iPREP PROJECTS ROUND 2 2019
7 October - 15 November
Nitrogen (N) is the most important plant nutrient and plays a role in the production of chlorophyll, the green colour in plants, and is vital in photosynthesis, the process of turning light energy into chemical energy. Global consumption of N is approx. 120 million tonnes/year and growing at 1.5%/year; as the demand for food continues to rise, so too will the demand for N fertiliser. Australian farmers invest close to $1 billion a year in approx. 1.3 million tonnes of N fertilisers per year. West Australian farmers invest close to $300 million per year. Nitrogen fertiliser is often the single largest operating expense ($40-$80/hectare) in growing a crop of wheat, barley or canola. Figure 1 is an example of Laconik’s technology being used to make a fertiliser recommendation on a farm in Western Australia.
By 15 November 2019, students have developed algorithms which accurately predicts grain yield in wheat, barley and canola.
Laconik has a database which contains historical crop yield yields. We are looking for students to analyse this database using machine learning principals and develop algorithms which can accurately predict grain yield in wheat, barley and canola.
Expected student activities may include;
1. Review and present solutions to improve Laconik’s products.
2. Developing/coding software to collate and analyses data and generate maps.
Laconik’s vision is to improve fertiliser use. We are developing technology to improve farm productivity and reduce the harmful environmental effects of excessive fertiliser use. There is a global opportunity for technology which can help farmers decide how much fertiliser to apply.
Laconik’s initial market is the grains industry, specifically, farmers growing wheat, barley and canola. The grains industry is worth close to $14 billion to the Australian economy. There are by CSIRO has shown that sensing, interpretation and acting upon within-field spatial variation in crop performance can benefit farmers between $30-$60/ha. Laconik’s technology is being used by some of Australia’s largest farmers.
Laconik’s founders are Wayne Pluske and Darren Hughes. Both founders have more than 20 years’ experience in agriculture. Laconik’s office is at the Centre for Entrepreneurial Research and Innovation (CERI), in Nedlands. If you have a passion to use your skills to develop new solutions to a global problem and interested in being part of a great team, we would love to hear from you.
Using data to improve fertiliser decisions
A study evaluating the development of a new product: Verigrow®-containing potting mix
Plant health and its development are directly linked to nutrient availability particularly in the early stages. It is common practice to grow seedlings in potting mixes to facilitate fast and successful growth of the plants both in the private home user markets as well as commercial nurseries and horticultural industries.
The purpose of the project is to evaluate the market for a bio-based fertiliser enriched soil/potting mix. It should further determine the preferred soil composition and develop an implementation plan for the development of a product that uses Verigrow® as a bio-based nutrient source.
In the process students are expected to apply their research skills to investigate the current market offerings in industry practices and commercial success factors.
The expected outcomes include an evidence-based recommendation for the product composition and a suggested strategy and timeline for the development and market introduction of the product.
Veratin is a start-up company focused on the transformation of low-grade wool, into a world-first dual action fertiliser and soil improver, Verigrow®. By turning low grade wool into a bio-available and bio-degradable liquid form, it adds or returns nutrients to the soil and also improves the organic content and soil health. Veratin’s extraction technology uses a green and benign process to rapidly and efficiently dissolve wool fibres into liquid protein rich in Nitrogen that act as a bio-based fertiliser for plants.
Over the past month, we have built our local manufacturing facility in O’Connor and officially launched in August 2019.
MOLECULAR & LIFE SCIENCES
OMAR AL AWAD
AGRICULTURE & ENVIRONMENT
Future Quality and Standards in Property Valuation
This project will identify whether the current two standards used by Landgate’s Valuation & Property Analytics business, Coefficient of Dispersion (COD) and the Median Value Price Ratio (MPR) tests, and the other quality mechanisms, are fit for purpose in our environment and what are the appropriate measures of quality in computer assisted mass valuations.
The Western Australian Land Information Authority is a statutory authority that operates under the business name of Landgate. Landgate is the guardian of property ownership in Western Australia and is the custodian of the State’s location information asset. Our role underpins the economic security and prosperity of the State and citizens of Western Australia.
Landgate provides a secure land titles system, impartial land valuation services and authoritative location information – all vital to the Western Australian property market and the State’s economy. We are the State’s trusted and respected source of location information, helping to inform important decision-making in government, business and the community.
