Sydney Water has rolled out a $2 million pilot smart meter program, which has already reduced the average bill by $70 for residents across Liverpool, Beecroft, Bellevue Hill and Kenthurst, where 7,500 smart meters were installed. Residents saved 28,000L of water between April and November 2023 after Sydney Water sent 313 early leak detection notifications. Sydney Water’s Head of Customer […]
AGL has predicted that in order to meet the growing demand of the energy network it will need to spend over $1 billion on maintaining and upgrading its generation assets in the 2023-24 financial year. In addition, AGL is adding 300MW of new flexible generation into the National Electricity Market with the Torrens and Broken Hill batteries. Ahead of the […]
Hydro Tasmania is undertaking a $30 million refurbishment of the Rowallan Power station in Northern Tasmania to ensure that it will continue to operate reliably and safely. The project – the latest improvement works undertaken by the company – is expected to be completed in 2024. Hydro Tasmania CEO, Ian Brooksbank, said the modernisation of the 55-year-old Rowallan Power Station […]
A $6.3 million upgrade of the water infrastructure in Katanning is set to shore up water security for residents in and around Kojonup, Western Australia. The project involved replacing 2.2km of pipeline from Pemble Street to Kojonup-Katanning Road, easing pressure on other supply infrastructure and reducing potential leaks. The upgraded main is part of a 40km conveyance pipeline, which runs […]
SA Water crews have removed numerous car rims and concrete covers in the Edinburgh sewage chamber, which has the potential to cause sewage overflows if not removed. The haul of bizarre objects from Edinburgh’s sewers included five car rims, two rectangular concrete covers, a circular concrete cover, and smaller pieces of broken concrete. SA Water’s Senior Manager of Field Operations, […]
In October 2022, central Victoria was hit with a major flooding event that devastated local communities. Homeowners were forced to evacuate as floodwaters damaged homes, rivers and roads. But amidst unprecedented circumstances, Coliban Water’s unwavering focus on caring for customers, and staff dedication to local communities helped it act quickly to mitigate the damage. Coliban Water Managing Director, Damian Wells, […]
Arc faults are a serious event where a large amount of electrical energy is explosively released causing serious burns and death of operators in the area. Additionally, they can result in significant damage to switchgear, conductors, switchboards and installations. Here we look at how new electrical safety technology can prevent disaster and protect personnel from hazardous consequences. The most likely […]
It’s easy to imagine that a stuck or very difficult valve is the primary reason for purchasing such a tool. However, this is not necessarily the best reason to use a portable valve actuator. Here we discuss the key considerations to take into account when choosing a torque limiter. Too much torque can cause serious damage to the valve, and […]
Origin Energy manages one of the largest gas supply networks in Australia, and controls and monitors thousands of gas assets as part of Australia Pacific LNG’s coal seam gas to liquefied natural gas project in Queensland. Here we take a look behind the scenes at the technology and operations used in the utility’s Brisbane Central Control Room (BCCR). In a […]
Accurate utility location is vital for many types of construction and development projects, as well as for routine maintenance and repair of utilities. Failure to locate and properly mark utilities can result in damage, costly repairs, service disruptions, and potential safety hazards. That’s why utilities and local governments are looking for solutions that can help them get the job done […]
Two crucial concepts that often emerge in conversations around scalable digital transformation are proof of concept (PoC) and proof of value (PoV). Here, we take a look at the differences between each term and what they mean for your digital transformation journey. These terms may sound interchangeable, but they carry distinct implications, especially in critical operational environments where risk mitigation, […]
By Frank Zeichner, CEO IoT Alliance Australia The transformative power of digital technologies discussion is happening in every boardroom and on every construction site in Australia. Yet despite well-established business cases, we’re lagging and slow in our uptake and use of the smart data that is essential for Australia’s future prosperity. At stake is our economic productivity and net zero […]
VEGA Australia, bolstered by its parent company’s global presence and innovations, is ensuring that the local construction industry has reliable, next-generation measurement technology to optimise assets and boost operational efficiency. For more than 60 years, sensor and measuring instrument manufacturer VEGA has been developing the measurement solutions of the future, building upon a passion for innovation and transformation. In recent […]
If not located correctly, underground utilities are at risk of being damaged during the installation or construction of new assets, which can have devastating consequences. A New Zealand-based utility locating company has uncovered a solution using the digital visualisation technology. When construction or new asset installation impacts underground utilities such as gas, water or power mains, the consequences can be […]
At the heart of the utility industry lies critical assets – the indispensable infrastructure encompassing power plants, pipelines and water treatment facilities that deliver essential services to communities. Compliance, therefore, stands as the safeguard ensuring the integrity, reliability and safety of these vital services. Failure to comply can result in service interruptions, loss of trust between organisation and customer, and […]
