The engineering and construction industries operate in a continually evolving landscape, impacted by factors such as environmental regulations, autonomous operations, hardware and analytics capabilities, government policy, and access to building materials.

Navigating and capitalising on this backdrop is a key focus for UniSA. By partnering with industry, we apply our strong research capabilities to company challenges, resulting in new strategies that support engineering and building management processes.

Our multidisciplinary approach connects partners to researchers from a range of fields, including engineering, fabrication, construction management, computer science, environmental science, social sciences, economics, architecture, mathematics, software development and business intelligence.

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What we do

Building information modelling support


Providing guidance on applying digital technologies to environmentally sustainable construction methods


Applying autonomous and augmented intelligence systems to construction and infrastructure planning, design and execution


Finding solutions to remediate contaminated sites

Inspiring young talent through project-based PhD opportunities is another way that we collaborate to support thought leadership and address the complex problems of our partners. Our researchers and students work with industry on a variety of projects, including:

  • Identifying design-led approaches to more sustainable cities
  • Developing reinforced crumbed rubber concrete for residential construction
  • Testing the strength and behaviour of full-scale, post-tensioned masonry wall with unbonded high strength bars
  • Exploring the potential use of glass fibre reinforced polymer reinforced concrete.

With expert researchers and state-of-the-art facilities, we have the capability to work with partners and the community to support major engineering and construction initiatives.

Our partners

At UniSA, we match our research strengths and capability with the demands and opportunities of our partners, and maximise the mutual benefits of engagement.

SMR Automotive
Inconmat Australia
ECAS
Lockheed Martin
SA Power Networks (clear)
South Australian Water Corporation
Saab
UCL Engineering
City of Salisbury

UniSA's Enterprise Hub

The Enterprise Hub creates and sustains partnerships with organisations of all sizes, leveraging UniSA’s industry expertise and experience to solve problems, innovate and add value. Discover a range of services that can help you achieve your business goals.

Why partner with UniSA?

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ONE OF AUSTRALIA’S LEADING UNIVERSITIES FOR ENGINEERING RESEARCH

UniSA’s Engineering research rated well above world-class – 2018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)

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No.1 IN AUSTRALIA FOR RESEARCH IMPACT AND ENGAGEMENT

2018 ARC Engagement and Impact Assessment (EI), Combined Impact – Approach to Impact and Engagement on Assessed
Fields.

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#1 YOUNG UNIVERSITY IN AUSTRALIA FOR INDUSTRY COLLABORATIONS

2022 THE Young University Rankings – Industry Income Indicator.

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WORLD-CLASS RESEARCH IN BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION

Results in Building – 2018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)

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#1 YOUNG UNIVERSITY IN AUSTRALIA FOR INDUSTRY INCOME

2022 THE World University Rankings

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100% OF OUR ASSESSED RESEARCH RATED AT OR ABOVE WORLD-CLASS

2018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA), 4-digit Fields of Research.

Partner case studies

Shatterproof mirrors for safer, lower-emission cars

Through collaborative research, UniSA has partnered with Adelaide-based company SMR Automotive, in a partnership that has delivered the world’s first shatterproof plastic car mirror. By combining materials already available to the car industry, the new design capitalised on existing availability, while also simplifying assembly. 
 
Weighing 50 per cent less than a conventional glass mirror, the plastic mirror has reduced fuel consumption and emissions. Its durability has also increased safety and reliability for the automotive industry, with a significant drop in mirror failure.

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“As an immediate result of the collaboration with UniSA, SMR Australia constructed a world-class advanced surface technology manufacturing facility. By adding this new capability to its manufacturing portfolio, SMR Australia successfully capitalised on this opportunity and is now supplying advanced interior lighting products for a European supercar manufacturer.”

Dr Bastian Stoehr, Design Engineer, SMR

Explore our research

As Australia’s University of Enterprise, our research centres work closely with industry and communities on projects that provide intelligent, sustainable and dynamic solutions to the engineering and construction sectors.

Experts in engineering & construction

Meet our researchers and learn about how they are working towards solving industry and partner challenges.

Architectural computing and design cognition are two of my main research areas. Applying this research to real-world issues is a key focus of mine, and through recent partnerships with Australian Institute of Architects South Australian Chapter, architecture studios such as Hames Sharley and ARM Architecture, and end-user organisation Uniting Communities, we explored innovative ways to integrate emerging technologies into architecture practice and education and studied their impact on design and designers. Using technologies such as Virtual and Augmented Reality, Building Information Modelling and Digital Twins, we can virtually test different design solutions and help improve the quality of and living experiences in the built environment. 

Professor Ning Gu
Deputy Director, Australian Research Centre for Interactive and Virtual Environments

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Professor Ning Gu
Deputy Director, Australian Research Centre for Interactive and Virtual Environments

Tiny devices have transformed the world around us by sensing and connecting information, machines, and people. As they get smaller, they are transforming how we do science, healthcare, manufacturing, and environmental management. My research studies “lab-on-a-chip” and micro/nanofluidic devices – tiny chips - that precisely sample, react, and sense to provide real-time status information for decision-makers in high-risk or high-value circumstances. In collaboration with Inovor Technologies, ULVAC Inc. and Nano Spaces, we are developing satellite systems that are smaller, more agile and more energy efficient, so they can withstand and respond to adverse events.

Associate Professor Craig Priest
Deputy Director, ARC Industrial Transformation Research Hub for Integrated Devices for End-user Analysis at Low-levels (IDEAL)

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Associate Professor Craig Priest
Deputy Director, ARC Industrial Transformation Research Hub for Integrated Devices for End-user Analysis at Low-levels (IDEAL)

With over 20 years experience in the engineering field, my main research interests include green concrete materials, fibre composite structures, and seismic retrofitting of masonry structures. My colleagues and I are currently working with industry, including Tyre Stewardship Australia and FMG Engineering, to investigate the use of crumb rubber from recycled waste tyres to replace some of the sand aggregate in conventional concrete. By using crumb rubber, we can reduce the environmental impacts of both waste tyres and exploitation of natural material resources.

Professor Yan Zhuge

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Professor Yan Zhuge

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Engineering and construction training and development

UniSA offers a range of bachelor, master, PhD and Executive Education programs in engineering, construction management and project management that align to the sectors’ needs in developing and transforming its future workforce.

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Key Contacts

Esther Roberts
Deputy Director: Business Development, Enterprise Partnerships Unit

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