The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2017-03-14T05:12:57Z Bookaskip UK Has Some Advice on Council Skip Bin Hire Permits 2017-03-14T05:12:57Z bookaskip-uk-has-some-advice-on-council-skip-bin-hire-permits Most skip bins that are placed on Council land will more often than not require a skip bin hire permit, and Bookaskip UK advise that if your particular Skip Hire Supplier is able to arrange this permit it will be additional to the skip hire price that you are quoted and details will be provided by the Skip Hire Supplier.    Some local Councils require the customer to arrange the skip hire permit and Bookaskip  will let you know when you click "Best Price" if you will need to arrange the skip hire permit.   Hiring www.bookaskip.co.uk means that you will benefit from the global experience of our US, UK, AU & NZ operations, combined with local knowledge available to you at an affordable price. Their prices are very competitive, with a network of locally based skip hire companies available, delivering a range of bins to your residential property or commercial premises, seven days a week.   Bookaskip’s easy-to-use website and state-of-the-art booking engine provide their consumers with value for money and their aim is to provide customers with the highest standard of service and excellent value. Their services include next day service, mini, builders and maxi skips from 2-16 cubic yard containers delivered to your specified location, roll-on and off 20 & 40 cubic yard containers and delivery to residential or commercial and other sites.   Bookaskip’s website will search their large network of skip suppliers’ current stock and prices and instantly present you with the best price available for a skip bin which meets your specific skip hire requirements. You don't have to contact multiple skip hire suppliers individually, or use other nationwide skip hire business sites that only have one skip hire supplier in your area.   Simply enter your skip hire requirements and their state-of-the-art website will search all of the local skip bin hire suppliers from their database to get you the best skip hire prices, so go to the website today to hire a skip at http://www.bookaskip.co.uk . ACS Releases New Environmental Chemistry Course 2017-03-06T04:20:31Z acs-releases-new-environmental-chemistry-course We have just completed and released a new 100 hour course called Environmental Chemistry.  Gain an understanding of how chemicals can contaminate the environment, the chemicals are involved, and the ways in which they can change the environment and understand how chemicals can change the ecosystem impacting how all living things in that environment could be affected.   This course is a great addition to your toolkit if you are working or studying in the following areas: ·         Environmental management ·         Resource Management ·         Agriculture ·         Science ·         Analytical Laboratories ·         Industrial production facilities ·         Anyone involved in managing built environments ·         Politicians who are involved in implementing environmental policy. Environmental chemistry affects the world in diverse ways (both beneficial and detrimental) at scales ranging from global to microscopic.  Global examples include climate change and global warming occurring mostly due to changes in the chemical composition of atmospheric gases (greenhouse gases) largely caused by humans. Global warming is the long-term trend of a rising average global  temperatures, whereas climate change is a broader term referring to changes mostly brought about by global warming such as extreme rainfall events, increased prevalence of drought, heat waves and so on.    At a microscopic scale, chemicals are used to control or prevent outbreaks of diseases caused by microorganisms in crops. This includes fungal diseases such as mildews, rots and wilts which may be treated using chemicals called fungicides. These fungicides may contain inorganic copper or sulphur compounds; synthetic organic compounds (such as dithiocarbamates) as well as ‘natural’ compounds such as clay. The fungicides have a beneficial effect in that they increase food production for an ever expanding population. However, some of these fungicides also have effects on the environment at a much larger scale than the intended microscopic one, due to their persistence in the environment (i.e. they do not break down with time and can accumulate). They can be toxic to soil organisms such as earthworms and to aquatic organisms such as fish or even to humans. Thus, chemicals have many interacting influences on the environment at many different scales.  