The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2017-03-28T05:14:38Z EnviroSuite Renews Contract with Thames Water 2017-03-28T05:14:38Z envirosuite-renews-contract-with-thames-water LONDON, 28 March 2017 – EnviroSuite Limited, a leading Australian environmental technology company has announced the successful completion of the initial twelve-month trial with Thames Water, the UK’s largest Water treatment authority. Prior to the final report being completed the trial has already yielded an on-going site level contract with one of the trial participants, while the other project stakeholders continue to access the EnviroSuite platform under the head office agreement. This follow on subscription provides a strong indication of the positive impact that EnviroSuite has already had at site level, with the system being integrated into site operations and being used to pro-actively manage odour issues by the business.  EnviroSuite continues to work with Thames Water to identify and assess further applications for the technology. At this stage, up to 20 Thames Water sites have been identified that could benefit from utilising the EnviroSuite solution. While the terms of the most recent engagement remain confidential, following the $300,000 fee for the initial twelve month contract, the annuity component of EnviroSuite’s offering is generally in the range of other commercial engagements at similar businesses, with options available for expansion depending on the evolution of business priorities. EnviroSuite’s cloud-based software solution is used by Thames Water and other leading global resource, utility, infrastructure and manufacturing organisations as well as regulators to pro-actively manage risk, comply with stringent environmental requirements and address community concerns, while delivering efficiency gains, cost benefits and improvements in environmental performance. For Thames Water it has the functionality to support the business to more efficiently manage environmental issues by providing: forecasting and early warning of high risk periods, real-time diagnosis of odour impacts, instant diagnosis of the source of community complaints, real-time analysis and response to environmental incidents, as well as alerting and diagnosis of process upsets. EnviroSuite's General Manager for Europe, Chaim Kolominskas, said, "It is very pleasing to see this milestone for our business successfully completed and the integration of EnviroSuite into the operating practice of one of Thames Water’s sewage treatment works.  The value that EnviroSuite brings to water utilities is significant and the work with Thames Water has resonated across the UK and European markets with a significant amount of inbound enquiry from other similar businesses.” EnviroSuite enables organisations to translate complex data into information that they can use simply and on-demand to make better-informed decisions.  The benefits arise from EnviroSuite's feature-rich functionality, including real-time data management and visualisation designed for rapid response to environmental issues; predictive functions including risk forecasting; incident intelligence and event analysis; and automated reporting. About Thames Water Thames Water Utilities Ltd, known as ‘Thames Water’, is the private utility company responsible for the public water supply and waste water treatment in large parts of Greater London, the Thames Valley, Surrey, Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, Kent, and some other areas of the United Kingdom. Thames Water is the UK's largest water and wastewater services company, and supplies 2.6 billion litres of drinking water per day, and treats 4.4 billion litres of wastewater per day from 5.1 million properties.  Since 2007, Thames Water has made average annual capital investments of £1.1 billion a year in its infrastructure alone. From 2015 to 2020 Thames Water has projected a total operating budget of £4.67 billion and over £4 billion in new capital expenditure including the installation of 900,000 smart water meters.About EnviroSuite EnviroSuite (ASX:EVS), is a leading Australian environmental technology company. Its award-winning EnviroSuite software platform presents a range of air quality monitoring, management and reporting capabilities that are incorporated into a diverse array of operations from water treatment to large scale construction, open cut mines, food processing, port operators, environmental regulators and other industry uses. The leading edge software platform is well in step with the pace of technology adoption by industry and the growing expectations of communities the world over that hold air and water quality as key pillars to human health and wellbeing.  EnviroSuite can provide a stand-alone software subscription all the way through to complete solution architecture designs and implementations to assist companies with their air quality monitoring, management and reporting requirements.  The EnviroSuite technology was developed, and continues to be driven and supported by some of the world’s best minds in environmental monitoring and management. EnviroSuite is receiving increasing global recognition for its innovative platform that is quickly working it’s way into the everyday operations of industry. ENDS NOMINATE FOR THE PRINCE OF WALES AWARD FOR SUSTAINABLE FORESTRY 2017-03-27T20:43:39Z nominate-for-the-prince-of-wales-award-for-sustainable-forestry Nominations for The Prince of Wales Award for Sustainable Forestry are now open and must be submitted by 1 May 2017. The Award is to recognise the achievements of outstanding young forest professionals and is to encourage dedication to the principles of sustainable forest management including policy, planning and practice, and sound science-based land stewardship. One award is available in Australia and one award is available in New Zealand. CEO of the Institute of Foresters Australia. Bob Gordon said, ‘Eligible recipients must either be a student or recent graduate, up to 30 years of age, from a forestry, natural resources or environmental science university or college program. ‘Importantly, recipients must be members of the Institute of Foresters of Australia or the NZ Institute of Forestry, thus demonstrating their personal commitment to lifelong professional development and their support of forest professionalism. If young forestry professionals were looking for a reason to join the IFA, there are plenty, and eligibility for The Prince of Wales Award for Sustainable Forestry is just one more reason’, said Bob. Full eligibility criteria and nomination details are available from th IFA website www.forestry.org.au -Ends- Media contact: Bob Gordon 02 6153 3044   Full eligibility criteria: https://www.forestry.org.au/honours-awards-scholarships/prince-of-wales-award Nomination details:https://www.forestry.org.au/images/Price%20of%20Wales%20Award/Prince%20of%20Wales%20Award%20for%20Sustainability%20-%20nomination%20criteria%20Australia%20Final_27_March_2017.pdf AAA Skips Stakes Claim as “Best Skip Hire Firm in Perth.” 