The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2019-06-17T01:10:42Z ARTISTS ANNOUNCED FOR 2019 HIDDEN ROOKWOOD SCULPTURES 2019-06-17T01:10:42Z artists-announced-for-2019-hidden-rookwood-sculptures BSI appointed as Australian and New Zealand gas product certification body 2019-06-16T23:52:45Z bsi-appointed-as-australian-and-new-zealand-gas-product-certification-body-2 BSI, the business improvement company has today announced it has been appointed as a gas product certification body by Australian and New Zealand Gas Technical Regulators Committee (GTRC), Australian and New Zealand Regulators.     Before placing gas appliances and related components on the market in Australia or New Zealand, manufacturers must ensure their products carry Gas Compliance Mark or New Zealand Gas Safety Compliance Label. This appointment will enable BSI to provide this mandatory Australian Gas Safety (AGS) certification for its clients globally. BSI will now be able to undertake the required testing against the relevant Australian and New Zealand Standards and issue a JAS ANZ accredited gas certification certificate for products. Graham McKay, Global Head of Gas and Electrical Products at BSI commented: “BSI is committed to supporting manufacturers to ensure that their products are ready to market in Australasia. This appointment is a key step for our global clients who can now get their gas appliances certified by BSI for Australia, New Zealand, UK, Europe and MEA by working with a single certification body.   “Our teams are fully prepared to help organizations demonstrate that their products comply with the relevant National, Regional and / or International standards.”   BSI has achieved JAS-ANZ (The Joint Accreditation System of Australia and New Zealand) accreditation which means that it has been assessed against internationally recognized standards and operates at the highest levels of quality and service - providing further assurance to clients that the certificates issued are both credible and impartial.   For more information on Australian Gas Safety (AGS) certification or New Zealand Gas Safety Compliance Label and the BSI Kitemark please visit: or - Ends – About BSI BSI is the business improvement company that enables organizations to turn standards of best practice into habits of excellence. For over a century BSI has championed what good looks like and driven best practice in organizations around the world. Working with 84,000 clients across 193 countries, it is a truly international business with skills and experience across a number of sectors including aerospace, automotive, built environment, food, and healthcare. Through its expertise in Standards Development and Knowledge Solutions, Assurance, Regulatory Services and Professional Services, BSI improves business performance to help clients grow sustainably, manage risk and ultimately be more resilient. To learn more, please visit: About Kitemark™ The BSI Kitemark™ is a quality mark owned and operated by BSI. It is one of the most recognized symbols of quality and safety and offers true value to consumers, businesses and procurement practices. From fire and electrical safety, to specifications around equestrian helmets and safety glass – you can be sure that your products or services are rigorously and regularly tested to meet stringent safety requirements. National Group Pioneers Automation in Mining 2019-06-13T01:14:32Z national-group-pioneers-automation-in-mining Wolff Group (Wolff), who were awarded the Mining Contractor of the Year Award at the 2018 Prospect Awards, provides a range of automative and innovative solutions such as large scale satellite bulk dozer push, semi-autonomous blast hole drilling, contract mining services, excavator pre-strip fleets, civil earthworks, site clearing and rehabilitation works. The recent acquisition of Wolff Group is set to further strengthen the National Group’s position in the industry which already comprises of leading companies from the mining, resource, logistics and personnel supply industries. National Group Managing Director, Mark Ackroyd, sees the acquisition of Wolff Group as an expansion and believes it will provide niche business opportunities. “Adding Wolff to the National Group will allow us to deliver additional services in autonomous operations, so it was a logical choice for us” Ackroyd said. “Terry and his team at Wolff have a very similar organisational culture to ours and that was one of the most important things we spoke about during our discussions. The other was their work in autonomous operations and the focus towards the future of mining.” “We want to provide our customers with the best there is and staying on the cutting-edge of technology goes a long way in allowing us to do that”. As part of the acquisition, National Group and Wolff have agreed to adopt a ‘business as usual’ approach to ensure minimal to no effect on the current Wolff workforce and customer base. Wolff’s existing Managing Director, Terry Wolff, will stay actively involved in the business and is excited for Wolff to be joining an experienced industry player such as the National Group, with a key focus on growth. “National Group met all of our foundations and culturally aligned with the way we already do business here at Wolff, so that made this decision a lot easier for us. We couldn’t think of a better company to pass on the baton to” Terry Wolff said. “NationalGroup values our people, autonomous expertise and our ability to operate in the segments where we have a depth of knowledge and