The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2017-04-28T06:09:33Z Why Pafumi Rise is One of the Most Popular Land Estates in the Perth Area 2017-04-28T06:09:33Z why-pafumi-rise-is-one-of-the-most-popular-land-estates-in-the-perth-area Perth, WA, 28 April 2017 - Pafumi Rise is another in a series of successful land estates in the Perth area being developed by Origin Projects, who were once 4Land Property Group. Stage 1 sold out quickly and Stage 2 is following in its footsteps. Out of 38 blocks originally available in Stage 2, there are only nine left.  Pafumi Rise is located in an elevated position in Landsdale, providing a scenic view of the Landsdale CBD and the Darling Ranges in the distance. It is located conveniently on Landsdale Road reaching as far as Hepburn Avenue. Pafumi Rise represents an opportunity to be part of a beautiful setting in an area that is already experiencing capital growth. There are plenty of planned public open spaces within close proximity of Pafumi Rise. Pafumi Rise is also close to local amenities such as the Kingsway Regional Sporting Complex, the Kingsway City Shopping Centre and Whiteman Park. The area also has great schools and public transport.Each lot includes side and rear Colorbond boundary fencing. The lots are rated “Class A”, meaning that the site costs will be minimal. The lots are from 526-529 sqm in area. The prices range from $367,000 to $381,000. Frontage ranges from 15.1m to 18.5m. Madeleine McErlain is the Marketing Manager for Origin Projects. According to Ms McErlain:We have developed a lot of successful communities, but Pafumi Rise is one of the fastest sellers we have ever had. Most people who come out to the site fall in love with the location and the view. When they realise how low the prices are compared to the location and the view, they are usually able to see the great value Pafumi Rise represents.”Ms McErlain continued: “Pafumi Rise gives its residents the best of both worlds. It is far enough away from the CBD to provide breathtaking scenic views and natural beauty, but close enough to the Perth CBD to provide easy access to the city. Landsdale is within the local governing area of Wanneroo, which means our homeowners have easy access to all of the amenities Wanneroo has to offer, too.”Ms McErlain added further: “When you combine the laid back lifestyle here with the easy access to the Perth CBD, it’s easy to see why so many people are so interested in living at Pafumi Rise. It’s also easy to see how this area is going to experience a lot of capital growth in the next ten to twenty years.”Ms McErlain concluded: “The remaining lots are going fast. If you are interested or even curious, come up here now and see Pafumi Rise for yourself before it’s too late.”Pafumi Rise is one of a long line of successful land estates in the Perth area developed by Origin Projects. Located in Landsdale, it offers close proximity to a host of local amenities and an elevated view of both Landsdale and the Darling Ranges. Landsdale is a mere 24 minutes to the Perth CBD via the Mitchell Freeway. To learn more, call (08) 6500 4488 or visit their website: http://www.originprojects.com.au/. 3D printer filaments at bargain prices for Australia 2017-04-27T11:20:11Z 3d-printer-filaments-at-bargain-prices-for-australia 3D printing has grown in leaps and bounds in the last couple of years, and with 3D printers becoming cheaper than ever, one need to find a reliable source for your 3D printing consumables. This is where Go 3D can help. It has been Go 3D's sole purpose since its inception 3 years ago. Go 3D wanted to supply 3D printing enthusiasts with a high quality yet affordable product. With over 300 variations of 3D printing filaments to choose from, it's sure there would be something for anyone. Go 3D stock ABS, PLA, POM, PVA, HIPS, PTE, PTU, Laywood, PC and PETG types of plastics in many, many colours in both 1.75mm and 3.00mm gauges. Go 3D also stock premium filament manufacturer Verbatim in 1.75mm and 3.00mm. All filament spools are compatible with most 3D printers. About Go 3D Go 3D, started in 2014, is an Australian company based in North Strathfield. Go 3D caters to all 3D printing enthusiasts ranging from hobbyists to 3D printing studios.  http://www.go3d.com.au April 28 is World Day for Safety and Health at Work 2017-04-27T09:43:51Z april-28-is-world-day-for-safety-and-health-at-work The International Labour Organisation’s campaign for the 2017 World Day for Safety and Health at Work focuses on the need to improve reliable HSEQ/OSH data collection for prevention purposes.   The ILO States that that the collection and utilization of reliable OSH data is indispensable for the detection of new hazards and emerging risks, the identification of hazardous sectors, the development of preventive measures, as well as the implementation of policies, systems and programs at international, national and enterprise levels. OSH data provides the basis for setting priorities and measuring progress.   The ILO has provided a Tool Box for the Collection and Use of OSH data. The materials included guidance on a number of areas to be considered for improving national systems of recording and notification, as well as complementary methods for occupational safety and health (OSH) data collection for prevention purposes.   Every day, 6,300 people die as a result of occupational accidents or work-related diseases.  The International Labour Organization (ILO) has observed the World Day on Safety and Health at Work to promote the prevention of occupational accidents and diseases globally since 2003.    As stricter legislation is enforced, companies have adopted and implemented their own systems and procedures to assist with providing a safe working environment for their employees.  Senior executives believe that safety is a top priority and companies are much more conscious of their brand and image. They want to be perceived positively by consumers, the media and potential employees.   The way we share safety information has changed. Organisations are shifting towards a paperless work environment. myosh HSEQ Software is cloud based with smart mobile app functionality for simplified data collection, inspection and incident/hazard reporting.   