Monday, August 23rd, 2010 - KNX National Group
The best of Western Australia’s talented and committed workers in the electrotechnology industry have been recognised at the annual Excellence Awards hosted by peak industry body the National Electrical and Communications Association (NECA) at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Perth.

The 2010 NECA Excellence Awards is an opportunity for the industry to officially recognise the talent and achievements of electrical and communication contractors, and apprentices in WA.

The winning companies received the top state award across nine categories in front of 350 industry representatives including contractors, industry business partners, educators and government representatives at the pinnacle showcase of the electrical and communications industry held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel.

General Manager of NECA’s West Australian chapter, Mr Kyle Kutasi, said the winning companies were chosen because of their commitment to excellence, significant engineering achievements and importantly finishing the complex jobs on time and in budget.

“The projects that the winning companies completed were just phenomenal,” Mr Kutasi said.

“As the electrotechnology industry continues to grow and tackle new technological challenges, it is encouraging to see that West Australian electrical and communication contractors are leading the country in everything from occupational health and safety through to energy efficiency and the wiring of smart homes.”

The winning companies and their projects are listed below:

Category 1 – Domestic Residence

A single residence project in the domestic sector where the applicant’s contract value is less than $1 million.

Winner: Leon Best Electrical
Project: Private Residence on The Esplanade, Peppermint Grove
Why: A reputation for high quality works in private homes won Leon Best Electrical the contract to wire and install all the electrical, entertainment, communication and home automation components in this impressive residence. Over 3 levels and sprawling over a 2,000sqm block, the electrical requirements were considerable.

The scope included internal and external lighting, TV & Foxtel systems, multi room audio data phone system, security, floor heating, access controls and full C-bus automation. The project extended over a 4 year period and despite numerous variations and changes to the Electrical SAA rules , Leon Best delivered an outstanding quality result on time and budget to a very delighted builder and client.

Category 2 – Small Contracting Business

A small contractor, employing less than 10 technical employees, demonstrating a wide range of skills.

Winner: Leon Best Electrical
Why: In its seven years of operation Leon Best Electrical has grown from a sole trader operation to a mature profitable organization that prides itself on being a leading electrical designer and installer in Western Australia. The company prides itself on remaining a boutique specialist design to implementation operation where attention to detail is paramount.

A commitment to recruiting and training the right employees and supporting them with comprehensive operating systems has positioned Leon Best Electrical as a dominant force in the domestic and commercial sectors. Quality workmanship, technical knowledge, and innovative solutions have become the hallmark of this company and the results are evidenced in ongoing referrals and delighted customers.


Category 3 – Environment and Energy Efficiency

A project where the design, product selection, lighting, processes or technologies are considered to preserve a site’s natural environment and/or to create an energy efficient and sustainable installation.

Winner: Metrowest Electrical & Communications
Project: 2029 Vision External Feature Lighting Council House
Why: Meeting the challenge to “brighten up the city” for The City of Perth Council House presented a unique challenge to Perth company Metrowest Electrical & Communications. The project required the installation of over 18,000 colour changing LED lights … to bring the building to life every night, but also had to meet client expectations for environment and energy efficiency.

Metrowest achieved these expectations by procuring suitable lighting, minimising waste by ordering cables to length on the reel, ensuring equipment came on site with no packaging, and recycling cable cut-offs to other projects. An enlightened result for the city of Perth, and the environment.

Category 4 – Occupational Health and Safety

A business, individual or project that has demonstrated commitment to achieving an optimal occupational health and safety environment.

Winner: Southern Cross Electrical Engineering
Project: Pluto LNG Project – Onshore Electrical & Instrumentation Works
Why: Southern Cross Electrical Engineering won the contract to install power, instrumentation, and lighting for the Pluto LNG onshore processing plant in Dampier WA. The scope required use of suspended scaffold and work over water resulting in Southern Cross developing improved work method statements and a comprehensive OH&S performance measurement. Prior to mobilisation a site hazard identification and risk analysis was conducted and continually updated during the project.

The standards achieved resulted in Southern Cross winning a “contractor of the month award” and receiving recognition as one of the safest contractors on site. The project was completed on time with no lost time injury and has positioned Southern Cross well to take on further major projects in the Oil and Gas industry.

Category 5 – Industrial Project

An industrial project which may include, but is not limited to, undertakings of a civil, mining, high voltage, manufacturing or process nature.

Winner: Downer EDI Engineering Power
Project: Boddington Gold Mine Expansion – Wet Area
Why: Downer EDI Engineering Power was awarded the contract for complete electrical and instrumentation installation for the Boddington Gold Mine Expansion project. A significant challenge was that all construction disciplines were expected to work concurrently and work fronts were only opened as they became available, meaning rapid response to manning level requirements.