experience”. Wolff is well-known in the industry for their focus on innovation and technology and already have an established partnership with Caterpillar and Hastings Deering to implement and optimise Semi-Autonomous Tractor System (SATS) technology in a world’s-first application into a mining production environment. “Here at the National Group, we are excited for the future and look forward to further extending the range of automated features for our expansive fleet of dozers and drills” concluded Mark Ackroyd. The National Group recently completed the acquisition of Wolff Group, with Wolff now being officially a part of Mark Ackroyd’s National Group. About the National Group The National Group comprises of leading companies from the mining, resource, logistics and personnel supply industries. About Wolff Mining Wolff Mining provides a range of automated and innovative solutions such as large scale satellite bulk dozer push, contract mining services, excavator pre-strip fleets, civil earthworks, blast hole drilling, site clearing and rehabilitation works. Further Information For further information or to read more news from the National Group go to Trafalgar obtains Australian Made certification 2019-06-04T23:06:12Z trafalgar-obtains-australian-made-certification Trafalgar has obtained ‘Australian Made’ certification for their range of dangerous goods cabinets, Store-safe safe custody boxes and fire containment Fyreboxes. The certified Australian Made products include the Patented Fyrebox™ Slab-Mounted, a revolutionary fire stopping device which eliminates many compliance issues commonly seen in multi-residential constructions. The Fyrebox™ Cast-In and Fyrebox™ Maxi from the Firebox family have also received Australian Made certification. Trafalgar's full range of dangerous goods cabinets has also been certified. The cabinets, featuring a patented door controlling mechanism which allows the right door to stay open whilst the left door is open, eliminate the dangerous practice of propping doors open, making Australian workplaces safer and more productive. Store-Safe's iconic yellow site box which has been a staple at Australian construction sites for over 30 years has also been certfied, along with the vehicle box and ute box from the safe custody storage boxes range. These tradesman boxes protect expensive tools and equipment from theft whether on site, on the road or in the garage. ‘Made in Australia’ has been an important part of Trafalgar’s heritage since the Trafalgar brand was established in 1945, founded in the ethos that there is no better way to control quality, reduce lead times and improve service than to make it in your own backyard. With the recognisable 'Australian Made' logo now displayed on these products, customers will now be assured that they are buying genuinely Australian made products. The ‘Australian Made’ certification demonstrates Trafalgar’s continued commitment to local manufacturing, local jobs, quality assurance and reinvestment into the Australian economy. For further details on these certified Australian Made products please visit the Australia made website or contact the Trafalgar Team on 1800 888 714 or email CarePlus™ Senior Nurse Call & RTLS CarePlus™ Mobile Resident Call is the ideal Aged Care Solution 2019-05-27T00:47:56Z careplus-senior-nurse-call-amp-rtls-careplus-mobile-resident-call-is-the-ideal-aged-care-solution [Perth, Australia 27 May 2019] CarePlus™ has created one cohesive Nurse Call solution with integrated RTLS (Real-Time Location-System) for the aged care industry at NiQ Health with CarePlus™ Senior and CarePlus™ Mobile Resident Call.  Designed with high-performance and quality workflow in mind, CarePlus™ delivers leading care management applications to significantly expand the benefits of Nurse Call systems with clinical-grade RTLS technology.   CarePlus™ Senior, as an innovative Nurse Call system which facilitates automated workflow, advanced technology, and forward-thinking communication, is the perfect match for CarePlus™ Mobile Resident Call. This clinical-grade, RTLS mobile device offers residents an empowering solution to page for assistance when help is required.   “Generating increased safety with a robust platform not only adheres to recommendations in recent Australian Royal Commissions to improve aged care sector practices, but ensures peace-of-mind for residents, their families, healthcare professionals, and administrators by encouraging the best care outcomes,” says Andrew Rothon, the founder of NiQ Health. “It is imperative the increasingly demanding challenges faced by staff and administrators in aged care is confronted to provide efficiency, satisfaction, functionality and greater safety for residents.”   