The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2017-07-25T07:50:47Z Expedio to support new junior explorer to get their data sorted from the beginning 2017-07-25T07:50:47Z expedio-to-support-new-junior-explorer-to-get-their-data-sorted-from-the-beginning PERTH, 25 July 2017: Expedio is proud to announce it has been appointed as data management provider for new junior explorer Cygnus Gold Limited. Cygnus Gold Limited has contracted Perth-based Expedio to implement industry best practise data collection and management solutions ahead of their upcoming drilling program. Expedio will manage all geological data requirements for Cygnus including historic open source data from within their project areas. Cygnus Gold Limited will benefit from outsourcing their IT infrastructure and staffing overheads while having the assurance their data is managed with the highest technical standards and combined centuries of experience from the expert team at Expedio. This support model ensures efficiency and immediate access to data, as well as the adherence to stringent business rules and statutory compliance. Expedio’s single interface data management solution integrated with centralised and standardised outputs and advanced reports ensure Cygnus Gold Limited is operating from a ‘single source of truth’ across divisions. Expedio’s innovative data logging solution can be used even when offline, which means that Cygnus Gold Limited will be collecting fast, accurate and dependable data no matter what. “Having access to immediate and accurate geological data delivered by excellent customer service is crucial for mining and exploration companies,” said Lara Groves, Expedio Managing Director. “With an 18-year history of providing cost effective and successful solutions, we’re confident Expedio will be delivering fantastic operational and compliance outcomes for Cygnus Gold Limited now and into the future.” “Cygnus Gold recognises that having a high quality database and data management systems is critical to the success of the company,” said James Merrillees, Cygnus CEO. “Cygnus is pleased to team up with Expedio at this early stage and we look forward to working together as we build shareholder value through discovery success.” *** ENDS *** For media queries please contact: Expedio Lara Groves, Managing Director    Cygnus Gold Limited James Merrillees, CEO   About Expedio Based in Perth, Western Australia, Expedio is a geological data management consultancy, with a team of IT and geo-scientific professionals and a client base covering all corners of the world. Formed in 1999, Expedio was established to provide data management solutions to mining and exploration companies. Expedio offers an integrated series of tools to configure and manage exploration and drilling data, from collection through to management and delivery, ensuring always accurate data. Beyond the mining industry, Expedio can provide data-management services, rugged hardware solutions and personnel across a broad range of industries.   About Cygnus Gold Limited Cygnus Gold Limited is a Perth-based junior explorer focussed on the exploration and discovery of gold deposits in the high-grade metamorphic terrane of southwest Western Australia. Cygnus holds over 3,500km2 of granted tenements and applications and is run by a world class technical team with expertise in target generation using leading edge technologies. Twelve new Komatsu 830E haul trucks arriving in Australia for assembly 2017-06-26T22:15:21Z twelve-new-komatsu-830e-haul-trucks-arriving-in-australia-for-assembly Australian owned and operated private company, National Plant & Equipment are excited to be welcoming an addition of twelve immediately available new haul trucks; Komatsu 830E electric drive into their extensive heavy equipment fleet this July. Measuring at just under 7 meters high and 8 meters wide, the Komatsu 830E is a leader in the 240-tonne class mining truck where companies using this equipment experience one of the lowest cost per tonne operations. The arrival of twelve new Komatsu 830Es is fairly uncommon in Australia and as such has created quite a stir in the market.  “Despite being in high demand, these trucks are extremely difficult to come by in Australia due to their size and cost of acquisition” Mark Ackroyd, CEO of National Plant & Equipment explains.  In what is an impressive procurement, the fleet of twelve dump trucks are expected to arrive at the Port of Brisbane in July where an equally impressive arrangement of heavy haulage vehicles and low loaders, including 10 line steerable drake trailers, will be waiting to transport the dump trucks to National Plant & Equipment’s yard in Yatala. It is at the yard in Yatala, where the dump trucks will be assembled, within a month, by an experienced team of 20 personnel on what will be a 24/7 project, all of which will be captured for a time lapse production. “With the interest that the purchase of this equipment has amassed, we wanted to give the industry a rare insight into what it takes to assemble these sizeable dump trucks” said Mark.  “This is one of the largest simultaneous equipment builds that our team will have accomplished, especially on a tight timeframe,” Mark continues.   In what will be no easy feat, having twelve 8-meter wide dump trucks in various stages of assembly, the staff of National Plant & Equipment are ready to take on the challenge.   ENDS ABOUT KOMATSU 830E ·       Maximum gvw 385848 kg 850,650 lb ·       Gross horsepower 1865 kw 2,500 hp ·                            7.30m wide x 6.88m high ·   Powered by a komatsu sda16v160 engine, the general electric drive system provides efficient transfer of the power to the ground while demonstrating low fuel consumption and excellent reliability. ·      The dynamic retarding provides the greatest braking efficiency in the industry, utilizing advanced logic including retard speed control. ·      The modern operators cab is fully rops/fops certified and designed for maximum operator comfort.    ABOUT NATIONAL PLANT & EQUIPMENT Operating since 1997, National Plant and Equipment (NPE) has gained leading market positions in the heavy equipment sales and rental sector. Specialising in the provision of heavy earthmoving equipment to the mining and civil construction sectors, NPE has access to an extensive fleet of over 200 heavy equipment Australia wide.   John Morris Group Launches the NEW SoundAdvisor 831C Sound Level Meter from Larson Davis 2017-06-01T03:53:58Z john-morris-group-launches-the-new-soundadvisor-831c-sound-level-meter-from-larson-davis Sydney, Australia – John Morris Group a growing force in the test and measurement market today announced the release of the NEW Larson Davis SoundAdvisor 831C Sound Level Meter and the NMS044 Noise Monitoring System.   “We are very excited about the new SoundAdvisor 831C Sound Level Meter and NMS044 Noise Monitoring System. Our customers will be very interested in the new features such as the colour touchscreen and great connectivity options such as cellular, WiFi, and wired networking are all available to you when using the SoundAdvisor. The meter can even serve as its own WiFi hotspot.” said Duncan McLeod, Industrial Division Manager of John Morris Group.   Jeff Williams, Director of Sales and Marketing at Larson Davis said, “The SoundAdvisor 831C and the NMS044 will be a game changer in the acoustic measurement and noise monitoring markets both in the ANZ region and globally. The SoundAdvisor 831C is our next generation sound level meter that adds exciting new capabilities and communication options for environmental noise monitoring.  The SoundAdvisor Noise Monitoring kit provides a unique and simplistic approach for remote noise monitoring.  This system will stand alone indefinitely powering itself with a small solar panel and anyone with a smart phone can connect to the monitor and receive event alerts, complete with sound files.”   