The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2017-08-18T00:31:41Z MODE’s Sydney Studio Moves after Rapid Growth 2017-08-18T00:31:41Z mode-s-sydney-studio-moves-after-rapid-growth MODE’s Sydney studio begins a new chapter this month with their move to Level 5, 111-117 Devonshire Street, Surry Hills. The new office space allows MODE to sustain growth and provides room for more than 40 staff. The building has 6 levels overall and is in a hot spot for great restaurants, bars, cafes, gyms and parks. The move comes after another solid year of growth for the studio with continuing success across a number of markets with major wins in education, commercial and aviation sectors. Paul Oreshkin, MODE Director said, “We've been looking at this move for some time now. We wanted the additional space of a larger building to further expand our local resources to meet growing current and future workloads. The new building gives us some great collaborative spaces that have already had a significant impact on our projects”. The new studio was designed by the MODE interior designers to represent MODE and its philosophy to focus on collaboration and future joint ventures as they align themselves with many of their colleagues and clients in the central design hub of Sydney. The ongoing presence in Surry Hills will continue to provide support and a central location for the growing number of staff within the studio who now have a greater choice of transport options and several neighbouring retail hubs. Included in this is the CBD and South East Light Rail new light rail network for Sydney, currently under construction. The 12km route will feature 19 stops, extending from Circular Quay along George Street to Central Station, through Surry Hills to Moore Park, then to Kensington and Kingsford via Anzac Parade and Randwick via Alison Road and High Street. Construction will be completed and services will start running in 2019. This new line will run right through Devonshire St and connect MODE directly with the CBD. Harnessing the opportunity to further develop their presence within Sydney, MODE will continue to deliver international expertise with the support of MODE studios and alliances. The move is an unquestionable progression to not only the Sydney studio but to all 10 MODE studios across Australia, New Zealand and Vietnam who offer a range of specialist design solutions. Siemens Announces $135m Hi-tech Digitalisation Grant 2017-08-16T03:33:31Z siemens-announces-135m-hi-tech-digitalisation-grant $135 million Industrial software grant from Siemens to Swinburne University of Technology supporting training, education and higher degrees by research. Aligned with the Australia Germany Advisory Group and Prime Minister’s Industry 4.0 Taskforce recommendations First Siemens PLM software rolls out for Swinburne students this week Signifies Siemens celebrating 145 years of operation in Australia Today, Siemens announced the largest ever software grant in Australia. The $135 million industrial digitalisation software grant will be used to fully digitalise the Swinburne University of Technology ‘Factory of the Future’. The software will help develop the workforce of the future across the entire work lifecycle from apprenticeships to PhD’s. The Siemens software will support Swinburne University of Technology establish what is believed to be Australia’s first Industry 4.0 ‘Factory of the Future’ facility in Hawthorn, Victoria. At the announcement, Jeff Connolly Chairman and CEO of Siemens Australia said this grant will support Victoria and Australia by preparing students so they can participate in the many opportunities that digitalization provides within the new innovation economy that is globally interconnected. “This is about jobs of the future today. I’m proud to be standing here today side by side with Swinburne University of Technology announcing the largest ever industrial software grant in Australia. Our country’s future relies on companies working with key educational and research institutions to get our workforce ready for the fourth industrial revolution. The world is changing rapidly through technology and Australia needs to equip our future generations and our existing workforce with the necessary capabilities and tools to make things faster, cheaper and better – ultimately this is about jobs and competition,” said Mr Connolly. The announcement coincides with the 145th anniversary since Siemens commissioned the Darwin to Adelaide telegraph – another technology breakthrough that transformed the fabric of Australia. “For Siemens to be here at least another 145 years we need a viable and successful base of industry, manufacturing and infrastructure along with a highly skilled workforce driven by forward thinking educators. So it’s vitally important that our future generations are equipped with the globally competitive technology and skills to take us on that journey,” Mr Connolly said. The software grant provides a suite of advanced PLM (product lifecycle management) software and new generation cloud based Internet of Things (IoT) platform ‘Mindsphere’, which will allow students and researchers to have access to the same apparatus being used by leading industries on the most advanced projects according to Mr Connolly who is also Chair of the Prime Minister’s Industry 4.0 Taskforce. “These are the same tools used to create digital shipyards for the US Navy. The same software used to design, build and operate everything from the latest oil and gas platforms to hi-tech production lines such as the Maserati Ghibli. We provide the innovation tools so that Australia can provide the ingenuity,” Mr Connolly said. “Imagine creating a digital twin, not only of the product but of the entire manufacturing process, so you don’t need to have costly and time consuming physical prototypes. Everything from the assembly line to tooling, ergonomics and resources can be fully simulated digitally. This is exactly what our software grant will help students achieve in Swinburne’s Factory of the Future.” The grant also includes a co-contribution by Swinburne for initialisation and