CarePlus™ offers aged care and acute care solutions, from Nurse Call to specific safety devices, since its launch in 2008. Further details on all products are available at NiQ Health’s website,  ###   New theatre investment improves surgical outcomes 2019-05-21T00:15:55Z new-theatre-investment-improves-surgical-outcomes The Olympus VISERA ELITE II System with 4K, 3D and Infrared surgical modes are designed to increase accuracy, speed and precision during surgery and have been made available in eight of the hospital's 16 theatres. Seven of these are mobile, meaning they can be moved to each specialist theatre and one is fixed and offers 4K, 3D and Infrared (IR) capabilities. The system offers different observation possibilities such as narrow band imaging and infrared imaging. Infrared imaging is particularly important for gynaecological oncology procedures such as sentinel lymph node mapping, colorectal liver metastases and biliary identification during laparoscopic cholecystectomy. The hospital has also acquired an additional system – the Olympus 4K System. The Olympus 4K surgical platform to be used for primary and revisional laparoscopic procedures, offers true 4K image quality at four times the resolution of Full HD and utilises a wider colour gamut (BT2020) with over one billion colour combinations allowing for greater accuracy, speed and precision during surgery. Improved patient outcomes Perioperative Services Manager Dave Ramsay said the two new systems will be used for a range of surgical procedures in the areas of Upper GI, Bariatric, Colorectal, General, Gynaecology, Cardio Thoracic and ENT. “Having the cutting-edge laparoscopic systems in our theatres means surgeons have the ultimate view of their surgical field,” he said. “As one surgeon aptly put it, it means they have a view of open surgery combined with the magnification of a telescope.” CEO, Ben Edwards said investing in the latest technologies was imperative for patient care. “We are proud to have such highly-skilled specialists using these cutting-edge technologies across the hospital and we will continue to invest in future medical technologies which support improved patient outcomes,” he said.  Images: SJOGM_1.JPG - The St John of God Murdoch surgical team Dropbox link: SJOGM_2.JPG - The new Olympus 4K surgical platform in use during surgery Dropbox link: SJOGM_3.JPG - The new Olympus 4K surgical platform in use during surgery Dropbox link: SJOGM_4.JPG - The new Olympus 4K surgical platform in use during surgery Dropbox link: About St John of God Murdoch   St John of God Murdoch Hospital, part of St John of God Health Care, is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to furthering the values and healing mission of Jesus Christ. Established in 1994 to provide comprehensive, quality health services for patients in Perth’s southern suburbs, St John of God Murdoch Hospital is now one of Australia’s leading private health campuses. The hospital has 507 beds including a 20-bed hospice, a 24-hour emergency department, 20-chair Cancer Centre, and a wide range of clinical and diagnostic services including medical, surgical, paediatric, maternity, and critical and coronary care.  For more information about St John of God Murdoch Hospital please visit About Olympus Australia & New Zealand OlyOlympus is a world-leading manufacturer and distributor of high-quality optical, electronic and precision engineering products, for scientific, medical, industrial and consumer applications. Our mission is to have a profound and positive impact on society by making people's lives healthier, safer and more fulfilling through our products and business activities. PAGING DREAMERS, DESIGNERS & ROCKET SCIENTISTS: MOCK UP AN AEROSPACE APP FOR AIRBUS! 2019-05-17T07:55:09Z paging-dreamers-designers-amp-rocket-scientists-mock-up-an-aerospace-app-for-airbus PAGING DREAMERS, DESIGNERS & ROCKET SCIENTISTS: MOCK UP AN AEROSPACE APP FOR AIRBUS! # AIRBUS LAUNCH CONTEST ON FREELANCER.COM # DESIGN FOR ONE OF THE WORLD’S LARGEST AEROSPACE COMPANIES # SUBMIT A CONCEPT FOR AN ASSET TRACKING APP FOR AIRBUS PLANTS # A CROSS BETWEEN GOOGLE MAPS AND A CATALOG!   The Airbus company, a global leader in aeronautics, space and related services has come to and its 32 million freelancers around the world to crowdsource a solution to a problem.   “The Airbus App to be designed is a cross being a catalog and Google Maps. It will track over 100,000 units for the industrial maintenance team in Airbus plants, as well as external companies in that work with those teams. This is your chance to design something that you’d never dream of working on!” says Freelancer Vice President Sarah Tang.   With just 7 days to go, anyone can enter the contest which has €5,000 in prizes, the possibility of ongoing work, anyone can enter the Airbus challenge on!   Freelancer  CEO and Founder Matt Barrie says “This is our first collaboration with Airbus and it’s a great opportunity for someone to take part and solve a serious challenge for one of the world’s biggest aerospace companies. We already help NASA and the US DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY, as well companies like ARROW ELECTRONICS, one of the world’s leading providers of technology solutions, solve complex problems using crowdsourcing through our 32 million strong workforce.”   “It's not every day that you get a chance to design something for one of the world's largest aerospace companies. In this contest you have to submit a concept for an Airbus app that can serve users on their phones, smart devices and large smart TVs. We're looking for people to enter who might be great at crossword puzzles, design, apps, user interfaces, programming, aerospace engineering and of course rocket science!” concludes Barrie.   To submit entries and find out more about the contest brief, please visit: This contest will end on May 24th, 2019. ABOUT FREELANCER®  Twelve-time Webby award-winning is the world’s largest freelancing and crowdsourcing marketplace by total number of users and jobs posted. More than 32 million registered users have posted over 15 million jobs and contests to date in over 1,350 areas as diverse as website development, logo design, astrophysics, aerospace and engineering. Freelancer Limited is listed on the Australian Securities Exchange under the ticker ASX:FLN. Freelancer owns StartCon, Australia's largest startup and growth conference,, the world’s largest Internet marketing community & marketplace,, the world’s largest provider of secure online escrow and online transaction management for consumers and businesses on the Internet, and, a global marketplace for freight, shipping and transportation.   