The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2017-04-26T07:35:48Z Our Step by Step Guide to Choosing the Right Shed 2017-04-26T07:35:48Z our-step-by-step-guide-to-choosing-the-right-shed Our Step by Step Guide to Choosing the Right Shed Does your property need a shed? If so, the following is the step by step process we use to make sure our clients always pick the right one. What Do You Need Your Shed For? This is the most basic question you can ask when picking a shed for your property. However, there are all kinds of reasons you could be in the market for one. There may even be more than one reason. Maybe you just want an area to store an extra vehicle or two. Maybe you want space for a workshop. Again, maybe you want both. Generally speaking, the types of sheds we offer at NWSM are: Residential Multipurpose/Workshop Sheds Structural/Steel Sheds Keep in mind that each of these shed types represents countless options, so even if you don’t know which would make the most sense, we can help you decide based on your needs. Understand the Relevant Laws Unfortunately, you can’t just pick the type of shed you want and then get busy constructing it. There are a number of different laws that determine which types of structures are allowed in which areas. The good news is that, at NWSM, we’ve been doing this since 1998. Amongst other things, this means we understand all about these regulations and know the type of paperwork required in order to build all the different types of sheds we specialize in. Now, that being said, sometimes, you may find that the shed you want just isn’t an option because of local rules. You may have to build your shed elsewhere, or we can help you pick a different kind that will be acceptable to the local authorities. Think About Materials and Other Needs You May Have As we mentioned above, we offer a wide range of sheds, so once you have a basic model chosen, you can also think about what kinds of extra features you may wish to add on. For example, if you’ll be keeping a large vehicle indoors, one popular add-on is a roller door. A personal access door would probably still be a good idea, though. Other popular options include: Downpipes Gutters Thermal Insulation Windows Wall Vents Roofs There are also the materials to think about. Depending on what you have in mind, zincalume or colorbond may be perfect. Thanks to our 17+ years of experience in this field, we’d be happy to make recommendations. We understand that most people don’t have time to do all the research required to make the best possible choice when it comes to designing a shed. Preliminary Blueprints Once we understand what it is you need from a shed, in terms of both functionality and materials, we’ll get busy on creating a custom blueprint for you. This way, you can see exactly what you’ll be getting before you give your approval and we get started on the actual construction. At NWSM, building sheds is something we’ve done now for nearly two decades. The process we just outlined will make sure you pick the right version for your unique requirements. Whether you choose NWSM or not, feel free to follow our process for your project. A People-Centric High-Rise Future 2017-04-06T04:48:53Z a-people-centric-high-rise-future High-rise experts and delegates ranging from architects, designers, urban planners, structural engineers, suppliers and developers gathered at the Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre last week to spotlight new trends in high-rise construction and design at the premiere event of the Australian Smart Skyscrapers Summit 2017. The Summit commenced with an address from Platinum Sponsor Schindler noting the remarkable and profitable nature of the Australian tall building market which is already home to 325 towers that are 100 metres or taller with almost the same number proposed or under construction. The Summit proved a platform for conceptualising new ways of designing and building high-rise towers. For Dr Philip Oldfield, Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of the Built Environment, University of New South Wales, Sydney, creating vertical communities and incorporating generous public amenities at the ground floor level are two essential aspects of tall building design that could be enhanced in future skyscraper typologies. An inspiring event with an international assembly of experts at the cutting-edge of projects, the Summit brought together speakers offering new insight into the industry, as high-rises change dramatically. One such example is Zaha Hadid Architects’ Michele Pasca di Magliano, Project Director of 600 Collins Street. Magliano’s work looks at bringing in new design ideas that could revolutionise the market. Innovative design principles such as internal atriums and internal communication between floors as well as new structural systems such as exoskeletons and external façade systems are at the forefront of the firm’s latest designs. Ground-breaking elevator innovations such as