The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2020-05-27T00:45:41Z Track’em awarded third Downer contract for tracking and inspecting materials 2020-05-27T00:45:41Z track-em-awarded-third-downer-contract-for-tracking-and-inspecting-materials Trackem Pty Ltd (Track’em), leader in cloud-based tracking technology, is pleased to announce that they have signed a third contract with Downer this year. Under the new contract, Downer will use Track’em’s cloud-based software for materials tracking for development and maintenance work on a large Coal Seam Gas (CSG) facility. Downer will use Track’em to increase visibility and control of all components involved with the fabrication, assembly, logistics and installation of CSG wellhead skids. This includes status and location monitoring of parts as they move across supply chain partners globally and digitising document collation and inspections. “We have helped Downer on multiple complex projects already and this is another great win contributing to our commitment to deliver high-value enterprise resource tracking,” said Kashif Saleem, founder and CEO, Track’em. “The successful delivery of CSG wellhead skids involves suppliers and fabricators from all around the world,” said Joshua Amos, Contract Manager at Downer. “Software such as Track’em make the global supply chain processes simpler and being a cloud-based system gives visibility to all stakeholders anywhere, which is a benefit in complex projects.” The implementation of the system is currently underway and full use will commence by all parties this month. About Track’em Track’em is the leading provider of cloud-based tracking software in the resources and construction industries. By tracking assets, materials and time, Track’em provides control and drives efficiency during construction and maintenance projects. Headquartered in Perth, Australia, Track’em has tracked over 10 million items in engineering and construction projects across the world’s largest mining, and oil and gas projects, helping assets owners, engineering companies and contractors deliver projects on time and budget. Learn about the 10 steps for implementating a materials tracking system. DECO Australia Announce New Showroom & Innovation Centre 2020-05-22T06:13:43Z deco-australia-announce-new-showroom-amp-innovation-centre DECO Australia has announced its showroom in Minto is undergoing a massive redesign to help showcase the company’s entire range of architectural building products and finishes. The new facility – renamed the ‘DECO Innovation Centre’ – will celebrate the company’s innovative spirit while creating a flexible, collaborative space that delivers a premium customer service experience. The DECO Innovation Centre has been architecturally designed by renowned architecture firm ClarkeHopkinsClarke to achieve a dynamic building and space that will allow for continued development and change as the family-owned manufacturing business continues to expand. ClarkHopkinsClarke partner and architect Jordan Curran said his vision was to transform DECO Australia's industrial warehouse into an innovation centre by using their world-class products in real life applications. “DECO is a very innovative company with an extraordinary range of finishes and products. They're constantly creating and testing new material solutions for the built environment. For this project, we worked with the DECO team to shape a bright and flexible environment that would allow their client base to interact with and understand the properties of their products. In particular we wanted to display products in natural light, exhibiting how they behave throughout the day and in different seasons. We also wanted to create a sensory experience, positioning products where people could get up close and even touch.” said Curran. The Innovation Centre will feature DECO’s full range of architectural building products including their unique aluminium cladding, batten and decking systems, as well as a number of new soon-to-be-released product lines. Also on display will be the full range of powder coat and sublimated aluminium finishes, including the premium timber-look DecoWood® finish, and an operational kitchen will feature DECO’s one-of-a-kind splashback product, DecoSplash. DECO founder and director Ross Doonan believes the new centre will reflect the company’s core values of quality and innovation. “The DECO Innovation Centre will encourage our team to turn great ideas and concepts into products and processes. It will be an educational facility for our partners and suppliers, and it will be an inspirational space for our customers to come visit”. The building structure will also include a large architectural canopy, floor-to-ceiling DecoWood® windows, and other sculptural DECO elements to welcome visitors as they enter the site. Inside the showroom customers will find an inspirational space where the DECO team will help bring their design ideas to life. The DECO Innovation centre is expected to open late 2020. Viotel and Definium implement development partnership 2020-05-21T10:03:33Z viotel-and-definium-implement-development-partnership Media Release: 18th May, 2020 Viotel and Definium Technologies Pty Ltd are pleased to announce the signing of a development partnership agreement to facilitate optimisation of Viotel's suite of 'Internet of Things (IoT)' devices for commercial scale manufacture. Definium is an Australian company which specialises in producing custom hardware and software solutions and has a