Interactive Dashboards transform HSEQ/OSH data into intelligent visual charts, maps and tables, providing powerful organisational insight.  Team Leaders can instantly access vital data, identify trends, filter, analyse and report for quick action.  Quick and easy data access enables better decisions that achieve real change in safety habits, productivity and performance.   myosh enables a better understanding of workplace safety.  Take a step towards improvement and request a free trial today http://myosh.com/   References: http://www.ilo.org/safework/events/safeday/lang--en/index.htm Master Building Inspectors upgrades Website 2017-04-26T07:45:13Z master-building-inspectors-upgrades-website The team at Master Building Inspectors are very excited to announce the launch of their new website. The new site is more responsive with a faster load time and better mobile capabilities.  If you are currently building a new home or buying an existing property, it is always advised to enlist the services of an independent building inspector. They can detect defects that the average homeowner could easily miss, possibly resulting in expensive rectification works.  In Western Australia, the contract of sale is typically signed subject to a structural building inspection. This inspection details the structural elements of a property: internal/external walls, floors, roof frame and rising or lateral damp that may be evident. The structural inspection is a basic assessment of the property to determine any structural faults that may be evident.  It is highly advised that the buyer only use the services of a building inspector who is a registered builder, architect, surveyor or structural engineer to undertake these inspections. Crazily, the market is unregulated in W.A, and many of the building inspectors are unqualified and inexperienced and should not be determining the structural soundness of a building. There is no current qualification defined as a " qualified building inspector" as many companies state.  Would you take your car for a service to an unqualified mechanic? Probably not, so why would you have your house inspected by an unqualified inspector.Their new site is full of useful information, which you can view at https://www.masterbuildinginspectors.com.au New Areas of Growth in Western Australia 2017-04-26T02:21:04Z new-areas-of-growth-in-western-australia-1 Western Australia is looking to new areas of growth in key sectors such as agriculture, technology and tourism as the economy transitions from predominately resource driven investment. The 8th Annual WA Major Projects Conference hosts a panel discussion on the recent decline of the resources boom and emerging opportunities in other industries. Sectors that have potential to grow and strengthen the state’s economy include tourism, infrastructure and agriculture. President of the Royal Agricultural Society of WA, Rob Wilson, joins the panel to share his expertise and explore innovations in the agriculture sector.  WA Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Chief Economist Rick Newnham will also deliver a presentation at the Conference on the significant challenges and new opportunities available to Western Australia in the wake of the post-mining boom. The growth in Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) exports across WA has surged, with three projects underway in Prelude, Wheatstone and Ichthys, off the north coast of WA. Over $200 billion is already invested in liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects in Australia and the value of exports is forecast to increase by 41% in 2016-2017. Exports in 2016 reached 36.8 million tonnes, a 37.7 per cent increase on the 26.7 recorded in the previous year, the report found. National Oil and Gas Leader at Deloitte, Bernadette Cullinane, will discuss the associated challenges and opportunities at the WA Major Projects Conference. WA has retained its title as the top state for production, attracting 65 per cent of the nation’s total mineral exploration expenditure mainly due to increases from major commodities such as iron ore, gold and petroleum products. While resources remain weak, commercial construction activity across the state is set to ramp up within the next year with an estimated increase of up to 40% in commercial projects due to start, including works on the Forrestfield Airport link, shopping centres and apartment towers. According to economist John Nicolaou, Director of ACIL Allen Consulting, 30 000 new construction jobs could be in the cards as works begin. After the resources downturn, this is a much needed boost for WA. Nicolaou will be discussing challenges associated with funding and planning models the Western Australian government can use to improve vital infrastructure projects in the face of a weakening capacity to fund them, including alternatives such as user-pays, public-private partnership and privatisation.   The 8th Annual WA Major Projects Conference is taking place on the 20th- 21st of June at the Perth 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.   Soft Tech makes crucial global appointment 2017-04-26T00:19:32Z soft-tech-makes-crucial-global-appointment-1 To help support its continued expansion internationally, leading global window and door software solutions provider, Soft Tech, has appointed Tyron Ball as its Global Commercial Director. M r Ball will be responsible for growing global revenue, client relationship management activity and marketing. A brand new role within the company’s senior leadership team, the appointment is an indicator of just how seriously Soft Tech is about expanding its global footprint. Mr Ball brings with him a wealth of leadership and sales experience, with over 15 years in Australia’s technology sector. His most recent position was as General Manager, Asia Pacific, for technology multinational, NetNames. The division enjoyed considerable growth during his office. Prior to that, he was CEO of technology company Web IP, where he was responsible for leading and directing all aspects of the operation. Mr Ball will be based in Soft Tech’s Melbourne, Australia, office. Commenting on his appointment, Soft Tech CEO Anne