A team from the CSIRO has won the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation’s (ANSTO) category for Innovative Technology at the Australian Museum Eureka Prizes Award Dinner in Sydney
springs to award
The team created a 3D handheld mapping device, Zebedee, which swings back and forth on a spring to capture millions of detailed measurements.
The technology gives researchers the ability to reliably map an environment in 3D simply by moving through it. The device will make it possible to plot most areas where a person can walk, crawl, or climb, in areas such as buildings, heritage sites and caves.
Zebedee collects more than 40,000 range measurements every second. Even so its software can process the data in less time than it takes to collect it.
ANSTO itself was also a winner when Lyndon Edwards and Michael Saleh from the Organisation’s Institute of Materials Engineering, were recognised for their role in helping to keep Australian troops safe.
Professor Edwards and Mr Saleh were part of a team working in the Armour Applications Program, which included representatives from Defence contractor Thales Australia, armour manufacturer Bluescope Steel, the University of Wollongong and Swinburne University of Technology.
It was the first time researchers from ANSTO have won a Eureka award.
See more at: www.ansto.gov.au
The CSIRO team that developed the 3D imaging device Zebedee
From left, ANSTO CEO Dr Adi Paterson, Eureka Award winner Michael Saleh
and Professor Lyndon Edwards, head of ANSTO's Institute of Materials
Engineering. Right, materials engineer Michael Saleh
Edition 378, 10 September 2013