The 5th Australian Low Voltage Conference, held on September 20th and 21st, 2023, at the Novotel Darling Square in Sydney, proved to be a resounding success.
With a total of 75 attendees and the generous support of sponsors, the event surpassed expectations.
The event provided practical solutions for addressing low-voltage design and installation challenges, while shedding light on the impact of the May 2023 amendments to AS/NZS 3000:2018 on the industry.
Attendees delved into the latest revision of AS/NZS 4836:2022 and its implications related to arc flash. Furthermore, they acquired a comprehensive understanding of how AS/NZS 3000:2018 and AS 1768:2021 requirements influence surge protection in the Australian context, as well as the recognition of indirect electric shock risks in aquatic environments.
Participants were also exposed to valuable insights regarding the effects of electric and magnetic fields on cabling and motors. They learned strategies for applying Human and Organizational Performance (HOP) Principles to low-voltage electrical work activities, ensuring safer practices.
Best practices for designing industrial grid-connected solar PV systems were also shared, emphasizing safety as a top priority, and attendees had the privilege of gaining real-world insights from industry experts who shared their experiences, further enriching their knowledge.
The event's Masters of Ceremony, Steve King and Mitch Cini, received glowing reviews for their energy and enthusiasm.
Their dynamic and engaging approach contributed significantly to the conference's dynamic atmosphere.
The conference featured two compelling keynote presentations that set the tone for the event:
- Matthew Bale, Engineering Director at Safearth, delivered an insightful keynote presentation on "Indirect Electric Shock Risk around Pools, Spas and other Aquatic Environments." This thought-provoking presentation delves into the theoretical aspects and risks associated with low-level shocks in aquatic settings. It also explores the assessment of these requirement gaps, recent investigations related to appliances, incidents that have gone unidentified, and emerging issues in this context.
- Steve King, Principal Engineer and Director at Sprk Electrical provided a comprehensive update on “AS/NZS 4836 2022 Revision - Arc Flash Implications.” This presentation offers an in-depth exploration of the methodologies employed by the committee to bring about these pivotal changes, shedding light on the intricacies of the revision process.
Other speakers included:
- Henrietta Tan: Engagement Manager, Standards Australia
- Nick Hughes: Country Manager, Power Electronics Australia
- Bill Schlesinger: Electrical Engineer, ERICO & ERIFLEX
- Mitchell Cini: Global HSE Operations Manager, ABB
- Jayson Patrick: Technical Director, Electrotecnik
- Brad Gradwell: Managing Director Executive Engineer, Hudson McKay
- Anand Srinivasan: ERIFLEX
- Chris Halliday: Electrical Safety Advocate and Specialist Trainer, PowerLogic
- Jason Mayer: Principle Electrical Engineer, Aurecon
IDC Technologies would also like to extend our heartfelt thanks to our generous sponsors whose support and commitment made this event possible.
- Sprk Consultants
- Standards Australia
- Transmission & Distribution
- Industrial Electrix
The conference catered to a diverse audience comprising professionals and specialists from various fields.
It attracted electrical engineers, compliance engineers, consulting engineers, electricians, and electrical technicians who were keen to expand their knowledge and expertise in electrical safety and compliance.
Safety managers and field engineers attended to gain insights into best practices for ensuring workplace safety.
Government safety regulators and inspectors.
Maintenance engineers and technicians found the event beneficial for their roles, as did manufacturers of personal protective equipment (PPE) and safety equipment, who were interested in the latest innovations.
Risk assessors looked to enhance their understanding of risk management strategies.
The event was designed to provide a comprehensive learning experience for this diverse audience, fostering collaboration and knowledge-sharing among professionals with various areas of expertise.
Networking: A Key Component of Success
One of the highlights of the conference was the networking session held at the Pump House Bar, adjacent to the conference venue.
This setting provided an excellent atmosphere for engaging in discussions, making connections, and sharing insights.
The 5th Australian Low Voltage Conference not only provided a platform for knowledge exchange but also fostered a safer working environment by promoting awareness, compliance, and the adoption of best practices in the field of electrical installations.
It was a significant event that furthered the understanding of electrical safety and low-voltage systems, leaving attendees better equipped to handle the challenges and complexities of the industry.