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Providing Solutions to the Energy & Allied Industries
Introducing OPTEC ISSUES
Volume 1, Issue 1 About Optec Inside this issue: Optec Issues is designed to keep you in- Based in Morwell Victoria, OPTEC is an formed about the latest courses on offer,
Optec Risk Management Centre Short Courses Staff Profile: Terry Howard Fact File 2 upcoming Optec projects and initiatives and any changes to Codes of Practice and Legislation which may affect you and your business—plus much much more! In this first issue, we are excited to celebrate the launch of our new Melbourne office. An exciting and talented group have been recruited to run the Melbourne office at Mulgrave which officially opened for business on 12 July. On Page 2 you can also read about the exciting new Optec Critical Infrastructure Risk Management Centre® which will operate from our Melbourne office and run workshops throughout the year as well as discover some of the great courses we have on offer. Optec Issues is just another way that we hope to deliver quality services to the enWelcome to the first edition of Optec’s quarterly newsletter OPTEC ISSUES! ergy industry: So read and enjoy!
established Australian company and a leading provider of training to the energy & allied industries. In operation now for over 12 years, Optec is recognized as a key provider of Electrical & Mechanical Training, Procedural Development and Consultancy Services for the Power Industry throughout Australasia. Moving forward Optec is now in the process of further consolidating its position and extending its service into gas, power, steam, risk management, boilers and steam turbines. For more information www.optec.com.au visit:
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QUARTERLY NEWSLETTER To Provide Quality Training and Consultancy Services to the Electrical Power and Allied Industries that is Client Focused, Innovative, Progressive and Cost Effective.
Optec Launches Melbourne Office
Optec’s new Melbourne office was officially opened on 12 July 2005 at the Monash Enterprise Centre in Mulgrave. This heralded an exciting development for the future of Optec, said Rob McDonald, Managing Director-Technical.<> To mark this important step forwarded, an official launch and staff workMelbourne office, Optec welcomed eight new members to its staff including Dr Rovel Shackleford as General Manager, Strageic Planning & Development. Geoff Griffiths Graeme Browne, Peter West, Russell Lewis,David Sanderson and Norm Currie . Welcome!.
Melbourne Office Ph: 03 8562 2216, 03 8562 2215
shop was held on the 9 July to discuss important challenges ahead and establish a joint vision for the future direction of Optec. With the opening of the
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“OPTEC: Providing Solutions to the Energy & Allied Industries”
Optec Risk Management Centre
The advent of terrorism and ASIC’s CLERP 9 Corporate Governance Legislation has focused the Board’s of many institutions attention on security and risk management. been approved to use and adopt the Security Vulnerability Risk Assessment Guide (SV-RAG) process to achieve this. This process also provides for remedial action post event.
Daryl Whelan, Manager Logistics said, Thirdly the presentation of the risk manAs the particular focus of Optec has al- agement plan in a format which is user ways been in industries friendly, informative and categorized as critical in- Workshops in SA 4/5 Oct & generic. Optec Critical Infrastructure in any such WA11/12 Oct currently tak- frastructure Risk Managelegislation; it is a logical ing bookings for the‘Critical ment Centre® is currently extension for Optec to engaged through an end Infrstructure Incident Manestablish the Optec Critiuser needs analysis with a cal Infrastructure Risk agement Risk Assessment view to develop a suitable recoveryManagement Centre® at and recovery- Counter Ter- format across many indusits Melbourne office. rorism tries. This Centre will work with the Security Vulnerability Risk Assessment Guide SV-RAG Risk Management guidelines. The Optec Critical Infrastructure Risk Management Centre® recognizes that there are three critical elements to the risk management process. The first is the thorough investigation required to fully identify hazards. The full recognition of hazards internal or external to a particular operation is essential to ensure the risk management outcome is not flawed. The second essential element is the effective identification of vulnerabilities applying to a particular location. Optec has Technology developed by the Optec risk management Centre entitled the Situational Crime Prevention (SCP) approach relies on a scientific approach to the reduction of crime; a practical example relates to a major Australian Bank’s strategic approach to armed robbery reduction through a research methodology and implementation strategy initiated to mitigate the offence risk and situational threat. Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) - addresses the design of the built environment to promote personal safety and help reduce people’s fear of crime, by reducing opportunities for crime and anti social behaviour.
Did you know that Optec provide these initial and refresher training courses?
High Voltage Electrical Operator Authorisation Authorised Recipient Electrical
• Authority to Make Application for Work (Associated with Electrical Apparatus) • Codes of Practice on Electrical Safety • Advanced Safety Inspection & Testing of Portable Electrical Equipment •
EHV Live Line AuthorisationHV
For further details about our training programs go to http://www.optec.com.au/training.htm
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Optec is delighted to welcome Mr. Terry Howard as the new State Manager for WA. age electrical and hydro plant operator for high voltage systems up to 330,000 volts and Terry has extensive experience in has a Graduate Diploma of Engigeneration, transmission and distri- neering (Industrial Management) bution control & operation and has from Monash University. accumulated over 30 years experi- In his new role as State Manence in the Operations and mainte- ager, Terry will be involved in nance fields. This experience was managing the Western Austragained while working as Systems lian business activities, compeController for the State Electricity tency assessed course developCommission of Victoria, CRA ment and delivery, development (Bouganville, PNG), Snowy Moun- of high voltage operating procetain Hydro Scheme and for the last dures and switching programs, six years as the training and EHS delivery of high voltage authoriCoordinator with TransAlta Energy zation, assessment of compein Western Australia. tency based training systems, high voltage safety audits and all Terry is also a qualified high volthigh voltage specific consultancy.
Name: Terry Howard Position: State Manager, WA Ph: 08 9419 6967 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Utility Poles • It is estimated that there are 5 million utility poles in Australia
What would you like to read about in Optec Issues?
We would love to hear your feedback and comments! What about a relevant topic for the power industry?
• The annual maintenance cost of timber poles across the eastern states is $26 million • More people have died from utility pole related deaths in Australia and New Zealand than the number of people both countries have lost in armed conflict
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Optec and CBL: A New Training Force
Optec and CBL (Competency Based Learning) have joined forces in a new alliance to provide comprehensive training and consulting services to the energy, mining, telecom and allied industries. trical Generation and Distribu tion, Electrical High Voltage, Telecommunications, Gas, Mining, Extractive, Rigging, Crane Operation, Business Practices, Risk Management, Sustainable Development, Human Resources and much Both of Optec’s “This important partnership more. Directors said. The new alliance will provide various indusThis important will combine the tries with a single source considerable partnership will reprovide various for their workforce knowl- sources of two industries with a quality endorsed edge and skill development single source for companies to prorequirements….” their workforce vide research and knowledge and development, proskill development requirements. duction, delivery, consultation and Targeted areas will include Elec provision of knowledge.
OPTEC Head Office, Church Street, Morwell, Victoria, Australia Ph: +61 3 5133 7174 Fx: +61 3 5133 7831 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Both Rob McDonald and Daryl Whelan, Optec owners said. The merger will also pro vide the opportunity for organizations to support their learning programs together with experienced industry educators. On-line learning combined with personal, on the job delivery ensures that the clients’ needs are met in a flexible method with minimum down time.