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Infrastructure | Transport & Logistics

Informed Decisions with Digitized Rolling Stock Condition Data

Know what is ahead. Increase the value of rail data and act on data insights with condition monitoring solutions that optimize efficiency and availability.   As the focus on innovation within the rail industry increases, many rail operators are looking towards digitization to optimize their performance, improve safe operation, reduce costs, and streamline their business…

20 Oct 2020, by Abdul Bhuiyan

Defence & Security | Healthcare | Legal

Eliminating PFAS from firefighting sites – Fire & Rescue NSW

It has been three years since per- and poly-fluorinated alkyl substances (PFAS) – chemicals once used in food packaging, cooking hardware and firefighting foam – were first banned in Australia, after being exposed as an environmental and health threat. Since then the body of evidence highlighting the toxicity of PFAS chemicals has grown, as have…

20 Oct 2020, by Amy Sarcevic

Healthcare

Healthcare delivery during COVID-19 – what has worked and what hasn’t?

Even before COVID-19 struck, moving from volume- to value-based models of healthcare delivery – as per a worldwide paradigm shift – seemed like a difficult task. As the Australian population ages, chronic disease is rising, with 90 percent of residents now seeing their doctor at least once per year. In 2019 there was also a sharp…

19 Oct 2020, by Amy Sarcevic

Education | Infrastructure

How do we make all schools inclusive?

Australia has been taking strides towards inclusive school design for a number of decades, but with little clarity on what an inclusive design should actually look like. While the 7 Principles of Universal Design provides a general framework, its clauses are too abstract to offer any real direction to designers. Meanwhile, the evidence base to…

12 Oct 2020, by Amy Sarcevic

Defence & Security | Energy & Utilities | Mining & Resources

Australia needs a military approach to liquid fuel security – John Blackburn AO

Retired Air Vice-Marshal John Blackburn AO has criticised Australia’s approach to ensuring national liquid fuel security ahead of the Australian Liquid Fuel Security Conference, claiming it has been “delayed, reactive, insufficient and out of touch”. Discussions around the preservation of Australia’s few remaining oil refineries began at the turn of the millennium - bolstered by…

7 Oct 2020, by Amy Sarcevic

Occupational Health & Safety | Technology | Transport & Logistics

Is the Hierarchy of Controls always valid in the age of software systems?

According to the Hierarchy of Controls – a framework that has long been used for minimising workplace hazards - engineering controls are inherently safer than administrative controls. However, as consultant Neil Robinson explains ahead of the RISSB Rail Safety Conference, this is not always the case. “There are three issues to consider when deciding whether…

1 Oct 2020, by Amy Sarcevic

Education | Occupational Health & Safety

How to evaluate your school’s COVID-19 safety program

Infection avoidance, liability avoidance, and government compliance. As a school governor, it is easy to think that you have your COVID-19 risk management plan down pat. However, safely increasing occupancy numbers in schools during the pandemic is a deceptively complex task, according to Lt. John Weinstein of the Northern Virginia Community College Police Department, USA.…

30 Sep 2020, by Amy Sarcevic

Healthcare | Legal

Using technology for better obstetric decision making

Cardiotocography (CTG) has been used for foetal heartrate (FHR) surveillance since the 1970s, as a means of detecting foetal hypoxia and guiding clinical decisions around delivery timing. Despite the length of its usage, there is yet to be convincing evidence that CTG reduces birth asphyxia, stillbirths, caesareans or instrumental deliveries. Although the technology is good…

24 Sep 2020, by Amy Sarcevic

Technology | Transport & Logistics

New tool helps spot worksite blind-spots and prevent machinery accidents

After three of his brothers were seriously injured by construction site vehicles at work, Dr. Nathan Kirchner decided it was time for the industry to change. Together with Dr. Kieran MacKenzie he founded tech start-up Presien – a Laing O’Rourke spinout, aimed at preventing vehicular accidents in heavy industries. Kirchner’s personal experience was not the…

23 Sep 2020, by Amy Sarcevic

Infrastructure | Leadership & Communication | Technology

Is your business a critical infrastructure asset?

Last month, the New Zealand Stock Exchange came to a standstill as cyber-attackers carried out a series of distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks. Overwhelming servers with a flood of traffic, the attackers halted the site’s main board, debt and Fonterra shareholder markets. Aftershocks were felt around the country, with trading effectively frozen for four…

17 Sep 2020, by Amy Sarcevic
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