Celebration of the success in obtaining ARC Linkage partner- Fleetwood, the Australian owned largest caravan manufacturer
Date: 9 September 2009
Location: DEBI Institute, Enterprise Unit 3, Technology Park
A joint effort between DEBI Institute and CIO Mr. Steve Wallis from Fleetwood has been successful after 2 years of close collaboration on research and development. The strong effort have been put in from DEBII by Dr Alex Talevski, Dr. Vidy Potdar, Professor E. Chang. The background of the project arises from the fact that the mining industry has introduced a new set of requirements on the camp for construction industry, in relation to the fabrication and assembly of temporary dwellings for employees. These are characterized by several features namely: (a) an ability to support work carried out at multiple sites where a significant portion of the work is carried out at sites remote from the mining sit, where primary materials and appropriate numbers of suitably skilled workers are available, transportation of large components to the remote mining site and final assembly of these at the mining site within a compressed timeframe; (b) the requirement to meet strict deadlines on construction so that the mining company does not experience delays in starting the required mining operations as any such delays are very costly with likely losses running into the millions of dollars.
Mining companies often use the mechanism of getting the construction company to lodge a large bond to ensue the deadline is met; (c) a high degree of customization of the smart dwellings to suit different levels of employees and different terrains and environmental conditions.