2017-03-27T06:58:06Z aaa-skips-stakes-claim-as-best-skip-hire-firm-in-perth Perth, WA, 27 March 2017 - There is a lot of competition for skip bin hire in the Perth area, but one firm feels they stand out over and above all of the rest: AAA Skips. AAA Skips is a family-owned, local business that provides skip bin hire in all Perth suburbs north of the river. They are open Monday through Friday for normal business hours and a half-day on Saturdays.They pride themselves in providing the best service and equipment while maintaining a family atmosphere in their business. This means treating customers like family. While AAA Skips is a family business, they provide a level of service usually associated with larger firms. Their skip bins are delivered on 24 hour notice on clean, late model trucks by drivers who are professional, friendly and wearing a crisp, clean uniform. The skip bins are well-maintained, in perfect working order and often look like they just came out of the factory.AAA Skip Bins offers the standard skip bin sizes: 2m3, 3m3, 4m3, 5m3, 7.5m3 and 9m3. All sizes except the smallest offer ramp access. Their skip bins can be used for general waste, green waste, bricks, concrete, dirt, soil, heavy waste, hardfill and rubble. These “catchall” categories include common waste items such as appliances, furniture, office waste, cardboard, plastics, grass clippings, garden waste, tree branches, timber, pavers, rock and soil.AAA Skip Bins cannot be used for hazardous materials such as tyres, asbestos or chemicals. However, they do offer special asbestos disposal bins for demolition and home renovation use.Mathew Del bianco is the owner of AAA Skips. According to Mr Del bianco: “We know there are a lot of people offering skip bin hire in Perth. We also know everyone provides pretty much the same standard sizes. That means you really have to do something special to stand out above the competition. We do it with a family atmosphere, friendly, professional employees, clean, well-maintained, updated equipment and unparallelled attention to detail.”Mr Del bianco continued: “At AAA Skips, we see our employees as one large, extended family. And we train them to treat you like family, too. We know a lot of skip bin hire firms in the Perth area treat their customers like numbers. And that’s why it will never happen that way at AAA Skips. We provide a lot of skip bins in the Perth area, but we still treat everyone as though we were a mom and pop business with one truck and a couple of skip bins.”Mr Del bianco concluded: “Anyone can provide skip bin hire, but not everyone can provide clean, updated, well-maintained skip bins on the same day if you are in a pinch, all the while treating you like family.”AAA Skips is a 100% Australian, family-owned business. They provide skip bin hire to all Perth suburbs north of the river. They are a friendly, family-oriented service of a small, locally-owned company with the resources of a larger company. This combination enables them to provide the best service and the best equipment. To learn more or to arrange for skip bin hire, call 0438 918 850 or visit their website: http://www.minibinsperth.com.au/. HRL signed by O-I, World-Leading Glass Manufacturer, in three-year contract worth $1m 2017-03-27T01:00:03Z hrl-signed-by-o-i-world-leading-glass-manufacturer-in-three-year-contract-worth-1m Most of us will come across glass manufactured by O-I every day. They are the world's leading glass container manufacturer and provide glass packaging for beer, wine, spirits, food and non-alcoholic beverages, cosmetics, and pharmaceuticals. O-I has signed HRL to do the analysis and spot testing of their glass products to ensure their quality levels remain uncompromised. O-I have very high quality standards, recycling and re-melting any containers that fail to meet those standards based on HRL's testing. David Abela, Vice-President Supply Chain, Asia Pacific, says, "During the tender process we considered a number of suppliers. Continuing our relationship with HRL was the clear choice for two reasons. Firstly, HRL was the only supplier who was able to implement our preferred testing methodology. They offer a complexity and breadth of testing capabilities and expertise unmatched by any other suppliers. Secondly, HRL was able to offer a very cost-effective pricing structure over a three-year period, enabling O-I to meet its commercial objectives and broader strategic ambitions. As a result, HRL are the right partners for O-I for the next three years." Ken Jefferd, Managing Director of HRL, says, "We've been working together with O-I for over three years now as a laboratory service outsourcing partner.  After undergoing a rigorous laboratory investigation, we're very proud O-I decided to choose HRL as their partner for three more years. HRL provide chemical composition analysis on both the raw material used in the glass production, as well as the final container glass product. When needed, HRL also provide assistance in investigation of production problems, like stones and cords. O-I have been relying on HRL to ensure smooth production for years, and we're looking forward to another three years of partnership." ABOUT HRLWith a rich history that begun with the provision of science and engineering firepower to start Australia's brown coal power station industry back in the 1950s, we're trusted by the biggest businesses in Australia and Asia for good reason. Our proven track record includes being a part of the State Electricity Commission of Victoria, and then working with the Victorian State electricity sector privatization in the mid-90s. Over the years, there's not much we haven't seen if it's exploded, fallen down, fallen apart, or just worn out, our expert engineers have fixed it! In 2017, under new ownership, we've reinvented HRL with big growth aspirations designed to make a difference in critical industries like thermal power, mining and minerals, renewables, manufacturing, legal and insurance. Today, our expert engineers work with the likes of AGL, Engie, Rio Tinto, Coles, IXOM, Origin, Lion Nathan, and other blue chip businesses. Acting as their trusted technical partner, we willingly collaborate with likeminded engineers, general managers, quality control, asset managers, and procurement teams to meet and exceed their goals. Media inquiries: Dan MacInnis on 0400 507 037 or dan@macinnismarketing.com.au   Advances in Digital Agriculture to Take Centre Stage at International Symposium on Digital Earth & Locate17 in Sydney 2017-03-22T22:59:02Z