ongoing interaction with and global support by Siemens expert software engineers. According to Professor Aleksandar Subic, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Development) and Chair of Industry 4.0 Testlabs on the Prime Minister’s Industry 4.0 Taskforce, digitalisation of manufacturing is critical to help Australian industry transition to the future. “We’re immersed in the fourth industrial revolution and we want to make sure that students and researchers are equipped with the required advanced capabilities and technologies to help Australia access global value chains. The international competition will be fierce in the Manufacturing domain, which is why this development is so timely and critical.” “I have experienced the Siemens automation technology and digitalization software and hardware first-hand in Germany and the US and can see how this approach will help transform our manufacturing sector and develop future workforce to participate and compete globally,” said Professor Subic. “We have already made significant progress in aligning our research and education strategy with the Industry 4.0 roadmap in collaboration with our industry partners both locally and internationally. The partnership with Siemens and our co-investment in digitalising the Swinburne Factory of the Future will allow us to make the step change in how we support our SME’s and develop future graduates across the entire education life cycle – from apprenticeships to PhD’s. We are committed to transforming industries and developing the workforce of the future in support of a more competitive Australia. The fully digitalised Swinburne “Factory of the Future” will set an Industry 4.0 benchmark and provide an environment for workforce transformation that is in line with the most advanced economies in the world. This is an aspiration that we shared on the PM’s Industry 4.0 Taskforce”. Siemens hi-tech PLM digital software tools are used in everything from Ben Ainslie Racing in the America’s Cup, Firewire surfboard design, Red Bull Racing F1 and even the Mars Rover. Siemens PLM solutions include digital product development, digital manufacturing and product data management. The Siemens PLM suite includes power tools such as ‘Teamcenter’ for engineering collaboration, ‘NX’ for 3d design, ‘Simcenter’ which allows for computer automated engineering simulation such as digital twins and ‘Technomatix’ which includes digital avatars. These are all about digital manufacturing. Digital manufacturing is a key point of Industry 4.0 as it connects advanced software tools to various shop floor applications and equipment, enabling the exchange of product-related information between design and manufacturing groups. This means faster time to bring product ideas to life, more complex and flexible manufacturing, cost savings, improved quality and ultimately greater competitiveness. [ends] Siemens AG (Berlin and Munich) is a global technology powerhouse that has stood for engineering excellence, innovation, quality, reliability and internationality for more than 165 years. The company is active in more than 200 countries, focusing on the areas of electrification, automation and digitalization. One of the world's largest producers of energy-efficient, resource-saving technologies, Siemens is a leading supplier of efficient power generation and power transmission solutions and a pioneer in infrastructure solutions as well as automation, drive and software solutions for industry. The company is also a leading provider of medical imaging equipment – such as computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging systems – and a leader in laboratory diagnostics as well as clinical IT. In fiscal 2016, which ended on September 30, 2016, Siemens generated revenue of €79.6 billion and net income of €5.6 billion. At the end of September 2016, the company had around 351,000 employees worldwide. Further information is available on the Internet at www.siemens.com. Further Background The grant is a result of active engagement between Australia and Germany and the agreement between the two nations to improve bilateral relations. Following the Brisbane G20, the Australia Germany Advisory Group (AGAG) was established to provide recommendations on how Germany and Australia could work more closely. Finance Minister Mathias Cormann led AGAG from the Australian side and of the 59 recommendations several related to helping prepare Australia for the 4th industrial revolution (Industry 4.0) a German concept and view of the technology transition taking place around the world right now. As such a new industry-led taskforce was established and Chaired by Siemens Jeff Connolly. A number of positive outcomes have followed including a signed collaboration agreement between Australia’s Prime Minister’s Industry 4.0 Taskforce and Germany’s Plattform Industrie 4.0 Group – one of only a handful of agreements in the world and signed at Hannover Fair in April this year. Other outcomes include the establishment of Australia’s first Industry 4.0 advanced diploma apprenticeship program. Cross Yarra Partnership aims to create sustainable stations 2017-08-16T02:50:16Z cross-yarra-partnership-aims-to-create-sustainable-stations The Victorian Government has finally settled on contractors and designs for the $11-billion Melbourne Metro Tunnel project. The consortium responsible for the project development, known as The Cross Yarra Partnership (CYP), will be made up of world-class construction and tunneling contractors including, Lendlease Engineering, John Holland, Bouygues Construction and Capella Capital. Lendlease has previously worked with the Victorian Government on the East West Link, until the project was cancelled in 2015.The announcement came after what has been described as an extensive and competitive bidding process for the twin nine-kilometer rail tunnels project that will run from South Kensington to South Yarra. The Melbourne Metro Rail Authority’s (MMRA) focus is to not only create easier access rail travel for locals and tourists, but to also build more sustainable infrastructure than previous projects. According to their Sustainability Principles and Approach document, released in April 2016, the MMRA wants to improve environmental protection, public perception, design longevity, more resilient systems and social inclusion through the project via the selected contractors.   