About John Morris Group (Industrial Division) As providers of complete solutions for noise and vibration measurement and analysis, John Morris Group partners with the region’s leading engineers and scientists to deliver solutions for the measurement of acceleration, force, load, pressure, shock, strain, torque, noise and vibration. John Morris Group has a proud heritage, spanning almost 60 years, specialising in the supply, installation and servicing of technical instrumentation and consumables across eleven diverse industry sectors.   Contact our John Morris Group team toll-free: AUS 1800 251 799 and NZ 0800 651 700 email: Web: Twice the Rate of Depression for FIFO Workers 2017-04-04T08:45:05Z twice-the-rate-of-depression-for-fifo-workers Over 2,000 people die by suicide each year in Australia which is double the country’s road death toll. Suicide is the leading cause of death in men aged between 25-44 years.   In 2014/15, research, carried out by Edith Cowan University (ECU), surveyed 629 fly-in fly-out (FIFO) workers from 143 different resource companies. The study found that over one-third (36%) of participants experienced depression, anxiety and/or stress symptoms, this being more than twice the rate for the general population. 67,000 workers are employed on a fly‐in, fly‐out basis in the resources sector and these figures may not include all the ancillary services to the sector. Such a large group of people is obviously going to contain a diverse cross‐section of the population in terms of age, life experiences, expectations of work, and mental and physical health background.   Six studies have measured mental health among FIFO workers with proper diagnostic tests. The results have been mixed, showing not all FIFO workers will experience mental health problems – about 70% don’t, but the key mental health issues have been found common in all the studies: · Feelings of isolation and loneliness: this reported across research studies regardless of education level, profession, or roster duration. · Stress, which gets worse for some people during the home to work transition periods. · Depression, which is likely to influence employment performance and increase risk of suicide. · Anxiety that affects sleep, concentration, employment performance and causes irritability. · Substance misuse - while mining companies are excellent at testing workers for drugs and alcohol on site, some FIFO workers use substances on their R&R period. The use of drugs indicates that these employees have limited coping strategies. Drug use often increases in stressful situations and can interfere with work tasks and hence safety. Even if the drug has left the body before FIFO workers return to site, the after effects are still present. · Sleep problems - most FIFO workers work 12 hour shifts. Less than 6 hours of sleep affects their mood, coping ability and concentration. · Limited social networks have been identified by research as a real issue with FIFO workers. In remote locations, there are often limited means and time for communication and signal may be poor. When they go back home, their friends are working and there’s a sense of disconnection. Having limited social support is likely to impact on workers speaking to someone about mental health problems when they need it and so feelings of isolation and loneliness are intensified The lead researcher, Philippa Vojnovic from ECU’s School of Business said the ECU study highlighted the need for robust support systems to be in place at FIFO workplaces. She lists her 5 Key Takeaway Points: ·     FIFO work does not cause mental health problems, it exposes workers to risk factors ·     Suicidal behavior requires professional help ·     Organisations must know their responsibilities for worker mental health ·     Organisational strategies do have positive impacts on mental health and suicide rates ·     Stigma about mental health and suicidal behavior needs to be reduced” Mental health management in the workplace is increasingly recognised as essential. This is partly due to the benefits of good mental health, but also because the costs of mental health problems are devastating. There is also an association between mental health problems and accidents at work. Mental health at work must be approached in a similar way to that of physical health and safety.  Organisations can manage and improve workplace mental health by: ·     Demonstrating an active commitment to the mental health of their workers as an industry priority. ·     Developing an emergency response system for any worker experiencing a mental health crisis. ·     Promoting awareness. ·     Reducing the stigma associated with mental illness ·     Implementing Employee Assistance Programs. ·     Implementing strategies to support employees with mental health issues such as reducing workloads or adjusting work roles or schedules myosh is a global provider of HSEQ solutions.  In consultation with experts and clients, myosh have developed the Wellbeing platform to Manage Workplace Mental Health.  The platform enables staff to confidentially report bullying issues.  It offers managers a central and secure database for incident history and provides tools and guidance for managing issues in the workplace. My Wellbeing is an innovative set of cloud based tools and resources that make it easy for managers to Identify, Nurture and Improve Workplace Mental Health.  Learn more at one of our free webinars -   References ·       Philippa Vojnovic: Managing Mental Health and Suicide Risk among FIFO Workers in the Australian Resources Industry. ECU Research ·       Mine Safety Journal ·       Beyond Blue Enquiry into Mental Illness in FIFO Workers ·       Western Australia Legislative Assembly Discussion paper$file/Discussion+Paper+Final+PDF.pdf UTRC can employ Stawell Gold Mine’s new unemployed workers 2016-12-13T12:56:40Z utrc-can-employ-stawell-mine-s-new-unemployed-workers Following his Open Letter* to Stawell residents advising them of a misinformation campaign regarding UTRC’s removal of the largest tyre stockpile in Australia, Dr Matthew Starr is again imploring the Victorian Government to take steps that will see the business start employing many of Stawell Gold Mines’ retrenched workers. With up to 150 people losing their jobs at the mine (announced Tuesday, 13 December), UTRC offers Stawell a chance to employ up to 50 people in early 2017.  “All we request from the government is to waive some of the small regulatory fees that UTRC has been hit with, and provide greater support for our efforts to eliminate Victoria’s number one environmental hazard,” said Dr Starr. “UTRC is the only new business of size attempting to become operational in Stawell that can employ up to 30 per cent of the newly unemployed.  “UTRC is the best option for the unemployed workers who now face a very unhappy Christmas and New Year, with a bleak outlook for 2017.” The Stawell tyre stockpile comprises almost 9 million tyres, which UTRC purchased in June 2015 to create a new, environmentally-friendly, clean-tech facility to recycle the tyres. Dr Starr added, “We intend to support the workers of Stawell for the long term and as UTRC in Stawell has been classified as a Transfer Station for Victoria's used tyres, we can assure the town that there will be jobs well into the future.” * You can view the Open Letter, which is being delivered this week, at and a copy should be attached. Dr Matthew Starr can be contacted on 0402 457 315. Turnkey Homes Available in The Retreat at Mandurah Quay 2016-11-23T07:22:44Z turnkey-homes-available-in-the-retreat-at-mandurah-quay Perth, WA, November 23, 2016 - Turnkey homes are now available in The Retreat at Mandurah Quay for as low as $449,000. The Retreat at Mandurah Quay is located in Erskine, within Mandurah Quay. It is a short walk to the Mandurah Quay Resort, including the Waterside Restaurant. The Mandurah City Centre is only eight minutes away, as is the Indian Ocean. The Retreat is adjacent to the Peel Inlet, offering picturesque views and access to numerous watersports and natural adventures. Located on the banks of the Mandurah Estuary, The Retreat at Mandurah Quay is a controlled development. It offers optional access to the facilities at the Mandurah Quay Resort.Facilities at the Mandurah Quay Resort include a gym, a swimming pool, a BBQ, volleyball courts and a function room for members and their guests. For