Saturday, September 4th, 2010
The best of the ACT’s talented apprentices and workers in the electrotechnology industry were recognised at the annual Excellence Awards hosted by peak industry body the National Electrical and Communications Association (NECA).

Electrical and communication contractors working on the Botswana High Commission and new installations for government buildings for the Department of Education, Employment & Workplace Relations (DEEWR) at City West and the Department of Health and Aging’s Sirius Building were among the award winners.

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

The winning companies received the top state award across eight categories in front of 320 industry representatives including contractors, industry business partners, educators and government representatives at the pinnacle showcase of the electrical and communications industry held at Hotel Realm in Barton.

Chief executive officer of NECA’s ACT chapter, Mr Lindsay Le Compte, 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 Le Compte said.

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

Three apprentices in a commercial, industrial and communications category won the electrical Apprentice of the Year award.

Kambah resident, 24-year-old Stephen Shields, won the top apprentice award in the Communications Category. Mr Shields’ host employer is Canberra Connections.

Twenty-two-year-old Chris Mockler from Curtin won the top apprentice award in the Commercial and Domestic Category. Mr Mockler’s host employer is Martin Donnelly Pty Ltd.

Murrumbateman resident, 23-year-old Thomas Creek, won the top apprentice award in the Industrial Award Category. Mr Creek’s host employer is ActewAGL.

NECA’s ACT CEO Mr Le Compte said that the judges were impressed with all three winners and how they have development throughout their apprenticeship.

“To be named Apprentice of the Year is a huge honour and something Stephen, Chris and Thomas should be very proud of,” Mr Le Compte said.

“The judges acknowledged the academic achievements and on-the-job accomplishments and decided that these men were the best performing apprentices in the ACT.”

The apprentice awards also recognise the role employers play in training apprentices.

“It is important to remember that it is not only the apprentices working to build skills in our industry.

“Many businesses like Canberra Connection, ActewAGL and Martin Donnelly host young apprentices giving them the guidance and opportunities required to complete their trade,” Mr Le Compte said.

The winning companies from the 2010 NECA Excellence Awards 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: RCCS - Ross Communications and Construction Services
Project: Private Residence
Why: RCCS was commissioned by a family living in Hall to design and install “high tech services” to create a user friendly, completely integrated, state-of the-art smart home. Installation consisted of TV, Foxtel, music, radio, video intercom, security, telephone and data systems and home theatre. All systems were fully integrated for multiple room zoning and operation.

This was a particularly large project for a domestic residence - with two separate buildings; a main house and a guest residence, and included challenges such as running cables through walls that were made of sandwiched foam filled panels.

The project was completed on time and budget, and the owner is delighted with the excellent result.

Category – Small Contracting Business

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

Winner: Casper Electrics Pty Ltd
Project: Small Contracting Business
Why: Since its inception in 1994, Casper Electrics has built a strong reputation, specialising in commercial and domestic renovation projects.
The company has an enviable reputation for reliability and high quality work. As a result of their track record, most new works come from repeat business, an excellent testament to customer satisfaction.

They are the preferred supplier for Westfield Shopping Centres and Queensland Investment Corporation, who control three of the major shopping centres in Canberra.

Casper Electrics is committed to continuous improvement by implementing new process and systems to streamline operations, and ensuring all staff receive ongoing training.

Category – Occupational Health and Safety

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

Winner: Intravision Pty Ltd
Project: Department of Education, Employment & Workplace Relations (DEEWR) City West Project
Why: Intravision won the contract for supply and installation of a data and communications system for the City West Project. The two tower multilevel building is head office for the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, and home to the National Safety Commissioner.

The project was a case study example of the importance of OH&S as evidenced when the first floor and basement levels collapsed, leading to increased scrutiny of all OH&S standards.
Intravision was well place in this as they had implemented the comprehensive NECA OH&S management system. This also led to them proudly winning Safety Initiative Awards.

Category – Voice/Data – Small Project

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

Winner: Multisystem Communications Pty Ltd
Project: Canberra Data Centres POD 9
Why: Canberra Data Centres is a Next Gen Data Centre facility. In June 2009 a sensitive government agency commissioned a POD to be constructed within this facility.
Multisystem Communications’ experience as a leading communications cabling specialist won them the contract for this high security project.

The works were completed in an exceptionally short time frame – just three weeks from start to finish - to investigate, source and complete the installation.

To achieve the deadline Multisystem worked closely with supplier Panduit International and devoted much time to pre-planning before commencing works on site.

The project was completed on time, and the client is delighted with the installation.

Category – Voice/Data – Large Project

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

Winner: Intravision Pty Ltd
Project: Department of Education, Employment & Workplace Relations (DEEWR) City West Project
Why: The project for the Dept of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations required the design, supply and installation of a comprehensive data and communications system.

Intravision’s scope of works included; secure fibre optic network, MATV for Parliamentary video and normal TV services, and the installation of a systimax VisiPatch 360 Cat 6a data and voice cabling system.

The successful delivery of this high quality installation has earned the praise of the client and is a testament to the excellent workmanship from the team at Intravision.

Category – Commercial – Small Project

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

Winner: Nexus Electrical Pty Ltd
Project: CSIRO Building 101 South Wing Refurbishment
Why: Nexus Electrical were commissioned for refurbishment works in the CSIRO’s Building 101.

This involved the demolition and refurbishment of two floors of laboratory facilities into new office space.

The new requirements included, mains and sub-mains, monitored emergency lighting, lighting and general power, C-Bus controls and Krone Cat 6 structured data system.

The listed building contained heritage skylights and original surfaces that had to be protected. This created unique challenges for the Nexus team due to difficulties with access, and little opportunity for fastening and concealment of services.

Nexus handled this well, proving their ability to deliver a high quality outcome despite the challenges of the site.

Category – Commercial – Medium Project

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

Winner: Five Star Electrical (ACT) Pty Ltd
Project: Botswana High Commission
Why: The brief to Five Star Electrical from the Botswana High Commission was for provision of a complete electrical system including; supply and installation of all general power and lighting, communication services, MATV system, C-Bus controls, UPS system and back up generator facilities.

This was a very demanding installation, with high expectations with regard to finishes, time lines and budget adherence. Plus requirements for functionality and energy management.

Delivering the project, including the numerous variations, required good management skills to maintain all critical deadlines.

The Botswana High Commission project was a high profile project, and its successful outcome is a credit to the team at Five Star Electrical.

Category – Commercial – Large Project

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

Winner: Multisystem Communications Pty Ltd
Project: Department of Health and Aging, Sirius Building
Why: Multisystem Communications’ project for the Department of Health and Aging required the installation of a communications base building infrastructure in their new Sirius Building.

The scope required detailed design, manufacture, supply and installation, testing and maintenance of the communications and associated services. Works included building and floor distributor, communications cabinet, backbone telephone cabling, MATV and AV cabling, horizontal cabling, location of slab penetrations, fire rating and testing.

In addition all works had to comply with the building’s 5-star green star “as-built rating”.
This is an excellent example of a large data installation where innovation and efficient planning enabled Multisystem to deliver a successful result, on time and budget.


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