R&D collaboration delivers world-first Australian-made geotechnical sensor 


Source: Geoinventions

 A smart, robust and energy-efficient sensor suited to Australia’s extreme environments 

 research collaboration between Geoinventions Consulting Services and Griffith University has resulted in a world-first multi-functional geotechnical sensor capable of monitoring the health of Australia’s roadways, improving safety and saving taxpayer money. 

With co-funding from the Innovative Manufacturing Cooperative Research Centre (IMCRC), the project harnessed micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) technology and the Internet of Things to create a smart, robust and energy-efficient sensor suited to Australia’s extreme environments. 

Since concluding the project, Geoinventions has successfully patented the sensor, which will be manufactured locally on the Gold Coast in Queensland. 

Barry Kok, Geoinventions’ Operations Director, said the sensor was set to provide Australian industry with an alternative to devices currently on the market, which were typically more costly and less advanced. 

“With IMCRC’s support, we have developed and commercialised a multi-functional, customisable smart sensor that does the job of two devices traditionally used in soft-soil engineering. 

“Moving forward, we will continue to collaborate with other Australian manufacturers to provide an end-to-end geotechnical solution, taking in feedback to continuously improve both the sensor and production process.”