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Press Releases from Expotrade (54 total)

10-24-2018 | Arts & Culture

Fostering the Effective Convergence of Light, Space and Design

For the first time ever, Expotrade has diverted from its usual format to bring together the best minds in the lighting, interior design, and architecture fields at the inaugural 2019 Light•Space•Design summit. With plenty of technological and societal shifts rapidly impacting the lighting industry, the summit intends to start a conversation about how best to tackle the practice of architectural lighting design against the backdrop of these changes. Creating human-centric, appropriately-lit spaces

The Major Infrastructure Projects Set to Transform the ACT’s Future

Expotrade are thrilled to announce that the ACT Major Projects Conference is returning on the 28th and 29th of August, to showcase some of the territory’s largest and most vital infrastructure projects currently underway, many of which are thanks to the Government’s $2.9 billion investment in the Territory’s Infrastructure Investment Program. The conference will provide key updates on these projects, in an effort to explore not only how infrastructure can positively

Cross Yarra Partnership aims to create sustainable stations

The Victorian Government has finally settled on contractors and designs for the $11-billion Melbourne Metro Tunnel project. The consortium responsible for the project development, known as The Cross Yarra Partnership (CYP), will be made up of world-class construction and tunneling contractors including, Lendlease Engineering, John Holland, Bouygues Construction and Capella Capital. Lendlease has previously worked with the Victorian Government on the East West Link, until the project was cancelled in

Lighting Melbourne City - 2017 Intelligent Community of the Year

Along with its long-running standing as the world’s most liveable city, Melbourne has claimed the title as the 2017 Intelligent Community of the Year, conferred by the Intelligent Community Forum. Smart lighting plays a crucial role in the city’s smart-enabled landscape with more works now underway to futureproof Melbourne’s lighting domain. Since his presentation at the Australian Smart Lighting Summit 2016, Ironbark Sustainability’s Business Manager Alexi Lynch has seen

WA Wins in Federal Budget

Western Australia’s Metronet project has received an investment of $1.8 billion from the Federal Budget among a range of infrastructure projects, creating more jobs in the rail and road sectors. With a steep rise in population projected for the State, centred in Perth’s CBD, these crucial infrastructure works will support a growing Perth. The project is expected to alleviate the congestion crisis to meet road and rail commuter demands. The

Inland Rail to be Profiled at the Queensland Transport Infrastructure Conference

The Federal Budget has injected funds into the Melbourne to Brisbane Inland Rail Link, with a promise of $8.4 billion to go towards the project. The freight line will be delivered by the government-owned Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) company, creating 16,000 new jobs during the construction phase. With construction slated to start within the year, the Melbourne to Brisbane connection would run 1700kms via the NSW city of Parkes, where

SA Powering Ahead with Energy and Defence Innovations

A $20 million virtual power plant (VPP), the largest of its kind in the world, is currently undergoing trials in South Australia. Once completed, the project will be made up of 1000 connected batteries. The trial, a public-private investment between AGL and the federal Australian Renewable Energy Agency, follows in the wake of SA’s power crisis which has seen power stations shut down across the state. Customer concern about the

LED Lighting Dominates Public Street Lighting Strategy

Street lighting is central to an urban centre’s infrastructure. The City of Ryde in NSW is currently undertaking LED retrofit projects with smart control LED technology. The technology is proving to be superior to older lighting technologies in reducing energy consumption and improving lighting management. Moving away from outdated technologies towards smart-controlled LED lighting yields a whole host of benefits from helping cities to save on lighting expenditure, improving lighting

New Areas of Growth in Western Australia

Western Australia is looking to new areas of growth in key sectors such as agriculture, technology and tourism as the economy transitions from predominately resource driven investment. The 8th Annual WA Major Projects Conference hosts a panel discussion on the recent decline of the resources boom and emerging opportunities in other industries. Sectors that have potential to grow and strengthen the state’s economy include tourism, infrastructure and agriculture. President of the

Brisbane Front and Centre of Queensland Transport Projects

The Brisbane Metro Subway System is one of Brisbane’s most significant public transport projects. Brisbane City Council has announced plans for the Brisbane Metro upgrades in 2016. The Metro has been conceived as a high frequency, rapid transport connection designed to address the current challenges facing Brisbane's bus network which has reached capacity at many inner city locations. Improvements to the service are expected to cut travel times, reduce Central

