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

25 July 2019

Boardroom Lunch with Merryn York, Chief Executive
POWERLINK QUEENSLAND

Offices of Cardno - Level 11, 515 St Pauls Terrace, Fortitude Valley, QLD 4006
13 September 2019

2019 ANNUAL GALA DINNER

Yallamundi Rooms at Sydney Opera House - Bennelong Point, Sydney NSW 2000

Corporate Members

News

Aurecon partners with AI specialist company to help clients maximise profit

15 July 2019 Global engineering, design and advisory company Aurecon has announced a significant investment in artificial intelligence company ELARA that has developed ground-breaking technology to help businesses of all structures and sizes maximise profit. The partnership is part of Aurecon’s continued push to digitise infrastructure following their recent acquisition of Quartile One, a 70-person global asset management business, which uses data analytics to unlock value for physical and other infrastructure assets. Developed from a Quartile One R&D initiative, ELARA is an artificial intelligence platform that connects to an organisation’s existing digital systems, analysing all data to inform better decisions to enhance profit and cash-flow. Aurecon Chief Digital Officer and ELARA director, Dr Andrew Maher, said Aurecon’s investment reinforced the company’s focus and pursuit of opportunities to integrate Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning into digital engineering as part of the organisation’s broader advisory practice. “ELARA is at the forefront of AI technology and we are very impressed with its capabilities. The software is creating incredible opportunities for companies to firstly identify and then fully maximise their business operations and opportunities to turn a profit,” said Dr Maher. “The partnership will further support other initiatives we have at Aurecon that focus on building a company’s digital profile of existing and real-time asset behaviour, which can be used to optimise performance. We see tremendous potential in this space and are very keen to support ELARA’s launch into the market.” Founder and CEO of ELARA, Campbell Morrison, said his multi-year extensive research in this area had found the quality and context of decision-making was the key differentiator in performance for any kind of business. “Businesses of all structures and sizes suffer from sub-optimal decisions due to an abundance of data, yet lack the context required to make sense of complexities that impact profit. Many businesses also operate in silos that can reduce accountability for decision-making,” explained Mr Morrison. “These factors result in wasted profit and cash-flow opportunities and ELARA is designed to help businesses leverage data to increase profit. Many businesses do not understand the true driver behind profit, so ELARA helps ask what does your profit opportunity actually look like and what could drive improvements? Importantly, it also helps businesses understand what their risk trade-off is,” he added. How does ELARA work? ELARA software connects to an organisation’s existing digital systems, analysing data spanning the finance, human resources, sales, procurement, operations and logistics fields. With this information, an economic digital twin (replica model) of the business is created by ELARA to understand and identify the drivers of predicted business profit and risk. The model is then used to conduct real-time experiments on the business (implemented rapidly through AI software), testing different scenarios as new organisational data is created to see how changing inputs can improve outcomes for the business. Implementations of the ELARA platform use the results of its continual experiments to provide recommendations about decisions before they are taken. ELARA has been applied in businesses across Australia's retail, hospitality, resources and service industries, helping organisations achieve increases in revenue and cost savings by better prediction of demand and performance, labour requirements, ordering, and optimising promotions based on customer demand and internal efficiencies. For more information about ELARA visit here.  

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Aurecon appoints Rail Leader to capitalise on Asia’s infrastructure growth

8 May 2019 Global engineering and infrastructure advisory company Aurecon has appointed Chris Deakin as Rail Leader – Asia to lead the company’s rail and mass transit practice in the region. In his role, Chris ­will be responsible for leading, developing and managing the rail and mass transit service line and teams within Aurecon’s Asia business. Based in Singapore, Chris will lead key relationships with clients and industry partners to enhance Aurecon’s market growth and positioning. In addition, Chris will lead the digital delivery programme for the Singapore infrastructure business. “I am delighted to welcome Chris to drive Aurecon’s business in rail and mass transit. Governments in Asia are increasingly focused on creating smart, accessible and liveable cities, which require digital integration and innovative problem-solving. Chris brings an abundance of both qualities as well as a keen understanding of clients’ needs,” said Scott Smith, Client Director – Infrastructure, Asia. Chris has more than 18 years of international experience in leading, designing, and managing major infrastructure projects. His track record includes metro and high-speed alignment designs for Singapore, systems engineering in Malaysia, light rail in Australia and detailed permanent way design and construction projects for heavy rail in the UK. Chris is a skilled Permanent Way, Trackwork and Alignment engineer with design, installation and management experience, accompanied by strong digital engineering knowledge. “Traditionally, rail engineering focuses on refining established methods in the way we design, engineer, and construct, rather than imagining what’s possible by challenging ourselves and what we know. I am excited to join Aurecon because it is a company that is not constrained by the past and is leveraging digital to shape the industry,” said Chris.

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ACCIONA’s Coleman Rail wins Rio Tinto contract in Western Australia

1 May 2019 ACCIONA Australia subsidiary Coleman Rail has won a civil works contract for Rio Tinto’s new iron ore mine in Western Australia, Koodaideri, in partnership with Western Australian engineering and construction company Clough. The contract will create 200 new jobs and involve site establishment, rail formation and drainage earthworks, rail maintenance track, bridge construction, culverts and drainage structures, and level crossings. ACCIONA Geotech Managing Director Bede Noonan said: “We are proud to be working for Rio Tinto as part of the ACCIONA Clough Joint Venture, supporting the development of its most technologically-advanced mine, Koodaideri.” “This builds on our momentum in Western Australia following a recent contract to construct a new waste-to-energy plant at Kwinana, and our recent completion of the Ashton Avenue Bridge in Claremont. We anticipate this new project will contribute to the development of specialist skills in the Western Australian construction industry, creating local opportunities in addition to being a great project for our team.” The Koodaideri Project is a greenfield mine development for Rio Tinto Iron Ore in the East Pilbara mining region. The Koodaideri mine will initially be developed with an annual capacity of 43 million tonnes. To allow the transportation of iron ore product to either Dampier or Cape Lambert, the project requires a 170km rail spur to connect the Koodaideri mine to the existing Rio Tinto Iron Ore rail network, just south of Lyre Siding at Numbat.

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