Issue 5
Monday, 06 July 2020
Charles Darwin University
CDU Researcher Rohan Fisher with the 3D printing technology
CDU Researcher Rohan Fisher with the 3D printing technology

CDU joins feral animal project

By Monique Paschke

CDU Researcher Rohan Fisher will use projection augmented physical landscape technology to support an innovative project using satellite technology and tracking tags to monitor feral animals across northern Australia. 

The 3D technology is set to bring science and local knowledge together in a way that facilitates two-way learning about the environment and science in diverse, cross-cultural, cross-linguistic regions across northern Australia.  

Mr Fisher will work with NAILSMA (Northern Australia Indigenous Land Sea Management Alliance), on-ground partners and local leaders to test and document feral management scenarios projected onto the 3D printed scale models.

The 3D models will display the different scenarios and demonstrate both economic and environmental outcomes of feral animal management.

Mr Fisher said the unique project would utilise animal tracking technology to support practical on-ground management planning.

“This project is bringing together the cutting edge of satellite technology and using innovative but practical tools to support real on-ground impacts supporting the skills and knowledge of local communities,” Mr Fisher said.

“It is hoped that through clearly showing the movement of buffalo evidence-based and locally supported decisions can be made to reduce the environmental impact and maximise the economic return from wild buffalo harvest.”