DSI joins GS1 Alliance Partner Program to optimise the digital supply chain

DSI, a digital supply chain platform company that creates mobile-first supply chain solutions for the digital economy, announced they are joining GS1 Australia’s Alliance Partner Program.
DSI creates and delivers world-class technology solutions that enable DSI customers to run their business more efficiently, drive sustainable growth and increase supply chain visibility.
“Our entry into the GS1 Alliance Partner Program will enable our customers to leverage GS1 standards in their supply chain. Becoming an Associate Alliance Partner confirms our commitment to delivering optimal digital supply chain solutions to enhance efficiency, reduce costs and drive growth,” said Pieter Vandevelde, Regional Vice President.
DSI helps companies achieve real-time visibility, end-to-end traceability and accuracy to address supply chain challenges with its digital supply chain platform and solutions that span cloud-based inventory management, automated data collection and out-of-the-box mobile apps for field service and route sales.
“Our data collection solutions allow our customers to leverage GS1 standards as DSI solution capture any GS1-compliant data carriers including Global Trade Item Numbers (GTINs) and RFID technology. The results are significant efficiency gains and cost reductions on top of a strategic competitive edge,” added Mr Vandevelde.
DSI’s technology and supply chain solutions proactively optimise businesses processes and execute supply chain activities more efficiently through automation.
“Data Systems International (DSI) is a successful US digital supply chain platform corporation. GS1 Australia is pleased to welcome the entry of DSI into the GS1 Australia Alliance Partner Program. They enhance the Alliance Parter community as they are focused in AIDC and digital mobile platform solutions for supply chain businesses further embedding GS1 standards in the Australian marketplace.”
GS1 Australia’s Alliance Partner Program provides small and large businesses with a diverse range of benefits including supply chain optimisation-enabling tools, priority notification of new technologies and innovation initiatives to improve supply chain efficiency, best practice case studies and professional advice in making the GS1 implementation smoother and easier.

Concrete Cover Meter protects Fremantle Traffic

In mid-2015 the West Australian Government started work to protect the old Fremantle Traffic and Rail Bridges.
Managed by Main Roads on behalf of the State Government and Public Transport Authority, the works involved repairing and strengthening the support structures on the traffic bridge and the installation of concrete bumpers on the rail bridge, to absorb significant force in the case of impact by a vessel.
A key element of this project involved taking core samples to conduct a life expectancy study of the bridge. Parsons Brinckerhoff came to Kennards Hire Test & Measure Balcatta in WA looking for testing equipment to locate the reinforcing steel bars in the support structures.
The Concrete Cover Meter that David Boone of the Balcatta Branch recommended is perfectly suited for the Civil Construction and Investigation sector.
David Boone says Mr Brinckerhoff was very satisfied with the machinery supplied for this complex project, which required high levels of safety equipment and structural support.
“Rob Kilgour [the Parsons Brinckerhoff representative on-site] was really impressed with our service and knowledge. He was also very pleased with the hire range and service both in store and online. We’ll definitely be seeing him again soon.”
“This building site required full PPE [Personal Protective Equipment], an induction and pre-approval before entry. Also the work is being carried out on the support structures, so the operator is in a boat in the estuary.”