Thyssenkrupp’s MULTI, ushers in a new age of vertical transportation for high-rises, with horizontal movement offering greater architectural flexibility. High-rise vertical transport will incorporate smart technology to predict and analyse traffic flow. Representatives from ThyssenKrupp revealed that this technology could be made available in the Australian market within a few months. According to Claude Godfrey, Partner and Design Director of the Hong Kong branch of Henning Larsen Architects, the Australian skyscraper industry is still in its infancy. However, Australia has a unique personality and a great potential for more particularity in building and design. While learning from major cities with high density urban grids, Australia should aim to construct skyscrapers based around its own identity rather than reproduce typical faceless glass façades, says Godfrey. Skyscrapers in Australia should strive to forge their own relationship with the city and its people. A consensus was reached that what takes place between the skyscrapers on the ground floor is almost more important that the buildings themselves. Multiple speakers emphasised this human scale and demonstrated a dedication to the wellbeing of citizens in designing and constructing skyscrapers. Director of Supertall Buildings at Adrian Smith and Gordon Gill Architects from Chicago, Peter Weismantle, spoke of the multiple systems which interact with each other in order to produce functional tall buildings. Smart skyscrapers encompass smart infrastructure, both the fabric and physicality of a building, including practical elements such as elevators, exterior walls and fire safety. Weismantle also highlighted the importance of the ground plane and the challenge of designing high-rise buildings that are able to facilitate human connections rather than alienate and dehumanise. Social interaction and features of the urban habitat emerged as the strongest upcoming trends in polling conducted among Summit delegates. Alistair Guthrie, Director of Arup, pointed to new trends to watch in high-rise construction, namely skyscrapers with more social spaces, the advent of the green, vegetated skyscraper and timber construction. The Summit was an invaluable knowledge sharing event and platform for collaborative opportunities between industry professionals working towards the better design of tall towers across the board in the Australian context. The event brought into sharp focus that creating inhabitable, liveable and humanised high-rises which interact with the local environment will be a leading focus for future projects.    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 Media Contact: Goldie Yang | Marketing Coordinator Expotrade Global Tel: 03 9545 0360 marketing@expotrade.net.au Smart Skyscrapers Summit Drives Innovation 2017-03-27T02:08:56Z 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. Today, Expotrade events enjoy such a distinctive edge, they are amongst the best patronised in the calendar. For more information, visit www.expotradeglobal.com Media Contact: Goldie Yang | Marketing Coordinator | Dir: 03 8581 3713 goldie@expotrade.net.au 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). Your Latest Specification Resource is Finally Here! 2017-03-20T04:05:30Z your-latest-specification-resource-is-finally-here-1 Krost Business Furniture has its earliest beginnings in South Africa in the 1920s. Launched by three brothers to create and manufacture lasting steel products, the company’s philosophy and focus on providing their clientele with complete furniture solutions has carried through to today – more than 95 years later. From these early beginnings, the team at Krost established their major pillars of service: incomparable delivery, highest quality of product and the fairest of prices for the end-user. And while these key principles date back to the brand’s foundations many, many years ago, they remain today as a key touchstone. For generations, however, the annual Krost catalogue has sat at the core of their approach to market. Each year, the team publish a catalogue of the latest commercial design innovations – always with a focus to servicing the ever-increasing need for wellbeing and optimum ergonomy in the professional environment. Having taken home the gold for Best B2C Office Supplies Catalogue at the Australian Catalogue Association Awards last year, for 2017 their offering is bound to be a big contender this year as well. Inevitably, the Krost signature style is represented exquisitely throughout their 2017 Catalogue. Everywhere, that is, are those clean sweeping vital lines, integrated illustrations and technical etchings – all presented with a high degree of intelligence that technical information is a pleasure to digest, and certainly not a chore. Celebrating the need for infusing health into the commercial space, each item is carefully curated to display how heights or angles in the design can be modified by any end-user – a democratic nod to