Engineering, Construction and Mining Innovation Hub

From trains and tracks to technology hub.



A regional city in southeast Queensland was sustained for over a century by its mining and associated railway industries. In the 21st century, with characteristics of these industries changing, the city wanted to keep its identity associated with an engineering and construction heritage but also leverage it to create new economic opportunities and new jobs for the current and future workforce.

A long association with the local community prompted industry leaders to pursue ways for increasing the adoption of technologies across engineering, construction and mining organisations.



  • IIG prepared a new technology pathways program aimed at progressively de-risking technologies from both the technology owner and technology user perspectives.
  • The project involved engaging with key organisations and industry associations to assess the viability of creating a regional hub based on existing strengths and resources in engineering, construction and mining sectors.
  • The process was tested with a start-up company and construction industry organisations.
  • With strong indications of the idea’s success, IIG engaged with government and other funding organisations to establish a suitable entity for implementing the idea.


  • Queensland Government funding has been granted to establish the Innovation Hub.
  • IIG has been engaged to provide mentoring services to the Innovation Hub management team.

Industry Associations we have worked with;

The Impact Innovation Group provides the corporate rigour that many of our early stage ventures require. They provide the timely, on-demand inputs that assist us to achieve our capital raising and licensing objectives.

Dr Dean Moss CEO
UniQuest Pty Limited
The Targeted Innovation Management System delivered outstanding innovations that have been simple to implement, while enhancing our bottom-line.

Ryan Clerihew NuChem Pty Ltd
The ongoing support of the Impact Innovation Group in engaging with industry across a range of robotic, motion sensor and nano technologies has greatly enhanced our commercialisation efforts.

Gary Heyden Former Director of Deakin Research Commercial
The Impact Innovation Group’s structured approach to innovation greatly assisted our grant application with Commercialisation Australia as well as the ongoing implementation of our business strategy.

Clint Ramsay Director of NeoRehab Pty Ltd
As an investor, your approach to identifying ideas to ‘bypass bottlenecks’ is a refreshing change.

Peter Riikonen Director of BioHerbicides Australia Pty Ltd
Brian was a guest speaker at one of our client events. His presentation resonated with our audience and attracted a very high satisfaction rating when we polled guests afterwards, especially for his delivery style and solid grounding in the topic of maximising the return on innovation investment.

Ross Patane Managing Partner, Crowe Horwath Australia

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