The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2017-03-27T01:08:56Z Smart Skyscrapers Summit Drives Innovation 2017-03-27T01:08:56Z smart-skyscrapers-summit-drives-innovation-1 The Australian Smart Skyscrapers Summit will explore exciting new developments and technological advancements in high-rise design and construction. Launching in Melbourne on the 28th and 29th of March at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, the Summit profiles a vast range of innovative tall tower projects across Australia and the world. Local and international speakers will share their expertise among industry professionals and stakeholders. Presentations, panel discussions and exhibitions will provide delegates with the perfect platform for learning from and networking with architectural, urban planning, construction, supply, engineering, government, institute and academic bodies. A cocktail reception will cap off the first day of the Summit, allowing delegates to reflect on presentations and make acquaintances across the board.   Topics on the agenda reflect new ways of conceptualising and building high-rise towers. Smart design is a prominent concern in the new age of skyscrapers as architects and developers look to increasingly more green, environmentally friendly and efficient ways of creating tall towers through building design, building materials and building systems. Prefabricated construction is delivering stunning new high-rise structures, forging a new modular mode of building. Vertical schools are reimagining traditional ideas of educational environments, now taking off in Australia. Innovations in vertical transportation will also revolutionise skyscraper design and architectural flexibility. Most importantly, creating inhabitable, liveable and humanised high-rises that interact with the local environment is a dominant concern that will be addressed from different perspectives at the Summit. This leading industry event will set the scene for a new age of skyscraper design and construction practice around the country and abroad. Opportunities to interview speakers will be available on the day. Any media wishing to attend on the day, please contact Expotrade Media Contact.   About Expotrade  Expotrade is a global conference and event organizer with its head office based in Melbourne, Australia. Expotrade has delivered some of the largest, most successful B2B industry conferences and events in the areas of infrastructure, major projects, sustainability, technology & architecture. For almost 10 years, our unique blend of knowledge, experience and flexibility has accomplished an array of consistently top quality events. 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Advances in Digital Agriculture to Take Centre Stage at International Symposium on Digital Earth & Locate17 in Sydney 2017-03-22T22:59:02Z 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). ARDILL PAYNE & PARTNERS RISE TO NEW HEIGHTS FOR THE AMRUN PROJECT. 2017-03-22T22:30:53Z ardill-payne-amp-partners-rise-to-new-heights-for-the-amrun-project Ardill Payne & Partners (APP) of Ballina have been hard at work designing five 70meter-high communication towers for Rio Tinto’s new bauxite project site, named the Amrun Project. The project is located 2500km from the APP Head office in Ballina.   Bill Payne, Partner at APP commented, “We were excited to win a huge project like this, and after working so hard on these towers it’s great to see the first now up.”   Rio Tinto has mined bauxite at Weipa on Western Cape York for more than 50 years. Almost ten years ago, they began investigating the possibility of building a new mine on part of their existing lease south of the Embley River, between Weipa and Aurukun.   Amrun sits on Wik-Waya traditional lands. At the request of Traditional Owners, the South of Embley project is known as Amrun, the Wik‑Waya name for the area.   Rio Tinto has agreements with 12 Traditional Owner groups in total, across three agreements, which underpin all Weipa operations and activities.   The Amrun project includes the construction of a range of infrastructure required to support mining including a processing plant and port near Boyd Bay, a dam, tailings storage facility, roads and a ferry terminal on the Hey River to transport workers from Weipa to the mine.   “With a construction team of 1400 people, the Amrun project will provide jobs and strengthen the economy for the people of Cape York and Queensland for many decades,” said Bill.    “This is a cultural win in the area, with a wonderful story of Original Land Owner involvement. Rio Tinto have worked closely with Wik-Waya people to develop a Communities, Heritage and Environment Management Plan to guide construction and operation of the project. It’s been a great experience.”   Ardill Payne & Partners have been assisting with the communications for the Port and Mine – through design, surveying and engineering for the communications towers and masts over the vast mine area from Amrun to Weipa.   Operations in Weipa provide jobs for a diverse workforce of 1,400 people. Close to one in four employees are Indigenous and one in four are women.   US$1.9 billion is being invested into the Amrun Project.   