Canberra Event Series - Issues, Risks and Opportunities - All you wanted to know about building electrical infrastructure but were afraid to ask!

June 1, 2018

A.G. Coombs recently hosted their fifth Canberra event series at the iconic National Museum of Australia. The event attracted over 40 leaders in the buildings and property sector from in and around the Canberra region.

Modern facilities rely on effective electrical infrastructure to support their efficient operation and safety. These systems are generally not well understood or effectively managed and due to changes in the building or its operation often become sub optimal and sometimes not fit for purpose.

John Topouzakis, Senior Electrical Engineer from A.G. Coombs Advisory provided a clear and readily understood overview of facility electrical infrastructure systems, the common issues and problems, and the opportunities to do better. In his presentation John set out an approach that can be applied to review the electrical distribution within a building and the steps to ensure that a safe, reliable and efficient electrical environment is provided.

Additionally, there are opportunities within electrical infrastructure and installation to help improve energy efficiency and reduce energy costs. John outlined these, including lighting replacement strategies, refining or introducing lighting control systems, electrical equipment integration such as power factor correction and solar / battery storage and the introduction of metering and monitoring systems.

The A.G. Coombs event series features presentations by leading industry experts providing attendees with strategic insights into emerging trends and best practice in managing and maintaining building services. Past topics have covered trends in optimising building performance, asset management systems & ‘big’ data, Building Information Management, through to an overview of recent changes to key fire protection system standards.

Aspects of the session can be seen in our Advisory notes on Managing Electrical Systems in Buildings, Optimising Power Quality and Reducing Costs with Voltage Regulation, and LED Lighting Explained, with further information available on request.

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