those who want to play golf, the Mandurah Country Club is a short drive away. The Retreat also offers easy access to the Len Howard Conservation Park, nature walks, boating, crabbing and fishing. The Retreat at Mandurah Quay is a master planned community. They have developed Estate guidelines and a local development plan to ensure that all homes and apartments built in the community are of high quality. The subdivisions are designed in a way that respects and blends into the environment. The homes are designed to take full advantage of solar orientation and are rated as having 6-star energy designs.Turnkey Homes are the Best House and Land PackagesStage 1 of The Retreat at Mandurah Quay offers 12 turnkey homes. Turnkey homes are like house and land packages but without having to wait for the builder. The homes are ready to move into; all the buyer has to do is “turn the key” and walk in. The homes are built by some of the area’s finest builders. Two of the twelve homes are already sold, leaving ten available. All ten homes have three bedrooms, two bathrooms and two car spaces. The smallest available block is 296 m2 and the largest available block is 336 m2. Madeleine McErlain is the Marketing Manager for Origin Projects, the developer of The Retreat at Mandurah Quay. According to Ms McErlain:“The Retreat at Mandurah Quay represents a great opportunity for people to live a seachange lifestyle while they are still young enough to enjoy it. One of the big advantages is that Mandurah is only a little over an hour away from the Perth CBD by car or less than an hour by train. This allows people to live a seachange lifestyle but still work in the Perth CBD.”Ms McErlain concluded: “The Retreat at Mandurah Quay offers a seachange lifestyle, access to a world class resort and plenty of infrastructure within a ten minute drive. But it is still close enough to the Perth CBD for people to enjoy all of its benefits, too. It’s no wonder we are getting so many enquiries.”Origin Projects, once known as 4Land Property Group, develops house and land packages in prime locations in the Perth area. They have a track record of building successful land estates in hot Perth suburbs offering affordable homes in locations that provide both lifestyle and capital growth. To learn more or to enquire about a home in The Retreat at Mandurah Quay, call (08) 9535 9969 or visit their website: Inefficient Pumps can Increase HVAC Costs 2016-11-10T04:59:19Z inefficient-pumps-can-increase-hvac-costs Perth, WA, November 10, 2016 - Pumps are not seen as a factor in raising or lowering HVAC costs by the general public, but pumps can account for 10-15% of the power consumed by HVAC. HVAC consumes, on an average, 40% of the power consumed in any building across a diverse range of businesses and applications.Australia and New Zealand currently use a system called NABERS (National Australian Built Environment Rating System) to assess how buildings perform in relation to the environment. Energy used for HVAC can account for as much as 70% of the assessment.While these numbers may seem unrelated, they demonstrate that HVAC costs are important to both the bottom line and environmental performance of a building and the business it houses. Controls, Pumps and EfficiencyThe efficiency of controls determines the efficiency of a pumping system. In an HVAC system, inefficient controls can add between 50-90% to the net energy usage. The importance of controls for HVAC is heightened in a temperate climate, which envelops most of Australia’s cities. In a temperate climate, both heat and AC are necessary. The amount of heat produces a heavy load on the AC component, but there are still times when heat is necessary and times when the load is minimal. Consequently, the system must be able to turn down the cooling component to adjust to minimal loads. If it can’t do this efficiently, the efficiency of the system itself is greatly affected.In the North part of Australia, in cities like Darwin, controls aren’t as essential because the AC load is always heavy and no heating is necessary.For the typical HVAC system in the typical Australian building that is not in the North, there are three factors that affect pump efficiency: robustness of controls, conflicting uses and turndowns. Keeping Costs DownPlant and business operators have plenty of options available to help increase pump efficiency. Time of use: Decreasing time of use can reduce costs and increase efficiency greatly. For example, when a plant doesn’t need to run, it should be shut down. Turndown: Correct calibration of turndown decreases power usage and increases efficiency. This ideally involves the use of VSD’s or Variable Speed Drives to match the pumps and fans with the loads. VSD’s greatly increase the efficiency of pumps and fans when running at lower speeds.Conflicting Uses: The main example of conflicting use is the heating and the AC running at the same time. This is an obvious drain on resources and waste of energy.The End ResultWhen VSD’s are added to a high quality pumping system, the end result is increased efficiency and lowered costs of operation. However, if the quality of the pumping system is not high enough, the increase in efficiency is negligible at best. It only works on high-quality pumps.Pump Solutions Australasia imports pumps into Australia from all over the world. They only carry pumps and controls from manufacturers who have international reputations as the best manufacturers in their market segments. They provide the most reliable and efficient pumps and controls in the world to help Australian businesses save money and avoid downtime. To learn more, call 1300 793 418 or visit their website: Pump Importer: “We Don’t Just Sell Pumps.” 2016-10-12T07:41:20Z pump-importer-we-don-t-just-sell-pumps Perth, WA, 12 October 2016 - Pump Solutions Australasia has been in business since 1990. They started out creating and installing engineered vacuum systems both in Australia and overseas. They built the first automated vacuum system in Geraldton for the Geraldton Fish Market. The system is still in use today.Because of their roots in providing full service solutions for clients, they are not the typical pump supplier. They import the finest pumps from the best manufacturers in the world and still provide full service solutions for their clients. They carry pumps from elite manufacturers such as Grundfos, Tsurumi, Ran, Verderflex, Becker, Lowara, Fluid-o-Tech and Speck Pumpen.If Pump Solutions Australasia was just a store that sold pumps, they would still stand out in the business due to their great selection and commitment to high quality. However, it doesn’t stop there. Pump Solutions Australasia has built their reputation as possibly the best pump supplier in Australia because they provide full pump solutions for a number of industries.Pump Solutions Australasia will provide pump solutions for needs as small as a residence that needs one submersible pump to a mining company that needs a multi-million dollar setup. They provide pump for the medical, hospitality, wastewater, mining, construction, industrial and scientific industries.Repair ServicesPump Solutions Australasia offers full repair services on any brand of pump. They have a full workshop in their facility in the Perth suburb of Wangara. They also have a full crew that will do onsite work for large or small operations. Spare PartsPump Solutions Australasia provides access to spare parts for any major pump. They work with all of the major suppliers and can easily find spare parts that can keep a client from having to buy a new pump and help them get more life out of the equipment they have. Service and MaintenanceAt Pump Solutions Australasia, they service and maintain pumps from any manufacturer in the world. Pumps are expected to work 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. They need to be maintained and serviced on a regular basis. This prevents downtime. It also lets clients know if a pump is in need of replacement or spare parts. This keeps operations going smooth and helps businesses get maximum lives out of their equipment.Customer SupportIf there is one facet of