The MMRA’s Director of Delivery and Development Peter Wilkinson will be discussing this and other Metro Tunnel updates at the 8th Annual Victorian Major Projects Conference on the 28th and 29th of November at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre. Speakers at the conference will discuss major infrastructure projects throughout Victoria and will revolve around the state government’s $9.6-billion injection of funds into the Victorian infrastructure arena in response to both predicted population and economic growth. The two-day conference will see over 200 senior executives from both private and public sectors attend educative and innovative presentations regarding the states infrastructure projects.    Wilkinson has over 30 years’ experience within the industry, and has worked on projects both nationally and internationally. Now currently overseeing the design and delivery processes of the Metro Tunnel, part of Wilkinson’s position is to confirm that both the project’s design and construction fits into the MMRA’s outlined sustainability framework.    The MMRA will work with contractors in development stages using modern-design techniques to make the new stations as sustainable as possible. Part of the project’s plan requires The CYP contractors to optimise environmental technology and thinking to utlise energy, water and material saving initiatives in the stations’ designs. This was outlined to ensure that Melbourne's increasing number of infrastructure projects leave a more environmentally and resident friendly city.   The proposed stations being produced in the tunnel project include Arden, Parkville, CBD North and South and Domain. The new designs were created with the aim for the buildings to seamlessly fit into Melbourne's existing and developing infrastructure, the Victorian Government's Urban Design Strategy and were influenced by other international building projects such as the London Crossrail and New York's Second Avenue Subway Project. The CYP will attempt to create public precincts with an individual twist on each new station included in the project.   Recently released concept images of the project reveal wide platforms, footbridges connecting the new stations to the City Loop and open above-ground precincts. Features to note at each station include: Arden's transition from industrial to a more welcoming commercial and residential space, Parkville's underground entrances to the Royal Melbourne Hospital, the CBD North and South stations will have underground connections to City Loop stations and Domain station will have a train-tram interchange and its design will be respectfully reminiscent of nearby destinations such as the Shrine of Remembrance, through architecture including a floating timber canopy.   In the past, the MMRA have released public documents featuring sustainability to further ensure that new infrastructure will leave a smaller impact on the surrounding environment. These included the Transport Integration Act 2014, which includes the promotion of optimal environmental performance of all new transport systems and the energy that fuels them; the Climate Change Act 2010, an act that requires all new projects and designs fit into the framework of risk assessment plans and ensures that infrastructure will be resilient for at least 100 years and Plan Melbourne 2014, a publics based plan that aims to ensure that all new transport systems support a more productive travelling experience for passengers across Melbourne even after predicted population growth. The MMRA report also outlined that the construction process is to minimally impact the biodiversity structures in the selected areas. The CYP contractors and designs will assist with protecting and growing vegetation, the continual growth of ecosystems and the maintaining of habitats and other biological factors.   Sustainability and environmental footprints in infrastructure will be further discussed at the upcoming Major Projects Conference; as there is an increasing call from publics to government to protect biodiversity, this will be touched on during talks regarding waterfront projects . Another prevalent topic speakers at the conference will be presenting on is the creation of thousands of jobs for Australians, including the integration of apprentices, trainees and cadets. These speakers include Gregory Anderson and Julian Lyngcoln. The Metro Tunnel is due to be completed by 2026 and will cause some service disruptions during the construction process.   The 8th Annual Victorian Major Projects Conference 2017 will run on the 28th to the 29th of November at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre.  About Expotrade  Expotrade is a global conference and event organizer with its head office based in Melbourne, Australia. Expotrade has delivered some of the largest, most successful B2B industry conferences and events in the areas of infrastructure, major projects, sustainability, technology & architecture. For almost 10 years, our unique blend of knowledge, experience and flexibility has accomplished an array of consistently top quality events. Today, Expotrade events enjoy such a distinctive edge, they are amongst the best patronised in the calendar. For more information, visit www.expotradeglobal.com Aspect sponsors CoreNet Global’s 2017 Annual Conference 2017-08-16T01:48:34Z aspect-sponsors-corenet-global-s-2017-annual-conference Aspect Furniture is again supporting corporate real estate association CoreNet Global by sponsoring its Annual Conference, which will be held on 6th September 2017 in Melbourne. Aspect also sponsored the association’s Government Property Forum in August. The conference will bring together industry leaders to discuss innovation and growth in the corporate real estate space. Specifically, the 2017 conference will address the theme ‘humans in a