The Environmental Chemistry course can be started at anytime and students can work through the course at their own pace with the support of our tutors. Students successfully completing this 100 hour course will receive a Statement of Attainment. More information on this course is located here: www.acs.edu.au/courses/environmental-chemistry-714.aspx If you would like any information on this course, please contact admin@acs.edu.au . Enabling small business to cut costs and boost recycling 2017-02-15T01:46:59Z enabling-small-business-to-cut-costs-and-boost-recycling-1 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 14 February 2017 Aodhan MacCathmhaoil Waster.com.au Tel: 0497 886 353 Email: press@waster.zendesk.com Enabling small business to cut costs and boost recycling Australian startup disrupts $15bn industry; delivering low prices to small business Sydney, NSW: Sydney startup Waster.com.au seeks to disrupt the $15bn waste industry in all major cities throughout Australia. By applying disruptive technologies previously applied to industries such as hotels, travel and taxis; Waster.com.au delivers lower prices and better services to small and medium Australian businesses - helping them reduce costs whilst benefitting the environment. We highlight how local businesses can easily and quickly reduce total spend on waste services whilst boosting their environmental credentials through our infographic on the next page – showing the differing experience of two local cafes. Customer service manager Joanna Wells said, “as a business we are really focused on delivering value to our small and medium customers, people who have been neglected by their previous suppliers. We are really passionate about helping our customers reduce waste going to landfill by boosting recycling and hence reducing their costs.” The company ethos of Waster.com.au is based on creating a positive experience for our customers as well as our staff and wider community:  Complete transparency of pricing – no hidden costs and online booking  No lock-in contracts – month to month no risk basis  Continuing customer education focus to boost recycling, help the environment and lower business costs  Community engagement –Waster.com.au matches customer charitable donations dollar for dollar to plant native Australian trees. About Waster.com.au: https://waster.com.au delivers waste services to smart businesses. Operating in all major cities throughout Australia, Waster supports small and medium businesses by delivering low cost, reliable waste and recycling services with no lock in contracts, excellent customer service and online apps. ### Provider of Skip Bins in Perth Suburbs Offers a Chance to Win $20,000 2017-02-08T03:48:26Z provider-of-skip-bins-in-perth-suburbs-offers-a-chance-to-win-20-000 Perth, WA, 08 February 2017 - The competition for providing skip bins in the Perth area has become quite fierce. It seems like there are a hundred skip bin hire companies vying for business, all making the same tired set of promises. But there is one skip bin hire company that has decided to back up their advertising by giving $20,000 to one lucky customer, just for choosing their skip bins. Mathew Del Bianco is the owner of AAA Skips. According to Mr Del Bianco: “We see a lot of advertisements out there making a lot of promises about skip bins. But we keep all of our promises. We want everyone in the Perth area to know about us. We want people to know about our great customer service and our well-maintained equipment. We figure the best way to let people know we are serious is to back up our advertising by giving $20,000 to one lucky skip bin hire customer.”AAA Skips is a family business that is owned and operated by Australians. Their company policy is to treat every customer like a family member. They have gained a reputation for exemplary customer service, professionalism and flexibility when it comes to satisfying their customers. No customer is ever treated like a number or like they aren’t important. The customer service crew at AAA Skips understands that everyone’s time and money are important to them. They also realize that everyone likes to be treated with professionalism and respect.AAA Skips has built their reputation because of their customer service, their professionalism and the quality of their equipment. They know everyone offers the same six standard sizes, starting at 2 m3 and ending at 9 m3.  They also know that not everyone’s skip bins look the same. That is why they keep their skip bins clean and well-maintained. They don’t ever want their skip bins to be an embarrassment to any homeowner, business owner or project manager. They also keep the delivery trucks clean and well-maintained. This ensures promptness of delivery and helps maintain a professional appearance. Their drivers also dress professionally in clean, crisp uniforms. According to Mr Del Bianco: “We are a family business, but we have resources equal to those of many big businesses. This allows us to provide our customers with the best of both worlds: family business service with strong, solid financial backing that allows us to constantly keep our equipment updated and in good repair.”Mr Del Bianco concludes: “We know that most people who experience our skip bin hire for themselves are going to come back to us the next time they need skip bins. Many of our customers become regular customers because they are so happy with our customer service, professionalism and equipment. That’s why we are giving one lucky customer $20,000, just for hiring our skip bins.”AAA Skips provides skip bins to all Perth suburbs north of the river. They offer six sizes of skip bins, from 2 m3 to 9 m3. All except the 2 m3 size provide ramp access. They are an Australian-owned and operated family business that prides themselves in providing the best customer service in the industry. To learn more or to contract skip bin hire, call 0438 918 850 or visit their website: http://www.minibinsperth.com.au/. Press Release: NCH On Track to be World Leader in Clean Water 2017-01-24T04:27:14Z press-release-nch-on-track-to-be-world-leader-in-clean-water 19 December 2016   Sydney, Australia – Valuing innovation and the highest level of customer service, NCH is on track to become world leader at cleaning water, conserving energy and maintaining equipment.   