A new design facility, located at the University of Adelaide, will offer organisations and individuals a space in which to push the boundaries of technical, industrial and business innovation.
Launched on Tuesday, the Collaborative Design Facility, which is the first of its type in Australia, will be used by the people who will shape the future of Australia’s participation in the global economy in key sectors such as defence, energy, AgTech, life sciences or health.
“Innovation occurs through creative collaboration. The Collaborative Design Facility provides an environment in which people produce innovative design solutions and translate them into tangible concepts,” said Interim Vice-Chancellor, Professor Mike Brooks.
“People who need to innovate will come together in a room equipped with state-of-the-art technology such as high-end computing capability and large touch-sensitive screens. The technology is so good that they will be able to interact without the normal hindrances that can sometimes slow down collaboration, so they can focus on the creative process and stretch their boundaries in a secure, open and collaborative environment.”
The state-of-the-art facility is equipped with 12 workstations where specialists will work on a project such as a virtual model of a submarine, a robot roaming the surface of another planet or an industrial process that needs to be developed.
The spaces within the facility have been designed to enable interaction between people based on the activity they are involved in, their mood and their personality.
“Located close to the Australian Space Agency and Lot 14, the facility is a tool for engagement, which will enable companies to grow their enterprise capabilities locally, nationally and globally,” commented Professor Brooks.
“It is a precursor for what we see as an integral part of the Lot 14 vision, to foster the exchange of creative solutions to real-world challenges faced by industry of all scales, government agencies, and academia.”
“SMEs will especially benefit from using the space as they will be able to more successfully interact with much larger companies such as those in the defence sector in a secure environment of co-creation,” Professor Brooks detailed.
“Post-graduate researchers will also benefit from access to the facility which will expose them to the latest developments in design innovation, and focus on its human dimension.”
The facility builds on the collaborative education program between the University of Adelaide, Capgemini and Dassault Systèmes.
“Dassault Systèmes is thrilled to build on our established links with the University of Adelaide and Capgemini, in an industry-first in Australia, with the Collaborative Design Facility. The facility will enable companies across the country to gain a competitive advantage through shortened timeframes in product development, enabled by state-of-the-art digital technology and practices,” said Samson Khaou, Executive Vice President, Asia Pacific, and Managing Director, Asia Pacific South, Dassault Systèmes.
Luc-François Salvador, Executive Chairman and Head of Capgemini Asia Pacific and the Middle East also commented: “Looking ahead we will see the digital and physical worlds come together to form what we call the intelligent industry. This new facility will benefit from Capgemini’s deep industry expertise and proven accelerators to enable engineering, co-creation and product excellence, in collaboration with industry, academia and government. It will facilitate agile and productive cooperation through colocation in South Australia while being connected to the global world of ideas.”
Professor Brooks adds: “As a catalyst for innovation, value creation and commercialisation, the facility will contribute to the development of the South Australian economy and position Adelaide as the leading Australian node in a network of similar facilities around the world.”
The opening of the Collaborative Design Facility included a demonstration of its capability by students from the University’s School of Architecture and Built Environment and the Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Mathematical Sciences who collaborated on a project to design a base on the Moon, developed the virtual twin of a small agricultural robot, and participated in a NASA-led competition to operate robots on the surface of distant planets or moons.