SMART Infrastructure Facility
|Field of research||Infrastructure|
|Students||200 postgraduate students|
|Address||Bld 6, University of Wollongong, Northfields Ave|
|Location||Wollongong NSW Australia|
|Campus||12,000 m2 (130,000 sq ft)|
|Affiliations||University of Wollongong|
The SMART Infrastructure Facility is the national centre for infrastructure solutions in Australia, located at the University of Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia. SMART stands for ‘Simulation, Modelling, Analysis, Research and Teaching’.
SMART consist of 27 laboratories which are connected by a central simulation centre. Around 200 higher degree research students and provides strategic advice, research and skills training across the whole infrastructure industry and in particular has four key focus areas:
- "National and whole of city planning and infrastructure management including scenario analysis, modeling and visualisation of infrastructure systems and human interaction
- Implications and consequences affecting liveability and the infrastructure systems as our cities grow and sustain higher population densities
- Large scale infrastructure investment, including better use of existing infrastructure through new technologies and sequencing of greenfield investments to best meet national priorities
- Enhancing infrastructure resilience to support continuity of service to the community and business. The SMART National Data Centre will seek to provide deeper knowledge and real time actionable intelligence of key interdependencies and connections in the infrastructure system"
The SMART National Data Centre is an e-research initiative for collaboration with infrastructure planners, designers and researchers for urban and regional development and model future growth of Australian metropolitan and regional communities. It is "designed to equip Australia to deal with future infrastructure planning in a systematic and scientific way, with holistic and evidence-based evaluation of infrastructure projects and training for professionals in the field".
The Facility undertakes a new branch of research called "integrated infrastructure planning and management" to "analyse the individual and combined effects of infrastructure systems and how they can better work together to serve the community".
The facility was created through collaborative funding from various sectors:
- $35 million from the Australian federal government (through the 2007 the Higher Education Endowment Fund);
- $10 million through Railcorp;
- $16 million from the University of Wollongong;
- approx $800,000 from state government authorities(Queensland Rail, Integral Energy and Geoscience Australia), industry (BlueScope Steel, Cisco Systems Australia and Cognos), and other research bodies (Australian Bureau of Statistics and CSIRO)
- Research Director. Professor Pascal Perez.
- Chief Executive Officer. 2010-present. Garry Bowditch
- Director of Rail Logistics. Andrew McCusker.
Notable Academic Staff
- Professor of Modelling and Simulation: Prof. Pascal Perez
- Professor of Infrastructure Economics: Prof. Henry Ergas
- Professor of Infrastructure Systems: Prof. Peter Campbell
- Associate Professor of Rail Logistics: A/Prof. Mark Ho
- Senior Research Fellow in Complex Systems Modelling: Dr Matthew Berryman
- Senior Research Fellow in Infrastructure Economics:Dr Mark Harrison
- Data Mining Scientist: Dr Jun Ma
- Research Fellow in System Modeling: Dr Nam Huynh
- Research Fellow in Statistical Modelling & Simulation: Dr Mohammad-Reza Namazi-Rad
- Research Fellow in Applied Mathematics: Dr Michelle Dunbar
- Associate Research Fellow in Industrial & Systems Engineering: Dr Nagesh Shukla
- GIS Specialist: Dr Rohan Wickramasuriya
- SMART: About Us
- "SMART Infrastructure Facility: UOW to help develop national infrastructure" UOW News & Media > Latest News, 12 Dec 2008
- Leading Economist Appointed at SMART Infrastructure Facility, Campus Daily, 18 August 2010
- Media Release: Higher Education Endowment Fund, Department of Education, Training and Sciences Media Centre, 8 May 2007
- House of Representatives: Official Hansard
- University of Wollongong SMART Infrastructure Facility kicks off with 340 construction jobs, Joint Media Release, 29 May 2009
- "Premier announces SMART Rail Institute", SMART: Latest News, 10 July 2009
- University of Wollongong Annual Report 2010
- NSW Business Sector: Information & Communication Technology
- "Wollongong announces SMART appointment", Campus Review Online, 10 May 2010
- "UOW appoints Garry Bowditch as SMART Director and CEO", SMART: Latest News, 3 May 2010