23 May 2018

Australia's rail industry on track with new research training centre

A new Australian Research Council (ARC) industrial transformation research training centre will create innovative engineering solutions and products to position Australia as a global research and development leader in rail engineering, and grow the construction and manufacturing businesses that service our rail industry into the future.

Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Research Council (ARC), Professor Sue Thomas, has welcomed the opening of the ARC Industrial Transformation Training Centre for Advanced Technologies in Rail Track Infrastructure by Minister for Education and Training, Simon Birmingham, today.

The new research training centre is receiving $3.9 million over four years through the ARC Industrial Transformation Training Centres scheme to equip our next generation of engineers with the knowledge and skills imperative to design, maintain and upgrade Australia’s vital rail infrastructure, and secure a vibrant rail industry into the future.

“Headquartered at the University of Wollongong, the ARC Training Centre for Advanced Technologies in Rail Track Infrastructure draws together another 8 Australian universities, along with 13 national and international partner organisations to address major railway challenges,” said Professor Thomas.

“Working collaboratively, their research focus will enable the transformation of Australia’s rail construction and maintenance technologies through specialist training of industry-focused researchers.

“This unique Training Centre will develop railway professionals that will be fully ‘industry-ready’, who can create innovative engineering solutions to enhance railway performance and extend infrastructure longevity.

“Working closely with industries in the rail supply chain, researchers in the Training Centre will advance fabrication techniques and develop more resilient products that will improve the safety of Australia’s railways, while also reducing construction and maintenance costs.”

The University of Wollongong will work together with partnering universities: The University of Sydney; Swinburne University of Technology; Monash University; The University of Queensland; The University of Newcastle; Queensland University of Technology; Curtin University; and Western Sydney University; and with 13 industry partner organisations: Australasian Centre for Rail Innovation Ltd; Metro Trains Melbourne Pty. Ltd.; Bridgestone Corporation; Geofrontiers Group Pty. Ltd.; Smec Australia Pty. Ltd.; Ecoflex International Pty. Ltd.; China Railway Eryuan Engineering Group Co. Ltd.; Innovative Technology Beijing; Nu-rock Technology Pty. Ltd.; Tensar International Ltd; Elasto-plastic concrete Pty. Ltd.; Boral construction materials Ltd; Polyfabrics Australasia Pty. Ltd.

For more information about the ARC Industrial Transformation Training Centres scheme, please visit the ARC website.

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