advances-in-digital-agriculture-to-take-centre-stage-at-international-symposium-on-digital-earth-locate17-in-sydney Sydney, Australia – 23 March 2017 – Advances in spatial technology that enable digital agriculture, including a next-generation national positioning system and real-time monitoring of soil moisture levels from space, will take centre stage at the International Symposium on Digital Earth & Locate17 in Sydney in April. A new national positioning system accurate to between 2cm and 10cm – as opposed to 5 metres with today’s satellite-based GPS – will boost Australia’s economy by $73 billion or more over the next 20 years, much of it in agriculture, says Dr Peter Woodgate, CEO of the Cooperative Research Centre for Spatial Information (CRCSI). “To adopt techniques like precision agriculture and controlled traffic farming, farmers need to be able to position equipment and sensors with about 5cm accuracy. The conference will showcase space-based augmentation systems – including Australia and New Zealand’s joint initiative – which, subject to testing, are well on the way to achieving that,” said Woodgate. “Leveraging other regional efforts, such as a Japanese satellite-based system recently trialled in Queensland, it will even be possible to remotely control unmanned autonomous vehicles like driverless tractors from space.” Australia’s investments in positioning systems will not only pay off in higher agricultural exports but will create export business opportunities and new jobs in digital agriculture to aid the transition from sectors of the economy impacted by digital disruption. Woodgate and fellow Working Group Co-Chair, Glenn Cockerton, Managing Director of Spatial Vision, will make the first public presentation of the 2026 Spatial Industry Transformation and Growth Agenda at Digital Earth & Locate17, outlining 30 transformative initiatives for Australia. In another highlight of the event, the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) will hold a special session to promote capacity building and use of data from its Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) Observatory. SMAP products, which provide frequent global measurements of soil moisture from space at high spatial resolution, are freely available (http://nsidc.org/data/smap), with one of the first validation experiments carried out in Yanco, NSW. According to Phil Tickle, Program and Business Development Manager (Ag, NRM & Climate Change) at CRCSI, NASA’s SMAP data will complement data from a range of sensors used in digital agriculture, including soil moisture probes, weather stations, and animal tracking devices. Tickle is presenting the benefits of an online farm monitoring solution for the grazing industry at Digital Earth & Locate17. Called the NRM Spatial Hub, this provides access to 30 years of 30 metre resolution satellite data and tools for mapping, assessing and monitoring property infrastructure, land resources and ground cover. It is currently being commercialised by the CRCSI in conjunction with Meat & Livestock Australia. Tickle said the conference was an opportunity for farmers and land managers to learn about the spatial technologies transforming their industry, as well as to discuss potential issues, such as the ownership of agricultural big data. “We are seeing enormous development in digital agriculture capabilities and often farmers don’t have control of their own data,” said Tickle. “When you have sensors on farms feeding into data warehouses and generating broader benefits, why shouldn’t the farmer get a cut? And what does a farmer do if they want to change providers and their data is locked up in a proprietary system?” With a program featuring more than 130 international and Australian speakers, Digital Earth & Locate17 provides a unique opportunity to understand digital transformation practices from around the world, and to develop and leverage geospatial data. The two main conference days will be split into eight separate streams with topics including smart cities, virtual globes, intelligent transport, agriculture, engineering/utilities, smart sensors for natural resource management, water & climate, disaster & emergency management, and the geospatial economy. The joint conference will be held 03-06 April 2017 at the new International Conference Centre Sydney. The Digital Earth & Locate17 Conference’s Market Day on Tuesday 4th April opens the exhibition to everyone and is an opportunity for private, government and start-up organisations to come together and explore collaborative and business opportunities. About the International Symposium on Digital Earth The International Symposium on Digital Earth is a flagship event of the International Society for Digital Earth. Founded in Beijing in 2006, ISDE is a non-political, non-governmental and not-for-profit international organisation principally promoting academic exchange, science and technology innovation, education, and international collaboration towards Digital Earth. ISDE also explores Digital Earth as an enabling technology to play key roles in economic and social sustainable development, environmental protection, disaster mitigation, natural resources conservation and improvement of living standards. About Locate17 The Locate Conference (Locate17) is the national conference of the spatial and surveying industries of Australia and New Zealand. The event is an initiative of the Surveying & Spatial Sciences Institute (SSSI), Spatial Industries Business Association (SIBA) and Geospatial Information & Technology Association (GITA). Buddy Platform Aims to Simplify Smart City Efforts with Next Generation Resource Monitoring Solution 2017-03-21T01:20:37Z buddy-platform-aims-to-simplify-smart-city-efforts-with-next-generation-resource-monitoring-solution-1 March 21, 2017 – SYDNEY Buddy Platform Limited (ASX:BUD) today announced a simple, complete and low cost solution for monitoring the consumption of electricity, gas, water, steam and solar power generation, called Buddy Ohm. The new product helps accurately measure the consumption of these resources in buildings, government facilities, and public infrastructure, helping managers, occupants and citizens get a clearer view of the financial and environmental cost of these facilities. Available today, Buddy Ohm is the first end-to-end system from Buddy Platform designed to help current and future smart city projects get started faster, with the flexibility to integrate a client’s existing and future systems as they come online. The Company is also pleased to announce Buddy Ohm will be launched in Seattle’s famed 5th Avenue Theater – with an auditorium approximately the size of the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall, and listed on the US National Register of Historic Places. “The global conversation around energy – how we generate it, how we consume it and how we