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Innotech prides itself on being a solutions-based company. Due to our versatile range of products and Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) and Building Automation Systems (BAS) experience, we have worked on numerous projects in a wide range of industries. Our success in this area is due to the diversity of the products we offer.

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Dubbo Hospital Redevelopment Stage 1 & 2

Dubbo Hospital Redevelopment Stage 1 & 2

Location: Australia

Industry: Health and Laboratories

The $91 million hospital building includes six digital operating theatres, Recovery Stages 1, 2 and 3, a large maternity with inpatient birthing, speciality care nursery and outpatient facility and day surgery and extended day surgery unit.

The $91 million hospital building includes six digital operating theatres, Recovery Stages 1, 2 and 3, a large maternity with inpatient birthing, speciality care nursery and outpatient facility and day surgery and extended day surgery unit.

  • 1600 hardware points and 3900 software points
  • Control of 52 AHU and FCUs, 60 VAV boxes, 2 chillers and 2 boilers
  • BACnet interface to chillers, variable speed drives, hospital alarm management system
  • Modbus Interface to 50 energy meters and ATOM energy analysis software
  • Web based eServer software and FM Manager remote alarming software

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River Bay Co-op The Bronx, New York

River Bay Co-op The Bronx, New York

Location: United States

Industry: Commercial Office and Buildings

Referred to as a city within a city this is the largest housing co-operative in the world and home to over 40,000 people.

Referred to as a city within a city, this is the largest housing co-operative in the world and home to over 40,000 people.

  • 2400 hardware points and 6000 software points
  • Site wide monitoring of 46 buildings HVAC, pumping and metering requirements
  • 2 site graphical head end computers with alarm monitoring software

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Coffs Harbour Justice Precinct

Coffs Harbour Justice Precinct

Location: Australia

Industry: Government

$73 million combined Court House and Police Complex with over 10,500 square meters of floor space

$73 million combined Court House and Police Complex with over 10,500 square meters of floor space

  • 2500 hardware points and 7300 software points
  • High level interfaces to energy meters, chillers, hot water generators and window control systems
  • Control of all HVAC Systems including mixed mode ventilation and automated control of the motorised windows.
  • eServer web based graphics and ATOM energy monitoring software

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Peak Hill Multi-Purpose Services Facility (MPS)

Peak Hill Multi-Purpose Services Facility (MPS)

Location: Australia

Industry: Health and Laboratories

MPSs integrate a range of health services, including acute care, subacute care, emergency, allied health, oral health, primary health and community services.

MPS integrate a range of health services, including acute care, subacute care, emergency, allied health, oral health, primary health and community services.

  • 250 hardware points and 1600 software points
  • BACnet and Modbus High level interfaces to VRV systems and emergency generators
  • Monitoring of Thermal Mixing Valves for potable hot water
  • Web based eServer software and remote alarming

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Nexus Business Park

Nexus Business Park

Location: Australia

Industry: Commercial Office and Buildings

Nexus Business Park

Four buildings each with basement plus 4 storeys of office space.

  • 1440+ hardware points and 15000+ software points
  • High level integration to a variety of energy meters and 260 gas fired VRF units with economy and CO2 control
  • Energy management and reporting of after hours, gas, electrical and water

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Southern Cross University

Southern Cross University

Location: Australia

Industry: Education

Over 14,000 students receiving a tertiary education at three main campuses; Lismore, Gold Coast and Coffs Harbour.

Over 14,000 students receiving a tertiary education at three main campuses; Lismore, Gold Coast and Coffs Harbour.

  • 6300 hardware points and 68,000 software points
  • BMS control of mechanical equipment
  • Energy and water consumption monitoring and reporting of 120 power meters and 31 water meters
  • High Level Interfaces to chillers, power meters, variable speed drives and VRF units

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105 St Georges Terrace, Perth

105 St Georges Terrace, Perth

Location: Australia

Industry: Commercial Office and Buildings

12 Storey office tower centrally located in Perth’s CBD

12 Storey office tower centrally located in Perth’s CBD

  • 1100 hardware points and 3000 software points
  • High level interfaces to chillers and variable speed drives
  • Control of all HVAC Systems including the central plant, Air Handling Units, 174 VAV Boxes, Magellan graphics and ATOM energy monitoring software

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Bank South Pacific Data Centres - Gordons and Waigani

Bank South Pacific Data Centres - Gordons and Waigani

Location: Papua New Guinea

Industry: Data and Communications

The projects comprise Tier IV data centres located on two separate sites in Port Moresby.

Bank South Pacific is Papua New Guinea’s largest bank with over 40 branches in PNG along with operations in Fiji, Solomon Islands, Samoa, Tonga and Vanuatu. BSP currently services over 650,000 business banking customers throughout the Pacific.

The projects comprise Tier IV data centres located on two separate sites in Port Moresby.

  • 2000 hardware points and 15000 software points
  • Control of Chilled water plant for all plant including the phase change material storage tanks
  • Building services monitoring including generators and fuel systems, UPS systems, auto-transfer switches, hydraulic services, fire and gas suppression services and lifts.
  • High level interfaces to Chillers, Variable speed drives, In-row coolers, auto transfer switches, VRF systems, and power meters.
  • Separate Magellan Graphics servers for each A and B row, and a master Magellan Graphics server for the entire system at each location.

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Belmont Forum, Perth

Belmont Forum, Perth

Location: Australia

Industry: Retail, Entertainment and Sports

Belmont Forum is a 42,000m2 Shopping Centre located 8kms from the Perth CBD and home to 8 retailers as well as 130 specialty retailers.

Belmont Forum is a 42,000m2 Shopping Centre located 8kms from the Perth CBD and home to 8 retailers as well as 130 specialty retailers.

  • 1800 hardware points and 5000 software points
  • Control of mechanical services including 110 VAV Boxes, multiple AHUs and FCUs.
  • High level interfaces chillers and variable speed drives
  • Magellan graphics and ATOM energy monitoring software and FM Facility Management Software

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Casuarina Square

Casuarina Square

Location: Australia

Industry: Retail, Entertainment and Sports

Casuarina Square is the Northern Territories largest shopping complex covering 53,000m2 with over 180 tenancies including 5 anchor stores.

Casuarina Square is the Northern Territories largest shopping complex covering 53,000m2 with over 180 tenancies including 5 anchor stores.

  • 2,200 hardware points and 12000 software points
  • Control of 2 separate chilled water plants each with 3 chillers, 84 AHU, FCU and AC Units, 42 Vent Fans and 147 lighting channels.
  • BACnet interface to chillers, variable speed drives, electrical power meters and thermal energy meters.
  • Building services monitoring including electrical power meters, thermal energy meters, water meters and lifts and travelators, hydraulic services and generators and a weather station.
  • Automated report delivery via email to various stakeholders for billing and energy reporting including site wide COP. Trending of over 2000 points of data and 600 automated reporting points.

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CQU Rockhampton Energy Project

CQU Rockhampton Energy Project

Location: Australia

Industry: Education

Innotech were engaged to provide a centrally accessible, energy analytics platform using our ATOM Energy Analysis platform.

CQUniversity is Australia’s largest regional university and it has over 39000 students attending 24 campuses around the country.

CQUniversity has its main campuses in Rockhampton and Mackay in Queensland and the Facilities Department had very little visibility to when and where electrical energy was being used.

Innotech were engaged to provide a centrally accessible, energy analytics platform using our ATOM Energy Analysis platform. Our works included the provision of 114 Electrical Meters installed in 29 buildings in Rockhampton and Mackay to monitor lighting, power and mechanical services energy use.

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Dalley St, Sydney

Dalley St, Sydney

Location: Australia

Industry: Data and Communications

Major telephone exchange

Major telephone exchange.

  • 1180 hardware points and 7500 software points
  • N+1 control of all Air Handling Units, the chillers and cooling towers
  • Web based eServer BMS and FM Manager alarm management software

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Dutton Lane, Cabramatta

Dutton Lane, Cabramatta

Location: Australia

Industry: Retail, Entertainment and Sports

Retail & office space development with two levels of car parking.

Retail and office space development with two levels of car parking.

  • 600 hardware points and 1900 software points
  • Low level monitoring of water usage, lifts, security, fire services and hydraulics
  • BACnet high level interfaces to the lighting systems, power meters and chillers
  • ATOM energy reporting and analysis, web-based eServer BMS and FM Manager alarm management software

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Heritage Precinct, Perth

Heritage Precinct, Perth

Location: Australia

Industry: Commercial Office and Buildings

Comprising four heritage-listed buildings, constructed between 1910 and 1932.

Comprising four heritage-listed buildings, constructed between 1910 and 1932.

  • 760 hardware points and 6000 software points
  • Control of mechanical services and monitoring of tenancy electrical, water, gas and thermal energy use
  • Multiple BMS computers with Magellan graphics and ATOM energy monitoring software and FM Facility Management Software

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Madame Tussauds, Sea Life and Wild Life

Madame Tussauds, Sea Life and Wild Life

Location: Australia

Industry: Retail, Entertainment and Sports

Madame Tussauds, Sea Life & Wild Life

The three attractions form a significant tourist attraction in Sydney’s Darling Harbour precinct.

  • 1000 hardware points and 2100 software points
  • Control of all system temperatures including a low temperature glycol plant for the penguin displays
  • Centralised Magellan monitoring and FM Alarm management software

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Mandurah Aquatic Centre

Mandurah Aquatic Centre

Location: Australia

Industry: Retail, Entertainment and Sports

Mandurah Aquatic Centre

Part of a $38 Million re-development the projects includes a refurbished 25 meter indoor pool and a new leisure pool with various zones including a separate children’s pool and an aquatic play area.

  • 820 hardware points and 2600 software points
  • High level interfaces variable speed drives and power meters
  • Control of mechanical services, pool heating, filtration and a geothermal production bore.

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The Art House, Wyong

The Art House, Wyong

Location: Australia

Industry: Retail, Entertainment and Sports

500 seat theatre & 130 seat studio with exhibition foyer, meeting room, shop & bar.

