A – New Products, Processes and Systems

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AAV (Ageless Aerospace Vehicle) – can monitor itself and its environment, learn and adapt, and make and implement decisions
Absolute Salinity Standard – a new international thermodynamic description of seawater, cast in terms of a new salinity which gives an accurate measure of the heat content of seawater for inclusion in ocean models and climate projections; initiated by the Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research – See Science adopts a new definition of seawater, 2009 (Media Release)
ACBM (Autonomous Conveying/Bolting Module) – for roofs in coal mines
AccuRate – software, improved version of NatHERS – See also Great games, great science, 2000 (Media Release)
Across the fenceline – web-linked technology which provides real-time information on drainage under different land management practices
ADSAT – software/tool for assessment of testing tools for object-oriented software
Advise – software/tool for traffic control
Aerogard – insect repellant
Agitator – software to analyse mixing impellor performance and mixing tank flow field
Air Cargo Scanner – instrument that detects quickly and precisely hidden explosives and illicit drugs in containers
AirSAR (Airborne Synthetic Aperture Radar) – software for mining industry – See Scientists see through sand, 1997 (Media Release)
Airtrak – air quality sensor which diagnoses causes of ozone build-up (made by Mineral Control Instrumentation Ltd) – See The Integrated Empirical Rate Model (CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research) and Airtrak (1989)
ALFA (Arecibo L-band Feed Array) – camera using radio waves instead of light to see further out into space – See CSIRO boosts the power of the world’s biggest telescope (Achievement)
Align 3D – software, for planning of rail & road routes (marketed by Quantm Ltd) – See Visions for the future – Efficient road design (1994)
Alpha – software for X-ray fluorescence spectrometry
Alpha+ – design-generation software package for planting trials
AMBRI biosensor – instrument for the rapid detection of minute concentrations of substances in the blood (owned by Pacific Dunlop) – See Australian scientists create a nanomachine, 1997 (Media Release) and Information Intensive Industries (CSIRO Mathematics, Informatics and Statistics)
AM-cover – a colourless, odourless gas which will replace sulfur hexafluoride (SF6) in magnesium melting operations – See Slashing greenhouse emissions from magnesium production (Solution)
AM-SC1™ – lightweight magnesium alloy sold by Advanced Magnesium Technologies (AMT) – See Cast Metals – Light Years Ahead, 2004 (CSIRO SOLVE)
AMZ (Australian Milking Zebu) – a breed of tick-resistant, heat-tolerant dairy cattle produced by CSIRO; animals and semen have been exported and the breed is now being used in dairy cattle improvement programs
Annodex™ – an interactive plugin for browsing through webs of video
Antenna feed system for the AUSSAT-B (Optus B) satellite – helped revolutionise the satellite industry, worth about US$10 billion annually world-wide. CSIRO showed that computer-based methods could be used to halve the antenna part of this industry’s cycle-time (one of the slowest parts of the overall development cycle), from 4 years to about 2 years or less. Computer code analysing antennas on-board spacecraft – developed in a three-year contract (1995-97) with Boeing Space and Communications (formerly Hughes); this was the main tool used by Boeing for about three years for design of spacecraft antennas.
Antennas for radio telescopes and satellite communications
AP-design – software to monitor energy consumption
Aplcrates – software that calculates spare part allowances by assembling the necessary data
APSIM (Agricultural Production Systems sIMulator) – software, uses climate data together with soil nitrogen and water levels to calculate potential crop performances
Aqualab – submersible on-site logger instrument which gathers and transmits essential data on water quality
Aquifem-N – software, aquifer flow model – See Dryland Salinity Management: Can simple catchment-scale models provide reliable answers? An Australian case study
Arcana™ wool fibre – formerly known as OPTIM™ fibre processing
Argyle – linseed cultivar varietal
ARIS – software
ASFF (Australian Stocks and Flows Framework) – a modeling tool that can conduct scenario planning for resource management – used in Growing the Green Collar Economy – See SEED Working Paper 23: The Dematerialisation Potential of the Australian Economy (Publication – technical)
ASKAP (Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder) – instrument for the full Square Kilometre Array. The arrays will be part of a new ultra-high resolution visualisation system, CSIROvision, and will extend OptIPortal technology developed by the University of California.
ASPDS (Airport Pavement Structural Design System) – software commercialised by the spin-off company Mincad System P/L
Assembly Planning – software for the design of assembly line processing
AT2 – a microbe, Pseudomonas AT2 which eats pesticides cleaning up contaminated soil and water – See Aussie Toxin Muncher Discovered, 1999 (Media Release)
Atlantic – varietal, genetically modified potato plant for the snack food industry, especially potato crisps
Atlantis – a marine ecosystem model used to guide fishery management and regional marine planning – See Simulations of marine ecosystems dynamics
ATLAS – instrument for measuring wool staple length and strength
Atlas of Living Australia – an online encyclopaedia of Australian biodiversity providing information, maps and images of all species of Australian plants, animals and micro-organisms; a collaboration between the CSIRO, state and national museums, departments and universities
Atlas PG – winter active phalaris grass varietal
Atomic absorption spectrometer
ATSR (Along-Track Scanning Radiometer) – instrument which probes each location on the Earth’s surface twice as the satellite passes overhead
AUDIT (Appraisal of Urban Development, Infrastructure and Transport) – computer model for planning transport and water management
AusBeef – software – See New tool for feed decisions (Science for tomorrow)
AusCane – sugar land management system model
AusFarm – family of six software packages – MetAccess, LambAlive, GrazFeed, GrazPlan, FarmWi$e, and Grassgro – See also Farming: decision support for farms (Overview – Research)
AUSLCI (Australian Life Cycle Inventory) – database which allows users to assess and compare products across a number of industries and to choose those likely to give the best environmental impact performance; developed in conjunction with the Australian Life Cycle Assessment Society, EPA Vic, PACIA, Sustainability Vic, RMIT Centre for Design and FWPRDC
AusPig – software, pig farming decision support system – See Better decisions bring home the bacon, 2000 (Media Release)|http://www.csiro.au/files/mediarelease/mr2000/AUSPIG.htm]
AusPlague – software for management of contact-spread diseases in wildlife
Australian II – grazing-tolerant phalaris cultivar – See New pasture grass a boost for graziers, 2000 (Media Release)
Australian Blood (also known as Australian Red Centre) – Citrus australasica varietal; cross between native finger lime and Rangpur lime – See New CSIRO lime varieties (Achievement)
Australian Outback – Citrus glauca native lime variety; sometimes called Australian Desert lime – See New CSIRO lime varieties (Achievement)
Australian Sunrise – finger lime/calamondin hybrid varietal (cross between a cumquat and a mandarin) – See New CSIRO lime varieties (Achievement)
Australian Tropical Rain Forest Trees – software/book for rainforest plant identification – See Australian Tropical Herbarium (CSIRO Plant Industry)
Auswool – software, predicts wool clip’s processing performance
AusZEH – Australia’s first Zero Emission House showcases off-the-shelf building and renewable energy-generation technologies, and new future-ready energy management systems – See also Zero Emission House (Profile – Project)
Automated Horadiam – a specialised fully automated mining platform that will drill, survey and load explosives from a large diameter shaft drilled through the ore-body (developed in collaboration with WA School of Mines (Curtin) and Geographe Enterprises)
Autotrough – automatic solar-powered watering trough that cools drinking water for stock, marketed by Monopumps Australia (Pty Ltd)
Aztec – cultivar, rust-resistant strain of the pasture legume Siratro – See Pastures for the north