Landgate provides the community with access to location information including titles, property details, valuations, property sales reports, maps and aerial and satellite imagery.
Landgate website: www.landgate.wa.gov.au
Exposure to the Western Australian State Government’s valuation services and the role of Landgate’s Valuation & Property Analytics business.
Participating in a project that will contribute to a project being delivered for the State Government.
Experience applying project management, communication and planning skills.
Exposure to other ways of working and changing business technologies.
AGRICULTURE & ENVIRONMENT
SOUTH METROPOLITAN HEALTH SERVICE (SMHS)
1. Improving metabolic health for people with serious mental illness
2. Designing and implementing “pre-habilitation” for lung cancer patients awaiting treatment.
1. People with serious mental illness die 12-15 years younger than the general population because of physical health causes (such as cardiovascular disease). This project will focus on improving physical (metabolic) health assessment and care for our Community Mental Health Service consumers (patients). Scope will is negotiable but likely to include problem definition and development of solution options and proposals.
2. People diagnosed with lung cancer have poor outcomes compared with many other cancers. Wait times for treatment can be weeks and there is evidence to suggest that people who optimise their health prior to treatment have better outcomes. This project will focus on how best to implement pre-habilitation for lung cancer patients at Fiona Stanley Hospital, within limited resources. Scope will is negotiable but likely to include problem definition and development of solution options and proposals.
Both projects are expected to consider technologically enabled solutions and compare them in both quality and efficiency/cost to human resource focussed solutions.
South Metropolitan Health Service (SMHS) is one of the Perth metropolitan public health service providers, consisting of:
Fiona Stanley Hospital
Rockingham General Hospital
Murray District Hospital
Peel Health Campus delivered as a public private partnership with Ramsay Health Care Limited.
SMHS delivers hospital and community based public healthcare services to a population of approximately 659,000 people.
Our new Innovation Centre is supporting staff to design and implement innovative solutions to improve service delivery and outcomes for our community. Ideas can be submitted from any area of the organisation and may include external collaborations to get the best outcomes.
Our motto is Goombah Kaartdijin, a Nyoongar phrase that can be translated as Big Dreaming. We’re aiming to build a strong culture of innovation and creativity which supports rapid cycles of design, prototyping, testing, implementing (or failing fast if required).
EDITH COWAN UNIVERSITY
(BUSINESS GROWTH & DEVELOPMENT)
ECU’s Customer Experience (CX) Research Project
The ECU CX Research Project seeks to deliver on ECU strategic goal 4. Ensuring Organisational Sustainability by analysing the current state of the future and current student experience with the professional services provided to future and current students by the Business Growth and Development Directorate.
By understanding the end to end future and current student experience and analysing all aspects of those interactions including (but not limited to); service, resolution, culture, channels, people, processes, systems and technology, we will be able to identify and document pain points and derive insights and initiatives, the ECU CX Research Project will develop a data collection tool, populate the tool with a unique data set, analyse the data and report on insights and recommendations.
The project will culminate in a report that visualises the key insights and makes recommendations for initiatives and the pillars of an ECU Customer Experience Framework to be utilised by ECU to drive the organisation to its Customer Experience Vision and Ambition.
Students will benefit from development of their soft skills during this project including; teamwork, stakeholder management, critical thinking, problem solving and communication skills. IPREP Students will have the opportunity to provide context to the business and administration side of higher education through their research, analysis and report.
Edith Cowan University is a young, progressive University with an international reputation for excellence in teaching quality, student experience and for our state of the art learning facilities. ECU has more than 30,000 students with close to 6,000 international students, from more than 100 countries. ECU’s strategic plan aims to; enhance excellence in teaching and learning, advancing research and knowledge translation, growing internationalisation and ensuring organisational sustainability.
ECU's Business Growth and Development directorate provides service support to current and prospective students. This includes a centralised Communications Centre for multi-channel inbound and outbound communications, and a Future Students team. It also incorporates a Customer Strategy and Planning function, which is responsible for driving a customer-centric approach within the University.
ECU has developed a CX Vision; “ECU is a student first university focused on delivering service beyond expectations by creating a flexible, personalised and supportive student experience” and a CX Ambition of being; “easy to deal with, accessible, innovative and high quality”. Key metrics for assessing our organisational sustainability are; High-performance Culture, Service Excellence, Infrastructure that supports achievement of goals
Physics, Mathematics & Computing
Physics, Mathematics & Computing
ARTS AND HUMANITIES
PHYSICS, MATHEMATICS & athematics & Computing
ARTS AND HUMANITIES
A world view on aquaculture – where are the growing markets for BACTO-ID?
