Executive Summary

This project has clearly identified a need in the research community as it has already generated significant interest from both industry, with a new partner donating to the project, and the research community, with the triggering of the development of a grant between research institutions.  Further, other institutions, Curtin University SEMAT Alliance and others have shown significant interest in the project results. 

This project has acted as a catalyst industry awareness of cyberinfrastucture.  Our key industry partner Campbell Scientific Instruments (Australia), one of the world’s largest suppliers of test and measurement equipment, has gained tremendous insight into the future potential of ambient sensor networks during our collaboration.  This increased awareness is leading to Campbell now offering a much greater level of in-kind support in order to port there data loggers into the distributed sensing network being developed herein.  Queensland based company Envirodata have also engaged with the project and donated more than $8,000 equipment and software to the project.

The project has progressed very smoothly and is ahead of schedule in several key areas;

a.       Selection of an experiential site selected;

b.       Brooklyn station, representing the key elements of the water cycle;

c.       Agreement with landholder signed;

d.       Series of meetings help with industry partners;

e.       Located and installed monitoring points;

f.        Software engineering and hardware environments selected; and

g.       Agreed on hardware and software for field deployment.

The project has triggered the development of an ARC-LIEF proposal between JCU, University of Melbourne, Deakin and others for a larger scale catchment monitoring system.  This is significant accomplishment for JCU and will mean greater investment in catchment research in Queensland if the grant application is successful.