SM03: Innovative Solutions to Maintenance Access Issues

Phil Wilkinson, Executive Manager – Government Relations and Technical Services, AIRAH

Carl Sachs, MD, Workplace Access & Safety

James Rennie, Director, Australian UAV

Access for maintenance can cause a range of challenges to HVAC&R professionals, not least of which include significant safety issues. Technology in inspection and maintenance is changing the way we access plants with innovative solutions dramatically reducing the potential risk of injury for FMs and technicians.

Join this session to hear the latest on the use of drones for visual inspections and to assess the thermal performance of buildings. Insights from AIRAH’s 2017 Safety in the HVAC&R industry report will highlight the importance of better planning and design for access prior to construction. A case study on the use of modular prefabrication and innovative design to overcome significant space and time constraints during installation of cooling tower access system, will also be examined.

Presentations will outline how making an investment in access solutions saves money and improves safety in the long term.

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Phil is a degree qualified engineer and worked as a mechanical building services engineer before joining AIRAH. His key roles at AIRAH include developing and maintaining AIRAH’s presence with key stakeholders across government, industry and the membership and managing the technical intellectual property of AIRAH, including technical manuals, guidelines, digital, hard and soft copy information, etc.   Phil’s notable industry roles include:

  • Member, Building Codes Committee (ABCB)
  • Chair, NABERS stakeholder advisory committee
  • Executive member, Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council (ASBEC)
  • Chair of advisory committee at the University of Wollongongs Sustainable Building Research Centre

His vision is to drive his industry into a sustainable and prosperous future and to enhance the profile and visibility of the HVAC&R industry that keeps Australians safe, healthy, comfortable and productive.

Carl Sachs is the managing director and falls prevention spe­cialist at Workplace Access & Safety and takes an active role in the development of fall prevention standards. Mr Sachs was a member of the committee responsible for AS 1657 - 2013: Fixed platforms, walkways, stairways and ladders - Design, construc­tion and installation. Also a member of the Standards Australia committee for AS/NZS 1891 (fall arrests systems and devices) and AS/NZS 5532 (anchor points), Mr Sachs was involved in drafting the recently released standards.

Carl is a registered and licensed commercial builder in all Australian states, providing government and corporate clients with a holistic approach to fall prevention from consultation all the way to construction and installation. Mr Sachs’ business is independently accredited by NATA™ for the testing of AS 1657 equipment (Ladders, stairs and guardrailing) and AS/NZS 5532 safety anchorage points.

 James is the founder of Australian UAV and is a natural resource scientist who has worked in the management and design of rivers, estuaries and wetlands. He has held senior leadership roles in local and multi-national companies and provided consulting services to government agencies, mining companies and land developers.

His new passion is developing a deep understanding of existing industries and examining how drone based applications can drive efficiency and cost savings, this has so far included mining, landfills, forestry and telecommunication assets

James has over ten years’ experience in flying remotely piloted aircraft prior to starting Australian UAV in 2013 and fills the role of Chief Controller.  With over 2000 UAV flights completed James has considerable skills in flight planning, data processing and delivery but now works strategically with clients developing solutions.

Note: The seminar program may be subject to change. If you have registered for this seminar any topic, presenter, timetable or price changes will be communicated as soon as possible prior to the event.