Already a global leader in industrial and commercial maintenance products, since 1919 NCH has demonstrated superior solutions for those aiming to maximise efficiency and keep facilities running in optimum condition. NCH’s specialties in the area of water cleaning further reflect the company vision of putting customers first, while focusing on innovation.   Recognising the importance of sustainability as a key area of growth and innovation, NCH constantly seeks environmentally friendly solutions for water cleaning and equipment maintenance that don’t come at the expense of quality, and customers are drawn to this integrated approach.   NCH divides its specialities across two main platforms namely: Industrial and Commercial. In the Industrial sector, the challenges of industry are met head on with an extensive range of lubricants, industrial degreasers, rust and corrosion products and biological solutions. These solutions are targeted at keeping business operating profitably by minimising downtime, extending the life of machinery and reducing costs.   In the Commercial sector NCH’s pioneering water treatment program assists in the efficient running of water cooling towers and boilers. While wastewater programs provide cleaner water and free flowing drains. The ultimate aim is for buildings to run at peak performance, cleanly, safely and efficiently.     To find out more about NCH Australia and its solutions, visit the NCH Website or contact NCH by clicking here. UTRC can employ Stawell Gold Mine’s new unemployed workers 2016-12-13T11:56:40Z utrc-can-employ-stawell-mine-s-new-unemployed-workers Following his Open Letter* to Stawell residents advising them of a misinformation campaign regarding UTRC’s removal of the largest tyre stockpile in Australia, Dr Matthew Starr is again imploring the Victorian Government to take steps that will see the business start employing many of Stawell Gold Mines’ retrenched workers. With up to 150 people losing their jobs at the mine (announced Tuesday, 13 December), UTRC offers Stawell a chance to employ up to 50 people in early 2017.  “All we request from the government is to waive some of the small regulatory fees that UTRC has been hit with, and provide greater support for our efforts to eliminate Victoria’s number one environmental hazard,” said Dr Starr. “UTRC is the only new business of size attempting to become operational in Stawell that can employ up to 30 per cent of the newly unemployed.  “UTRC is the best option for the unemployed workers who now face a very unhappy Christmas and New Year, with a bleak outlook for 2017.” The Stawell tyre stockpile comprises almost 9 million tyres, which UTRC purchased in June 2015 to create a new, environmentally-friendly, clean-tech facility to recycle the tyres. Dr Starr added, “We intend to support the workers of Stawell for the long term and as UTRC in Stawell has been classified as a Transfer Station for Victoria's used tyres, we can assure the town that there will be jobs well into the future.” * You can view the Open Letter, which is being delivered this week, at http://utrc.com.au/open-letter-to-stawell-residents/ and a copy should be attached. Dr Matthew Starr can be contacted on 0402 457 315. Skip Hire Business in Perth Exceeds Expectations 2016-12-08T14:52:12Z skip-hire-business-in-perth-exceeds-expectations Perth, WA, December 08, 2016 - AAA Skips is a family-owned business that offers skip hire to all Perth suburbs north of the river. Recently, in a post on their company blog, they provided a guide explaining how they had become so popular and what their customers need to know about skip hire. According to the post, the main reason for their success is that they are so dedicated to delivering the best on customer service. In a family business, this is usually known as “treating each customer like a member of our family.” In addition, AAA Skips is a locally-owned business. Their customers are their friends and neighbours. When AAA Skips makes money or pays employees, most of that money is spent locally. This has a positive effect on the local economy.AAA Skips is dedicated to helping preserve our environment. In the immediate area, it means keeping Perth clean and environmentally sound, not only for themselves, but for future generations of their families.Family Ownership, Abundant ResourcesAt AAA Skips, they feel they have the resources of a larger company, but with the customer service dynamics of a larger company. The end result is a combination of small town customer service and big city efficiency.Their equipment is continually maintained and updated to ensure that their skip bins and the trucks that deliver them are spotless and efficient. This provides a professional appearance for those who use their skip bins. They are also easy to use without getting customers dirty or leaving residue after they are taken away.AAA Skips offers 24-hour service for skip hire to any Perth suburb north of the river. In extreme cases, they can expedite same day service. They also offer extremely competitive prices. Their skip bins are the standard sizes, but their service separates them from any other skip hire firm in Perth.Mathew Del Bianco is the owner of AAA Skips. According to Mr Del Bianco:“At AAA Skips, customer service is our number one priority. Anyone can offer skip hire; there are a lot of people who are doing just that in the Perth area. Everyone offers the same standard sizes and a lot of