Bentley make significant in-roads on Project Management Technology

At the Bentley Conference in Sydney last week, BIM became the buzzword driving Bentley’s strategy in producing effective delivery strategies for major projects.
In the rail sector, the 118-kilometre Crossrail project linking London’s east, west and centre which is currently around 70 per cent complete and thus far on time and within budget has placed Bentley ahead of it’s competitors.
Technology was a key driver for the project. Given that the sheer scale of this project was such that virtually every major consultant in the United Kingdom was involved to at least some degree, a critical success factor revolved around the early development of a ‘single source of truth’ for all information which was considered to be important.
In sharing his experiences at conferences in Sydney last week, Crossrail head of technical information Malcolm Taylor said it was largely achieved through adopting basic principles which dealt with collaboration in a multi-disciplinary environment.
“It’s important to think carefully about the type of information which will be required over the life cycle of the asset during operations and maintenance as well as during design and building,” Taylor said.
“If you start with the end in mind, know what it is you need to collect and then collect it, you can be sure that you have got the right data at the right time.”
While the second half of the 20th century in terms of data collection and information gathering was all about using folders and personal computers, Taylor believes the modern way involves databases using modern tools to be as efficient as possible.
In terms of adoption of BIM specifically, Bentley vice president – ANZ Brian Middleton says Australia suffers from a lack of effective leadership. Whilst the level of focus upon the capabilities of BIM as a modeling tool have been adequate, he says there is insufficient focus upon how intelligence captured during the design and construction phases can subsequently be used in the operations and maintenance phases, which can account for around 80 to 90 per cent of overall cost of owning the asset. Too often, he said, use of multiple technologies and file formats during design and construction and the practice of different parties discarding information which was not needed from their own point of view resulted in a set of information at the end which was disjointed and not easily understood by facilities managers and maintenance contractors.
Middleton is particularly disappointed about references to BIM as a software tool in a report following a senate inquiry into use of smart information system technology in the design and planning of infrastructure, saying it should instead be viewed as a combination of people, process and technology to move information across the asset life cycle.
“There are two things that I see,” Middleton said when asked about how Australia and New Zealand are performing in terms of BIM adoption, “A huge appetite and a lack of leadership.
“There is a huge appetite in the supply chain amongst the contractors and huge enthusiasm on the part of owners and operators. But there is a lack of knowledge and understanding and leadership in terms of applying it and obtaining the benefit.”

Abolition of Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal

The Australian Logistics Council has supported a delay to the introduction of the Contractor Driver Minimum Payments Road Safety Remuneration Order mandated by the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal.
According to ALC Managing Director Michael Kilgariff, the abolition of the RSRT is the only real way to avoid the duplication, confusion and costs that this Order, and others like it, will inevitably create.
“An Order from the Tribunal covering contractor drivers’ minimum payments due to come into effect on 4 April 2016 is creating untold confusion and potential costs in the heavy vehicle industry, with many contracting companies now fearful they will be driven out of the industry.
“This concern has been highlighted by ALC since the legislation was first considered and passed by the previous government in March 2012. Since that time, ALC has consistently called for the abolition of the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal.
“ALC maintains that because the Road Safety Remuneration Act prevails over all other laws, including the Heavy Vehicle National Law and Work Health and Safety laws, inefficiency, confusion and increased costs would inevitably ensue when the first Order was handed down.
“The confusion with this first Order, which sets national minimum payments for contractor drivers in the road transport industry, underscores the practical difficulties associated with rate setting by an industrially focused tribunal,” he said.
“ALC is committed to improving safety for all road users and it is essential that all stakeholders have a clear understanding of a number of key facts in this important issue.
“First, improving safety in the heavy vehicle industry must be based on achieving greater compliance and awareness of Chain of Responsibility (part of the Heavy Vehicle National Law), rather than being distracted by emotive campaigns to support the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal.
“In 2016, steps will be taken by Transport Ministers to amend Chain of Responsibility laws including the introduction of a ‘primary duty of care’ into the current Chain of Responsibility that will be similar in nature to those contained in workplace health and safety legislation (see editor’s notes below).
“Some of these obligations will extend to the executive officers of these duty holders.
“Also expected is the introduction of a new risk-based approach to heavy vehicle inspections and changes to how codes of practice are treated under the Heavy Vehicle National Law.
“There needs to be greater effort by all stakeholders to promote understanding and compliance with Chain of Responsibility obligations, which is invariably ignored by proponents of the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal.
“Second, more can be done to support and drive the safety benefits associated with on board safety technologies, such as telematics.
“Telematics enables companies to monitor driver fatigue and speed, and has been shown to save lives.
“ALC believes that the use of monitoring systems using telematics for compliance purposes should be mandated for heavy line-haul vehicles as part of a company’s compliance with their Chain of Responsibility obligations.