ENDS ABOUT ARDILL PAYNE & PARTNERS   Ardill Payne & Partners is a multi-disciplinary consulting firm of Engineers, Town Planners and Surveyors. They are proudly based in beautiful Ballina, and have been practising for 35 years. With five principals and employing twenty highly skilled professionals and technicians, APP are confident in their professional expertise, and the diligence of their management and staff is unequalled in the Northern Rivers.   The Professional Services they practice in include:   Civil Engineering Structural Engineering Environmental Engineering Maritime Engineering Bridge Design Town Planning Surveying Traffic Studies Masts & Towers Project Management Mining & Quarries Join Citygreen and WT Burden at the Middle East Smart Landscape Summit 2017-03-14T01:27:09Z join-citygreen-and-wt-burden-at-the-middle-east-smart-landscape-summit-1 Release: March 14, 2017 WHEN: May 15, 2017 to May 16, 2017 WHERE: Sofitel Dubai The Palm Resort & Spa Citygreen is proud to be exhibiting at the Middle East Smart Landscape Summit, partnering with WT Burden. The summit is the first dedicated landscape-focused conference in Dubai – emphasising the region’s commitment to the sustainable growth of green spaces. As the region’s leading landscaping event, the summit will outline innovative approaches to green transformation, promote investment in green infrastructure, and present the diverse opportunities and obstacles faced in increasing green landscapes in the city. The summit will feature a combination of individual and joint presentations, case studies, panel discussions, and Q&A sessions, covering a diverse range of topics including: - Sustainable landscaping for the region of Dubai - Opportunities for green walls and vertical landscapes - New and innovative technologies in landscape architecture - Innovative strategies for improving public wellbeing and outdoor environments - Sustainable planting schemes for smart cities -  Soil preservation, restoration, and maintenance Citygreen will exhibit its leading range of innovative urban landscape technology, including Stratavault (which has featured in Dubai’s innovative Butterfly Building and a high-density apartment complex in Muhaisnah), Stratacell, and its latest innovation Strataflow – which combines tree pit technology with water sensitive urban design (WSUD) for a complete urban tree solution. Registrations for the summit are now open here. Spatial Startup Companies to Share the Latest Innovations at the International Symposium on Digital Earth & Locate17 2017-03-14T00:00:19Z 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). Destination Phillipines : Palawan Islands 2017-03-12T21:04:35Z destination-phillipines-palawan-islands El Nido based luxury glamping resort, The Birdhouse El Nido, has projected into the limelight with their unique experience currently being offered in the highly sought after Palawan Islands. Using the momentum of that success, owner operator Mark Villaflor has recently kickstarted Tour El Nido with his cousin Karen Bersabe, to cater to the tourist seeking the very best experiences from this region. Each experience being offered breaks free from the homogeny seen in many other island destinations and is in the truly an extension of the wild imagination and passion he has for the Palawan region.   ‘Clients contact us due to our approachable & adaptable nature. Our ethos is to drive the kind of tourism that benefits this area and we provide our clients with meaningful holidays with memories that last a lifetime. We encourage clients to approach us who have a deep desire to uncover Palawan, especially through sustainable local providers,’ says Mark.    The  Birdhouse El Nido designed by Camille Villaflor is a signature project along a long line of masterpieces – including travelling the world on a 16 month honeymoon dubbed 365traveldates, part of a successful travel blogger media duo. This experience on the road and in tourist destinations around the world has allowed Mark to set this business up from a strong client centric model.   Together with his wife the industrious pair have a clear love and passion for the Palawan islands and it’s great to have these kinds of new breed business operators ushering in an era of sustainable tourism that is both exciting and unique.   To find out more about the types of adventures being offered by Tour El Nido, head over their homepage here (www.tourelnido.com) or for all media enquiry please contact derek@worldsbestdestinations.com Many lawns in new developments are not fit for purpose. 2017-03-10T02:13:44Z many-lawns-in-new-developments-are-not-fit-for-purpose By Shane Bridges March 10, 2017 Brisbane, Australia  - Jimboomba Turf one of Australia’s leading turf growers have today release a case study that investigates the continued use of lawn types that are not fit for purpose. Data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics show that the average percentage of residential block taken up by the house has grown from 27% in 1985 to 85% in 2012. This astronomical growth has put huge pressure on the unchanged grass varieties still used in modern backyards that aren’t fit for purpose for shaded lawns. "Traditionally the project built home sector specify a ‘not fit for purpose’ lawn type that has next to no shade tolerance, this is done on cost basis with scant regard to longevity and multigenerational issues. The research from the University of Hawaii shows that the commonly used Couch grass needs six hours of direct sunlight and many modern Australian backyards just don’t get that amount.”  – Lynn Davidson, Jimboomba Turf Group – Managing Director. The minimal cost savings of installing a lawn that is not fit for purpose are completely offset by increased lifetime costs of both lawn maintenance and the risk of the lawn requiring replacement. Both homeowners and builders need to pay closer attention to the conditions a new lawn will face. The focus on price needs to be changed to a focus on climatic conditions especially focussing on the factor of shade. By using the amount of direct sunlight a new lawn will receive the lawn installed will be fit for purpose, delivering lower maintenance costs for the life of the lawn. The liveability of green spaces in modern backyards will also benefit from a focus on fit for purpose lawn types. With parents already struggling to get children to swap screen time for outside time, without the added complication of dusty and worn out lawns that cannot thrive or survive in the shade. “A healthy thriving lawn environment around a home encourages children to participate in physical activity. Generally speaking the environment where the alternate ‘not fit for purpose’ lawn type products exist, are decimated by shade and are far from appealing recreate on.” – Lynn Davidson, Jimboomba Turf Group – Managing Director. The full Case Study can be found at: http://jimboombaturf.com.au/fit-for-purpose-turf/ International Symposium on Digital Earth & Locate17 to Boost Collaboration in Intelligent Transport and Smart Cities 2017-03-07T01:29:34Z 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). Noel Pearson to address Institute of Foresters National Conference 2017 2017-03-06T21:47:09Z noel-pearson-to-address-institute-of-foresters-national-conference-2017 Noel Pearson, Director of the Cape York Institute for Policy and Leadership, has been named as a Keynote speaker for the 2017 Institute of Foresters conference about tropical forestry to be held in Cairns from 14-17 August. Noel is Director of the Cape York Institute for Policy and Leadership, an organisation promoting the economic and social development of Cape York in far north Queensland. Dr Kevin Harding, Chair of the Conference Organising Committee said, ‘An engaging and thought-provoking speaker, Noel is sure to leave conference-goers wanting more - and more will be provided. ‘Noel will be joined by Professor Sandra Harding, Vice Chancellor and President of James Cook University Australia. ‘An economic sociologist by training, Professor Harding has a keen interest in the global Tropics, northern Australia and economic development. ‘There are few countries in our region that have not been influenced by forestry leaders trained in Australia. ‘The conference location brings focus on Northern Australian Development, particularly the role that forestry should play in development initiatives that are canvassed in the 2015 Northern Australia White Paper’, said Kevin. -Ends-   Media contact: Dr. Kevin Harding 0410471957 Supporting Notes: More details are available from the Conference website at www.ifa.consec.com.au Key Dates:Last date for abstract submissions - 31 March 2017 Online Registration Open - April 2017 Conference - 14-17 August 2017 Humanising the High-Rise 2017-03-01T22:45:55Z humanising-the-high-rise The Quay Quarter Tower is an innovative high-rise project taking shape in Sydney’s Central Quay precinct. The recent international competition held by AMP Capital Investors and 3XN saw design firms vie in order to secure the appointment to design the building’s lobby, reception, meeting and conference facilities. The design competition saw Design Research Studio chosen to complete the final touches of the 49-storey Quay Quarter Tower, with works slated to begin in 2018. Fred Holt, Architect and Partner at 3XN, the lead design architecture firm behind the project, spoke of the design philosophy that inspired the approach to the spectacular new structure. Architecture Shapes Behaviour is a design concept that informed the corporate workspace culture in high-rise structures. Holt believes that “architects have the opportunity to design high rise buildings that spatially address more than the stacked slab, efficiency only approach to high-rise design”. Providing innovative and efficient building design solutions and approaches is a cornerstone to developing high-rise buildings in the corporate Australian tall tower space. Holt also advocates the ideas that, as material resources continue to grow scarce and expensive; the onus is on developers of existing high-rise buildings and architects “to investigate methods of extending the lifespan and thus, [the] value of their buildings”. Tall towers will need to increasingly incorporate upcycling and recycling methods in order to create a sustainable future. The Quay Quarter Tower is