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2018’s Electric Vehicle Conference & Expo

BEC was proud to attend this year’s Electric Vehicle Conference & Expo, held in Brisbane on the 9th & 10th of November.

We were thrilled by the event’s ‘electric’ atmosphere, and the industry-encompassing spread of products & presentations. The Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre was ‘positively charged’ with passionate EV owners, enthusiasts, investors, professionals, and public servants.

Puns aside; there were a few standout presenters & products that we feel are worth giving a shout out here; including Tritium, Fast Cities Australia, and SEA Electric. Strangely Tesla was not in attendance – at least not via a sponsorship or presentation on the Friday.  

The event was both exciting & inspiring, and we can’t wait for the next.  We’re always behind moving things in a greener direction, which comes through in everything from our projects to our own office (our shiny new solar panels could keep an office Model S charged right?)

United Petroleum, Umina

Project No: 6852 & 6619

Our United Umina project was completed in two stages as two different projects. For stage 1, our client was United Petroleum who we provided DA support and a site-based stormwater management plan for.  

We stepped in on the project again in stage two, this time we were contracted by the project’s builder and provided full detailed design.  The service station required more than the usual copy-and-paste canopy design due to the diagonal positioning on the fuel pumps; we instead employed steel truss framing for the canopy and a tailored design for the main building to suit its dual tenancy intention.

MoSC Hospital Demountables

Project No: 7074

Another Mornington Shire Council Project, we were engaged to provide structural consultancy in support of moving 9 hospital demountables to new sites. MoSC specified a bored design for the new piers, with setout to vary between buildings.  Council had access to a wide range of geotechnical reports for the township and nominated the closest profile to supply to the proposed site. With this in mind, we engineered to a conservative assumption for the soil profile based on the information from council. We also supplied options for the site foreman where it was likely for a rock profile or refusal to be encountered at a shallow depth.

For the Design and Documentation stages of the project, we provided design of building foundations and support posts, general arrangement and details for the nine demountables, and form 15 certification.  During the project’s construction phase, we provided RFI Responses and form 16 certification.  Mornington Island’s extreme remote location proved challenging in a number of ways for the project.  Aside from the expected lead time extensions, we were particularly limited by the type of equipment that council had available, which restricted our options for bore holes and depths.