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Campus News : July 2010
www.uow.edu.au University of Wollongong Campus News July 2010 3 The SMART Infrastructure Facility's first Director Garry Bowditch took up his new role in May and is firmly focused on the contribution the centre will make to Australia's future. His "big picture" view includes considering what Australia's infrastructure needs will be if the population expands by 65 per cent to 35 million people in 2049, as predicted in the recent Intergenerational Report. But first the international expert in infrastructure planning has a very personal interest in a major piece of infrastructure that is very close to home. In fact it will be home - the $61 million building taking shape on the University of Wollongong campus that will be SMART's headquarters. The building's sophisticated research laboratories will include a Simulation Centre which will allow SMART's specialists to design, model and simulate the complex interdependencies of major infrastructure projects in Australia and overseas. Construction of SMART's headquarters is well underway on UOW's Wollongong campus, and Mr Bowditch believes the new building will be a powerful symbol of the centre's capability when it is completed early in 2011. "Moving into the new building combined with the magnificent industry support we've received from eminent people who have joined our advisory board (see panel) and significant appointments of people who are global leaders in the infrastructure field, will send out a strong message in Australia and internationally about what this centre is capable of," Mr Bowditch said. "SMART will be a genuine leader in helping governments get a picture of the future, and make astute decisions for a more prosperous future." SMART stands for Simulation, Modelling and Analysis for Research and Teaching. The facility will be the first of its kind in Australia, and one of only a few similar institutes in the world. It has been established to harness UOW's expertise in engineering, information technology, commerce, statistics, science and law in an interdisciplinary research and training facility focused on major infrastructure projects. The Federal Government contributed $35 million through its Higher Education Endowment Fund, while the NSW Government and Railcorp have contributed a further $10 million. Mr Bowditch said SMART would achieve its vision "to be a world class intellectual leader and educator in integrated infrastructure planning and operation". "The University has long been a leader in innovation, and it has done it again by identifying this unique area. SMART's time has come. There is a huge need to consider ways to evaluate, procure and operate infrastructure -- to come up with ideas and solutions through research. "That's why we have such significant support at federal and state level. Governments are realising that infrastructure is not so much about the projects, as about networks and people and how they can be integrated." Mr Bowditch said Australia needed to "re-discover our capacity to design and build infrastructure for the decades ahead, not just for today". SMART, he said, would "shine a bright light in a A vision for nation's future ABOVE: The $61 million SMART Infrastructure Facility headquarters under construction on the UOW Campus. RIGHT: SMART's foundation Director Garry Bowditch, who took up his new role in May. SMART team, headquarters taking shape very dark corner of our economy" by providing the expertise to scientifically evaluate the complex design and operational needs of proposed infrastructure to ensure it had a long economic life and served the needs of the community in which it was situated. Mr Bowditch is an internationally recognised infrastructure expert, who was the foundation chief executive of Infrastructure Partnerships Australia (IPA) when it was established in 2005. Within two years IPA had 180 corporate members -- bankers, professional consultants such as engineers and lawyers, construction companies and government bodies -- and had established itself as Australia's peak body on infrastructure. Taking up the SMART director's position is a homecoming for Mr Bowditch, who graduated from UOW in 1985 with an honours degree in economics. He also has a Master of Business Administration degree from Macquarie Graduate School of Management. After graduating from UOW he joined the Department of Treasury, and then the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade where he held a variety of senior positions in Australia and overseas. He also held senior executive roles in commercial organisations including Tenix and TAB Limited before establishing his own infrastructure consultancy. NH SMART ADVISORY COUNCIL • Chair: Nick Greiner AC (former NSW Premier) • Dr Alex Zelinsky (CSIRO Group Executive) • Paul Oppenheim (Plenary Group Managing Director)* • Mark Birrell (Chairman, Infrastructure Partnerships Australia) • Les Weilinga (Director-General, NSW Department of Transport and Infrastructure) • Tony Shepherd (Chairman, Transfield Services) • Mike Mrdak (Secretary, Commonwealth Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government) • Professor Sonja Lyneham (Director, Strategy and Approvals, WorleyParsons) • Dr Thomas Parry AM (Chairman, Sydney Water) • Rod Pearse OAM (Director, Business Council of Australia) * Graduate giving back -- Page 7 UOW Vice-Chancellor Professor Gerard Sutton with SMART Advisory Council Chair Nick Greiner.