500 seat theatre and 130 seat studio with exhibition foyer, meeting room, shop and bar.

  • Control of mechanical plant including demand based ventillation
  • BACnet integration to VRF systems and Vaisala Weather Station
  • Web based eServer BMS and FM Manager alarm management software

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Cranmer House

Cranmer House

Location: United Kingdom

Industry: Commercial Office and Buildings

5 level office building renovated from a former print works and located in the Kennington business park.

5 level office building renovated from a former print works and located in the Kennington business park.

  • 100 Hardware Points and Multiple HLI Third Party Products
  • Upgrade of Boiler Houses, adding zone control throughout the building and monitoring electrical usage
  • Control of Boilers, HLI to zone energy valves and AHU’s
  • Monitoring of Electrical Meters and Water Tank Levels

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IFSC House

IFSC House

Location: Ireland

Industry: Commercial Office and Buildings

IFSC House is the landmark building in Ireland's International Financial Services Centre.

IFSC House is the landmark building in Ireland's International Financial Services Centre.

  • 500 Hardware Points
  • Refit of 45 zones of VAV due to a lack of performance and high operating costs of the original system
  • VAV Control, Monitoring of Communications Rooms, AC Faults, monitoring of Generators and UPS, Leak Detection and Fire Suppression Alarms
  • Magellan Graphical Head End

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Merrion Hall

Merrion Hall

Location: Ireland

Industry: Commercial Office and Buildings

A 6000 m2 office building originally constructed in 1973

A 6000 m2 office building originally constructed in 1973.

  • 500 Hardware Points
  • Control of 3 Chilled Water AHU’s and 30 reheat zones, along with Chiller, Boiler and miscellaneous ventilation control
  • Monitoring of Electrical, Gas and Water Meters
  • Magellan Graphical user interface and remote monitoring

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OPH Commercial Tower - Port Moresby PNG

OPH Commercial Tower - Port Moresby PNG

Location: Papua New Guinea

Industry: Commercial Office and Buildings

10 Level A Grade commercial office building.

10 Level A Grade commercial office building.

  • 3200 hardware points and 5000 software points
  • HVAC control, load shed control, lighting control
  • BACnet interface to chillers, VSDs and thermal energy meters
  • eServer web based graphical software including thermal energy billing

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QLD Rail Management Centre

QLD Rail Management Centre

Location: Australia

Industry: Transport

The most advanced rail management centre in Australia

The most advanced rail management centre in Australia.

  • 2000 hardware points and 2800 software points providing N+1 backup
  • High level interfaces to electrical meters, generators, auto transfer switches and VSDs
  • Web based eServer software and FM Facility Manager

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QLD State Archives

QLD State Archives

Location: Australia

Industry: Government

Critical environment control of archival film storage in constant temperature & humidity rooms.

Critical environment control of archival film storage in constant temperature and humidity rooms.

  • 500 hardware points and 1300 software points
  • Precise control of AC plants including chiller plant’s desiccant wheels, air handlers and pre-conditioners
  • Programmable modes to alter the film temperature in a controlled manner over a period of up to 30 days
  • Magellan graphical user interface

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Saint John of God Hospital

Saint John of God Hospital

Location: Ireland

Industry: Health and Laboratories

Saint John of God Hospital is an independent acute psychiatric teaching hospital with 183 in-patient beds and is one of the leading European providers in mental health treatment and care.

Saint John of God Hospital is an independent acute psychiatric teaching hospital with 183 in-patient beds and is one of the leading European providers in mental health treatment and care.

  • 500 Hardware Points
  • Upgrading of 5 Boiler Houses and the addition of a metering package
  • Control and sequencing of multiple boilers with weather compensation
  • Monitoring of water tanks, Heat Meters and Gas Meters
  • BACnet HLI to multiple Electrical Meters
  • Magellan graphical user interface, ATOM Energy Monitoring Software and FM Server Alarm Software

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The Royal Victoria Eye and Ear Hospital

The Royal Victoria Eye and Ear Hospital

Location: Ireland

Industry: Health and Laboratories

Founded in 1897 The Royal Victoria Eye and Ear Hospital is a public teaching hospital in Dublin, Ireland and it is the National Referral Centre for both Eye and Ear, Nose & Throat disorders.

Founded in 1897 The Royal Victoria Eye and Ear Hospital is a public teaching hospital in Dublin, Ireland and it is the National Referral Centre for both Eye and Ear, Nose and Throat disorders.

  • 400 Hardware Points
  • Monitoring of Electrical, Water and Gas Meters to Maximize Energy Savings
  • Control of Chillers, Boilers, Hot Water Calorifier Control and Weather Compensation
  • Magellan graphical user interface, ATOM Energy Monitoring Software and FM Server Alarm Software

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Sydney Airport Air Traffic Control Tower

Sydney Airport Air Traffic Control Tower

Location: Australia

Industry: Transport

Sydney Airport is Australia’s busiest, used annually by 38.5 million passengers. The Air Traffic Control Tower is used to control all aircraft movements in and from the airport.

Sydney Airport is Australia’s busiest, used annually by 38.5 million passengers. The Air Traffic Control Tower is used to control all aircraft movements in and from the airport.

  • Full BMS retrofit with no interruption to building services or loss of operating conditions
  • 600 hardware points and 900 software points
  • Control of critical conditions in the Control Tower cabin area, temperature, humidity and dewpoint

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University of Incarnate Word San Antonio, Texas

University of Incarnate Word San Antonio, Texas

Location: United States

Industry: Education

Situated on a 154-acre campus for over 4,500 students

Situated on a 154-acre campus for over 4,500 students

  • Campus wide BMS Control in excess of 7000 Control Points.
  • BACnet High Level Integration
  • ATOM energy software addition monitoring water and electrical metering

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Village East Towers, New York City

Village East Towers, New York City

Location: United States

Industry: Commercial Office and Buildings

Village East Towers, New York

Three residential towers over 56 floors with 394 apartments.

  • Steam heating distribution control, Main steam plant monitoring and alarm handling
  • Wireless temperature monitoring and intelligent priority control of zone heating valves
  • Part of an energy management program designed to reduce power consumption by 21%

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Hurstville Private Hospital Expansion

Hurstville Private Hospital Expansion

Location: Australia

Industry: Health and Laboratories

The expansion increased the number of hospital beds by 80% and the extensions also include new operating theatres, a new oncology service and a large medical specialist consulting centre.

The expansion increased the number of hospital beds by 80% and the extensions also include new operating theatres, a new oncology service and a large medical specialist consulting centre.

  • 280 hardware points and 1100 software points
  • BACnet interface to 80 Mitsubishi VRF systems
  • Web based eServer software and remote alarming

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Belmont Police Station

Belmont Police Station

Location: Australia

Industry: Government

Local Area Command Police Station - 5000 Square metre, three storey plus carpark

Local Area Command Police Station - 5000 Square metre, three storey plus carpark.

  • 400 hardware points and 1100 software points
  • Carpark exhaust control
  • External lighting control
  • BACnet integration to Mitsubishi VRF system and energy meters
  • Water and gas meter monitoring
  • Web based eServer software, FM Manager remote alarming software and ATOM energy analysis software

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Blue Cross – Livingstone Gardens

Blue Cross – Livingstone Gardens

Location: Australia

Industry: Health and Laboratories

Blue Cross – Livingstone Gardens

140 Room state of the art aged care facility

  • 3000+ hardware points and 8400 software points
  • 269 fan coil units with central plant
  • High level integration with chillers and power meters
  • ATOM Energy reporting and analysis and eServer web based BMS software

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BUPA Aged Care, Sutherland & Baulkham Hills

BUPA Aged Care, Sutherland & Baulkham Hills

Location: Australia

Industry: Health and Laboratories

Customised energy reporting package for electricity, gas and water to Suit BUPA’s specific requirements.

Customised energy reporting package for electricity, gas and water to Suit BUPA’s specific requirements.

  • 300 hardware points and 1500 software points
  • Unique energy analysis per client based on variable occupancy rates

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Elizabeth MacArthur Agricultural Institute

Elizabeth MacArthur Agricultural Institute

Location: Australia

Industry: Health and Laboratories

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The Elizabeth MacArthur Agricultural Institute is the NSW Department of Primary Industries Centre of Excellence for Animal and Plant Health. The facility includes world standard high level containment facilities with the capacity to conduct research to prepare and manage a large scale outbreak of emergency animal or plant diseases.

  • 2700+ hardware points and 20,000 software points
  • BMS control of mechanical services and lighting including PC2 and PC3 laboratories
  • BACnet integration to chillers, energy meters, CRAC units, enerators and the waste treatment plant
  • Web based eServer software, FM Manager remote alarming software and ATOM energy analysis software

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Harbour Town Gold Coast

Harbour Town Gold Coast

Location: Australia

Industry: Retail, Entertainment and Sports

Australia’s largest Outlet Shopping Centre with over 220 shops and over 59,000 square metres of floor space

Australia’s largest Outlet Shopping Centre with over 220 shops and over 59,000 square metres of floor space.

  • 3000+ hardware points and 5000 software points
  • Power meter monitoring and billing
  • Graphical interface for the site-wide BMS network
  • BMS control of mechanical plant

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iSeek – Enterprise Class Data Centre

iSeek – Enterprise Class Data Centre

Location: Australia

Industry: Data and Communications

Awarded the ‘Queensland Development of the Year’ in 2012 by the Property Council of Australia as the most energy efficient data centre in Australia

Awarded the ‘Queensland Development of the Year’ in 2012 by the Property Council of Australia as the most energy efficient data centre in Australia.

  • 650+ hardware points and 3000+ software points
  • One of Australia’s first free cooling equipped data centres
  • BMS control of mechanical equipment
  • High Level Interfaces to chillers, VSDs and energy monitoring and T2 redundancy

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Oxford St, Bondi

Oxford St, Bondi

Location: Australia

Industry: Commercial Office and Buildings

A-Grade, 9 level building with 2 levels of parking, 2 levels of specialist retail and 5 levels of commercial space.