conserve it – has never been more urgent, nor more relevant,” said David McLauchlan, CEO at Buddy Platform. “Smart cities represent an amazing opportunity to dramatically change how we consume energy, while improving the quality of life for citizens. Improving the efficiency of those underlying systems is the first step for reaching those sustainability goals. I’m incredibly proud of the team and the game-changing product we’ve built, and I’m particularly excited to grow the Ohm product into a central hub connecting smart city-wide infrastructure with the Buddy Platform.” Buddy Ohm, monitoring for smart cities Buddy Ohm is a full monitoring solution comprised of Internet of Things (IoT) class hardware, secure and scalable data infrastructure, an operations portal, engaging occupant facing dashboards, and on-the-go mobile experiences. Leveraging the power of the IoT, Buddy Ohm makes it easy and affordable to extract data from city and building systems in real-time, which is then processed by the Company’s powerful data infrastructure service, The Buddy Platform. By utilising open hardware and software protocols, customers don’t have to worry about vendor lock-in with Ohm, they will always have full access and control of their resource data. Hardware – The Ohm base unit is installed in proximity to meters or sub meters, and utilises industry standard connectors to monitor electricity, solar, water, steam, gas and other natural and built environment elements. Ohm can wirelessly connect to other sensors, allowing for a network of sensors across city and building landscapes. Ohm connects directly to The Buddy Platform via the cellular network, eliminating troublesome Wi-Fi environments and reducing lapses in connectivity. This capability also means Ohm can be deployed in places where connectivity is a challenge. The Buddy Platform – Infinitely flexible, The Buddy Platform connects a constellation of devices to translate raw data into valuable insight. This highly scalable and secure platform is the heart of Buddy Ohm - enabling the processing, streaming and storing of key resource data, with powerful real time capabilities like a rules engine and alerts. Operations Portal – For the first time, building managers and owners have a simple, easy to understand overview of how their facilities are consuming resources (or in the case of solar, generation). This web portal is always accessible, visually clean and immediately understandable without specific knowledge of the system. Dashboards – Data rich, glance-and-go experiences have become part of the modern digital lifestyle, and this should be the case for resource utilisation data as well. Much like an activity tracker, when people have real-time access to data in an easy to understand format, they are more likely to make choices that benefit them and their environment. Buddy Ohm’s modular dashboards are designed to do just that. Mobile – Companion mobile experiences are crucial for monitoring and managing key systems for operators. Real-time push notifications when anomalies are detected, or predetermined thresholds are met means operators can act now, rather than looking backwards at historical events. Mobile can also be impactful for the people using the systems as part of their day-to-day activities. It can incentivise conservation by rewarding and gamifying behavior that will have a positive impact on the bottom line while reducing negative impact on the environment. Hardware, service, maintenance and support are all included in a standard installation for a flat US$1500 a month. This is an enormous cost savings compared to traditional CAPEX-intensive resource monitoring solutions that often run in the hundreds of thousands of dollars. Customer data is already confirming that Ohm pays for itself within the first year as a result of energy savings realised. “Given the real monetary and environmental benefits of resource monitoring for cities and buildings, these systems should not be reserved for just those with giant budgets,” said Habib Heydarian, Vice President of Product and Engineering, Buddy Platform. “With Buddy Ohm we are truly democratising resource data by utilising IoT class hardware, and leveraging the power of The Buddy Platform. Once operators and occupants have access to this data and the insights it can provide, they can be an active part of the effort to be more efficient.” Smarter buildings, changing behaviourBuddy Ohm was designed to be flexible, measuring electricity from the grid, gas, steam, solar and water across many applications. But Buddy also sees great potential in using the system to make buildings more efficient. Buildings represent the vast majority of resource consumption in cities, so optimising the way they are used can have a big impact on the carbon footprint. While there are a variety of expensive and complex systems available today for managing everything from elevators to HVAC, they are typically siloed and built specifically for the building engineer or operator. Often these expensive systems force operators to optimise their resource consumption using only historical data, which mean critical events that can negatively impact resource consumption are missed. Also, for buildings that lack a traditional building management system (BMS) due to age or budgets, simple and straightforward monitoring using Buddy Ohm can help realise efficiencies and savings they might not otherwise have access to. While these large systems are important, what they lack is an inexpensive, easy to install and intuitive solution for exposing real-time resource data for building occupants. Complex building infrastructure can be optimised to a certain point, but without the participation of the people living and working in these buildings, the next level of savings and conservation may never be reached. Buddy Ohm also provides a complimentary front-end experience for the traditional BMS by providing engaging, modern and modular dashboards that over time help people develop a deeper understanding of the link between their actions and resource conservation. About BuddyBuddy Platform Limited (BUD.ASX) provides highly scalable data aggregation and management infrastructure that helps extract the maximum value from city wide sensor and device data, by connecting systems that were never designed to work together. Services like The Buddy Platform are the backbone of smart city initiatives around the globe, allowing for maximum flexibility and cost savings. The company also offers a complete and low cost solution for facility resource monitoring and verification, called Buddy Ohm which helps turn energy savings into a strategic asset. Buddy Platform is headquartered in Seattle, Washington, with offices in Adelaide, Australia. For more information, visit http://www.buddy.com. ###Buddy Platform