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What is Project DIG?

Project DIG is a creative alliance centred on enabling and rewarding innovative thinking.

This ground-breaking five-year collaboration between Queensland Museum and BHP will transform how Queensland Museum explores and shares its research and collections with students and scientists, no matter where they are in the world.

Project DIG will modernise Queensland Museum’s research capabilities and extend its relevance and reach in the worldwide scientific community. This will provide opportunities for innovators, researchers and students to work together to discover solutions to complex problems of international relevance.

Building on a decade-long partnership, the ground-breaking five-year collaboration will see the Museum’s globally significant collection shared with the world providing opportunities for today’s researchers and tomorrow’s experts to make discoveries of global significance.

Together, Queensland Museum and BHP will use world-class 3D scanning capabilities and interactive visualisation technologies to create new education resources and an extensive online research portal for students, scientists, innovators and researchers to explore.

Project DIG will initially focus on the South Walker Creek Mine site located 40 kilometres west of Nebo in the Bowen Basin, where megafauna, extinct supersized species of mammals, reptiles and marsupials have been discovered by Queensland Museum and BHP scientists during annual digs over the past decade.

The South Walker Creek site will form the baseline project for Project DIG as the Queensland Museum embarks on digitising and visualising the information collected there using cutting-edge 3D interactive technologies.

In the age of innovation through collaboration, the Museum needs access to new technologies to extend the reach and impact of its collection and research. Project DIG will make that possible. It not only enhances the work already being done by Queensland Museum but benefits all scientists, big or small, in their quest to uncover, discover and solve the challenges facing the world.

Want to know more? Contact the Project DIG team for more information.