Pump Solutions Australasia that the owner and crew are the most proud of, it’s their commitment to providing the best customer service and product support in the business. They pay as much attention to clients after the sale as they do before the sale. Many customers remark that other places “left them high and dry,” but the crew at Pump Solutions Australasia always sees every purchase through until the customer is satisfied. .Pump Solutions Australasia is an importer of pumps located in the Perth area. They import pumps from the finest manufacturers around the world, including some in Italy, Germany and Turkey. They only import the best pumps because they know downtime can cost businesses a lot of money. They pride themselves on the best customer service in the business and providing solutions for their customers. To learn more, call 1300 793 418 or visit their website: acQuire Finalist in 2016 WA Industry and Export Awards 2016-09-27T02:47:26Z acquire-finalist-in-2016-wa-industry-and-export-awards acQuire Technology Solutions is short-listed for the 2016 Western Australian Industry and Export Awards in two categories: Digital Technologies and the C.Y. O’Connor Award for Excellence in Engineering and Technology.  The awards are designed to recognise excellence in the export of goods and services by WA business. The Awards Ceremony and Gala Dinner is being held on 28 October in Perth. PERTH, Australia (27 September 2016) – acQuire Technology Solutions has been nominated for two categories in the Western Australian Industry and Export Awards. The awards program recognises the contributions of businesses to the economy through job creation and increased prosperity for the community and for the State. The first category, Digital Technologies, is for outstanding international success in information and communication products.  Finalists must provide technology or services concerned with the storage, retrieval, manipulation, transmission or receipt of digital data.  Winners of this category will proceed to the national competition. The second category is an industry award. The C.Y. O’Connor Award for Excellence in Engineering and Technology recognizes excellence in engineering, technology, medical technology, information technology and/or technical research and development. ‘We’re honoured to be recognised for our work in both these categories, especially as 2016 marks our 20th year anniversary’, says acQuire managing director, Alison Atkins. ‘Our focus has always been on the global resources community and helping them create trust in their geoscientific data’. ‘It’s long been our belief that resources companies have a valuable business asset in their data, one that is critical to helping them make strategic business decisions’. Despite operating in a volatile market experiencing declining commodity prices and contraction in spending throughout the mining industry, acQuire's export sales revenue increased by 17% in 2015/16 with 68% of the company's total sales revenue coming from international markets including Canada, Chile, USA, Brazil and South Africa. In 2015/16 the acQuire GIM Suite was implemented into new sites in North America, South America, Europe and Africa. New technology and consultant partnership programs were also launched globally. acQuire continues to maintain and target its international markets through an innovative, values-based business model, brand and product strategy and continual research and development. The awards dinner is held at Crown Perth on Friday, 28 October 2016. AIIA undertaking significant survey on analytics and data usage by Australian businesses, government and NGOs 2016-09-12T02:46:08Z aiia-undertaking-significant-survey-on-analytics-and-data-usage-by-australian-businesses-government-and-ngos FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 12 SEPTEMBER 2016 Encourages new and established organisations in all sectors to participate in order to develop the most comprehensive report possible The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA), the peak member body for the ICT industry, today announced it is undertaking a major survey of Australian organisations on analytics and data usage. The purpose of the survey is to find out what differentiates those business, government and NGO organisations that effectively use data and analytics for senior decision making. The survey is open to individual respondents via the AIIA website until 31 September 2016. It is anticipated that a whitepaper will be published towards the end of the year incorporating an analysis of the results and providing a body of knowledge that will help guide business leaders on ways to incorporate data and analytics into their organisation in order to remain competitive. Rob Fitzpatrick, CEO of the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA), says, "On a global scale, we see those organisations that know how to use data effectively are usually the strongest performers. If Australia is serious about driving an ideas boom and creating new employment opportunities, we need to ensure that we help local organisations better understand and then take advantage of data to be competitive. “This is not just a survey for tech companies. The information generated will benefit all industries and we encourage participants across all sectors whether they be in education, retail, finance, or others, as well as established and newer companies to participate,” added Fitzpatrick. This initiative is being led by the AIIA’s Data and Analytics Special Interest Group, which is chaired by Dr Roger Kermode, director of business consulting firm Alimua Pty Ltd and former practice principal for analytics and data management for Hewlett-Packard Enterprise and Graeme Wood, general manager of marketing for Semantic Software Asia Pacific. “There is mounting evidence that data-driven organisations tend to require fewer assets, execute with greater insight and less risk, and ultimately generate higher returns. We believe incorporating these practices is an important part of creating a sustainable and growing economy in Australia and is crucial to seeing our standing in world innovation and growth rankings improve,” says Dr Kermode. The data collected will be analysed by data scientists at the University of Technology Sydney. Professor Michael Blumenstein of UTS Sydney says, “Much has been published on big data, automation and the use of analytics at an organizational level. However, despite the recognition of data increasing in importance, the use of data between and within organisations varies widely. The AIIA survey has been constructed to find out why. It’s designed to enable deep diagnostics and analysis of what actually take place inside organisations across different functions and different levels, not just what is visible externally.” Numerous leading Australian organisations are encouraging their members to complete the survey, including: Data61, The Knowledge Economy Institute; NSW State Government; Advance Australia; FINSIA; CPA Australia; StartupMuster; UTS Faculty of Engineering and IT; and, the UTS Business School. # # # About AIIA The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) is Australia’s peak representative body and advocacy group for those in the digital ecosystem. Since 1978 the AIIA has pursued activities to stimulate and grow the digital ecosystem, to create a favourable business environment for members and to contribute to Australia’s economic prosperity. We do this by delivering outstanding member value by providing a strong voice of influence; building a sense of community through events and education; enabling a network for collaboration and inspiration; and developing compelling content and relevant and interesting information. MEDIA CONTACT For more information, please contact Joanna Stevens Kramer at 0408 466 410 or email For more information about the AIIA please visit Mining’s Tough Message: Innovate or Risk Becoming Obsolete 2016-09-06T01:35:59Z mining-s-tough-message-innovate-or-risk-becoming-obsolete-1 6 September Sydney - The domestic mining downturn is now widely accepted as one unlikely to receive an imminent correction. This