the sheer scope of diversity in the commercial sector’s workforce. But while many will continue to question the veracity of such traditional marketing activities in today’s increasingly digital world, Krost understand the inherent value of the printed artefact. You see, their catalogue serves as a pointed reminder for the Australian A+D community that while a majority will remain dedicated to the strength of the digital world, there's also a lot to be said for those same generations' desire to interact with more material marketing collateral. In a remarkable 2013 study conducted by ADMA and APost, Australian consumers falling between the ages of 18 to 40-years old displayed a pointed preference for engaging with print marketing collateral over its digital, audio or televisual counterparts. An incredible 72% of surveyed individuals stated that they were more than likely to retain the print collateral in their possession after initial reading to refer to again later. Meanwhile, that same group were tested for the duration of time they spent with print collateral as opposed to other marketing platforms. On average, the median length of time that focus group spent on digital/televisual/audio marketing options was less than 15 seconds in total – print, however, garnered a 48% engagement increase by comparison. Geared precisely towards addressing these consumers’ desires for more trust-worthy, non-aggressive and informative needs, the 2017 Krost Business Furniture Catalogue aims to provide an intimate one-on-one conversation between the commercial sector and the Krost brand. Through an admixture of crisp photography with a rich depth of field and the tactility of glossy stock, their catalogue appeals to the intellectual and emotional connectors of the reader. And while this catalogue's predecessor last year knocked out some pretty heavy competition, once again, the team at Krost have approached supporting the market for design with stunning creative, informative material and prose in their 2017 catalogue. In their own words, "we want to make it easy for you". Where "it" might mean work, decision making, or peace of mind, in any case (or indeed, all cases) Krost have once again demonstrated remarkable foresight and ingenuity in their space. 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). Aboriginal Housing Company to host Community Consultation evening on the Pemulwuy Project 2017-03-07T00:39:12Z aboriginal-housing-company-to-host-community-consultation-evening-on-the-pemulwuy-project Sydney, Tuesday 7 March 2017 – The Aboriginal Housing Company (AHC) will host a community consultation evening on Thursday 9th March 2017 to discuss the Pemulwuy Project. The community consultation evening is an opportunity for the community to learn more about the Pemulwuy Project, including the proposed increase in student accommodation, and to ask questions. Key representatives from the AHC, Architects Turner & Associates, and student accommodation company, Atira, will present at the community consultation evening. AHC Chairperson Alisi Tutuila said the community consultation evening would provide a forum for the community to gain a better understanding of the Pemulwuy Project “We are looking forward to sharing AHC’s vision and plans for the Pemulwuy Project at the community consultation evening. We are committed to providing the community with a clear understanding of the project and why the model we have proposed enables the AHC to continue to deliver on its core business objective of delivering affordable housing to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community,” she said. Please note that due to cultural sensitivities, there will be no broadcast or recording equipment permitted on premises. Please find below an agenda of the evening’s proceedings. Should you wish to attend the public consultation event, or arrange an interview opportunity immediately following the event, please contact media@heardagency.com or (02) 8279 7878. Please note, only pre-arranged interviews will be granted on the evening. -ENDS- About the Aboriginal Housing Company The Aboriginal Housing Company (AHC) is an independent non-profit charity and the first community housing provider in Australia, incorporated in 1973 as a company limited by guarantee. It is an all Aboriginal governed organisation, located in the heart of Redfern, which lies in the traditional lands of the Gadigal People, part of the Eora Nation. The company was formed in direct response to the widespread discrimination Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and families experienced in the private rental market. The AHC is self-funded and operates on income derived from rental properties. Affordable housing is located across Sydney and country regions in NSW. A current focus is the redevelopment known as Pemulwuy Project. The redevelopment will breathe new life into Redfern and restore a strong and healthy Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community with an