Alcatel Lucent

Aurecon Group




City of Geraldton-Greenough

Cray Inc


WA Department of Commerce

Department of Industry, Innovation, Climate Change, Science, Research & Tertiary Education

Global Innovation Centre

Horizon Power








Lockheed Martin



Vision Stream


Please Note:  The SKA initiative has now successfully transitioned to the Pre-Construction Phase, involving a range of International Work Package Consortia.

From the 1st July 2014, ASKAIC will be managed by the Australian SKA Office, refer

The prime contact for ASKAIC will be Jerry Skinner

Manager, SKA Communications & Planning:-

The revised arrangements for ASKAIC envisage that the previous Consortium will evolve into a cluster of Australasian companies interested in involvement in the project.

Australasian SKA & Big Data Industry Consortium

” Breakthroughs are more likely with the collaboration of industrial partners offering expertise in fields relevant to SKA. “


SKA dishes by night. Credit: SKA Organisation/TDP/DRAO/Swinburne Astronomy Productions

As a key Australasian industry body representing one of the largest concentrations of globally-connected businesses, ASKAIC assumes an influential strategic and tactical role to champion industry involvement in SKA as well as pursue its next-generation non-astronomy opportunities, such as Big Data.

Since forming in 2005, ASKAIC has emerged as an international exemplar of the way in which public and private sectors can work together productively in pursuit of a common goal.   In particular, it has provided the major source of industry input into the Australasian governments’ successful bid to attract the siting of the low frequency aperture arrays (SKA-Low) to this region and build on world-first Pathfinder development

ASKAIC members have assumed a strong leadership role in:-

  • Arranging for the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between SKA Industry Consortia in Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Canada, Italy and the Netherlands at the International SKA Forum (Canada) in 2011
  • Contributing to SKA development as a member of a number of SKA bodies & presenting at several international and national forums/events
  • Championing national and global industry engagement with SKA aimed at achieving a successful outcome for the initiative and the realisation of wider economic and environmental benefits
  • To achieve the above, actively identifying and pursuing non-astronomy project opportunities from SKA, in ICT fields such as Big Data, communications as well as renewable energy and manufacturing & systems engineering
  • Promoting an understanding of Australasian industry capabilities relevant to the SKA project (both within and external to the ASKAIC membership)
  • Supporting the Australian and New Zealand Governments in annual International SKA Forums (Australia, South Africa, the Netherlands and Canada)
  • Hosting industry delegations to Australia
  • Fostering Australia-New Zealand industry relationships for SKA and beyond
  • Enhancing, in collaboration with the Western Australia Government, SME engagement with ASKAIC and SKA
  • Engaging with the City of Greater Geraldton through presentations at Economic Summits and other regional development initiatives


You are invited to register your interest in Consortium membership in 2013/2014 if your organisation seeks to collaborate with globally-connected business and governments in:

  • supporting the SKA, identifying and developing some of the non-astronomy project opportunities offered by the initiative, including a significant focus on Big Data.
  • offering detailed information on the development of the SKA, particularly updates on the Pre-Construction Phase in the lead-up to the Construction Phase in 2017.

For more details about the benefits of ASKAIC membership, visit

ASKAIC Addressing One of the‘Grand Challenges’ of SKA – Big Data

The siting in Australia and South Africa of one of the world’s most ambitious science projects – The Square Kilometre Array (SKA) represents a unique opportunity for industry, science and government in the field of BIG DATA to collaborate and innovate for national growth.

The benefits from BIG DATA will only be maximized through a bringing together of committed key stakeholders;  a sharing of information; and a coordinated national focus.

To this end, ASKAIC Consortium Members have agreed that the most tangible way to achieve this focus is through the inclusion of a strong Big Data component within ASKAIC’s operations, and to bring to the group additional capability in this area. This will be achieved through –

  • selective industry briefings following ASKAIC Management Meetings;
  • identification and consideration of a collaborative demonstration project; and,
  • encompassing in such a project a tripartite cooperation between the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand, as prime participants (and contributors to) SKA.

