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NECA Tasmania 2017 Excellence and Apprentice Awards


NECA Tasmania 2017 Excellence and Apprentice AwardsThe National Electrical and Communications Association (NECA) recently recognised the best Tasmanian electrical and communications contractors and apprentices at the annual electrical industry Excellence and Apprentice Awards.

The event, which was held at the Hotel Grand Chancellor in Hobart on 5 August, was attended by 210 industry representatives, including contractors, suppliers, educators and government representatives.

NECA Tasmania president Wayne Hobson congratulated the winning companies and apprentices for their excellence and commitment to the industry in Tasmania.

“We really appreciate the time our members put into submitting their projects for our awards. We saw some particularly impressive projects this year, and it’s a real pleasure to acknowledge the great work that NECA members have done across Tasmania. We also congratulate our apprentices. They are the future of our industry and this year’s finalists were a very impressive group of individuals.”

The Excellence Awards winners

Category Company Project
Lighting Project Contact Electrical Morrison St. Street Lighting Upgrade
Commercial Small Project RBD Electrical & Instrumentation TasWater North West Regional Offices
Voice/Data Communications & Audio Visual Project Contact Electrical Project Unite
Industrial Small Project RBD Electrical & Instrumentation Liapootah Power Station Generator Power Cable Replacement
Industrial Medium Project RBD Electrical & Instrumentation TasWater Infrastructure Upgrade, Lady Barron Whitemark & Mole Creek



Category Company Project
Small Project Degree C Dan Murphy’s Store
Small Project Shane Hill Electrical Hill Street Grocer
Industrial Medium Project Klimate Solutions Macquarie Hotel, Ibis Styles, Mechanical Electrical & Building Management System Controls


Apprentice Awards winners

Category Apprentice Employer/host company
Commercial/Domestic Gerry Dallas NECA Education and Careers /AS Farr
Industrial Zane Bewg NECA Education and Careers/Frontline Electrical


Runner up in the Commercial/Domestic Category was David Pilgrim, employed by NECA Education and Careers, and hosted by RBD Electrical & Instrumentation.

Third place in the Commercial/Domestic Category was Marcus Dobson, employed by NECA Education and Careers, and hosted by RBD Electrical & Instrumentation.

Winning Projects

Contact Electrical

Lighting Project – Morrison Street, Street Lighting Upgrade

As part of the City of Hobart’s urban renewal project, Contact Electrical installed street, seat and decorative lighting in Morrison Street in Hobart’s historic waterfront precinct. The provision of the new lighting and power infrastructure required complex forward planning to ensure the works could be completed while maintaining public access.

Contact Electrical’s works included mains cabling, concealed power outlets, lighting poles and a new switchboard concealed within a cultural bollard. Existing in ground infrastructure had to be located, assessed and removed if redundant, while several cable pits and conduits had to be raised due to tidal flooding in the area.

RBD Electrical & Instrumentation

Commercial Small Project – TasWater North West Regional Offices.

The North-West regional office for TasWater in Devonport consists of 1833m2 of primarily open plan office space, with 120 work stations, private offices, meeting and training rooms, and amenities. The building also houses a communications room, electrical switch room and an external building for the generator and MSB.

The main electrical contract was completed to a customer appointed engineer’s design, while the HVAC portion of work was undertaken as a design/construct project in conjunction with a mechanical services contractor. RBD encountered numerous design changes during the project and had the opportunity to provide key technical advice.

 Contact Electrical

Voice/Data Communications & Audio Visual Project – Project Unite

The Federal Group installed a new Gaming Management System at both Casinos in Tasmania, transitioning to the new e-Bet system. There were 800 gaming machines, grouped in 80 banks moved to the new system in less than three months. Contact Electrical’s works included power and communications infrastructure to service the new system.

The Electronic Gaming Machines (EGMs) are mounted on bases that have wiring access between all functional units. Contact Electrical installed cable trays, service poles to each bank, soft wired DGPO’s, switches, fibre optic interface boards, and a multimode OM4 and a single mode fibre backbone and CAT6A horizontal copper system.

 RBD Electrical & Instrumentation

Industrial Small Project — Liapootah Power Station Generator Power Cable Replacement.

Outages to the public owned Hydro Tasmania power generators are costly. RBD replaced the three hydro power 31MVA generator set 11kV power cables. Each generator connection consisted of six 630mm single core paper and lead cables, laid in a trefoil configuration, running for 150m through the HV cable tunnel.

The old lead cables were safely disposed of and RBD laid temporary HV cables outside the cable tunnel to keep one machine in operation during the replacement of the other generator cables. RBD finished the challenging project ten days ahead of schedule, helping maintain revenue from the power station.

 RBD Electrical & Instrumentation

Industrial Medium Project – TasWater Infrastructure Upgrade, Lady Barron Whitemark & Mole Creek.

As part of its ongoing program of capital upgrades, TasWater commissioned new potable water treatment plants to be built on Flinders Island and at Mole Creek in North West Tasmania. RBD was required to design, supply and install all aspects of motive distribution required for the new plant and equipment.

During the project, work crews stayed on Flinders Island, while the Mole Creek plant meant three hours daily travel to and from the site. The projects encountered bushfires, flooding, snow and wind, resulting in flight delays and road closures – meaning working hours and fatigue levels needed to be managed carefully.

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