Coulter says she is delighted to have someone of Tyron’s calibre on board, especially given his considerable success in the technology arena. “There is a massive need for our solutions in the fenestration marketplace, particularly the US, with demand reaching the point where our sales and marketing team require strong leadership moving forward. We believe Mr Ball will provide that.” Ms Coulter says Soft Tech will continue to support international expansion by further investing in staff and marketing activities throughout 2017. She says the company’s unique window and door solution’s capability is key to driving growth. “The window and door industry is very complex and what our software platform does is simplify the lives of our customers, enabling them to produce windows and doors faster and more accurately than ever before.” More about … Soft Tech provides software for the window and door industry. The company has a reputation for providing fast and accurate design, estimation and manufacturing solutions. It supports over 10,000 window and door manufacturers, dealers and suppliers globally, including some of world’s largest and most complex businesses. Founded in 1988, Soft Tech now has offices in North America, Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom, France, Turkey and India. Industry economic ‘brains trust’ grows 2017-04-21T07:11:04Z industry-economic-brains-trust-grows New experts have been welcomed to the group of economic specialists behind the building and construction industry’s most comprehensive forecasts, the ACIF Forecasts. Australian Construction Industry Forum (ACIF) has published industry forecasts since 2002, which includes a unique peer-review process by a group of leading researchers and economists, known as the Construction Forecasting Council. The range and depth of experience of the members of the Council means that the information behind the ACIF Forecasts is wide in scope and includes detailed market insights, which are incorporated into the ten-year forecasts for residential and commercial building, and engineering construction.   The Construction Forecasting Council welcomes three new experts to its impressive list of members:        Nerida Conisbee, Chief Economist with REA Group;        Andrew Scott, Basic Materials and Industrial Analyst for RBC Capital Markets; and        Mike O’Shea, leading Quantity Surveyor and Associate Director, MBM They join peers from allied industries including commercial property management, construction cost analysis, property development and management, as well as investment managers. Members each bring expertise from different sectors and contribute to this non-profit industry service, which makes available high-quality market analysis that helps businesses of all types and sizes plan to thrive, or prepare to survive. “The Construction Forecasting Council is unique in that it’s a ‘brains trust’ of economists with specialist knowledge of the state of the market for building and construction and the economic activity that drives it,” said Construction Forecasting Council Chair Adrian Harrington. “The depth and diversity of expertise of Construction Forecasting Council members adds great value to the ACIF Forecasts. We are pleased to welcome Nerida and Andrew and look forward to hearing their voice in the robust discussions on the state of the market and what will happen next,” he said. On joining the Construction Forecasting Council, Nerida Conisbee said, “The building and construction sector is vital in maintaining housing affordability in Australia and delivering the best outcomes to maintain our high standard of living. It is an honour to be part of the ACIF’s Construction Forecasting Council.“ Andrew Scott said, “One of the biggest drivers of capital in Australia is the building and construction industry, and this sector plays an important role in the ongoing financial stability of our nation. I am pleased to contribute to the ACIF Forecasts as market intelligence to help businesses as producers and employers in our economy.” “With the introduction of new technology and increasing population, demand for construction activity is always changing and growing,” said Mike O’Shea. “The nature of construction work is set for a step change in the next 20 years and the large-scale infrastructure projects will change the shape of cities and careful strategic thinking is needed to navigate the changes. How can I possibly miss this opportunity?  I am extremely proud and excited to contribute to the ACIF Forecasts and to be associated with the construction industry and the new surprises it is bringing in.” ACIF Forecasts will be launched at the ACIF Briefing industry breakfast on Thursday 4 May 2017 in Sydney before full release to the building and construction industry the following week. Registration for the ACIF Briefing is available online here: https://www.acif.com.au/events/event/acif-briefing-may-2017 . More information about the ACIF Forecasts is here: www.acif.com.au/forecasts. About Nerida Conisbee Nerida Conisbee is the Chief Economist for REA Group and one of Australia’s leading property market experts. Nerida has more than 20 years of property research experience throughout Asia Pacific and she has held senior positions within commercial agencies and major consulting firms during this time. Her experience covers residential and commercial property from both an investor and occupier’s perspective. Nerida appears every Saturday on SkyNews Real Estate program, writes a fortnightly column for The Australian covering off real estate issues impacting Australia and is the property commentator for Eureka Report. Nerida presents on property market conditions to investors, occupiers and industry groups and is also an adviser on property market conditions to major Government bodies. She has been listed in the “Who’s Who of Australian Women” since its inaugural issue. About Andrew Scott Andrew Scott is the Basic Materials and Industrials Analyst for RBC Capital Markets, with over a decade of experience as an equity analyst following listed Australian companies in the Building Materials and broader Industrials sectors. As part of this work Andrew has been a keen observer of trends in the Australian construction sectors, including conducting a regular survey of a number of Australia’s largest homebuilders. Andrew joined RBC in July 2015 as a Director with primary responsibility for RBC’s coverage of Australian building materials, chemicals and other industrial companies.  