ASKAIC Industry Briefing Event

Theme:  Big Data:  Big Opportunities From SKA

AUGUST 14, 2013 – MELBOURNE (Interested stakeholders welcome)

Guest speakers include:

Prof John Bancroft – “Big Data – UK’s Experience & the Australasian Opportunity”

Head of Project Development, Asia-Pacific Science & Technology Facilities Council; Head of International Development & Head of Commercial Interactions SKA Project, the Hartree Centre UK

Dr Desmond Albert – “Lessons in Big Data – Opportunities in Australia”

Pre-Sales Engineer, Cray Australia

Gary Hale – “Data to Innovate Precinct Proposal” Business Development Leader, CISCO

Brian Haines – “Case Study – The Pawsey Centre Experience” Business Manager, iVEC

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ASKAIC Consortium Members Partner in Bid to Fund Industry Innovation Precinct in Big Data

ASKAIC, in liaison with two of its members, the Western Australia Government and the lead organisation Cisco Australia, has submitted a proposal to the Australian Government’s Program for the establishment of Industry Innovation Precincts in emerging and existing industries. The submission, entitled “Data to Innovate” Industry Innovation Precinct, aligns ASKAIC initiative in Big Data, which supports the former if successful, or provides a default position if not successful (depending on the government of the day, following the election announcement).

The Big Data Precinct will position Australia as a world leader in the development of Big Data related skills, tools, services and new business models.  The Precinct will provide a focal point for accessing information, networking, and collaborating to develop new business methodologies and practices, as well as identify new business models and growth opportunities for Australian industry.

Why Big Data?

An accelerated move towards the next-generation of world computing (exascale) is required to adequately address one of the ‘grand challenges’ of the SKA.  As examples of this significant global challenge, the dishes of the SKA will produce 10 times the global internet traffic, and the SKA central computer will be required to possess the processing power of about one hundred million PCs.

Apart from the needs of the SKA, the Big Data field itself is becoming a pervasive phenomenon with implications for most industry sectors, government and the research community.  The Big Data market is likely to achieve a 31% compound growth rate for the period 2012-2017,  Within this broader global context, supporting the quest to address one of the key challenges of the SKA provides one of the ‘strategic levers’ to accelerate the new and transformative, globally pervasive, computing environment.

Countries such as the United Kingdom have made Big Data a major funding priority in recent months, with other jurisdictions following this lead.  The DOME project in the Netherlands is seeking to develop the first exascale computer.  In Australia and New Zealand, the field of Big Data is generally fragmented, subject to ad-hoc and incremental advances.  To the best of our knowledge there is no cohesive focus, from an industry perspective, on Big Data research and engineering.

The most tangible way to achieve this focus is through the inclusion of a strong Big Data component within ASKAIC’s operations, and to bring to the group additional capability in this area. This will be achieved through (i) selective industry briefings following ASKAIC Management Meetings; (ii) identification and consideration of a collaborative demonstration project; and, (iii) encompassing in such a project a tripartite cooperation between the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand, as prime participants (and contributors to) SKA.

The Age of Astronomy Big Data is Already Here

Australian Pawsey powerhouse supercomputer crunches pre-SKA data torrent

22 July 2013, Perth, Australia -  High-performance computing specialists from Perth’s International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR) today became the first users of one of Australia’s leading supercomputing facilities – the Pawsey Centre – ahead of its official opening later this year.

ASKAIC/UK Connection – proposed visit

Over the past few years, ASKAIC has established a strong relationship with its counterpart in the United Kingdom, the ESPKTN (Electronics, Sensors, Photonics Knowledge Transfer Network) to the extent that tripartite projects and visits are now being proposed for 2013/2014.  This ASKAIC/UK connection provides the opportunity for the three countries (i.e. United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand) to develop a demonstration project that leads the way in terms of accessing the non-astronomy opportunities available via SKA.

Australasian Activities

ASKAIC has incorporated into its 2013/2014 program a visit to New Zealand to further develop Trans-Tasman ties; a possible CEO’s dinner (i.e. of ASKAIC member organisations) at Parliament House Canberra hosted at Ministerial level; a series of industry briefings on Big Data; and Management Meetings held at least quarterly.  The opportunity for an event focussing on non-astronomy project opportunities is also being discussed.

SKA Industry Opportunities Register

A new version of the SKA Industry Opportunities Register is now available. The changes incorporated into this version (v4.0) include:

  • Expanded descriptions of the anticipated opportunities for the delivery of the focal plane arrays, including a separate description of the digital receiver systems
  • Consolidation of the opportunities for the beam former and correlator systems, given the similarity and relative scale of these systems
  • Updated MRO infrastructure opportunities to reflect the scope of the major (comprehensive) tender to build the MRO facilities
  • Updated computing and infrastructure (power systems), reflecting the recent Government funding for the Pawsey Centre and the EIF funds for a green energy demonstrator for ASKAP, respectively
  • Updates to the timing of a number of completed, current and future RFTs to provide consistent information to all stakeholders

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