It’s Innovation Month

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Throughout July, the Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) is supporting our Commonwealth Government colleagues and celebrating Innovation Month 2016.

With the theme Disrupt – Develop – Display, we think it’s a perfect fit with our drive to embed innovation across TMR.

In my role as TMR’s Chief Engineer since 2010 and as Chief Operations Officer for the last few months, I have been impressed and encouraged by the willingness of our people to ask if we can do things differently and better.

We have been challenged in recent years by the need to continue delivering world class infrastructure with reduced budgets, so technology and innovation play a major role in helping us find those productivity improvements across the department.

One of the ways we are tackling this challenge is through strategic partnerships and collaborating with industry.

In the engineering sphere, we have in place a formal research partnership with ARRB Group that focuses on delivering applied research and innovations to known pain points in our business.

This four-year rolling program of business-driven research has already been a great success for TMR, and the gains have far outweighed the investment in the research.

Last month, I was pleased to be a keynote speaker and panellist at the Transport Research MIXr, a disruptive solution to improve our conventional ways of solving problems by bringing researchers and TMR together. The event was such a success that plans for a Transport Industry MIXr are already in the works.

As Sponsor of Innovation of TMR, I support TMR’s mission to ignite change and disrupt the status quo to develop different and better solutions for our customers.

There are many opportunities and challenges ahead, but through collaboration and a sense of adventure I believe we can find the best solutions to the problems that are beginning to reveal themselves from new technologies, changing economic and social landscapes.

Julie Mitchell
A/g Chief Operations Officer
TMR Innovation Champion