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Passive House presentation afternote

The Passive House Presentation by Timo Bleeker and Daniel Kress showed where we can improve the performance of buildings. Daniel predicts that the principles of Passive House Design will be incorporated in Australia’s constructions by 2030. They found that there is growing interest expressed by both architects and the public.

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New energy in our marketing and administration

We are excited to announce that Francine is joining Engineering Consultants Australia. Francine will be expanding our resource in marketing and communications with her experience and interest in the service industry. Specifically, she has experience in customer service and administration within the solar power and construction industries.

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What kept us busy

Coming back from a holiday, we had a little pile of work to deliver. All deadlines took place in the last fortnight and we now have capacity for the next round of projects. As a brief review, we got involved in a range of diverse projects. Some recent types are listed below for a flavour. They were all enjoyable, included some new technology of sorts and all pushed the boundaries in various ways.

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Freo action plan is now in the public domain

The Fremantle Chamber of Commerce published the Action Plan for Greater Fremantle, which shows areas of potential for economic development and possible actions that community groups and businesses may find useful.

I received a nice thank you note from the President, CEO and Director and it is nice to get this recognition after 2 years of work with the group of smart individuals at the Committee.

 

Action plan for Fremantle

The Fremantle Chamber of Commerce releases the Greater Fremantle Action plan, outlining opportunities for economic investment and development. The Plan was broken down into Economic Growth, Infrastructure and Transport, Culture and Community, Tourism and Retail, Food and Beverage. Fremantle is a vibrant community and has not seen significant growth in the last few decades. The Plan addresses key specific opportunities including quick wins, outlines main barriers and highlights key actions.

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EEWA panel discussion to review business startups, challenges and future opportunities

The Electrical and Electronic Engineers of WA (EEEWA) will host a panel discussion on business startups in UWA on Wed 29 Aug. Seven panelists experienced in new startups will face questions from eager students willing to explore new ventures for their future.

Our Director Marc will be in the panel, sharing the experience of setting up engineering firms in WA and inspiring young WA entrepreneurs to pursue their interests.

Claremont Heritage restored

The electrical substation on Stirling Highway is being refurbished to accommodate beautiful commercial spaces. The building will be restored to enhance its heritage features. Engineering Consultants Australia were engaged by Element who are leading the design from their Perth Office.

Claremont was a hub of activity in the early 20th Century. The Town’s growth merited its own municipal electricity supply. The first electric light was switched on in 1900, with electricity from a power house built by a private Co on Gugeri St.

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We research real life Off-grid

An increasing number of Australians are embracing solar energy and penetration is the highest in the world. Our Director, Marc has built an off grid house in the suburbs and wanted to experience the benefits and challenges. It has not been easy, with plenty of challenges and learning lessons. We share below some of these lessons for those interested in reducing their own impact on the environment.

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New smartcities funding opportunities

Round 2 is currently underway and Local Government Authorities (LGA’s) are preparing funding applications, teaming up and imagining a bright future with technology providing social benefits. These grants are fantastic initiatives to get various sectors of our daily life excited about technology and related advances.

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Regional WA shire embraces SmartCity technologies

We were engaged to provide lighting infrastructure to a public reserve in a regional WA town. The Shire had benchmarks on energy use, capital costs, and established practices relating to the lighting controls. We proposed the use of technology to assess the outcomes. We developed an alternative design, selectively departing from the pattern on previous projects, and introducing aesthetic design to the mix.

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Automation aversion

The residential automation offering has become rich and diverse. A range of options is now affordable and easy to use. Technology has moved faster than the resident’s ability to incorporate it in their daily routines. We explored recently a number of initiatives and summarise our findings here.

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Upcoming talk about an unusual project

This project is not the typical commission that our companies undertake. We bought a property where we could make a difference, the objectives being less clearly defined than when we work for a third party client. The architect is my life partner and all engineering aspects were done by myself and the Company. Our aesthetic, sustainability, creativity and comfort objectives played a larger part than the economic impact.

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Home automation easily available

A variety of options are now available for the automation of homes. Once it was an area for strong-willed, wealthy individuals, prepared to negotiate with reclusive technocrats and followed up by maintenance call outs to highly skilled and often unavailable specialists.

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New mentoring work prepares David for professional life

The mentoring work for 2018 got off to an energetic start. David has identified his goals. We were able to establish his interests, get some context on his strengths and career options.
David will be making contact with a number of key players in the world of engineering and smart technologies, seeking advice and hearing about the life of professionals in various fields of controls and electronic engineering.

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Project Management talk

We are honoured to get an invitation to present at the Town of East Fremantle. We will share over 15 mins learning gained in 35 years of managing  projects with a group of local entrepreneurs.

See event details here.