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Welcome to the Sustainability Cup

Posted by on Nov 25, 2014 in Sustainability Cup | Comments Off on Welcome to the Sustainability Cup

Welcome to the Sustainability Cup

The Sustainability Cup is a unique student based inter-school sustainability challenge. The Cup is not another sustainability syllabus, it is a sustainability management system that puts the students in control of classroom energy use. Turn on the A/C and watch your classroom score tumble; compare real time classroom energy with competing classes and schools; monitor school ranking with competing schools – a fun based educational tool, driving a generational change. The Winners – Students a fun based educational program – Schools...

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SmartSantander – Why is it that the best “stuff” comes from where it shouldn’t?

Posted by on May 1, 2014 in Opinion | Comments Off on SmartSantander – Why is it that the best “stuff” comes from where it shouldn’t?

SmartSantander – Why is it that the best “stuff” comes from where it shouldn’t?

The French developed an entire cuisine based on ingredients that others discarded, the Italians have worked out how to make flour and water taste good, Monaco worked out how to turn a small cliff face into a playground for the rich and famous; all too often it’s not about the resources themselves, its more about the need to build something out of nothing. Santander, a relatively small City in the North of Spain, is a modern day example of how visionary thinking and necessity can combine and deliver outstanding value and opportunity to its...

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CSIRO is not Ford

Posted by on Apr 16, 2014 in Opinion | Comments Off on CSIRO is not Ford

CSIRO is not Ford

Have you ever considered which industries will sustain this country when the once in a life time mining boom passes? What are we good at what, what will win? Thriving Industries provide growth and jobs; innovation and technology drives industries, smart creative minds drive technology. Recently there has been a lot of speculation about the CSIRO being targeted for major cuts to its operating budget; are we just putting up the white flag and saying it’s all too hard? Research Institutions should be seen as the starting point or foundation of...

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As Strong As The Weak Bit

Posted by on Apr 2, 2014 in Opinion | Comments Off on As Strong As The Weak Bit

As Strong As The Weak Bit

Technological development continually exceeds our wildest imagination. There is probably no better example of that than modern commercial aircraft; If your surgeon said to you, “with this procedure, the success rate is 99%”, you would be saying, “where do I sign?” Apply a 99% success rate, to the 28,000 daily commercial flights in the US, and you would get something like, 280 failures per day! With so many moving parts, variable and wild weather, an industry with some of the strongest competitive pressures – the reliability is...

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VIDEO – TED Talks: Marco Annunziata: Welcome to the age of the industrial internet

Posted by on Jan 7, 2014 in Opinion | Comments Off on VIDEO – TED Talks: Marco Annunziata: Welcome to the age of the industrial internet

VIDEO – TED Talks: Marco Annunziata: Welcome to the age of the industrial internet

Marco Annuziata, the Chief Economist and Executive Director of  Global Market Insights at General Electric, talks about how we are in the beginning of a new era: the Industrial Internet. Alike the Industrial Revolution an the Internet revolution, it has the potential to disrupt the way we live and work. The cost of sensors and data storage has decreased significantly in the last few years fueling the  massification of industrial analytics and leading to significant efficiency gains and energy savings in the most different fields. Unscheduled...

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Where’s the plan?

Posted by on Aug 19, 2013 in Opinion | Comments Off on Where’s the plan?

Where’s the plan?

Wouldn’t it be great if Australia had a business plan? An actual plan with (well-thought-out) strategies and objectives; publicly available; updated and reported against for all to see.  Perhaps such a plan could explain the erratic vote grabbing decisions made by our politicians. “Climate change is the greatest challenge of our generation……….whoops, actually not, but will be……..maybe next year?” New Industries and technologies will require investments in education (all levels, not taking from one to give to another), training, research and...

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VIDEO – TED Talks: Peter van Manen: How can Formula 1 racing help … babies?

Posted by on Aug 5, 2013 in Opinion | Comments Off on VIDEO – TED Talks: Peter van Manen: How can Formula 1 racing help … babies?

VIDEO – TED Talks: Peter van Manen: How can Formula 1 racing help … babies?

Peter van Manen, McLaren Electronics Managing Director,  shows how smart sensing revolutionized Formula 1. Nowadays, Formula 1 cars are equipped with more than one hundred sensors that monitor more than five hundred different parameters, all this data his sent to the garage where it is analysed and transformed in knowledge that can be used to improve the car performance. Recently, Peter and his team started to apply this technology in a very different place… At Birmingham Children’s Hospital to analyse the cardiac condition of the...

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Retail – Some Things Never Make Sense

Posted by on Aug 2, 2013 in Opinion | Comments Off on Retail – Some Things Never Make Sense

Retail – Some Things Never Make Sense

Some things just don’t make sense; it doesn’t matter which way you look at them; how many times you do – they don’t make sense! For me, open refrigerated and freezer display cabinets in supermarkets have always fitted into this category.  It’s like “we have done this for 100 years, it’s how we do it” is the possible defence to such absurdity. Just think about this.  It’s mid-winter and cold, and these open cabinets are actually cooling the supermarket while the store is being heated to counteract the additional cooling load being...

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A Sustainable Business Model for Utility Companies.

Posted by on Jul 30, 2013 in Opinion | Comments Off on A Sustainable Business Model for Utility Companies.

A Sustainable Business Model for Utility Companies.

Recently my wife, Paula spent about 20 hours on the phone with Origin Energy, attempting to sort out our electricity bills.  After building a house, we received a number of bills that appeared to be in conflict with each other e.g. we were charged at one point for electricity usage when there was no electrical supply connected to the block; irregular bills (in complete contradiction) kept arriving. She collected all of the bills and attempted to reconcile them (which was impossible).  Then she proceeded to call….and call…..and hold for Origin...

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Sustainable Competitive Advantage for Australian Farmers

Posted by on Jul 23, 2013 in Opinion | Comments Off on Sustainable Competitive Advantage for Australian Farmers

Sustainable Competitive Advantage for Australian Farmers

I don’t know what it is, I just feel better about buying seafood grown in Australia. Well actually I do know what it is, I have traveled a lot and seen a lot of factories and I think I would prefer something produced under Australian Food Standards. The reason for this is that very little imported food products are stringently tested to ensure they meet Australian Standards.  Getting back to the seafood, the Australian product is generally about 10% more expensive and I am sure Australian prawns would outsell the imported equivalent (over the...

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