Warehouse sales set to increase in 2016

It is interesting times for Sydney Industrial property in 2016 as we see demand for prime industrial properties relatively strong along with a diminishing supply of serviced and industrial zoned land.
With South Sydney and parts of inner and central Sydney areas continue to be rezoned and redeveloped to cater for mixed use development, more tenants are being forced to make locational and operational decisions around their warehouse property requirements.
Whilst staying in inner and central areas and competing in a shrinking industrial market is the only consideration for some, more companies have migrated to the outer west to achieve cost effective and operational suitable facilities.
With new development and prime grade leasing activity being relatively strong in key outer west suburbs over the last 3 years and only limited new industrial zoned and serviced land entering the market at the same time, it has become more challenging for companies to find the right property.  The market is currently fielding some significant requirements for large warehouse D&C facilities (i.e. 25,000m2 plus) and it is said at this time there are only a handful of land opportunities that could meet these building requirements.
The limited prime grade facilities and suitable land is also having an impact on companies seeking prime grade warehouse facilities in the 3,000m2 – 6,000m2 size range, especially in the M4 and M7 corridor.  Development in the outer west area can focus on facilities greater than 10,000m2 and supply below 6,000m2 can be limited and tightly held either with tenants or owner occupiers.  We have recently experienced this lack of supply with some clients and situations where companies have had to move quickly to secure buildings, often competing with multiple parties.  In some instances landlords who have undertaken some developments under 10,000m2on a speculative basis have been able to lease these prior to construction being completed.
There are still opportunities in the market but it may be another 2 years before we see more significant parcels of serviced and zoned industrial land become available. It is important for companies to invest in completing strategic reviews of their industrial property, including timing and cost considerations, for their next property lease.  Companies should:

  1. Understand current availability and future stock levels in current or future locations and how this will impact on their timing.
  2. Start discussions early with landlords should they wish to remain in existing premises and put in place strategy to achieve the most cost effective outcome for their business
  3. Assess whether the existing premises can be reconfigured  to allow an extended period for the short to medium term
  4. Get internal pre approvals, included expected capital costs, before going to the market looking for new space
  5. Depending on size and requirements start looking at your lease requirements 1 – 2 years from existing lease expiry

Luke Stafford is the Director of Symmetry Partners, an independent corporate property advisory company who represents and advises occupiers of commercial and industrial property throughout Australia.

4K Bridge Simulation System helps steer maritime centre into the future

Students and commercial clients now have access to the latest in state-of-the-art situation training technology thanks to $1.4 million upgrade at the Australian Maritime College, a specialist institute of the University of Tasmania.
The upgrade includes the world’s first installation of Panasonic’s ultra-high resolution 4K Full Mission Bridge Simulation Projection System, providing users with unparalleled realism.
“This upgrade provides a higher level of immersion in the simulator,” AMC Centre for Maritime Simulations Manager Damien Freeman said.
“This image is clearer, brighter and more colorful with less visible pixels, so the user experiences a more realistic perception of the simulated environment.”
AMC National Centre for Ports and Shipping Director Professor Thanasis Karlis said the $660,000 project system was part of a multi-stage upgrade which included the installation of two 360-degree tug simulators plus new desktop simulation software specialising in liquid cargo handling and engine room operations.
“These significant upgrades have allowed us to reconfigure the Centre for Maritime Simulations to meet the changing needs of our clients and students, and we’re pleased to be able to offer them the most advanced simulation training experience in the world,” Professor Karlis said.
“Our facilities are used for maritime human factors research and investigation into port development, ship manoeuvring, and improving ship and port safety. They also help bridge the gap between theory and practice in the training of ship masters and deck officers. The upgraded Panasonic projector system enhances that capability and ensure AMC continues to be a leader in maritime simulation.”
An interactive 60-inch electronic chart table has also been developed in-house to record training sessions in the ship simulator and provide clients with debriefing capabilities. The final stage of the upgrade will be the installation of a standalone touchscreen engine room simulator expected to come online mid-2016.
Mr Freeman said that touchscreen technology was a recent advancement for training simulators and would allow for a more tailored experience.
“The advantages of having touchscreeen and computer displays are that you can load a variety of different engines and bring them up to do type-specific training. So the students will be virtually trained using the engines they encounter in the real world,” he said.