ABOUT AIRBUS  Airbus is a global leader in aeronautics, space and related services. In 2018 it generated revenues of € 64 billion and employed a workforce of around 134,000. Airbus offers the most comprehensive range of passenger airliners. Airbus is also a European leader providing tanker, combat, transport and mission aircraft, as well as one of the world’s leading space companies. In helicopters, Airbus provides the most efficient civil and military rotorcraft solutions worldwide.     DR. EINSTEIN SAYS INSTALLING OXAIR’S PSA SYSTEM WAS A BRAINWAVE 2019-05-13T11:03:43Z dr-einstein-says-installing-oxair-s-psa-system-was-a-brainwave At the mercy of extreme weather conditions and haphazard transport links, failing supplies are a potential nightmare for hospitals, not to mention the problems associated with storage, handling and removal of traditional oxygen cylinders.  Oxair Gas Systems is helping many hospitals in India to overcome these challenges by installing automatic oxygen delivery equipment that offers a cost-effective alternative to the inconvenience of ordering in traditional cylinders. Australia-based company Oxair, through its India agent Agastya, has been successfully targeting the subcontinent medical market with Pressure Swing Adsorption (PSA) systems, which generate oxygen on tap directly to where it’s needed with constant purity of up to 93-94%. PSA is a unique process that separates oxygen from compressed air. The gas is then conditioned and filtered before being stored in a buffer tank to be piped directly to the end user on demand or to refill bottles already in circulation. Chellam Hospital, based on the outskirts of Chennai, is one of India’s growing number of healthcare facilities that has installed Oxair’s cost-effective PSA oxygen system and is reaping the benefits, according to the hospital’s founder and Endocrinologist Dr. Einstein. He said: “I was impressed with Agastya’s very professional approach in assessing our requirements and the installation of the Oxair equipment was to our exact specification. It now means that we have a sustainable supply of oxygen and no longer have to rely on shipping in replacement cylinders.” Like many hospitals floor space was at a premium at Chelllam. Following guidance from Agastya, it was decided to site the versatile PSA system on the rooftop from where the equipment is providing oxygen through ventilators that are supporting patients with their breathing. Chellam is following in the footsteps of other hospitals in the Indian medical fraternity that have realised the benefits of having their own source of oxygen rather than relying on outsourcing supplies and the resultant handling of cylinders. A global manufacturer of advanced gas process systems, Oxair’s PSA units are quality medical devices designed to last and deliver consistent, high purity oxygen to hospitals and healthcare facilities in even the remotest locations around the world. As well as India, hospital patients worldwide are benefitting from Oxair’s units which have also been installed in Africa, the Philippines, Tonga, and Indonesia to provide a reliable and sustainable supply of oxygen. Glass 360 names Paul Nipperess as General Manager 2019-05-08T06:19:19Z glass-360-names-paul-nipperess-as-general-manager Nipperess brings almost 20 years experience in the Australian and overseas glass industries, with emphasis on growing and improving glass fabrication businesses. “Having started in the industry at trade level, Paul has moved through all facets of the industry including operations, sales, technical and procurement with both hands on experience and gaining the associated technical and tertiary qualifications”, says Philip Norman, Managing Director.  “We believe with his recent experience in successfully managing sizeable glass industry businesses and product development, Paul is an excellent appointment for Glass 360 and our customers.” Previously Nipperess has served as Australian Sales and Marketing Manager for Architectural Glass & Cladding and General Manager for Solar Seal Company in the United States. He holds a Bachelor of Business Management from Griffith University. About Glass 360 Established in 2017, Glass 360 has quickly become known for our exceptional service, product knowledge, great quality and fast lead times. Our fundamentals of service  and our customer first mentality is our highest priority and the main ethos that Glass 360 has been built upon. We at Glass 360 not only pride ourselves on having high service and product quality standards, we also practice leading industry safety standards to keep all staff and visitors safe while setting an example in the industry. Using modern machinery we can deliver exceptional processed laminate and float glass products including silver and high performance energy efficient glass. With our dedicated and highly trained staff combined with our exceptional technical advice and large procurement and architectural offerings, it gives Glass 360 a place in an already competitive market. CarePlus™ Technology Suite Growing with RTLS CarePlus™ Mobile Resident Call 2019-05-07T01:25:37Z careplus-technology-suite-growing-with-rtls-careplus-mobile-resident-call [Perth, Australia, 7 May 2019] Health Workforce Australia (HWA) estimates there will be a shortage of over 100,000 Nurses by 2025, which is a topic that has been extensively explored in numerous Australian Royal Commissions[1]. CarePlus™ has tackled this challenge by designing a product to not only empower residents but provide staff with the tools to generate greater productivity and workflow. CarePlus™ Mobile Resident Call is a clinical-grade RTLS solution, offering residents a dynamic mobile device to page for assistance when help is required to create the ultimate safety system all aged care facilities require.   