people charge the same rates. The reason we are so popular is because we treat our customers like they are part of our family.”Mr Del Bianco continued: “That means clean, well-maintained skip bins. It means clean, well-maintained delivery trucks. And it means everyone on our staff, from owners to drivers to the people who answer our telephones, is knowledgeable, professional, neatly-dressed and is always willing to expend extra effort to provide our customers with the best in service and results.”Mr Del Bianco concluded: “Anyone can offer skip bin hire, but we always deliver beyond our customer’s expectations. That’s why we are so popular in the Perth area.”AAA Skips provides skip hire for Perth suburbs north of the river. They are a 100% Australian-owned, family business that recycles and disposes of waste for builders, homeowners and contractors along with commercial, industrial and residential customers. They pride themselves on providing the best customer service in the business and making their customers feel like family. To learn more or to arrange for skip hire, call AAA Skips on 0438 918 850 or visit their website: http://www.minibinsperth.com.au/. NCH appoints a new Maintenance Regional Director 2016-12-07T03:51:20Z nch-appoints-a-new-maintenance-regional-director Sydney, Australia – NCH Asia announced its new appointment of Joseph Youssef as the Industrial Maintenance Director or APAC Region to further develop and grow the maintenance portfolio of NCH in Regional and National accounts. Joseph Youssef brings a wealth of experience within the Industry, having being part of the development of Corporate Accounts team in Australia since 2014. Joining the maintenance specialty, Joseph can continue his success in NCH.   Joseph joins NCH Maintenance adding guidance, leadership, field and product training to his growing team. “This in turn will lead to greater growth and success across the product lines in the maintenance program for the Asia Pacific region,” comments Joseph.   NCH invests in extensive research and development to provide products that are both innovative and environmentally responsible. The Maintenance speciality offers superior solutions that maximize efficiency across various industries, helping keep facilities safe, maintained properly and running at optimum levels of efficiency. Commercial, Industrial and Infrastructure are the segments NCH focus on providing these effective products and services, which include,  Manufacturing, food processing, construction, transportation and many more.   NCH Maintenance consists of four main areas of service: Industrial maintenance, Partsmaster range, Parts Cleaning (Torrent) and the services program. Within those areas we have over 80 products centred around Cleaning, rust and corrosion and repair.   “Most of our clients find us through our active in the field sales team and we work hard to build relationships and trust with our customers and offer them unique and innovative solutions as partners in their business. Torrent creates the Perfect Storm 2016-12-07T03:47:57Z torrent-creates-the-perfect-storm November 14, 2016. Sydney, Australia - Cleaning greasy machine parts isn’t the highlight of anyone’s workday, but if you work in the lubricant or manufacturing specialities, there is a good chance it is an unavoidable part of your business. While traditional machines use oil-based chemicals to separate the grease from the parts, NCH has launched a water-based cleaning system that is up to ten times faster than existing automatic machines.   The system is called the Torrent® Parts Cleaner, and it uses a combination of pressure, temperature and chemistry to clean parts better and faster than anything else on the market.   So how does it work? The Torrent is an enclosed unit with a durable, hard wearing lid and industrial standard gloves to protect employees from direct contact with cleaning solutions providing safe washing with no mess and no fuss. It uses awater-based cleaning solution alongwith water, heat and pressure to clean tools or parts. The unique clarifier technology within the system separates contaminants from the cleaning solution, a powerful NCH detergent in combination with corrosion inhibitors result in a more effective clean.   This Live Demonstration shows the cleaning power, making swift work of degreasing a part in under a minute, and in fact 90% of parts can easily be cleaned in less than sixty seconds.   By decreasing the exposure to harmful chemicals, users of the Torrent are prevented from coming into contact with hydrocarbons or aggressive cleaning solutions. Noxious fumes and fire hazards are eliminated leading to diminished medical claims. This also makes the Torrent a solution that has less impact on the environment.   Choosing the most efficient product on the market leads to increased cleaning productivity so that businesses can reduce costs. NCH have created The Torrent® Calculator to assist customers in calculating return on investment.   The system comes installed in your workshop with full introduction on how to use it. Rather than having to outlay the total cost of new equipment up front, the Torrent Parts Cleaner can be acquired on a lease scheme, so you’ll also avoid service and maintenance costs, with NCH visiting your site regularly to keep the machine in perfect working order.   Whichever industry you work in, if your workday includes cleaning parts, you could be saving you time and money by changing to a cutting-edge system that offers maximum performance, economical operation, increased safety and reduced environmental impact.   