emphasis on cultural values, spirituality and employment. The Pemulwuy Project will make Redfern the best urban Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community in Australia and in doing so, set the benchmark for all other communities. Humanising the High-Rise 2017-03-01T23:45:55Z 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 Schindler Announced as Platinum Sponsor of the Australian Smart Skyscrapers Summit 2017-02-09T05:49:30Z 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 Winner of international design competition brings children’s village to life in Kenya 2017-02-06T04:35:12Z winner-of-international-design-competition-brings-children-s-village-to-life-in-kenya A winner has been chosen from 45 designs submitted for a unique international design competition to masterplan and design a new eco-village for orphaned and abandoned children in Kenya. Launched in October, the One Heart Foundation international design competition offered architects the life-changing opportunity to design a children’s village in the Provence of Soy, Kenya for the foundation following the success of their first village in Turbo. The winner of the competition is Edric Choo and a team from the young architectural practice O2DA based in Malaysia. Edric Choo says he entered the competition to show how architecture can be about more than just good design by positively contributing to society and helping to improve lives.  “The inspiration behind the design was creating a place where the children who will live there could feel at home. We took reference from native architecture and local materials and created a setting where they could find a sense of belonging and happiness,” said Choo. In a truly global challenge, Choo’s design was chosen from 45 submissions by individuals and teams across 21 different countries including Australia, the USA, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, Estonia, South Africa and Kenya. An international panel of judges, which included the Australian High Commissioner to Kenya John Feakes, Breathe Architecture founder Jeremy McLeod, ClarkeHopkinsClarke partners Robert Goodliffe and Dean Landy as well as Kenyan educationalists, assessed the submissions before awarding the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to Choo. The winning submission is a beautifully conceived and executed response to the brief, successfully achieving the competition’s two key objectives: to masterplan a holistic children’s eco-village with facilities such as homes, schools, farms and playing fields, and to create a unique design solution for each of these facilities. One Heart Foundation founder Dean Landy said “the competition was about bringing a new standard of design to the villages of Kenya, while providing an opportunity for our practice to work more collaboratively with students, graduates and other architects from around the world to help disadvantaged children and realise the impact good design can have on peoples’ lives.” The winners will now work with Melbourne-based architectural practice ClarkeHopkinsClarke to bring this unique, self-sustainable village to life. The completed village will provide homes to 100 orphaned children, first-class education to more than 500 local children, skills training to the surrounding community, and more than 50 local jobs. The Soy village will serve as a sister campus to the existing One Heart Village located nearby in Turbo which cares for 75 children and educates 200, and staff and resources will be shared across the sites. “We congratulate Choo and his team on their ability to bring to life our vision of a children’s village which will create a nurturing, welcoming and inspiring environment for the many children that will live there, while also being economical, sustainable and buildable.” Construction of the new village will commence in early 2018. The One Heart Foundation is now working on various fundraising initiatives to fund the first stage of the development. Individuals and organisations are encouraged to contact the foundation if they’d like to contribute to the development. To view images of the winning design, visit: https://goo.gl/8RMFgI For further information or to interview the competition’s winner please contact: Emma WhalanCommunications Collective03 9988 2300emma@commmunicationscollective.com.au About One Heart Foundation One Heart is a for-purpose foundation that was established in 2007 out of Australia and working in Kenya. One Heart’s primary focus is to change the future of orphaned and abandoned children living in poverty in Kenya, and in turn see whole communities transformed through education, leadership, empowerment and most importantly, love. www.oneheart.foundation About ClarkeHopkinsClarke ClarkeHopkinsClarke (CHC) is an award-winning Melbourne-based architecture practice with over 55 years experience across the education, health care, aged care, mixed-use, retail, multi-residential, urban design and community development sectors.         