6th Hazardous Areas Conference – 27 & 28 September 2016 – Brisbane, Australia

IDC Technologies recently hosted the 6th Hazardous Areas Conference in Brisbane on September 27th & 28th 2016. This important industry event provided participants with an understanding and knowledge of the hazards involved in using electrical (and now mechanical) equipment in potentially volatile environments. The event featured the new Standards ISO 80079-36, 37 and 38 for non-electrical equipment in explosive atmospheres which were released in February 2016.

Automatic Circuit Reclosers Deployed in Congo

According to the International Energy Agency (IEA) around 1.2 billion people on the planet did not have access to electricity in 2013 and of these 95% are in Sub-Saharan Africa and developing countries in Asia.  There is therefore an incredibly challenging task ahead for many governments, multilateral development banks and electrical utilities in these parts of the world to ramp up their efforts to provide access to reliable and safe electricity to these underprivileged communities.

Understanding the need for protection from lightning induced surges

Without question, the feat of landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to Earth, has been one the greatest engineering accomplishments in history. The complexities of escaping gravity, entering orbit, and then travelling on to Earth’s ethereal rock companion still boggle the mind nearly fifty years later. Along with thrust, propulsion, astrophysics, and zero gravity considerations, perhaps the most critical element to be considered in the success of the lunar missions was circuit protection.

No excuses for electrical accidents

While the standard of equipment and legislation designed to combat and mitigate electrical-related accidents in industrial applications has never been better, serious injuries – and fatalities – persist because shortcuts in approaching high-current electrical work continue to be taken. These are most commonly the result of improper or inadequate training, complacency and perceived time constraints leading to mistakes onsite.

This Concrete Ping Pong Table Is A Perfect Monument To Silicon Valley Striking minimalism meets the most cloying office trend.

Despite all of the investment Silicon Valley companies put into the interior design of their offices—from private James Turrell rooms to Dutch waffle-cookie ceilings—foosball and ping pong tables still make make our modern workplaces look like some set out of Big. Games! Tournaments with prizes! Work 80 hours a week and never grow up!

PLC Worms Pose Stealthy Threat To Industrial Systems

Attacks on programmable logic controllers (PLCS) -- the systems used to automate the control of industrial equipment -- can have devastating physical consequences as Stuxnet demonstrated in 2010 when it was used to sabotage uranium-enriching centrifuges at Iran’s Natanz nuclear facility.

‘Incredible evolution’: How Getty Images will cover the Rio Olympics with robot cameras, 360-degree views and more

Getty Images has constructed a complex network infrastructure to prepare for the Aug. 5 start of the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Before the Games close 16 days later, and the network is disassembled, Getty will capture and transmit imagery using technology in ways that it hopes will leave a long-lasting impression...

Medaling in messaging: The communications complications facing the Rio Olympics

Have you ever been to a major event — a big game, concert or conference — and tried to make a call or send a message? Odds are, you had trouble getting through because of the heightened service demand. Now imagine that same concept magnified 30 times over and balanced upon one of the most infamously unreliable mobile infrastructures in the world...

Leadership Lessons From The Man Who Runs The U.S. Olympic Track Team

At this moment, 129 American track and field athletes are settling into their living quarters in Rio de Janeiro as part of the 555-person strong Team U.S.A. They are getting acclimated to the weather and training daily, using every last minute to prepare physically and mentally for one of the most important events of their lives. But behind the scenes, Max Siegel has been planning this moment for years...

Rio 2016 Slalom Venue – Complexity, Balance, Achievement

Speaking in 2014, Eduardo da Costa Paes, Mayor of Rio de Janeiro, declared that when it came to building Olympic venues, “The most difficult is to create an artificial river for the slalom canoeing competition.” Success in this area has proved that robust design and project managementtechnical expertise, and stakeholder input can combine to deliver a great project, a superb venue and substantial legacy outcomes. The primary task, after winning the IOC nomination to organise the XXXI Olympic Games, was for the IOC and Brazilian project team to review past experience...