state-of-the-art automated electronics manufacturing and assembly facility, located in Tasmania. Viotel and Definium Technologies Pty Ltd are pleased to announce the signing of a development partnership agreement to facilitate optimisation of Viotel's suite of 'Internet of Things (IoT)' devices for commercial scale manufacture.Definium is an Australian company which specialises in producing custom hardware and software solutions and has a state-of-the-art automated electronics manufacturing and assembly facility, located in Tasmania. Definium CEO, Mike Cruse said; "Definium is very excited to enter into this partnership with Viotel as it is a great match of Viotel's experience and capability in their market segment and Definium's design and manufacturing capabilities. Viotel are a technically sophisticated company that knows precisely what they need and indeed have the capability to produce prototype units. We will leverage our experience in the design and manufacturing of IoT and industrial control devices to accelerate Viotel's products to market in production quantities. This partnership is a great example of regional companies working together to produce state of the art technology and get it to market." "This partnership is a key step in fulfilling our commitment for realising the potential of 'Internet of Things' technology to empower infrastructure owners to mitigate risks, identify opportunities and make better decisions," said Viotel Chairman Dan O'Toole. For more information contact: AUSTRALIADan O'Tooledan.otoole@viotel.co+61 (0) 407 206 550 Mike Crusemcruse@definium.net+61 3 6334 1048 NEW ZEALANDRalf Mullerralf.muller@viotel.co+64 21 250 4494 About ViotelOur mission is to empower businesses with better data for better decisions. At Viotel we believe knowledge is power, and understand the critical role data plays in managing risks, identifying opportunities and protecting business assets. Using 'plug and play' Smart Box technology, coupled with the power of Amazon Web Services, Viotel has created a data ecosystem. We believe in making smart technology smarter. By continually investing in new technology and collecting and analysing data in real time, our cutting- edge solutions empower businesses to identify cost savings, increase productivity, streamline maintenance, increase OHS, monitor assets from any location and respond faster to emergencies.Viotel currently has operations support in Australia and New Zealand. About Definium TechnologiesDefinium Technologies Pty Ltd is an Australian company which specialises in producing custom hardware and software solutions to solve problems in multiple domains including low-power remote sensor monitoring and control, industrial sensor gateways, real-time control platforms, and protocol interoperability layers for carrier, enterprise and industrial grade deployments. Definium provides a complete electronics hardware manufacturing solution with automated in-line surface mount assembly, vacuum vapour-phase reflow, automated optical inspection, selective & wave soldering, x-ray inspection and manual soldering/assembly tooling.Definium has designed and manufactured a large range of solutions from low-power wireless sensors and communication gateways through to high-end audio devices, fuel injection and real time industrial control systems. All Definium Technologies' products are manufactured in Tasmania, Australia. M-Files for Esri ArcGIS Integrates Global Mapping Technology and Intelligent Information Management Systems to Provide a Unified User Experience 2020-05-19T09:28:29Z m-files-for-esri-arcgis-integrates-global-mapping-technology-and-intelligent-information-management-systems-to-provide-a-unified-user-experience M-Files Corporation, the intelligent information management company, today announced the general availability of M-Files for Esri ArcGIS. The solution integrates the M-Files intelligent information management platform with Esri's world-leading geographic information system (GIS) for mapping and analytics, offering a new way to manage documents and other information by integrating and using maps and geodata to browse and access information. The integration provides seamless, in-context access to important documents and information residing in other systems directly from the ArcGIS and M-Files user interfaces. "M-Files for Esri ArcGIS connects map item data with information in M-Files, making content retrievable in both systems for a more unified user experience," said Eija Paajanen, director of product marketing at M-Files. "Bridging information gaps and eliminating information silos, M-Files helps users increase visibility, boost process efficiencies and better ensure compliance.” "There is tremendous synergy between M-Files and Esri as partners as we both have a global reach, support diverse government and private industry user communities and have very complementary information management offerings," said Paul Hartwell, Partner Executive for Esri’s Natural Resources sector.             “M-Files has carefully engineered the integration and there has been a lot of early interest including city governments in Australia, mapping agencies in Europe, utility companies in Scandinavia and oil and gas operators in North America.” Whether it is a contract for a piece of land or a maintenance request on a certain asset in a huge industrial plant, most of the data in maps or other GIS applications relates to documents from other systems. Users are all too familiar with the pressures of figuring out where that information is – rummaging through network folders, email inboxes or shared network drives. Different versions and the unclear status of documents found add to the problem. M-Files intelligent information management eliminates these burdens and ensures that the information users need is instantly accessible and controlled, no matter where the user is or where those documents are stored. M-Files provides instant access to documents and other information from repositories like the file system, ECM/DMS, SharePoint, and other business applications such as ERP or CRM systems. Any item on a map can be connected with information in M-Files for instant access to the latest data and documentation, no matter which system the information is stored in - resulting in a new intuitive and productive way of accessing information. Companies can manage and control company assets from the familiar location-based navigation of ArcGIS and gain unprecedented visibility over business-critical information. Using M-Files workflow and permission capabilities, customers can drive processes and projects related to map items to gain visibility and speed. The M-Files for Esri ArcGIS integration connects map item data with information and documentation in M-Files, making content accessible and manageable in both systems. M-Files for Esri ArcGIS functions on two levels. From the user perspective, the M-Files for Esri ArcGIS integration offers a seamless way of working, accessing, and managing content. The M-Files interface is embedded into your ArcGIS web applications allowing users to access and interact with related content from M-Files. Likewise, ArcGIS maps are embedded into the M-Files desktop application, allowing users to access related map(s) and assets. On the server level, M-Files brings in data from ArcGIS and uses that data to connect and organize your documents and non-GIS controlled content. This removes the need for manually inputting data from ArcGIS into M-Files to connect information between the two systems. One typical application area for the combined solution is land acquisition and development projects. Land acquisition requires many document-intensive steps, like surveying sites, gathering permits, and making agreements with multiple landowners. M-Files for Esri ArcGIS provides full visibility on the entire acquisition process, including all documentation in a single application. Automated workflows, targeted notifications, and less manual processing result in fewer errors and delays. Another use case is asset maintenance, where visibility and process efficiency are important aspects. Rather than gathering data from various systems, M-Files for Esri ArcGIS provides instant access to the complete maintenance history in a single view. Furthermore, managers and technicians can report on maintenance tasks and track the status of various projects in a single application. All of this results in saved time and costs for maintenance as well as fewer operation disruptions, health and environmental incidents, and repair and recovery costs. More information on the integration of Esri’s ArcGIS and M-Files: https://www.m-files.com/en/m-files-for-esri-arcgis About Esri Esri, the global market leader in geographic information system (GIS) software, location intelligence, and mapping, offers the most powerful geospatial cloud available, to help customers unlock the full potential of data to improve operational and business results. Founded in 1969, Esri software is deployed in more than 350,000 organizations including 90 of the Fortune 100 companies, all 50 state governments, more than half of all counties (large and small), and 87 of the Forbes Top 100 Colleges in the US, as well as all 15 Executive Departments of the US Government and dozens of independent agencies. With its pioneering commitment to geospatial information technology, Esri engineers the most advanced solutions for digital transformation, the Internet of Things (IoT), and advanced analytics. For more information, visit www.esri.com.   About M-Files Corporation M-Files provides a next-generation intelligent information management platform that improves business performance by helping people find and use information more effectively. Unlike traditional enterprise content management (ECM) systems or content services platforms, M-Files unifies systems, data and content across the organization without disturbing existing systems and processes or requiring data migration. Using artificial intelligence (AI) technologies in its unique Intelligent Metadata Layer, M-Files breaks down silos by delivering an in-context experience for accessing and leveraging information that resides in any system and repository, including network folders, SharePoint, file-sharing services, ECM systems, CRM, ERP and other business systems and repositories. Thousands of organizations in more than 100 countries use M-Files for managing their business information and processes, including NBC Universal, OMV, Rovio, SAS Institute and ThyssenKrupp. For more information, visit www.m-files.com.   