AMWU welcomes blocking of Fremantle Port fire sale

The Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union has welcomed the WA National Party’s decision to side with WA Labor in Parliament to block Liberal Premier Colin Barnett’s fire sale of Fremantle Port.
AMWU State Secretary Steve McCartney said the decision would ensure the port was run to benefit all Western Australians, and not just for narrow private interests.
“The only way we can be sure that essential infrastructure like Fremantle Port is run in the public interest, is if it stays in public hands,” Mr McCartney said.
“This decision ends the likelihood of a private owner ramping up port fees to increase profits at the expense of Western Australian workers and local business.”

Permit conditions for heavy vehicles made easy

More than 400 local councils and territory governments will now have access to new guidelines to better assess and apply conditions to permits for heavy vehicles, through the release of two guidance documents.
NHVR CEO, Sal Petroccitto said the release of two guidance documents would deliver consistency and standardise the conditions which can applied to a heavy vehicle permit.
“The Road Manager’s Best Practice Guideline for Applying Conditionsprovides invaluable directions to road managers on the types of conditions to be applied in a permit,” Mr Petroccitto said.
“Whereas, the Standard Conditions -Legislative Requirements outlines the key operational requirements for class 1 heavy vehicles carrying, or designed to carry, a large indivisable article and special purpose vehicles.”
“The Standard Conditions -Legislative Requirements will assist operators to better understand their requirements and provide increased confidence in the process.”
With these tools in use, we expect to see a drop in the number of unnecessary and invalid conditions applied and a reduction in permit processing time, benefitting local councils, state government and industry.”
The NHVR has developed and implemented the documents as a result of extensive consultation with local and state government road managers to ensure they were fit for purpose.
They aim to assist through providing a step by step guide to assessing application and applying conditions, consideration when applying conditions, example sets of standard road and travel conditions, and examples of conditions covered by the law.

Sydney Traffic Congestion Costs Drivers Over 150 Hours per Year

TomTom released the results of the TomTom Traffic Index 2016, the annual report detailing the cities around the world with the most traffic congestion.
The report has revealed that Sydney’s overall traffic congestion increased by 1 per cent on the previous year, despite falling nine places to rank 30th in the global traffic congestion ranking.
This surge in Sydney’s traffic can be attributed to an increase in the afternoon peak period, with congestion for the evening rising from 64 per cent to 65 per cent over the last year.
Sydneysiders are still facing the worst traffic across the major Australian cities. Sydney drivers spend an extra 39 minutes’ in the car during the morning and afternoon peak, compared with just 31 minutes in Melbourne and 26 minutes in Brisbane.
Taco van der Leij, VP Marketing at TomTom Telematics, said: “Businesses with employees on the road in congested cities could clearly benefit from smart methods to cope with the effect of traffic. Customers using our WEBFLEET fleet management solution are already taking a first step towards this with access to a wide range of tools to help make better decisions for their fleets. Through more intelligent routing and job scheduling, telematics can optimise traffic flow, meaning vehicles spend less time on the road, and by being able to tap into TomTom’s world class Traffic Services they are able to further reduce travel times.”
Business owners can find out more about the TomTom Traffic Index, and discover where their home city ranks at www.tomtom.com/trafficindex. There’s also helpful advice on beating traffic congestion, as well as independent analysis. And, for the first time, a selection of ‘Profile Cities’ provide insight into what they are doing to improve mobility.
Road authorities and local governments can use TomTom’s traffic data to better manage traffic flow during the rush hour. We can help businesses plan smarter working hours to help their employees avoid travelling during rush hour. And we give drivers the real-time traffic information and smart routing they need to avoid congested roads and get to where they want to be, faster.
Put simply, the Congestion Level percentage is the extra travel time a driver will experience when compared to an uncongested situation. To illustrate, an overall congestion level of 36% means that an average trip made takes 36% longer than it would under uncongested conditions.