a prime example of a building upcycling the original core structure of which two thirds was retained on the existing building site and integrated into the new design. Holt emphasises the importance of such methods in future high-rise developments which will see more aspects of building components reused and recycled than presently. “Thinking and planning for methods of disassembly prior to construction, not only maintains the inherent value of materials beyond a building’s life, but further increases the return on the original investment for the owner,” says Holt. Appearing at the Australian Smart Skyscrapers Summit, Melbourne’s premiere high-rise design and construction event, Fred Holt will elaborate on how 3XN realised their vision of Architecture Shapes Behaviour through the Quay Quarter Tower project and how the company puts this belief into practice by “humanising the high-rise”.   The Australian Smart Skyscraper Summit will be held on the 28-29th March 2017 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.   About Expotrade  Expotrade is a global conference and event organizer with its head office based in Melbourne, Australia. Expotrade has delivered some of the largest, most successful B2B industry conferences and events in the areas of infrastructure, major projects, sustainability, technology & architecture. For almost 10 years, our unique blend of knowledge, experience and flexibility has accomplished an array of consistently top quality events. Today, Expotrade events enjoy such a distinctive edge, they are amongst the best patronised in the calendar. For more information, visit www.expotradeglobal.com Air quality: ACOEM Group merges with Indo-Australian company Ecotech 2017-02-24T17:13:16Z air-quality-acoem-group-merges-with-indo-australian-company-ecotech ACOEM Group (EUR 62 million revenue, 450 employees) announces its merger with Ecotech, Indo-Australian specialist in air quality monitoring (EUR 24 million revenue, 220 employees). ACOEM Group's mission is to help companies and public authorities limit their environmental impact, offering products and services that enable them to prevent noise and vibration pollution, improve air quality, and increase the productivity and reliability of industrial machines. Leveraging this merger as well as its positioning in the high-growth market for monitoring environmental parameters, ACOEM Group seeks to double its sales revenue by 2020. "The extensive expertise Ecotech possesses in air quality complements our well-established know-how in acoustics and vibration, making the ACOEM Group the world's first company to position itself in the measurement, analysis, and control of all types of environmental parameters," says Fabien Condemine, CEO, ACOEM Group. "Our merger with Ecotech also enables us to speed up our international growth, notably by opening markets in Australia, India, and Southeast Asia." "Joining the ACOEM Group is an opportunity for Ecotech to continue its growth, participating in the international success of a group that shares our vision and common values," says Nicholas Dal Sasso, Managing Director at Ecotech. This external growth operation is consistent with the ACOEM Group's strong growth over the past five years (from EUR 40 million revenue in 2011 to EUR 62 million in 2015), and it supports a development strategy that seeks to make ACOEM Group the worldwide leader in monitoring environmental parameters. This merger will enable both companies to leverage their expertise and positioning: - Ecotech will develop its expertise in air quality over all the zones covered by ACOEM Group, notably Europe, North America, and Brazil. - ACOEM Group will develop its expertise related to noise and vibration pollution in all the zones covered by Ecotech, notably Australia, India, and Southeast Asia. About ACOEM Group Founded in 2011 following the sale of Areva's 01dB-Metravib business, the ACOEM Group specializes in measuring, analyzing, and controlling environmental parameters. The ACOEM Group offers products and services that prevent noise and vibration pollution, improve air quality, and increase the productivity and reliability of industrial machines to help companies and public authorities reduce their environmental impact. The ACOEM Group is based in Limonest, France, and has four subsidiaries around the world, in Brazil, the United States, Malaysia, and Sweden. The Group generated EUR 62 million in revenue in 2015, 70% of which was from international markets, and currently employs 450 people around the world. www.acoemgroup.fr, www.acoemgroup.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/Acoemgroup LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/company/acoem?trk=tyah Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ACOEM-207065082718000/?fref=ts YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/acoemTV About Ecotech At Ecotech, problem solving is in our DNA. For over 40 years we have pioneered innovative solutions in environmental monitoring for air, water, gas, blast, particulate and dust. Headquartered in Melbourne, Australia we now operate in more than 80 countries, manage over 440 real-time environmental monitoring sites certified to internationally recognized quality standards. With two world-class manufacturing facilities in India and Australia both certified to ISO 9001 Quality Management standard, Ecotech generated EUR 24 million in revenue in 2015 employing 220 people around the world. Ecotech is part of ACOEM Group. www.ecotech.