Contact: Brian Seitz, VP of Marketing and Communications Phone: +1 (206) 745-9079Email: brian@buddy.com CHEAP VS EXPENSIVE COSMETICS. BUT WHAT’S THE REAL COST? 2017-03-20T04:51:21Z cheap-vs-expensive-cosmetics-but-what-s-the-real-cost CHEAP VS EXPENSIVE COSMETICS. BUT WHAT’S THE REAL COST? We live in a world of instant gratification. But what if in women’s pursuit for beauty, they are making compromises they can't afford to make. When it comes to cheap versus expensive makeup, what if the real cost isn’t the price tag? Popular beauty features in media often compare cheap versus luxe cosmetics. Which side of the face was created with low cost brands versus the high end ones? Women love playing along, because they don't like being duped. But what if they’re actually being duped by the question, because what they should be asking is what is the real cost of these cosmetics? Choosing cheap cosmetics to look good today, but sacrificing their skin tomorrow. Saving now but paying later, not just by forgetting to question the harmful ingredients in cheap cosmetics, but whether animals have needlessly suffered at the hands of cosmetic brands who still unnecessarily test on animals, if children or factory workers overseas were exploited for labour (often with fatal consequences), or if the production of their cosmetics negatively impacted the environment. And what if informed women are especially being duped, when they don't realise they are choosing imposters masquerading as natural or ethical, but still actually contain harmful ingredients that can compromise their skin and health, or actually say they are against animal testing but still sell from within China where animal testing is compulsory. Adorn Cosmetics was established with founder, Briony Kennedy’s passion and unwavering vision to revolutionise the beauty industry by empowering women with healthy and ethical cosmetics choices without compromising on quality. Adorn’s eco-luxe cosmetics are Choose Cruelty Free and Vegan certified, sustainably produced with innovative environmentally friendly practices, certified Toxic free so women don’t compromise their health in their pursuit of beauty, and Australian made and owned to ensure no child is ever abused for labour in illegal overseas mines, or anyone has had to work in inhumane factory conditions. - ENDS -   Media Notes   Briony Kennedy, Adorn Cosmetics founder and CEO is available for interview and comment. Australia celebrates UN International Day of Forests 2017 2017-03-19T23:40:47Z australia-celebrates-un-international-day-of-forests-2017 Australia celebrates UN International Day of Forests 2017 In 2012, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed the 21st of March every year as the International Day of Forests. The Day celebrates and raises awareness of the importance of all types of forests. The UN chooses a theme for each International Day of Forests and the theme for 2017 is Forests and Energy. Bob Gordon, CEO of the Institute of Foresters said, ‘While the international theme is, 'Forests and Energy, we have so much more to celebrate. IFA members have a proud history starting out as the ‘custodians’ of Australia’s forests but now work with the original custodians to ensure our children and children’s children can enjoy the beauty and bounty of our forests. ‘Activities happen worldwide to celebrate the role forests have played in the development of human civilisation. Originally they provided our ancestors with warmth while today we use timber in multi-storey wood buildings and recognise that forests, when managed sustainably, can provide renewable energy without introducing any more carbon onto the biosphere. ‘Australia lags most developed countries by relying on fossil fuels to provide the bulk of its energy needs. A greater focus on renewables along with the inclusion of forestry by-products in the Renewable Energy Target should see an increase in bio-energy contribution to Australia’s overall energy mix as we develop a low-carbon economy. ‘Australia’s forests and plantations provide carbon sinks, tourist hubs, biodiversity havens as well as construction material and beautiful timber for boats, furniture and even items as diverse as bicycles and lamp-posts. IFA members are working to ensure they continue to do so into the future’, said Bob. -Ends- Media contact: Bob Gordon 02 6153 3044 Supporting Notes: UN International Day of Forests webpage www.fao.org/international-day-of-forests/en/   UN Paper Forestry for a low-carbon futurehttp://www.fao.org/publications/card/en/c/45619457-bbf1-4fda-964b-d24dcdefbadf/ Spatial Startup Companies to Share the Latest Innovations at the International Symposium on Digital Earth & Locate17 2017-03-14T00:00:19Z spatial-startup-companies-to-share-the-latest-innovations-at-the-international-symposium-on-digital-earth-locate17 Sydney, Australia – 14 March 2017 – Virtual reality, drones and multi-Global Navigation Satellite Systems are among the innovations to be showcased in the Startup Hub at the International Symposium on Digital Earth & Locate17, taking place from 3-6 April 2017 at the new International Conference Centre Sydney. The Startup Hub is designed to bring innovators and providers of the latest spatial technologies to the attention of scientists, surveyors, businesses and government. It will be located in the exhibition hall throughout the conference, including the free Market Day on Tuesday 4th April. All exhibition visitors are invited to try out the new technologies and the new opportunities they provide. Virtual reality to reimagine the world Forum8 is demonstrating its custom 3D visualisation and virtual reality (VR) software. Complete with an Oculus VR headset, the demonstration will showcase the future of 3D experiences. Forum8’s VR-Design Studio is specifically focused on 3D VR/visualisation of urban spaces, roads and traffic, and rail. It provides a full environment for visualising a concept, including Australian terrain (DEM) and road design-type tools, vehicles and traffic settings. It is also possible to import data from a range of sources, including point cloud, road design tools and traffic simulations. The software is also used with driving simulators in engineering studies and human factors research. Rapid-fire spatial data capture Spatial Technologies Pty Ltd will showcase ground breaking technologies that are the results of research and development completed in 2016. This includes new and existing technologies like 3D laser scanning, unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) point clouds and light sensors. A number of projects utilising a combination of these will be showcased, including rapid tree inspections, street light management and asset management. Multi-satellite solutions SURVEY SOLUTIONS will use the Startup Hub for its Australian launch