A-Grade, 9 level building with 2 levels of parking, 2 levels of specialist retail and 5 levels of commercial space.

  • 650 hardware points and 1500 software points
  • BMS control of mechanical equipment
  • Water and electrical services monitoring

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Phebra Pharmaceuticals

Phebra Pharmaceuticals

Location: Australia

Industry: Commercial Office and Buildings

Phebra Pharmaceuticals project profile

Phebra’s critical medicines cover a range of pharmaceuticals in important disease areas such as cystic fibrosis, antidotes, diagnostics, oncology and pain.

  • 650 hardware points and 2000+ software points
  • BMS control of chiller, boiler and clean rooms
  • High Level Interfaces to chillers and VSDs

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Townsville Courthouse

Townsville Courthouse

Location: Australia

Industry: Government

Townsville Courthouse

  • 800 hardware points and 3350 software points
  • High level interfaces to power meters
  • Energy analysis and reporting

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Sun Princess Cruise Ship

Sun Princess Cruise Ship

Location: Australia

Industry: Transport

With over 1000 cabins and 900 crew the Sun Princess was one of the largest cruise ship in the world when she was first launched. The room controls were replaced as the original controls had reached end of life.

With over 1000 cabins and 900 crew the Sun Princess was one of the largest cruise ship in the world when she was first launched. The room controls were replaced as the original controls had reached end of life.

  • 4200+ hardware points (600 MiniMax Controllers)
  • BMS control of cabin comfort conditions
  • Ship’s crew trained to allow them to fully support the products at sea

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NEXT Hotel Brisbane

NEXT Hotel Brisbane

Location: Australia

Industry: Commercial Office and Buildings

The 304 room state of the art hotel is the result of a $100 million refurbishment of the iconic Lennon’s hotel.

The 304 room state of the art hotel is the result of a $100 million refurbishment of the iconic Lennon’s hotel.

  • 350 hardware points and 24,000 software points
  • BACnet integration with the hotel room units linked to the Fingi Hotel Booking System and electrical power meters
  • Control of boiler plant and condenser water plant for the VRV units
  • The Magellan graphical user interface provides a site wide graphical overview of each hotel room and the base building plant

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Building the Education Revolution

Building the Education Revolution

Location: Australia

Industry: Education

Building the Education Revolution (BER) - Victoria

Energy reduction initiatives at over 400 schools throughout the state as well as providing the students informative feedback on their schools energy efficiency.

  • Automated window louvre control, Night Purge and CO2 control
  • Touchscreen with Magellan and ATOM energy software providing live Educational Energy Information to the students

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Centrelink ATO Geelong

Centrelink ATO Geelong

Location: Australia

Industry: Government

4 storey, 6200m2 4.5 star NABERS rated building.

4 storey, 6200m2 4.5 star NABERS rated building.

  • 240 hardware points and 1200 software points
  • Central chilled and hot water plants, 97 VAV boxes, Modbus integration to 22 electrical meters, 9 gas meters and 30 hour run meters
  • Magellan and ATOM reporting software monitoring entire building

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757 Ann Street, Brisbane

757 Ann Street, Brisbane

Location: Australia

Industry: Commercial Office and Buildings

11 story building with 5 Star Green Star Office Design and Targeted 4.5 NABERS rating.

11 story building with 5 Star Green Star Office Design and Targeted 4.5 NABERS rating.

  • 800 hardware points and 12,000 software points
  • BACnet interface to 120 Daikin VRV units
  • Natural ventilation, CO2 and heat exchanger control
  • Innotech eServer web-based graphical interface

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Holy Cross Laundry, Brisbane

Holy Cross Laundry, Brisbane

Location: Australia

Industry: Health and Laboratories

The largest medical laundry in Queensland servicing the laundry needs of every major hospital in the greater Brisbane region.

The largest medical laundry in Queensland servicing the laundry needs of every major hospital in the greater Brisbane region.

  • 300 hardware points and 3500 software points
  • BACnet integration with Daikin VRV units, compressed air, boilers, steam plant and gas metering
  • Innotech Magellan graphical software

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Mackay Northern Beaches State High School

Mackay Northern Beaches State High School

Location: Australia

Industry: Government

A new school developed over two stages including a school hall that also serves as a cyclone shelter.

A new school developed over two stages including a school hall that also serves as a cyclone shelter.

  • 1250 hardware points and 14,000 software points
  • BACnet integration with chillers, variable speed drives (VSDs), power meters
  • Off peak control of the 1,000,000 litre thermal energy storage plant
  • Magellan graphical software and Innotech innSIGHT web server

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Wine Fermentation & Stabilisation at Nugan Estate Winery

Wine Fermentation & Stabilisation at Nugan Estate Winery

Location: Australia

Industry: Manufacturing

Genesis II Digital Controllers have been installed at the Nugan Estate Winery Processing Plant to control the the stabilisation and fermentation processes of wine.

  • Temperature control and monitoring of the wine fermentation and stabilisation processes
  • Maintains tight control parameters
  • Adaptability to varying pre-requisites

Overview

Genesis II Controllers, have been installed at the Nugan Estate Winery Processing Plant in Willbriggie, NSW.

The Innotech system was installed by Sanders Control Systems, a Distributor based in Albury, NSW. Sanders Control Systems have 35 years experience in working with the wine industry.

Challenge

The function of the Innotech control system is to provide Nugan Estate Winery with a cost-effective system that can be operated easily while maintaining very stringent control over the stabilisation and fermentation processes.

Site Logistics

Nugan Estate has been in the wine making business for approximately three years. Their facility features a building that spans a massive roof area of approximately 10,000 square metres and contains 120 fermentation tanks ranging between 5,000 and 180,000 litres capacity.

Solution

The Innotech control system consists of:


The system facilitates fully automatic temperature control and monitoring of the wine fermentation tanks.

Temperature control of the tanks can be enabled and adjusted using the on-site computer or via an HMI* incorporated into the front of each Genesis II controller, or remotely via modem.

During the wine fermentation process, the tanks can generate extremely high levels of heat. For this reason, the Genesis II system has been programmed to maintain the temperature of the tanks at 16 C during the fermentation process and -4 C during the stabilisation process.

Each fermentation tank is cooled using a low temperature brine that is circulated through heat exchangers located either in or around the tanks. Brine flow is controlled by solenoid valves situated at each tank. These solenoids are controlled by the Innotech system.

The Genesis II controllers are installed in four separate sections of the same building as the wine fermentation tanks. Each controller is programmed to control a group of 20 tanks.

Summary

“The Innotech system has made tank management extremely easy for Nugan Estate,” commented Senior Winemaker, Darren Owers. “The Genesis II Controllers offer us the benefit of concise, up-to-the-minute readouts with the help of a simple-to-use keypad.”

Installation of the six Genesis II controllers using low-cost 10k thermistors has proven to be more economical than the alternative of installing 120 separate panel mount process controls with expensive PT100 sensors. An additional benefit of the Genesis II system is that control and monitoring can be carried out from a central location.

Key Functions
  • Fully automatic temperature control and monitoring of the wine fermentation and stabilisation processes.
  • Ability to maintain very stringent control parameters.
  • Ability to adapt to varying pre-requisites.
  • Cost effectiveness.
  • Simple user interface.
  • Control and monitoring of the system can be carried out from central or remote locations.

For more information about this project or if Innotech can help you please contact us.

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14 Fox Street Office, Brisbane

14 Fox Street Office, Brisbane

Location: Australia

Industry: Commercial Office and Buildings

14 Fox Street Office

The office has been registered with the Green Building Council of Australia for a five star Green Star Office v3 Design Rating and has embraced key ESD principles including a mixed mode gas-fired VRV air conditioning system, integrated with a natural ventilation mode, rainwater harvesting for use in toilet flushing and irrigation, cement-reduced concrete, recycled timber and recycled steel.

  • 100 hardware points and 300 software points
  • High Level Interface to gas powered VRV AC Unit’s
  • Control of air conditioning and natural ventilation systems
  • Water, gas, electrical services monitoring
  • Energy analysis and reporting
  • '5 Star' Green Star Office v3 Design Rating. Learn more

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Glasshouse Environment Control for the DPI

Glasshouse Environment Control for the DPI

Location: Australia

Industry: Government

Genesis II controllers have been installed at the DPI’s Post Entry Plant Quarantine Facility to cater for the facility’s screening and testing of imported plants and seeds.

  • Weather station monitoring, using this to control the roof and side dampers
  • Automatic SMS dial out upon detection of urgent faults
  • Control conditions within the glasshouse and seed treatment and growth rooms.

Overview

Innotech have completed installation of a Genesis II Control System at the Department of Primary Industries Post Entry Plant Quarantine Facility in Eagle Farm. The function of the facility is to screen and test imported plants and seeds to ensure that they are free of disease. Once the plants and seeds have been deemed safe, they are released to the importer.

Challenge

Due to a recent increase in imported plants and seeds, the DPI has had to expand its Post Entry Plant Quarantine Facility by building three additional glasshouses, a seed treatment room, and a growth room.

This has made it necessary to expand on the facility's existing Genesis II control system, in order to enable control and monitoring of environments within the newly built structures.

Site Logistics

The site consists of four glasshouses, three of which rely on evaporative cooling only. The fourth requires a combination of evaporative cooling and mechanical air conditioning. The seed treatment and growth rooms are housed within the adjacent administration building.

Solution

Much of the imported plant life at the facility is rare and expensive. In order to ensure that these valuable plants and seeds are not damaged, it is necessary to maintain very precise environmental conditions, and to enable control and monitoring of those conditions from one central point.

Four Genesis II controllers were installed in the mechanical switchboards of the new glasshouses, wired via a network and to the facility's existing Innotech Controller. They were then connected to the facility's on-site computer and modem, where user-friendly Genesis II software allows staff to easily control and monitor conditions.
The Genesis II allows control of systems such as air-cooled water chillers, air-handling units, a chilled water storage tank and several exhaust fans.