M-Files is a registered trademark of M-Files Corporation. All other registered trademarks belong to their respective owners. Eaton expands Moeller® range with new easyE4 control relay 2020-05-19T07:27:05Z eaton-expands-moeller-r-range-with-new-easye4-control-relay SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA. Power management company Eaton today announced an expansion to its Moeller® range, with the launch of the new easyE4 control relay in Australia and New Zealand. Designed for installers who want to easily integrate control tasks for business and industrial applications, the easyE4 is more compact than previous models, and has flexible options that can connect up to 11 modules and a maximum of 188 inputs/outputs. Mark Anning, Eaton General Manager ANZ said the powerful hardware, flexible expansion and comprehensive communication options of the easyE4 range, makes it one of the most versatile control relay options in the market. “The easyE4 has a large voltage range (DC, AC and UC) with mixed operation flexibility to suit a wide range of applications and markets – from plumbers in building installations, right through to automation engineers in machine building applications. “Backed by Eaton’s intuitive easySoft programming software, the easyE4 can handle simple control tasks, right through to comprehensive configurations with high process efficiency. New function blocks include email notification and an interrupt function which enables fast event recognition and rapid response times. “When used in combination with other products from the Eaton portfolio, the easyE4 can also be integrated into IIoT system architectures via the integrated ethernet interface – a critical feature in the era of advanced manufacturing and automation.” The easyE4 comes with optional DCF77 radio signal analysis and ethernet services which enable highly precise data and time indication. While the integrated micro SD card facilitates data logging and customised starter programs. The software includes four programming languages including structured text (ST) and function block diagram (FBD). With a variety of unique display and visualisation options available for users on mobile devices, tablets or laptops. The easyE4 is available in various supply voltages: AC version for 85 V to 264 V DC version for 24 V UC version for 12 V DC, 24 V DC or 24 V AC Available today through leading electrical wholesalers across Australia. For more information visit www.eatoncorp.com.au. - ENDS - Eaton is a power management company with 2018 sales of $21.6 billion. We provide energy-efficient solutions that help our customers effectively manage electrical, hydraulic and mechanical power more efficiently, safely and sustainably. Eaton is dedicated to improving the quality of life and the environment through the use of power management technologies and services. Eaton has approximately 101,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 175 countries. For more information, visit Eaton.com. ### RTL Plumbing becomes RTL Trades 2020-05-19T01:58:53Z rtl-plumbing-becomes-rtl-trades It is with great excitement that we can share with you today the culmination of a great deal of hard work and effort from our office team which has resulted in the successful restructure and rebranding of the company you know and trust so well from RTL Plumbing to RTL Trades. As many of you will already be aware, we decided some time ago that changes needed to be made in order for our Company to continue to grow and be successful. What started as a an open table discussion on the direction of our business has lead us to this point where we have taken the rather large, and at times daunting & difficult, decision to completely restructure and rebrand our Company. Why the change? To make it easier on our new and existing customers by knowing one call can be made or one email can be sent and whatever issue/s they have will be addressed and resolved swiftly and in a professional manner. We believe we can continue to provide the same exceptional quality & service that RTL Plumbing has been providing to South East Queensland for the last 70 + years in other areas of the trade sector. While there are no immediate plans in the works, the restructure will allow us to add different trade disciplines including but not limited to: Electrical, HVAC, Roof & Wall Cladding, Carpentry & Handyman Services etc. in the future. Our aim is to be one of South East Queensland’s largest multi-faceted solutions provider for all things trade related, while still maintaining our core values of integrity, honesty & accountability as well as continuing to provide the same exceptional customer service that you have come to know and rely on so well. We thank you for your support in assisting us with this changeover and look forward to continuing to build and strengthen our relationship with you in to the future. Kind regards, Mick BradleyRTL Trades General Manager Leading Sydney Landscape Design Firm Releases New Range Of Services 2020-05-17T07:57:57Z leading-sydney-landscape-design-firm-releases-new-range-of-services Inspired Exteriors is releasing a new range of innovative landscape design, construction and maintenance services for residential, commercial, strata and mixed-use properties in the Greater Sydney region. With a team of the region's most talented landscape designers and architects, Inspired Exteriors can be relied to breathe life and excitement into any landscape. Visit the company website today to explore the complete range of services on offer. Inspired Exteriors Address: 1/164 Edgecliff Rd, Woollahra NSW 2025 Phone: (02) 8057 3175 Website: https://www.inspiredexteriors.com.au/ Analysing bids just got a whole lot easier — and faster — for procurement teams thanks to this Brisbane company 2020-05-15T02:10:45Z analysing-bids-just-got-a-whole-lot-easier-and-faster-for-procurement-teams-thanks-to-this-brisbane-company Contract management consultants and tech