University and council combine for infrastructure challenges

Published: Fri 26 Aug 2011 01:09 PM
University and council combine to meet infrastructure challenges
A new research partnership between The University of Auckland’s Centre for Infrastructure Research (CIR) and Auckland Council is tackling Auckland’s infrastructure and growth challenges.
The University’s expertise in engineering and related fields such as the environment, biological processes, IT and new technologies will be enlisted to address major issues like transport, water supply and pollution of our harbours.
Auckland Mayor Len Brown is delighted to build further on the council’s strong relationship with the University.
“The University is a powerhouse of knowledge and smart-thinking, and we can put this to good use as we work to make Auckland the innovation hub of the Pacific Rim.
“Progressive cities world-wide work closely with their universities’ research to tap into clever, cost-effective solutions that can transform cities helping to make them vibrant, memorable and economically successful,” he says.
Professor Stuart McCutcheon, University of Auckland Vice-Chancellor, says the University welcomes the opportunity to contribute its expertise and practical know-how to Auckland Council.
“CIR will provide those charged with building and maintaining the region and the country’s infrastructure greater access to emerging technologies developed within the University and associated overseas universities.
“At this time the University’s research is having an increasing impact nationally and internationally, and it follows that we can come on board to lend our skills to Auckland as it enters an exciting time of change.”
The Centre is already working with Auckland Council on water utility asset management and investment prioritisation, transport planning and economics, sustainability and low impact design stormwater solutions.
Centre for Infrastructure Research (CIR):
• Based at the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department within the Faculty of Engineering, the centre was launched in December last year by Infrastructure Minister the Hon. Bill English. It was established to improve infrastructure decision-making and management through research, training and policy development.
• Established by Professor Bruce Melville, Academic Leader of the Centre for Infrastructure Research (CIR). Phil Warbrick, Chair of the Industry Advisory Board of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Dr Jim Bentley, CIR Director.

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