Additional applications include control of internal temperature, humidity, and lighting conditions, the ability to monitor external weather conditions such as temperature, light levels, wind and rainfall, and temperature monitoring of the chilled water storage tank, supply and return water. Roof and sidewall dampers can be controlled in order to allow external ventilation, dependent on rainfall detection or wind direction.

All door switches are monitored to ensure personnel are maintaining each glasshouse. If personnel do not enter the glasshouses within certain timed periods, or the glasshouse conditions become extreme, an urgent fault alarm will be enabled and the system will automatically send an SMS message to a designated mobile telephone.

Summary

Dave Spence, Principal Technical Officer at the Eagle Farm Post Entry Plant Quarantine Facility stated, "There's no room for mistakes in our job as the plant life we look after is very often delicate, rare and expensive." He also said "to this end, the Innotech control system has proved to be a very valuable tool."

Key Functions

  • Monitor external weather conditions including temperature, wind direction, light levels, and rainfall detection
  • Temperature monitoring of the chilled water storage tank, supply and return water
  • Control roof and sidewall dampers, including override dependent on detection of rainfall and wind direction
  • Dumping and refilling of water basins for each evaporative cooler
  • Changeover of chiller sequence
  • Monitor doorswitch of each glasshouse
  • Fault monitoring and alarms
  • Automatic SMS dial up to a designated mobile telephone upon detection of urgent faults
  • Download of facility conditions history
  • Ability to monitor and adjust conditions from one central point.
  • Control and monitor temperature, humidity and light conditions within glasshouses, and seed treatment and growth rooms

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157 Walker St North Sydney

157 Walker St North Sydney

Location: Australia

Industry: Commercial Office and Buildings

13 Storey refurbished office building

13 Storey refurbished office building

  • 1450+ hardware points
  • BMS control of mechanical equipment including 208 intelligent VAV box controllers
  • Magellan Graphical User Interface

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Adelaide Youth Training Centre

Adelaide Youth Training Centre

Location: Australia

Industry: Government

The Adelaide Youth Training Centre is a purpose built secure care facility for young men aged between 15 and 18.

  • Energy and water consumption monitoring
  • High Level Interfaces to chillers, VSDs, Clipsal CBus, UPS, fires services and power meters
  • Alarm monitoring of generator, lift services, UPS, electrical DB phase failure

Project Name: Cavan Youth Training Centre by Emtrol
Location: Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
Main Goal of Project:
  • Provide BMS system fully integrated with other trades services for:
    • HVAC control
    • Energy Consumption Monitoring
    • Water Consumption Monitoring (Mech Services, Domestic and Reclaimed)
    • Alarm monitoring of Domestic water, Generator, Lift services, UPS System, Electrical DB Phase Failure.
    • Trend logging

Main Requirements of Project

  • BACnet/IP for Innotech data sharing over Cat 5e (structured network cabling).
  • BACnet/IP integration to Clipsal CBus.
  • BACnet MS/TP integration to ABB VSD (9) and Carrier Chillers (2).
  • Modbus RTU interface to Fire Services and Multifunction Power Meters (18).
  • Modbus TCP interface to UPS Units (12).
  • Magellan-generated virtual point output to Security Services relay (low level).
  • Generator and Transfer switch monitoring.
  • Plant Scheduling for administration and accommodation facilities.
  • Airflow monitoring and alarm from accommodation bedrooms (cells).
  • Smoke-spill fan testing control and status monitoring.
  • Chillers, Boilers and water-pumps staging.
  • VAV and AHU Control with economy cycle.
  • Constant Volume FCU control with economy cycle.
  • HCV unit control (Evap cool/ Gas heat unit)
  • Mitsubishi DX unit scheduling
  • Dust Extraction Plant control (Woodwork shop)
  • Swimming Pool space-heating and natural-ventilation louvre control.
  • Data rooms DX unit control and High Temp alarm.
  • CRAC unit rotation scheduling, status monitoring and High Temp alarm.
  • Lift services general-alarm monitoring.
  • Graphical mimic of Fire Information Panel (Magellan).
  • Medical Gas supply alarm monitoring.
  • Kitchen exhaust and supply air control and monitoring.
  • Sally-port carbon monoxide level monitoring and exhaust fan control.

Features/Details

Controls Hardware:
Innotech Software:

Overview

Unusual Aspects:
  • Large number of HLI from Innotech to other protocols and devices.
  • Large volume of alarm monitoring from many trades: Electrical, mechanical, hydraulic, security, lift services, fire services and lighting control
  • Long distances between out-buildings necessitated using BACnet/IP over third party structured network cabling for communications between Maxim controllers in different buildings, and with iComm.

The IG03 gateway has again been invaluable in seamless integration to the other services, ensuring all requirements of the client were met. The VAVmax controllers have impressed seasoned commissioning personnel and consultants alike, with the accuracy and precision of operation. And as usual the Max IIIs flexibility and cost-effectiveness has been beneficial to us enabling it to be used exclusively in all aspects of control and monitoring across the site.

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Cairns Courthouse and Police Station

Cairns Courthouse and Police Station

Location: Australia

Industry: Government

Cairns Courthouse and Police Station

  • 1550+ hardware points and 6850 software points
  • BMS control of mechanical equipment
  • High level interfaces to chiller, power meters and variable speed drives (VSDs)
  • Energy analysis and reporting

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Mackay Courthouse

Mackay Courthouse

Location: Australia

Industry: Government

Mackay Courthouse

  • 700+ hardware points and 2900 software points
  • High level interfaces to power meters
  • Energy analysis and reporting

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Maroochydore Courthouse

Maroochydore Courthouse

Location: Australia

Industry: Government

Maroochydore Courthouse. Supply, install, engineer and commission a new BMS (Building Management System).

  • 500+ hardware points and 2900 software points
  • High Level Interfaces to chillers

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NSW Health

NSW Health

Location: Australia

Industry: Health and Laboratories

NSW Health – 14 regional Multi Purpose Health Services

15 regional Multi-Purpose Health Services Buildings

  • 2900 hardware points and 6000 software points
  • BMS control of mechanical equipment and lighting
  • Power, generators and medical gas monitoring

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Sanofi Aventis Consumer Health Care

Sanofi Aventis Consumer Health Care

Location: Australia

Industry: Health and Laboratories

Sanofi Consumer Healthcare is one of the largest consumer healthcare businesses in Australia with a diverse portfolio of vitamin, mineral and supplements

Sanofi Consumer Healthcare is one of the largest consumer healthcare businesses in Australia with a diverse portfolio of vitamin, mineral and supplements.

  • Extension of existing BMS network
  • 2500 hardware points
  • BMS control of mechanical equipment
  • Temperature, humidity and pressure alarm monitoring
  • Precision control system for pharmaceutical manufacturing

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Southport Court House

Southport Court House

Location: Australia

Industry: Government

Southport Court House

  • 1400+ hardware points and 1,500 software points
  • BMS control of mechanical equipment
  • High Level Interfaces to chillers, power meters, variable speed drives
  • Energy analysis and reporting

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Surf Coast Council Building

Surf Coast Council Building

Location: Australia

Industry: Government

Surf Coast Council Building

  • 490 hardware points and 3500 software points
  • Perimeter underfloor VAV control
  • Central heat recovery plant
  • High level integration with chilled water plant and VSDs

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Telstra, Oxford Falls

Telstra, Oxford Falls

Location: Australia

Industry: Data and Communications

Telstra is the largest provider of telecommunications services in Australia and the Oxford Falls facility plays a pivotal role in the communications via satellite and submarine connections outside Australia

Telstra is the largest provider of telecommunications services in Australia and the Oxford Falls facility plays a pivotal role in the communications via satellite and submarine connections outside Australia.

  • 500 hardware points and 1300 software points
  • BMS control of mechanical equipment
  • Fault handing and interface to clients national alarm network

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Australian Stockman's Hall of Fame

Australian Stockman's Hall of Fame

Location: Australia

Industry: Retail, Entertainment and Sports

Australian Stockman's Hall of Fame Longreach

Located in Longreach in outback Queensland, the Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame and Outback Heritage Centre is Australia’s premier outback heritage institution.

  • 420 hardware points and 3500 software points
  • Building Management System (BMS) controlling all of the museums temperature and humidity conditions
  • Generator load control
  • Lighting control

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Gold Coast Rapid Transit Depot

Gold Coast Rapid Transit Depot

Location: Australia

Industry: Transport

Light rail maintenance depot.

Light rail maintenance depot.

  • 265 hardware points and 6500 software points
  • Integration with BACnet Power Meters and Mitsubishi VRF units,
  • CO2, VOC and methane gas monitoring and alarms in workshops
  • Potable and grey water usage monitoring
  • Energy management software for power and water usage
  • Innotech eServer web-based graphical interface and ATOM energy analysis software

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Manningham City Council

Manningham City Council

Location: Australia

Industry: Government

BMS System managing several Manningham City Council building.

  • Control of mechanical services
  • Power Monitoring

Overview

A Genesis II Direct Digital Control System has been installed in the premises of Manningham City Council by Cortrols Temperature Systems. The offices of Manningham City Council are located in the Melbourne suburb of Doncaster.

Challenge

Installation of the Innotech system has been ongoing for several years, involving:-

  • updating an analogue system in the Council's existing building;
  • incorporating control strategies to facilitate reduction of energy consumption; and
  • integrating the upgraded system with the Council's new, extended facilities - an exhibition and conference centre.

Site Logistics

The premises of Manningham City Council include a large office area, and the more recently built conference and exhibition facility, including a function room with a capacity of 500 seats.

As a result of extensions, the Council building has grown from 5,000 square metres to 6,200 square metres.

Solution

Currently, the Innotech control system is comprised of:-
The function of the Genesis II system is to enable control and monitoring of temperature, ventilation, CO2 levels, and general mechanical services; monitoring and logging of power and gas consumption; and monitoring and logging of heating hot water and chilled water flow metering. Additional features include an optimum start function, and monitoring of alarms and faults.