RTLS (Real-Time Location System) dual active technology RF (Radio Frequency) and IR (Infra-Red) delivers clinical-grade, 100% room accuracy location services to locate residents and encourage fast staff response with CarePlus™ Mobile Resident Call. One button or two button options provides customisable functionality; the one button option offers paging for assistance, whilst the two-button option provides opportunities to page for assistance or signals for emergency help. Increasing resident’s freedom and independence, whilst improving time optimisation for staff, guarantees improved satisfaction for the entire facility, fostering peace-of-mind for staff, residents, and their families.   This simple CarePlus™ Mobile Resident Call device not only exemplifies the fundamental safety features healthcare experts recommends, it also exceeds expectations, seamlessly uniting residents needs with optimised resources and greater workflow and productivity for staff.   [1] Entec keeps NZ power industry in the loop 2019-05-01T01:45:52Z entec-keeps-nz-power-industry-in-the-loop In most major forms of electricity generation, whether it be coal, natural gas, oil, geothermal or hydro-electric, a range of hazardous gases and environments are present in various stages of the power production process. With remotely based staff, lone worker monitoring can be required in this sector as well. Because of this, power companies must be vigilant in order to keep their workers safe and out of harm’s way. Auckland-based Entec is a supplier of gas detectors who has been working with the NZ power generation industry for decades. Having a local New Zealand supplier means gas detection equipment can be serviced and maintained locally, minimising costs and downtime. “When working with an overseas supplier, there is quite significant downtime when instruments are serviced or repaired”, explains Entec Managing Director, Bob Weston. “Through our partnership with leading gas detector manufacturers, coupled with our locally based servicing centre, we are able to drastically reduce this downtime which in turn reduces cost to the consumer as the need for replacement equipment is minimised”. Supplying world-renowned gas detection from reputable companies such as Industrial Scientific, Ion Science, 3M and Blackline Safety, Entec has built a reputation for not only supplying a quality product, but also providing a high level of service and training. However, Entec’s role does not stop at the sales and upkeep of these devices, they also run various training programmes and events throughout the year, keeping the industry informed on how emerging technologies can further promote worker safety. “Our customers trust us to be the experts on gas detection equipment, so we feel it is our duty to keep the industry informed on the latest in gas detection technology and suggest areas in which worker safety can be further improved”, says Weston. Allowing the NZ power industry easy access to leading gas detection and lone worker monitoring products not only aids in improving worker safety, but also decreases the risks of any potential disruptions to commercial and residential customers. Entec’s range of gas detectors for power stations can be viewed on their website New Media App Launches To Kill Off The Press Release 2019-04-30T04:15:39Z new-media-app-launches-to-kill-off-the-press-release A new technology platform has launches tomorrow made just for you. This tech platform called Story Match® will change the way that you receive your story pitches. No more emails, no more press releases and no more hassling PRs (I promise not to be one of those…) First, watch this! In 1.5 minutes it will explain it all to you… Story Match® is a two sided market place App and Desktop platform that allows brands to pitch story ideas to journalists, at the same time allowing journalists to select only what topics of stories they want to receive. Journalists, like you, set up their profile using 6 simple steps. You can select from up to 50 industry tags (food, finance, lifestyle, tech, etc etc) and can localise by State and Territories. If there’s a match on industry tags then you see the pitch. Using swiping technology you can scroll through stories, swipe left if you don’t like the story or right if you do. If you swipe right, it will open an immediate and private chat between you and the person who posted the pitch. The best bit…. The pitches have limitations – so brands can only upload selected images, a headline and up to 500 characters to bring their pitch to life. They then select which industry tag their story is relevant to, and localise it. So now you don’t need to read any more press releases or receive any more pitches that you’re not interested in. Story Match® was developed to improve efficiencies in the media industry, and allow all brands, no matter how big or small the opportunity to get their brand noticed. The tech platform has been developed by Founder and Director of