IDC Events - Technical Conferences and Workshops

Have you ever considered living off the grid, in a community that co-exists with nature – growing your own vegetables, minimising waste and environmental impact, and creating your own power through solar energy? This is exactly what the 70 members of the Moora Moora community do. Located on Mount Toolebewong in Victoria, approximately 70 km from Melbourne, this community consists of 30 housing units grouped in six clusters. Everyone living here owns a share in the land, infrastructure and machinery. 

Moora Moora was developed with three aims: cooperation, reducing environmental impact and education. Many of its members were concerned with the overcrowding and isolation of city life, so they decided to move into this ‘intentional community,’ which finds its purpose in the pursuit for individual and community development. The notion of an intentional community comes from the idea of living cooperatively in a village which reflects shared values. 

Fifty adults and 20 children currently live in Moora Moora. Their shared philosophy is that adults and children can’t be autonomous if they’re forced to rely on each other, so different members of the community will look after the children. This also feeds into the idea that children need more than one playmate and space that’s free of urban dangers to allow them to learn and be creative. 

While members often have jobs outside of the community, they’re expected to commit to internal workdays, attend meetings and social events and be actively involved in the community life. Members are encouraged to take part in industries that directly benefit the cooperative, such as farming, teaching, mechanics, building, carpentry and spinning and weaving. 

Community member Glen Morris is responsible for the power supply to the Moora Moora community, given they live off the electricity grid. He has designed a micro-grid system out of 20 different brands of inverters, batteries and panels. With more than 20 years’ experience in the renewable energy sector, he’s personally lived off the grid for most of that time. Glen is the Keynote Speaker and workshop presenter at the upcoming IDC Solar-Diesel Hybrid & Battery Systems Conference in Brisbane, Queensland. He will be running a full-day workshop on “Designing Stand-Alone Power Systems,” drawing on his own experience of building and maintain an autonomous grid. 

For more information, or to register, please click HERE.

Wiring Rules Revision 

Techncial paper presented at the IDC Technologies 2nd Electrical Regulatory Compliance Conference in Perth on November 29th & 30th 2017.

By Gary Busbridge - Standardisation Manager, Clipsal and Schneider Electric Partner Business

The Wiring Rules affect your businesses every day. Whether you are an electrical contractor or an electrical engineer, the changes to each clause in a revision of the Wiring Rules affect your compliance with State legislation. 
The new and revised Wiring Rules should be ready for publishing by May/June 2018. Is your business prepared for these amendments?
This workshop is intended to provide an opportunity to work through those amendments clause-by-clause and discuss the reasoning with the Chair of the Wiring Rules committee. This will also provide a unique insight into the actual intent behind the amendments. 

A finalised draft was issued for Public Comment early in 2016. This is a predetermined part of the standards development process and not surprisingly it is named the Public Comment phase. Yes, that is right each one of the electrical industry stakeholders, from the biggest businesses to the one-man show, had an opportunity to review and provide comment for the Wiring Rules committee to consider. 

Over 2000 comments have been received and reviewed by the committee who have resolved these as an “agreed”, “not agreed” or “noted” comment. You may not get what you wanted but you have a right to view the resultant committee decision after this resolution process. Incidentally there have been many comments that make plenty of sense but further work is need to refine them, so these we are consigning to Amendment 1.

The document is being readied for Committee Ballot. The committee may or may not accept the document for various reasons and any negative votes must be reconciled before it moves to a publishing phase. 

There are over 200 changes that will be presented at the conference and there is a preponderance of technical updates that are essential for you to be aware. Let’s get started on the major changes for each section.

To read the full technical paper click here:

Earlier this year IDC Events had the privilege of running the inaugural Solar-Diesel Hybrid & Battery Systems Conference in Perth, Australia on the 5th & 6th September 2017. 

This event was developed to build and accelerate the knowledge of industry employees and business owners on best practice when it comes to the design, installation and maintenance of renewable hybrid systems. The main goal of the conference was to help businesses take advantage of cleaner energy through improving the quality of their power generation systems. The event had a technical focus, covering key design, implementation, and operational considerations for solar/diesel hybrid and battery systems including installation and maintenance. Also covered was the hurdles encountered when introducing solar to an existing diesel power system, retrofitting, and the importance of maintaining consistent electricity. 

The conference had a total of ten presentations, including a full day workshop on Designing Stand-Alone Power Systems from keynote speaker, Glen Morris - Principal of SolarQuip & Vice President of the Energy Storage Council.

In April 2018 IDC Events had the pleasure of running the 6th Arc Flash Conference in Perth, Australia. 

The objective of this conference was to provide delegates with the latest developments and best practice to deal with arc flash hazards and electric shock in Australia. Attendees had the opportunity to discuss their arc flash issues with our presenters and learn about practical applications to improve arc flash safety in their work places. The focus throughout was on the experiences of end users and technical solutions to arc flash issues, industry trends, standards developments and new techniques to tackle existing arc flash threats.

The conference featured one half day workshop on The Anatomy of Arc Flash PPE by international keynote speaker Jim Pollard of Unlimited PPE Inc who visited from Canada plus the following topics:

By Joseph Madeley, Conference Coordinator, IDC Technologies

There are millions of university graduates every year across the globe, with many of these people qualifying from studies in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Out of these people, only an astounding 13 percent of mechanical engineering undergraduate students are female. To put this in perspective, the United States has 49 percent of women that are college educated, but only 14 percent of these women are practising engineering.

When developing new products, a team of male engineers often lead all stages due to their current dominance in the market causing issues (and confusion) in the design phase. Voice recognition software was initially programmed for male voices and failed to recognise female voices due to poor calibration. When the airbag was first released, it was designed to protect male bodies, resulting in easily avoidable deaths of female and child passengers. So how do we get more female engineers in the industry?

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