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The mobile workforce redefined

As utilities transform towards more connected and distributed grids, their mobile workforces must also transform. The results of a recent survey of North American utilities yielded a range of insights on the evolving utility mobile workforce, relevant not only to US utilities, but also those within Australia and elsewhere across the globe. Emerging technologies and […]

What factors make microtunnelling more cost- effective than traditional open-cut methods?

Microtunnelling projects for the installation of new underground infrastructure are often motivated by costs. The chosen method has to either maximise the present value of the net benefits, or minimise the costs of providing the service. Traditionally, open-cut excavation methods were used for such projects, however, these methods are expensive. With asset owners focusing on […]

AEMC backs five minute settlement

The Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC) has outlined the impacts of changing the settlement period for the electricity spot price from 30 minutes to five minutes in a new directions paper. AEMC Chairman, John Pierce, said the proposed change would signal more accurately the value to consumers of fast response technologies, such as aggregating distributed […]

nbn’s new fibre technology trial

nbn is partnering with a communications and information technology company to trial a new fibre technology which could help it deliver symmetrical speeds of 10 Gigabits per second (Gbps) to its Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) end user premises. The trial of NG-PON2 technology, being conducted in partnership with Nokia, could see the NBN delivering speeds ten times […]

New positioning technology testing for utility industry

Geoscience Australia and the Cooperative Research Centre for Spatial Information (CRCSI) are planning to spend around $400,000 on user testing of a Satellite-Based Augmentation System (SBAS) for the utilities industry in Australia. Geoscience Australia and CRCSI are looking for Australian businesses in the utilities industry interested in improving the capacity of their positioning technology to […]

Back calculating zero with new turbidity sensor

Process Instruments (PI) UK and its Australian distributor Bintech Systems have announced the release of a new turbidity sensor to give users the most accurate zero possible. The TurbSense addresses a number of issues present in other turbidity sensors on the market, including: Concerns over factory set zeros – if there is drift in the […]

ACCC to monitor Australia’s broadband performance

The Federal Government will fund a new broadband performance monitoring program to provide Australian consumers with accurate and independent information about broadband speeds. The program will use hardware-based devices to perform remote testing of around 4,000 households to determine typical speeds on fixed-line NBN services at various times throughout the day. ACCC Chairman Rod Sims, […]

Retro fitting RCBO solutions compliant with AS/NZ standards

Now more than ever, it is critical to ensure your existing panelboards are installed with Residual Current Circuit Breakers that are compliant with AS/NZ standards. With that in mind, NHP are proud to offer the SAFE-T SRCB, a perfect retro fit RCBO solution suitable for use in single phase general light and power distribution boards. […]

Iplex Pipelines publish plastics pipe Environmental Product Declarations

Recognising the emerging Australian demand for verified environmental product data, Iplex met the challenge head on and in the process become the industry leader. In December 2015, Iplex Pipelines became the world’s first plastics pipe manufacturer to publish a suite of verified and registered Australasian Environmental Product Declarations (EPD®). The declarations cover Iplex’s PVC non-pressure […]

Geotechnical information guiding complex HDD projects

The utility industry is regularly required to call on an enormous and varied range of specialists; from mapping, to drilling, to wastewater treatment, to asset management, to pipe relining, to pipeline integrity, to land access, to risk management, and the list goes on. To make the process a little easier, Utility is bringing together experts […]

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