Partnership & Commercialisation
At Swinburne we strongly believe in building partnerships and collaborations. It gives our researchers opportunities to apply their research in a real-world scenario, collaborate on knowledge creation and find solutions for specific industry problems.
The Research & Consultancy Office facilitates collaborations and commercial partnerships, and you can can read about them in our Spotlight stories.
Launching a business incubator program with FINICO Investments Pty Ltd
Swinburne Sarawak signed an MoU with FINICO Investments Pty Ltd to launch a new business incubator program for Swinburne staff, students and alumni.
This new program, developed in collaboration between Swinburne staff from Melbourne and Sarawak, will bring together unique insights and experience in business incubation across Australia and Asia. The model for this new incubator is a collaborative approach to advocacy for and funding of early-stage companies, which is essential for their growth. In this model, in addition to traditional functions of incubator, the financiers are introduced at the early stage to secure the seed-funding for start-ups.
With a clearer basis for turning innovative ideas into entrepreneurial new ventures, Swinburne Sarawak wants to provide an invaluable pathway for entrepreneurs within Sarawak to leverage from the education sector.
Developing a Bio-fertiliser with the Sarawak Forestry & Sarawak Timber Association
Recent research has shown how chemical fertilisers seep into the ground and the importance of using bio-fertilisers as a sustainable alternative.
Microbes are the key player in soil nutrient turnover and crucial in ensuring that the soil remains productive and is able to sustain large trees and lush vegetation.
The conversion of forest into agricultural land unfortunately results in the change or loss of this microbial diversity. A partnership was established in 2015 with the Sarawak Forestry Corporation and Sarawak Timber Association to harness and preserve the natural microbial biodiversity and deliver them back to the soil by means of a bio-fertiliser so that it can sustain plant diversity. Another company, Daitoku Sdn. Bhd is also collaborating on this research with a slight tweak in the results; mainly to develop a sustainable bio-fertiliser for the oil-palm industry.
Using bacteria to make a pavement block for Bachy Soletanche
Our engineering research is making waves with its green technology. This research uses a particular bacteria, namely, Sporosarcina pasteurii, which produces a lot of enzymes to bind soil particles and increase its strength. The technique used, Microbially Induced Calcite Precipitation makes it possible to produce pavement blocks suitable for pedestrian pavements and residential driveways. Swinburne Sarawak is partnering up with a global geotechnical company, Bachy Soletanche, to see how we can further increase the strength of the blocks.
Engineering faculty ties up with JKR Sarawak
Swinburne Sarawak and JKR Sarawak's newly opened Research Centre will work together in knowledge exchange and creation around constructing on soft soil. Swinburne's Engineering faculty will share its research and development, engage in capacity building, and JKR will facilitate industrial training for Swinburbe's students.
An immediate project is developing a set of construction and design guidelines for building on soft river banks. The research experiments for this will be carried out at the technologically advanced Geotechnical Centrifuge Lab at the National University of Singapore. The starting point is that constructing in soft soil has to work with the elements, transporting from barges or pipes instead of bringing in heavy machines on soft soil.