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Trueline Technology achieves 20th project mark with CEED

Industry leaders, Trueline Technology and its sister manufacturing company Touchwood Fire Doors have seen the value of working with CEED, having recently notched up their 20th project with CEED in just 7 years.

Trueline Technology.Nathan Sullivan, Chris Li, Kiran Joy (CEED students).2010 

 CEED students pictured during their Engineering and IT
 projects at Trueline Technology / Touchwood Fire Doors -
 Nathan Sullivan, Chengxiang (Chris) Li, and Kiran Joy (front)

Trueline Technology is an Australian commercial developer and application service provider of innovative web applications for managing the full lifecycle of fire door measurement, manufacture, installation and inspection. 

Through innovation, automation and in-house technology development, they have turned their SME (small-medium enterprise) manufacturing business into a national player.  During this evolution, they have employed many high calibre IT students through CEED to support their research and development projects.

Managing Director James Riordan, IT Manager Paul Newbound and Lead Developer Damien McAuley have all supervised a number of students over the years and find the process has become very streamlined and commend the value of working with CEED long term. 

“The best testament to the long term benefits of working with CEED, are that we have kept returning year after year.  We now regularly undertake six or more CEED projects annually all of which deliver tangible outcomes for the business,” said James.

“It is like any business relationship for mutual gain. By getting to know the other party well over a period of time and continually building on the relationship maximum time can be spent achieving results, instead of learning about each other.”

“The CEED team go over and above for us.  They understand the nature of our business, our company philosophy and work environment. This puts us on the front foot when it comes to recruiting students for projects as they understand who we are looking for in terms of a fit with the organisation.  Recruiting students can otherwise be tricky as they typically have little track record in the field that you can review,”

James said that they first found out about CEED from two employees who were also former QUT students.  Since picking up this word-of-mouth tip, they haven’t looked back in terms of assisting the company fulfil its R&D program.

This semester Trueline Technology are working with 3 QUT students across two separate projects, in the IT and Engineering sectors of the business.

Final Year Infomechatronics Engineering student, Nathan Sullivan is working with Master of IT student Kiran Joy on adapting a module of Trueline’s door management solution to better support multiple platforms. The project aims to increase the potential market for the software.  Both students are working in tandem to modify and extend the application and document the process. 

The second project is a database management system migration project that Chengxiang (Chris) Li, Master of IT student has been working on since the start of the semester (July).  

Nathan said that he was particularly attracted to this CEED project as he wanted to do a project in the real world rather than just a university coursework project.  Whilst he admitted the work was “full-on” combined with his studies, he was enjoying the experience.

He remarked that Paul Newbound, his company supervisor had an empathy with the combined

 Trueline Technology.Nathan Sullivan, Chengxiang Li and Kiran Joy.2010
 Pictured above, Paul Newbound and Damien McAuley -
 company mentors for many of Trueline Technology's
 CEED students over the past seven years

pressures of work and study and was open and flexible in organising the project to meet the requirements of both.  It is in the best interests of achieving tangible project outcomes and strong morale that we maintain an open mind and flexibility to meeting both academic and commercial outcomes” said Paul.

“To achieve the best results from undertaking student projects effort is required by the company but if this effort is invested the rewards can be considerable. It is essential however that a clear targets be provided, realistic deadlines set and mutually agreed and continual mentoring and supervision undertaken. This philosophy is one shared by both CEED and ourselves.”

“The CEED program is embedded in our business. We now have a streamlined system in place for the cyclic engagement of students in our projects and all our staff are across how to achieve the best results from the experience,” said Paul.


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