connected world’: how businesses are transforming digitally and culturally in response to increasing automation of jobs and skills. The conference theme is pertinent and will prepare corporate real estate professionals to better meet the rapidly changing needs of their businesses. Hayley McDade, Melbourne Sales Executive for Aspect says: “CoreNet Global’s conference is timely; it allows the industry to come together and think strategically about how to best cultivate responsive workspaces in a digitally-driven world. At Aspect, we see a demand to simultaneously foster technology and engagement in the workplace — and it’s only going to accelerate.” Aspect regularly collaborates with businesses to provide seamless technology solutions and innovative furniture systems that adapt to the changing needs of the workplace. Office infrastructure is no longer static; its fluidity can support a collaborative, integrated workforce as businesses grow or transform. “Technology, and the way we work, is advancing quickly — so we’re pleased that CoreNet Global is bringing this topic to the forefront. We’re glad to be a part of such a dynamic industry. We’re looking forward to joining our industry colleagues in discussing workplaces that are built for the future,” says Hayley. CoreNet Global is the worldwide association for corporate real estate professionals, and regularly hosts events to facilitate knowledge and development in the industry. The sponsorship of CoreNet Global’s 2017 Annual Conference supports Aspect’s commitment to provide innovative, commercial furniture systems to the Australasian market. Aspect is a leading commercial furniture supplier, and has been operating for over 30 years. Servicing a range of private and public sector clients, Aspect is known for delivering quality, flexible furniture solutions that adapt to business needs.   For more information, please contact: Grant Kennerley, National Marketing Manager Phone: 1800 696 334 or 0437 352 175 Email:  grant@aspectfurniture.com For more details about CoreNet Global’s Annual Conference, visit: https://www.corenetaustralia.org/ TigerTurf Provides Attractive and Hygienic Synthetic Turfs for Gyms 2017-08-14T04:43:50Z tigerturf-provides-attractive-and-hygienic-synthetic-turfs-for-gyms-1 TigerTurf’s synthetic surfaces are proving to be an efficient option for gym flooring. The products, which have come about after intensive research and testing, provide an optimum surface for training. For gyms, the hardwearing and high-performance qualities of TigerTurf’s WETT Pro, TigerTurf Advantage and TigerTurf Trophy make them top selling products.  For general gym use, indoor field sports, resistance training and high impact workouts these surfaces show little sign of deformation after significant wear tests. WETT Pro’s unique texturised microfilament yarn ensures the surface is safe and not too soft. The turf has been providing world class performance to hockey fields. In the sports construction market this versatile product meets high performance standards and lasts longer. Its multidirectional surface compresses straight down, and bounces back to its original position, making it perfect for resistance training activities such as sled, high impact conditioning and indoor field training. For over 30 years TigerTurf has gained a reputation as the leading supplier of artificial turfs. WETT Pro technology offers world class performance that can maintain pace with the demands of the gym. The surface enables users to pull in all directions without noticeable grab or catch, in wet or dry conditions. Finding the most appropriate surface for a gym is essential as it is a large investment. It also needs to be hygienic, easy to clean and maintain. These surfaces do not absorb odours unlike carpets and mats. They can be laid easily over concrete or over a rubber mat. Water, broom and a product cleaner is good enough to clean and restore these surfaces. TigerTurf Advantage is perfect as a multi-use sports turf suitable for sports and general gym activities like resistance training, high impact and indoor field sports. The durable structure of the Advantage turf surface makes it withstand prolonged use. For a multi-purpose surface TigerTurf Trophy is an excellent choice. Although it is not recommended for sled training, its longer pile can be used to great effect in creating textured effects to break up large areas. It is softer to touch and can be used for pathways to guide gym users around workout areas.  All these surfaces have a long-life expectancy. In comparison to other gym flooring, they are stronger and less likely to part at the seams. For skills training that involves quick turns, slides and sudden stops, WETT Pro and TigerTurf Advantage are non-slip and will not wear out. TigerTurf products comply with fire safety standards. Skills training for sports that involve running or sled tracks can be customised with vertical or horizontal lines, numerals or words to create patterns and are very popular in gyms. The flooring can be customised with the gym’s logo and colours that can distinctly set it apart. TigerTurf sales staff can advise on products, fire safety certification and on customising the gym to reflect the branding. For more information call 1800 802 570 or email to AUinfo@tigerturf.com For more information: http://tigerturf.com/au/ Homegrown prop-tech start-up blitzes the pack at 14th Annual International Business Awards 2017-08-14T03:52:35Z homegrown-prop-tech-start-up-blitzes-the-pack-at-14th-annual-international-business-awards Media Release     Homegrown prop-tech start-up blitzes the pack at the 14th Annual International Business Awards Just days after the 500,000th digital property transaction was processed online, Property Exchange Australia (PEXA) has another reason to celebrate, claiming gold in five categories at the 14th Annual International Business Awards. Sharing centre stage with international heavyweights DHL Express, Meltwater, Goldman Sachs, Unilever and Accenture, PEXA was recognised for its leadership in innovation, collaboration and industry transformation. Industry acknowledged as