Clough Collaboration with Charles Darwin University

The recently launched Clough-Charles Darwin University (CDU) Maintenance Engineering Collaboration (CCMEC) combines the specialist research capabilities from CDU with Clough’s proven maintenance engineering expertise to deliver step change improvements in maintenance engineering and asset management solutions.

Clough CEO and Managing Director, Peter Bennett said, “It is pleasing to see this collaboration come to fruition after much work. We are already seeing our client’s maintenance needs changing and we need to change with them; what is now good enough will soon be obsolete, and our development of the Clough Automated Maintenance System (CAMS) is an example of how we are anticipating our client’s
future needs.”

“This collaboration will bring us new opportunities to develop specialist maintenance expertise, such as advanced CAMS modules to further automate maintenance planning that interface with predictive analytics, and assist us in delivering the step change improvements in operating costs and in asset availability and performance that our clients are seeking,” Bennett said.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research Professor Lawrence Cram said, “The Collaboration would help steer training and research towards commercially-viable outcomes and support the undergraduate, postgraduate and training requirements of northern Australia.”

“There are mutual benefits to be derived from a working relationship where CDU staff not only provide professional and research support to Clough, but also gain valuable practical experience while working with Clough,” Professor Cram said.

The agreement includes the appointment of Professor of Maintenance Engineering Sureshkumar Perinpanayagam based at CDU’s North Australian Centre for Oil and Gas.

Through working with Clough and their clients, Dr Perinpanayagam anticipates helping develop new technologies, linked to predictive analytics and working with industry and academic partners, that are designed to deliver step change performance improvements and provide more efficient maintenance services.

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About Charles Darwin University

Charles Darwin University is a young institution that already has achieved world rankings for the impact of its research. It is the only Australian university with headquarters in the Northern Territory. Because of its geographic location, CDU has a deep interest in South-East Asia, Northern Australia, and in Indigenous Australia, and specialises in research and teaching in these areas.

CDU has 11 campuses and centres located throughout the Northern Territory, and in Sydney and Melbourne. The university’s main campus is in Darwin, the capital of the Northern Territory. More than 23,000 students study with CDU on campus and online in a range of disciplines including engineering and information technology, the environment, health, psychological and clinical sciences, business, creative arts and
humanities, education and law.

The university is listed in joint 31st position in The Times Higher Education’s best 150 universities aged less than 50 years old. Times Higher Education also ranks CDU in the top 2% of universities in the world.

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