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/EcotechPtyLtd LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/ecotech-pty-ltd Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ecotechmonitoring YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/EcotechPtyLtd Press contacts - Amalthea Claire Faucon - cfaucon@amalthea.fr - +33 (0)4 26 78 27 13 Floriane Gouache - fgouache@amalthea.fr - +33 (0)4 26 78 27 15 MERV HUGHES & CROWDFUNDING HELP BRING BACK FISH HABITATS 2017-02-10T03:35:59Z merv-hughes-amp-crowdfunding-help-bring-back-fish-habitats In an innovative move, three catchment management authorities (CMAs) in Victoria including Corangamite, Glenelg Hopkins and Goulburn Broken will band together with the Australian River Restoration Centre (ARRC) to launch their first crowdfunding campaign on Pozible aptly named ‘Funds for Fish’, with full support from Aussie cricket legend, Merv Hughes.   With the 30 day campaign set to launch on 13 February 2017, communities in Victoria, fishing enthusiasts and nature lovers are being called on to support local river projects which will restore native fish habitats and waterways. The Victorian Government has also chipped in with some funding to help kick off the program.   “There are a number of reasons why fish habitat needs to be improved and why we need some extra support,” says Adam Bester, Funds for Fish Project Manager.   “Whilst we work hard to monitor and improve the health of our waterways, we’ve realised this is something we cannot do alone. We’re undertaking our Pozible campaign because we understand how effective local communities can be to achieve big changes. Using crowdfunding, social media and other channels, we want to empower the community to get involved and help make a positive transformation to our waterways. We chose crowdfunding as it enables the community to directly invest in causes and projects that they care about.”       People supporting the crowdfunding campaign will be able to donate as little as $2, and funds raised will be matched dollar for dollar by the CMAs using funding from the Victorian Government’s Regional Riparian Action Plan and other government initiatives to improve the health of regional waterways. These funds will be used to provide works such as installing ‘fish hotels’ or increasing vegetation along riverbanks. Fish habitats that include logs, rocks, native trees and good water quality are really important to help fish survive, grow and breed. The CMAs involved have outlined how funds raised will be used specifically in their catchment areas.   As an avid fisherman and with his own angling television show ‘Merv Hughes Fishing’, Aussie cricketing legend Merv Hughes says it was a no brainer to lend his support to the program.   “Funds For Fish is a great way to increase angler awareness of the importance of habitat for fish.  More habitat in our rivers means more fish to catch” says Merv.   Each CMA has set a funding goal to carry out specific projects they seek to roll out in their catchment area. Glenelg Hopkins CMA is working with local community and angling groups to raise $12,000 to put towards in stream habitat such as rock and fish hotels, weed control and tree planting for Estuary Perch. Corangamite CMA is seeking $10,000 to put towards re-snagging Spring Creek and revegetating key parts of the waterway to provide critical habitat for Estuary Perch. Finally, Goulburn Broken CMA aim to raise a total of $15,000 to accelerate habitat restoration to improve the outlook for the endangered Macquarie Perch.   Funds for Fish already has strong involvement from organisations such as VRFish, Fisheries, OzFish, Merv Hughes Fishing and Native Fish Australia. Fundamental to the project’s success will be community support.  The CMAs hope anglers, local farmers, conservation groups, schools, businesses and the general community will all become involved - either by purchasing a ‘perk’ or making a donation through the crowdfunding campaign.  Perks may include experiences, accommodation, business promotion and other goods produced for the campaign, or kindly donated by local businesses. All donations are fully tax deductible through the Australian River Restoration Centre.   Once the funding campaign is complete, the CMAs will get straight to work to provide the additional fish habitat and hope to see fish numbers increasing, which will be available for current and future generations to enjoy.     To be the first to hear when the campaign goes live or to offer support for the campaign, go to www.fundsforfish.com.au and join the database or follow the project on any of the CMA social networks. SLR Appoints new APAC Infrastructure Leader 2017-02-10T01:32:33Z slr-appoints-new-apac-infrastructure-leader SLR Consulting, a leader in global environmental and advisory services, has this week announced the appointment of Alex Campbell to lead the Infrastructure sector in Asia Pacific.         