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

Dr Scott Hocknull

Scott is a vertebrate palaeoecologist, passionate science communicator and 3-D digitisation and virtual technology advocate and practitioner in the museum community. He has over 20 years of experience in palaeontology, having published his first paper aged 16at the time Australia’s youngest scientific author. Scott developed his love for natural history at a very young age growing up in the Northern Territory. He started at the Queensland Museum in 1990 as a 12 year old volunteer, working in the palaeontology and geology department, and then landing his first job as a Queensland Museum Interpretation Officer, aged 17. In 2000 his dream job as a palaeontologist for Queensland Museum came true, making him then the youngest museum curator in Australia at age 22.

Realising that most of museum collections are hidden from public view, Scot has become a strong advocate for bringing the behind-the-scenes of museum collections and science to the public. Scott is passionate about applying new technologies to museum collections so that we can better interpret and demonstrate our natural and geo-heritage.  Scott is an advocate for strong regional and remote connections between museums, especially new and developing museums that house important fossil and geological collections. Scott has developed numerous multifaceted projects that bring together industry, philanthropy, multidisciplinary science and local communities to form long-term projects in palaeontology.