Another challenge was managing client variations. This was efficiently done using Downer’s RATPAC tool to analyse and track all contract originals and variations. By completion Downer had installed approximately 503,000 metres of high and low voltage cabling and recorded over 1million man hours. An outstanding result delivered on time, on budget and with nil defects.

Category 6 – Voice/Data – Small Project

A voice or data project where the applicant’s contract value is less than $500,000.

Winner: Electek Electrical Contractors
Project: Inpex Browse
Why: Electek won the contract to supply and install an end-to-end communications system over 4 floors for the Inpex Browse office fitout. A major challenge was in the use of the Panduit cable which is 50% larger than standard Cat 6A, causing issues with weight and available ceiling space.
As a solution, trays were used to alleviate ceiling structure stress and maintain cable performance and a customised cable roller system was manufactured by Electek to allow installation of large quantities of cable without causing cable damage. Electek ran 3 teams to efficiently spread the workload and meet the shortened 16 week timeframe. The end result has exceeded client expectations and won Electek additional projects.

Category 7 – Voice/Data – Large Project

A voice or data project where the applicant’s contract value is greater than $500,000.

Winner: KLM Group
Project: National Australia Bank Headquarters
Why: Perth’s new National Australia Bank headquarters required a superior base infrastructure to deliver data communications in line with the banks business commitments. KLM Group won the tender to install a complete communication services solution including a 22-cabinet Data Centre, fibre optic backbones to all levels and 1,800 data outlets over 6 floors.
As evidence of the challenging nature of this project, the client requested variations of $720,000 in comparison to the original contract value of $520,000. Despite the number of variations, the project was completed on time and budget and the client has congratulated KLM on the outcome which has set a new benchmark across the bank’s Australian data centres.

Category 8 – Commercial – Small Project

A commercial project where the applicant’s contract value is less than $500,000.

Winner: Metrowest Electrical & Communications
Project: 2029 Vision External Feature Lighting Council House
Why: When Metrowest won the contract to install 18,000 LED lights on the outside of the Perth Council House their biggest challenge was that no cables or cable trays could be visible on the exterior of the building, and that no holes could be drilled in this heritage listed building. Undaunted they developed excellent solutions. Cable runs were concealed against existing window structures, small internal access holes drilled through the glass window frames and Metrowest staff were up-skilled to work at heights including learning to abseil to mount fittings. The final result has created a new Perth landmark delivered on time with no injuries, a fantastic outcome for all involved.

Category 9 – Commercial – Medium Project

A commercial project where the applicant’s contract value is more than $500,000 and less than $2 million.

Winner: KLM Group
Project: Apache Head Office Perth
Why: The Enex100 complex is a stunning multi-purpose retail and commercial office tower development in Perth’s CBD. KLM were contracted by Apache Energy to provide all electrical works for their new 4 level office fit-out. The scope included supply and installation of a complete electrical, data and communications solution including lighting and C-Bus controls, a 12 cabinet data centre, fibre optic backbones to all levels and 1,800 data outlets.
To support the building’s green star energy rating KLM designed and installed a Dynalight system to create a fully flexible lighting control solution. The successful delivery, 3months ahead of schedule, has reinforced KLM Group’s “full service capability” on project of this scale.

Western Power Safety Achievement Award

The Western Power Safety Achievement Award is designed to recognise electrical contractors in the high volume domestic/small commercial market that have shown exceptional safety performance and improvement throughout the year. The award is aimed to encourage such contractors to implement management plans and comprehensive testing and checking sheets to ensure high work standards.

Winner: Alliance Systems Electrical
Why: Alliance Systems Electrical have demonstrated they are a worthy recipient of the 2010 Safety Achievement Award by undertaking a large number of new and alteration type installation jobs with zero serious defects. A participant of Western Power’s Contractor Connect scheme, Alliance Systems Electrical have implemented work test sheets and a management plan that ensures high quality work performance. They are a credit to our electrical industry.

Apprentice of the Year

General Manager of NECA’s West Australian chapter, Mr Kyle Kutasi, said the winning apprentices were chosen because of their commitment to excellence in a challenging and rapidly changing industry.

“The winning apprentices and their employers have all shown an outstanding contribution and commitment to the future of the industry,” Mr Kutasi said.

“As the electrotechnology industry continues to grow and tackle new technological challenges, it is encouraging to see that West Australian electrical and communication apprentices and their employers are leading the country in everything from safety through to continued development in industrial, commercial, domestic and communications sectors.”

The winning apprentices and their employers are listed below:

NECA WA Industrial Apprentice of the Year

Winner: Matthew Bamborough
Employer: Electrical Group Training
Host: I Power Solutions

NECA WA Commercial/Domestic Apprentice of the Year

Winner: Paul Solarz
Employer: Electrical Group Training
Host: Vision Cabling

Apprentice Safety Achievement Award Winner

Winner: Emma-Jane Potter
Employer: Electrical Group Training
Host: Hender Lee Electrical

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