sentiment is reinforced by a recent NAB outlook report suggesting we may be as long as three years away from an upward swing. This creates a period of forced change where the industry will race to adapt in a variety of ways, including the streamlining of its business processes. Suppliers and service providers to the mining industry are in a new and unique position where the onus is now on them to provide more to their offering - beyond the suggestion of a positive impact to bottom-line, companies now need to prove this by showcasing recent examples. Mining Industry Partners Offer Options This is one of the reasons that Apex Supply Chain Technologies has demonstrated recently during Australian mining’s influential event Queensland Mining and Exhibition, and has maintained a steady client base and even expanding since opening its first Asian-Pacific office in Sydney last year. Through a variety of solutions, such as its automated locker solutions first introduced to the Australian market by Apex this year, the company has been in strong demand within the mining sector. The technology behind the Apex solutions enables subscribers to track, manage, control, and analyse supply, materials and equipment in real-time, is known as the Apex Trajectory Cloud™ Enterprise Software Service. This secure, cloud-based, technology allows businesses to affect a reduction of up to 34% in its operational costs, with many Australian companies already enjoying the level of savings. Apex Supply Chain Technologies CEO and Founder Kent Savage said, its cloud-based technology can be used from anywhere, day or night, with no software to install. The Trajectory Cloud platform powers all Apex automated dispensing solutions, including the AXCESS™ self-serve automated lockers, which provide secure accountability for high value, reusable assets and consumable products. “Each AXCESS locker also has flexible configurations to accommodate a wide variety of products, from calibrated tools or stock-kits, to handheld scanners and other electronic devices,” Mr Savage said. “And all of them are easy to access twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.” Ample Opportunity to Adapt with Asset Management In an article by Australian Mining (July, 2016), four qualities were identified as being vital to a business that will survive the current downturn, these being ‘pro-activeness, connectedness, adaptation, and access to “slack” (or readily available) resources. Mr Savage, commented that ‘slack’ or wasted resources are all too common within a company’s internal operations and can be easily audited and addressed. “When you’re dealing with high-value equipment, waste through loss, or even the time wasted locating misplaced equipment, this will put a dent in how ‘downturn-proof’ your business is,” Mr. Savage added. “Minimising waste is one of the quickest and easiest ways to bolster your bottom-line.” Automating Inventory Replenishment Eliminates More Inefficiencies Business process solutions by Apex also include the ACTYLUS™ system, which uses smart bin technology to boost productivity through self-automated inventory checks and re-orders. Mr. Savage said that Actylus can boost supply chain productivity by 30% and grow bottom-line revenues across a variety of industries and applications. “ACTYLUS eliminates the need for safety stock, emergency orders and inefficient, labour-intensive manual processes. This minimises overall inventory and provides a more cost-efficient solution for inventory management,” he said. “This means easy replenishment to ensure no stock outs which can result in production lines shutting down. With ACTYLUS you’ll always have the optimal amount of inventory.” The Apex cloud technology will have a number of potential applications across a range of industries such as manufacturing, transportation and fleet, automotive aftermarket, distribution and logistics, mining and quarrying, and healthcare. “Australia’s mining industry is challenged every day by tough, global competition. The timing is ideal for companies looking to become more competitive to adopt Apex automated dispensing technologies,” he said. Apex automated dispensing solutions increase productivity; lower costs and help businesses make better decisions by utilising the real-time asset and inventory insights at their fingertips. “Our customers report greater accountability, reduced consumption and better team morale after installing our solutions, says, Mr, Savage. This translates into an average savings of 30% or more. That’s real value.” -ENDS- About Apex Supply Chain Technologies: North American-based Apex Supply Chain Technologies is a global leader in automated dispensing systems for managing high-use, high-cost, mission-critical supplies, parts, tools, hand-held electronics and components in applications such as OEM manufacturing, fleet maintenance, automotive aftermarket, mining and quarrying, retail, foodservice, healthcare, veterinary medicine and more. Apex has managed more than three billion automated vending transactions and serves thousands of global clients. For more information visit or call +61 2 9450 0866. Media Enquiries Kevin Dugan Senior Global Communications Executive, Apex Supply Chain Technologies +1 513-486-3243 Lisa Rollings Heard Agency 02 8279 7876 Cathy Yao Heard Agency 02 8279 7876 Australia’s top innovations celebrated at national AIIA iAwards 2016 2016-09-02T00:55:32Z australia-s-top-innovations-celebrated-at-national-aiia-iawards-2016 Melbourne, Victoria – 2 September 2016 – The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) has today announced the national winners of the 2016 iAwards, Australia’s leading awards program for recognising and rewarding Australian innovation.   Yesterday, Australia’s preeminent innovators and best home-grown ideas were on show at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. Finalists from each state and territory iAwards competed for national category and cross-category awards, with winners announced and celebrated at the AIIA iAwards Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony.   This year, more than 600 entries were received from government, startups, corporates and students. Entrants competed in five base award categories across Business Services, Community Services, Consumer, Industrial & Primary Services, and Public Sector & Government as well as Student Categories and Cross Categories.   Additional awards were presented to the winners of Innovation of the Year, AIIA Accelerator and Pitchfest!.   “The AIIA’s iAwards has a proud history as Australia’s leading national innovation awards program, attracting entries from all sectors of the economy including public, private, not-for-profit and students,” said Rob Fitzpatrick, CEO, AIIA. “Last year’s entry numbers set a record high and this year, and we have seen the entry numbers double again. This is true testament to the broadening scope of Australian innovation, which provides solutions to social problems; problems that matter. The AIIA would like to congratulate the winners and merit recipients of this year’s national iAwards, and thank all those who dedicated a day to innovation by participating in the 2016 iAwards national program.”   The AIIA believes the iAwards program is a critical platform to demonstrate the impact that its members and the broader technology sector are driving to improve Australia’s social and economic prosperity. The impact of the technology sector that AIIA represents is more crucial to Australia’s future than ever before.   