company Acquire Procurement Services have today released their cloud-based automated tender response evaluation tool — the futuristic sounding TRAACI (short for Tender Response Analysis & Augmented Commercial Intelligence). Created in response to the company’s research which showed that over 99% of multi-million-dollar tenders awarded in Australia could have been on the back of flawed analysis, TRAACI uses the insights its creators developed over 15 years in contract management and procurement consulting to large resources companies, multinationals and the higher education sector. The main problems they kept seeing? Mystery ‘blackbox’ Excel models and calculations, copy/paste errors in cells and inconsistently formatted response templates. Each issue wreaked havoc on the validity of TRAACI addresses each issue, dramatically reducing the time it takes to assess a pricing from weeks and months to minutes. Simon Thompson, Acquire Procurement Services’ Asia Pacific Director, said “We’ve built TRAACI to be scalable, secure, flexible and simple. Now, pricing evaluation can be structured, predictable, and — most importantly — fast for tenders of all sizes.” From as little as $449 per tender, TRAACI takes the logic and methods used in the most effective pricing analysis techniques, traditionally only available to big firms with in-house engineers and analysts, and makes them available at the click of a button. Guided by Acquire Procurement Services’ team of procurement specialists, TRAACI can be set up in minutes and is compatible with most Source-to-Contract or Tender Management systems, including Oracle Aconex and SAP Ariba. The product is one of three digital services released by Acquire Procurement Services in recent weeks, following on the heels of contract management tools ‘Contract Manager’ and ‘Contract Pulse’. More information TRAACI can be found at https://traaci.com Australian contract management company’s software keeps service contracts on track without spreadsheets 2020-05-15T02:06:36Z australian-contract-management-company-s-software-keeps-service-contracts-on-track-without-spreadsheets The two web-based products, Contract Manager and Contract Pulse, let operations managers see end of month and real-time supplier activity respectively, and highlight if contractors are providing services in line with contract requirements and budgets. The applications are an important development because most operations managers, while responsible for budgets, aren’t necessarily experts in contract management and spreadsheet analysis — an unfamiliarity that increases the risk of expensive billing mistakes and not seeing troubling trends until it’s too late. Simon Thompson, Acquire Procurement Services’ Asia Pacific Director, said “When you’re an operations manager overseeing services that are performed over a large geographical footprint or out-of-site (like underground at a remote mine) — you rarely get to see if the services you’re being billed for were actually performed, and to make sure the right rates have been applied. Our tools dramatically reduce the chance of costly errors in contract management and make it possible for the budget owner to check performance without even opening a spreadsheet.” Guided by Acquire Procurement Services’ team of specialised contract managers, the tools take key contract elements like service costs and timeframes (which normally live in Word documents, invoices, timesheets, and messy Excel spreadsheets) and turn them into a digital contract. After that, proprietary algorithms compare contractor behaviour against expected levels and highlights discrepancies and trends, either in real time (Contract Pulse) or monthly (Contract Manager). Using Contract Pulse, suppliers can record their activities directly into the system via a smartphone app. The company is so confident in the benefits that it’s offering a refund if the tools haven’t added value within six months. “If we can’t demonstrate within 6 months that we’ve saved you more than the cost of the service, we will refund the difference,” Mr Thompson said. The release comes on the back of Acquire Procurement Services’ research into contract awarding issues, which found over 99% of multi-million-dollar tenders awarded in Australia could have been on the back of flawed analysis. They subsequently built Traaci.com, a tool which helps tender evaluation teams quickly collect and assess pricing and volume submissions from tenderers. More information about the services is available at https://thecontractmanager.com/ and https://contractpulse.com/. New Build has Water Leak for 18 Months 2020-05-12T06:00:15Z new-build-has-water-leak-for-18-months Today we attend a 2 year old Townhouse in the South East of Melbourne with a water leak from the ceiling in the downstairs bedroom. This leak was a rain leak going on for over 18 months. Our Client, a large builder had over 10 plumbers and several other trades costing many 1000's of dollars during this time, trying to find the problem. Many repairs were carried out including a full waterproof and re-tile on the balcony right above the bedroom. Still, the problem kept persisting. In our client's own words today, if only I called 1300FINDLEAK.COM.AU first! I would have saved a lot of money, time, stress and have this problem sorted out instantly for a few hundred dollars. If you have any kind of Water or Gas Leak, free call our friendly staff for a chat on 1300 346 353! COVID-19: ‘Flicking to remote’ is no simple task 2020-05-12T00:45:01Z covid-19-flicking-to-remote-is-no-simple-task As the COVID-19 pandemic spread in February 2020, essential services and critical industries across Australia and New Zealand had to change the way they operated in just a few days.    