With the arrival of El Niño comes pressing concerns for water security and inevitable water restrictions as utilities are faced with the challenge of limited water supply. Equipping consumers with water consumption data allows them to keep a close eye on their water usage, and reduce water waste at a time when every drop counts. As we approach the hot […]
Southern Downs Regional Council has announced that the MySDRCWater customer portal is live, in time for National Water Week. During National Water Week, which falls between 16 and 22 October, Council encourages all Stanthorpe residents with smart water meters to log on to MySDRCWater to track water consumption and detect potential water leaks or any high water use activities. Southern […]
Whilst redundancy is a valuable tool to bolster network resiliency, it is essential to recognise that it introduces a trade-off that involves potential interruptions in communications. By carefully assessing a network’s recovery time and understanding the PLC communication expectations, network operators can strike a balance that ensures both resiliency and consistent, uninterrupted industrial communications. In the realm of industrial networks, […]
Construction for the South Coast and Southern Highlands sewerage service upgrades have commenced, after the New South Wales Government granted $9.6 million in funding. The investment from the New South Wales Government includes $3 million to link 57 houses in Akolele to the Bermagui Sewage Treatment Plant, co-funded by the State Government and Eurobodalla Shire Council, and $6.6 million to […]
Coined as the ‘Sunburnt Country’, Australia is a continent where water scarcity and quality closely intertwine with environmental challenges. However, a dedicated legion of professionals stand sentinel on the frontlines of water, wastewater, and desalination treatment plants. These unsung heroes work round-the-clock to secure one of earth’s most precious resources – water. Their efforts, often hidden from the public eye, […]
United Energy has been ordered to pay $93,200 in fines and court costs after it was convicted of failing to properly maintain vegetation clearance around powerlines in south-east Melbourne and the Mornington Peninsula. Energy Safe Victoria, the safety regulator for the state, brought 24 charges to the hearing, following inspections by compliance officers during 2021 and 2022. Energy Safe Victoria […]
The Warren Reservoir has officially reopened to the public for on-water access following SA Water’s refurbishment of the dam intake and scour valves. Visitors to the reservoir reserve are now able to again enjoy a paddle on the water after the reservoir reached a level suitable for kayaking, with access via the southern car park and kayak launch area. The […]
Local and specialist crews from Western Power will be on standby as essential planned maintenance is undertaken on Synergy’s two gas turbine generators at Mungarra between 2–24 October 2023. The gas turbine generators act as a backup power supply for Geraldton and surrounds and can be used for significant planned or unplanned outages on Western Power’s network by ‘islanding’ the […]
TasWater has officially opened its upgraded Bryn Estyn water treatment plant, set to ensure water security for 200,000 customers in southern Tasmania. TasWater’s said its largest ever capital works project – delivered on time and under its $243.9 million budget – will provide safe, clean and reliable drinking water for generations of Tasmanians. TasWater Chief Executive Officer, George Theo, said […]
Maintaining Water Systems with Chesterton® Water industry operations need a helping hand to enhance productivity and operational output. The best way is to have the best quality industrial parts built for the unique conditions found in water plants. Chesterton provided quality solutions for Fitt Resources to carry out integral upgrades by Sydney Water in 2022, leading to better equipment efficiency […]
Powercor has completed a large package of works in the Otways region of Victoria as part of its year-round maintenance of western Victoria’s electricity network. Powercor said the works have strengthened the local network ahead of summer, and will support the reliability and resilience of poles and wires in what is one of the most remote places in the entire […]
Among centrifugal compressors and blowers, single stage is on average 20–29 per cent more efficient than multistage. This is because, as the name suggests, multistage machines achieve the required pressure in multiple stages widening the opportunity for leakage, whereas single stage machines achieve this in a single step. The Next Turbo Technology integrally geared, single stage centrifugal blower, manufactured in […]
Central Coast Council has awarded a contract for Bateau Bay Sewage Treatment Plant’s odour facilities, marking another step towards the $35 million upgrade for the sewerage treatment plan This contract for the design and construction of a new inlet works Odour Control Facility and the full refurbishment of the Primary Sedimentation Tanks Odour Control Facility has been awarded to Gongues […]
Sydney Water is conducting upgrades to the Richmond Wastewater network to help accommodate the rapidly increasing population, with the construction upgrade expected to create 200 job opportunities. The project will include a new wastewater pumping station and the construction of a new seven kilometre main which is expected to transfer wastewater from North Richmond to Richmond. The improvements are in […]
SA Water’s Tailem Bend to Keith Pipeline has commenced a major upgrade as part of the utility’s $5.8 million investment to secure water services for customers in the state’s Murray Mallee and South East regions. Four of the pipeline’s original 3.5t valves will be replaced as part of the project, and a further three new valves and bypass pipework are […]
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