For more information about theTorrent® solution or to arrange a free live demo, please contact NCH by clicking here. Improper Asbestos Disposal Can Produce Serious Health Risks 2016-11-09T04:08:49Z improper-asbestos-disposal-can-produce-serious-health-risks Perth, WA, November 09, 2016 - If safe asbestos disposal protocols are not followed to the letter, it can have devastating effects on one’s health. Home and business owners in the Perth area are not immune to these effects. They also aren’t exempt from asbestos exposure, as most buildings built before 1991 have Asbestos Containing Materials, also called “ACM’s.”At one time, asbestos mining was a large industry in Australia. Crocidolite and chrysotile, two minerals that are used to create asbestos, were a large part of Australia’s mining industry until the latter months of 1984. Between 1980-1983, Australia imported approximately 1.5 tonnes of asbestos.Asbestos was one of the most popular building materials in Australia until its use was banned in 1991. It is a part of most buildings built before it was banned in Australia.Asbestos is Ubiquitous in Older BuildingsAs long as they haven’t been remodeled, many buildings still contain large amounts of asbestos. If asbestos isn’t exposed and is sealed with paint, it is supposedly safe. However, there are many situations where buildings with asbestos in them represent a severe health risk. Weathering of ACM’s can cause ambient asbestos in that building.Damage to ACM’s can also cause asbestos exposure. When buildings that were built with ACM’s are renovated or demolished, it is important to strictly obey all asbestos disposal protocols. It is not recommended that amateur renovators work with asbestos because they don’t have the experience to do so. When asbestos is disposed of, it is recommended that a professional asbestos removal firm removes the asbestos. Then, the asbestos should be placed into special skip bins and taken to a safe disposal facility. This is the only truly safe way to remove asbestos and avoid exposure.The Health Consequences of Asbestos ExposureWhen asbestos is exposed, the fibres contaminate the immediate environment. When they are breathed in, they tend to settle in the bottom of the lungs and stay there. This can cause a number of lung diseases.When fibres are trapped in the lungs, the lungs grow cysts around the fibres. They eventually become the causes of such diseases as mesothelioma, other forms of lung cancer, asbestosis and many lesser conditions.MesotheliomaMalignant mesothelioma, which is now just called mesothelioma, is a malignant and almost always fatal cancer that affects the linings of the lungs, stomach and heart. Mesothelioma is actually rare but shows up in a disproportionate number of people exposed to asbestos. Most studies indicate that the amount and frequency of asbestos exposure directly influence the chances of developing mesothelioma.AsbestosisWhen asbestos is trapped in the lungs and cysts form around it, the lungs eventually scar. This is called asbestosis. Asbestosis interferes with breathing as it diminishes the ability of the lungs to expand and contract.Other ConditionsAsbestos exposure can cause numerous other conditions, such as pleural plaques or pleural effusion.That is why proper asbestos disposal is so crucial to keeping Perth homeowners healthy.AAA Skips offers skip bins for hire and asbestos disposal bins to all Perth suburbs north of the river. They combine the personalised service of a family business with the resources of a large business. Their environmentally friendly three stage recycling process guarantees that anything which can be recycled will be recycled. To learn more, call 0438 918 850 or visit their website: http://www.minibinsperth.com.au/. AIIA undertaking significant survey on analytics and data usage by Australian businesses, government and NGOs 2016-09-12T01:46:08Z aiia-undertaking-significant-survey-on-analytics-and-data-usage-by-australian-businesses-government-and-ngos FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 12 SEPTEMBER 2016 Encourages new and established organisations in all sectors to participate in order to develop the most comprehensive report possible The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA), the peak member body for the ICT industry, today announced it is undertaking a major survey of Australian organisations on analytics and data usage. The purpose of the survey is to find out what differentiates those business, government and NGO organisations that effectively use data and analytics for senior decision making. The survey is open to individual respondents via the AIIA website until 31 September 2016. It is anticipated that a whitepaper will be published towards the end of the year incorporating an analysis of the results and providing a body of knowledge that will help guide business leaders on ways to incorporate data and analytics into their organisation in order to remain competitive. Rob Fitzpatrick, CEO of the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA), says, "On a global scale, we see those organisations that know how to use data effectively are usually the strongest performers. If Australia is serious about driving an ideas boom and creating new employment opportunities, we need to ensure that we help local organisations better understand and then take advantage of