Secure Mobile Messaging Delivers productivity outcomes

Transport and logistics companies are turning to new secure mobile text messaging technologies, similar to those used in critical health, and highly secure government settings, to improve turnaround and communications.
Soprano Design – one of the world’s leading developers of secure enterprise workflow messaging – reports the transport and logistics sector as a key adopter of secure mobile technologies, enabling them to increase their operational capacity, lessen risks and save significant time and money across the chain.
CEO of Australia’s Soprano Design, Horden Wiltshire, said secure messaging is a significant game-changer for the logistics and supply chain sector as hacking and IP theft become more prevalent.
“We know from a number of our international clients that the sector is always under pressure to improve operations and remove costs caused by inefficient work place practices and at the same time reduce risk,” he said.
“Secure workflow messaging means freight carriers can use a secure texting environment to automate, simplify and speed up tasks. It’s significantly quicker and more secure than emailing, and far more flexible and versatile than legacy paging and text alerting systems.”
Mr Wiltshire said the flexibility of secure enterprise workflow messaging – which is deployed as an app on a person’s mobile – means businesses can automate processes to best address their own challenges.
“Businesses use the technology to improve inventory management, respond more quickly to critical equipment failures, and better track product shipments, whether they’re in transport via air, road, rail or sea,” he said.
“At the pointy end of logistics, businesses are reducing failed delivery attempts because they can easily communicate with customers to confirm and change deliveries.”
Global research shows the pressure on transport and logistics companies to look for ways to save time and money across the chain.
Mr Wiltshire said the research report, Unlocking Hidden Cost in the Distribution Centre, found that eight of 10 managers in supply and distribution are seeking cost savings, and those savings need to be, on average, 20 per cent across their business.
Undertaken by Intermec Technologies Corporation, the research canvassed 250 senior managers across the US, UK, France and Germany.
“The research estimates that up to 3,000 hours per year are lost at distribution centres due to inefficient processes. Nine out of 10 managers see new technologies as the answer to combat this,” he said
“Our own logistics’ client feedback shows that business measures time savings in seconds because improvements in a task – one that is done over and over by multiple workers – can ultimately save hundreds, if not thousands, of hours.”
Soprano has taken its learnings from other time-critical sectors, such as health, and global trends in security to develop tools applicable to transport and logistics.
Increasing security breaches in recent years has seen business and government move away from consumer messaging to these more secure business-grade messaging solutions.
According to Mr Wiltshire, hacking and blackmail has made boards sit up and take action including in the logistics sector with the escalation of parcel delivery via e-commerce.
“It’s increasingly common for people to send sensitive information via a messaging app but in business it’s essential those messages are secure. Our response has been to develop what is now world leading secure messaging with the integrated work flow options,” he said.
Soprano’s GAMMA application uses encryption and mission-critical security features including a PIN-protected app, remote wipe and vanishing messages. Its workflow automation capability combines secure mobile chat with simple workflow forms that use button and menu-based user-interfaces
Mr Wiltshire said, as an example, a number of their logistics sector companies manage multi-location events for major global brands.
“One particular client integrates all aspects of packaging and distribution – from warehousing printed materials and product to delivering them to multiple urban and rural locations across their market.”
“These companies needed a streamlined secure merchandising, administrative and controlling system so that merchandisers can access the right product and make decisions quickly with clients.”
E-commerce has become a significant driver of the logistics business in the Australian market.
And the rapid escalation in online sales, particularly of computers, smart phones and digital television sets, has not only increased the demands on logistics companies but significantly heightened the need for high level secure communications between fleet managements and vehicles.
Stock orders, including brand and product details as well as destination delivery instructions and timing, are highly vulnerable.
Interception and hacking of emails and messaging apps is allowing organised crime to target delivery locations, homes and businesses as well as warehouses holding millions of dollars of major brand products.

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