Industrial / Mining Project of the Year

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Hitech Electrical Automation - Daniel Hall
South Queensland

Project: Switchboard Upgrade, Hanson Glass House Mountains Quarry
The project was to replace an electrical switch room, including main switchboards and MCC’s in an existing quarry built in the early 1990’s. Compliance improvements in relation to Australian Standards, QLD Mining Acts & Regulations and safety for personal working at site were at the forefront of design. Hitech’s responsibilities included design, engineering, construction, automation and commissioning. Safety highlights of the project were the introduction of multiple high–level controls to mitigate arc flash potential hazards, positive isolation indicators and a custom designed interactive guided isolation facility for plant isolations. Formal comments from the visiting mines electrical inspector included “The work that has been completed is considered to be amongst the best seen in the mining and quarrying industry”. 

GTL Electrical and Solar - Simon McInnes
North Queensland

Project: Hide Puller
The project was for the installation, connection and integration of new hide puller for JBS Swift Australia’s Townsville plant. After decommissioning the existing hydraulics, equipment and lighting the new hide pulling machine was installed. A new sub main was installed from the main kill floor distribution panel to the machine main isolator, located adjacent to the machine’s emergency stop button. From the isolator, the sub main continued to the main hydraulic control panel. The stainless steel cased panel was assembled at GTL’s workshop and contained the main motor start, stop functions, the motor cooling control and a PLC node for fault indication, motor status and run functionality. This connected to the plant hydraulic fluid level control system to alarm if fluid levels run low. The main PLC was connected to a Danfoss HMI screen, to enable technicians to make minor adjustments in real time. The HMI was integrated into the plant network too so engineers can log in remotely. The new machine was integrated with the timing of the existing main chain using proximity sensors. Overall, the project was a success with zero down time and has acheived all economic and operational goals since installation.

Alland Group - Boris Samardzioski
New South Wales

Project: Cecil Park Bus Depot
Alland Group completed the electrical component of a purpose built bus depot at Cecil Park, with partners Rohrig. This state of the art facility was built to ensure the transit system services its ever increasing customer base, both now and into the future. The works were based on client requirements and Australian compliance, including BCA 2293.1, Section J, AS/NZS3000, AS/NZS3008 and energy efficiency compliance.  The scope of works included 240v/415v lighting and power reticulation, krone category 6A communications, cabling and infrastructure, switchboards, intelligent lighting control, car park extended pole lighting, emergency and exit lighting, energy efficiency, in ground infrastructure and more. The project was successfully handed over to the client on time and within budget.

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