Power to a new Data Centre, Sydney University

Elam was tasked with installing power for a new Data Centre at Building J13, Sydney University.

Two new Distribution boards were installed, a 48 pole for General Power and a UPS 24 pole board. In the event of a power failure, power from the UPS kicks in and keeps essential services in the data centre running for two hours.

Project Cost: $57K including the 40KVA UPS with Batteries.

Greenwich Primary School Comms Room Upgrade

A new Building and refurbishment of the existing Admin heritage Building commenced work in September 2019 with Elam as the head Contractor for the Communications Network

Lyn Evans from Elam identified early on that a significant upgrade to the Main Comms Room was required in the Admin Building.

Through the Project Builder, Elam identified that the room needed:

  • Shelving removed to increase the room size.
  • Carpet removed and Vinyl Flooring installed
  • 2 x Additional Cabinets with 15Amp captive Power outlets for each Cabinet
  • Strong Lighting and Air Conditioning
  • Overhead cable trays
  • Increase in the number of Switch ports

The work was costed by Lyn and approved by the Project.

12 core singlemode Fibre cabling to all Comms Rooms were installed.

Elam techs installed the 9 x Aruba Switches  (5406 PoE and 2930f PoE) and connected the 10G Fibre links.

43 x Waps were mounted, with the final locations confirmed by Elam based on nearby equipment such as motion detectors and lights that interfere with Wap signals.

All Fibre Links and cat6A field outlets were patched by Elam and connectivity checked.


Elam was able to assist the project with not only the cabling, but check and recommend improvements to the original design. Elam was able to install the switches and complete the build end to end.

Greenwich Primary School now boasts a wonderful new learning centre, with strong and stable wireless and wired network connections.

The cabling is covered by a 20 year materials and Labour warranty from Elam. 

Zoo Wild Life Retreat

Elam was engaged to install the communications cabling throughout this new building.


Fibre Cabling

Composite singlemode / Multimode loose tube fibre was installed back to the Campus Distributor in the Admin Building

A redundant fibre was installed down to the headend at Big Cats. This redundancy gives the I.T. Staff another Link in case damage occurs to the Main link going to the Campus Distributor.

The other two Communication Rooms inside the Retreat were also linked with composite,fibre

Total – 4 x fibre links

Cat6A Commscope Data cabling

Elam is a long-term installer of cabling at Taronga Zoo. We chose Commscope Cat6A shielded products for this site for its robustness and quality.

295 x cat6A ports were installed



Quality cat6A data cabling and Fibre Optic cabling with a 20 – year warranty on parts and labour

John Morris Scientific Switchboard Upgrade

BEFORE switchboard upgrade with most circuits not-protected by safety switches Elam completed a switchboard upgrade at John Morris Scientific recently. John Morris are a company that specialises in the supply, installation and servicing of laboratory instrumentation and consumables covering diverse industry sectors throughout Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific region. They had an old Switchboard located in a kitchen.
It only had 3 safety switch breakers, yet all circuits are required to be protected. Labelling was poor and confusing. The size of the Submains was unknown and the kitchen is not a place for an electrical switchboard! They were in dire need of a switchboard upgrade. If this board was to become overloaded it could have lead to the power tripping off; and a loss of power to the business. Due to the confusing state of the board – getting the power back on could be quite a long procedure! This company supplies products to very important businesses and what a catastrophe a power outage would be! It is also the law to have all electrical installations to meet Australian Standards, businesses are required to have this for WHS and insurance coverage.

Elam’s Solution was to install a brand new Schneider Electrics Switchboard. AFTER-photo of a Schneider Electrics Switchboard Upgrade completed by Elam
The existing switchboard was left running while the new one was installed. This meant that the work place could continue to run as normal for as long as possible before the switchboard upgrade cutover.

Our team went in to identify a suitable location for the 48 pole switchboard, Industrial type, with min DIN rail RCBO’s, this has an allowance of up to 40 safety switches! After a location was decided, the Elam team installed brand new 50mm submain cables between the new location and the main switchboard for the building. Then, each power and lighting circuit from the old switchboard was identified and wired back to the new location.

The customers preferred the power to go down on a weekend so the Elam team organised to come in on both a Saturday and Sunday to get the new switchboard up and running!

If you have a switchboard that may need an upgrade, give Elam a call to inspect and provide you with a free quotation. A switchboard upgrade could save your business money by preventing a power outage when you least expect it!



The University of Sydney Camperdown Campus A28 Data Cabling Upgrade

Brief from Client Inside a fully occupied building, install all new risers, new Communications rooms, new cable pathways and 1800 Cat6A FTP data outlets and Fibre optic links. The building is to remain in operation, with all network connections to desktops, Wireless access points and CCTV to stay active

  • Design, locate and build two new Comms Rooms; both power and data rackselam_sydney-uni-2
  • Upgrade Corridor lighting and motion sensors on five of the floors
  • Keep all within Heritage guidelines

Building Overview A28 is a heritage building from the early 1920’s that has 6 levels of offices, teaching spaces and research labs.  It is the premier Physics research department in Australia. The building did not have any purpose build risers or cable pathways. There was a Comms room on level 4 and few single cabinets scattered throughout the building.  Elam was engaged to install new risers on the east and west sides of the building, install new cable pathways throughout the Heritage building, Build, two new Comms rooms centrally on level 3 (east and west wings) and then finally install the cat6A FTP and Fibre cabling. All work was to be carried out without disruption or network downtime to live experiments, research, lectures, exams or University staff. Scheduling work around room occupancy and restricted areas was critical for both safety and the smooth running of this facility. Project Implementation Elam Project Manager throughout the build was Kathryn Hardin. She attended weekly planning meetings with engineers, ICT, heritage committee and building stakeholders. A staged timeline was developed for each floor and each activity. Our suggestion of a “featured” white cable pathway was approved by Heritage.  The Communications Rooms were completed early to ensure cabling was not delayed. We were asked to do a prototype room on each level to show how cable reticulation and delivery would be achieved. The “showcase” rooms were inspected and approved by all stakeholders before cabling could commence Weekly status meetings enabled stakeholders to have input into the upcoming tasks and to always know when and where Elam staff would be working within the building. Work was coordinated around experiments, classes and exams. Cutovers from the old network to the new were conducted after each floor had been tested, permanent labeling was installed and an audit and patching sheet for each Comms room was delivered to the university’s cutover team. Elam were on hand during each cutover to assist. This made for a smooth transition from old to new cabling without network faults. All outlets were tested using the Fluke DSX 5000 cable tester. Results and as built were issued to the client in electronic format. There is a 20 year “TE Connectivity” AMP warranty on all comms work done by Elam.

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