Infrastructure and Disruptive Technology Gamechanger for SA’s Economy

The 10th Annual South Australian Major Projects Conference is taking place in Adelaide this year as South Australia focuses on investing in key infrastructure projects in order to boost employment and the economy as a whole. The government is investing $12.1 billion on public infrastructure projects this year with the City of Adelaide under¬taking a number of infrastructure, public transport and expansion projects that will increase the liveability of the

A People-Centric High-Rise Future

High-rise experts and delegates ranging from architects, designers, urban planners, structural engineers, suppliers and developers gathered at the Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre last week to spotlight new trends in high-rise construction and design at the premiere event of the Australian Smart Skyscrapers Summit 2017. The Summit commenced with an address from Platinum Sponsor Schindler noting the remarkable and profitable nature of the Australian tall building market which is already

Victorian Infrastructure Projects and Priorities

The 9th Annual Victorian Transport Infrastructure Conference profiled leading projects across the State at Melbourne's Convention & Exhibition Centre last week. Infrastructure Victoria’s Chief Executive Officer, Michel Masson took the stage to discuss the State’s 30-year infrastructure strategy. Masson emphasised that consultancy from the general public played a major role in the report. He also emphasised the importance of investigating the best ways to make the most of existing assets. Speaking

Smart Skyscrapers Summit Drives Innovation

The Australian Smart Skyscrapers Summit will explore exciting new developments and technological advancements in high-rise design and construction. Launching in Melbourne on the 28th and 29th of March at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, the Summit profiles a vast range of innovative tall tower projects across Australia and the world. Local and international speakers will share their expertise among industry professionals and stakeholders. Presentations, panel discussions and exhibitions will

Transport and Funding Priorities in WA

In the lead up to the WA State Election on March 11th 2017, transport infrastructure continues to loom large as a debated topic for the state. In this exciting and transitionary period, the 8th Annual WA Major Projects Conference 2017 will illuminate transport priorities for the State. Transport infrastructure is a fundamental topic for discussion as the government debates which projects should be a priority for the State, shaping the

Humanising the high-rise

The Quay Quarter Tower is an innovative high-rise project taking shape in Sydney’s Central Quay precinct. The recent international competition held by AMP Capital Investors and 3XN saw design firms vie in order to secure the appointment to design the building’s lobby, reception, meeting and conference facilities. The design competition saw Design Research Studio chosen to complete the final touches of the 49-storey Quay Quarter Tower, with works slated to begin

The Advent of Disruptive Transport Infrastructure for Queensland

With the rapid emergence of disruptive technologies taking hold around the world, Queensland is examining its transport infrastructure priorities as the State moves towards a connected transport future. The rise of disruptive technology and autonomous vehicles has major implications for Queensland’s transport network and road users. In the next decade, advances in autonomous driving technology are expected to change not only driving itself, but the idea of car ownership. The move

Value Capture Looms Large in Victoria

With numerous projects proposed and underway across Victoria, value capture has emerged as an innovative strategy to fund major infrastructure works. As governments explore more efficient ways of funding critical transport works, the value capture mechanism provides innovative opportunities and new challenges for the Australian infrastructure sector. Value capture, a type of public financing that recovers some or all of the value generated by public infrastructure, has sharply risen in popularity

Schindler Announced as Platinum Sponsor of the Australian Smart Skyscrapers Summ …

Leading expert in high-rise transportation Schindler Australia has been announced as the Platinum Sponsor of the inaugural high-rise construction and design event in the Southern Hemisphere, the Australian Smart Skyscrapers Summit. The Australian Smart Skyscrapers Summit will profile the latest developments in high-rise construction trends dominating the market. Vertical transportation technologies are a major revolutionising force in tall and very tall buildings. New technologies from vertical transport giants such as

Western Australia Post Mining Boom Major Projects

With economic and financial capacity directed to infrastructure as well as transport projects across Western Australia, the Federal and State governments have allocated substantial funds for major projects which will transform social and economic outlooks for the State. The $2 billion Forrestfield Airport Link development, under construction in Western Australia, has had an additional $490 million Federal investment towards the improvement. The project will connect Perth’s eastern suburbs to the CBD

