Torrens University Australia and CIMIC Group’s software development company, IDD Tech, have launched a research and innovation partnership that will bring together Torrens University’s entrepreneurial research and innovation leaders and IDD Tech’s expertise in integrated digital delivery software solutions for the infrastructure, resources and services sectors. The partnership will generate opportunities for academics, PhD candidates and industry specialists to share knowledge and collaborate on applied research projects.
The partnership was launched in July 2023, with attendees including Torrens University Australia Vice-Chancellor Professor Alwyn Louw.
“The partnership framework enriches research, development, and commercialisation at Torrens University Australia by bringing academic insights and industry know-how together,” said Professor Louw.
CIMIC Group is an engineering-led construction, mining, services and infrastructure development leader.
CIMIC Group’s Executive Chairman Juan Santamaria said the partnership would foster the exchange of ideas and skills, and support innovations through the research and development phases into implementation.
“Our shared priorities include developing our people, and using data and technologies to design, build and operate better. We are focused on digital solutions that safely improve productivity and achieve better ESG outcomes for our communities.”
Torrens University Australia’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research Professor Kerry London, who led the initiative for the university, said the partnership was responding to rapid changes in digital technology that are impacting both the infrastructure and higher education sector.
“The partnership will provide access to major projects for testing and trials, and we can fast track practical solutions for advancing sustainability,” said Professor London.
“Our priorities around diversity and inclusion, knowledge sharing, mentoring and collaboration will surface new ideas, drive innovation and deliver initiatives that accurately target the infrastructure sector’s current and future challenges”.
The partnership’s four collaboration areas include:
- Knowledge creation – supporting applied research projects
- Innovation studio – establishing an international ideas network
- Workforce training – co-designing research-based and customised training
- Knowledge transfer – sharing research outcomes.
ISO 27001 certified, IDD Tech’s software development and services deliver proven products, digital connectivity, information security, and innovation – to improve lifecycle performance and outcomes. Its products and services are at work on more than 200 projects throughout Australasia.