the real stars in PEXA’s success PEXA CEO Marcus Price – the recipient of both the Innovator of the Year and Executive of the Year Award - said this recognition is testament to the incredible collaboration underway across the property industry in Australia: “These phenomenal results truly reflect the exemplary work of the Australian land registries, banks, legal and conveyancing firms and peak bodies in collaborating to bring a digital property exchange to life. Our success is a direct result of their efforts and of course the broader PEXA team who continue to work tirelessly in bringing Australia’s $7.2T residential property market online,” Marcus said. “These awards are a result of the efforts of an entire industry”. Digital property transactions recognised as “revolutionary” Born out of a 2008 Council of Australian Government (COAG) initiative to create seamless economic reform through the digitisation of property transactions, PEXA boasts a robust network of 124 financial institutions and more than 4350 legal and conveyancing firms nationwide with close to $60B in property value already transacted through the network. In reviewing PEXA’s applications, the judges described PEXA as “revolutionary in the sense that they have made the entire lifecycle of buying, selling and closing properties seamless and less painful… this company has shown what it means to live in this "robotic world." The way that they have revolutionized the real estate industry is astounding helping clients get a better way to deal with their transactions. Kudos for reengineering and dematerializing "bureaucracy" into something that is leading edge! Impressive.”Billions of dollars in property transferred in minutes – not weeks PEXA was also recognised for its ‘Projects’ functionality for property developers which uses robotics to automatically create online workspaces with mass data upload capability. “What once took 7 minutes per transaction now takes only 6 seconds. As you can imagine, for those property developers settling some of the 210,000-large-scale allotment deals each year, this provides an unprecedented level of efficiency. In fact, not only are dealings now 166x faster but developers also benefit from substantial interest savings with billions of dollars in property transferred in minutes – not weeks,” Marcus said. The International Business Awards honours organisations worldwide in an extensive list of categories, including innovation, growth, management, leadership and customer service among others. This year, a record 3900 nominations were received from across 60 nations. PEXA received recognition in the following categories: GOLD: Most Innovative Tech Company of the Year - Up to 2,500 Employees Company of the Year – (Legal industry) - Medium-size Best New Product or Service of the Year - Software - Real Estate or Construction Management Solution Innovator of the Year (Marcus Price) Executive of the Year – Legal industry (Marcus Price)  SILVER: Fastest-Growing Company of the Year - in Asia, Australia and New Zealand Technical Innovation of the Year - At Organizations with Up to 1,000 Employees   -Ends-       Aspect Furniture represents Tim Webber Design 2017-08-11T02:29:59Z aspect-furniture-represents-tim-webber-design Aspect Furniture is excited to announce we are now representing NZ based product designer Tim Webber in Australia. With a range of unique products ideally suited to the modern office environment we look forward to introducing Tim’s designs into our projects. Tim has been designing and producing his range of furniture under the brand ‘Tim Webber Design’ since 2009 and has since gained international exposure through a wide variety of online sources and magazines. Tim has also won a number of awards including the Design Folio Incubator Award and was a finalist in the Home Design Awards 2016. “As a furniture designer I look to create designs that are fresh and innovative, yet simple and clean. I have a real focus on the quality of my product and the integrity of materials. I make products that will be testament to solid, functional design for many years to come.”  A selection of Tim Webber designs can now be viewed at Aspect showrooms or on our website. Improve Workplace Injury Management and Reduce Workers Compensation Premiums 2017-08-10T06:37:21Z improve-workplace-injury-management-and-reduce-workers-compensation-premiums All employers are required to establish an injury management system.   This system involves the employer, a medical management team and the insurer, and is designed to assist injured workers to make an early and safe return to the workplace. An effective injury management program strives to minimize the negative impacts associated with workplace injuries and can translate into reduced workers compensation premiums. Effective injury management: ·       provides physical, psychological and financial benefits to employees ·       minimises disruption to work ·       reduces costs to all concerned The myosh Injury Management Module is used to create, store and track all Workers Compensation information. The module is integrated with Incident Reporting and allows companies to consolidate all documentation in a secure and confidential platform: ·       Link to relevant State based Workers Compensation Legislation and Codes of Practice. ·       Apply relevant formulas to calculate claim rates ·       Monitor Medical Certificates for con-currency ·       Create Return to Work plans in accordance with relevant Codes of Practice ·       Add Case Notes and monitor additional costs associated with claims ·       Create timesheets in accordance with Return to Work programs. ·       Calculate compensation based on legislation and amount payable. Information on claims progress and status can be retrieved in an instant. Filters allow searches based on an employee name, claim number, date, incident description etc.  