Work Entry ]

Geographic Information Systems and Spatial Decision Support Systems
Chief Researcher: Bishop I
Sponsor: Department of Natural Resources & Environment, Victoria
Current status: Ongoing
Descriptors: SPATIAL PLANNING; --MANAGEMENT
Research Field Classification: 291004 Spatial Information Systems


Remote sensing
Chief Researchers: Leach J, Ogleby C
Current status: Ongoing
Descriptor: MARINE REMOTE SENSING
Research Field Classification: 291099 Geomatic Engineering nec


Heights from GPS (geoid modelling)
Chief Researchers: Collier P, Leahy F, Kealy A
Sponsor: Australian Surveying & Land Information Group
Current status: Ongoing
Descriptors: GLOBAL POSITIONING SYSTEM; 3D MEASURING
Research Field Classification: 291099 Geomatic Engineering nec


Land management
Chief Researcher: Williamson I
Sponsors: State Government of Victoria; State Government of New South Wales
Current status: Ongoing
Descriptor: SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
Research Field Classification: 291004 Spatial Information Systems


High precision industrial and engineering measurement
Chief Researcher: Fraser C
Current status: Ongoing
Descriptors: ON-LINE REAL TIME; OFF-LINE VISION METROLOGY SYSTEMS
Research Field Classification: 291099 Geomatic Engineering nec


Photogrammetry
Chief Researcher: Fraser C
Current status: Ongoing
Descriptors: SATELLITE IMAGERY--HIGH RESOLUTION; PHOTOGRAMMETRY--CLOSE-RANGE
Research Field Classification: 291099 Geomatic Engineering nec


Geographic Information Systems
Chief Researchers: Williamson I, Hunter G, Bishop I
Current status: Ongoing
Descriptor: GEOGRAPHIC DATA
Research Field Classification: 291004 Spatial Information Systems


Spatial data infrastructure and cadastral research
Chief Researcher: Williamson I
Sponsor: State Government of Victoria
Current status: Ongoing
Descriptors: CADASTRE; GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS; SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
Research Fields Classification: 291004 Spatial Information Systems
291099 Geomatic Engineering nec


Dynamic network adjustment
Chief Researchers: Collier P, Leahy F
Current status: Ongoing
Descriptors: NETWORK MAINTENANCE
Research Field Classification: 291099 Geomatic Engineering nec

 

Faculty of Architecture, Building & Planning
[ Australian Science at Work Entry ]

An investigation of the international competitiveness of the Australian building and property industry: An international comparative analysis
Chief Researcher: Kenley Dr R
Sponsors: Australia Post; Department of Infrastructure, Victoria; Property Council of Australia
Current status: Ongoing
Decriptors: STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT; CORPORATE REAL ESTATE; CORPORATE PROPERTY; ASSET MANAGEMENT; LOCAL GOVERNMENT; PERFORMANCE EVALUATION
Research Fields Classification: 310299 Building nec
319999 Other Architecture, Urban Environment and Building


The specification modelling and post-construction performance measurement of an environmentally designed ecologically sustainable commercial office building
Chief Researcher: Robinson Prof J
Sponsors: Australian Conservation Foundation; Lincolne Scott Australia
Duration: 1998-2000
Descriptors: SUSTAINABLE CONSTRUCTION; ENERGY SAVING; CASE STUDY
Research Fields Classification: 310199 Architecture and Urban Environment nec
310201 Building Science and Techniques

 

Faculty of Engineering
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
http://www.civag.unimelb.edu.au/research/research.html
[ Australian Science at Work Entry ]

The role of water re-injection in the management of groundwater extraction for mining operations
Chief Researcher: Schaeffer J
Sponsor: CRC for Clean Power from Lignite
Current status: Ongoing
Descriptors: WELL DESIGN; DISPOSITIONAL ENVIRONMENTS; CLOGGING; FOULING; PYRITE OXIDATION; GROUNDWATER UTILISATION; --OPTIMISATION; POWER INDUSTRY
Research Field Classification: 290805 Geotechnical Engineering

 

International Development Technologies Centre IDTC
[ Australian Science at Work Entry ]

System-wide management of publicly managed irrigation schemes in Vietnam
Chief Researchers: Malano Assoc Prof H M, Turral Dr H
Sponsor: Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research
Duration: 1999-2002
Descriptors: WATER MANAGEMENT; MODELLING; INSTITUTIONS
Research Field Classification: 290802 Water and Sanitary Engineering


Improving the efficiency and flexibility of contour irrigation design
Chief Researcher: Khanna M (PhD)
Supervisor: Malano Assoc Prof H M
Sponsor: Land and Water Resources Research and Development Corporation
Duration: -2000
Descriptors: WATER MANAGEMENT; MODELLING
Research Field Classification: 290802 Water and Sanitary Engineering

 


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