Engaged Research and Innovation
Driver Fatigue in Central Queensland
The Driver Fatigue in Central Queensland project was undertaken by Professor Lee Di Milia who was approached to submit a competitive research proposal to conduct a study of driver fatigue in the Rockhampton region, following the death of a miner and a policeman on the Rockhampton-Yeppoon Road in 2006.
The project involved conducting a regional research study of driver fatigue in partnership with several state government agencies, the Department of Transport and Main Roads and employees and research assistance from the Centre for Environmental Management.
The findings have been disseminated to a number of key stakeholder groups, in the media, written reports and journal articles with the aim of raising awareness and improve fatigue management policies for light vehicle and commuter travel.
This project is an excellent example of research and innovation engagement within the University, across several government departments, with key stakeholders and the broader community.
IT at the Coalface
CQUniversity staff have worked closely with a Mackay-based IT firm and an international energy company to design and implement an IT-based emergency and hazard system for underground coal mining operations.
The design outcomes are being hailed as having the potential to significantly advance the approach to safety training systems.
Staff members are working on adapting a real-time, risk management system called Nexsys to respond to actual conditions at Peabody mine sites in Queensland and New South Wales.
The North Wambo Underground Coal Mine at Singleton, NSW is the first site to trial the system.
The existing Principle Hazard Management Procedures (PHMPs) from the Wambo North underground coal mine were examined, tracked against the Triggered Alarm Response Procedures (TARPs) and then analysed with respect to actual practices in the mine's control room as part of the design process. The next phase of the project will involve researchers from the ITC School collaborating with Nepean Power to adapt the algorithmic base of the Nexsys rule engine to comply with a new, user-oriented interface and information design to meet Peabody's requirements.