Plans Underway for Australia’s High Speed Rail and Smart City Future

While talk of a high speed rail has been on the cards for over three decades in Australia, the Consolidated Land and Rail Australia (CLARA) plan now hopes to galvanise these ideas, turning them into a palpable reality alongside a number of innovative “smart” cities dotted along the Australian landscape. CLARA, a privately funded $200 billion, 35-year plan that relies on financing through value capture, proposes the building of two new

Timber Revolutionises High-Rise Construction

Timber construction could revolutionise skyscraper typology, says Dr Philip Oldfield, Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of the Built Environment, University of New South Wales. Dr Oldfield will be appearing at the inaugural Australian Smart Skyscrapers Summit in Melbourne to discuss opportunities for rethinking Australian tall building design inspired by climate, culture and context. His presentation will explore opportunities for reinvention in tall towers, looking at how they can play a more

Australian Economy Receives Boost from Melbourne Metro Rail Tunnel Project

The Australian economy will see direct benefits from a major infrastructure project currently underway in Melbourne in the form of the $10.9 billion Melbourne Metro Rail Tunnel, says Infrastructure Australia. According to Infrastructure Australia, every dollar invested in the Melbourne Metro Rail Tunnel Project will yield a return of approximately $1.50, taking into consideration wider economic benefits. The Melbourne Metro Tunnel development will see the construction of two nine kilometre

Transport Infrastructure Boom across Queensland

The Inland Rail project is set to improve the national rail network and serve the interstate freight market. A significant feature of the project is the new 1700km freight rail line which will provide a road competitive service. This will see freight delivered from Melbourne to Brisbane, via regional Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland in less than 24 hours. It is expected that reliability, pricing and availability of the

Skyscrapers Summit in Melbourne Attracts Huge Interest from High-Rise Developmen …

A number of major players in high-rise development have confirmed their participation at the Australian Smart Skyscrapers Summit 2017. The inaugural Summit is the first of its kind in the Southern hemisphere, based on an annual counterpart in the Middle East, the Annual Smart Skyscrapers Summit Dubai. The Summit highlights key trends in high-rise construction and design as well as innovative smart solutions for skyscrapers. Leading architecture, engineering and construction

Traffic Conditions on Victorian Roads – Projections for the Future

As urban Melbourne continues to struggle with increased traffic congestion, experts will convene at the 9th Annual Victorian Transport Infrastructure Conference 2017 to discuss solutions for combatting overcrowded city conditions. Discussion will centre on the potential implementation of Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems (C-ITS) that could see traffic lights communicate with vehicles to address congestion, shorter travel times while connected cars could help drivers reach their location faster and alert emergency

Australian Identity Shaping Cities’ High-Rise Infrastructure

As Australia continues to adopt new trends in high-rise construction it is important to maintain the distinct individuality of our Australian cities. While China and the Middle East are the “the current hot spots” in high-rise construction, Australia and Southeast Asia are also on the rise, says Peter A. Weismantle FAIA, RIBA – Director of Supertall Building Technology at Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture LLP. With the ongoing growth

What Makes A Skyscraper Smart?

As more and more high-rise projects are constructed worldwide, the “smart skyscrapers” trend continues to boom. What exactly defines a smart skyscraper? Energy saving measures, cost-cutting building processes, green features, and sustainable design techniques are all crucial to the construction of the new generation of skyscrapers which will dominate the Australian skyline in years to come. Alistair Guthrie is a Professor of Environmental Design in the School of Built Environment

Victoria Infrastructure’s 30 Year Strategy for the State

As Melbourne's population is forecast to hit 10 million by the 2050s, infrastructure strategies and innovation come at a crucial time. Collectively, the state will consider infrastructure priorities and necessities in the decades to come. With the release of Victoria Infrastructure’s first ever 30-year infrastructure strategy, the state is set to discuss the draft’s proposed developments and projects before the review of the final strategy in parliament in late 2016.

