ASCI completes Port Kembla project


Newly formed Alliance for Supply Chain Innovation completes first collaborative project with the Port Kembla and Newcastle Port Corporations

ASCI completes Port Kembla project
ASCI completes Port Kembla project

By Anna Game-Lopata | September 6, 2011

The newly formed Alliance for Supply Chain Innovation (ASCI) has completed its first collaborative project with the Port Kembla and Newcastle Port Corporations.

With five participating research organisations, the project is the first to be undertaken and completed successfully for an industry client.

Lead by the Australian Maritime Collage at the University of Tasmania, the project brought together supply chain experts from the Universities of Wollongong, Western Sydney, RMIT and the CSIRO.

ASCI interim Board Chair Professor Paul Hyland from Queensland’s Universtiry of Technology says the project investigated the possibilities of improving the safety and reliability of port operations.

"While for commercial reasons, the exact nature of the project cannot be revealed, we are happy to report that the outcome has been very successful," Professor Hyland says.

"ASCI is likely to have an opportunity to bid for further work in this space.

"The project was delivered on time and met all the requirements of the Port Kembla and Newcastle Port Corporations."

Hyland adds
the project could not have been undertaken by any one researcher or research institution, so serves as an example of ASCI’s ability to draw together expertise to solve unique problems.

"Importantly the project was able to contribute some $50,000 seed funding to the ASCI development budget," Hyland says.

"Staff from the various research institutions has contributed their time in-kind to achieve this outcome.

"This in itself confirms the commitment that the various institutions have to ensure the development of ASCI as a real collaborative organisation.

"As we progress ASCI will be looking at involving other research institutions and focus on identifying industry partners who have research problems in the supply chain domain."

Since its launch at the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport’s International Conference in May, Hyland says ASCI has made significant progress.

"The Board has finalised its Business Case and Budget for the next year and is confident that with industry support, ASCI will be able to attract Commonwealth and State funding for significant research projects," Professor Hyland says.

"We are in communication with the appropriate State and Federal Government Departments and investigating a range of funding options."

In addition the ASCI Interim Board has initiated the incorporation of the organisation as a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee.

"We are in the process of selecting directors who will have the responsibility of implementing the ASCI constitution including setting up its operational structures and a formal board," Hyland says.

"We have also engaged a legal firm to undertake the incorporation, which is scheduled to be completed by October this year."

To date ASCI has been operating with the financial and operational support of Victoria University as its legal custodian.

"On behalf of the Interim Board, I would like to express our sincere appreciation towards Victoria University for its support towards the development of ASCI to date," Hyland says.

"As a standalone entity, ASCI will be in a much better position to engage in industry relevant research in the supply chain domain."

Over the coming months ASCI will engage its key stakeholders to ensure that the services we provide meets their needs.

ASCI seeks to become the leading provider of research services to the supply chain sector by drawing together a wide range of industry and academic expertise.

The organisation is currently putting a governance and project management structure in place to enable it to meet the needs of its industry and government partners in a timely and efficient manner.

Please direct all inquires interim Executive Officer Professor Pieter Nagel

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