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.

Case Study: Sydney University Great Hall – Floorboxes

Case Study: Sydney University Great Hall – Floor-boxes

The Great Hall, one of the principal structures at the University of Sydney. It is located in the North corner of the heritage listed, Quadrangle building. The Hall is used for important ceremonies and graduations.

Client Problem:image-1
Existing floorboxes had data and power that they used for the portable Audio Visual Lecterns.These were constantly failing during important functions.

Investigations revealed 2 issues:
When the cleaners came to wash down the stage, water would drip inside the floor-boxes, ruin data terminations and cause an electrical hazard.
Another issue was that the data jacks would become flimsy and break from constant plugging and unplugging of the lecterns for each function

Elam’s Solution:
Waterproof housing of data and electrical was required.
Our techs designed a Stainless steel box, Waterproofed for the housing. Flimsy data outlets needed to be replaced with rugged Ethernet jacks and a waterproof casing that closed over the top of each jack

image-2The floorbox space was very small, so it required a very in-depth design process to ensure the best outcome. The final decision was to custom make an angled stainless faceplate that would be partially seated below the floor. This also allowed room for a weatherproof power outlet to fit.
Due to our persistence with the design, we created an end product that solved the problems of our client and also had a very professional appearance.
(see Pictures below)


Elam Case Study – Parramatta Speedway

Elam Case Study – Parramatta Speedway

Recently we terminated a fibre cable installation at the Speedway for a Showground Scoreboard. Everything was up and working ready for the races on the weekend. The raceway then had some grounds work completed with a back hoe and suddenly the scoreboard was not working anymore. The machine had damaged the conduit, pulled the fibre up out of the ground and broken it. It was Thursday and the scoreboard was needed Friday night!
Elam’s response was to have a technician onsite first thing Friday morning to begin investigating the extent of the damage. It was very important to establish whether the damage was only affecting the spot where it had been dug up or had the damage extended along the cable. Sometimes pulling on a cable will tighten corners further up the cable pathway and cause damage elsewhere. Luckily in this instance it could be repaired by installing a new pit, repairing conduit and then splicing the fibre cable back together. The scoreboard was back up and running Friday afternoon, ready for the big race!

CASE STUDY—Trade and Investment, Orange, NSW

The Problem:
Trade and Investment’s, Head office at Orange NSW was in urgent need of a cable Plant upgrade across 2 floors.

The ageing, Category 3 cabling was only able to pass through data rates at 10Mbps.

Drop-outs, slow response times from the Server meant lost productivity to this important NSW Government Department.

Tenders were called and Elam was invited to install a new, ADC Krone, Category Six cabling Solution.  The install encompassed 1200 x data outlets, 4 x remote data cabinets, upgrade to two Communications Rooms, and new SM and MM Fibre Optic cabling throughout. (more…)

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