In intense aquaculture time is crucial to identify diseases as it can cause severe outbreaks if not caught early on and can lead to death of large populations. Treatment with antibiotics is expensive and not preferred as it reduces the value and time to market the animals. BACTO-ID focuses on identification of a large range of bacteria in the aquaculture environment including water, feed and animal samples. With our specialised database of marine bacteria we can establish effective monitoring systems and prevent outbreaks, reducing production cost and increase profit margins.
We have a good understanding of the Australian market and want to use this project to investigate the international markets where BACTO-ID could be implemented. The focus will be firstly on identifying the geographical areas where aquaculture is important, secondly establish on overview of the industry in those country and thirdly provide future steps that can lead to opportunities.
This project will provide the students with industry exposure and allow them to use their skills outside of the academic framework. It will help them diversify their skillset and identify their strengths and weaknesses.
MALDI-ID is a start-up business specialising in micro-organism identification for farmers, medical practitioners, the food industry and researchers. Its flagship product, RHIZO-ID, is used to identify and optimise the bacteria associated with agricultural legumes, to improve crop yield and maximise natural fertiliser production. A related product, BACTO-ID, is used to identify closely related organisms in clinical diagnostics, environmental samples and food products.
The MALDI-ID team consists of 2 staff members, a business advisor, casual marketing and laboratory personnel.
AGRICULTURE & ENVIRONMENT
SOUTHERN CROSS CARE (WA) Inc.
What is healthy ageing?
We are recognising that the marketplace for aged care and health care is changing, and we continue to look for ways to innovate our business model to ensure we deliver the outcomes desired.
Importantly, this study will explore and understand the “social values gap” about exercise and good health amongst our ageing population of baby boomers.
This study aims to identify
What seniors today perceive to be healthy ageing
Why seniors desire to live independently at home, despite any declines in health and frailty
What are the appropriate services for seniors to enjoy a healthy ageing experience – so they may stay independent, healthy and well, and design a range of services to suit various health needs
Accessibility - where would they prefer to undertake education and health activities
Affordability – what are they willing to pay for services
We are curious to find out if throughout their life attempted to stay fit, healthy and well and for instance what would they trade off for staying healthy and well.
What and where our client base would like to undertake the education and exercise programs, i.e. in their home, the community, at Health and Wellness Clinics etc.
Driven by the strong preference of older people to stay living at home, the focus is on seniors in their third age, keeping them fit and healthy with the right professional and medical support.
Students will gain industry recognition for their contribution to innovative service design for the contemporary aged care needs. The innovative, integrated services will also assist in the quality of collaboration between health professionals and aged care services. The service offering that is successfully tested with Southern Plus clients will in the future made available across the Perth metropolitan area.
Introducing Southern Plus – Next Generation Aged Care
Southern Plus was created in response to the need to offer our ageing population the next generation of aged care services. We aim to help clients with complex health care needs to achieve what they want to truly enjoy life as they age.
We help clients access a full range of primary, chronic and acute care services in their local community. Clients experience the Southern Plus difference because we make it easier for people to navigate aged care. We deliver integrated services beyond traditional aged care into the local community.
Whether our clients choose to remain independent and living in their own home, or choose the higher level of care that we offer at our innovative aged care centre in East Fremantle, we are able to provide them with the very best care and health and wellness services to meet their individual needs.
Southern Plus is a registered trademark of Southern Cross Care (WA) Inc. (SCC) SCC was established in 1966 as Southern Cross Homes. It has now developed into one of the largest and leading aged care providers in WA providing care, support and accommodation to over 3,000 Western Australians.
Southern Plus recently launched an innovative health and wellness centre in East Fremantle, specifically designed for seniors. Our clients can choose from a range of health and wellness services. We offer personalised health and lifestyle plans to best suit individual health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, arthritis and other chronic diseases. Therapies to manage or rehabilitate these conditions include physiotherapy, exercise physiology, hydrotherapy, exercise classes and podiatry. Together, with the premium residential care home, this Aged Care Centre provides the local community with integrated health and wellness services to support a wide range of care needs. The centre is delivered in partnership with ECU School of Medicine.
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