following successful sales of its SOUTH GNSS multi-Global Navigation Satellite Systems receiver in New Zealand. The receiver uses the latest GNSS boards to receive the full constellation of satellites available, weighs less than 1kg and is affordably priced compared with competing products. Giving meaning to spatial data Professional spatial problem solvers, Anditi, will also be on hand to show how spatial analytics can solve everything from energy sources to safety. The company is showcasing its next generation platform for high-precision spatial analytics and its application in a range of industries such as solar, property, roads and infrastructure, mining, and environment. It has been designed and built in Australia to revolutionise the management, processing and visualisation of spatial big data such as high-resolution LiDAR. Anditi will also be highlighting use cases across natural and built environments where its application is benefiting clients with lower costs and higher quality outcomes. The Startup Hub will be held in the exhibition halls of the Digital Earth & Locate17 Conference from 3-6 April 2017 at the new International Conference Centre Sydney. With a program featuring more than 130 international and Australian speakers, the event provides a unique opportunity to understand digital transformation practices from around the world, and to develop and leverage geospatial data. The two main conference days will be split into eight separate streams with topics including smart cities, virtual globes, intelligent transport, agriculture, engineering/utilities, smart sensors for natural resource management, water & climate, disaster & emergency management, and the geospatial economy. About the International Symposium on Digital Earth The International Symposium on Digital Earth is a flagship event of the International Society for Digital Earth. Founded in Beijing in 2006, ISDE is a non-political, non-governmental and not-for-profit international organisation principally promoting academic exchange, science and technology innovation, education, and international collaboration towards Digital Earth. ISDE also explores Digital Earth as an enabling technology to play key roles in economic and social sustainable development, environmental protection, disaster mitigation, natural resources conservation and improvement of living standards. About Locate17 The Locate Conference (Locate17) is the national conference of the spatial and surveying industries of Australia and New Zealand. The event is an initiative of the Surveying & Spatial Sciences Institute (SSSI), Spatial Industries Business Association (SIBA) and Geospatial Information & Technology Association (GITA). STUDENTS SET SAIL WITH SCHOLASTIC SUSTAINABILITY SPECTACULAR 2017-03-09T00:29:00Z students-set-sail-with-scholastic-sustainability-spectacular During March, over 10,000 students across Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Perth will be visited by Captain Doorknob and his colourful crew in The Water Pirates of Neverland, an entertaining play to educate students on water conservation and sustainability. Stockland is proud to partner with the National Theatre for Children (NTC) for the second consecutive year to present the engaging, new performance at no cost to the schools. Penny Courtie, Stockland Sustainability Manager, said: “We are excited to partner with the National Theatre for Children to once again take this fun and educational play on its national tour”. “We strongly believe that we have an important role to play in helping to educate the next generation, who we know care deeply and have a strong interest in preserving and protecting our environment for the future. “Stockland is proud to be a world leader for sustainability and this play goes hand-in-hand with our focus on environmental preservation, protection, rehabilitation and stewardship within our communities and across all of our residential, retirement living and commercial property developments and assets.” The Water Pirates of Neverland has been designed by NTC to be effective, educational, and entertaining. The show is performed by professional actors who play a variety of characters, resulting in a fast-paced, highly comedic experience. Participating schools also gain access to digital games and activities, free of charge, that reinforce the educational points of water conservation including: ·         The uses of water ·         The importance of water ·         Ways to conserve water ·         Ways water gets polluted Tobias Benn, NTC Managing Director, said: “If your goal is to share information with kids that you want them to remember for a lifetime, live theatre is the ideal format.” “The teaching points are packaged in fun. The story moves quickly to keep kids excited, and it’s that excitement that makes them so ready to absorb what they’re hearing and inspires them to help make the world better.” The Water Pirates of Neverland will launch its national tour in Melbourne during the week starting Monday 6th March. Schools can register their interest for the show via the website: http://nationaltheatre.com.au/ END About The National Theatre for Children In 1978, NTC dedicated itself to delivering entertaining and highly educational programs to positively motivate families, students and educators.  We inspire young people – and their families – to explore important and timely curricular subjects including: wise energy use, science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM), financial literacy, health and nutrition and environmental literacy, among others.  Originally focused on delivering its programs via live theatre, NTC is now an award-winning educational content provider whose repertoire includes print and digital curriculum and extracurricular events.  We have developed the art of teaching through educational story-telling into a science of its own, and are currently the largest in-school touring educational production company in the world.  