Documentation, reports and certificates can be attached for reference at any time and alerts can be created for appointments and actions. A service provider address book saves valuable time and improves liaison with medical practitioners. Detailed management reports can be generated and management can be updated not only on employee well-being and recovery, but also on the costs associated with the incident, which are recorded and tracked in this module. Users are able to view documents in a report style layout, including: Incomplete claims, Claims Pending Lodgement, Claims Pending Liability Decision. The process and documentation is compliant with regulatory report requirements and ISO standards.    myosh is cloud based HSEQ software used by organisations around the globe, to manage and improve work safety for over 14 years.  Over 100 cloud based modules integrate with intuitive action management.  Results are analysed, shared and improved with powerful reporting tools and dashboards. For more information and a free trial, visit http://myosh.com/   Author: Sarah O’Leary and Janine Nicholson Contact: Sarah O’Leary Ph 0434 917 358  Email sarah.oleary@myosh.com Sources: https://www.accesscanberra.act.gov.au/app/answers/detail/a_id/2989#!tabs-7 https://www.worksafe.qld.gov.au/health/articles/seven-principles-of-effective-injury-management Proptech startup Property HQ launches new website to shake up commercial real estate search in Australia 2017-08-09T04:20:12Z proptech-startup-property-hq-launches-new-website-to-shake-up-commercial-real-estate-search-in-australia Property HQ also aims to capitalise on the growing interest and innovation around proptech; especially how it relates to commercial property and the opportunity to automate many of the traditional ways property transactions are handled.   Property HQ Managing Director, Piers Kennard, said “Although our primary offering is a seamless commercial real estate portal, we are definitely interested in expanding our service to try and automate and streamline many of the traditional property transaction tasks that can bog down tenants, agents and landlords.”   Founded in 2013 and re-launched in March 2015, Property HQ is a commercial real estate and business portal, with over 20,000 listings from all of major real estate agencies and landlords, including Dexus, JLL, CBRE, Savills, Raine&Horne, Ray White, LJ Hooker and many other mid-size and boutique agencies from around the country.   Property HQ Managing Director, Piers Kennard, said “Agents, landlords and the wider property community have been crying out for years for more competition when it comes to listing commercial property online. They feel like they’re being held to ransom, especially with double-digit price hikes year-on-year, some of the highest property advertising costs in the world and only one or two players to choose from.   “We saw a clear gap in the market and the opportunity to reinvent commercial real estate search, putting agents and landlords in the box seat for a change, giving them a genuine and fresh alternative with free listings and reasonably priced listing upgrades — often at less than 10 per cent or the GST component of what they’re paying with other portals,” said Kennard.   Property HQ offers a simple pricing structure site-wide, with free Silver listings and paid Gold and full-width Platinum listing upgrades. Agents and landlords can list for one month or up to 12 months — depending on their needs and requirements — but without the lock-in contracts or expensive subscriptions. Platinum listings start from only $175.   “In launching our new brand and website, we’re really focused on solving some of the major ‘pain-points’ for agents and landlords — like providing a simple and uncluttered design, free listings, no contracts or tiered pricing by suburb, less banner ads and no page turns,” said Kennard.   The new site has also invested heavily in technology, offering functionality like video-enabled listings, list and map view options, location-based ‘Near Me’ search, an integrated language translator and the ability to easily favourite and share listings with others. The beta launch will gather additional industry feedback, with more improvements and functionality to come.   Property HQ also boasts a great library of curated property content, including news, blog posts and research, covering recent trends, deals and insights.   “Another key point of difference is that Property HQ has been built from the ground up, by property professionals for property professionals. We’ve got great relationships in the property industry and a deep understanding of commercial property, based on decades of experience. This gives us the unique opportunity to deliver a portal that agents, landlords and users actually want.   “We see a real opportunity here and with the property industry’s support, we couldn’t be more excited about the future,” said Kennard.     About Property HQ Founded in 2013 and taken over by Piers Kennard in mid-2014, PropertyHQ.com.au is a Sydney-based commercial real estate and business portal that helps people find commercial property or businesses for sale. Property HQ has over 20,000 listings and buy-in from the major real estate agencies and landlords.   Property HQ Managing Director, Piers Kennard, has over 18 years experience in the property industry in Australia, Europe and Asia, working at companies like Regus, Knight Frank and the government in a variety of senior roles, including leasing, development, tenant representation and property management.   Property HQ Head of Marketing, Nathan Reiche has over 14 years experience in the property industry in Australia where he worked at Investa Property Group across their office, industrial and residential portfolio. Nathan also spent 18 months based in France and Monaco, working with a range of property clients in France and the UK.   -ENDS- Timber Suppliers in Brisbane Support Sustainable Forest Management 2017-08-09T01:40:03Z timber-suppliers-in-brisbane-support-sustainable-forest-management Brisbane,WA, 09 August 2017 - Of all the timber suppliers in Brisbane, one has stepped to the forefront when it comes to advocating sustainable forest management. That timber supplier is Narangba Timbers.Narangba Timbers is a third generation family business owned by Jack Kyle. According to Mr Kyle: “We think it is the duty of ethical timber suppliers in Brisbane, across Australia and around the world to advocate and support sustainable forest management. Not only are we a third-generation family business, many of our customers are also third-generation customers. Our families have gotten to know many of them and their families.”Mr Kyle continued: “We feel strongly that it is our responsibility to leave our world better than we found it. We want our children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren to inherit a world that is livable and enjoyable. At our current rate of climate change, we don't see that happening. By the time our children are trying to retire, Australia could lose trillions of dollars worth of property, businesses and housing, especially if climate change and melting of polar ice continue at their current rate.. This is not acceptable to us.”Sustainable forest management is based upon planting a tree to replace every tree that is harvested for timber. This is important because trees store carbon, thus keeping it from adding to our carbon footprint. Why the Carbon Footprint and Carbon Storage are Important.Greenhouse gases cause climate change. The best current measurement for the amount of greenhouse gases produced by any process or person is called the carbon footprint. The carbon footprint is defined as the amount of carbon a process or person emits into the environment.Trees help fight climate change because they have a negative carbon footprint. They breathe carbon from the air and store it as timber. They release the oxygen back into the environment, making the environment more oxygen-rich.When trees are harvested unethically, less carbon is being stored in the environment because those trees are gone. This contributes to climate change because more greenhouse gases in the form of carbon end up in the environment.The concept of sustainable forest management is simple.  The forests are treated like plantations where a tree is planted to replace every tree that is harvested. This is a sustainable cycle in which the balance of oxygen to carbon dioxide is maintained in the environment. Timber Suppliers and Their Ethical ResponsibilityMr Kyle added further: “We want to see every timber supplier fulfill their ethical responsibility to their communities and their environment. We can't force anyone else to do anything, but we always do everything we can to make sure that all of our timber comes from ethical, sustainable sources.” Mr Kyle concluded: “We want all timber suppliers to support sustainable forest management as if the future of their children and grandchildren depends on it. Because it does.”Narangba Timbers are timber suppliers located in the Brisbane area They feature high quality timber sourced as close as possible to home, low prices and customer service they feel is the best in the business. They offer a complete range of timber for projects such as timber decking, timber flooring, timber fencing and structural timber for residential and commercial construction. To learn more, call (07) 3888 1293 or visit their website: http://www.narangbatimbers.com.au/. SLR Launches Landscape Architecture in Asia Pacific 2017-08-09T00:09:09Z slr-launches-landscape-architecture-in-asia-pacific SLR Consulting, a leader in global environmental and advisory services, has this week announced the further expansion of its services in Asia Pacific with the launch of their Landscape Architecture capability.  Previously only serviced from the European region, the additional expertise will be of great benefit to existing and new SLR clients involved with urban regeneration and development sectors.   Award winning landscape architect Dean Butcher has been appointed as Technical Director and will be based from the company’s Brisbane Office.   Dean has over 27 year’s industry experience and has had considerable professional exposure to both public and private sectors in Australia and abroad.  He has strong design and management skills and his key focus lies in integrating urban and natural environments with sustainable solutions. Commenting on the new technical capability in the region, Dean remarked: “I am really looking forward to the opportunity to expand SLR’s environmental and advisory services in Asia Pacific and also collaborate with the European team.  I am passionate about creating innovative and sustainable solutions for our projects by ensuring they are functional whilst helping to enhance the character of the projects’ local context”.  Asia Pacific Regional Manager Paul Gardiner added: “Dean is certainly a welcome addition to launch and lead our Landscape Architecture team in APAC.  His depth of experience in the key market sectors SLR operates within complements our existing services already offered.  I continue to be excited by SLR’s position as a leading global provider of specialist environmental and advisory services and am excited by the region’s recent technical growth”. Internationally, SLR now has over 50 landscape and urban design personnel offering services in landscape design, visual and townscape assessment, master planning and green infrastructure. New Brisbane building firm wins top gong for first project 2017-08-08T00:00:26Z new-brisbane-building-firm-wins-top-gong-for-first-project   A new Brisbane building firm has walked away with a top award at the 2017 Master Builders Qld Housing & Construction Awards for its first-ever project. Elysium Designed won the Brisbane award in the Individual Home $551,000 to $650,000 category for its Bramston project. Directors Paul and Lisa Gay established Elysium Designed in 2015 following Paul’s long family history in the building profession. "It has been a very special experience to win this award in our first year and for our very first project," Lisa said. "Being able to demonstrate our building innovation, expertise and high quality craftsmanship – and to receive public and industry recognition for our achievements on such a quality project is incredible."    Their award win was for a 411 square metre architecturally designed house in Tarragindi, which was built on a elevated platform to make the most of the city lights and northerly breezes from the rear deck.   