Sunday, August 7th, 2011
The best Tasmanian electrical and communications contractors were recognised at the annual electrical industry Excellence Awards hosted by peak Australian industry body the National Electrical and Communications Association (NECA).

Four companies across five categories received the top state award in front over 260 industry representatives including contractors, educators and government representatives at the pinnacle showcase of the electrical and communications industry at Tattersalls Park in Elwick last night. (Saturday 6 August 2011)

The winning projects in 2011 included the electrical, lighting, voice and data installations throughout the new Hotel Collins, Tasmanian Polytechnic campuses, an IGA supermarket and a fish feed plant in Cambridge.

NECA Tasmania President, Mr Jim Heerey, said the winning companies were chosen because of their commitment to excellence, significant engineering achievements and importantly their ability to integrate many different technologies into the one project.

“The electrical and communications contracting firms that have won an award are simply outstanding for what they have achieved during each project,” Mr Heerey said.

“This year NECA received a variety of nominations and it is very encouraging to see that Tasmanian electricians and electrical businesses are leading Australia in everything from occupational health and safety through to energy efficiency and integrated installations.

“The judging panel was privileged to view such high quality projects and as always NECA members have contributed positively to some of the biggest construction jobs in this state.”

The winning companies and their projects are listed below:

Category – Small Contracting Business

A small contractor, employing less than 10 technical employees, demonstrating a wide range of skills and may be a company or project based.

Winner: BJ Banks Electrical
Project: Hotel Collins and Penthouse
Why: BJ Banks designed and installed the complete integrated electrical, audio visual, television, Austar, data and communications for the new Collins Street hotel. The Penthouse has an impressive energy rating and is designed with C-Bus integrated controls for lighting, airconditioning and blinds. BJ Banks used LED and fluorescent lighting where possible to assist with energy efficiency. Overcoming the need to relocate the electrical sub station was a key achievement and the project was completed on schedule.

Category – Industrial Project - Small

An industrial project which may include, but is not limited to, undertakings of a civil, mining, high voltage, manufacturing or process nature where the contract value is less than $2 million .

Winner: Contact Electrical
Project: Polytechnic Substation Upgrades Stage 2
Why: This complex contract involved upgrading sub stations across four Tasmania Polytechnic sites in Hobart, Devonport and Newnham. Much of the work was completed out of hours so it did not interrupt the daily business at each campus. Alternative power was required for the existing fire, security and IT system while the switchboards were being replaced. Contact Electrical also installed new low voltage main, fire panels and extinguishers, emergency and exit lighting, warning signs and importantly new master keyed locks.

Category – Industrial Project - Large

An industrial project which may include, but is not limited to, undertakings of a civil, mining, high voltage, manufacturing or process nature where the contract value is greater than $2 million .

Winner: PSG Russell Smith
Project: Skretting Australia
Why: The work required the supply, installation, testing, and commissioning of the upgrade of all electrical and communications systems at Skretting Australia’s fish feed plant in Cambridge, Tasmania. Over 20,000 construction hours were completed by the highly skilled staff of PSG Russell Smith to deliver the $3 million project on time and on budget to enable the plant to double its capacity.

Category – Commercial – Small Project

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

Winner: Contact Electrical
Project: Bridgewater Regional Trade Training Centre
Why: Contact Electrical was engaged to supply, install and commission all electrical and communications services at the new trade training centre in Bridgewater Hobart. The installation needed to be of the highest standard and demonstrate initiative to set an example for future installations considering it was a Trade Training Centre. Contact Electrical installed state of the art integrated systems that will assist with positive learning outcomes for many students into the future.

Category – Commercial – Medium Project

A commercial project where the applicant’s contract value is greater than $2 million.

Winner: Giles Electrical Contractors
Project: Browns IGA Supermarket Longford
Why: The scope of the project was to supply, deliver, install and test all electrical and data systems for the supermarket. This involved an integrated solution to site main switchboards, cable ladders and ducts, all wiring, internal and external lighting, emergency lighting, wiring of equipment, PA system, security and data and communications. The installation was even more impressive because of an integrated energy efficiency monitoring system that would help the client save money on their energy bills.


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