Polkadot Communications Dionne Taylor – who has worked both as a journalist and a PR for the last 15 years. Dionne is available for an interview to chat about this new and exciting platform, built just for YOU! If interested in speaking with Dionne, please get in touch. Industry leaders to gather in Sydney to discuss the future of construction 2019-04-29T00:52:21Z industry-leaders-to-gather-in-sydney-to-discuss-the-future-of-construction The engineering and construction industry is primed for change and disruption as it investigates the impact of industry 4.0 in delivering the future of construction. This impact is driven by big data, IOT, AI and connectivity of the industry. Sharing views, opinions and experience on how international businesses are navigating disruption from technologies underpinning the 4th Industrial Revolution and driving innovation in construction is imperative to moving forward. Andrew Hill, Business Manager for Cloud A2K said today “We’re excited to be partnering with RIB Group and Microsoft to deliver a platform which will provide leaders from all of the country, the chance to share and learn from the very best.” An exciting line-up of speakers from Hansen Yuncken, Microsoft, McKinsey, RIB Group, and Stanford University has been announced for the Future of Construction Forum, which is expected to attract about 100 senior industry leaders in Sydney on May 8th. “These speakers have been hand-selected to ensure our delegates receive the latest information and leave the forum with solution-based concepts for business growth,” said Mr Hill. Business solutions from RIB Group and Microsoft in the development of the 1st vertical cloud for the construction industry, built on Microsoft’s Azure platform, an Australian IRAP certified public cloud that ensures security and reliability, is just one of the leading-edge technologies set to re-shape the productivity of projects all over the world. Felix Tsui, Global Head of MTWO, RIB Group went on to say, “Working with Cloud A2K to deliver MTWO to the ANZ market is an exciting and important step for the construction industry.” “MTWO offers a first class end-to-end 5D BIM enterprise cloud solution which is a first of its kind platform that runs SIM-based project lifecycle management on the cloud and connects a 3D BIM design with the 4D time and 5D cost, enabling visualised data-driven decision making for projects and enterprise,” said Mr Tsui. Register here: ---End--- For further information, photo and interview opportunities please contact: BILLY MOSS Marketing Executive, Cloud A2K Technologies Ph: 1800 223 562 or 07 3323 6928 E: EVENT DETAILS Date: Wednesday, 8 May 2019. Time: 8:30am – 1:30pm (networking lunch from 12:30). Location: Jones Bay Wharf, Level 3, 26-32 Pirrama Rd, Pyrmont, Sydney. Event MC: James O’Loghlin, host of ABC’s TV show The New Inventors. INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITIES WITH SPEAKERS: Martin Fischer Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering. Director, Centre for Integrated Facility Engineering, Stanford University Professor Fischer’s research goals are to improve the productivity of project teams involved in designing, building, and operating facilities and to enhance the sustainability of the built environment. His work develops the theoretical foundations and applications for virtual design and construction (VDC). VDC methods support the design of a facility and its delivery process and help reduce the costs and maximize the value over its lifecycle. His research has been used by many small and large industrial government organisations around the world. David Beslich Director, Hansen Yuncken David has been a Director of Hansen Yuncken since 1995 and was appointed to the Chair in December 2011, after holding a number of project and management related roles over his 30 years’ service. With the continued growth of Hansen Yuncken as a national building contractor, and with an annual turnover of $1.2bn, David is now responsible for the strategic growth of the 100-year-old business. His focus is on the creation of an innovative construction business using “smart technologies” and integrated work processes in the delivery of Hansen Yuncken projects. Michael Girdis Partner Technology Director, Microsoft Michael’s 16 years of experience at Microsoft has given him a strong understanding of enabling capability across a broad area of solutions. Currently, he works with customers and partners on their transformation journey, by enabling Cloud computing platforms to increase agility, performance and business outcomes. Andrew Hill Business Manager, Cloud A2K With an impressive 15 years of experience in the architectural, engineering and construction software industry and previous roles which saw Andrew working as the BIM Practice Leader for Autodesk in the APAC region, COO for CSI Global Services, and more than 7 years working as a National Strategic Account Manager and a Consulting and Development Director for AEC Systems – his insight and ability to connect broad industry issues to practical solutions will no doubt resonate. About Cloud A2K Cloud A2K has helped thousands of companies and government agencies involved in the architecture, engineering, construction, infrastructure and manufacturing sectors, reach their full potential by delivering software and hardware solutions and support services such as training, recruitment and IT managed services. About RIB Group RIB Software SE is an innovator in construction business. The company creates, develops and offers cutting-edge digital technologies for construction enterprises and projects across various industries worldwide. Its flagship product iTWO 4.0 is the world’s first 5D BIM enterprise cloud solution for construction companies, industrial companies, developers and project owners, etc. Since its inception in 1961,  RIB Software SE has been the pioneer in construction innovation, exploring and bringing in new thinking, new working method and new technology to enhance construction productivity, and transforming the construction industry into the most advanced and digitalized industry in the 21st century.  