The 2018 Standards Awards
The Standards Awards were recently held in Sydney to recognise those who have made significant contributions to standardisation and shown an outstanding service in enabling Standards Australia to attain its objectives.
Six awards were presented on 10 May 2018 by Standards Australia Chairman Richard Brooks and Chief Executive Officer Dr Bronwyn Evans.
Two of those were Jerry Tyrrell – a key figure in the building industry – and Kim Craig who plays a massive role in electrical manufacturing.
When the Standards Australia Incubator was launched, Jerry jumped at the chance to explore innovative approaches to the delivery of standards content.
In particular, he is passionate about how information can be presented in new and intuitive ways which will deliver large scale benefits to the building industry in Australia, and around the world.
He has worked endlessly with Standards Australia on his ‘visual standards’ prototype; a concept being developed for standards which are most often used in the field. The prototype allows users to quickly identify the information they need through the use of easily understood pictograms and diagrams.
The concept has been initially tested using AS 4654.2, Waterproofing membranes for external above-ground use, Part 2: Design and installation. Although in early stages, the feedback from test users has been extremely positive.
Jerry believes the entire Australian community stands to benefit from standards which are available in intuitive and accessible formats, which are tailored for the end user and which, ultimately, allow them to perform their tasks, build products or deliver services, in a cost effective and compliant manner.
Kim Craig has been an active contributor in standards development for 16 years, having a diverse background of knowledge spanning lighting, ICT, electrical and electronics manufacturing.
He is an active member of EL-041 and was previously a member of QR-12 contributing largely on important issues affecting the lighting industry. He has served on the Council of Standards Australia since 2009.
At an international level, Kim is currently appointed to the IEC Standardisation Management Board (SMB), a position he has been in since 2012. As an active SMB member Kim has participated in a number of ad hoc groups that undertake short term studies on specific topics.
He organised ahG 54 LVDC which has now evolved into System Committee LVDC with direct responsibility for electricity access in developing economies. Kim is also the organiser of ahG 80, Clarification of System Concepts which is charged with defining the role and deliverables for systems work in the IEC.
Kim was elected to the Finance Committee of the IEC in October 2017 with responsibility for budget preparation and advice to the Treasurer.
He has also recently been appointed as convenor of IEC SEG9 – Smart Home/Office Building Systems, a group dedicated to evaluating technology trends, reviewing an inventory of current and proposed international standards, and producing a roadmap for building automation standards.