About Stockland: Stockland (ASX: SGP) was founded in 1952 and has grown to become Australia’s largest diversified property group – owning, developing and managing a large portfolio of shopping centres, residential communities, retirement living villages, office and industrial assets. Stockland was recognised by the S&P Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI) as the global real estate sector leader for 2016-17 demonstrating world leadership across the areas of stakeholder engagement, customer relationship management, supply chain management, biodiversity and climate change strategy. Stockland also achieved Global Sector and Regional Sector Leader status in the 2016 Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB) survey in the category Diversified - Retail/Office. www.stockland.com.au Growing and Using Camellias ebook out now 2017-03-07T04:46:53Z growing-and-using-camellias-ebook-out-now Growing and Using Camellias ebook out now ACS Distance Education and John Mason have recently released a new ebook- Growing and Using Camellias. This ebook is beautifully illustrated covers everything that you will need to know about the camellia. It provides a guide to choosing, using and successfully maintaining one of the most popular garden plants grown across the world, from Japan and north America to Europe and Australasia. The book is based upon decades of experience and observation by horticulturists, particularly in Australia, England and Germany. Camellias are medium to large evergreen shrubs that grow from 2m through to 8 metres tall, according to the species. The plants have thick, leathery, glossy, alternate leaves (i.e. they alternate on the stem – rather than being opposite each other) to 10cm long. Flowers vary in colour, form and flowering time according to the species but range in colour from white, pink through to red, some species are also creamy or yellow. This ebook was written to provide inspiration and reference information to both amateur and professional gardeners, and be a valuable resource and source of information to students of horticulture to make the most of this colourful and versatile plant.   The ebook covers the following chapters: CHAPTER 1 INTRODUCTION: HISTORY, BOTANY AND TAXONOMY CHAPTER 2 CULTURE – GROWING AND CARING FOR CAMELLIAS CHAPTER 3 PROPAGATION CHAPTER 4 USING CAMELLIAS CHAPTER 5 SPECIES AND CULTIVARS This ebook is now available for purchase for $32.95 including GST from our online bookshop and there is also a free sample available to have a look at: http://www.acsbookshop.com/product-growing-and-using-camellias-pdf-ebook-6021.aspx If you would like a review copy of this ebook, please contact admin@acs.edu.au . International Symposium on Digital Earth & Locate17 to Boost Collaboration in Intelligent Transport and Smart Cities 2017-03-07T01:29:34Z international-symposium-on-digital-earth-locate17-to-boost-collaboration-in-intelligent-transport-and-smart-cities Sydney, Australia – 7 March 2017 – With driverless vehicles and drones poised for mass adoption, the International Symposium on Digital Earth & Locate17 in Sydney in April provides a forum for government, industry and start-ups to collaborate and become players in the emerging global Smart Cities industry. “Mobility as a Service is transforming our cities and the spatial industry and technology start-ups are key parts of that,” says Susan Harris, CEO of Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) Australia. Harris – the keynote speaker for the Digital Earth & Locate17 conference’s Intelligent Transport stream – will outline the latest global developments and the pathways for Australia to leverage connected and automated vehicles, big data and positioning technologies. “We need to be ready in Australia. We are well placed to be part of the global Smart Cities technology industry, creating business opportunities and ensuring that our cities remain as liveable as they can be,” says Harris. “But technology is moving very quickly and early collaboration is vital.” The capture and exchange of rich 2D and 3D spatial information will increasingly underpin transport networks and cities. Driverless vehicles, for example, will constantly survey road conditions – sharing information about potholes, ice and other hazards – so other driverless vehicles, and human drivers, can avoid them. Even minor road damage like cracks will be captured and shared so authorities can schedule repairs and prevent further deterioration. Drones will also play an increasing role in the capture of 3D data, and later as a new layer of autonomous transport. “How does that spatial information get captured, managed and shared back out in ways that are reliable, safe, and commercially viable?” says Harris. “Australia is strong in both positioning technologies and big data, but we need to develop further skills and industry collaboration, including information sharing arrangements.” With a program featuring more than 130 international and Australian speakers, Digital Earth & Locate17 provides a unique opportunity to understand digital transformation practices from around the world, and to develop and leverage geospatial data. The two main conference days will be split into eight separate streams with topics including smart cities, virtual globes, intelligent transport, agriculture, engineering/utilities, smart sensors for natural resource management, water & climate, disaster & emergency management, and the geospatial economy. The joint conference will be held 03-06 April 2017 at the new International Conference Centre Sydney. The Digital Earth & Locate17 Conference’s Market Day on Tuesday 4th April opens the exhibition to everyone and is an opportunity for private, government and start-up organisations to come together and explore collaborative and business opportunities. About the International Symposium on Digital Earth The International Symposium on Digital Earth is a flagship event of the International Society for Digital Earth. Founded in Beijing in 2006, ISDE is a non-political, non-governmental and not-for-profit international organisation principally promoting academic exchange, science and technology innovation, education, and international collaboration towards Digital Earth. ISDE also explores Digital Earth as an enabling technology to play key roles in economic and social sustainable development, environmental protection, disaster mitigation, natural resources conservation and improvement of living standards. About Locate17 The Locate Conference (Locate17) is the national conference of the spatial and surveying industries of Australia and New Zealand. The event is an initiative of the Surveying & Spatial Sciences Institute (SSSI), Spatial Industries Business Association (SIBA) and Geospatial Information & Technology Association (GITA). Noel Pearson to address Institute of Foresters National Conference 2017 2017-03-06T21:47:09Z noel-pearson-to-address-institute-of-foresters-national-conference-2017 Noel Pearson, Director of the Cape York Institute for Policy and Leadership, has been named as a Keynote speaker for the 2017 Institute of Foresters conference about tropical forestry to be held in Cairns from 14-17 August. Noel is Director of the Cape York Institute for Policy and Leadership, an organisation promoting the economic and social development of Cape York in far north Queensland. Dr Kevin Harding, Chair of the Conference Organising Committee said, ‘An engaging and thought-provoking speaker, Noel is sure to leave conference-goers wanting more - and more will be provided. ‘Noel will be joined by Professor Sandra Harding, Vice Chancellor and President of James Cook University Australia. ‘An economic sociologist by training, Professor Harding has a keen interest in the global Tropics, northern Australia and economic development. ‘There are few countries in our region that have not been influenced by forestry leaders trained in Australia. ‘The conference location brings focus on Northern Australian Development, particularly the role that forestry should play in development initiatives that are canvassed in the 2015 Northern Australia White Paper’, said Kevin. -Ends-   Media contact: Dr. Kevin Harding 0410471957 Supporting Notes: More details are available from the Conference website at www.ifa.consec.com.au Key Dates:Last date for abstract submissions - 31 March 2017 Online Registration Open - April 2017 Conference - 14-17 August 2017 ACS Releases New Environmental Chemistry Course 2017-03-06T04:20:31Z acs-releases-new-environmental-chemistry-course We have just completed and released a new 100 hour course called Environmental Chemistry.  