Low Voltage Design & Maintenance Conference – 16th & 17th March 2016 – Perth, Australia


Welcome back to another great year with IDC Technologies and our technical conferences. We commenced 2016 with the Low Voltage Design & Maintenance Conference which was held in Perth on March 16 & 17. The core focus of the conference was on the AS/NZS 3000, including; amendments in the upcoming edition, and how a suitable earthing system can be designed and installed to meet compliance and engineering best practices.

The conference brought together industry professionals from many organizations such as; ABB, Clipsal, Schneider Electric, Western Power, Department of Mines and Petroleum, BHP Billiton, and many more.

The event consisted of ten presentations, including two half day workshops held by industry gurus  Roger Royal (Snowy Technical Services) and Gary Busbridge (Clipsal by Schneider Electric). Day one commenced with Roger’s workshop Low Voltage Earthing Design & AS/NZS 3000. As always Roger managed to captivate the audience with an extremely interactive session which sparked questions and debate from delegates. This session was then followed by four detailed presentations entitled “Testing and Inspecting Electrical Installations in Accordance with AS/NZS 3000“, “Low Voltage Design – Electro Magnetic Compatibility in Variable Speed Drives“, “Moving from Metallic to Non-Conductive Water Pipes – Benefits and Concerns“, and “Life Cycle Management of Low Voltage Emergency Lighting“.

The day concluded with a networking session at the bar where delegates had the opportunity to socialize, build business relationships, and ask any unanswered questions from the day’s proceedings.

Day two commenced with Gary Busbridge‘s workshop Wiring Rules Revision – Unplugged. This presentation provided an opportunity for delegates to work through the amendments in the latest edition of AS/NZS3000 clause-by-clause and discuss the reasoning with the Chair of the Wiring Rules committee. The workshop was remarked “invaluable” by some of the delegates as it provided a unique insight into the actual intent behind the amendments. The four other presentations for the day were entitled “Electrical and Arc Flash Safety Relating to LV Equipment“, “Busduct a Superior Alternative to Cables“, “Low Voltage Switchboard Safety: Prevention or Mitigation?“, and “All You Need to Know About AS/NZS 61439, but Were Afraid to Ask…“.

The response from delegates has been quite overwhelming! IDC Technologies was privileged to have a great selection of speakers and delegates attend this event which provided an opportunity for attendees to discuss important issues relating to low voltage. The mix of professional expertise and industry knowledge at the conference created an interactive and engaging conference.

IDC would also like to give a special thank you to the sponsors of the event: ABB, Clipsal by Schneider Electric, ECD Solutions, and Industrial Electrix.


If you would like to be involved in future events please contact IDC Technologies to express your interest. For full details on topics and speakers, or to purchase all the technical Papers and PowerPoints from the conference, please email conferences@idc-online.com

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