data to be competitive. “This is not just a survey for tech companies. The information generated will benefit all industries and we encourage participants across all sectors whether they be in education, retail, finance, or others, as well as established and newer companies to participate,” added Fitzpatrick. This initiative is being led by the AIIA’s Data and Analytics Special Interest Group, which is chaired by Dr Roger Kermode, director of business consulting firm Alimua Pty Ltd and former practice principal for analytics and data management for Hewlett-Packard Enterprise and Graeme Wood, general manager of marketing for Semantic Software Asia Pacific. “There is mounting evidence that data-driven organisations tend to require fewer assets, execute with greater insight and less risk, and ultimately generate higher returns. We believe incorporating these practices is an important part of creating a sustainable and growing economy in Australia and is crucial to seeing our standing in world innovation and growth rankings improve,” says Dr Kermode. The data collected will be analysed by data scientists at the University of Technology Sydney. Professor Michael Blumenstein of UTS Sydney says, “Much has been published on big data, automation and the use of analytics at an organizational level. However, despite the recognition of data increasing in importance, the use of data between and within organisations varies widely. The AIIA survey has been constructed to find out why. It’s designed to enable deep diagnostics and analysis of what actually take place inside organisations across different functions and different levels, not just what is visible externally.” Numerous leading Australian organisations are encouraging their members to complete the survey, including: Data61, The Knowledge Economy Institute; NSW State Government; Advance Australia; FINSIA; CPA Australia; StartupMuster; UTS Faculty of Engineering and IT; and, the UTS Business School. # # # About AIIA The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) is Australia’s peak representative body and advocacy group for those in the digital ecosystem. Since 1978 the AIIA has pursued activities to stimulate and grow the digital ecosystem, to create a favourable business environment for members and to contribute to Australia’s economic prosperity. We do this by delivering outstanding member value by providing a strong voice of influence; building a sense of community through events and education; enabling a network for collaboration and inspiration; and developing compelling content and relevant and interesting information. MEDIA CONTACT For more information, please contact Joanna Stevens Kramer at 0408 466 410 or email joanna@filteredmedia.com.au For more information about the AIIA please visit https://www.aiia.com.au Best of Victorian innovation recognised at AIIA State iAwards 2016 2016-06-29T22:23:51Z best-of-victorian-innovation-recognised-at-aiia-state-iawards-2016 Melbourne, Victoria – 30 June 2016 – The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) has today announced the iAwards state winners and merit recipients in Victoria for 2016. The iAwards are Australia’s leading awards program for innovation in the digital economy.   Entrants competed in five base award categories across Business Services, Community Services, Consumer, Industrial & Primary Services, and Public Sector & Government as well as Student Categories and Cross Categories. Winners and merit recipients across all categories will go on to represent their state and compete at the National iAwards in Melbourne, with the national winners announced on 1 September 2016 at the prestigious AIIA Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony, attended by over 900 guests.    In Victoria, the AIIA also awarded the Victorian Premier's iAward for Public Sector Innovation, of which the winner was chosen by a panel of iAwards Category Judges in conjunction with Victorian government representatives.   The Hon. Phillip Dalidakis MLC, Minister for Small Business, Innovation and Trade, said, “Congratulations to all the winners at this year’s iAwards. This important program and the variety of winners shows the vital role the tech industry plays in driving productivity across our industries.”   The Victorian 2016 state iAwards winners and merit recipients are:   Business Services: Urbanise.com Limited – Urbanise – the software transforming building operations (Winner) CSIRO and Kingston City Council – ASPIRE (Merit) iCareHealth – MedMobile (Merit) Community Services:  HealthKit – HealthKit (Winner) Infoxchange – Ask Izzy: The A to Z of homeless help (Merit) Consumer: Surefire Systems – The Surefire Transaction Platform (Winner) Nuguy Nominees Pty Ltd t/as SKY NANNY – SKY NANNY (Merit) Industrial & Primary Services: AgriWebb – The AgriWebb NoteBook and SaleYard (Winner) Public Sector & Government: DEDJTR – MAX dynamic case management (Winner) Dialog Information Technology – FireReady (Merit) Student: Monash University, Faculty of Information Technology – Activity Recognition in Sports Performance [Undergraduate Tertiary Student] (Winner) Cross Categories: Zendesk – Zendesk Satisfaction Prediction [Big Data Innovation of the Year] (Winner) StarRez – StarRez Housing, Conduct and Conference Software [Export of the Year] (Winner) Urbanise.com Limited – Urbanise – the software transforming building operations [Infrastructure & Platform Innovations of the Year] (Winner) iCareHealth – MedMobile [Mobility Innovation of the Year] (Winner) Olga Tennison Autism Research Centre and Salesforce – ASDetect [Research & Development Project of the Year] (Winner) AgriWebb – The AgriWebb NoteBook and SaleYard [Startup of the Year] (Winner) Victorian Premier's iAward for Public Sector Innovation: Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria – SmartSafe+ App: an interactive online safety diary (Winner)   “The calibre of entrants for this year’s awards has been astounding,” said Rob Fitzpatrick, CEO, AIIA. “It’s rare to see a student innovation compete with a government or a large corporate innovation, and this is what makes the iAwards particularly exciting. All innovators are potential winners – regardless of origin, size, scale, industry or social focus.”    