The five Genesis II Digital Controllers are situated in two separate sections of the building, and are connected to the MPI, which provides alarm annunciation via facsimile or SMS.

Three PC's, all programmed with Innotech's Magellan software, allow the system to be monitored and adjusted from various locations. Two of the PC's are located on-site, while the third is situated approximately eight kilometers away, in the Building Manager's office.

The system facilitates control and monitoring of temperature in the administration offices, function rooms and kitchen. An optimum start function is employed in the administration areas of the building, and ventilation for toilet and kitchen exhausts are also controlled and monitored.

Various event organisers utilise the on-site PC's to ensure air conditioning needs are met in the function area. The 500-seat function room can be divided into smaller rooms, as required, and the on-site PC's allow event organisers to set a timeclock for the respective air conditioning of an individual room once a booking is confirmed - even weeks in advance.

This provides the Council with a considerable cost benefit, as air conditioning is able to be utilised only in those areas where it is necessary.

Another feature of the system is the control and monitoring of CO2 levels within the function room. If CO2 rises above an acceptable level, the system compensates by introducing fresh air into the area.

Various plant operations are also controlled and monitored by the Innotech system. These include condensed water, chilled water, heating water, pneumatic air, and domestic hot water calorifier.

Mechanical services are monitored with fax dial-out on alarm to maintenance staff, resulting in problems being addressed before building tenants are even aware of them. The temperature and fault status of the Council's IT room is monitored with SMS and fax dial-out on alarm, allowing IT staff to react promptly to any problems which may arise.

Summary

Ian Waters, Manager Civic Buildings for Manningham City Council, commented, "The Innotech system has significantly reduced complaints regarding air conditioning problems, resulting in a considerable decrease in breakdown callouts and service costs."

Key Functions

  • Control and monitoring of temperature, ventilation, CO2 levels, and various plant operations.
  • Monitoring and logging of power and gas consumption.
  • Monitoring and logging of heating hot water and chilled water flow metering.
  • Optimum start function.
  • Monitoring of alarms and faults; alarm annunciation via facsimile or SMS.


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Adelaide Oval Western Grandstand

Adelaide Oval Western Grandstand

Location: Australia

Industry: Retail, Entertainment and Sports

Building management system for HVAC control, energy and water consumption monitoring and alarm monitoring for Adelaide’s premier sporting stadium.

  • Full Building and Energy Monitoring System (BEMS)
  • High Level Interface to lighting, VRV system and UPS systems
  • 23 power meters used for analysis and reporting
  • Control of radiant heaters, air handlers, evaporative coolers and ventilation systems
  • Monitoring of water consumption for irrigation and building supply

Project Name: Adelaide Oval Western Grandstand by Emtrol
Location: Adelaide Oval Western Grandstand, King William St, Adelaide, Australia
Main Goal of Project:
  • Provide a building management system for:
    • HVAC control
    • Energy consumption monitoring
    • Water consumption monitoring
    • Alarm monitoring of 3rd party plant such as UPS systems and domestic water plant
    • Data Acquisition
    • Trend logging
    • Report generation

Main Requirements of Project

  • BACnet integration to Clipsal CBUS, Daikin VRV and Crompton Integra Power Meters.
  • Graphical User Interface to all monitored BMS points.
  • Integration of Daikin VRV systems and Innotech controllers to achieve effective Timeclock Control, and interlock to Outside Air Fans or Heat Recovery Ventilators.
  • Event exception and scheduling of plant and equipment.
  • Enabling toilet ventilation system from lighting control.
  • Control of kitchen exhaust, makeup-air and UV sterilisation systems.
  • Control of Bar and Dining room Air-Handling Units.
  • Monitoring of HEPA and cartridge filters with real-time display of saturation percent.
  • Control of Radiant Heaters and Evaporative coolers for kiosks.
  • Monitoring of water consumption for irrigation and building supply.
  • Monitoring of domestic hot and cold water pump status.
  • Monitoring and logging of 23 Power meters for Analysis
  • Logging of all control parameters including temperatures and plant status.

Features/Details

Controls Used:
Software Used: A variety of applications are catered to using the following software:

Overview

What unusual issues has this Project posed?
  • Simultaneous BACnet integration to 3 other proprietary control systems or device types.
  • Full control over the entire Daikin VRV network.
How did we overcome them?

Innotech’s BACnet integration provides seamless data sharing between the other BACnet control or monitoring systems and the Innotech network.

The combined use of Maxim and Genesis controllers allowed flexibility and distributed intelligence across the site for failsafe operations, not reliant upon the BMS computer, ensuring all requirements for the client were met.

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Clipsal 500 V8 SuperCar Race Pavilion

Clipsal 500 V8 SuperCar Race Pavilion

Location: Australia

Industry: Retail, Entertainment and Sports

The Clipsal 500 is Australia’s largest motor racing event for V8 Supercars, held on the streets of the east end of Adelaide.

  • Provide a networked control system to temporary skid-mounted package ACUs
  • Control of portable skid mounted air conditioners
  • Logging of all aspects of ACUs operation for comprehensive post-event analysis
  • Ability for local and remote adjustment to fine tune during the event
  • SMS fault notification to 'on-call' staff

Project Name: Clipsal 500 Pavilion by Emtrol
Location: Victoria Park, Adelaide
Main Goal of Project:
  • Provide controls for seven temporary skid-mounted package ACUs at the Clipsal 500 V8 SuperCar race, including real-time monitoring of zone temperatures, ambient conditions, damper positions and logging all aspects of ACU operation for comprehensive post-event analysis.

Main Requirements of Project

  • All controls and control-wiring to be contained on each ACU platform.
  • Separate heating, cooling and pre-cooling set points.
  • Evaporative pre-cooling of supply air and independent switching set points.
  • Evaporative water purge and supply solenoid control for each package unit.
  • Supply Air Fan run and fault status with alarms.
  • Compressor fault status with alarms.
  • High-selected zone temperature control of up to 3 separate zones.
  • Minimal wiring due to temporary nature of application (13 sensor cables and 1 actuator cable).
  • Ability to fine tune and adjust during the event, both locally and remotely.
  • Supply-air flow control (VAV) for individual zones on common ACU, for temperature regulation.
  • Monitoring of ambient temperature and humidity.
  • SMS notification to ‘on-call’ staff of individual alarms.
  • Logging of:
    • zone temperatures
    • ambient temperature
    • ambient humidity
    • dew point
    • supply-air temperatures
    • compressor staging
    • set point adjustments
    • supply fan status (pressure switch)
    • evaporator pump call
    • heat/cool demand percent

Features/Details

Controls Used:
Software Used: A variety of applications are catered to using the following software:
Heating: 100% Fresh air - each ACU system uses a single stage of DX (Direct expansion) heating.
Cooling: 100% Fresh air - each ACU system uses evaporative cooling through a heat exchanger, followed by 2 stages of DX cooling.
Data Logging:
  • zone temperatures
  • ambient temperature
  • ambient humidity
  • dew point
  • supply-air temperatures
  • compressor staging
  • set point adjustments
  • supply fan status (pressure switch)
  • evaporative pump call
  • heat/cool demand percent

Overview

What unusual issues has this Project posed?
  • The entire system including ducting is required to be dismantled and stored for most of the year. The units are run 24/7 for the four-day event.
How did we overcome them?
  • The temporary nature of the structure requires controls to be mounted on each ACU assembly as it is disassembled and stored at the event end. All controls, supply-air sensors and airflow switches are mounted locally at the ACU on a pre-fabricated skid, and fork lifted in to place every year. This leaves only minimal (and cost effective) temporary wiring every year – a 100m LAN and the zone temp sensors.
Which controls/software were used to address each requirement?
Maxim II LD:
  • All HVAC control functions and logging
FM Explorer:
  • Fault Monitoring and Annunciation
Facility Manager Server Software:
  • Fault Monitoring and Annunciation. SMS notification of exact alarm.

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Extreme Weather Switchrooms

Extreme Weather Switchrooms

Location: Russian Federation

Industry: Data and Communications

An HVAC digital control solution for 5 large electrical switchrooms in Russia capable of operating at temperatures between -20°C and +40°C.

  • Controllers required to be able to operate in extreme weather conditions of -20°C
  • 100% control redundancy
  • Room Pressurisation control

Project Name: Switchrooms in Russia
Location: Sakhalin Island, Russia
Main Goal of Project:
  • Provide a robust, reliable and economical HVAC digital control solution for 5 large electrical switchrooms capable of operating at temperatures between -20°C and +40°C
  • The system could be serviced, maintained and monitored by the client, as the site is in an isolated location subject to some of the most extreme temperature conditions in the world

Main Requirements of Project

  • Digital controllers capable of operating in temperatures as low as -20°C
  • Summer & Winter temperature setpoints
  • Enthalpy controlled economy cycle
  • Room pressurisation control
  • Fault Rotation of AC Units
  • Monitoring of 90 fault conditions and providing remote fault annunciation
  • 100% control redundancy for the HVAC systems including sensors, transducers, etc
  • Provide controllers with Ethernet capability to connect to the site existing fibre optic network for remote monitoring and fault annunciation
  • The entire Installation was pre-commissioned and validated in Australia before the rooms were dismantled and shipped to Sakhalin, Russia

Features/Details

Controls Used: A wide range of applications are addressed using these controls:
Software Used: A variety of applications are catered to using the following software:
Heating: Each system uses staged electric heating.
Cooling: Each system uses a 2 stage DX (Direct expansion) package unit. Free cooling was provided via an enthalpy controlled economy cycle.
Data Logging: Room Temperature, Ambient Temperature & Humidity, Room Pressure, Fan Status, Accumulated Run Hours of Supply Fans & Compressors and 17 Faults per room were data logged providing 16 weeks worth of data available at any one time.

