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.

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New neighbours invest in WA

A new business has popped up on the brick paving around the E Shed, a stone throw from our offices We were curious and met a young couple investing in WA. Recently arrived from Germany, Phuc Hoai and Michael started up a new business to offer architectural shade structures.

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The stadium is now in use

What a fantastic journey it has been. I was involved in managing the team that wrote the engineering specifications, testing a very ambitious brief and developing it into engineering requirements, targets and key performance indicators. We created custom tools to measure, for example its sustainability outcomes. Throughout the engineering disciplines there was new ground, exploring international standards and seeking the right answer. Very demanding and equally satisfying.

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Horizons in 2018

We paused and reflected on what this brand new year may bring.
As we passed the 100 addresses where we had projects (some had multiple projects), we thought about what it is that we enjoyed in each one of these jobs.

There is no ultimate list of the eight things to make you a rock star. There are elements of projects that give us a kick and we then remember the project for a positive experience. We are all different and for us, these topics won the overall votes:

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Yanchep School nears completion

Very excited to be testing and checking few last engineering services details and witnessing safety services in operation at this brand new school. The project includes a range of new buildings, covering administration, sports, workshops, library, teaching and dining. Students will enjoy technical sciences and technology facilities, preparing them for the workforce of the future.

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Construction starts in newest off grid house in Hilton

Construction started yesterday on the newest sustainable house in Hilton. The house is off grid on electricity, powered by solar energy and batteries. A selection of initiatives made it to the construction drawings.

We assessed ideas for their contribution to conserving energy, helping the environment, initial embodied energy in materials and finally affordability per unit of carbon emission savings. Out of about 15 initiatives, half made the cut. The ground treatment, structure, openings, materials, energy sources, ambient heating and cooling, use of natural light, natural ventilation, service connections, water use, waste, all got assessed.

Battery level VS solar production and usage in spring

Some of the technologies are uncommon in Australia and would have caused exorbitant cost additions and compliance issues, some are surprisingly simple, but if the equipment and systems are not approved for Australia, they would face serious difficulties in the approval and completion stages, let alone ongoing maintenance.

We acknowledge SIDI Construction for taking the courageous decision to work with us and guiding us through a fairly special project. Solar Luna gave us valuable practical guidance on the solar system.

NBN, The Cloud and it in the next decade

We are delighted to share that Rachael McIntyre, Head of nbn local WA will be providing an nbn update in our office on 30 Nov, after work.

Rachael has a BA in Economics and Politics from Flinders University and has held Strategic roles in MCI and iiNet before joining nbn. The nbn has been in the news recently and irrespective of short term opinions, technology is shaping the way that we go about our business. We look forward to discussing with Rachel how she sees the transformation from here.

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Our team get shortlisted on the Hilton Design competition

Our team was shortlisted last week for the Hilton Design Competition. The Competition is sponsored by the Housing Authority and managed by an independent jury. The objective is to provide affordable housing that is dignified, functional and delightful, responding to the unique local character and history. Keywords in the brief were sustainability, innovation and affordability.

Design competitions are sponsored by visionary clients that make a statement in progressing the level of development and ambition on projects. Our findings will benefit other projects and the competition will provide a great opportunity to test, think and develop our contribution to the industry.

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We hosted an enjoyable event about renewable energy on the 21st September. Our director, Marc Greco gave a presentation about renewable energy and key issues on the design of solar systems at the office. Gabor Bencze and Jay Williams from Solar Luna discussed the future of solar systems.

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Evening event at ECA about Renewable energy

We are hosting the first in a sequence of events to be repeated every two months in our office. We will kick off by sharing our observations on the use of renewables, some speculation about the future, from what we see, and share some of the key questions with the audience on the night. Please follow the link to event brite to book your free ticket. Attendance is by booking a ticket so that we can organise basic catering for the evening.

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Step Up Project moving forward

The next phase of environmental housing is in sight. We collaborated with the David Barr Architects team to develop a innovative electrical plan to complete his design submission for the Step Up Competition earlier this year. We were excited to hear our project was announced the winner and cannot wait to help turn the concept into a reality.

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