For many of even the best prepared organisations, this was a change for which there was no precedent.    A Justice Department, running a court system with all jury trails suspended, a state prison system with all visits suspended, and a Sheriff’s office with all buildings in isolation, had to somehow keep functioning while observing social distancing rules.   An ambulance service serving over seven million people suddenly had to rely on distance employees rather than a traditional central command.   Construction companies working on critical projects had to keep going, but in a working model that had never been done before, relying heavily on mobile communications.   With offices and bases closed or restricted, continued operations depended on getting new mobile connections and devices directly connected and in the hands of key staff in their homes or remote locations in just hours or days.   Telestar stood up a 24/7 virtual team for the COVID-19 emergency within the first day of the new rules, actioning requests for up to multiple thousands of new connections at a time.    Telestar’s staging, kitting and logistics group shipped fully configured SIMs and devices with personalised delivery to the homes of work-from-home employees. Each employee was called directly first to check shipping addresses, so that nothing would slow down the deliveries.   Communications needs were quite different to normal times, so Telestar deployed a set of quick bundles to make ordering easier, with special focus on Work From Home tools like dongles, Cradlepoints and Nighthawks, all delivered for immediate setup and use.   Nothing was allowed to slow down connections and deliveries, so Telestar used its backorder monitoring capability to immediately suggest alternate equipment where requested items involved a wait time.   While ‘flicking to remote’ was the urgent priority, it was also important to essential agencies to maintain business controls. Telestar was able to help here too, with a special Data Buffer analysis service to monitor a mobile fleet’s holistic usage and avoid data blowouts.   “Telestar was honoured to be able to help many essential services and critical industries ‘flick to remote’ so quickly” said Julie Atwal, Telestar CEO. “Telestar supports dozens of government agencies and major industries across Australia and New Zealand to ensure their staff have the communications they need when they need them to stay productive.” Newcastle Kerbing Contractor Offering Extruded & Slipform Kerbing Solutions 2020-05-09T09:49:42Z newcastle-kerbing-contractor-offering-extruded-amp-slipform-kerbing-solutions Leading Newcastle kerbing contractors, Vadas Kerb have released a complete range of guttering, edging and kerbing solutions for commercial, civil and residential clients throughout Newcastle and Sydney. With more than 50 years of experience in the industry, Vadas Kerb have a proven track record of exceptional service and workmanship. If you would like to request more information regarding the range of guttering solutions provided by the team, please visit the official company website at https://kerb.com.au/. Vadas Kerb Address: Newcastle, NSW, 2300 Phone: 0456 789 000 Website: https://kerb.com.au/ Track’em showing strong growth in 2020 despite the current economic challenges 2020-05-08T02:19:04Z track-em-showing-strong-growth-in-2020-despite-the-current-economic-challenges Trackem Pty Ltd (Track'em), leader in cloud-based tracking solutions in construction, mining and oil and gas, is on a trajectory of solid growth, despite the situation that has evolved around COVID-19.   While there is a constant focus on guarding budgets during this period, the company’s key operating metrics are showing strong results. Recent customer success and the uptake of the latest release of Track’em’s materials tracking platform are the driving forces behind this performance.   “2020 has taken a turn that none of us expected,” says Kashif Saleem, Founder and CEO, Track’em.   “With the COVID-19 outbreak, industries and countries have been turned upside down and pulled out of their normal routines. While I regret to see so many companies struggle, Track’em is on a trajectory of growth. We have just released a new version of our Materials Tracking solution and our pipeline is looking healthy, with many new contracts already signed this year.”   The number of active users on Track’em’s platforms has grown by 62% since the beginning of 2020 and the number of transactions running through the software increased by 667% in 2019 alone.   Saleem continuous, “While concerned about the global situation, I’m confident that we will collectively get through this and that it will bring everyone closer together. All our staff are working from home and we have put all the systems and tools in place to make sure we can continue to assist our clients in delivering capital intensive projects in the construction and resource industries on schedule.”   Mark McIntyre, Global VP of Sales, commented, “Our focus has always been on making sure customers can manage and track enterprise resources effectively. In this dynamic time, this is more crucial than ever. The current uncertainty urges companies to optimise processes and have a real-time understanding of the status of project resources such as materials, assets and people. Clients are looking for smarter and flexible ways to operate, and our solutions play right into this.”   