Prior to joining RBC, Andrew worked as a Basic Materials Analyst with a range of domestic and international investment banks and in 2011 was rated as the #1 building materials analyst in the 2010 SMH East Coles survey and lead the Number 3 ranked team in the 2013 Peter Lee survey. About Mike O’Shea Mike O’Shea is an Associate Director of MBM and leads Infrastructure projects on a national basis.  Mike is a Chartered Quantity Surveyor (RICS), Certified Quantity Surveyor (AIQS) and a Senior Commercial and Risk Manager and is one of MBM’s most senior people. Mike has been a director and principal for over 25 years and has over 35 years’ practical experience in cost estimating/planning, contract management, risk management and project controls of capital works and maintenance. Mike has provided both commercial/contract and risk services on a range of engineering and infrastructure projects including rail, oil and gas and mining and managed teams of cost/contract managers/engineers during the post contract phase of projects. About ACIF Forecasts ACIF Forecasts are rolling ten year forecasts of demand across residential, non-residential and engineering construction in Australia. The Forecasts are prepared by respected economic modellers, using high quality data sources, and are overseen by ACIF’s Construction Forecasting Council, an industry panel of expert analysts and researchers. ACIF Forecasts are used by thousands of professionals each year, from across the full range of stakeholders, from major organisations to small consultancies. ACIF Forecasts are available as the Australian Construction Market Report, and detailed numbers are available by subscribing to the Customised Forecasts Dashboard. More information about ACIF is available from www.acif.com.au/forecasts. About Australian Construction Industry Forum (ACIF) Australian Construction Industry Forum (ACIF) is the cohesive, trusted voice of the Australian Construction Industry. ACIF facilitates and supports an active dialogue between the key players in residential and non-residential building, and engineering construction, other industry groups, and government agencies. ACIF’s focus is on innovation, collaboration, equity and sustainability for the industry. ACIF Members are the most significant Associations in the industry, spanning the entire asset creation process from feasibility through design, cost planning, construction and building and management. ACIF harnesses the resources of its Members to research and develop initiatives that benefit businesses of all sizes, from the largest of construction companies to small consultancies. More information on ACIF is available from www.acif.com.au.  ACIF Forecasts answer the big questions including the "Trump Bump" 2017-04-21T07:07:24Z acif-forecasts-answer-the-big-questions-including-the-trump-bump-1 Australian Construction Industry Forum (ACIF) will launch its new ten-year forecasts for building and construction on Thursday 4 May, at the ACIF Briefing to be held at International Convention Centre Sydney. Business and government delegates will enjoy a networking breakfast before presentation of the ACIF Forecasts for May 2017 - the industry’s most comprehensive forecasts until 2028, including the work demand for all sectors and the major projects driving much of it, and the labour needs and costs of construction it will take to complete it. The ACIF Forecasts have been published since 2002 and are renowned as highly relevant and reliable forecasts for businesses in this sector. The forecasts include the outlook for residential building, non-residential building and engineering construction across Australia until 2028. Find out more about the ACIF Forecasts here. Today, the Australian building and construction industry is buffeted by strong international factors. In the May 2017 ACIF Forecasts, industry-leading forecasters will answer the big questions that directly or indirectly impact every company and employee in the building and construction industry, and the allied manufacturing and property sectors. Will the "Trump Bump" affect the Australian construction market? Markets have already driven up yields on longer term debt in the US and in Australia. The Fed in the US has raised official interest rates and foreshadows that more increases are on the way. The Reserve Bank of Australia is again in the spotlight as it seeks to take these and other factors into account when setting interest rates. What exactly are the factors that are weighing on the Reserve Bank right now?  What changes in official interest rates, investment and building and construction work are looming? Foreign investor interest - waxing or waning? Foreign investors have been busy, especially in residential property. Most recent official statistics show that foreign demand has soaked up a significant share of new apartments and this has probably contributed to sharp increases in prices and problems with housing affordability, especially in Sydney and Melbourne. Foreign property investors are now subject to additional taxes and charges and closer supervision. Meanwhile some of the economic fundamentals are shifting. Regulators in China, the key origin of many foreign investors, are tightening their own controls on capital outflows. The economic fundamentals such as exchange rate differentials and interest rates differentials are also less favourable for foreign investors. How are foreign investors expected to react? What difference will this make to the outlook for residential construction activity and other construction market outcomes? Where is the multi-speed economy taking construction? Swings in the economic fortunes of key industries have driven the Australian states in different gears and different speeds. Western Australia and Queensland raced ahead given the once in a lifetime mining development boom. The housing construction boom, producing record rates of growth in the building of new houses started in Victoria, spread out to other states, including Queensland, and arrived belatedly in New South Wales. These cycles are now in decline or are about to reach a tipping point. How will further changes in gears in the economic engine room shape outcomes in activities such as tourism and education? Will demographic factors continue the surge in demand for health and aged care services and facilities? Will the coming waves of change and economic volatility continue to have an uneven impact on the different states? Almost certainly. This will also have an uneven impact on construction work and employment.   