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Automation IT - eNews April 2015

CheckmAIT®  Automation IT launches new Automated Meter Reader.

A smart product developed by smart people. CheckmAIT®  is a versatile meter reading and reporting system offering a streamlined and economic energy usage reporting interface.

Automation IT knows staying ahead of the technology game requires innovation excellence. We are excited to announce the release of the first of a number of our web-based supervisory products planned in the coming months. 

Developed by Automation IT engineers, vendor independent CheckmAIT® is an Automated Meter Reader (AMR) used to record and report energy consumption in real-time. Whether it's electricity, water or Gas this smart device covers your energy needs.

CheckmAIT® is the most flexible, vendor independent package available on the market.

Automation IT's experience in the energy management sector is second to none having implemented our vendor systems in major infrastructure across Australia.

New $2.2B Gold Coast University Hospital

Cairns Base Hospital $454M re-development

Brisbane Supreme Court.

And it doesn't stop there:
- Brisbane International Airport
- Brisbane Domestic Airport
- Brisbane Cultural Centre
- Perth Crown Casino
- Brookfield Place shopping centre, Perth
- Queens Riverside Shopping centre, Perth

and more...

So, if you're looking for Energy Management call

Geoff Bladon on 07 32993844 for a demonstration today

Monthly case study

Each month we profile an Automation IT case study. The case study reflects on the challenges faced by our engineers and how knowledge and experience provide the optimum engineering solutions.

Automation IT upgrades SCADA system for Unity Water Sewage Pump Stations

Unitywater began operations in July  2010 and were established as part of the Queensland Government’s  water reform program. They distribute and retail water supplied from the South East Queensland Water Grid. Unitywater operates and maintains more than $2.9 billion of essential service infrastructure, supplying water and sewerage services to residential and business customers throughout the Moreton Bay, Noosa  and Sunshine Coast  regions.


Automation IT was contracted to upgrade a large quantity of Sewage Pump Stations (SPS) throughout the Moreton Bay & Sunshine Coast regions with the aim of providing similar layout & controls across all sites, in line with the current specifications & requirements of Unitywater. This work was a part of Unitywater’s SCADA Upgrade Program. Upgrading 245 Sewage Pump Stations and working to a tight deadline of such a large scale project presented a number of challenges.

As the Sewage Pump Stations were already in operation the main challenge was to carry out the upgrade and commissioning works whilst still maintaining the functionality and operation required at each site.

Scope of works:
- Supply & installation of hardware at each site as required SPS
- Configuration of the Radio Telemetry Units (RTU) 
- Network Configuration for each individual SPS 
- Testing & Commissioning of all SPS

- Development of drawings & documentation for each site


Using RTU and SCADA templates received from Unitywater, configuration and bench testing of RTU’s for specific sites commenced. Engineering of individual sites continued through the life of the project as commissioning teams moved from one site to the next. Crews carried out individual site inspections to finalise electrical install requirements as well as to feedback details to the engineering team for the development of site specific drawings, commissioning plans and test sheets.

The upgrade methodology used on each SPS was to perform it in two separate stages. The first stage was for the electrical crews to carry out all possible electrical works while maintaining the existing operation of the SPS.  Testing was also carried out by the engineering team at this stage, to establish communications from RTU to Repeater at each site. Site antennas were adjusted as  required to give the best possible signal.

Stage 2 was site testing and commissioning which was performed by both an engineer and an electrician so as to rectify any issues during testing. Tests included point to point wiring checks, functionality tests as well as confirmation of SCADA status and control. Once a site’s functionality was confirmed, the updated  electrical drawings were revised by the engineering team for inclusion into the site drawing package. As the drawing packages were completed, these along with the site test documentation were issued to Unitywater as a completed site document set.

Training to better serve our customers

Automation IT engineers attended Schneider TeXpert training in Brisbane during February this year. Over the 4-days, including hands-on workshops, they completed PLC modules with Unity, LV & Motor Control and Cyber Security. Experience gained with the new Schneider Altivar VSDs, motor controllers using embedded functions (PID Control and motor protection) and network design in a secure environment.

In April 2015 two Automation IT engineers attened the Woodward easY-gen Series 3000 training run by Woodwood authorised distributor PM Controls. From small to very large generator installations, the controllers cover for mains failure power restoration, co-generation (CHP), both Island and / or load share mode. So whether it's one generator or up 32 generators over a network we have our customers covered.

Charity work

Automation IT supports Life Aid International's Cambodian Cycle Adventure

Life Aid International was founded in 2005 by a small group of business and community leaders with a vision to combine and expand their interests in international and community development. Life Aid International is a not-for-profit organisation working to assist developing nations and their communities in the areas of education, vocational training, health and micro-enterprise.

During late March, Geoff Bladon, Automation IT's Business Development Director completed the Cambodian cycling adventure to raise funds for Life Aid's project partners in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

The challenge took participants on a mammoth cycling trek from Ho Chi Minn City in Vietnam to Siem Reap in Cambodia via numerous cities and small villages.

Taking advantage of the Ha Tien border crossing the cycling adventure kept cyclists away from the majority of the city traffic whilst taking in some stunning scenery.

From the highlights of Ho Chi Minh City to the emerald green rice paddies of the Mekong Delta, the picturesque Cambodian coastline and the atmospheric Temples of Angkor, the trip lasted 12 days and covered hundreds of kilometres in 38 degree heat with plenty of interesting dirt ‘roads’ not even shown on Google maps


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