Active Packaging – technology to ensure fresh produce reaches export markets in good condition – See Visions for the future – Clever plastic wrap (1994)
Alcoa Portland SPL Process – developed jointly by Portland Aluminium, Alcoa, Ausmelt and CSIRO; renders spent pot lining, the hazardous waste from aluminium smelters harmless and at the same time produces two commercial by-products: aluminium fluoride and ‘synthetic sand’ – See Global aluminium waste headache solved, 2002 (Media Release)
AMCRO – ammonium chromate panel treatment process which improves the optical properties of ‘copper black’ solar selective surfaces (manufactured by Beasley Industries Pty Ltd, Hindmarsh, South Australia)
Annodex™ – technology that allows metadata to be added video, making computerised archives searchable – See At last: video search that works, 2005 (Media Release)
Atomic absorption spectroscopy


AAQFS (Australian Air Quality Forecasting System) – a state-of-the-art modeling system which forecasts the following day’s air quality
ABSAC – Building and construction testing services
ACCESS (Australian Community Climate and Earth System Simulator) – a fully coupled system to be developed as a joint initiative of the Bureau of Meteorology and CSIRO, with university sector involvement to create models and modeling outcomes
Aida mobile browser technology – enables high quality video to be delivered to 3G mobile phones from internet web servers in a continuous stream, minimising waiting time
Airscan – automatically detects and tracks aircraft by capturing and identifying registration numbers at airports – See Airscan (1996)
Alphacron – an automated, integrated and compact turnkey system designed for the extraction and measurement of gases from mineral samples (joint venture with Patterson Instruments Pty Ltd to commercialise the system)
ASRIS (Australian Soil Resource Information System) – provides online access to the best available soil and land resource information in a consistent format across the nation
ATM (Air Traffic Management Systems)
ATS (Accelerated Test Shelter) – a system which can evaluate new and existing roof fastener products for corrosion performance – See Keep your roof on thanks to CSIRO, 2000 (Media Release)
Auscope Grid – a grid, simulator and earth model system which provides an infrastructure to find and assess additional major mineral deposits buried under the regolith in Australia by improving the image of the subsurface – See Regolith geochemistry for mineral exploration
Australis – an accelerator mass spectrometry system for ultra sensitive trace element and isotopic studies
Automated Particle Settling Cylinder Test System – software, uses real-time digital image analysis to streamline slurry sedimentation – See Cheaper, faster, precision ore analysis, 1999 (Media Release)