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The Great Southern Marine Research Facility is part of a professional network of experts in ocean engineering that includes research infrastructure across the Albany and Perth locations. GSMRF attracts professionals to the region and is a dedicated co-working space to create, maintain and grow collaborations to further benefit the region. The facility features offices and meeting rooms, as well as infrastructure for marine field operations. It is considered the homebase for access to the wave energy development site at Sandpatch, including access to all data that characterise this site (for instance, oceanographic and geophysical studies).

GSMRF further interfaces seamlessly with state-of-the-art research infrastructure in Perth such as the 54-metre wave flume and the 10-metre geotechnical beam centrifuge at the UWA Indian Ocean Marine Research Centre and the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre.