The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2017-04-27T08:15:36Z Sale of EnviroSuite’s Consulting Practice 2017-04-27T08:15:36Z sale-of-envirosuite-s-consulting-practice EnviroSuite Limited (ASX: EVS) (EnviroSuite or the Company) today announced that it has entered into a binding agreement to sell its entire Pacific Environment Consulting practice, including DLA, (together PEC) to the world’s leading environmental and sustainability consulting group, Environmental Resources Management (ERM) for A$15 million (the Transaction). The Transaction is being conducted via a sale of the shares in EnviroSuite’s three PEC subsidiaries. On completion of the Transaction, EnviroSuite will enter into a Cooperation Agreement with ERM pursuant to which the two companies will, amongst other things, collaborate to bring a combination of EnviroSuite’s award-winning SaaS platform and ERM’s global consulting capabilities to clients across the world. All PEC staff will transfer to ERM when it acquires the three PEC subsidiaries.  The continuing EnviroSuite team will focus exclusively on the global expansion of EnviroSuite’s software service and ongoing feature development. The sale is subject to the satisfaction (or waiver) of various conditions, including: •      there being no material adverse change affecting PEC before completion; and •      other customary completion conditions, including landlord and key customer consents. Completion of the Transaction is anticipated to occur in late May to early June 2017.  The purchase price of $15m will be paid in cash on completion and will be subject to agreed adjustments for net debt and working capital.  EnviroSuite has agreed with ERM that it will apply $500,000 of the purchase price towards incentivising current and future leaders of PEC. Following the transaction, EnviroSuite will have a cost base that reflects a SaaS business with a focused technology team and a global sales outlook.  A detailed expense line review is currently being undertaken to ensure that the cost base remains as efficient as possible.EnviroSuite SaaS Focus The sale of PEC is a natural extension of EnviroSuite’s strategy to become the world’s leading provider of SaaS monitoring and operations management services for environmental management solutions. Funds from the sale of PEC will enable the Company to further invest in sales, marketing and ongoing development of the features of the EnviroSuite software platform, to maintain its market leadership and to continue to attract highly skilled individuals and partners.  The timing of the settlement of the sale will support the recent establishment and growth of the sales and marketing teams in the USA and Europe and will add to the current sales momentum in those geographies together with Australasia. With a rapidly growing pipeline, new sales partners and recent sales in Spain, UK, USA and Mexico across a range of industry sectors and government the Company is well placed to make this transition.  ERM has an established internal structure to identify and incorporate external technologies and services into its consulting projects. This paves the way for the development of a strong working relationship with EnviroSuite. ERM has already identified a number of current project opportunities in which it intends to involve EnviroSuite’s services. Robin Ormerod, Managing Director, EnviroSuite, said, “We are thrilled to announce this transformational deal with ERM. Our market-leading consulting business becomes a valued part of a highly respected global group, offering exciting career opportunities for the team. For EnviroSuite, working with the global leader in environmental management is an exceptional distribution opportunity and one that we expect will be a game changer for our business globally.”ERM’s Chief Executive Officer, Keryn James, said, “like ERM, EnviroSuite and its Pacific Environment consulting practice has a very strong reputation for professional excellence and client service. We have pursued this acquisition with great enthusiasm and we are confident that it will provide an opportunity to expand our respective offerings to existing clients, as well as a stronger capability and track record for us to pursue new clients in key markets together.”About ERM Environmental Resources Management (ERM) is a leading global provider of environmental, health, safety, risk, social consulting services and sustainability related services. Through more than 160 offices in over 40 countries and territories employing more than 4,500 people, ERM is committed to providing a service that is consistent, professional and of the highest quality to create value for its clients. Over the past three years, ERM has worked for more than 50 per cent of the Global Fortune 500 companies, delivering innovative solutions for business and selected government clients, helping them understand and manage the sustainability challenges that the world is increasingly facing.About EnviroSuite EnviroSuite Limited (ASX:EVS), is a global provider of monitoring and operational management services through its leading software as a service platform. The EnviroSuite platform presents a range of monitoring, management and reporting capabilities that are incorporated into a diverse array of operations from water treatment to large scale construction, open cut mines, food processing, port operations, environmental regulation and other industry uses. The leading edge software platform complements and facilitates the pace of technology adoption by industry and the growing expectations of communities the world over that hold environmental quality as key pillars to human health and wellbeing. EnviroSuite offers a stand-alone software service through to a comprehensive platform to assist companies with their environmental monitoring, management and reporting requirements.  The EnviroSuite technology was developed, and continues to be driven and supported by some of the world’s best minds in environmental monitoring and management. EnviroSuite is receiving increasing global recognition for its innovative platform that is quickly working its way into the everyday operations of industry.ENDS Advances in Digital Agriculture to Take Centre Stage at International Symposium on Digital Earth & Locate17 in Sydney 2017-03-22T23:59:02Z advances-in-digital-agriculture-to-take-centre-stage-at-international-symposium-on-digital-earth-locate17-in-sydney Sydney, Australia – 23 March 2017 – Advances in spatial technology that enable digital agriculture, including a next-generation national positioning system and real-time monitoring of soil moisture levels from space, will take centre stage at the International Symposium on Digital Earth & Locate17 in Sydney in April. A new national positioning system accurate to between 2cm and 10cm – as opposed to 5 metres with today’s satellite-based GPS – will boost Australia’s economy by $73 billion or more over the next 20 years, much of it in agriculture, says Dr Peter Woodgate, CEO of the Cooperative Research Centre for Spatial Information (CRCSI). “To adopt techniques like precision agriculture and controlled traffic farming, farmers need to be able to position equipment and sensors with about 5cm accuracy. The conference will showcase space-based augmentation systems – including Australia and New Zealand’s joint initiative – which, subject to testing, are well on the way to achieving that,” said Woodgate. “Leveraging other regional efforts, such as a Japanese satellite-based system recently trialled in Queensland, it will even be possible to remotely control unmanned autonomous vehicles like driverless tractors from space.” Australia’s investments in positioning systems will not only pay off in higher agricultural exports but will create export business opportunities and new jobs in digital agriculture to aid the transition from sectors of the economy impacted by digital disruption. Woodgate and fellow Working Group Co-Chair, Glenn Cockerton, Managing Director of Spatial Vision, will make the first public presentation of the 2026 Spatial Industry Transformation and Growth Agenda at Digital Earth & Locate17, outlining 30 transformative initiatives for Australia. In another highlight of the event, the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) will hold a special session to promote capacity building and use of data from its Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) Observatory. SMAP products, which provide frequent global measurements of soil moisture from space at high spatial resolution, are freely available (http://nsidc.org/data/smap), with one of the first validation experiments carried out in Yanco, NSW. According to Phil Tickle, Program and Business Development Manager (Ag, NRM & Climate Change) at CRCSI, NASA’s SMAP data will complement data from a range of sensors used in digital agriculture, including soil moisture probes, weather stations, and animal tracking devices. Tickle is presenting the benefits of an online farm monitoring solution for the grazing industry at Digital Earth & Locate17. Called the NRM Spatial Hub, this provides access to 30 years of 30 metre resolution satellite data and tools for mapping, assessing and monitoring property infrastructure, land resources and ground cover. It is currently being commercialised by the CRCSI in conjunction with Meat & Livestock Australia. Tickle said the conference was an opportunity for farmers and land managers to learn about the spatial technologies transforming their industry, as well as to discuss potential issues, such as the ownership of agricultural big data. “We are seeing enormous development in digital agriculture capabilities and often farmers don’t have control of their own data,” said Tickle. “When you have sensors on farms feeding into data warehouses and generating broader benefits, why shouldn’t the farmer get a cut? And what does a farmer do if they want to change providers and their data is locked up in a proprietary system?” With a program featuring more than 130 international and Australian speakers, Digital Earth & Locate17 provides a unique opportunity to understand digital transformation practices from around the world, and to develop and leverage geospatial data. The two main conference days will be split into eight separate streams with topics including smart cities, virtual globes, intelligent transport, agriculture, engineering/utilities, smart sensors for natural resource management, water & climate, disaster & emergency management, and the geospatial economy. The joint conference will be held 03-06 April 2017 at the new International Conference Centre Sydney. The Digital Earth & Locate17 Conference’s Market Day on Tuesday 4th April opens the exhibition to everyone and is an opportunity for private, government and start-up organisations to come together and explore collaborative and business opportunities. About the International Symposium on Digital Earth The International Symposium on Digital Earth is a flagship event of the International Society for Digital Earth. Founded in Beijing in 2006, ISDE is a non-political, non-governmental and not-for-profit international organisation principally promoting academic exchange, science and technology innovation, education, and international collaboration towards Digital Earth. ISDE also explores Digital Earth as an enabling technology to play key roles in economic and social sustainable development, environmental protection, disaster mitigation, natural resources conservation and improvement of living standards. About Locate17 The Locate Conference (Locate17) is the national conference of the spatial and surveying industries of Australia and New Zealand. The event is an initiative of the Surveying & Spatial Sciences Institute (SSSI), Spatial Industries Business Association (SIBA) and Geospatial Information & Technology Association (GITA). Spatial Startup Companies to Share the Latest Innovations at the International Symposium on Digital Earth & Locate17 2017-03-14T01:00:19Z spatial-startup-companies-to-share-the-latest-innovations-at-the-international-symposium-on-digital-earth-locate17 Sydney, Australia – 14 March 2017 – Virtual reality, drones and multi-Global Navigation Satellite Systems are among the innovations to be showcased in the Startup Hub at the International Symposium on Digital Earth & Locate17, taking place from 3-6 April 2017 at the new International Conference Centre Sydney. The Startup Hub is designed to bring innovators and providers of the latest spatial technologies to the attention of scientists, surveyors, businesses and government. It will be located in the exhibition hall throughout the conference, including the free Market Day on Tuesday 4th April. All exhibition visitors are invited to try out the new technologies and the new opportunities they provide. Virtual reality to reimagine the world Forum8 is demonstrating its custom 3D visualisation and virtual reality (VR) software. Complete with an Oculus VR headset, the demonstration will showcase the future of 3D experiences. Forum8’s VR-Design Studio is specifically focused on 3D VR/visualisation of urban spaces, roads and traffic, and rail. It provides a full environment for visualising a concept, including Australian terrain (DEM) and road design-type tools, vehicles and traffic settings. It is also possible to import data from a range of sources, including point cloud, road design tools and traffic simulations. The software is also used with driving simulators in engineering studies and human factors research. Rapid-fire spatial data capture Spatial Technologies Pty Ltd will showcase ground breaking technologies that are the results of research and development completed in 2016. This includes new and existing technologies like 3D laser scanning, unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) point clouds and light sensors. A number of projects utilising a combination of these will be showcased, including rapid tree inspections, street light management and asset management. Multi-satellite solutions SURVEY SOLUTIONS will use the Startup Hub for its Australian launch following successful sales of its SOUTH GNSS multi-Global Navigation Satellite Systems receiver in New Zealand. The receiver uses the latest GNSS boards to receive the full constellation of satellites available, weighs less than 1kg and is affordably priced compared with competing products. Giving meaning to spatial data Professional spatial problem solvers, Anditi, will also be on hand to show how spatial analytics can solve everything from energy sources to safety. The company is showcasing its next generation platform for high-precision spatial analytics and its application in a range of industries such as solar, property, roads and infrastructure, mining, and environment. It has been designed and built in Australia to revolutionise the management, processing and visualisation of spatial big data such as high-resolution LiDAR. Anditi will also be highlighting use cases across natural and built environments where its application is benefiting clients with lower costs and higher quality outcomes. The Startup Hub will be held in the exhibition halls of the Digital Earth & Locate17 Conference from 3-6 April 2017 at the new International Conference Centre Sydney. With a program featuring more than 130 international and Australian speakers, the event provides a unique opportunity to understand digital transformation practices from around the world, and to develop and leverage geospatial data. The two main conference days will be split into eight separate streams with topics including smart cities, virtual globes, intelligent transport, agriculture, engineering/utilities, smart sensors for natural resource management, water & climate, disaster & emergency management, and the geospatial economy. About the International Symposium on Digital Earth The International Symposium on Digital Earth is a flagship event of the International Society for Digital Earth. Founded in Beijing in 2006, ISDE is a non-political, non-governmental and not-for-profit international organisation principally promoting academic exchange, science and technology innovation, education, and international collaboration towards Digital Earth. ISDE also explores Digital Earth as an enabling technology to play key roles in economic and social sustainable development, environmental protection, disaster mitigation, natural resources conservation and improvement of living standards. About Locate17 The Locate Conference (Locate17) is the national conference of the spatial and surveying industries of Australia and New Zealand. The event is an initiative of the Surveying & Spatial Sciences Institute (SSSI), Spatial Industries Business Association (SIBA) and Geospatial Information & Technology Association (GITA). International Symposium on Digital Earth & Locate17 to Boost Collaboration in Intelligent Transport and Smart Cities 2017-03-07T02:29:34Z international-symposium-on-digital-earth-locate17-to-boost-collaboration-in-intelligent-transport-and-smart-cities Sydney, Australia – 7 March 2017 – With driverless vehicles and drones poised for mass adoption, the International Symposium on Digital Earth & Locate17 in Sydney in April provides a forum for government, industry and start-ups to collaborate and become players in the emerging global Smart Cities industry. “Mobility as a Service is transforming our cities and the spatial industry and technology start-ups are key parts of that,” says Susan Harris, CEO of Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) Australia. Harris – the keynote speaker for the Digital Earth & Locate17 conference’s Intelligent Transport stream – will outline the latest global developments and the pathways for Australia to leverage connected and automated vehicles, big data and positioning technologies. “We need to be ready in Australia. We are well placed to be part of the global Smart Cities technology industry, creating business opportunities and ensuring that our cities remain as liveable as they can be,” says Harris. “But technology is moving very quickly and early collaboration is vital.” The capture and exchange of rich 2D and 3D spatial information will increasingly underpin transport networks and cities. Driverless vehicles, for example, will constantly survey road conditions – sharing information about potholes, ice and other hazards – so other driverless vehicles, and human drivers, can avoid them. Even minor road damage like cracks will be captured and shared so authorities can schedule repairs and prevent further deterioration. Drones will also play an increasing role in the capture of 3D data, and later as a new layer of autonomous transport. “How does that spatial information get captured, managed and shared back out in ways that are reliable, safe, and commercially viable?” says Harris. “Australia is strong in both positioning technologies and big data, but we need to develop further skills and industry collaboration, including information sharing arrangements.” With a program featuring more than 130 international and Australian speakers, Digital Earth & Locate17 provides a unique opportunity to understand digital transformation practices from around the world, and to develop and leverage geospatial data. The two main conference days will be split into eight separate streams with topics including smart cities, virtual globes, intelligent transport, agriculture, engineering/utilities, smart sensors for natural resource management, water & climate, disaster & emergency management, and the geospatial economy. The joint conference will be held 03-06 April 2017 at the new International Conference Centre Sydney. The Digital Earth & Locate17 Conference’s Market Day on Tuesday 4th April opens the exhibition to everyone and is an opportunity for private, government and start-up organisations to come together and explore collaborative and business opportunities. About the International Symposium on Digital Earth The International Symposium on Digital Earth is a flagship event of the International Society for Digital Earth. Founded in Beijing in 2006, ISDE is a non-political, non-governmental and not-for-profit international organisation principally promoting academic exchange, science and technology innovation, education, and international collaboration towards Digital Earth. ISDE also explores Digital Earth as an enabling technology to play key roles in economic and social sustainable development, environmental protection, disaster mitigation, natural resources conservation and improvement of living standards. About Locate17 The Locate Conference (Locate17) is the national conference of the spatial and surveying industries of Australia and New Zealand. The event is an initiative of the Surveying & Spatial Sciences Institute (SSSI), Spatial Industries Business Association (SIBA) and Geospatial Information & Technology Association (GITA). International Symposium on Digital Earth & Locate17 Showcases Geospatial’s Enabling Role in Digital Transformation 2017-02-01T05:50:00Z international-symposium-on-digital-earth-locate17-showcases-geospatial-s-enabling-role-in-digital-transformation Sydney, Australia – 1 February 2017 – Geospatial data’s enabling role in digital transformation will be on show at the International Symposium on Digital Earth & Locate17 in Sydney in April, combining one of the world’s most prestigious symposiums with Australia’s premier geospatial conference.   Dr Zaffar Sadiq Mohamed-Ghouse, chair & convenor of the Locate17 and Digital Earth Symposium Organising Committee, says attendees will come away with the knowledge to transform business practices in industries as diverse as agriculture, transport, construction and medicine.   “Both government and the private sector will be able to identify opportunities based on what is happening around the world,” he says. “Geospatial data underpins many disruptive and innovative organisations. Without it, companies like Uber would not be in business.”   According to Dr Mohamed-Ghouse, who is also director for NSW & International Relations of the Cooperative Research Centre for Spatial Information (CRCSI), the event comes as governments around Australia open up access to geospatial data to promote innovation.   Australia’s now freely available Geo-coded National Address File is used online to validate people’s addresses. The biggest Australian subscriber group for the Global Navigation Satellite System is not transport or surveyors, but the agricultural industry.   With a program featuring more than 130 international and Australian speakers, Digital Earth & Locate17 provides a unique opportunity to understand digital transformation practices from around the world, and to develop and leverage geospatial data.   The two main conference days will be split into eight separate streams with topics including smart cities, virtual globes, intelligent transport, agriculture, engineering/utilities, smart sensors for natural resource management, water & climate, disaster & emergency management, and the geospatial economy.   Some of the symposium’s highlights include: Susan Moran from NASA’s Soil Moisture Active Passive Science Team presents a special session on remote sensing and applications of global soil moisture monitoring Trisha Moriarty, Geological Survey of NSW delivers a keynote on the application of open data policy in the Earth Sciences across government, scientific and industry Singapore Land Authority & AAM presents, ‘Singapore Smart Nation: Measuring from the ground up’ David Wortley, Gamification and Enabling Technologies Strategic Solutions, delivers, ‘The role of Digital Earth technologies in digital medicine’.  The joint conference will be held 03-06 April 2017 at the new International Conference Centre Sydney.  About the International Symposium on Digital Earth The International Symposium on Digital Earth is a flagship event of the International Society for Digital Earth. Founded in Beijing in 2006, ISDE is a non-political, non-governmental and not-for-profit international organisation principally promoting academic exchange, science and technology innovation, education, and international collaboration towards Digital Earth.   ISDE also explores Digital Earth as an enabling technology to play key roles in economic and social sustainable development, environmental protection, disaster mitigation, natural resources conservation and improvement of living standards.  About Locate17 The Locate Conference (Locate17) is the national conference of the spatial and surveying industries of Australia and New Zealand. The event is an initiative of the Surveying & Spatial Sciences Institute (SSSI), Spatial Industries Business Association (SIBA) and Geospatial Information & Technology Association (GITA). MDBA fails rural communities: those most affected are the source of the solution 2016-11-25T04:44:43Z mdba-fails-rural-communities-those-most-affected-are-the-source-of-the-solution I hope you're well. Please see attached a Letter to the Editor commenting on the level of disconnect between the Murray Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) and the communities affected by the proposed changes to the Basin Plan.  Kind regards, Harold Clapham Deniliquin, NSWP: 03 5881 7700  M: 0408 668 943E: haroldc@mainlandfinance.com.au I hope you're well. Please see attached a Letter to the Editor commenting on the level of disconnect between the Murray Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) and the communities affected by the proposed changes to the Basin Plan.  Kind regards, Harold Clapham Deniliquin, NSWP: 03 5881 7700  M: 0408 668 943E: haroldc@mainlandfinance.com.au Water has never been easier to buy 2016-11-10T04:08:24Z water-has-never-been-easier-to-buy For generations of Australia’s farmers, the greatest challenge facing livelihood has always been the unpredictability of the future. For many irrigators and farmers, income is highly seasonal. There are key planting and harvesting milestones throughout a season that require significant investment which has a direct impact on cashflow. Water is central to a successful future but until now, managing the inflexible purchase process has been challenging. Irrigators have longed for a product that frees up cash flow but secures their water resources for the current season. Waterfind have been working with their customers to develop a product that does exactly that – Deferred Delivery. Available exclusively through Waterfind, Deferred Delivery, enables irrigators to secure temporary water parcels with a deposit rather than funding the full amount upfront. Full payment is due upon delivery of the parcel, which is set at an agreed future date in the current water season. CEO Alister Walsh remarked that this marked another step forward for Australia’s water markets, “Today we are excited to announce a further innovation, bringing greater flexibility to irrigators and water users alike across the Murray Darling Basin and Southern Connected Systems.” The tool has been well received by those who have been trialling the product. “Through discussions and experience with our customers, many irrigators plan ahead and purchase some or all of their water requirements early, to avoid peak season pricing. Deferred Delivery provides low cost access to secure the supply they need throughout the season at a price that they’re comfortable with. The feedback we have had suggests that this will become a key resource for irrigators in future seasons,” Alister said. Recognised as a leader in the Australian water market, Waterfind has been at the forefront of new technology, products and services since its inception in 2003. Currently facilitating the largest water market in Australia, servicing over 14,000 customers across all water markets, tools and services developed and released by Waterfind have helped grow, mature and educate the Australian water market. All these elements and first-to-market products that have advanced the Australian water market to lay the foundations for the Deferred Delivery tool, another essential product in an already extensive kit available to market participants. Deferred Delivery will be rolled-out through a staged process. Entitlement holders in the Southern Connected System, which encompasses the River Murray in South Australia, Victoria and New South Wales as well as Murrumbidgee, and northern Victorian rivers of Goulburn, Loddon and Campaspe will be the first to access the new product. Waterfind hope to offer Deferred Delivery to all water markets in the near future. Forestry and water catchments 2016-10-19T00:33:56Z forestry-and-water-catchments More than 80 people attended a workshop about forestry and water catchments in WA last month which covered important issues such as bushfire management, rehabilitation after bauxite mining and enhancing ecosystem health. Hon Rick Mazza, Hon Mick Murray and Hon Nigel Hallet along with former-MPs Dr Chrissy Sharp and Bernie Masters attended the forum titled Managing forested catchments- threats and opportunities, which was organised by the Institute of Foresters in WA. Other attendees included people with interests in conservation and ecosystem health, staff from a range of Government departments, representatives of industry, academia, biologists and foresters. IFA spokesman Frank Batini said, ‘It was a pity that no Government Ministers attended, though several were invited, but I think the importance of effectively managing water catchments was well understood by the Shadow Minister for Forestry and the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party representatives who came along’. ‘Water catchments for domestic and irrigation use cover a million hectares of jarrah forest between Mundaring and Collie. Water catchments integrate a range of land uses- water supply, biodiversity, ecosystem health, bauxite mining, recreation and silviculture; and require protection from wildfire, disease, pollution and reduced stream-flows’, said Frank. Speakers addressed changes in ecosystem health due to lower rainfall and the need to protect catchments from wildfire - noting that unless you can manage wildfire, you cannot effectively manage for any other value. The need to thin-out rehabilitation after bauxite mining was emphasised along with the need for appropriate silviculture to enhance ecosystem health and stream-flow, the value of lower-slopes and stream-zones for protecting biodiversity of flora and fauna and the much higher costs faced by irrigators when their water-supply is reduced. Frank said, ‘Beneficial changes to catchment management, such as thinning vegetation to improve stream-flows and effective fire management, could be implemented at no nett cost which would greatly reduce the current costs to Treasury of desalination and wildfire suppression’. The workshop concluded with a half-hour discussion from the participants that produced useful advice on the next steps. There was support for continued involvement by establishing a broader advocacy group, to develop proposals and to lobby Government.   Media contact: Frank Batini (IFA - WA): 08 9457 1952 The most ambitious school building project in Victorian history 2016-05-06T03:47:40Z the-most-ambitious-school-building-project-in-victorian-history 06/05/2016 - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (AIQS) congratulates the Victorian Government for its investment in the future growth and development of education infrastructure in Victoria which will underpin future innovation across the State. To safe guard the $1.1b investment and ensure both the Victorian Government and the people of Victoria are getting value for money in this initiative, the AIQS recommends the government engage AIQS professionally qualified quantity surveyors from the outset of these projects to ensure costs are controlled and managed. AIQS quantity surveyors, by working side by side with the Victorian Government, will control costs, minimise risks, and provide certainty to ensure potential cost overruns experienced on some school projects undertaken during the BER are not repeated. Part of this cost control process is ensuring the procurement of contractors to deliver these projects is done in a manner to provide ‘value for money’ and not simply flood the market with projects. With rates for education projects ranging from $1,500/m2 to $4,500/m2 dependent on the scale of the work required, it is important that the 23 new schools and upgrades to 147 schools have this professional quantity surveyor advice from the initiation of each project. This will ensure that each project has a skilled professional as part of the team to assist in identifying and minimising risks associated with time, cost, quality, environment and safety. For more information, contact Peter Clack (AIQS President) on 02 8234 4000 or president@aiqs.com.au. The Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (AIQS) The Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (AIQS) is the peak professional body for Quantity Surveying in Australia and Internationally, with over 4,000 Members. Through its leadership, Standards, and Code of Professional Conduct, AIQS ensures that practising Quantity Surveyors are dedicated to maintaining the highest standards of professional excellence. The Institute promotes AIQS Quantity Surveyor members in providing impartial, independent, expert advice which benefit construction and infrastructure projects, by ensuring that design and construction costs are managed as efficiently and effectively as possible. The Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (AIQS) Level 3, 70 Pitt St Sydney, NSW 2000 Australia (02) 8234 4000 www.aiqs.com.au Multiparameter Water Quality Meters. 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Advanced versions of this model may offer GLP-related features such as 5000 data points with time/date stamp and electrode verification. Want to know more about Multiparameter Meters?Our Technical Experts would love to hear from youAUS Freecall Ph. 1800 552 724 or  NZ Freecall Ph. 0800 651 700Email: info@johnmorris.com.auNEW WEBSITE: www.johnmorrisgroup.com/AU/ColeParmer Cole-Parmer is a leading global source of laboratory and industrial fluid handling products, instrumentation, equipment, and supplies. John Morris Scientific supplies Masterflex L/S Digital Miniflex Pumps and Cole-Parmer product lines in Australia, New Zealand and the South West Pacific, including popular brand names such as Oakton, Digi-Sense, Environmental Express, Ismatec, and more. Timber Supplier in Brisbane Provides the Ultimate DIY Timber Guide 2016-03-31T05:27:42Z timber-supplier-in-brisbane-provides-the-ultimate-diy-timber-guide Brisbane, QLD, 31 March 2016 - There are a lot of timber suppliers in Brisbane but one in particular consistently goes out of their way to educate their customer base and make it easier for them to understand the process of selecting the right materials for the right job: Narangba Timbers. Recently, on his company blog, Narangba Timbers owner Jack Kyle provided a guide for DIY enthusiasts to help them select the right timber for various DIY projects. The guide, called “An Overview of Timber for DIY Projects,” explained the various varieties and grades of timber in “plain English” without turning it into a tech manual. It revealed an insider’s viewpoint of why certain timbers are better than others for various projects.According to Mr Kyle, “We love timber and we wanted to make it easier for DIY enthusiasts to select the right materials. We wanted them to understand the basics of which timbers work the best for which projects. But because most of the DIY enthusiasts we know would rather get busy than spend a lot of time reading, we made it short and easy to understand without a degree in physics.”The guide covers various varieties of timber. For example, varieties of engineered timber include veneers, plywood, laminated timber and reconstituted timber products. It then explains solid timber and how it is divided into softwood and hardwood. Softwoods are from the pine family. They aren’t as strong as hardwoods, aren’t as durable and don’t have the rich, dark colours that hardwoods do. However, they are the easiest timbers to work with and are appropriate for all non-structural indoor projects involving timber.Hardwoods provide more strength and durability. They also contain the grains and colours that provide the classic timber aesthetic. They are used for most structural projects, though some softwoods and engineered timber have the strength to provide structural support. Hardwoods come with four durability ratings from 1, which is the most durable, to 4. Narangba Timbers only carries hardwoods with a rating of 1 or 2.Timber decking and timber flooring are usually completed with hardwood. Merbau is a favourite for timber decking in Brisbane while many different hardwoods are used for timber flooring. Timber fencing is built with CCA treated pine or hardwood. The CCA treatment is necessary to protect against termites. It isn’t appropriate for timber decking or flooring because it can be toxic to both humans and animals with prolonged exposure. Mr Kyle concluded: “We are glad to provide our readers with a basic guide to selecting timber for their DIY projects. We have a customer service staff that we really feel is second to none in the industry and we feel it is even easier for them to give great customer service to a customer who already has access to some information before talking to them.”Narangba Timbers are the leading timber suppliers in the Brisbane area. They stock timber for all projects, including timber decking, timber fencing and hardwood flooring. To learn more about Narangba Timbers, you can visit their Brisbane location, call them on (07) 3888 1293 or visit their website: http://www.narangbatimbers.com.au/. When Drinking Big Wet Spring Water Just Isn’t Enough 2016-03-31T02:37:36Z when-drinking-big-wet-spring-water-just-isn-t-enough We all know that Big Wet’s natural spring water is crisp, clear, refreshing and drinking it is good for you. But now Big Wet customers have the opportunity to spend a weekend bathing in it! Big Wet’s water comes from a source in the scenic village of Musk, Victoria, just on the outskirts of Daylesford and Hepburn Springs. This area is found on the foothills of the Great Dividing Range and is known for its natural spring mineral spas. In fact the region is home to more than 80 per cent of Australia’s mineral water reserves. The location of the Big Wet’s water source is a picturesque property with an established holiday house available for rental, allowing guests an endless supply of the same spring water they might drink from their water coolers at home or at work. It is literally on tap! Soak in the bath or sit under the stars, relaxing your muscles in the outdoor spa and of course drink endless glasses of Big Wet spring water, all while enjoying the country air and sweeping views. The Musk Springs holiday house is fully equipped with three bedrooms and two bathrooms, a full kitchen, wood stove for chilly nights as well as a cubby house for the kids.  Big Wet customers have the opportunity to stay at Musk Springs for 20% off the regular rate. Bookings can be made through Daylesford Accommodation Escapes by ringing 5348 1448 or go to http://www.dabs.com.au . Mention you are a Big Wet customer to receive your discount. For further information on Big Wet please visit the website at http://www.bigwet.com.au . Timber Decking Supplier in Brisbane Warns Customers: “Be Careful When Building a Timber Deck in a Bushfire-Prone Area.” 2016-03-24T04:11:32Z timber-decking-supplier-in-brisbane-warns-customers-be-careful-when-building-a-timber-deck-in-a-bushfire-prone-area Brisbane, QLD, 24 March 2016 - Timber decking is a popular DIY project in the Brisbane area and across Australia. For many Australians, there is nothing quite like enjoying BBQ and cold beverages on a timber deck. However, according to Jack Kyle, owner of Narangba Timbers, those who want to build a timber deck need to know if they are in a bushfire-prone area.According to Mr Kyle: “It is crucial for anyone building a timber deck to know their home’s Bushfire Attack Level. Once they know their Bushfire Attack Level, they can decide what precautions to take and what materials. If there’s one really good thing that has come out of the bushfires over the last seven years, it’s the raising of building standards in bushfire-prone areas.”The Bushfire Attack Level (BAL) is a number that reflects the risk of a home being damaged by a bushfire. It measures the threat that radiant heat, ember attack and direct flame contact pose to a home. The most important factor in determining the BAL is the area’s Fire Danger Index. Other factors are also important, such as: the slope of the land on which the building is constructed, the buildings that are nearby and the vegetation that surrounds the dwelling.The scale for BAL is simple and takes a lot of the guesswork out of deciding what materials to use for a timber deck. Those whose homes are rated as “BAL Low” can use whatever materials they want with no special consideration to bushfires. Those whose homes are rated BAL 12.5-40 need to use building materials that are either bushfire resistant or non-combustible. It is also necessary to enclose the space below the timber deck to prevent ember attacks from starting a fire underneath the deck.If a home is rated as a BAL Flame Zone, every precaution must be taken to prevent combustion. The space below the deck must be closed and the materials must be non-combustible. The deck should contain steel framing and no timbers can be exposed. The decking boards should contain no gaps. Both the decking boards and the sub-floor should be made of dense timber.According to Mr Kyle: “Even with stringent standards, there are still plenty of timber decking options for homes in the Brisbane area. We are happy the standards are there because they protect homeowners and their families. I like to see homeowners build a bit above the standards. For example, merbau is a popular timber choice. It is naturally fire-resistant and makes a beautiful, solid timber deck that lasts for years. It is a great choice for most timber decks, even those that are in BAL Low zones.”Mr Kyle concluded: “Whatever you build, do it right. Keep your home and your family safe in all conditions.”Narangba Timbers is the leading supplier of timber decking in the Brisbane area. They carry a comprehensive inventory of timber for all building uses. Their customer service staff is second to none. They have a display deck on which customers can view various timbers and finishes for a timber deck. They also have a decking calculator which calculates how much timber is needed for any given project. To learn more or to place an order, call (07) 3888 1293 or visit their website: http://www.narangbatimbers.com.au/. Terrorism Impacts Global Supply Chain 2016-03-23T23:39:02Z terrorism-impacts-global-supply-chain Increased number of terrorism incidents contributed to major disruptions to international shipping in Europe and Middle East. In 2015, BSI noted a number of cross-border issues that threatened supply chains across the world. This included damages caused by cargo theft worth AUD$29.7 billion; increased number of terrorism incidents contributed to billions of dollars in losses to global shipping companies; an influx of migrants in Europe that harmed supply chain integrity across the continent; economic downturns in Argentina, Brazil, and China; and issues of political transparency that drove social unrest in Africa and Central America. Extreme weather events, including many attributed to the El Nino phenomenon, caused supply chain disruptions and threatened business continuity in multiple regions. There were also several industries that were plagued by poor enforcement of labour regulations, allowing for significant rates of child or forced labour in Argentina and India, among other nations. Nearly AUD$30 billion was lost due to cargo theft worldwide in 2015 from a variety of supply chain threats, predominantly driven by security concerns. South Africa has seen a 30 per cent increase in cargo truck hijackings over the last year, with thieves using high levels of violence and switching from targeting only high value goods to also targeting lower value items. Daring vehicle shipment thefts have become increasingly commonplace in China, with a recent series of in-transit vehicle thefts occurring along the busy G45 highway. More sophisticated attacks were observed in India throughout 2015, where criminal gangs masterminded new techniques to steal goods without breaking customs seals in order to avoid detection – a major risk for companies participating in international supply chain security programs. In Europe, disruptions in trade caused by the ISIS terrorist group clearly highlighted the link between terrorism and the supply chain. Border controls in France following the November attacks in Paris are estimated to have cost the Belgian shipping industry AUD$4.6 million. Terrorist-linked smuggling rings were also identified to be colluding between Spain and the Middle East, the groups illegally transporting shipments of stolen electronics, drugs, weapons and other contraband. Elsewhere, the Jordanian trucking industry suffered AUD$990 million in lost revenue since conflict began in the Middle East in 2011. In addition to theft, business continuity-related threats such as extreme weather events and political and social unrest, led to significant losses for individual companies and national economies last year. 2015’s top five natural disasters caused a collective $33 billion of damage to businesses. In 2016, BSI has identified emerging health crises, such as the Zika virus, could also pose a significant threat to the global supply chain and may lead to work stoppages and protests similar to the supply chain disruptions seen in conjunction with the Ebola epidemic. Labour unrest and factory strikes have also caused considerable financial damage across the world. Factory strikes in China increased by 58.3 per cent from the previous year due to pay disputes, as factory owners struggled to pay workers due to a slowing economy, leading to protests. The withholding of wages was cited as a major cause in 75 per cent of protests and generated losses of up to AUD$35 million in the footwear industry. Labour unrest is likely to continue in China in 2016, regardless of whether the economy improves. Numerous cases of child and forced labour were exposed in 2015, highlighting the need for visibility into corporate supply chain to mitigate the risk of human rights abuses. Nearly 80 per cent of Argentina’s textile industry was found to be sourcing from unregulated facilities, where forced, child labour and poor working conditions are common. BSI also noted an increase in the risk of child labour use in India due to the existence of loopholes in labour reforms approved in 2015. In response to these and other recent concerns, European countries and the United States last year moved to pass laws mandating reporting on corporate social responsibility issues in corporate supply chains.   Jim Yarbrough, Global Intelligence Program Manager at BSI commented: “Companies are facing an increasingly wide range of challenges to their supply chain, from human rights issues to acts of violent theft and natural disasters. Such complexity creates extreme levels of risk for organizations, both directly affecting the bottom line but perhaps more seriously, hidden threats to the supply chain which, if ignored, could do serious harm to a company’s hard-earned reputation.” The biggest threats to the global supply chain in 2016 include: Global cargo theft cost estimated to grow by a further AUD$1.3 billion in 2016. Increased concerns in China, Germany, India, Mexico, South Africa, and United States Continued tensions in South China Sea predicted to lead to further protests and disruptions On-going conflict in Syria will continue to impact supply chains Migrant crisis will continue to lead to port disruptions. European Union/Schengen border controls predicted to have far-reaching impact. ISIS is predicted to remain a significant threat to disrupt supply chains Labour unrest in China is predicted to persist, as a slowdown in the Chinese economy continues and more jobs move to neighbouring countries Weather disruptions e.g. La Nina phenomenon Global health crises e.g. Zika and Ebola The report is based on data from BSI’s Supply Chain Risk Exposure Evaluation Network (SCREEN), which provides continuous evaluation across 22 proprietary risk factors and 204 countries. BSI’s 2015 SCREEN data and analysis reveals a clear picture of the changing global threat landscape and how this varies by country, continent, and industry sector. To download a copy of BSI’s 2015 Global Supply Chain Intelligence Report, please click here.  - ENDS-   About BSI BSI (British Standards Institution) is the business standards company that equips businesses with the necessary solutions to turn standards of best practice into habits of excellence. Formed in 1901, BSI was the world’s first National Standards Body and a founding member of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). Over a century later it continues to facilitate business improvement across the globe by helping its clients drive performance, manage risk and grow sustainably through the adoption of international management systems standards, many of which BSI originated. Renowned for its marks of excellence including the consumer recognized BSI Kitemark™, BSI’s influence spans multiple sectors including Aerospace, Automotive, Built Environment, Food, Healthcare and ICT. With 80,000 clients in 182 countries, BSI is an organization whose standards inspire excellence across the globe.  To learn more, please visit www.bsigroup.com/en-au   About BSI Supply Chain Solutions BSI Supply Chain Solutions is the leading global provider of supply chain intelligence, auditing services, audit compliance and risk management software solutions, and advisory services. Our mission is to help corporations, governments and associations identify, manage and mitigate global supply chain risks and maintain world class governance risk and compliance programs. Our holistic supply chain risk management suite is designed to predict and visualize risk, and develop robust risk mitigation and compliance management programs to protect your supply chain, brand and reputation. Our intelligence-infused supply chain solutions and global network empower our clients to understand global supply chain risk with unequaled precision. To learn more, please visit www.bsi-supplychainsolutions.com      Media enquiries: BSI Marketing Department                Tel: +61 2 8877 7131          Email: marketing.au@bsigroup.com Marc Barnes Managing Director - BSI Group Australia and NZ Tel: +61 2 8877 7100 Email: marc.barnes@bsigroup.com    Oakton Dissolved Oxygen Meters use optical RDO Technology 2016-03-13T11:52:50Z oakton-dissolved-oxygen-meters-use-optical-rdo-technology Oakton® Waterproof DO 450 and pH/DO 450 Meters use optical RDO technology to cut down-time and lower costs. Optical meters provide the convenience of no membrane replacement, no electrolyte replacement, no incoming flow required, and no hydrogen sulfide interference. The meters also offer a quick response time, minimal drift, and minimal maintenance. The durable, dustproof design is IP67-rated. 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