Track’em will continue to monitor the situation closely, with the top priority being the health and safety of its staff, customers and stakeholders. About Track'em Track’em is the leading provider of cloud-based tracking software in the resources and construction industries. By tracking assets, materials and time, Track'em provides control and drives efficiency during construction and maintenance projects. Headquartered in Perth, Australia, Track'em has tracked over 10 million items in engineering and construction projects across the world’s largest mining, and oil and gas projects, helping assets owners, engineering companies and contractors deliver projects on time and budget. For more information, visit trackem.com.au. Read all about the 10 steps to implement a material tracking system. Modius Partners with Oper8 and Oper8 Global to Improve Data Centre & Edge Visibility 2020-05-07T02:20:41Z modius-partners-with-oper8-and-oper8-global-to-improve-data-centre-amp-edge-visibility Brisbane, Australia, 7 May 2020 – Modius announced today that it has formed solution reseller partnerships with Oper8 Pty Ltd (Oper8) and Oper8 Global Ltd (Oper8 Global) to deploy and support customer data centre management solutions.  The relationship will see the Modius OpenData platform integrated into Oper8’s Data Centre Operations and Maintenance solutions and services, with Oper8 and Oper8 Global supporting Modius Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) customers across their respective regions. Oper8 supports customers across the Asia Pacific, Australia, New Zealand and Pacific Islands region, with Oper8 Global covering EMEA and Latin America. The relationship increases the ability to source fully integrated and supported multi-protocol DCIM solutions with enhanced web enabled visibility of customer data centres across global time zones. Data centres deliver the key underpinning infrastructure enabling business critical cloud services, data centre colocation facilities, corporate IT systems, and local compute, data storage and analytics. As currently being observed under the social restrictions resulting from COVID-19, the world economy is reliant on cloud and other data centre delivered platforms, while core connection points for the internet are delivered through data centres. Knowing how data centres are operating and seeing potential issues before they occur helps to ensure unexpected service impacting downtime events do not occur. As emerging technologies centred on IoT, AI and enhanced video analytics require local processing at the edge of the cloud, reliance on consistent visibility of the data centre stack becomes even more critical for business. “Modius offers a highly scalable, reliable and secure solution which can be deployed at 1, 10, or 10,000 locations with equivalent performance to manage the availability, capacity and efficiency of mission critical facilities. We are thrilled to team with Oper8 and Oper8 Global in providing their customers with enhanced visibility, streamlined product support and great customer service,” said Craig Compiano, President of Modius. The Modius OpenData platform aligns with Oper8’s solution methodology with options including perpetual licensing with maintenance, or annual subscription models. Modius OpenData integrates with Oper8’s existing IoT Gateways and Oper8 EMS appliances to enable new and existing customers enhanced data centre management options.  “The challenges in delivering visibility of the full range of data centre infrastructure systems across multiple locations, whether colocation or edge and remote sites, has been solved with the integration of Modius OpenData into Oper8’s solutions. Customers can now deploy real-time multi-protocol monitoring in any sized data centre through a centralized web enabled portal, providing visibility to global operations, all in a single pain of glass.” noted Mike Andrea, Managing Director, Oper8.  Importantly the Modius solution complements and integrates with Oper8’s technology partner solutions from RFCode, CPI, Socomec and enlogic, while offering enhanced low bandwidth data aggregation for multiprotocol system monitoring at remote sites. Tom Gardner, Business Development Manager, Oper8 Global added “Combining Modius OpenData with Oper8 Global’s EMS and RFCode solutions gives customers the best of both worlds – both wired sensors and device monitoring and wireless asset and environmental monitoring. The module options in OpenData present the customer with information at their fingertips, regardless of data centre location. Modius provides all the tools we need to manage the performance of our mission critical infrastructure, from  integration of disparate devices, to analytics, to integrated dashboards and importantly, all for the benefit of our customers.”   