Gain an understanding of how chemicals can contaminate the environment, the chemicals are involved, and the ways in which they can change the environment and understand how chemicals can change the ecosystem impacting how all living things in that environment could be affected.   This course is a great addition to your toolkit if you are working or studying in the following areas: ·         Environmental management ·         Resource Management ·         Agriculture ·         Science ·         Analytical Laboratories ·         Industrial production facilities ·         Anyone involved in managing built environments ·         Politicians who are involved in implementing environmental policy. Environmental chemistry affects the world in diverse ways (both beneficial and detrimental) at scales ranging from global to microscopic.  Global examples include climate change and global warming occurring mostly due to changes in the chemical composition of atmospheric gases (greenhouse gases) largely caused by humans. Global warming is the long-term trend of a rising average global  temperatures, whereas climate change is a broader term referring to changes mostly brought about by global warming such as extreme rainfall events, increased prevalence of drought, heat waves and so on.    At a microscopic scale, chemicals are used to control or prevent outbreaks of diseases caused by microorganisms in crops. This includes fungal diseases such as mildews, rots and wilts which may be treated using chemicals called fungicides. These fungicides may contain inorganic copper or sulphur compounds; synthetic organic compounds (such as dithiocarbamates) as well as ‘natural’ compounds such as clay. The fungicides have a beneficial effect in that they increase food production for an ever expanding population. However, some of these fungicides also have effects on the environment at a much larger scale than the intended microscopic one, due to their persistence in the environment (i.e. they do not break down with time and can accumulate). They can be toxic to soil organisms such as earthworms and to aquatic organisms such as fish or even to humans. Thus, chemicals have many interacting influences on the environment at many different scales.  The Environmental Chemistry course can be started at anytime and students can work through the course at their own pace with the support of our tutors. Students successfully completing this 100 hour course will receive a Statement of Attainment. More information on this course is located here: www.acs.edu.au/courses/environmental-chemistry-714.aspx If you would like any information on this course, please contact admin@acs.edu.au . Timber Sales Outlet in Brisbane Reminds Customers about Bushfire Safety 2017-03-02T03:15:56Z timber-sales-outlet-in-brisbane-reminds-customers-about-bushfire-safety Brisbane, QLD, 03 March 2017 - A lot of business owners talk about how they value their customers and their community. But some actually make the effort to serve their communities beyond the standard business/customer relationship. Jack Kyle, owner of Narangba Timbers, is a business owner who consistently does his best to help make his community better.Recently, on their company blog, Mr Kyle provided what has become an annual plea to those in his community to have a bushfire evacuation plan. Bushfires are dangerous. They can spread a lot faster than people think and many lives are lost because people didn’t have a plan and didn’t understand just how dangerous bushfires can be. According to Mr Kyle: “We love the timber business, but we love our family, friends and neighbours even more. So, once a year we like to remind readers of our blog about how important it is to have a bushfire escape plan ready. Bushfires can be deadly and it is important to know when to leave.”Mr Kyle continued: “ We are proponents of leaving as soon as it looks like you could be in danger. As far as we are concerned, there is no such thing as evacuating your home too early when a bushfire is on its way.”Every state in Australia has a reminder on its website to create a bushfire evacuation plan, practice it and execute it when the time is right. The basics may seem like “common sense” to some, but it is crucial to know what to do and when to do it.It is recommended that every household have a bushfire evacuation plan and that everyone in the household understands it. Most states recommend practicing it because it can save crucial minutes in a bushfire emergency.It is important for everyone to know their bushfire danger ratings. Those with elderly relatives or small children are advised to evacuate as early as possible. Those in areas at high risk for bushfires should know their nearest evacuation centres, bushfire safe places or meeting points. They should also know their locations and how to get there.It is also advised that anyone in the path of or near an active bushfire pay close attention to local TV and radio for updates. Most media outlets and emergency organisations now post updates on social media. According to Mr Kyle: “We think it is most important to have a cut and dried plan for leaving and execute it when the time comes. People tend to underestimate the danger of bushfires and think it won’t happen to them. The extra hours one gains by evacuating early can be crucial and can even save your life and those of your family.”Mr Kyle concluded: “Don’t worry about your possessions; you can always rebuild. But only if you are alive to do so.”Narangba Timbers is a timber sales outlet in the Brisbane area. They provide high-quality, ethically-sourced timber for the lowest prices in the area. They have been supplying timber fencing, timber flooring and timber decking materials to the Brisbane area for three generations. To learn more, call (07) 3888 1293 or visit their website: http://www.narangbatimbers.com.au/.