In 2015 we brokered a strategic partnership between UQ and the Port of Brisbane Authority to develop port-related engineering solutions and technology to help future-proof the port as Queensland’s economic engine.

The aim of the venture is to build UQ capacity in the areas of channel deepening, reclamation and other port-related activities. This capacity will be built by establishing new research and teaching positions in AIBE and the UQ School of Civil Engineering.

The research venture emerged from a tripartite cooperation between the Port of Brisbane and the Schools of Engineering and Economics at UQ. 

Leading up to the signing of the agreement, Associate Professor Valentin Zelenyuk and Professor Flavio Menezes have worked with the Port of Brisbane to develop and implement a methodology to forecast container traffic and motor vehicles shipped through the Port.

A strategic advisory board comprising of UQ and Port of Brisbane representatives will guide the venture. The venture is funded by $1m contributions from UQ and Port of Brisbane, respectively. AIBE is looking forward to collaborating with Port of Brisbane in this important area of research.

Port of Brisbane Pty Ltd Interim Chief Executive Officer Darryl Mutzelburg said the partnership with UQ created an ideal fusion between industry and research that would deliver significant benefits to the port.

“As a world-class infrastructure asset, the Port of Brisbane is continually growing, and we are always seeking practical and sustainable solutions to help build capacity in the most efficient and sustainable manner,” Mr Mutzelburg said.

“The Port of Brisbane will work with UQ to undertake innovative research and development into the port’s land reclamation and shipping channel optimisation strategies.

“UQ’s first-class research and engineering capabilities will complement our in-house expertise, resulting in valuable collaboration on a range of strategic projects.

“I’m confident the work undertaken throughout the partnership will deliver results that will help future-proof the Port of Brisbane as the state’s economic engine.”


Explore current research projects and how this partnership is working to future-proof the Port of Brisbane.

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