The practice’s underlying philosophy is to create vibrant communities that have a strong sense of identity, and are a pleasure to visit and inhabit. www.chc.com.au 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). Middle East Smart Lighting And Design Summit Shifts To Dubai 2016-11-21T08:45:37Z middle-east-smart-lighting-and-design-summit-shifts-to-dubai Dubai, United Arab Emirates, November 21, 2016: Continuing the success of the summit in Abu Dhabi this year, organizers Expotrade today announced the 6th edition of the Middle East Smart Lighting and Design Summit 2017 will be held in Dubai. Bringing together lighting consultants, designers, architects, engineers, developers and government officials from across the GCC, the sixth edition of the summit will be held on 26-27 April 2017 at The Oberoi, Dubai. The event will lay a strong emphasis on public lighting, urban lighting and street lighting along with smart controls & automation. The summit will see experts speaking on topics pertaining to connected lighting - the future of lighting industry for smart living; importance of lighting in sustainable design; the essence of new age lighting controls; enhancing led street light performance with smart control systems and planning your led retrofits to achieve maximum energy savings. Industry reports indicate that in 2015, GCC region’s LED market was worth US$900 million and over the next five years, the demand for LED technology is expected to grow by 16-17 per cent annually. The demand is fueled by government’s smart lighting initiatives undertaken across all emirates. It is expected that by the year 2018, RTA will replace all street lights in Dubai with LED lights. Mr. Brad Hariharan, Regional Director, Expotrade Middle East said, “UAE leads the way in implementing smart public lighting initiatives that offer its residents an enhanced experienced of the city at night. The summit presents a platform to discuss all aspects pertaining to public, urban, street lighting and lighting controls and automation. At the 6th Annual Middle East Smart Lighting and Design Summit, leading regional and international speakers will present case studies on integrated urban lighting strategy implemented in other regions.” Experts including Tanas Khoury, CEO, Light Concept; Faraz Izhar, Senior Lighting Designer, KEO International Consultants; Martin Valentine, Lighting Expert, Executive Director Office, Abu Dhabi City Municipality and Gerald Strickland, Director, Middle East Lighting Association (MELA) are some of the speakers who have confirmed their participation at the summit in advance. The summit will also have leading lighting manufacturers showcase some of their most prominent products and applications to senior lighting consultants, designers and architects at the Smart Lighting lounge. The previous edition of the summit saw Bajaj Electricals, Philips, Façade Lighting, LCT-light stone, Telensa, ACS Wireless and Valmont to name a few, participate at the summit. At the close of the summit, Vyasan Bhaskar, Deputy Manager - International Sales, Bajaj Electricals Ltd, said, "It is a very well-coordinated event. It gave us an opportunity to interact on a one-on-one basis with several key personalities from the industry as well as from the Abu Dhabi City Municipality. Additionally, the topics covered at the event were very informative." More information on the summit is available now at http://www.lightingsummit.com/. Follow the Summit on social media with the hashtag #MESLDS2017. About Expotrade  Expotrade is a global conference and event organizer with its head office based in Melbourne, Australia and a regional office in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Expotrade has delivered some of the largest, most successful B2B industry conferences and events. For almost 15 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 patronized in the calendar. For more information, visit www.expotradeglobal.com MODE Leads Multimillion Dollar Design Development 2016-11-04T06:44:24Z mode-leads-multimillion-dollar-design-development MODE is the lead architecture and design firm, for the $300 million ‘K Point’ three-tower development proposed for the corner of Main and Vulture Street, Woolloongabba. The prominent design being developed by the Zenonos Group will include 325 new apartments to this popular precinct, as well as shops, restaurants and bars, offices, an indoor sport and recreation space and a 190-bed hotel. Director, Steve Mastrodomenico said with increasing development of riverfront high rise apartments on former industrial sites, the precinct of Kangaroo Point has undergone a major resurgence in recent times. “Within the sub-precinct of Vulture Street and the Gabba Cricket grounds, the construction of the Clem7 Tunnel (and planned cross river rail tunnel) there has been a shift in focus from traffic thoroughfare to transport hub with a greater emphasis on pedestrian traffic”, said Steve Mastrodomenico. The vision