The iAwards is a chance for students, researchers, governments, SMEs and large businesses to showcase their innovative ideas and projects to the nation and be recognised and rewarded for having the potential to, or already having a positive impact on the community – at home, in the office and on a global scale.   The 2016 iAwards, which traditionally honour organisations, researchers and students at the cutting edge of technology innovation, had over 600 entries – an almost doubling on last year’s awards – half of which were from ‘non-ICT’ companies. Interestingly, 36 per cent of overall award entries were from companies with more than 1,000 employees, 31 per cent of overall award entries came from one or more government-owned entities and of these, over 20 per cent were joint award entries from private and public sector organisations.   AIIA’s iAwards program is now in its 22nd year. The AIIA believes this is a critical platform to demonstrate the impact that its members and the broader technology sector are driving to improve Australia’s social and economic prosperity. In the age of the ‘ideas boom’, the impact of the technology sector that AIIA represents, is more crucial to Australia’s future than ever before.   Victorian Government is the host partner for the national iAwards, the National Program sponsors are Pym’s Technology Lawyers and Informed Solutions and category sponsors are NDIA and KPMG. The Victorian iAwards 2016 is sponsored by Intech Credit Union. The Victorian Premier's iAward for Public Sector Innovation is sponsored by the Victorian Government.   -ENDS- About AIIA’s iAwards AIIA’s iAwards honours both companies at the cutting edge of technology innovation as well as leading professionals across the Digital Economy. Most importantly, the iAwards recognises the achievements of home-grown Australian innovators. http://www.iawards.com.au/   The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) is Australia’s peak representative body and advocacy group for those in the digital ecosystem.   Join the conversation: One of the great things about the iAwards is that they get people talking about Digital Innovation. Take advantage of the hype by joining the conversation on Twitter, liking iAwards on Facebook, staying in touch with LinkedIn or following iAwards on Pinterest. @theiAwards / #iAwards/ #DedicateADayMedia contacts Biana Chamlet/Gloria Lee Espresso Communications on behalf of iAwards Phone: +61 2 8016 2200 Email: iawards@espressocomms.com.au Engineering Solutions Queensland Enhances Project Delivery with Specialised Data Management 2016-05-24T02:00:00Z engineering-solutions-queensland-enhances-project-delivery-with-specialised-data-management SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA, May 24, 2016 – Civil engineering and project management consultancy, Engineering Solutions Queensland Pty Ltd (ESQ), has increased productivity by enabling team collaboration and providing a central data repository for project-related emails and design files using 12d Synergy.   12d Synergy is a data management and project collaboration software suite for the Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) industries that solves the problems of document management and transmittals, task allocation and email tracking.  Established in 2013, ESQ formerly relied on manual processes to manage road design, earth works, drainage and infrastructure modelling projects. As its business expanded, the firm recognised the need for sharing and managing project related tasks, documents, email and data to avoid project bottlenecks.   “The team previously used their local computers to schedule and record their daily tasks, and this information was not shared,” said Mal Peaker, Design Office Manager, ESQ. “Because our Director manages most of the client liaison, a lot of important project data would sit in his inbox. That created an inefficient work system because no one would be notified of potential client or project changes unless they were copied on emails.”   With each project comprising numerous design, correspondence and data files – anything from drawings to task notes and communications – tracking the progress of jobs could no longer be accurately managed without direct and timely access to up-to-date information.   “For example, when a client called chasing information on a project, we wouldn’t always know the details behind the request because we wouldn’t have the files needed to review or an effective way of retrieving the background information,” said Peaker. “Since we are such a young company, we were looking to get a data management system so we could keep up with new demands and peak workloads by collaborating throughout the lifecycle of every project.”   