Internet of Observation™

Our Company

LiXiA has designed products and services to help revolutionise the maintenance, productivity, and liveability of our built environment.

LiXiA is a spin-off from Rockfield Technologies Australia and its collaboration with James Cook University. Our participation in the CSIRO ON PRIME programs has been influential in shaping aspirations & engagement.

The four co-founders bring together over 50 years of experience from academic research organisations around the world. Our expertise spans science, engineering, business, informatics and IoT.

Our solutions are manufactured in Townsville, Queensland, for worldwide use. Data analysis is also conducted in Townsville.


Our mission is to accelerate the world’s transition to safe, intelligent infrastructure.


Our vision is smart infrastructure that talks to society. We want to create an earth where infrastructure assets actively identify and communicate problems, converting maintenance liabilities into data-generating assets.

Our People

Founded in 2019, our team has grown rapidly since.

Bringing together an array of industry expertise, our team are at the forefront of technology.

Our Team

Jeff Loughran

Director, Founder and CEO

Jeff is an experienced Founder, having established a successful multi-discipline engineering consultancy 20 years ago whilst he was the Head of the Mechanical Engineering Discipline at a research University. Jeff then spent 23 years working across a range of academic and administrative portfolios, including his final role at as Deputy Vice Chancellor at James Cook University (JCU).

Jeff has extensive experience at Company Board level and is proficient in determining and establishing strategic direction, whilst managing corporate governance and returns to shareholders.

Govinda Pandey

Director, Founder and CFO

Govinda has spent 15+ years working in the private sector for a range of civil and multi-disciplinary engineering companies. Govinda is an experienced Managing Director and possesses a breadth of experience from international training/practice. As CEO of a consultancy, his innovative approach has resulted in the fusion of I4.0 technologies with traditional engineering practices, to address industry problems.

Govinda is a strategic engagement specialist with robust experience in business development into new markets. He is also an adjunct associate professor at James Cook University and sits on multiple advisory boards in the civil engineering and academic sectors.

Ian Atkinson

Director, Founder and CTO

Ian began his early career in computational chemistry and high-performance computing (HPC). With the emergence of advanced technologies, Ian became a Professor in eResearch starting with HPC and ICT practices, before focussing on IoT/IIoT and data management. Ian’s more recent work has involved pioneering I4.0 technologies in environmental monitoring research and industry projects.

Ian’s vast academic and industry experience has provided him with comprehensive skills in leading teams that apply new and ever-changing technologies and methods to their work and research, amplifying impact.

Thomas Bainbridge

Director, Founder and COO

Tom has 10 years’ experience in the resources, heavy, private and public infrastructure sectors. Tom is an Engineer and MBA (MGSM) trained Operations Management professional within the consulting sector. He has robust experience in operationalising company growth, including implementation of integrated management systems to improve productivity. He brings solid project experience in domestic and international project delivery, from the development of engineering design and commissioning programmes, through to the management and direction of large projects.

Tom is a strategic business development practitioner, experienced in developing and sustaining stakeholder relationships.

Dr. Clive Skarott AM

Chair of the Board

Clive has vast experience at Board level, being a previous Chair or Ergon Energy and a Director with Energy Queensland. All his previous positions are too numerous to list, suffice to say that Clive brings a wealth of experience to LiXiA’s board.

Chris Bridges-Taylor

Chris Bridges-Taylor

Non-Executive Director

Chris Bridges-Taylor is a Director and previous General Manager at B&R Enclosures. Chris has extensive experience in managing manufacturing entities and holds, Bachelor of Engineering Electrical (1st Class Honours) and a Masters of Business Administration.

Ms Bridges-Taylor has completed the Owners/Presidents Management Executive education course at Harvard Business School, Boston MA, USA, and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Simon Igloi

Client and Product Manager

Simon has a BSc in Environmental Management and Ecology; he also has a passion for IT and data.

With this combination Simon is solving problems that are out of the box. Simon's past journey in local government has seen him as part of significant rollouts of IoT devices.

This experience helped develop a broad skill set in project management, understanding big data, catchment management, water demand management as well as the management of staff, customers, and other stakeholders.

Max Gillham

Production Manager

Max with an Associate Degree in Civil Engineering and training in electronics manufacturing.He enjoys the design challenge of building anything from nothing.

With a background in the Australian Defence Force reserves and working in rural agriculture in Western Queensland, Max is passionate about technical design. He has also worked for three ground up electronics start ups, helping develop and perfect their products.

Karl Mohring

Product Development Engineer

Dr. Karl Mohring (Ph.D, BEng-BInfoTech (Hons)) looks after the hardware and software development of LiXiA's embedded sensor systems.

His philosophy is that cities and their infrastructure should be smart enough to think for themselves to make better, faster, more sustainable and more informed decisions.

Karl's research has seen the humble street light on city roads and pathways become safer and more effective and is now expanding his research into poles, bridges, and buildings.

Bimal Paneru

Electronics Engineer

Bimal has a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering, bringing a wide range of skills including embedded system design, instrumentation and automation.

Bimal enjoys the product development life cycle, leading to a robust and promising solution for real world challenges.

Jane Lin

Data Scientist

Jane has a BSc in Physics and has recently completed her PhD in Astronomy. After years of looking at the stars, she is now applying her data science skills to environmental data.

Jane has experience in analysing big data, modelling and machine learning. During her PhD, Jane worked on large scale stellar surveys of the Milky Way, collaborating with researchers all over the world.Jane is an independent, motivated learner, always keen to understand new things and tease out the stories behind the data.

Tom Chase

Electronics Technician

Tom’s introduction to electronics started in the U.S. Army, training as a Generator Technician. This led to further his education and receive an Associate Degree in Electronic Engineering.

Upon graduating, he worked at a large data storage company as a Quality Engineering Technician. At LiXiA Tom enjoys being a part of the ground up process of taking ideas and turning them into devices that are solving problems.

Audrey Lovelace

Finance and Administration Officer

Audrey is LiXiA’s Finance and Administration Officer and provides business support and ensures that daily operations run efficiently and effectively.

Audrey has extensive experience in administration, accounts, and office management, gained from over 25 years spent in various customer focused positions. Audrey is passionate about environmental sustainability and is excited to be an integral part of the team at LiXiA.

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