South East Dominating Australia’s Skyscraper Market

The Australian Smart Skyscraper Summit 2017 makes its Australian debut in Melbourne on the 28-29th of March next year. It will profile some of the most innovative, benchmark high-rise projects built in Australia, looking at both green and sustainable design as well as innovative super tower construction. Experts from around the world will profile uniquely Australian projects such as Melbourne’s 323 La Trobe St, the tallest prefabricated building in the

Major Infrastructure Projects Discussed in Queensland

On the 25th and 26th of October, the 2nd Annual Queensland Infrastructure Projects Conference 2016 gathered at the Brisbane Exhibition and Convention Centre. The conference brought together over 150 key industry stakeholders, with industry professionals ranging from construction consultants, planners and developers, manufacturers, public sector representatives, road authorities and architects. With a wide array of speakers present, delegates heard from the likes of The Hon. Peter Beattie AC, Chairman, Gold

NSW Infrastructure Plan Facilitates a Growing Sydney

As part of the NSW government’s commitment towards infrastructure development as the bedrock of a growing Sydney, the government has committed over $73.3 billion into infrastructure works over four years. Infrastructure projects currently in the pipeline are expected to expand and upgrade a wide range of crucial roads, rails, supply chain infrastructure as well as schools and hospitals in Sydney and throughout the state. With economic and financial capacity directed

Tourism, Mining and Indigenous Affairs in the Northern Territory

For a seventh consecutive year, the 7th Annual NT Major Projects Conference convenes again at the Darwin Convention Centre on the 6-7th November. This comes as the NT Government has invested $1.7 billion in strategic infrastructure projects to improve public facilities and create jobs in the area. Chief Executive David McHugh from the NT Government’s Department of Infrastructure will address delegates on the state of projects underway. Other topics on

Infrastructure Developments Signal Revitalisation for Brisbane City

Brisbane is soon to boast the best runway system in the world with the construction of the New Parallel Runway (NPR), the biggest aviation project in Australia, currently underway. The 2nd Annual Queensland Infrastructure Project Conference sets the stage for discussions about the exciting new venture which is expected to deliver an economic benefit of around $5 billion per year by 2035 to the region. In 2016 Brisbane ranked third

Lighting the Way Forward at the Australian Smart Lighting Summit 2016

On the 6th and 7th of September delegates convened at the 2016 Annual Australian Smart Lighting Summit at the Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre. Now in its 4th season, the Summit once again brought together over 150 key lighting industry stakeholders, with lighting industry professionals ranging from engineers, architects, manufacturers, public sector representatives, road authorities, consultants and lighting designers. With a wide array of international speakers present, delegates heard from

Smart Skyscrapers Summit Launches in the Southern Hemisphere

In March 2017 Melbourne will play host to the first ever Smart Skyscrapers Summit, a premiere event that will attract tower construction experts from around the world who will come together to directly shape the future of the Australian skyline in years to come through smart, sustainable innovations. A riveting agenda is on the cards for Summit delegates who will hear from a wide selection of international and local professionals

Commonwealth Games Talk of the Town at the QLD Infrastructure Projects Conferenc …

The 2nd Annual Queensland Infrastructure Project Conference, which attracted over 150 delegates last year, is set to bring nationwide industry professionals together from the 25th to the 26th of October featuring a wide array of experts and speakers in attendance showcasing the latest infrastructure projects in development across the state. The 2nd annual conference to be held in Brisbane, the program offers a compelling schedule that will feature the latest

Final Countdown: Australia’s Largest Public Lighting Summit Convenes in One We …

The 2016 edition of Australia’s largest annual Smart Lighting Summit, with smart and sustainable lighting as a central theme on the agenda, once again convenes in Melbourne next week from the 6th to the 7th of September. With endorsement from City of Melbourne and support from Lighting Council Australia and IESANZ, the summit is set to feature both locally and internationally renowned lighting experts and speakers, highlighting latest trends and

Victorian Budget 2016/17 multi-billion transport infrastructure commitment

8th June, Melbourne, VIC: The Victorian government has committed more than $8 billion as part of the Victorian Budget 2016/17 towards the construction of new rail lines and additional trains. The Melbourne Metro Tunnel Project will receive $2.9 billion of the amount to construct two nine kilometre underground tunnels between South Kensington and South Yarra, as part of a multi-billion dollar plan to revolutionise the state’s rail network. As one

Smart Cities Plan to support public lighting policy

1st June, Melbourne, VIC: The Australian government has announced a multi-million dollar plan to assist in the creation of smart, interconnected cities across the country. Outlined in the Federal Budget 2016/2017, the Smart Cities Plan is an initiative to construct "30 minute cities" to allow residents to access all essential work, school and lifestyle services within walking distance. The plan will receive an initial $50 million to "develop business cases and investment