Overview

What unusual issues has this Project posed?
  • The fact that the standard Innotech Genesis II controller display would only operate at 0°C meant that we had to source a display that was capable of operating at -20°C and being stored at -25°C
  • Each Building was standalone and we were required to monitor fault conditions of each building simultaneously
How did we overcome them?
  • Innotech's Research & Development engineers were able to source a display that met the time, cost and functional requirements of the project. We were able to test this in our environmental test chamber for a period of weeks. We have created a new Genesis II WTD (GENIIELD WTD) (Wide Temperature Display)
  • Each Genesis II WTD (GENIIELD WTD) Controller was provided with an Ethernet converter. The IComm Data Server will permanently run on the site computer. This data server is used to transfer data and fault annunciation from each GEN2ELD WTD controller over the site’s Ethernet. The IComm Data server will run 10 separate connections simultaneously
Which controls/software were used to address each requirement?
Genesis II WTD:
  • All HVAC control functions
Facility Manager Explorer Software:
  • Fault Monitoring and Annunciation
Facility Manager Server Software:
  • Fault Monitoring and Annunciation

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BCIT AFRESH Home Geo-Exchange Retrofit

BCIT AFRESH Home Geo-Exchange Retrofit

Location: Canada

Industry: Education

Development of a training facility for students

  • Superior high-profile control
  • Data acquisition and user interface for training students
  • Automated control for geo-exchange applications

Project Name: BCIT AFRESH Home Geo-Exchange Retrofit
Location: Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada
Main Goal of Project: Provide superior high-profile control, data acquisition and user interface for training students of the BCIT (British Columbia Institute of Technology) on the design and implementation of automated control systems for geo-exchange (aka geothermal, ground-source heat pump) applications.

Main Requirements of Project

The main requirements included:
  • Develop a training facility for BCIT students to use
  • Data acquisition from numerous points
  • Free integration of DDC system onto multiple computers for lab-based student and facilities personnel training
  • Budget friendly solution
  • Short time frame of soft package (program and shop drawings) delivery for BCIT approvals
  • Detailed submittals of proposed system
  • Assistance from supplier with helping BCIT staff to install and operate the system
  • Remote control of mechanical system offsite (special access required to mechanical room)

Features/Details

In 2007, the BCIT decided to retrofit a test facility mechanical system to geo-exchange from boiler/packaged air conditioner system. The building is called the AFRESH Home and it is located on their Burnaby Campus. In addition to providing a demonstration system for use by students, the BCIT also trained several students by involving them in the construction of the system. The piping is nearing completion and BCIT personnel will be implementing the DDC package next.

In parallel to the geo-exchange retrofit project (and in the same building), a demonstration fuel cell project was implemented by the BCIT and BC Hydro – the local electrical utility. The geo-exchange system is configured in a way to enable “waste” thermal energy from the fuel cell to be injected into the heating system thermal storage tank or into the ground for seasonal thermal energy storage while the insulated indoor tank is up to temperature and the fuel cell is running.

Altum Engineering, Ltd. (Altum) designed the system for BCIT and it includes several unique features.

The following modes of operation were made possible in a simple, reliable and cost-effective manner using the Innotech Maxim II controller:

  • Heating from the ground using a heat pump compressor
  • Passive “free” heating and cooling
  • Heating directly from the fuel cell reject energy
  • Storing fuel cell energy in the ground
  • Storing chilled water in a tank
  • Cooling while heating domestic hot water
  • Cooling while rejecting energy to the ground.
Controls Used: A wide range of applications are addressed using these controls:
Software Used:
Heating: See modes of operation above.
Cooling: See modes of operation above.
Data Logging: Several temperatures, currents and other data will be stored in the system for demonstration purposes and for labs/experiments.
Humidity Control: not required in this climate, exhaust air suffices for removal of moisture in most residential/small commercial applications.
Air Flow Control: AHU gets called on by Innotech controller
Water Flow Control: Innotech controller operates pumps, compressor and control valves to achieve the modes of operation listed above.
Ventilation: The AHUs (one upstairs, one downstairs to enable duplex flexibility) are fed supply air through heat recovery ventilators (aka energy recovery ventilators), which provide fresh air to the system and are interlocked with the AHUs.
Key benefits of the system include:
  • Allows simple user interface for non-technical personnel.
  • Centralized control of all equipment ensures individual items of equipment are only run when needed, reducing energy waste.
  • Centralized monitoring allows problems to be fixed before building tenants become aware of them.

Overview

What unusual issues has this Project posed?
None to date. Innotech assisted Altum directly with the controls engineering and spent a significant amount of time assisting with the conceptual design of the controls free of charge prior to the development of a budget for the BCIT. Innotech relieved the design engineer of the load of learning to program the controllers and provided a high level of assurance that the programming is done in the most logical way possible.
Which controls/software were used to address each requirement?
The Maxim III controllers were used in combination with IComm, Maxcon and Maxmon.

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Carrot Production in the Sunshine State

Carrot Production in the Sunshine State

Location: Australia

Industry: Manufacturing

A Genesis II Control System has been installed at one of Australia’s leading suppliers of fresh carrots to major supermarket chains, Kalfresh Pty Ltd.

  • Touchscreen Graphical interface
  • Cold room and Freezer room control
  • Conveyor and pneumatic gate control

Overview

A Genesis II Control System has been installed on the premises of Kalfresh Pty Ltd.

Situated in Kalbar, just southwest of Brisbane, Kalfresh is one of Australia's leading suppliers of fresh carrots to major supermarket chains, and to the export market.

Challenge

Kalfresh produces two grades of carrots - A-grade carrots, which are suitable for supermarkets and export, and B-grade carrots, which are suitable for livestock. Prior to this installation, the standard chilling process used by Kalfresh was causing the carrots to crack. The cracking was a result of the produce being unevenly chilled, and ultimately led to a higher-than-acceptable quantity of carrots being sold as B-grade.

Innotech's goal was to install a control system that would improve the chilling process, and enable efficient loading and unloading of carrots.

As the faciltiy contains a large number of conveyors and machinery, it was necessary to provide Kalfresh with a system that was networkable and flexible enough to perform a multitude of tasks, while remaining user friendly.

As installation took place during carrot picking season, it was also important that work cause minimal disruption to the Kalfresh team.

Site Logistics

Kalfresh is situated in an agricultural district just one and a half hours drive from Brisbane.

The production facility consists of 3 main areas:-

  • Vehicle unloading
  • Carrot washing/chilling
  • Packaging, storage and dispatch preparation

Solution

The solution to meet Kalfresh's requirements was to use a variety of control equipment. Nine Genesis II Controllers were installed in four mechanical switchboards to facilitate control of:-
  • Conveyor loading
  • Water chilling
  • Conveyor unloading
  • Coldrooms and freezer rooms
  • Refrigeration capacity control of the rack compressors and condenser fans

A touchscreen interface, featuring Innotech's Magellan software, provides an operator interface for the system. The entire system is connected via a local area network (LAN).

The control strategy implemented allows the operator to select a number of conveyors to load pre-washed carrots into any of the facility's nine bunkers. The water temperature in each bunker is controlled primarily from the common cooling coils and supplemented by variable speed water pumps.

Blowers on each bunker disperse the carrots when loading to ensure each carrot is completely submersed in the pre-cooled water. Once chilled, elevators unload the carrots onto conveyors. The carrots are then packaged and stored in coldrooms that maintain their temperature, ensuring they retain their A-grade condition.

Summary

This leading edge cooling technique is an industry first and has proved to be very successful.

According to Robert Hinrichsen, Managing Director of Kalfresh, this is due to the flexibility and user-friendliness of the Genesis II Control System. Mr Hinrichsen was also pleased that installation of the control system caused very little disruption to the facility's production process.

Key Functions
  • Touchscreen graphical interface
  • Temperature, suction and discharge pressure control
  • Conveyor and pneumatic gate control
  • Automatic water filling and level control with alarms
  • Coldroom and freezer room control and monitoring
  • Datalogging
  • Remote dial-in and dial-out in the event of an alarm

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Crocodile Research in North Queensland

Crocodile Research in North Queensland

Location: Australia

Industry: Health and Laboratories

Controllers were installed to enable the Department of Primary Industries to control and monitor environmental conditions within their crocodile research facility.

  • Ability to monitor and control conditions from one central point
  • Important fault alarming temperatures or system failures
  • Control lighting, water and air temperatures

Overview

Bonlec Controls have installed a Genesis II Digital Control System to enable the Department of Primary Industries to control and monitor environmental conditions within their crocodile research facility in Townsville, North Queensland.

The facility carries out husbandry and nutritional research relating to the farming of the Estuarine Crocodile - a breed renowned for its high quality leather and meat.

Challenge

Due to an increasing demand for research, the DPI constructed a new building adjacent to their existing facility.

Installation of a reliable and versatile control system was required in the new building, to facilitate the precise environmental control necessary to maintain this particular species of crocodile.

Site Logistics

The facility's new research building measures eighteen metres by sixteen metres and is constructed of insulated polystyrene sandwich panelling. The building consists of twelve rooms, each measuring six metres by three metres and containing both land and water areas for the habitation of the crocodiles.

The original research building consists of six similar rooms. The environment within these rooms has been controlled for some time by twelve Innotech IMC analogue controllers.

Solution

Crocodiles are ectothermic, which means that they are a cold-blooded animal capable of regulating their body temperature largely by exchanging heat with their immediate surroundings. A design criteria of maintaining temperature between 30° and 34° is required for the animals to maintain good health and a suitable growth rate.

If these optimal conditions are maintained at all times, research staff can be confident that their research results are accurate.

To this end, two Genesis II controllers were installed in a mechanical switchboard at the rear of the building. The controllers communicate to each other via the Genesis network, and control the facility's six large electric hot water systems, twelve reverse cycle room air conditioners, and lighting.

With the Genesis II system in place, research staff can accurately monitor and control air temperature, water temperature, and lighting, and can easily adjust the setpoints for air and water temperature as required.

In the event that water temperature should rise or fall beyond setpoint, the Genesis II system is configured to pump either hot or cold water into the tanks as required, and to pump out excess water if necessary.

Fault alarms are in place to notify local research staff if air or water temperatures rise or fall beyond the design criteria, or in the case of a hot water system failure.

