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Engineering & Technology

Our Engineering & Technology disciplines offer engineering and aviation courses structured heavily around practical learning in state-of-the-art facilities at the Joondalup Campus.

All our courses have particular emphasis on real-world problem solving together with a rigorous coverage of theoretical foundations and extensive practical and team based project work.

Teaching and research activities in our Engineering & Technology disciplines have strong links with a number of international partners.

Laser technology targets and eradicates weeds

In conjunction with perth-based weed control company photonic detection systems, ECU researchers created the Photonic Weed Detection System which uses lasers to detect and spray weeds within large crops. The technology is unique in its ability to detect green weeds within green crops. Existing crop-spraying technologies can only distinguish between vegetation and non-vegetation (green from brown). This new innovation represents significant savings for farmers, reducing herbicide use by up to 75 per cent.

WiFi sensors to tackle bushfires

A network of inexpensive fire monitoring sensors positioned throughout bushland could be the latest early‑warning system in the fight against fires.

Researchers from ECU's Centre for Communications Engineering Research (CCER) have taken sensors and equipped them with wireless communication technology.

Placed throughout an area of bush, the sensors take readings of temperature, oxygen and carbon dioxide levels, as well as air contaminants. When smoke from a fire is detected, the sensors can instantly alert fire authorities via wireless internet connection or a text message to a mobile phone, providing accurate GPS information.

Professor Daryoush Habibi, Dr Iftekhar Ahmad and Doctor of Philosophy student and Master of Engineering Science graduate, Mr Amro Qandour, developed the sensor network as part of the research they have been conducting into engineering applications that serve the local community. CCER are in the final phase of testing the devices and hope to team up with an industry partner to make the monitoring system available to fire authorities.

New design method for rock slope stability under earthquake loads

Prediction of the stability of rock slopes has always been a challenging task for civil and mining engineers because the rock masses constituting the slopes often have discontinuities in various forms, resulting in different types of slope failures.

ECU School of Engineering's Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Research Group, including Associate Professor Sanjay Kumar Shukla and Doctor of Philosophy student and Master of Engineering Science graduate Md Monir Hossain, have developed a simplified methodology to estimate the factor of safety of the rock slopes, which may be present in open cast mines or developed areas around hilly terrain.

The new mathematical method considers all relevant factors under earthquake loading conditions in order to provide a more realistic prediction of the factor of safety of the rock slopes.

The real benefit of the new method is that it does not require the use of complex software packages. Practising engineers can carry out the safety calculations using a pocket calculator and therefore more rapidly assess the safety of proposed works.

Excellent career prospects

There is currently a large global shortage of skilled engineers. This means that engineering graduates are highly sought after for positions worldwide. The employment opportunities are diverse and abundant in a wide range of areas such as product design and development, manufacturing, mining, agriculture, chemical, transport, public utilities, telecommunications, defence, aerospace and specialist consulting.



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