THE SPANISH-AUSTRALIAN
CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

La Camara aims to be the preeminent point of reference for the Spanish-Australian business community and to facilitate and foster the development of business relationships within this community.

La Camara achieves these aims through events such as corporate lunches, ministerial briefings, seminars, private boardroom functions, networking evenings and more relaxed cultural and cocktail events, as well as a variety of services and promotional opportunities for our members.

Events organised by La Camara allow both members and non-members to develop the professional contacts they need within the Spanish-Australian business community.

Upcoming Events

30 August 2018

Boardroom Lunch with The Hon. Liliana D’Ambrosio MP

Offices of Cardno - Level 4, 501 Swanston St, Melbourne VIC 3000
13 September 2018

2018 Infrastructure Forum
Transforming the Future of Australia’s Infrastructure Sector

Offices of Thomson Geer - Level 25, 1 O’Connell Street, Sydney NSW 2000
20 September 2018

Melbourne Spring Networking Event

Bomba Spanish Tapas Restaurant and Rooftop Bar - 103 Lonsdale St, Melbourne VIC 3000

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    Position Partners and Vermeer Australia join forces to create semi-autonomous pile driving solution for Australian solar farms

    26 July 2018 A combination of Carlson machine guidance, the Vermeer PD10 pile driver machine and technical support promises increased productivity for the Australian solar industry. Intelligent positioning solutions provider Position Partners has teamed up with heavy machinery manufacturer Vermeer Australia, to streamline pile driving applications in the solar industry. The amount of posts required for a solar farm varies greatly, from a few hundred to a few hundred thousand. Traditional methods are labour intensive with potential for human error, as they involve a surveyor manually staking out each pile location, along with continuous stringline installation to guide the machine operator. If any pile is a little off its desired location, the racking system that is used to house the solar panels may not fit. By eliminating the need for manual stakeout and stringlines, the new semi-autonomous solution not only speeds up the process, it also guarantees greater accuracy and improved safety, by removing the need for people to work close to the pile driving machine. “Depending on the project, we estimate that contractors save between eight to ten dollars for every pile they drive,” said Andrew Granger, Position Partners Business Manager for Mining, Solar and Landfill. “On a small solar farm where every dollar counts that’s a good saving, and on a large-scale farm the savings are significant,” he added. Carlson machine guidance includes a variety of sensors fitted to the machine, along with a precision GPS unit and a control box that gives the operator real-time information about location, depth and angle of each pile. With all the information required on screen, the solution eliminates the need to manually stake out the piles altogether. When combined with Vermeer’s PD10 piling system, the benefits of Carlson’s machine guidance are further increased. Vermeer opened up the machine’s CANBUS system to allow for greater communication between the machine and the guidance technology, creating a semi-autonomous solution that reduces the risk of human error even more. “We’ve been working with Carlson’s Australian distributor, Position Partners, for some months on this solution, with great success,” said Jeff Lawson, National Construction Sales Manager at Vermeer Australia. “Vermeer’s most advanced pile driving machine, combined with Carlson’s machine guidance and our combined technical support capabilities enables us to offer a winning combination for Australian contractors.” For more information about the semi-autonomous pile driving solution contact Position Partners on 1300 867 266 or visit www.positionpartners.com.au

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    Cardno’s fire safety expert contributes to safer infrastructure and buildings in Australia

    12 July 2018 Bruce Watson, Team Leader – Hydraulics and Fire, has accepted an invitation to join the technical management committee on Fire Safety Engineering (FSE) Project, being undertaken by The Warren Centre for Advanced Engineering at the University of Sydney. Bruce was invited by the Warren Centre’s Chairman and Cardno’s consultant, Richard (Dick) Kell, who recently received the Gold Medal Award from the Association of Consulting Structural Engineers (ACSE) for his outstanding and long-term contribution to the structural engineering profession. The technical management committee on the Fire Safety Engineering Project examines the issues of regulation, control and professionalism in the field of fire safety. Bruce’s role is to provide reviews of their research related to current government enquiries and other more material focussed research. The objective of the Warren Centre’s FSE project is to have Fire Safety Engineering recognised and accredited nationally as a branch of Professional Engineering, thus encouraging innovation and excellence in building designs and addressing fire safety outcomes in new and existing buildings and infrastructure across Australia. “It is an exciting role and a great honour to be part of a team that is making changes at a national level to make Australian infrastructure and buildings safer,” said Bruce. For more information about The Warren Centre, visit their page here: https://thewarrencentre.org.au/. For more information contact: Bruce Watson Team Leader – Hydraulics and Fire +61 2 9496 7700 bruce.watson@cardno.com.au

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    Ingeteam is awarded the supply of 620 MW of PV inverters to Australia, while commissioning 146 MW and supplying a further 119 MW

    12 July 2018 Ingeteam, a leading company in the design of power and control electronics, electric machines and electrical engineering, has recently signed a number of contracts for supplies to photovoltaic plants in Australia, a country in which the company boasts an important market share in the solar sector. Thanks to these new contracts, Ingeteam has reached the figure of 1060 MW supplied to the Australian PV market. The company, which has been present in Australia for more than five years now, is to supply a total of 377 central photovoltaic inverters, all with 1500 Vdc technology, with delivery now underway. These inverters, which are part of the INGECON SUN PowerMax B series family, are being sent to five large solar generation plants, totaling 620 MW. Moreover, the supply is not limited to the PV inverters, but covers the integrated medium voltage solution, which is divided into two types. Approximately 63% corresponds to the Skid series for Ingeteam's Inverter Station solution, which comprises a metal platform or skid holding all the low and medium voltage equipment required (LV/MV transformer, MV switchgear, LV switchboard and auxiliary services transformer), and which is connected in the field to three 1500 Vdc inverters. The rest of the supply corresponds to the INGECON SUN CON40 power stations where the equipment mentioned above (three 1500 Vdc PV inverters, LV/MV transformer, MV switchgear, LV switchboard and auxiliary services transformer) is housed in a 40 foot container, shipped as a turnkey solution. Moreover, Ingeteam has recently commissioned two solar plants totaling 146 MW in the state of Queensland. These plants have also been equipped with 1500 Vdc PV inverters, integrated in the INGECON SUN CON40 power stations. On the other hand, the company is set to commission another plant, with an output power of 119 MW, for which it has supplied 25 Inverter Stations each equipped with seventy-five 1600 kW inverters. These new contracts consolidate the position of Ingeteam in Australia, where the company has now crossed the 1GW threshold of power supplied to the solar market. Scope of supply 80 power stations fitted with all the necessary equipment to inject medium voltage power: three PV inverters, LV/MV transformer, medium voltage switchgear, auxiliary services transformer and low voltage switchboard. 47 power stations of the INGECON SUN CON40 series fitted with all the necessary equipment to inject medium voltage power: three PV inverters, LV/MV transformer, medium voltage switchgear, auxiliary services transformer and low voltage switchboard, all housed in a 40 foot container. 377 units of 1500 Vdc photovoltaic inverters, each with a rated power output ranging from 1600 to 1740 kW, pertaining to the INGECON® SUN PowerMax B Series family.

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