The property's design incorporated elements of a conventional Queenslander home with modern influences such as an upper level ceiling height of three metres combined with a cool colour palate and clever tiling.    "The designers have made great use of the natural light and kept the high ceilings, providing a very light and airy home design incorporating large windows and doors," Paul said.   "Unlike historical Queenslander designs, this modern house has incorporated a seamless transition between indoor and outdoor living. Staying true to the roots of original Queensland houses that feature wooden flooring, the internal flooring is made from hardwood Hermitage Oak."   Additional modern features included floor to ceiling tiles, separate butlers’ pantries and stone benches.  The Master Builders Qld Housing & Construction Awards have been recognising the best Queensland builders for some 30 years. "The standard we have seen this year is incredible and demonstrates the impeccable talent and expertise of our industry,” Master Builders CEO Grant Galvin said.   “The Housing & Construction Awards provide an opportunity to recognise this talent, and it is great that after 30 years, they continue to be sought-after by the state’s top builders and tradespeople.” With more than 30 years in the building sector, Elysium Design brings together Paul and Lisa's extensive experience as a qualified builder, project coordinator and construction manager on some of Queensland’s largest developments and quality homes. The firm's ethos revolves around: ·      Being specialists in building architecturally designed homes ·      Having traditional values ·      Flexibility and personalised service tailored to suit each client  ·      Clients dealing directly with the builder ·      Building a limited number of homes per year ·      Using only experienced and qualified suppliers and subcontractors  ·      Sustainable energy efficient building practices Elysium Designed is a member of Master Builders Qld and the Housing Industry Association.   For more information or to organise an interview contact: Lisa Gay | Director at Elysium Designed | 0421 505 282 | lisa@elysiumdesigned.com.au  Melbourne builders start open dialogue with consumers 2017-08-07T23:58:40Z melbourne-builders-start-open-dialogue-with-consumers A Melbourne building firm is starting an open dialogue with consumers in a bid to help improve the sector's reputation. Roda Developments was established in 2006 and prides itself on an ethos of deep building knowledge as well as a shared vision of personalised client service, integrity, and high quality workmanship. However, numerous inquiries into the building industry over recent years has shown scores of disputes between consumers and building practitioners, which has prompted the Melbourne-based firm to act. An Auditor-General inquiry in 2015 found that disputes were rife within the Victorian domestic building industry, with 28 per cent of people who engage tradespeople to help them build or renovate their home experiencing problems. The most common problem, accounting for 63 per cent of complaints, was poor workmanship. "Like any industry, unfortunately there are good and bad operators and the bad ones seem to get all the press coverage," Roda Developments co-director Rob Romanella said. "We pride ourselves on more than a decade of quality workmanship and a number of happy clients so we decided that starting an open dialogue with consumers could be a way of promoting the myriad positives in our industry." Co-directors Rob Romanella and David Maiolo were brought together as carpenters on some of Melbourne’s largest developments and both have a long family history in the building industry. Together with cutting-edge Melbourne production company GLUE Content, Roda Developments has developed an #AskRODA video initiative that will feature both directors answering questions directly from consumers as well as the most common consumer queries. Mr Maiolo said the monthly videos would create a direct communication between builders and consumers, with no questions off the table. "Some consumers can find talking to builders intimidating, but we want to showcase that there are many professionals out there who will happily provide you with honest and upfront information about our sector," Mr Maiolo said. "We all want an industry we can be proud of – and we already have a sector that is filled with professional operators like us – but perhaps there is more work that can be done." Some of the most common questions that consumers ask and Roda Developments will answer include: ·      What happens if a builder goes bankrupt? ·      What are five things you should ask your builder? What happens if you change your mind during a build? ·      What are the main causes of delays? ·      What warranties do builders offer? ·      What maintenance is included after handover? The #AskRODA videos will launch in August 2017 and can be accessed via the website and Facebook page. Consumers can send their questions directly to Roda Developments by emailing askroda@rodadevelopments.com.au or by using the hashtag #AskRODA on social media.   Roda Developments is a registered building practitioner with the Victorian Building Authority and is a member of the Housing Industry Association. For more information or to organise an interview contact: David Maiolo, Director Roda Developments, 0416 158 650, david@rodadevelopments.com.au Different Types of Dresses Singapore Available Online At Evweddingau.com 2017-08-02T07:25:20Z different-types-of-dresses-singapore-available-online-at-evweddingau-com Dresses are powerful instruments that can make or break the personality of any individual and especially women. Since women are more conscious about what they wear, whether for a formal occasion, casual hangout or for a celebration. Without a doubt beautiful dresses that are exquisitely crafted for an occasion increases the confidence level to a large extent. 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