RIB is headquartered in Stuttgart, Germany, and listed in Prime Standard Frankfurt Stock Exchange since 2011. With more than 900 talents located in over 30 offices worldwide, RIB is serving 100,000 clients including construction contractors, sub-contractors, developers, owners, investors and governments, in the field of building construction, infrastructure, EPC sector and more. Honan’s predictions of GI year filled with challenges; especially for construction affirmed in first 2019 market review 2019-04-28T21:59:58Z honan-s-predictions-of-gi-year-filled-with-challenges-especially-for-construction-affirmed-in-first-2019-market-review Honan Insurance Group’s (Honan) recently released April 2019 Quarterly Market Update has reaffirmed its predictions that obtaining cover in the coming year will continue to be challenging for businesses at the ‘high hazard’ end of the spectrum.  This is the result of continued severe purchasing conditions that commenced in late 2017 said Andrew Fluitsma, Honan CEO Australia & New Zealand.   Commenting further, Andrew Fluitsma said Property with EPS construction or risks within the Recycling & Waste Management industry remain hard to place with a lack of local underwriting appetite and capacity.  “This has forced a return to mature underwriting markets such as London in order to obtain capacity – albeit at reduced levels and significant increase in pricing coupled with reduced cover.  In some cases, businesses have elected to self-insure their risks either partially or completely as a result of these factors”.   “Whilst pricing corrections continue to be widely applied, construction-based businesses, particularly those in Design and Construct (D&C), and contractor industries have come under significant insurer scrutiny as this market moves from correcting to hardening”.    From a coverage perspective, insurers are re-engineering their portfolios and applying exclusionary language around cladding and Aluminum Composite Material exposures.  This follows the fatal Grenfell Tower and most recently, a Victorian court case, post-Lacrosse Tower fire.   In the case of the Lacrosse Tower fire, courts identified the liability of consultants across the building chain, including building surveyors, architects and fire engineers for failure to exercise reasonable care.  This is causing huge concern for the wave of industry PI renewals due in the second half of this year for the construction industry in all states.   It won’t be uncommon to see a doubling of premiums and a majority of insurers electing to exclude cladding related exposures in its entirety or offering a minor write-back for legal defence costs.    For organisation in these industries, it is important to note that risks presented to underwriters at the last minute are being viewed in a poor light said Travis Wendt, Honan’s Head of Broking & Carrier Management.  “It is imperative that proposal forms are submitted well in advance of renewal dates, as this allows optimum time to negotiate the most favourable terms from the market”.   “There’s also good news for businesses considered as ‘vanilla’ as they continue to attract competition from insurers allowing insureds to consider a wider level of buying options with little impact on pricing”.    “Organisations who take the right steps by presenting excellent claims histories and taking a proactive approach to risk improvement or risk management are in a very strong negotiating position, especially in limiting the insurers need or want for a pricing uplift”.   Travis Wendt also confirmed that Honan is pro-actively assisting clients to obtain the best outcome from a sometimes-unfavourable situation with five key learnings:   1.    The need to ‘sell’ your risks.  This involves time, energy and sometimes resources to strategically differentiate your business from others to assist insurers in maintaining a level of comfort, both in terms of operational experience and expertise but also in the specific types or projects you are involved in.   2.    Timing is important. Underwriters will not positively receive risks which are presented late or close to expiry date.  It is vital that proposal forms are submitted well in advance of renewal dates to ensure optimal time to negotiate the most favourable terms.   3.    Quality of information/ submissions is critical.  Given the selective nature of the current market, first impressions count.  Without the required information, underwriters are forced to make assumptions which can result in higher pricing or restrictions in cover.   4.    Manage claims carefully.  With claims history playing an important role in your ability to sell risks, there needs to be a strategic approach to how claims are managed on your behalf.   5.    The right advice will assist with the right outcome. Working with a broker that takes a holistic and creative view of your business will assist in generating a positive outcome.  