Provisions have been made for the Genesis II system to be connected to an on-site computer at a future date.

Summary

"The success of our research depends greatly on providing our crocodiles with very precise environmental conditions,", commented Stephen Peucker, the facility's Project Leader. "We are pleased with the performance of the Innotech system, as it maintains conditions reliably and accurately."

Key Functions

  • Control and monitor air temperature, water temperature, and lighting.
  • Monitor hot water systems.
  • Fault alarm in the event of air or water temperature fluctuating beyond design criteria.
  • Fault alarm in the event of hot water system failure.
  • Ability to monitor and control conditions from one central point

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Environmental Control in the Outback

Environmental Control in the Outback

Location: Australia

Industry: Retail, Entertainment and Sports

A Genesis II system has been installed in a museum building at the Qantas Founders Outback Museum in Longreach, Queensland.

  • Museum critical temperature and humidity control
  • Data logging of critical controlled areas
  • Monitoring of Uninterruptable Power Supplies

Overview

Innotech's Genesis II system has been successfully installed in a recently completed museum building at the Qantas Founders Outback Museum in Longreach, Queensland. The new building, represents Stage 2 of a project committed to honouring the original founders of Queensland and Northern Territory Arial Services.

Challenge

Prior to the completion of the Stage 2 building, the museum stored artefacts in the original Qantas hangar. As a heritage building and a key museum attraction, it has been necessary to preserve the hangar's present condition.

As a result, the hangar proved to be an unsuitable curatorial environment in terms of temperature variation, humidity, and intrusion of water and dust.

In order for the museum's new building to be up to its appointed task, it required a versatile control system capable of maintaining a precise environment of 22 degrees temperature and 55% humidity throughout a building almost as big as a football field - despite extreme external conditions and frequent power brownouts in the local area.

Site Logistics

The Qantas Founders Outback Museum is situated on a vast landscaped site in a remote part of outback Western Queensland. The site consists of the original Qantas hangar, built in 1922, adjacent to the 3,200m² Stage 2 building. Within this new museum building is a display consisting of full-sized and model aeroplanes, as well as old photographs and archival documents. The Stage 2 building includes the following facilities:-

  • Public areas including entrance foyer, restaurant and catering facilities, merchandising outlet and amenities
  • A theatre with a capacity to hold 60-90 people
  • Reading and research area, curators store and workshop, administration areas, services area and loading bay
  • Viewing areas including a 1600m² main museum hall, three 100m² galleries, and a 150m² travelling exhibition area

Solution

The solution to monitoring and controlling conditions within such a vast building was to install three Genesis II Controllers, one Mid Point Controller (MPC) and associated expansion modules in two mechanical switchboards.

The controllers were connected together via the Genesis network, which was then connected to the museum's on-site computer, where standard Genesis User software enables control and monitoring of the entire system. The system includes ten air conditioning units and nine ventilation fans.

The Innotech system is programmed to control internal temperature and humidity, particularly in sections where precious artefacts are stored, as humidity levels in such areas are extremely critical. Additional features of the control system include automatic scheduled control of internal lighting, and control of external lighting dependant on ambient light levels.

To ensure that brown-outs do not cause any power interruptions, the entire system is backed up by several uninterruptable power supplies. The system is programmed to monitor the power supplies and the air conditioning units, and to activate an alarm in case of a fault.

Due to the museum's isolated location, a modem was installed to ensure prompt service and technical backup.

The modem provides 2-way communication between the museum and service contractors AE Smith Mackay, allowing immediate notification via fax or Telstra SMS in the event that a fault alarm is activated.

The modem also enables service staff to remotely monitor conditions within the museum at all times.

Summary

Mr Rick Larsen, Construction Manager of AE Smith Mackay states, "The museum required a control system that can be programmed for numerous and varied routines, whilst remaining user friendly and easy to operate. Due to its remote location, the museum also required a system that would operate reliably under extreme conditions, enabling service staff to monitor and offer technical assistance from a distant location. The Innotech Control System fits the bill on all counts."

Key Functions
  • Accurate control and monitoring of temperature and humidity
  • Monitoring of communications room temperature
  • Monitoring of Uninterruptable Power Supplies
  • Data logging of critical controlled areas
  • Automatic scheduled lighting control in key areas
  • External lighting control dependant on external light levels
  • Urgent fault alarms for temperature, humidity and air conditioning units in key areas
  • Many dial-out features in the form of facsimile transmissions in the event of an urgent fault alarm

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Power Load Shedding at a Historical College

Power Load Shedding at a Historical College

Location: Australia

Industry: Education

Genesis II System was installed at Mercedes College to enable the college to load shed non-essential systems during periods of peak demand.

  • Cost effective solution to an expensive problem
  • Ability to meet and maintain target energy tariff
  • Campus wide monitoring of the system

Overview

Innotech's Genesis II Digital Control System was successfully installed at Mercedes College, Perth - the oldest existing girls' school in Australia - to enable the college to loadshed non-essential systems during periods of peak demand.

Challenge

Mercedes College receives a limited supply of power from its local electricity grid, and the high demand of the college's various equipment often exceeds the available supply.

In order to make it possible for the college to loadshed, it was necessary to install a cost-effective control system that would integrate the main power supply, situated on the outside perimeter of the grounds, with existing building systems and services.

Site Logistics & Timing

Mercedes College traces its origins back to 1846 and is considered unique and significant in the history of Western Australia. The college is situated on a vast 4-hectare pocket of land. Each building stands apart from the others, surrounded by spacious established gardens, extensive paving, and roadways.

Due to the geographical layout and historical importance of the college, it was not feasible to use a conventional wired network between the main power supply and the buildings.

As the college's need for loadshedding was quite urgent, the installation had to be completed within a short space of time. A majority of the work was required to take place during school hours, making it imperative that interruption to daily operations be kept to a minimum.

Solution

The Genesis II System was ideally suited to the college's needs as it has the ability to be configured for use in complex system routines, and is able to communicate this information globally to other controllers within a network environment.

Two Mid Point Controllers (MPC's) were installed. The first is situated at the main switchboard, the second was installed alongside the college's air conditioning systems within the IT building.

The MPC situated at the main switchboard and monitors the incoming power supply from six current transducers. For the purpose of trend analysis, it then calculates and logs power supply demand at any given time. This information is then transmitted to the second MPC to provide a rotational and incremental loadshed to the building's air conditioning units. As the current increases within the system, loadshed occurs progressively until the load is reduced. At this point, the load stabilises for a minimum of 15 minutes.

The duty cycle of the loadshed is then rotated through all air conditioning units, ensuring that an even distribution of loadshed is shared throughout the IT building.

Due to the flexibility and global communication capability of Genesis II, the new system was able to be connected to the college's ethernet network via third party servers (Lantronix UDS 10).

Each device server is connected to a separate network hub located within, or adjacent to, each MPC. Each network hub is supported by a fibre optic backbone with a cable distance of approximately one kilometre between the two device servers.

Mercedes College currently utilises four ranges of network IP's. With the installation of the new Innotech system it is possible to link each MPC with a unique static IP that does not tie up the college's resources.

The Genesis II truly forms its own "global network" - a network that does not rely on servers to process information between the two controllers.

Summary

Ian Bartter, the Bursar of Mercedes College, was full of praise for the new system. "The Innotech control system has provided a fully functional, cost-effective solution to a very expensive problem," he said.

NRP Electrical Services completed installation of the system efficiently and quickly - within one working week - and with only very minor interruptions to the college's operations.

Key Functions

  • Monitoring and logging of current
  • MPC network utilising existing ethernet LAN
  • Accurate loadshed hysteresis
  • Time scheduling and rotation of duty loadshed air conditioners
  • Remote monitoring capability from any college PC
  • Cost effective solution to an expensive problem
  • Ability to meet and maintain target energy tariff

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Precise Control for Newspaper Production Facility

Precise Control for Newspaper Production Facility

Location: Australia

Industry: Manufacturing

A Genesis II Control System has been installed at the Gold Coast Bulletin. The system provides temperature and humidity control for the facility’s equipment.

  • Software supplied for greater level on independence for the client
  • Simplicity and ease of use, allowing quicker fault detection, resulting in decreased downtime
  • Load shedding and other energy saving control strategies

Overview

A Genesis II Direct Digital Control System has been installed in the Gold Coast Bulletin's print centre in the Gold Coast suburb of Molendinar.

Challenge

The function of the Innotech control system was to provide temperature and humidity control for the facility's equipment, as well as air conditioning control for the remainder of the building.

The Gold Coast Bulletin required a simple-to-use system that would also be accurate reliable, well supported and cost effective.

Site Logistics

The Gold Coast Bulletin print centre is two stories high and approximately 5,000 square metres in size. Facilities include administration areas, reel stand hall, press hall, mechanical workshops, and a publishing area of approximately 900 square metres.

Solution

The Innotech control system at this facility consists of:


The system controls temperature, humidity, mechanical ventilation fans, chilled water air handling units and a chiller. This enables the Gold Coast Bulletin to control and monitor various temperatures, pressures, and equipment status and faults, as well as providing the facility to adjust setpoints, schedules and the calibration of detectors. The system also incorporates humidity and temperature control in the publishing area.

All the MPC's are located together in a mechanical services switchboard. These are connected to the Maxim II controller and USB converter, situated in their own enclosure near the touchscreen. An ethernet hub connects the touchscreen and an on-site PC to the system.

Also installed in the mechanical switchboard, a GenII Viewport enables access to the system as a backup to the on-site PC.

A permanent on-site generator has the capacity to run critical equipment in case of power failure, however it does not have the capacity to maintain the power requirements for the entire building.

Originally, a one square metre mimic panel was to be installed for auto/off manual control, run/fault indication, monitoring of generator current and chiller demand adjustment.

If the total demand during a power failure increases to the generator's upper limit, the operator has the facility to:

  • Disable non-critical equipment such as general air-conditioning, or
  • Reduce the chillers' cooling capacity to allow the critical equipment, such as the printing presses or ventilation systems to continue to operate, without exceeding the generators total running capacity.