Since migrating its projects and data library into 12d Synergy’s architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) data and project management software, ESQ has enabled a collaborative and file-sharing environment to provide its team of seven with the most up-to-date information.   Using 12d Synergy’s Outlook plug-in, ESQ has automated the filing of emails; emails are now attached directly to a job folder which all staff can view and action. ESQ has also introduced a formal documentation process with templates for fee and project proposals, as well as project assessments. Document naming conventions are enforced by the system.   These capabilities are being supported by 12d Synergy’s over-arching revision and version control, which simplifies the process of backup and audit when changes need to be made to a job. This means ESQ can quickly roll back to previous versions of designs created with a geospatial platform, such as 12d Model (also developed by 12d Solutions)   “With a comprehensive data management and collaboration system in place, ESQ is in a position to expand its business with complete control of its project designs, documents and liaison,” said Joel Gregory, General Manager, 12d Solutions. “Mal and his team have future-proofed the organisation by building a collaborative environment that allows projects to be delivered on time regardless of the location of its designers.”   ESQ’s implementation has been backed by 12d Synergy’s renowned, locally-based support through which 12d Solutions’ technical team has provided ongoing guidance to maximise the value the software delivers.  About 12d Synergy 12d Synergy is the data management and collaboration product of Australian-based Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) software developer, 12d Solutions. 12d Synergy is designed to solve problems around tracking email correspondence, document management and transmittals, task allocation and management of geospatial data from 12d Model and other industry-standard AEC design platforms. 12d Synergy is available globally from 12d and authorised resellers. For more information, please visit www.12dsynergy.com.  About 12d Solutions 12d Solutions is an Australian Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) software developer founded in 1991. The company’s flagship product, 12d Model, is a powerful terrain modelling, surveying and civil engineering software package built for projects including, but not restricted to, land development, highways, mining, urban drainage and flood modelling. 12d Solutions is available globally from 12d and authorised resellers. For more information, please visit www.12d.com.   The most ambitious school building project in Victorian history 2016-05-06T02:47:40Z 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 Bookabin’s Skip Bin Service Perfect For That Autumn Clean-Up 2016-04-13T20:37:57Z bookabin-s-skip-bin-service-perfect-for-that-autumn-clean-up Autumn is always a good time of the year to be thinking about that bi-annual, clean-up around the property, as the advent of autumn means the days are getting shorter with not much time to get things done after work. We are also all becoming much more aware of the impact that the random disposal of household and garden rubbish can have on the environment. Improper disposal of waste can lead to hazardous consequences, and ecologically friendly waste management becomes an imperative in this environmentally aware world. Bookabin’s Skip Bin service is the ideal answer to the question of how to dispose of unwanted garden waste and difficult to dispose of rubbish such as concrete, soil, clay, rocks, rubble, bricks, sand, asphalt and ceramic tiles. The Bookabin website shows a different bin type for different types of rubbish, and by going to their easy to access website, people can choose the bin most suited to their particular type of waste. The identification of the type of waste is normally fairly straight forward. However, there is a simple guide as to what we can and can’t place in a Bookabin skip. The waste type affects the price of skip services so it is important to choose the right one for our requirements. For instance, the bin for General Waste is suitable for light domestic and commercial waste, although Bookabin recommend checking with the bin supplier regarding mattresses, carpet and tyres which may incur extra costs. Fairly obviously a Green Garden Waste bin is strictly for green garden waste only, which includes grass, leaves, tree trimmings, small branches, weeds and bark. Again, no asbestos or other hazardous waste or general waste is permitted, nor is cleanfill/hardfill, food waste, soil, cabbage trees, bamboo, flax, tree trunks or stumps. Bookabin’s online booking service offers customers great value for money by providing the lowest available price for refuse disposal, and its aim is to provide consumers with a high standard of service and excellent value. Bookabin have something for everyone whether it’s moving house, a garden clean-up, a renovation project or a construction site. No matter how big or small those waste removal requirements are, they have skips to suit everyone’s needs. Bookabin have real people with friendly customer service staff, ready to assist with any questions such as what waste types can be put into a skip bin. For further information on these guides, and on Bookabin’s services, please visit their website at http://www.bookabin.co.nz  .