The Ararat Digital Twin Spotlight Project will work with local farmers and planners to solve agricultural industry and planning challenges using a range of innovative sensor technologies and leveraging the powerful data visualisation and sharing capabilities of the Digital Twin Victoria (DTV) platform.
In delivering the project, Ararat Rural City Council is excited to be holding two Digital Farm Tech Field Days next month in Willaura (14th February) and Tatyoon (15th February).
Digital Twins use 2D, 3D, and live sensor data to build a virtual model of a place, including town infrastructure, rural roads, buildings, machinery and farmland. Through the project, Council will be establishing the Ararat Digital Twin to create a link between the virtual and digital world, enabling real world scenario simulations to be created.
Council CEO Dr Tim Harrison said, “Council is committed to becoming Australia’s rural innovation capital, leading the way with collaborative partnerships with Federation University Australia to drive advanced research and development in local agriculture and bioenergy.
“We’re using this project at a local level to understand the technology’s ability to assist asset management planning and prioritisation of infrastructure repairs and developments, including roads, with a risk mitigation and productivity boosting view for the municipality.”
“Agriculture and agribusiness are strong drivers of our economy and building digital capacity to provide smart farming technology opportunities, including weather and soil condition monitoring capability, is an area we believe where the Ararat Digital Twin Spotlight project can deliver value,” he continued.
Council will be hosting two Digital Farm Tech Field Days, the first on February 14 at Willaura Memorial Hall and the second at Tatyoon Hall on February 15.
“By hosting the Digital Farm Tech Field Days, we’re bringing the local agricultural community together to explore how sensor technology can be used to improve on-farm decisions and increase productivity.
“It’s a great opportunity for farmers to hear more on the region’s plans for improved connectivity and the local grants available for installing farm weather stations. We encourage as many Ararat Rural City Council growers and community members to come along as possible.”
The Ararat Digital Twin Spotlight Project is a collaborative partnership with the Digital Twin Victoria program and Federation University Australia.
For more information and to register for the Digital Farm Tech Field Days, click here.