How will rising interest rates impact on the outlook for construction work and employment? Record low interest rates have driven a resurgence in housing investment, higher house prices in key markets and higher household debt. Commentary abounds on how rising interest rates will affect housing prices, and whether this will return housing affordability to more normal levels. Some analysts are concerned about the stability of the banking system and the national economy if debt fuelled growth continues. How can we sidestep these problems? What policy settings are required and where will good luck or good management prevail? How will this impact the outlook for construction work and employment? ACIF Forecasts will be launched at the ACIF Briefing industry breakfast on Thursday 4 May 2017 in Sydney before full release to the building and construction industry the following week. Registration for the ACIF Briefing is available online here: https://www.acif.com.au/events/event/acif-briefing-may-2017 . More information about the ACIF Forecasts is here: www.acif.com.au/forecasts. About Australian Construction Industry Forum (ACIF) Australian Construction Industry Forum (ACIF) is the cohesive, trusted voice of the Australian Construction Industry. ACIF facilitates and supports an active dialogue between the key players in residential and non-residential building, and engineering construction, other industry groups, and government agencies. ACIF’s focus is on innovation, collaboration, equity and sustainability for the industry. ACIF Members are the most significant Associations in the industry, spanning the entire asset creation process from feasibility through design, cost planning, construction and building and management. ACIF harnesses the resources of its Members to research and develop initiatives that benefit businesses of all sizes, from the largest of construction companies to small consultancies. More information on ACIF is available from www.acif.com.au. About ACIF Forecasts ACIF Forecasts are rolling ten year forecasts of demand across residential, non-residential and engineering construction in Australia. The Forecasts are prepared by respected economic modellers, using high quality data sources, and are overseen by ACIF’s Construction Forecasting Council, an industry panel of expert analysts and researchers. ACIF Forecasts are used by thousands of professionals each year, from across the full range of stakeholders, from major organisations to small consultancies. ACIF Forecasts are available as the Australian Construction Market Report, and detailed numbers are available by subscribing to the Customised Forecasts Dashboard. More information about ACIF is available from www.acif.com.au/forecasts.  IFS releases IoT-enabled field service management 2017-04-20T04:23:31Z ifs-releases-iot-enabled-field-service-management Melbourne, Australia – 20 April 2017: IFS, the global enterprise applications company, announces major updates to its IFS Field Service Management product. The latest version of IFS Field Service Management (5.7) is available now and includes a number of enhancements including: Embedded IoT capabilities – The new version offers embedded integration with the IFS IoT Business Connector, enabling companies to leverage the Internet of Things (IoT) to analyse data from connected machines and devices and automatically turn the information into immediate and predictive actions that drive service level improvements and cost savings. Improved user experience – The visual identity of the solution has been completely refreshed to offer users a modern and intuitive work environment, along with further use of IFS Lobby to visualise real-time operational data. The new user interface promotes enhanced usability, extended configurability options, improved workflows and offers standard integration with Micosoft Skype for Business. Enhanced functionality – Continued investment has been undertaken in support of mobile workforces, including enhancements to shipping, stock management, purchasing, service bills of material, and maintaining product structures from the field. In addition, a number of dedicated workflows have been added including support for pooled/team tasks and quotes in mobile for parts, goods, and services. Intelligent Field Service – Significant focus has been placed on increasing the intelligence offered by the solution—from automating work status via geocoding and intelligent, automated task and solution identification to automated activity feeds of timely, relevant information throughout the service delivery process. Evergreen field service management – New in IFS Field Service Management 5.7 is a support model based on quarterly updates of the software. Eliminating the need for implementing service packs, updates are distributed regularly, making sure customers benefit from the very latest product enhancements faster and at a lower cost. In addition, a number of enhancements have been made to further reduce the total cost of ownership for customers. “Technology change impacts nearly every business process including field service management, and IFS leads in adoption,” commented Ralph Rio, Vice President Enterprise Software, ARC Advisory Group. He continued, “IFS FSM provides a comprehensive set of functions for optimising resources along the service lifecycle. With IFS FSM 5.7, adding IoT allows field service organisations to become proactive and predictive by identifying equipment issues and mitigating the problem before it cascades into dreaded unplanned failure that impacts business performance