Geoscience Australia to conduct two-year utilities trial

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Geoscience Australia and the Cooperative Research Centre for Spatial Information (CRCSI) are looking for Australian businesses in the utilities industry to take part in a trial aimed at improving the capability of positioning technology.

Geoscience Australia and the CRCSI are planning to spend around $400,000 on the user testing of a Satellite-Based Augmentation System (SBAS) for the utilities industry in Australia.

Businesses selected for the user testing will work closely with international positioning experts to trial technology that has not been widely tested in Australia before.

“Improved positioning technology has the potential to enhance a range of applications for the utilities industry, including drone asset management and inspection and electrical network synchronisation,” Geoscience Australia said in a statement.

The user testing is part of a two-year project to trial SBAS in the Australasian region.

The Australian Government has committed $12 million in funding to the project and the New Zealand Government an additional $2 million.

“The SBAS technology trial will potentially result in a number of safety, productivity, efficiency and environmental benefits for a range of different industries in Australia,” Geoscience Australia said.

“The project will be conducting user testing across nine different industries – agriculture, aviation, construction, maritime, rail, resources, road, spatial and utilities.”

Interested businesses can apply for the trial by completing an application form available from the CRCSI website.

Expressions of Interest close on Friday, April 28.

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