The Hon. Phillip Dalidakis MLC, Minister for Small Business, Innovation and Trade, said, “It’s a great honour for Victoria, Australia's undisputed IT and tech capital, to host the 22nd iAwards. Congratulations to all entrants and especially iAwards winners as we are proud many of you will be representing us on the world stage at the Asia Pacific ICT Alliance awards in December." The 2016 iAwards winners and merit recipients are:  Special Recognition: Pitchfest! Award: DoseMe PTY. LTD. – DoseMe AIIA Accelerator of the Year Award: Switch Automation – Switch Smart Hub Innovation of the Year Award: Optika Solutions Pty Ltd – Akumen Victorian Government Inspiration of the Year Award: automed – automed Cross Categories: Big Data Innovation of the Year Winner: Optika Solutions Pty Ltd – Akumen Merit: Santos – Predictive Analytics in Oil and Gas Export of the Year Winner: StarRez – StarRez Housing, Conduct and Conference Software Infrastructure & Platforms Innovation of the Year Winner: NEC Australia and NT Police – NeoFace Reveal Merit: Symbio Networks – TollShield Mobility Innovation of the Year Winner: automed – automed Merit: Catholic Education Office – Darwin and SRA Information Technology – The Attendance Management Map Application (AMMA) Research & Development Project of the Year Winner: La Trobe University - OTARC and Salesforce – ASDetect Merit: Metro South Health and AEHRC - CSIRO – SNOMAN – Clinical Terminology Mapping Solution Merit: OneGov, Department of Finance Services and Innovation – OneGov Digital Gateway Startup of the Year Winner: AgriWebb – The AgriWebb NoteBook and SaleYard Merit: Biteable – Biteable Categories: Business Services Winner: Symbio Networks – TollShield Community Services Winner: Infoxchange, Google, REA Group and News Corp Australia – Ask Izzy: The A to Z of homeless help Merit: DoseMe PTY. LTD. – DoseMe Merit: Sense-T – The AirRater App Consumer Winner: University of South Australia – LiPo – Indoor Positioning System using Visible Light Merit: CHOICE – CluckAR App Merit: Nuheara – IQbuds Industrial & Primary Industries Winner: automed – automed Merit: AgriWebb – The AgriWebb NoteBook and SaleYard Merit: Santos – Predictive Analytics in Oil and Gas Public Sector & Government Winner: OneGov, Department of Finance Services and Innovation – OneGov Digital Gateway Merit: CSIRO – Global Initiative for Honey Bee Health Merit: Sense-T – Sensing Tourist Travel Junior Students Winner: Linden Park Primary School – Leafy Sea Dragon National Park (Virtual World) Merit: Hamish Finlayson - Cathedral School of St Anne and St James – Triple T – ASD and Me Senior Students Winner: Imogen Low - Brisbane Girls Grammar School – Elevator Merit: Jalia, Angas, Tiff, Natalie, Lohana, Daeeun and Isabella - Australian Science and Mathematics School – Experience! Undergraduate Tertiary Students Winner: Luiz Cavalieri, Daniel Schofield, Chiaki Iwamoto and Amandeep Singh  - Academy of Information Technology – AITendance Merit: K Osborn, M Jones, C Snook, J Sardi et al - Murdoch University ­– Radiology Assistant Simulator Merit: M Carriedo, A Harrison, K Saleh, S Alanazi et al - Murdoch University students – FlexiBrains As winner of the Innovation of the Year Award, Akumen developers Optika Solutions Pty Ltd will later this year travel to Chinese Taipei on an all-expenses-paid trip to compete in the esteemed international APICTA Awards.   2016 iAwards’ prizes also include $25,000 to Pitchfest! winner DoseMe towards travel to an international pitch competition or business development program of their choice. Switch Automation, winner of the AIIA Accelerator Award for Switch Smart Hub, will receive $50,000 to go towards business development. Victorian Government is the host partner for the national iAwards. This year’s national program sponsors are CSIRO’s Data61, Informed Solutions, Pym’s Technology Lawyers and SAP.  What industry leaders are saying about innovation in Australia:   “Public institutions everywhere are looking for innovative ways to provide a new level of services, become data driven and enable the government workforce by converting to digital tools. These tools are connecting government departments to each other, to businesses, and to citizens. Australia continues to punch far above its weight in public sector innovation. Our partnership with governments at all levels in this country influences our work globally.” – Isabella Groegor-Cechowicz, Senior Vice President and Global General Manager, SAP Global Public Services “The calibre of this year’s iAwards finalists are testament to an accelerating innovation ecosystem where research, government, industry and startups come together to build a supportive environment, allowing us to be creative, bold and to move faster. Innovation happens when people share ideas, data and expertise and then focus relentlessly on having economic, societal or environmental impact with these insights. To compete on a global scale, we need to invest in growing our innovation capability by nurturing stronger collaboration networks and encouraging local talent to be ambitious in creating impactful work that has the potential to change the world we live in.” – Adrian Turner, CEO, CSIRO’s Data61 “Innovation is about adapting, improving and remaining relevant to the changing social, economic and business landscape.  It is about benefitting from the opportunity to change rather than being overtaken or overwhelmed by change.  Moreover, innovation can create social value and improve the lives of people, at the same time as support business growth, create employment opportunities and improve the nation’s economic prosperity.  Innovation is what drives and helps ICT and Digital be more useful, better serve its customers and help Australia compete for exports in a global marketplace.  The iAwards recognise the creativity, initiative, ambitions, hard work and amazing successes of the best Australian ICT and Digital innovators in government and industry.” – Elizabeth Vega, Global Chief Executive Officer, Informed Solutions   “Innovation to me means significant positive change. It advocates the advancement of new ideas and processes that disrupt convention, improve efficiency and benefit clients and industry.” – Michael Pym, CEO, Pym’s Technology Lawyers   -ENDS- About AIIA’s iAwards AIIA’s iAwards honours both companies at the cutting edge of technology innovation as well as leading professionals across the Digital Economy. Most importantly, the iAwards recognises the achievements of home-grown Australian innovators. The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) is Australia’s peak representative body and advocacy group for those in the digital ecosystem.Join the conversation One of the great things about the iAwards is that they get people talking about Digital Innovation. Take advantage of the hype by joining the conversation on Twitter, liking iAwards on Facebook, staying in touch with LinkedIn or following iAwards on Pinterest. @theiAwards / #iAwards/ #DedicateADayMedia contacts Biana Chamlet/Gloria Lee Espresso Communications on behalf of iAwards Phone: +61 2 8016 2200 Email: SimpliVity expands hyperconverged portfolio with new flash, disaster recovery, and VDI capabilities 2016-08-24T00:30:00Z simplivity-expands-hyperconverged-portfolio-with-new-flash-disaster-recovery-and-vdi-capabilities Sydney, Australia—August 24, 2016—SimpliVity, a leader in hyperconverged infrastructure revolutionising enterprise IT, today announced new solutions and enhancements to its transformational data centre technologies. The company unveiled a high-powered, all-flash hyperconverged offering, a one-click disaster recovery solution, an application-aware backup capability, and increased scalability for VDI that broadens the company’s portfolio for providing top-tier performance and agility for the enterprise, while still being accessible for the midmarket.   “Extending our leadership in the hyperconverged space is dependent on our ability to innovate and broaden our offerings to further simplify today’s complex data centre environments,” said Jesse St. Laurent, VP product strategy, SimpliVity. “SimpliVity’s consistently high Net Promoter Score (NPS) of 90 demonstrates not only our outstanding customer satisfaction, but reflects our superior offerings as well. These new solutions get at the heart of some of the most common issues plaguing our customers—workload, data protection and scalability—and will greatly benefit both enterprise and midmarket customers.”  