One of our local heritage buildings, in Peppi Grove will be upgraded. Heritage buildings need to be reinvented to stay relevant, used and therefore alive.
Enthusiastic developers are upgrading the building behind the lady in our $ 50 note.
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.
The UWA Career Mentor Link event last week was well attended and created new connections for all.
The upcoming ban on single use plastic bags is a major acknowledgement that the damage that we cause to the environment is undesirable. Are you ready?
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.
We had to cancel last month the presentation about our home project for personal reasons. Back on. This is an opportunity to share our home project, walk around and ask questions.
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.
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.
We finalised the details for the next event. It will be on the site of our life project, we upgraded our heritage home with new ideas and initiatives.
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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.
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.
Mobile internet has been limited, priced above other options and often unavailable. We were surprised how mobile broadband for premises is now mainstream, affordable and compares with cabled NBN technology in service speeds.
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.
Book your appointment here to discuss your project or queries. We look forward to seeing you at our Freo offices by the Quayside.
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.
We held the smart cities presentation at our office and Mark shared an ambitious successful application by the City of Fremantle that we will see becoming a reality. The project involves electric vehicles, water management, renewables and energy trading.
We have negotiated all the relevant releases and Mark is able to share his recent experience with us.
See details of the event below
We persuaded sustainability guru Mark Taylor to share with us some of the work he has been doing in relation to SmartCity grant applications recently.
For those curious in the history of electricity in WA, some reading from our research.
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.
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.
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:
We are progressing with our new home project. It will not be the largest, biggest or grandest, when assessing it in a range of parameters. We are however really happy with how it is making a small difference. For those geeky ones, some bullet points below.
Looks fabulous. We don’t know about this preview event, and if we did, we couldn’t possibly comment.
Proud to have led the engineering aspects of the technical brief and tender assessments.
— Channel 9 Perth (@9Perth) December 12, 2017
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.
New HV switchgear was installed overnight in Perth’s largest shopping city, in the run up to Christmas. A team of HV engineers worked through the night last Saturday to check the existing equipment, replace key designated breakers and thoroughly test it all behind the scenes.
The old Naval Stores building in Fremantle will be renovated to accommodate local artists and digital entrepreneurs.
Cox Architects have won the Best Institutional Project in the 2017 IDEA Awards with their Murdoch Peel Campus Activation project. We worked closely with their team to integrate the lighting and electrical design with the ID aesthetics and are very pleased with the result.
We are working on finishing details for the event on Thursday 30 Nov. Rachael McIntyre will share her update on the nbn. Book your ticket here
There is a well established trend in Europe where electric cars are present in day to day life. We visited Holland and the UK earlier this year and everywhere you visit, there are chargers in both public areas and private buildings. It is coming here, slowly but surely. Our designs are already future proof, and will accommodate charging.