Saturday, September 24th, 2011
Today, the best electrical and communications contractors in New South Wales were recognised at the annual electrical industry Excellence Awards hosted by peak Australian industry body the National Electrical and Communications Association (NECA).

Nine companies across ten categories received the top state award in front over 550 industry representatives including contractors, educators and government representatives at the pinnacle showcase of the electrical and communications industry at the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre.

The winning projects in 2011 included the electrical, lighting, voice and data installations throughout the Star City upgrade, communications installations at the RAAF Base Williamtown, fuel installation at White Bay 6, and energy efficient installations at Wagga TAFE.

Chief executive officer of NECA New South Wales, Mr Lindsay Le Compte, 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 Le Compte said.

“This year NECA received a huge variety of nominations and it is very encouraging to see that New South Wales electricians and electrical businesses are leading the country in everything from energy efficiency through to the wiring of smart homes.

“The judging panel were 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 – Domestic Residence

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

Winner: Automated Innovation
Project: Private Residence in Bar Beach
Why: Automated Innovation provided solutions for their client's every need from the ground up. This included the access to TV, Pay TV, DVD and multi-room music for entertaining. The house has current innovative features including lighting, air conditioning, floor heating control and a high-end security system.

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: J & S Brown Electrical Pty Ltd
Project: J & S Brown Electrical Pty Ltd
Why: J & S Brown Electrical started as a small family operation and has grown into a business with six employees, a shop front and workshop. The company has built an enviable reputation for quality, service and workmanship in the Manning and Great Lakes area, focussing in the industrial field.

Category – Environment and Energy Efficiency

A project where the design, product selection, lighting, processes or technologies have created an energy efficient or sustainable installation and/or made a significant contribution to preservation of a site’s natural environment.

Winner: RIC Electrics
Project: Wagga TAFE BMS
Why: RIC Electrical was engaged for the design, installation and commissioning of a Building Management System for the Riverina Institute of TAFE. RIC Electrics in house team designed and developed a system to provide an excellent energy monitoring program. The system has also been extended for use as a teaching tool in the electrical trades course.

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: Bass Electrical Engineering Pty Ltd
Project: White Bay 6, Bailey’s Marine Fuels
Why: Bass Electrical Engineering supplied and installed all electrical cabling, switchboards, security CCTV and communications works for Stage 1 of the White Bay 6, Bailey’s Marine fuel installation. This was a challenging project as White Bay is a working port and is also adjacent to residential units, causing severe restrictions on access, working hours and noise.

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: Downer Australia
Project: Reliance Rail Maintenance Facility
Why: The NSW Government and RailCorp entered into a public private partnership contract with Downer Australia’s “Reliance Rail” consortium to design, build and maintain a new maintenance facility for Sydney’s new passenger rail fleet. The facility features DC overhead wiring, traction return power, communication and signalling networks, rail safety systems, electrolysis and corrosion protection, retractable-arm conductor rail system and significant civil works.

Category – Voice/Data Project

A voice or data project of any contract value.

Winner: Stowe Australia Pty Ltd
Project: Vigilare Air 5333 – Site Cabling Works
Why: Stowe Australia supplied and installed the new communications and power infrastructure to support Vigilare, a ground based air defence, commence, control and communications system supporting RAAF bases across the country. The project consolidated a number of defence surveillance systems onto a real time platform, setting a new standard for future installations.

Category – Commercial – Small Project

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

Winner: D & M Electrical and Communications
Project: Westside Hotel
Why: Westside Hotel Dubbo contracted D & M Electrical and Communications for the supply and installation of all electrical works for their refurbishment. This included main switchboard, distribution boards, all lighting, power, emergency systems, data and C-Bus controls. Technical expertise was shown in the Keno installation, AV switching between different function and bar areas and use of creative lighting effects.

Category – Commercial – Medium Project

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

Winner: Heyday Group
Project: Schneider Electric Sydney Co - location
Why: Heyday Groups ACC Technologies division provided the electrical services fit-out for Schneider Electric’s relocation for a high quality 7,900 sqm fit-out over 5 floors. The project involved the installation of standby generator services, new sub-mains, lighting, access controls, CCTV and MATV systems, emergency system and all data and communications systems.

Category – Commercial – Large Project

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

Winner: Stowe Australia Pty Ltd
Project: Star City Infrastructure Upgrade
Why: As the head contractor, Stowe Australia was responsible for building works, mechanical services, health and safety, 3 new standby generators, an energy monitoring system, a new cooling tower and an updated of the seawater cooling system. Stowe Australia faced many challenges on this project To ensure minimal disruption to the Casino’s 24/7 operations, Stowe developed a business continuity plan and detailed shutdown procedure.

Category – Judges Choice Award

Winner: Nilsen (NSW) Pty Ltd
Project: Orange Hospital
Why: Orange Hospital will provide state of the art health facilities as part of the key clinical networks and centre of excellence in rural health care in NSW. Nilsen NSW was engaged for a comprehensive contract covering HV reticulation, substations, emergency back-up power systems, general light and power, communications and security, critical medical systems, nurse call and examination lighting.


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