All-flash solution performs for even the most demanding workloads Powered by SimpliVity’s technologically-superior Data Virtualisation Platform, the new all-flash solution provides peak and predictable performance for the most data-intensive applications, such as online transaction processing and big data analytics. The solution: Accelerates application speeds and permits higher amounts of concurrent workloads—increasing application performance by up to 5X and reducing latency by up to 80%. Provides the highest level of resiliency to media failure with fewer nodes than any other hyperconverged vendor. Delivers the best value of any all-flash hyperconverged solution with the lowest price per fully protected VM. Enables customers to choose their preferred x86 platform. “Peak and predictable performance for mission-critical workloads is absolutely crucial to the success of our IT team and to our business,” said Steven Senecal, Applied Infrastructure Technologist, Travelport. “We’ve already seen an incredible improvement in application performance since deploying SimpliVity, and that’s with the standard solution, so we are excited to see SimpliVity kick up performance yet another notch with the all-flash option.”  New data protection features are unprecedented in hyperconverged market As the only hyperconverged infrastructure provider to deliver full-featured, built-in data protection, SimpliVity holds a wide lead in features and capabilities surrounding backup and recovery. According to an IDC white paper*, sponsored by SimpliVity, 51 percent of customers eliminate third-party backup and replication solutions in favor of SimpliVity’s built-in data protection.  RapidDR fast-tracks disaster recovery for the enterprise According to the Ponemon Institute, downtime can cost businesses an average of $9,000 per minute, making disaster recovery essential for all organisations. SimpliVity RapidDR speeds up and simplifies the recovery of workloads in the event of a disaster by automating the process for all VMs. The solution: Automates disaster recovery with a single click, minimising service disruptions and reducing recovery times by 70 percent or more when compared to manual procedures. Eliminates the expense and complexity of special-purpose disaster recovery tools and stand-alone replication products. Streamlines the disaster recovery planning and configuration process with an intuitive, VM-centric, 5-step GUI. Application-aware backups provide more automation, tighter integration for tier-1 apps With 83 percent of customers running Microsoft SQL Server on SimpliVity hyperconverged infrastructure, SimpliVity has expanded its capabilities for application-aware backups for Microsoft SQL Server, allowing customers to: Tightly integrate at the application level for Microsoft SQL Server databases and automate backup and recovery activities to improve the operational efficiency of IT. Improve recovery point objectives and automate the recovery process, thereby shortening the recovery time for top tier applications. Eliminate third-party backup applications, dramatically reducing the total cost of ownership for the application. SimpliVity delivers industry-leading enterprise scale for VDI As the only LoginVSI-validated hyperconverged vendor, SimpliVity has extended its lead in virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) with the ability to support up to 4,000 office worker desktops in a single VDI building block. SimpliVity’s VDI solution: Delivers the best performing end-user experience at a lower cost per desktop by providing the highest density of desktops per node. Demonstrates unmatched VDI performance – 1,000 logins in 1,000 seconds and 1,000 desktops provisioned in 70 minutes. Provides superior resiliency to keep desktops up and running with built-in data protection, high availability, and site-to-site disaster recovery. “The performance of SimpliVity’s VDI implementation was one of the key factors we considered when choosing vendors,” said Jay Wehring, platforms director, The Container Store. “SimpliVity was the clear winner when we evaluated all the vendors for VDI, and greater scale at a lower cost per desktop puts them even further ahead of the pack.”  Availability All of SimpliVity’s new solutions and enhancements will be available in Q4.Resources Discover more SimpliVity customer case studies Read the blog on the new solutions Find out about SimpliVity’s new all-flash solution in this blog Read more about SimpliVity’s RapidDR solution. Get all the details on SimpliVity’s data protection features Learn more about SimpliVity’s VDI solution Follow SimpliVity on our corporate blog, Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, YouTube and Google+   *Source: IDC White Paper, sponsored by SimpliVity, SimpliVity Hyperconvergence Drives Operational Efficiency and Customers are Benefitting, April 2016.  About SimpliVity Founded with a mission to simplify IT, SimpliVity is a pioneer in the hyperconverged infrastructure market, disrupting the status quo of complex and cumbersome legacy IT systems. SimpliVity’s hyperconverged IT platform delivers enterprise-class performance and availability that today’s IT leaders require, with the cloud economics their business demands. No other company has taken on the mega task of assimilating all IT elements below the hypervisor (8 to 12 disparate functions) into a simple 2U building block of x86 sharable resources to deliver unmatched IT simplicity, operational efficiency, and 3x TCO savings. The company’s unique data virtualisation architecture improves performance, protection and data efficiency, while also enabling global unified management from a single console. SimpliVity has revolutionised IT systems for hundreds of enterprises around the world. Headquartered in Westborough, Mass., the company has raised $276 million in venture capital and employs about 750 worldwide. SimpliVity’s business model is 100 percent indirect, and its solutions and professional services are available worldwide through its network of resellers and distributors. For more information, visit  Media Contacts Amanda Conroy Espresso +61 2 8016 2200 +61 422 472 883   Amy Rathbone Espresso +61 2 8016 2200 +61 423 230 244  ® 2016, SimpliVity. All rights reserved. Information described herein is furnished for informational use only, is subject to change without notice. SimpliVity, the SimpliVity logo, OmniCube, OmniStack, and Data Virtualisation Platform are trademarks or registered trademarks of SimpliVity Corporation in the United States and certain other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. SimpliVity named a leader in hyperconverged infrastructure 2016-08-17T01:28:00Z simplivity-named-a-leader-in-hyperconverged-infrastructure Sydney, Australia — August 17, 2016 — SimpliVity, a leader in hyperconverged infrastructure that’s revolutionising enterprise IT, today announced that the company was recognised as a Leader in The Forrester Wave: Hyperconverged Infrastructure (HCI), Q3 2016 report.   SimpliVity’s position as a Leader in Forrester’s assessment of the 12 most significant hyperconverged infrastructure vendors was based on the company’s performance across Forrester’s 28-criteria evaluation, which included such criteria as hyperconverged functions, high availability and data protection, manageability and ease of operations, and customer feedback.   