ARUP workshop leaders announced for DATA CAPTURE 11362 : Special Project Technology running through late June/July, see below and here for more information regarding enrollment.


Ben Cooper-Woolley

Ben is a Senior Specialist with ARUP working with spatial technology. Ben joined Arup in February 2007 and is responsible for providing the infrastructure to allow flexible GIS based solutions for non experienced users, often through web based interactive maps and mobile applications.
He is a highly experienced user of ESRI ArcGIS and MapInfo and a skilled developer in FME, Python, Quest 3D and various formats of spatial databases. Ben works to leverage particularly Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and Flash/Flex to better enable data visualisation and presentation.
Ben has project managed the successful delivery of a number of projects based on communicating data effectively.  Ben is the leader of the Virtual Design Skill Network for the Australasian Region. This role involves providing insight and direction for a multi-disciplinary network of people working in cutting edge digital design.

In this short workshop, Ben will be further developing and working with a NASA space apps challenge recently carried out at ARUP. It is proposed to apply it to Broadway, George Street and to the UPN as a way of sensing activity: How many people do you work with?  How many people are around you at any one time?  This challenge is to develop a system that senses activity in a relatively small scale location; for example a building or public space. This can use any type of fixed sensor that reveals people’s locations and densities of people, and presents the data back in a realtime visualisation, also offering an historic analysis which shows how densities change over time.  This challenge could use a variety of sensors, depending on what people have available for instance heat, pressure, sound, IP addresses, wifi hotspot activity, Bluetooth or any combination of these.

Dr Sarah Barns

Dr. Sarah Barns has recently commenced as a Senior Consultant within Arup’s informatics team, and has a background spanning digital strategy & production, cultural heritage and urban planning. Most recently she established a digital emergencies strategy for the ABC (Mapping Emergencies), delivering a crowd-sourced platform for journalists, emergency service agencies and social media users to share information on natural disasters across Australia over summer 2011-12. She has previously developed a number of projects and interface solutions which offer experiential design frameworks for accessing cultural and scientific data, audio-visual archives, and cross-platform digital storytelling for site-specific, location-aware platforms. These include Unguarded Moments for Art & About Sydney (2011); About NSW Suburb Labs for the Powerhouse Museum (2011); and ABC Sydney Sidetracks (2008), a cross-platform project exploring the history of Sydney’s urban development using documentary archives from the ABC, the National Film and Sound Archive and beyond. Her PhD The Death & Life of the Real-Time City explored the historical interactions between media technologies and urban planning undertaken through UTS. She has also worked as a strategic adviser for many cultural and media sector organisations including the ABC, the Australia Council for the Arts and the Creative Industries Innovation Centre.  Projects, resources and writing by Sarah can be found on her project blog at SitesandSounds

Sarah will run a workshop exploring some different ideas about real-time data spaces and their implications for the UPN. This will taker a broader view of spatial data not only in terms of contemporary spatial connectivities and interactions, but also encompassing the increasing amounts of historical data being made available across multiple formats like sound, photography, film and so forth.  Sarah will run through the different kinds of resources, interaction experiences and platforms that engage across (real) time-spaces. Students will be introduced to the new policies and platforms being used by major collections (including the ABC and Powerhouse Museum) to harvest historical data and other media and generate public engagement in a site.  We will commence a prototype on how the UPN might experienced as an interaction experience engaging both built and recorded environs.


Philip Guthrie

Anthony Minasian

Anthony is an engineer at Arup in the multidiscipline team Design Group 1 and has worked on a broad range of projects from commerical buildings and universities to concert halls and theatres.  Anthony’s specialisation is in the design of wireless communication systems and their use in ubiquitious computing, sensor networks and smart buildings. Anthony recently published and presented a research paper at a leading european conference in the field of wireless communication systems. In this lecture Anthony will introduce the concept of wireless networks and how they may be able to be used to understand and enhance the way people interact with buildings and the urban environment. Anthony has done a Masters of Philosophy and Bachelor of Engineering with First Class Honours and is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE).


Lead Tutor: Ben Wollen

Ben Wollen is an environmental scientist and architect working in the field of sustainable building design and environmental modelling. He has been tutoring in the Faculty of Design Architecture and Building, at UTS since 2010.
Between 1995 and 2001 Ben worked as an Environmental Scientist on a number of complex infrastructure projects in the Hunter Valley before studying architecture. Having an environmental focus, Ben specialised in the fields of sustainable design and building sciences throughout his architectural studies. He has worked and studied at the university of New South Wales, the University of Newcastle and the University of Technology, Sydney where he currently tutors in sustainable design, environmental modelling and advanced environmental control. Before his curent position of head of sustainability at Tribe Studio Architects, Ben worked for eminent Sydney architects, Bruce Rickard, Sam Marshall as well as the Sydney Olympic Park Authority.


Enrollment in this subject is via e-request to the student center.