Bridgeply offers new life for old bridges


As tens of thousands of ageing timber bridges throughout regional Australia continue towards the end of their structural lives, local governments and councils are struggling to bring regional infrastructure to an adequate standard.

Instantaneous water heating innovation


Instantaneous electric water heating specialist Stiebel Eltron Australia (SEA) has released the company’s newest single-phase electric instantaneous water heaters: the DHCE series.

According to Glenn Day, Queensland sales director for SEA, “The DHCE water heaters are ideal for a range of commercial and domestic situations and are designed to service single or multiple hot water outlets or low-flow showers depending on the incoming cold water temperature and available flow rate for the associated tapware.”

New compact high pressure cleaner


High pressure cleaner manufacturer Kärcher has released a new compact heavy-duty cleaner ideal for the work site.

The K6.200 operates from the prone position and has a water-cooled engine to ensure it can handle the heavy-duty use it’s intended for. Built tough and easy to transport thanks to the rear wheels and compact design, the K6.200 has an impressive 10-metre hose length, so there’s nowhere for dirt and grime to hide.

Case delivers enterprise capabilities to iPad mini


Honeywell has launched a new encasement for the Apple iPad mini. Like its similar cases for the Apple iPhone and iPod Touch, the new Captuvo SL62 enterprise sled provides an Apple iPad mini with powerful enterprise capabilities – not least, for convenient inventory management.

Many roof anchors fail safety standards


The estimated 350,000 Australians who work at height, maintaining buildings, face a deadly threat, with as many as 31 percent of life-saving safety anchors unable to meet the most basic safety standards.

The Working At Heights Association (WAHA), which represents manufacturers and installers of fall prevention equipment, has revealed dramatic footage of several types of commonly used roof safety anchors failing ‘drop tests’ in accordance with Australian Standard AS/NZS5532.

High speed charging of mobile devices


Leading electrical manufacturer Legrand has launched a module for charging multiple mobile devices simultaneously at their maximum speed, from the convenience of a powerpoint or switchplate.

Called the Excel Life Dual USB Charging Module, the product conveniently addresses Australia’s high demand for charging mobile products and the current frustration of not having enough powerpoints to charge them in.

New names in Property Hall of Fame


Three Australian property industry luminaries – Ervin Graf, Bruno Grollo and Rino Grollo – are to be invested into the Australian Property Hall of Fame.

“All three inductees have been extraordinary visionaries within the industry,” says Property Council of Australia national president, Darren Steinberg, adding that they have not only redefined Australia’s property industry, but also reshaped the urban landscape and how people live.

Closing the loop for carbon savings


A new initiative aims to take 25 years of research into energy-saving that is currently buried in journals and papers and create tangible practical tools for the design and construction industries. 

Advanced fire safety at the circus


Designer and installer Fire Systems Ltd had just three days to install a specially designed fire alarm system for Cirque du Soleil’s new tour in Germany.

Believed to be the first of its kind to be installed in the country, it is being used to protect the tunnel between the main performance tent and the dressingroom/holding tent.

Kit home builder fined for installation without registration


The Victorian Building Authority (VBA) has advised that kit home suppliers need to be registered builders if they are also installing the homes that they sell.

This timely reminder comes as a supplier and its director in Bendigo, Victoria were found guilty by a magistrate for building a kit home with being registered as a builder.

AG Coombs star apprentice wins again


Ryan O’Connor, a refrigeration apprentice at AG Coombs, was last week named as the recipient of the 2014 First Year Apprentice of the Year – Alan Broadhead Award.

The awards were presented by the Box Hill Institute of TAFE, and he was picked from a field of 35,000 apprentices. O’Connor is no stranger to standing out, last August winning the 2013 First Year Outstanding Student of the Year Award for Refrigeration/Air-Conditioning, which was also presented by Box Hill TAFE.