and safety.” Mark Brewer, IFS industry director for service, said, “We are very excited about the launch of the new version, which we feel further reinforces our claim to the market’s most complete, connected field service lifecycle solution. Service is an area where companies can realise real value from IoT and by embedding the IFS IoT Business Connector into the application, we are unlocking a new realm of possibilities for our customers in terms of predictive and optimised service management. With field service management as a strategic investment area, we look forward to continuing our journey of innovation and to help our customers capitalise on the very latest technologies.” To learn more about how IFS is helping service-focused organisations, please visit: www.ifsworld.com/corp/industries/service-providers/. About IFS IFS™ develops and delivers enterprise software for customers around the world who manufacture and distribute goods, maintain assets, and manage service-focused operations. The industry expertise of our people and solutions, together with commitment to our customers, has made us a recognised leader and the most recommended supplier in our sector. Our team of 3,300 employees supports more than one million users worldwide from a network of local offices and through our growing ecosystem of partners. For more information, visit: IFSworld.com Follow us on Twitter: @ifsworld Visit the IFS Blogs on technology, innovation and creativity: http://blogs.ifsworld.com Procore Opens APAC Office in Sydney 2017-04-19T23:29:06Z procore-opens-apac-office-in-sydney SYDNEY, Australia, 20 April 2017 – Procore Technologies, Inc., a leading provider of cloud-based applications for construction, today announced the opening of their first APAC office, which is located in Sydney’s CBD. Founded in 2002 and based in Carpinteria, California, Procore’s expansion follows significant demand across Australia and New Zealand for intuitive, reliable and cost-effective project management, financial and collaborations solutions built specifically by and for the construction industry.   In Australia, Procore already services over 100 customers and 50,000 users. The new Sydney office includes sales, marketing, product implementation and product support professionals, enabling local customers to receive faster and better service in local timezones.   Procore CEO, Tooey Courtemanche, says the business’ expansion in APAC will allow Procore to address growing market needs across the region for cloud-based and mobile-first construction solutions.   “We’re thrilled to be officially opening our first international office in Sydney,” said Tooey Courtemanche, CEO, Procore. “Procore’s expansion into Australia is in response to strong demand from local clients and other businesses across the construction industry for flexible solutions that will enable them to reduce costs, improve safety, and deliver projects within budget and on time.”   For more information on Procore Technologies, visit www.procore.com      -ENDS- About Procore Technologies, Inc.: Procore Technologies, Inc., is a leading provider of cloud-based applications for Construction. Through Procore Construction OS, the company connects people, applications, and devices through a unified platform to help construction firms manage risk and build quality projects, safely, on time, and within budget. The company has a diversified business model with products for Construction Project Management, Construction Financials, and Quality & Safety. Procore has more than 2 million users managing billions of dollars in annual construction volume. Headquartered in Carpinteria, California, Procore has over 700 employees in offices across the globe. Brisbane Front and Centre of Queensland Transport Projects 2017-04-19T04:48:34Z brisbane-front-and-centre-of-queensland-transport-projects The Brisbane Metro Subway System is one of Brisbane’s most significant public transport projects. Brisbane City Council has announced plans for the Brisbane Metro upgrades in 2016. The Metro has been conceived as a high frequency, rapid transport connection designed to address the current challenges facing Brisbane's bus network which has reached capacity at many inner city locations. Improvements to the service are expected to cut travel times, reduce Central Business District bus congestion and free-up buses to provide more services in the suburbs. The project will use existing Inner Northern and South East busway infrastructure as well as dedicated roads and tunnels to avoid road network congestion. The seven kilometre route will run from Woolloongabba to Herston, with stops at Mater Hill, South Bank, connecting to a new underground station at Cultural Centre, continuing over Victoria Bridge and into a new underground portal at Adelaide Street linking with the King George Square, Roma Street, Normanby and QUT Kelvin Grove stations. The 8th Annual Queensland Transport Infrastructure Conference will profile the Brisbane Metro Subway System project as well as a whole host of initiatives across the State to bolster infrastructure networks. Alongside public transport infrastructure works underway, connected transport is emerging as a strong market trend in Brisbane’s infrastructure future. One innovative approach to better investment in road infrastructure is the CSIRO’s Transport Network Strategic Investment Tool (TraNSIT), designed to better inform investment in roads. TraNSIT analyses transport logistics costs and benefits to give a holistic view of infrastructure investments and regulatory changes in agriculture and forestry supply chains. Through an initiative in the Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper, TraNSIT has now been set up for 98% of all Australian agriculture transported between farms, storage, processing, ports and domestic markets. CSIRO Land and Water Principal Research Scientist Andrew Higgins will profile applications to the $100 million Northern Australian Beef Roads Programme in 2016 and to other infrastructure investments across Australia. Building Queensland Chief Executive Officer Damian Gould will discuss the Townsville Eastern Access Rail Corridor (TEARC) project which aims to transform Townsville