HydroTerra takes the world to save the natural environment for future generations


It is the intersection of three motivating factors that inspired HydroTerra founder and CEO Richard Campbell to start a company specializing in environmental monitoring.

The first was born out of Richard (pictured) ‘s many years of both environmental consulting and as an EPA accredited auditor. His experience during this period demonstrated that compliance and proper functioning were often hampered by a lack of understanding of the surveillance technologies available. It was these ideas that revealed to Richard a gap in the industry and a need that his company, HydroTerra, was destined to fill.

Richard’s second and third motivators arose out of his genuine thirst for knowledge about new and emerging technologies and his dedication to safeguarding our natural environment for future generations.

Spanning nearly two decades since the inception of HydroTerra in 2004, the company’s Australian success and proudest accomplishments include the release of their DataStream â„¢ product – a reliable integrated monitoring service combining the best technology with support proficient technique to deliver data in a format that their customers want and need.

Connecting great minds with great technology

The company’s commitment to connecting great minds with great technologies through its partnership program has helped solve many industrial and community challenges by leveraging its unique networks and ability to connect research institutes, technology companies, customers and suppliers. The program includes work with the Department of Primary Industries (DPI) in New South Wales and the creation of the Yarra Capture Partner Group involving the Yarra River Keeper Association, Victoria Zoos and the Mulloon Institute.

Unique in the Australian market, HydroTerra’s end-to-end monitoring system design consultancy provides customers with design, specification development, installation, integration and long-term data management and has been applied to some of the country’s biggest environmental management challenges, such as monitoring the impacts of coal seam gas mining in Queensland.

Leading international collaborations

With a vision to be the leading provider of environmental monitoring solutions helping to create a more efficient and sustainable future, HydroTerra’s international success has seen the company collaborate with leading engineering consulting firms to design and implement implements state-of-the-art monitoring of mine sites. such as the Ok Tedi mining project in Papua New Guinea, as well as the provision of custom groundwater filling systems for groundwater research in the Pacific Islands.

Expansion and diversification projects

HydroTerra’s largest export markets are New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and Indonesia, and although the biggest challenge the company has faced on its export journey is to find more international engineering research and consulting companies to collaborate with, their participation in Global Victoria’s Cleantech Expo business matchmaking program has been an effective way to meet potential clients in ASEAN – a region where the he company aspires to expand its international operations. The program has been very effective in identifying consulting and research organizations with which HydroTerra could potentially work.

HydroTerra is currently exploring possibilities to identify collaborative research projects with the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) as a direct result of the introductions facilitated by Global Victoria.

Their advice for companies looking to internationalize? Leverage existing relationships with multinationals based in Australia to expand into overseas markets, reach out to the Global Victoria team to facilitate introductions in your target market, and ensure your value proposition is clearly defined in your marketing materials .

Visit HydroTerra to learn more about this innovative Victorian company.

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