Facilities

Building 42 - Controlled Temperature Rooms

State of the art Controlled Temperature facility ideal for sensitive experiments requiring exact and error free climatic conditions. These rooms have been designed to run at temperatures between 4 to 32 degrees.

These rooms are remotely controlled and monitored by Monash's Engineering Services Office and have been specifically designed to offer a flexible configuration. Layout can be arranged as one large room or users can break down the rooms into 3 independently controlled rooms or 2 and 1.

  • Quantity - 1, 2+1 or 3
  • Dimensions - 1 large room (11m x 3.7m), 1 medium room (7.5m x 3.7m) + 1 small room (3.7m x 3.7m), 3 small rooms each (3.7m x 3.7m)
  • Controls - Temperature and lighting
  • Monitoring - Temperature and humidity (remote alarms and connected to BAS)
Temp Room 1
Temp Room 2

Building 42 - Tank Rooms

The indoor tank rooms in the JMR are the ideal setting for aquatic based experiments. The building layout was originally made up of outdoor enclosures with indoor observation rooms.

These rooms have been upgraded over the years and have been used for various projects including housing of lizards, fish and frogs.

  • Quantity - 4
  • Dimensions - Tank Room 1 (3080mm x 3600mm) Tank Room 2 (2900mm x 3600mm) Tank Room 3 (3100mm x 3800mm) Tank Room 4 (3030mm x 3800mm)
  • Controls - Temperature and lighting
  • Monitoring - Temperature and humidity (remote alarms and connected to BAS)
Tank Room 1
Tank Room 2

Grounds - Water Monitoring System and Weather Station

Industry standard monitoring equipment provides publicly available, real-time environmental data via a the JMR digital interface. Users are are immersed in an interactive environment that reports quantitative measures of environmental change.

Data is accessed via a user friendly web-interface that has been optimised for mobile devices. Data is frequently updated at set time intervals allowing the user to query data in real-time, hourly, weekly, monthly or annually. The data is displayed in a visual, interactive format with download options for all datasets. A subscription function allows users to receive notifications from the monitoring system when environmental conditions reach a pre-defined setpoint.

  • Water monitoring - ph, temp, DO, turbidity, water flow and conductivity
  • Weather station - temp, wind speed, wind direction, rainfall, relative humidity, barometric pressure and lux
  • Data download
  • Subscription and notification function
Ponds 1
Ponds 2

Grounds – PTZ Cameras

State of the art Pan, Tilt and Zoom cameras with infrared capability around the lake allow students and visitors to interact with the reserve from a birds-eye view from the comfort of their office or home PC and/or through a mobile device.

These cameras are remotely accessible through the Jock Marshall Reserve web-app and are controlled via a web interface. Students can view live and capture HD quality images and video footage. Archived footage is stored and accessible via a dedicated online streaming server.

  • Quantity - 2
  • 360° panoramic view
  • HDTV 1080p
  • Day and night functionality
  • Fast pan/tilt and powerful zoom
Camera 2
Camera 2

Grounds - Camera Traps

Networked infrared camera traps are installed throughout the grounds of the reserve, monitoring fauna 24/7. These camera traps are triggered by motion and are configured to take still images and video footage. The photos and videos are relayed to the CaptivAction on Demand Recording system, where they are reviewed, edited and uploaded to the website for easy access and viewing.

  • Quantity - 20
  • Solar and battery powered with wireless transmission
  • Day and night functionaility
  • Linked to On Demand Recording system for data transfer
Camera 1
Camera 2

Grounds - Acoustic Recorders

Industry standard compact, dual channel acoustic recorders strategically installed in the lake and marshland provide the capability to capture large amounts of data from wildlife including birds, frogs, bats and aquatic life.

The acoustic recorders feature two built-in omni-directional microphones with a large data storage capacity capable of recording in stereo or mono. Each acoustic recorder includes two additional microphone ports - giving users the flexibility to record additional data from cabled microphones, including hydrophones.

  • Recording technology - Two channel, 16 bit .wav
  • Recording bandwidth - 20Hz - 48kHz
  • Built-in Microphones (2) - Omni-directional, sensitivity -28dB +/- 3dB at 1kHz (0 dB=1 V/Pa), max input sound level: 122 dB S.P.L. Typ
  • Power - Solar and battery

Grounds - Sampling Piers, Treatment Wetland & Lake

In 2005 - 2006 major works in the Jock Marshall Reserve lake were proposed and completed. Two sampling piers were installed and have been used extensively by undergraduate students during course work.

The treatment wetland has worked as an excellent teaching tool for programs run out of the Monash Science Centre.

Students are able to study the outcomes of a functional biological filtration wetland and its positive effects on stormwater pollutants.

  • Quantity - 2
  • Dimensions - 2m x 10m
  • Capacity - 1 hectare (lake)
Wetlands 1
Wetlands 2

Grounds - Experimental Ponds

Smaller in size than the mesocosms these experimental ponds are ideal for outdoor fish experiments. They have been equipped with 30amp weatherproof GPOs for use with high amperage equipment.

Each pond can easily be divided for replication purposes or when separation of fish species is required. Recent experiments have looked at interations between exotic and native fish species.

  • Quantity - 10
  • Dimensions - 1650mm (W) 500mm (H)
  • Capacity - 1000L
  • Water Supply - Saltwater or freshwater
Ponds 1
Ponds 2

Environmental Education Centre

This seminar-style building facilitates teaching of undergraduate classes with on site access to the reserve grounds and lake.

Students perform various investigations/experiments from this facility including biodiversity comparisons and investigations into aquatic food chains and foodwebs.

The centre has also functioned as a research facility for honours projects.

  • Quantity - 1
  • Dimensions - 10m x 10m
Education 1
Education 2

Saltwater Supply and Reverse Osmosis Water Supply

In order to support research and facilities in the Department the Jock Marshall Reserve receives a supply of collected saltwater on a regular basis and produces 4500 Litres of Type II RO water.

The water is supplied by one of Melbourne's most trusted water cartage companies and is only sourced from known locations. This water is maintained by staff and tested on a weekly basis.

The building is custom fitted with a looping RO water delivery system. This system allows for independent RO water outlets in each CT room and indoor/outdoor facility around Building 42. The size of the RO system means there will almost always be a reliable source of clean water available.

  • Quantity - 2
  • Capacity - 20,000L
Saltwater 1
Saltwater 2