into a central transport and logistics hub in Queensland. The proposed rail freight line would connect the North Coast rail line directly into the Port of Townsville. The rail corridor would create capacity for the growing tonnage demand on the Mt Isa rail system and a critical link between the mines in the North West Queensland Minerals Province and the Port. Benefits of the project include allowing 1.4 km long trains to access the Port of Townsville and creating capacity for the growing tonnage demand on the Mt Isa rail system, a critical link between the mines in the North West Queensland Minerals Province and the Port. It will also improve traffic flow in the city centre by reducing the number of freight trains that use the current line. The project would also create up to 300 new jobs in the rail construction phase. The project will aid Queensland’s economy to become more competitive by unlocking trade opportunities. The project will enhance regional development as well as state and national economic prosperity by effectively moving increasing volumes of primarily export freight. Moreover, the corridor would eliminate supply chain constraints and bottlenecks affecting Australia’s ability to expand its productive capacity. It will effectively manage community amenity, safety, sustainability and congestion-related conflicts and impacts associated with future increases in rail freight moving through the Townsville urban area. Finally, it will protect freight corridors for current and future uses. The $512 million Logan Enhancement Project is the first private sector proposal to be assessed and approved under the Queensland Government’s Market-Led Proposal process. The project will see the delivery of major upgrades to parts of the Logan and Gateway Extension motorways, including the elimination of key congestion points and the addition of new south-facing ramps at Compton Road. Transurban Project Director Andrew Baker is appearing at the Conference to discuss the project which is set to reduce congestion, improve travel time, accommodate future growth and enhance connectivity. In a presentation at the Queensland Transport Infrastructure Conference, Queensland University of Technology Associate Professor Michael Milford interrogates the future of self-driving cars and the artificial intelligence behind them, examining the widespread interest and investments in this new, smart technology. The idea of extensive use of self-driving vehicles presents an unprecedented disruptive challenge for industry, government and society as a whole. A diverse range of technological approaches have been proposed as solutions, many of which have drastically different effects on how all sectors of society will experience an impact. Milford will present an overview of the various technological components of self-driving cars and the artificial intelligence driving many of the leading approaches. The 8th Annual Queensland Transport Infrastructure Conference 2017 will take place on the 23-24th May at the Brisbane Exhibition and Convention 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   Impact Steel relocates premises to improve delivery and handling efficiency. 2017-04-18T22:50:06Z impact-steel-relocates-premises-to-improve-delivery-and-handling-efficiency Leading distributor and processor of sheet and coil steel has moved to new premises in Clayton South.  Impact Steel is a leading distributor and processor of sheet steel and coil steel products in Australia with over 25 years of industry experience. They have previously been operating out of Dandenong, but have now moved their operations to Clayton South, Victoria.  The purpose behind the move is to better service our customers through improving distribution functions of the business. About Impact Steel:  Impact Steel provide a range of steel product types from hot rolled steel, hot rolled pickled and oiled steel, cold rolled, galvanised steel, electro galvanised steel, galvanneal, stainless steel, aluminium and steel plate and steel floor plate. In addition to disturbing quality steel supplies to the Victorian market, Impact Steel provides unbeatable service and professional industry advice to ensure that customers’ needs are met. Building customer relationships is fundamental to Impact Steel, assisting customers in developing solutions to their supply and stock management issues is a high priority ensuring best service standards.  Knowing that urgent deliveries might be necessary sometimes, Impact Steel also offer a 48-hours processing time with a next-working-day delivery guarantee.    New and existing Customers are encouraged to update contact details to: Address:16-24 Westall Road, Clayton South, Vic 3169 Phone: 03 9293 5177 Fax: 03 9293 5180   The Solution to a Hot Topic 2017-04-18T00:30:39Z the-solution-to-a-hot-topic Constant innovation in materials technology is a hallmark of the building industry. Nowhere is this more important than in minimising fire risk in high-rise, commercial and industrial buildings. Architectural Glass & Cladding Pty Ltd, a cutting-edge supplier of bespoke, high performance façade products, has now introduced Reynodual®, the ‘new’ aluminium composite material of the construction industry offering a solution to the fire threat as happened in the Lacrosse apartment fire. Reynodual® is the first coil-coated double sheet aluminium panel for façades with high technical, visual and environmentally friendly requirements. Utilising a 2 x 1.5mm skin it is more resilient and robust than previous aluminium composites and offers the possibility of creating complex shapes for an attractive and creative appearance. Reynodual® guarantees good wind resistance and meets the stringent fire-protection requirements of AS1530.1, EN-13501-1, class A2. This makes it ideal for façade projects such as high-rise, industrial and public buildings. The team at AG&C has 20 years experience in the façade and glass industries. Sales and Marketing Manager, Paul Nipperess, said that AG&C not only offers products but solutions to complex applications that others usually avoid. “We can provide optimal solutions to building owners by supplying products with unique aesthetic qualities, thermal and energy efficient