Level Crossing Removal Project gains traction

25th May, Melbourne, VIC: The Victorian government has embarked on an ambitious plan to remove 50 of the state’s most dangerous and congested level crossings around Melbourne. With 18 removals currently underway, the Victorian government has allocated $2.4 billion as part of the Victorian Budget 2015-16 towards the removal of at least 20 level crossings by 2018, with further plans to remove all 50 level crossings by 2022. Melbourne currently has

South Australia $6 billion major projects commitment

24th May, Adelaide, SA: More than $6 billion worth of major infrastructure projects are currently underway or scheduled to begin in South Australia over the 2016 period, precedent to the growing number of infrastructure development opportunities within the state. Significant projects include the $985 million Northern Connector Project which aims to construct 43 kilometres of new motorway, connecting the recently completed Northern Expressway and South Road Superway links. South Australia

Queensland Transport Infrastructure Conference supports growing transport infras …

The 7th Annual Queensland Transport Infrastructure Conference was held last week at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre to an audience of more than 200 delegates. The conference signifies the transport infrastructure sector’s growing commitment towards the sharing of knowledge and industry best practices on some of the state’s largest transport projects. Featuring more than 20 key speakers from a range of industry professionals from within the transport infrastructure sector, Chief

Melbourne Metro Rail Project Federal Budget funding boost

17th May, Melbourne, VIC: The Australian government has announced $857 million in funding towards the development of the Melbourne Metro Rail Project as part of the Federal Budget 2016/17. The $10.9 billion Melbourne Metro Rail Project is the state’s largest transport infrastructure project, which aims to foresee the development of Victoria’s very first underground metro rail service as well as the construction of five new stations. The project will enable major improvements

Victorian public transport upgrades amidst growing population

5th May, Melbourne, VIC: Melbourne features an extensive range of public transport services, including an array of regional and metropolitan rail, bus and public transport options. As Australia’s fastest growing city, Melbourne’s population is expected to almost double by 2050, requiring vast investment in the development and upgrading of existing transport infrastructure. According to the 2011 Census of Population and Housing, Melbourne recorded the second highest rate of public

State Infrastructure Plan facilitates transport infrastructure

4th May, Brisbane, QLD: As part of the Queensland government’s commitment towards infrastructure development, the State Infrastructure Plan was released in March to bolster the state’s role over the planning and delivery of infrastructure. The State Infrastructure Plan will inject $500 million into the development of a wide range of road and rail projects, including the Ipswich Motorway Upgrade and the Riverway Drive duplication. This unprecedented funding comes in addition to the

Victorian Major Projects Conference takes to stage

27th April, Melbourne, VIC: In attendance of more than 250 delegates, the seventh edition of the Victorian Major Projects Conference was held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre last week. The Victorian Major Projects Conference is an opportunity for government and construction industry members to review and discuss the variety of infrastructure developments taking place across the state. Ministers were present at the event to address the delegates,

WA Major Projects Conference concludes successfully

More than 300 people gathered at the 7th Annual WA Major Projects Conference last week to review some of the state’s largest and most significant major projects taking place across the state. In its seventh year running, the conference facilitated discussion around the state’s recent mining boom, which contributed in excess of $40 billion towards the state economy each year. Despite the end of the mining boom, mining still plays a significant

Victorian government’s on-going commitment towards state infrastructure

Expected to create more than 100,000 new jobs, the Victorian government has unveiled plans in the 2015 state budget to commit $22 billion towards public infrastructure over the next four years. More than $1.5 billion of this funding is expected be dedicated towards the development of the Melbourne Metro Rail Project, entailing the construction of two nine-kilometre tunnels underneath Melbourne CBD, as well as five new railway stations. The Melbourne

Western Australia's commitment towards infrastructure development

At one point during the state’s significant mining boom, petroleum and mining output contributed towards almost 90 per cent of the state’s total income during the 2008-09 period, contributing $61 billion towards the state economy. Now with the mining boom over, the Western Australian government is focusing its efforts towards the development of infrastructure and major projects, aimed at making improvements to transport, residential and commercial infrastructure. In the latest state budget

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