for the ground plane is to create a public space in keeping with the traditional and emerging character of Woolloongabba and reinforce the distinctive identity of the neighbourhood. Pedestrian movement is promoted to contribute to an active and vibrant street life. A permeable building footprint is proposed with connected human scale spaces and priority given to active usage and outdoor living. A common language referencing the development’s location in Kangaroo Point is used to acknowledge local heritage whilst providing new and active uses for an evolving community. An inverted podium opens sightlines to neighbouring heritage buildings and frees the ground plane for occupation and activation by pedestrians. An open and inviting public street frontage creates and reinforces and active urban edge to Vulture Street. An accessible and engaging public realm responds to emerging lifestyle uses within the precinct. Located diagonally across from the Gabba Stadium and forming a gateway to Kangaroo Point, the provision of such active public spaces will provide improved amenity to local residents and to stadium visitors. K Point will also showcase Brisbane's largest and highest rooftop sky garden/bar, with uninterrupted city and river views and will offer one of the best seats at Riverfire. It will be an exciting, innovative additional to Brisbane’s skyline. Construction is planned to commence next year and take three years to complete. --ENDS About MODE MODE is a business of ten design studios throughout Australia, New Zealand and Vietnam employing talented designers and technicians in architecture, urban design, master planning, interior design, landscape architecture and graphic design. With global capabilities through our strong international alliances, MODE has a proven track record of successfully delivering projects across a range of specialist sectors. Innovation Capitalisation™ by MODE is a pivotal tool developed to consider a project from the outset before any design has occurred. It aligns specialist providers, groups, businesses and government with the sole purpose of creating better communities through unique and innovative design. The four key pillars (social, economic, environmental and educative) act as the drivers for Innovation Capitalisation™ and is how MODE unlock the ‘Capital in Reserve’ on each project. Lawson and Lovell Building Services Celebrate Success at the 2016 HIA-CSR NSW Housing and Kitchen & Bathroom Awards 2016-10-18T12:06:56Z lawson-and-lovell-building-services-celebrate-success-at-the-2016-hia-csr-nsw-housing-and-kitchen-bathroom-awards Lawson and Lovell Building Services celebrated their success at the 2016 HIA-CSR NSW Housing and Kitchen & Bathroom Awards on Saturday night. The Curl Curl based company won the HIA NSW Custom Built Home $1million - $2.5 Million partnered by Smeg Australia for their project at Mosman. Judges said, “This is a beautifully designed home showing great attention to detail throughout. The house shows brilliant workmanship and construction with a seamless design with simple & modern finishes showing the difficulty in construction.” Congratulating Lawson and Lovell Building Services on such an outstanding achievement, HIA Executive Director - NSW, David Bare, said the awards recognise excellence in housing innovation, material selection, design, construction and services to the NSW residential building industry. “HIA is committed to recognising the outstanding achievements of our members. It is encouraging to see that support and commitment to excellence for these awards has yet again been remarkable. Each year a high calibre of entries is presented, reflecting the exceptional standard HIA members place on workmanship, innovation and design thereby raising the bar and making the judging all the more difficult.” “Major winners tonight can look forward to progressing to HIA’s national awards next year and we wish them every success.” The awards were held in front of a sell-out audience at The Star. Special guests included HIA’s National President, Ross Lang; HIA’s Managing Director, Shane Goodwin; HIA’s NSW President, Cathy Inglis; and Paul Manks, Regional General Manager, CSR Lightweight Products. The MC for the evening was comedian Shane Bourne. To open the evening, there was a performance by Takoiz and following the awards presentation, guests were entertained by the Groove Academy. The Association’s awards were a tremendous display of the housing industry’s capacity, innovation and resilience in a very busy NSW residential market. The Housing Industry Association (HIA) is the leading industry association in the Australian residential building sector, supporting the businesses and interests of builders, contractors, manufacturers, suppliers, building professionals and business partners. For further information contact: David Bare, HIA Executive Director, NSW – 0418 924 127 Lisa Harris, HIA Communications Executive - 9978 3326 Media Contact: Candice Meisels candice@candicepr.com