About Oper8 Oper8 Pty Ltd, headquartered in Queensland, Australia, is a Solution Integrator focused on Data – Data Centres, Data Storage, Data Protection and Data Communications. Oper8 helps customers align and right-size turnkey Data solutions with their business and technology requirements across their chosen operating locations. Oper8 supports customers throughout Australia, New Zealand, Pacific Islands and the Asia Pacific. Visit www.oper8.com.au    About Oper8 Global Oper8 Global Ltd, headquartered in Oxford, United Kingdom, enables custom data centre solutions with a key expertise in Edge, Modular and HPC solutions. Services include turnkey data centre design and build including commissioning, product supply, environmental audits and operational maintenance services. Oper8 Global supports customers throughout Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America. Visit www.oper8global.com   About Modius Modius Inc. is a world leading end-to-end solution provider for managing the availability, capacity and efficiency in the critical facilities of data centers, smart buildings, telecommunications and other IoT environments.  Founded in 2004 with headquarters in San Francisco, California, Modius has customer deployments around the globe. Modius’ flagship offering, OpenData, provides all the tools needed to manage the performance of mission critical infrastructure, from  integration of disparate devices, to analytics, to integrated dashboards,  all in a “single pane of glass.” Visit www.modius.com     Kiwi lockdown insights to design ultimate home 2020-05-05T19:42:01Z kiwi-lockdown-insights-to-design-ultimate-home With a month spent locked in our homes we have gained a new perspective on life and how we use space, and a new initiative aims to harness these insights to design the ultimate Kiwi home. ‘The House NZ Built’, created by Stonewood Homes, aims to tap into the ‘collective genius’ of communities across the country to create a home fitting of the future the corona virus crisis has forced on the world. “COVID lockdown has provided a unique opportunity for people to assess the space around them and what it means to be secure and connected,” said Steven Zhu Executive Director of Stonewood Homes. “We are all looking at life differently now. Knowing something like a virus can have such a profound impact on our lives and basically bring it to a halt certainly changes what we need in a home to be comfortable and function not only as a family, but to manage work, life and our health needs.” Zhu said the company is inviting families from across both islands to share what they love and hate about their home, what they would change, and ultimately what they need in a home. “We believe we have a once in a lifetime opportunity to draw on extraordinary consumer insights to design a home that answers the overall needs of Kiwis and what they want in this new reality. We are calling on all New Zealanders to have their say and be involved in this special project.”   New Zealanders can take part in The House NZ Built by completing the survey at www.thehousenzbuilt.co.nz. Following the research, award winning designer Peter Mannion from Synergy Designs will collate the findings to create the home plan. “This is such a unique project and when I heard about it, I was excited to be involved and help bring the House NZ Built to life,” Mr Mannion said. “People have never spent so much time assessing their homes, and I can’t wait to see what New Zealanders want.” Deborah Still from Deborah Still Interior Design said the House NZ Built was a wonderful opportunity for people to get creative and rethink how space can be utilised. “I think this time has helped people realise they need to be more creative and think laterally about space,” she said. “It’s about considering out-of-the-box ideas and how rooms can be utilised for multiple purposes, not just doing the same old thing. “Everybody has basic needs to be fulfilled by their home, so the influence on design really rests with lifestyle. This element will impact what they want and believe their home should be.” Ms Still shared her top tips for helping people focus their design ideas. 1.       Family large or small? Do you have children or extended family you need to account for regarding space and access? Are play areas vital? The size of the family will influence the amount of rooms you need and communal living spaces. 2.       Peaceful or playful? Do you want a tranquil private existence within your home or are you looking for daily fun and energy and a constant sense of community? This thinking will shape the level of open space in a home. 3.       Active or cosy? Do you like to exercise regularly and be outdoors or are you more the type of person who likes to spend your free time cozied up with a book? This will influence a home’s connection to the outdoors and space needed for gym equipment etc 4.       Entertainers or restaurateurs? Do you like to cook and have people over or do you prefer to eat out with friends? This will impact kitchen and living space choices and the size and budget allocated to each. 5.       Low or high maintenance? Do you love gardening and want to be able to spend time tending to it, or is mowing the last thing on your ‘to-do’ list? 6.       Warm or cool colours? Do you like deep rich colours or cool airy tones? This will affect both interior and exterior style decisions. 7.       Dream big. Always start with your dream list and what you would really love in a home, as often a plan can be worked around to meet a budget and wish list. It also helps a person drill down on what matters most for their home. Zhu said people who contribute to the research will gain exclusive access to the design, no obligation required. “We want to reward people who share their thoughts with us and what better way than to give them access to the ‘House NZ Built’ plan. After all, they will have helped design it.” Research will be open from May 4 until May 22, 2020 with the home reveal and 3D virtual render launched before the end of June. www.thehousenzbuilt.co.nz