Townsville Data Hub

Townsville Data Hub

This project demonstrates the energy/water nexus in the Townsville tropical built environment. It achieves this by exposing water and electricity data sets and allowing analysis of current usage against multiple potential influencing axes. The Townsville Data Hub is used for developing usage models for evaluating interventions, for assisting in the planning of water and electricity infrastructure in future developments, and for enhancing planning capability, specifically for the tropical environment utilising data specific to Townsville, Australia’s largest tropical city.


Project Overview

This project provides data collections that are available via the AURIN Portal and provide a model for delivery of these types of data (energy and water) in other jurisdictions. The benefits will flow back to Townsville City Council and Ergon Energy to identify planning strategies and interventions that will reduce consumption.

The partner organisations have collaborated on exposing data to the research community in order to provide significant benefits in terms of returns to their organisations. The partners anticipate that through their example, acting as leaders in the community, the project will stimulate other organisations to provide additional data that will enrich the understanding of the Townsville urban environment.

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Project Outputs

The two primary objectives of this project are:

  • to provide anonymised electricity usage data and anonymised water usage data to be made available to researchers and
  • to provide insight into the energy/water nexus in the topical environment.


Project Team

QCIF (the Queensland Cyber Infrastructure Foundation) provides the high-performance services, infrastructure and support required to achieve excellence in computation and data-driven collaborative research and its application in industry. QCIF operates with its members and partners delivering services to research throughout Queensland and increasingly via Commonwealth programs to the nation.

QCIF members are six Queensland universities – The University of Queensland, Queensland University of Technology, Griffith University, James Cook University, CQ University, and the University of Southern Queensland. The University of the Sunshine Coast is an associate member.

QCIF has partnered with QUT and JCU to build the Data Hub using data that will be supplied from Industry partners Ergon Energy and the Townsville City Council.

Ian AtkinsonProf Ian Atkinson
eResearch Director
Faculty of Science and Engineering
James Cook University
Chris Christensen_webChris Christensen
eResearch Project Manager
JCU eResearch Centre
James Cook University
Robin DrogemullerProf Robin Drogemuller
Professor in Digital Design
Creative Industries Faculty
Queensland University of Technology

Fanny BoulaireFanny Boulaire
Research Fellow
Faculty of Science and Engineering
Queensland University of Technology
Gavin Kennedy_webGavin Kennedy
Outreach and Engineering Manager
 Franz-B&WFranz Eilert
Project Manager
Information Ecosystems


Project Partners

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James Cook University