This needs to be anchored by a transparent and trusting relationship.   Highlights of Honan’s April 2019 Market Update   Directors & Officers certain covers, for Liability (side ‘C’ shareholder class action protection for example) continues to provide purchasing challenges.      Natural Events & Disasters in 2019 is causing further restrictions in coverage.  Key events include: – Cyclones Penny and Trevor impacted Northern Queensland and Northern Territory – Heavy flooding in Townsville (deemed to be a catastrophe) with an estimated $887m in insured losses to the market – Bushfires in New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania   Professional Indemnity (i) For many Australian and international PI risks, London has been the traditional market, owing to various reasons: the capacity available, breadth of appetite, levels of coverage offered and pricing.  However, in Quarter 1 of 2019, we saw capacity returning to local carriers.    Professional Indemnity (ii) As observed in other distressed segments, insurers are willing to walk away from unprofitable or underpriced business.  It is no longer a buyer’s market. Given the lack of pressure to grow existing portfolios, new or existing insurers are less inclined to offer the same coverage, limit or premium as provided in previous years.  This can be navigated by commencing the renewal process early, having a robust strategy and strong market engagement.    Notes to the Editor:  Please contact Honan PR Consultant Joe Perri to arrange an interview with Andrew Fluitsma, CEO Australia & New Zealand or Travis Wendt, Head of Broking & Carrier Management   Issued by Honan Insurance Group   Media Enquiries:                   Mr. Joe Perri                                                 Joe Perri & Associates Pty Ltd                                                 Telephone / fax:        +61 3 9324 0362                                                 Mobile:                       +61 412 112 545                                                 Email:                    §   Spill Kit Guidelines Launched By AusSpill 2019-04-18T06:04:22Z spill-kit-guidelines-launched-by-ausspill Over the last 20 years, spill kits have evolved to become a critical piece of safety and emergency response equipment. They are referred to in Australian Standards relevant to many different industries, and various codes of practice in force throughout Australia. Their importance is recognised by both environment and safety regulators in all jurisdictions. A group of Australian spill control manufacturers and importers created the AusSpill Association in 2012. AusSpill was formed to provide a voice for the spill control industry, in an effort to encourage better regulation of spill response and control products. Once of the ways that AusSpill intends to do this is through the eventual development of an Australian Standard. AusSpill has received letters of support encouraging the development of an Australian Standard for spill kits from various bodies, including the Safety Institute of Australia, National Council for Fire and Emergency Services, NSW EPA and SA EPA. As a first step towards the creation of an Australian Standard, in November 2018 AusSpill members formulated an approved a set of guidelines that describe the appearance of mobile spill kit bins and also recognise a standard test method to accurately measure the sorbent capacity of those kits. Those guidelines have been adopted by AusSpill’s members. The AusSpill spill kit guidelines have been developed in response to discussions with regulators, industry associations and other stakeholders. A constant thread in these discussions is that the inconsistent range of colours and performance of spill response kits presents a risk for responders, community and the environment where incorrect use of the products can create a safety and environmental hazard. These industry wide spill kit issues have been raised in letters in support for an Australian Standard for spill kits received from various stakeholders. Lime green has been identified by AusSpill members as the ideal spill bin colour for two primary reasons. It is highly visible and is “readily identifiable” as described in AS1940:2017¹. The second reason for lime green spill bins is that this colour does not conflict with AS4123.7, which designates colours used to identify mobile waste bins. Waste bin colours designated in this standard include red, blue and yellow, which have also historically been used for spill kits. To assist spill kit consumers in having a clear understanding of spill kit performance, AusSpill members have adopted BS7959-3:2007 as the standard test method for all sorbent products included in the spill kits. By providing full clarity on spill kit absorbency performance, consumers will be better able to meet their obligations by ensuring they have sufficient equipment to deal with any foreseeable spills². The AusSpill guidelines are not an Australian Standard or a requirement of legal compliance. Manufacturers are not required to adhere to these guidelines, but AusSpill members believe that transitioning to the lime green spill kit bins and a uniform standard test method will provide a genuine net benefit for all spill kit users and the wider community. For more information visit and   1.       AS1940:2017 Storage and hanfling of flammable and combustible liquids: Section 2.3.4, AS1940:2017 Section 9.4.2   Published by Standards Australia 2.       CODE OF PRACTICE: Managing Risks of Hazardous Chemicals in the Workplace, pg 36. Published by Safe Work Australia