Ship to Shore

Ever wanted to know more about all the shipwrecks around Perth? Well now you can, thanks to an app developed by Central’s Graphic Design and IT Programming students.

The lucky students had the opportunity to use their skills on a real world project for The Maritime Archaeological Association of WA (MAAWA), so that the public could learn more about shipwrecks along the WA coast.

The MAAWA are a group of 50 volunteer Ocean Archaeologists with a passion for shipwrecks.

Thanks to a grant from Lotterywest, MAAWA were able to launch their new app technology on 18 November at Shipwreck Galleries, Maritime Museum in Fremantle.

The smart phone application enables access to the MAAWA database of shipwrecks along the Swan and Canning Rivers, and around the shores of Rottnest Island and the Perth coastline.

Ian Warne from MAAWA
Ian Warne from MAAWA

Diploma of Graphic Design student Leigh Maisey developed the concept and design of the app. He was the successful student of a class design project established to create the logo and concept for a ‘Swan River Wrecks’ web page and phone app.

Leigh’s design was so good it was used to obtain quotes from project developers and also featured in the funding submission sent to LotteryWest.

Advanced Diploma of Graphic Design student Melissa Ciputra designed the navigation and interaction for the shipwrecks app. She submitted ‘wire frame’ designs for the phone app, as well as how each page would link to the others. This was then used by the final developers.

The final stage of the of the development of the app was done by Certificate IV in Programming student Ahmed Alsodani, with fellow students Stuart Watt and Nick Henry. They developed a Windows version of the phone app before working on the unique database.

Upon graduating, Ahmad was contracted by the Developers, Digital Monopoly, to write the phone app for all other platforms and complete the database.

Thanks to the work of these students, 30 years of information gathered by the MAAWA will now be available to the public. Walkers, tourists, school groups, boating and diving enthusiasts and anyone with a desire to experience this unique insight into WA history, will be able to easily access and interact with information about local shipwrecks.

Engineering: It’s a girl thing

To encourage girls into the IT and Engineering industries, Central Institute of Technology joined forces with the WA Department of Education School Pathways Program, to organise a special, interactive two day event.

Fifteen girls, ranging from Year 10 to 12, were invited to participate to get a taste of what employment opportunities lay ahead.  The event included a site visit to BAE Systems Henderson Shipyard, talks with industry leaders and hands on learning experiences at Central Institute of Technology.

Following a tour of Central, the cohort of aspiring Engineers had the opportunity to try out a variety of disciplines to see what each involved. The students kicked off with Civil, Mechatronic, Electronics & Communications and Oil & Gas engineering activities at Central.


This included density testing for Oil & Gas, working with pneumatics for Mechatronics, designing a suburb for Civil, and circuit building for Electronics & Communications. Each activity was well received and gave the students a great overview of the broadness of the industry.

For aspiring IT and Networking professionals, the students had the opportunity to familiarise themselves with some key tools of the industry. They created small networks that communicate with each other and designed their own webpage too.

Oil & Gas2

The event speakers included leading women from the IT and Engineering industries including Water Corporation CEO, Sue Murphy, and Chevron Graduate Engineer, Alexandra Martin.  Moodle founder Martin Dougiamas also spoke to the group.

Each speaker provided the students with valuable insights concerning the need to attract more women to these industries and how these industries were critical to the ongoing development of the State.

The second day was dominated by the tour of BAE System’s Henderson Shipyard, which included an OHS induction and a tour of HMAS Warramunga.

The success of this inaugural event will see it cemented as an annual fixture, with plans to expand to include additional schools.