This solution needed to be as simple as operating switches, viewing indicating lights and gauges, so that non-technical personnel could operate the system without the need for software training or computer literacy.

By installing the touchscreen and Magellan software these needs were met, whilst also reducing both space required and installation costs.

Additional features of the Innotech system include monitoring of generator current; ability to increase or decrease chiller capacity; disabling of air handling units, ventilation and exhaust fans in non-critical areas during periods when load shedding is required; and monitoring of critical and non-critical alarms.

Summary

"The challenge was for Innotech to design a system that would meet the needs of our customer," commented Thomas McIlhatton of Innotech Controls. "The Gold Coast Bulletin required the ability to control conditions to a variety of critical and non-critical equipment, from printing presses and paper storage to general air conditioning and ventilation. We believe that our system met the Bulletin's criteria, while also proving to be innovative, cost-effective and easy to use and maintain."

Key Functions:
  • Humidity and temperature control in the publishing area.
  • Monitoring of generator current, allowing total control of essential services in the event of power failure.
  • Allows disabling of air handling units, ventilation and exhaust fans in areas when loadshedding is required.
  • Increase or decrease chiller capacity to ensure generator capacity is not exceeded.
  • Monitoring of critical and non-critical alarms.
  • The Genesis software (Gen2Works) facilitates a greater level of independence for the client.
  • Simplicity and ease of use, allowing quicker fault detection, and resulting in decreased downtime for the client.
  • Control and monitor temperature, equipment status and faults, system pressures and adjustments to setpoints as required.


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Salmon Farming in Tasmania

Salmon Farming in Tasmania

Location: Australia

Industry: Manufacturing

Controllers are being used to control water temperature of a salmon hatchery in Tasmania for SALTAS, Australia’s largest producer of Tasmanian Atlantic Salmon.

  • Temperature control using natural resources
  • Data Logging for QA purposes
  • Alarm management and recording

Innotech Tasmania have used the Genesis II Digital Control System to control the temperature of a Salmon hatchery in Tasmania for SALTAS (Salmon Enterprises of Tasmania) who are Australia’s largest producer of Tasmanian Atlantic Salmon smolt, supplying over 3.5 million smolt each year to the Salmon farm industry.

At Wayatinah, the water used by the SALTAS hatchery is gravity fed from the River Derwent. During the hot summer months, when river flow is greatly reduced, the water temperature can rise by as much as 10 °C in an 8 hour period. Water temperature in excess of 23 °C can be fatal to the fish stock.

Located 1km from the hatchery is Wayatinah Lagoon, a man-made lake that forms part of the State’s Hydro Electric scheme. Research showed that at a depth of 6 metres, the water temperature was consistently between 9 and 17 °C.

A project was undertaken to utilise water from the lagoon for temperature control at the hatchery and to provide additional water in times of low flow in the River Derwent.

The system is controlled by two Genesis II controllers, one at the lagoon, the other at the hatchery building. Communications between the controllers is via 1.1Km of underground fibre-optic cable.

The Administration building is also connected to the Genesis system, which allows computer access to monitor plant operation and alarms, make adjustments to settings, and generally control the plant to their requirements. The Genesis controller's data logging ability forms part of the hatchery’s quality control system.

Four 22kW submersible pumps, installed on a floating jetty, pump water from the lagoon to the hatchery inlet water screening tank via a 500mm diameter underground pipeline.

The water temperature is monitored at the hatchery where it is maintained at 16 °C +/- 1 by staging the water pumps at the lagoon. One pump is fitted with a VSD to provide precise temperature control. Automatic lead/lag control is used to ensure even wear of the pump sets. The system also monitors the electrical supply for phase failure and correct phase rotation. Alarms are transmitted via the Genesis system to the general plant PLC system and to the Administration office.

Mr. Graham Martin, General Manager of SALTAS states, "Fish farming is a 24 hour a day job and we need systems that are reliable and accurate while being easy to operate. There is also a requirement to operate as cost effectively as possible and to have prompt notification of problems that occur. The Genesis system has proven to be reliable, easy to operate and performed all of the functions required to our satisfaction. In an environment like ours, and with staff who are not technically minded, the robustness and simplicity of the system has been an asset, this is in contrast to our other systems where we have PLC units that require expert personnel to reprogram."

Key Functions

  • Pump Control and monitoring
  • Temperature control using natural resources
  • Data Logging for QA purposes
  • Alarm management and recording
  • Fibre Optic LAN

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Sugar Research in the Tropics

Sugar Research in the Tropics

Location: Australia

Industry: Government

Genesis II control system has been used to automate a new Photoperiod Facility located at the Bureau of Sugar Experimentation Station Meringa, North Queensland.

  • Calculate Almanac sunrise and sunset
  • Control chamber temperatures and lighting
  • Irrigation control

Bonlec Controls have used Innotech's Genesis II Digital Control System to automate a new Photoperiod Facility (PF) located at the Bureau of Sugar Experiment Station (BSES) Meringa, just south of Cairns in tropical Far North Queensland. The PF facility is used to expose sugarcane plants to manipulated environmental conditions so that the flower initiation response is triggered. The flowers are used in cross-pollination for crop improvement. The PF consists of three chambers, each containing a train with four trolleys holding 32 sugarcane plants. The chambers are equipped with motorised doors, air-conditioning, irrigation and artificial lighting.

The Genesis II system provides full system automation and performs complex routines such as calculating the almanac sunrise and sunset to determine the period each day that the plants are exposed to ambient conditions. Numerous safety functions for both the plants and personnel are controlled by the Genesis system. For example, the path of the trains is monitored for obstructions to protect personnel and equipment. The plants are protected from high winds by returning them to the chamber if the wind speed exceeds 50 kilometres per hour.

Dr Nils Berding, Principal Scientist of BSES Meringa offered the following comments on the system, "The PF operations have run smoothly for this past initiation cycle with good results. We have in the DDCs a complex, precise, yet flexible state-of-the-art operation control system that has proven functional, reliable, and economical, and is Australian to the core."

Key Functions

  • Calculate Almanac Sunrise and Sunset
  • Irrigation control
  • Monitor wind speeds
  • Control chamber temperatures and lighting
  • Control winching of trains and monitor path for obstructions
  • Data log system variables
  • Remote computer access and control
  • Dial out alarms to mobile phones and facsimiles

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Waste Water Treatment in New Caledonia

Waste Water Treatment in New Caledonia

Location: New Caledonia

Industry: Manufacturing

Genesis II Digital Controllers have been installed in the sewerage treatment plants of the Goro Nickel Mine and Processing Plant in New Caledonia.

  • Control and monitoring of flow data, pH and chlorine dosing
  • Remote monitoring and alarming
  • Control and monitoring of field devices such as dissolved oxygen meters, nitrate analysers, conductivity meters and ozone generators

Overview

Genesis II Digital Controllers have been installed in the sewerage treatment plants of the Goro Nickel Mine and Processing Plant in New Caledonia.

The system was installed by Authorised Distributor, Enviroflow, specialists in biological waste water treatment solutions.

Challenge

The primary function of the Innotech control system is to ensure the output of the plant is of re-usable quality and that stringent effluent discharge standards are met.

In light of the remoteness of the mine, the control system enables the plant to function without the attendance of a dedicated, full time operator.

Site Logistics

The Goro Nickel Mine spans an area in excess of 100 square kilometres, and is situated 90 kilometres from Noumea, the capital city of New Caledonia.

The plant contains five sewerage treatment plants situated in various locations throughout the mine's accommodation and administration blocks. These plants will cater for around 3,500 personnel during the construction phase of the mine.

When the accommodation and administration blocks are filled to capacity, the population of the mine will be the second largest in New Caledonia, second only to the capital city, Noumea.

Solution

The Enviroflow-designed system includes control and monitoring of biological, nitrification, denitrification and chemical phosphorous precipitation to meet Australian and European Environmental Protection Agency standards.
In order to meet these stringent release requirements, the treatment plants require a high degree of automation, and the Innotech control system was selected to facilitate this.

Five Genesis II Digital Controllers were installed, one in each stand-alone portion of the treatment plant. Each Innotech controller is connected to a common Modem Printer Interface (MPI) via an Innotech LAN. The MPI provides alarm annunciation via facsimile or SMS to mobile phone.

The MPI also provides external access to the control system via modem, using Innotech software. The site has a computer located adjacent to the MPI, providing local access.

This specialised configuration of the Innotech control system enables a specialist technician from Enviroflow to remotely control, monitor and diagnose these systems.

The system enables control and monitoring of elements such as flow data, pH, and chlorine dosing. It also enables Enviroflow to monitor and control field devices such as dissolved oxygen meters, nitrate analysers, conductivity meters and ozone generators.

Summary

"There are many control systems in today's market," stated Mike Davis, Technical and Project Manager for Enviroflow. "We have chosen Innotech controllers due to several factors - user-friendly programming, the level of very professional back up service provided by Innotech, and particularly the flexibility of Innotech's control systems, which has allowed us to tailor the configuration to our client's specific requirements."

Mr Davis commented that Innotech's ability to design control systems that allow "out of the box" versatility and programming has been of great benefit to Enviroflow. The company has used Innotech products in a number of applications in the wastewater industry, including sewerage treatment plants, sewerage pump stations, and large sand filters.

Key Functions

  • Control and monitoring of elements such as flow data, pH, and chlorine dosing.
  • Remote monitoring, via modem.
  • Alarm annunciation via fax or SMS.
  • Log and graph data from field devices, enabling accurate evaluations of plant performances.
  • Simulate conditions in a software environment, allowing programs to be written and tested for functionality prior to site commissioning, thereby eliminating construction delays and limiting man-hours on site.
  • Rapid modification and implementation of software - software can be modified and uploaded via modem, allowing plant function to be modified without requiring the attendance of on-site personnel.
  • Control and monitoring of field devices such as dissolved oxygen meters, nitrate analysers, conductivity meters and ozone generators.


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