values, insulation against noise as well as a broad range of sustainable products,” Paul said. “We are especially excited about the Reynodual® product. It has been tested and approved by the CSIRO to meet all current fire safety standards including AS1530.1.” Lendlease has been one of the first to select the revolutionary new non-combustible Reynodual® as the exterior cladding for its latest project, Toorak Park in Melbourne. “Lendlease will utilise 22,000 m2 of Reynodual® which will be installed by Cladding Systems Pty Ltd of Thomastown, Victoria,” Paul said. “Reynodual® offers a range of colour finishes and Toorak Park will take full advantage of this with 11 different colours and finishes. It will be an outstanding example of the versatility of the product. Damian Hogan, owner of Cladding Systems commented to me how easy it was to work with Reynodual®.” For more information contact: Architectural Glass & Cladding Pty Ltd, Suite 17 ‘Wharf Central’ 75 Wharf Street, Tweed Heads NSW 2485, phone 07 5523 2335, email info@agcproducts.com.au Published in January 2017 edition of the Australian National Construction Review available online here. Premier Steel’s Truedek - the Best in Steel Decking 2017-04-17T01:58:53Z premier-steel-s-truedek-the-best-in-steel-decking Truedek, a product that is exclusively produced and sold by Premier Steel Technologies, enjoys a respectable standing in the building and construction sectors due to its rapid growth and wide use in numerous building projects. Truedek is excellent for steel decking and has many applications for concrete-frame buildings, steel-frame buildings, large floor-to-ceiling heights, infill slabs for lift shafts and limited-access areas.   A steel deck comprises of a cold formed corrugated steel sheet that is supported by steel beams or other arrangements. It is a feature that is used in floor systems. and is used to give support to concrete   Steel decks are manufactured to maximise the properties of steel. Truedek has been designed and fabricated in a manner that allows for high strength-to-weight ratio. Truedek’s steel decks are popular because they make the cost of material, handling and erection more economical while ensuring the highest durability and strength.   There are various kinds of steel decks. In concrete-frame buildings, they are used for bandbeam or slab arrangements. In steel-frame buildings, steel decks are helpful for building long-spanning suspended floors using fewer beams.       When used in large floor-to-ceiling heights, steel decking reduces construction costs considerably. Steel decks used in infill slabs for lift shafts helps to avoid falsework and back-propping. In limited-access areas steel decks are helpful in use as voided light-weight panels. Manufactured to great specification, Truedek’s steel decks look attractive   Truedek  is ordered and made according to the customer’s project specifications. The customer can exercise the freedom to select the best permanent steel formwork and reinforcements according to their needs. This is done keeping in mind the requirements for fire rating, slab design, service and deflection.   Available in a variety of steel grades, thickness for the base, web and top plate of a standard panel, Truedek is available in advanced designs that can be supplied in voided, partially voided or solid configurations. Truedek delivers outstanding versatility and wide-ranging benefits without compromising strength or quality.   Premier Steel Technologies was established in 1980. Founded on a partnership between experts in the metal fabrication and construction industries, the company rapidly developed into a creator of purpose-built manufacturing equipment. Working with optimum efficiency, quality and safety benefits, their products are essential to several industries since they supply precise and well-tailored machinery solutions.   Truedek can be contacted for queries by calling (02) 9756 0602 or sending an email to enquiry@truedek.com.au.   For more information on Truedek’s features and its uses: https://www.truedek.com.au/steel-suspended-slab-formwork/   Geelong Brush Company Invests Heavily in Local manufacturing and Australian made 2017-04-12T22:06:08Z geelong-brush-company-invests-heavily-in-local-manufacturing-and-australian-made-2 www.geelongbrush.com.au PRESS RELEASE Founded in 1936 by Victor C. Durran, the Geelong Brush Co. began as a quality manufacturer for small and specialised industrial markets. During the early years, the company took advantage of improving technologies and gained entry into a wider and larger sector of the Australian brushware market. By 1975, Victor’s two sons Jim and Ken rapidly expanded its operations into every state of Australia to become the largest volume manufacturer of brushware products in Australia. Today, the family owned business continues to manufacture high quality brushware products in Australia led by Jim’s son, Ross. The Geelong Brush Co. remains committed to local manufacture by taking advantage of world’s best practice technology and production processes. It stands as the last bastion of local manufacturing capability for many brushware product lines in the Australian marketplace. The Geelong Brush Co. is constantly updating and improving its product range and have expanded greatly over recent years. Their extensive range is sold in major supermarkets, hardware chains and other retail outlets nationwide. The investment in local manufacturing and Jobs in Australia and Geelong Continues today. On the 21st of April 2017 Sarah Henderson MP, the member of parliament for Corangamite will commission our newest machinery.  A significant investment designed to increase manufacturing capability and skills in in the Geelong region. This machinery will reintroduce manufacturing skills and craftmanship lost to Australian production facilities. The Machinery will be commissioned on the 21st of April at 11am at a public ceremony For all media enquiries please contact Kelvin Murray Mobile: 0416 556 485  Email: kelvin@geelongbrush.com.au The Geelong Brush Company Pty. Ltd. 40 Leather Street, Breakwater,  Victoria, 3219 Australia Website:www.geelongbrush.com.au Phone: +61 3 5229 7663 Fax: +61 3 5229 7690 .