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    Auckland Hackathon sparks problem-solving with emerging IoT and AR technology

    In September the University of Auckland was abuzz with a NZ-first – a hackathon focused on the emerging industrial applications for technologies such as Internet of Things (IoT) and Augmented Reality (AR). The Hackathon was held in collaboration between Callaghan Innovation, LEAP Australia, and the University of Auckland’s Faculty of Engineering and gave six multidisciplinary student teams the chance to develop and present IoT and AR-based solutions to a series of real-world problems submitted by local industry. The main aims driving the university to hold this Hackathon were to: demystify IoT and AR for both students and industry allow students to use available commercial off-the-shelf IoT and AR software to tackle real-world problems in a short timeframe deliver implementable solutions which also closely consider the...

    The State of IoT and AR/VR – what have we learnt travelling to recent events across ANZ?

    Over the last month the team at LEAP has really clocked up the frequent flyer miles, travelling to a range of events across Australia and New Zealand, including a Hackathon in Auckland, government facilitated technology seminars across Queensland, an IoT conference/exhibition in Sydney and student showcase in Melbourne. September saw the LEAP PTC team head to New Zealand to help mentor students during the 2019 IoT/AR Hackathon, held in conjunction with the University of Auckland & Callaghan Innovation. Judges included experts from both the university, Callaghan Innovation as well as a representative from the New Zealand IoT Alliance.  During the Hackathon, University of Auckland students across 6 teams tackled real world problems supplied by a diverse range of local companies with the goal of harnessing the...

    LiveWorx 2019: Harnessing New Technology for Industrial Innovation

    LEAP had the pleasure of attending PTC’s LiveWorx 2019 held last month in Boston & bringing together over 6,500 attendees to learn about the latest advances in PTC’s Digital Transformation technology. PTC CEO Jim Heppelmann opened proceedings with help from senior representatives of Volvo, Rockwell Automation and Howden, providing high level insights into the digital transformation strategy of PTC and its partners as well as live demonstrations of their latest advancements in the Internet of Things, Augmented Reality, Real-Time Simulation and Digital Twin. At LEAP, we’ve now had representatives attend the past 5 LiveWorx events and we felt that 2019 marked a key turning point where PTC and it’s key customers were now demonstrating ready-to-use technology that represented real results and more tangible outcomes –...

    AR on display at 2019 Avalon Airshow and Australian F1 Grand Prix

    See examples of augmented reality (AR) helping to engage and educate at these two high profile events. In conjunction with RMIT University, in recent months LEAP has taken the opportunity at the 2019 Avalon Airshow and Australian Formula One Grand Prix to showcase the many benefits of Augmented Reality (AR). Many of our customers, students and the general public were excited to experience an Augmented Reality experience at the Avalon Airshow showcasing a Simulation-based Digital Twin using a model of a PC-9 aircraft (same aircraft that has been used by the RAAF Roulettes aerobatics team for many years). LEAP was also on hand during the Airshow to explain how RMIT students created this immersive AR experience combining animated CAD, IoT and Simulation data using Vuforia...

    Guest Blog – Monash University – FYP brings together best-in-class technologies to create a functioning Digital Twin

    Guest Post by Shikhar Gupta, final-year student in the Faculty of Electrical and Computer Systems Engineering at Monash University, Victoria, Australia. Shikhar was a full-time intern at LEAP Australia over the summer of 2017/18, then completed his Final Year Project using LEAP & PTC software during 2018. The result of Shikhar’s work was presented last week at Monash University Spark Night where all ECSE final-year students showcase their final-year projects. Setting out on this project, our aim was to create a working digital twin prototype that could be considered to represent a smart connected product operating out in the field. In doing so, I was able to demonstrate the process of connecting a product to the cloud, performing physics-based simulations to predict product behaviour under...

    PTC’s IoT & PLM technology Leading the Pack – awarded “Leader” status across successive independent reports

    Here at LEAP Australia, we already know how good the IoT and PLM tools from PTC are - Thingworx and Windchill - after all, we work with them every day! But how do they stack up when reviewed by completely independent third-party researchers such as Gartner, Forrester and ABI Research?   Well we’ve put together a compilation of the most recent independent assessments of IoT platforms and PLM that have been completed in the last 12 months - in each case, the criteria was wide ranging including objective measures such as: - capabilities of vendor’s current technology - installed customer base using their technology worldwide - completeness of roadmap / vision, and - ability to execute. In each report, PTC’s IoT and PLM technology emerged...

    Industry problems confirmed – Countdown begins for RMIT IoT/AR Hackathon

    RMIT University students are eagerly getting ready to tackle the 10 real-world industry problems submitted by companies from a diverse range of industries for the 2018 IoT/AR RMIT Hackathon, starting this Thurs Aug 30th and concluding Sat Sept 1st. RMIT, PTC & LEAP are excited to unleash the power of the leading Industry 4.0 technologies covering Internet of Things (Thingworx) and Augmented Reality (Vuforia), combined with the best & brightest Engineering and IT students from across RMIT University, locked away for 3 days to solve these industry problems and present their solutions to a panel of prominent industry judges on Sat Sept 1st. The event will also be an exciting way for industry sponsors to see first-hand how these new Industry 4.0 & IIoT technologies...

    LiveWorx18 – Innovation Velocity

    LiveWorx 2018 Highlights at LEAP Australia
    Watch the highlights from PTC President and CEO, Jim Heppelmann’s Keynote presentation at LiveWorx 2018 – Innovation Velocity: From A Place To A Pace, including announcements and discussion about strategic partnerships with ANSYS, Microsoft and Rockwell Automation and demonstrations of several exciting new AR based technologies. Jim Heppelmann announces the new partnership between ANSYS and PTC. Jim Heppelmann discusses the partnership between Microsoft and PTC. Demonstration of PTC's new AR based technologies, Chalk, Waypoint and Reality Editor. Jim Heppelmann discusses PTC's strategic partnership with Rockwell Automation.

    Don’t miss LEAP’s session at MaD2018: Manufacturing and Design Conference in New Zealand

    MaD2018: A Collaborative Future for NZ Manufacturing and Design (#MaD2018) – May 21- 22, 2018 The Second National Conference for Innovation in Manufacturing and Design Join us in Auckland, NZ, next week for MaD2018 & learn about exciting, new manufacturing and design research and be inspired by examples of positive collaborations between industry and researchers. What is it? The MaD Network is a cross-disciplinary community of New Zealand researchers in manufacturing and design that works in close collaboration with industry to envision and shape New Zealand’s future manufacturing economy. (#MaD2018) What can I see from LEAP? In addition to an interactive booth with IoT and AR from real-world industry applications on display, Allan Thompson, PTC Technical Manager from LEAP, will also be presenting on Tuesday May…

    What is Industry 4.0 and what does it mean for us as engineers?

    Industry 4.0 Solutions at LEAP Australia
    Initially devised as part of a German government-led strategy to promote digitalisation in manufacturing, the term Industrie 4.0 (aka the fourth industrial revolution) has arisen in recognition of the significant value that can be realised in transforming manufacturing from traditional techniques to a fully connected and digitally managed process, often known as cyber-physical systems. This strategy has now been embraced globally, though you’ll notice it is known by other names around the world: for example, Smart Manufacturing (in the United States) and Made in China 2025. In most cases, commercial companies are excited about the potential for Industry 4.0 technologies to help them remain competitive in a changing manufacturing space, which is particularly relevant for companies operating in high-cost economies (such as here in Australia &...
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