According to Forrester, SimpliVity “offers a very rich set of global multisite data management functions anchored by an always-on global deduplication architecture. It includes a comprehensive set of backup, deduplication, snapshot, and clones with multisite data replication and [disaster recovery] capabilities along with wide-area network (WAN) optimisation.” “Forrester put it best in its report, ‘Hyperconvergence is a concept whose time has come,’ and we couldn’t agree more. We believe that SimpliVity is driving this transition – illustrated by even the largest global enterprises transforming their IT with SimpliVity,” said Marianne Budnik, CMO, SimpliVity. “It’s been exciting to watch the growth in the market, especially as we continue to gain momentum by expanding our enterprise customer base while demonstrating an exemplary customer experience. Our customer loyalty and satisfaction metrics are striking – standing at a Net Promoter Score of 90 – 47% higher than the industry average. The hyperconverged market will only continue to expand over the next year, and judging by Forrester’s report, I believe SimpliVity will lead the charge.” “It’s not surprising to see SimpliVity listed as a leader in hyperconverged infrastructure; it’s something we’ve known for a long time. As soon as I saw the first SimpliVity demo, I knew they were doing something revolutionary,” said Ray DeCrescente, CTO, Capital Region Orthopedics Group. “We were really looking for a solution that would improve our disaster recovery, data protection, and business continuity capabilities. We evaluated multiple vendors and solutions before finding that SimpliVity could reliably run all our mission-critical healthcare applications, give us an improved disaster recovery posture, and would help to modernise and advance the performance of our PACS application. I believe SimpliVity is unlike anything else on the hyperconverged market, and feel this report signals that firms like Forrester agree.” Download a complimentary copy of The Forrester Wave: Hyperconverged Infrastructure (HCI), Q3 2016 report [link].Resources Read the blog about SimpliVity’s evaluation by Forrester Follow SimpliVity on our corporate blog, Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, YouTube and Google+ About SimpliVity Founded with a mission to simplify IT, SimpliVity is a pioneer in the hyperconverged infrastructure market, disrupting the status quo of complex and cumbersome legacy IT systems. SimpliVity’s hyperconverged IT platform delivers enterprise-class performance and availability that today’s IT leaders require, with the cloud economics their business demands. No other company has taken on the mega task of assimilating all IT elements below the hypervisor (8 to 12 disparate functions) into a simple 2U building block of x86 shareable resources to deliver unmatched IT simplicity, operational efficiency, and 3x TCO savings. The company’s unique data virtualisation architecture improves performance, protection and data efficiency, while also enabling global unified management from a single console. SimpliVity has revolutionised IT systems for hundreds of enterprises around the world. Headquartered in Westborough, Mass., the company has raised $276 million in venture capital and employs about 750 worldwide. SimpliVity’s business model is 100 percent indirect, and its solutions and professional services are available worldwide through its network of resellers and distributors. For more information, visit  Media Contacts Amanda Conroy Espresso +61 2 8016 2200 +61 422 472 883   Amy Rathbone Espresso +61 2 8016 2200 +61 423 230 244  ® 2016, SimpliVity. All rights reserved. Information described herein is furnished for informational use only, is subject to change without notice. SimpliVity, the SimpliVity logo, OmniCube, OmniStack, and Data Virtualization Platform are trademarks or registered trademarks of SimpliVity Corporation in the United States and certain other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. Off to a great start: International turnout for QME 2016 2016-07-27T00:26:22Z off-to-a-great-start-international-turnout-for-qme-2016-1 27 July 2016, Sydney, Australia - The crowds did not disappoint on the first day of QME 2016, with an estimated 1,400 people coming through the doors to see hundreds of national and international exhibitors, including from Poland, China and the U.S. REEDMININGEVENTS’ Exhibition Director Robby Clark said that despite a smaller event expected this year, on account of the downturn in the mining industry, day one of QME 2016 was a success. “We are very pleased by the level of support not just from attendees, but from local stakeholders including the Mackay Regional Council Mayor Greg Williamson, who has graciously welcomed us back this year and has been vocal in his desire to have QME connected to Mackay for many coming years,” Mr Clark said. “Traditionally, day two of the exhibition always tends to attract the larger crowds, so we are very excited to see what tomorrow will bring.” The day kicked off a little earlier for some however, who were up at the crack of dawn to attend the Resource Industry Network’s official launch day breakfast, where a sell-out crowd took in an address by ABC sports journalist and mental health advocate Craig Hamilton on mental health in the workplace. The well-attended breakfast was testimony to the industry’s clear interest in ensuring that all the right internal company structures were in place to adequately support those dealing with mental health issues. Himself a sufferer of Bipolar Disorder, which he has successfully managed since diagnosed in 2000, Mr Hamilton says that the transparency of employees in discussing mental health problems with their managers is also very important so that this information permeates through to business owners. According to Mr Hamilton, mental illness in the workplace currently costs Australian businesses a staggering $6.5 billion every year.  “Ignoring the problem and believing it doesn’t exist, or is too complex, is counterproductive,” he said. After the breakfast, Minister for Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports, and Minister for Energy, Biofuels and Water Supply, the Hon. Mark Bailey officially launched the start of the exhibition. In welcoming everyone to the event, Minister Bailey, praised QME and stressed its importance not just to Mackay and Queensland, but also to the industry nationally.  “This is the twenty-third year of the event and it is very impressive to see suppliers from all over the country and internationally here today all in one spot collaborating, working together looking at efficiencies and improvements how we can make sure this is a growing sector again,” Minister Bailey said. Feedback to Reed Exhibitions from exhibitors was that day one was busy during the morning due to the official launch, and that overall, it was a great opportunity to see existing clients and generate new sales leads. Companies that were exhibiting or presenting today included big brands Toyota, ESS Engineering, Flexco, Metso, and Endress + Hauser and Scan Tech 3D, which showcased a live demo of a 3D arm scan which can assist the industry in reverse engineering, alignment set up, quality control, capturing data. ESS Engineering featured its new ‘Quick Change Trac-Mount Idler’ today which boasts frames that can be slid out of a conveyor belt by just one person, rather than requiring large machinery. More Air Group’s SMAC 40-D machines - small screw air compressors used on surface vehicles such as trucks and utes - were also on display to show case their ability to run continuously, with no downtime and in the harshest of conditions.  Safety Mitts, featured a zeroG tool arm that makes tool weightless. Managing Director for Safety Mitts, Timothy Lightfoot commented that the mitts are a user friendly, efficient and safe product that promotes industrial ergonomic design. On the agenda for today, day 2 of QME is a surprise inclusion from heavyweight mining company BHP Billiton Coal, which invites QME visitors to test their skills on two state-of-the-art mobile equipment simulators that it has brought to Mackay Showgrounds.  The off-highway heavy haul truck simulator, located at the front of the exhibition, and the grader simulator at the BHP Billiton Coal stand, are used to familiarise and train operators with all equipment controls and operating techniques to get the most out of the machines without putting the operators or their equipment at risk. BHP Billiton Coal said that teaching proper operating techniques to those in the industry is important to extend the overall life of mobile equipment, which dramatically reduces operating costs. QME – held in Mackay just once every two years is free for trade visitors and registration is now open at   - Ends -Media Enquiries: Marta Wiacek Heard 02 8979 7878    About QME: Since 1993, Queensland Mining & Engineering (QME) Exhibition has grown to become the leading industrial exhibition in central Queensland. QME is the ideal environment for all buyers, specifiers and industry professionals to come together to find the latest products and technologies, keep abreast of industry trends and network with industry colleagues.