After graduating in the UK with a Masters in Engineering, Alex has acquired over 14 years environmental consulting experience initially with Buro Happold then holding various senior positions with WSP including the most recent role as Director (Specialist Consulting).   His experience in the Infrastructure sector includes some of the largest projects underway in Australia, working for a range of government and private-sector clients.   As an Acoustic Engineer Alex specialises in architectural and building acoustics; environmental impact assessments; building services noise control; and vibration assessments and mitigation measures. More recently he has carried out environmental assessments on key projects including Sydney Metro Northwest and was the Acoustic Project Director on the Caulfield to Dandenong Level Crossing Removal Project.   Regarding his move to SLR, Regional Manager Paul Gardiner commented: “It’s an exciting time for SLR’s growth in the region and I am excited to welcome Alex to SLR in his role as Sector Leader and as part of the APAC Management Team.  Alex’s leadership experience combined with his strong personal skills, and business development expertise will complement SLR’s ‘one team’ culture which has underpinned the growth in this sector and region”.    SLR’s clients in this market cover the full scope of infrastructure owners, sponsors, funders and operators in both the public and private sector, together with the supporting investment, contracting and advisory community.   Alex is a Chartered Professional Engineer and is an active member of Engineers Australia and the Australian Acoustic Society. Schindler Announced as Platinum Sponsor of the Australian Smart Skyscrapers Summit 2017-02-09T04:49:30Z schindler-announced-as-platinum-sponsor-of-the-australian-smart-skyscrapers-summit Leading expert in high-rise transportation Schindler Australia has been announced as the Platinum Sponsor of the inaugural high-rise construction and design event in the Southern Hemisphere, the Australian Smart Skyscrapers Summit. The Australian Smart Skyscrapers Summit will profile the latest developments in high-rise construction trends dominating the market. Vertical transportation technologies are a major revolutionising force in tall and very tall buildings. New technologies from vertical transport giants such as Schindler are opening the doors to a plethora of design possibilities. All aspects of the industry will see a wholesale reimagining of construction possibilities as well as increased architectural flexibility. Schindler will give insight into the cutting-edge technology advancements happening in the vertical transport industry at the Summit. Currently constructing one of the largest elevator projects ever awarded in Australia at Sydney’s Barangagroo, Schindler comes on board with expert speakers to discuss the future of high-speed, high-rise transportation.  The Barangagroo development features the Schindler 7000 high-rise elevators and the Schindler 5500 modular passenger elevators which incorporate Schindler’s innovative PORT Technology Destination Control. The PORT Technology optimises traffic flow by offering personalised service and control to passengers. The technology can be programmed to analyse, predict and meet individual needs. Schindler was named the winner of New Installation Project of the Year at the Elevator World’s 2017 industry awards for their work on the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre (VCCC) project. As the world’s premiere elevator installation, the project is recognised as the first of its kind in an Australian medical facility. Other industry leaders in the vertical transportation arena, Kone and Thyssenkrupp, join Schindler as Summit sponsors. Kone’s composite material lightweight rope and Thyssenkrupp’s “rope-less” MULTI technology are increasing feasible elevator heights and advance progress in vertical transportation systems. Business Manager of Expotrade Saumya Dabarera said, “We’re excited to have Schindler on board as the Platinum Sponsor for the launch of the Australian Smart Skyscrapers Summit as globally they have a strong presence in vertical transportation solutions. Our delegates will certainly benefit greatly from Schindler’s expertise in the high-rise space”.    Among other major players confirmed at the Summit are The Australian Steel Institute, Arup, Atlas, Hebel, ULA Group, Consep, Hickory, 3XN, Henning Larsen Architects, Bonacci, Fender Katsalidis Architects, PTW Architects, Thomson Adsett and Grocon.   About Expotrade  Expotrade is a global conference and event organizer with its head office based in Melbourne, Australia. Expotrade has delivered some of the largest, most successful B2B industry conferences and events in the areas of infrastructure, major projects, sustainability, technology & architecture. For almost 10 years, our unique blend of knowledge, experience and flexibility has accomplished an array of consistently top quality events. Today, Expotrade events enjoy such a distinctive edge, they are amongst the best patronised in the calendar. For more information, visit www.expotradeglobal.com