Sydney Opera House

Relec Switchboards was selected to provide a new main switchboard for the iconic Sydney Opera House at Bennelong Point in New South Wales.

The project to upgrade the main electrical infrastructure of the Sydney Opera House included the main switchboard and distribution board together with upgrades of electrical, mechanical, hydraulic and other services required to maintain the high standards of this extraordinary Sydney landmark.

The Scope of Work for Relec was to provide a switchboard to the requirements of the Sydney Opera House, at the same time meeting the latest electrical standards and incorporating modern protection devices.

The design of the switchboard was initiated early in the project to enable the integration of the equipment into what is a complex, existing structure with limited access. In order to satisfy these site requirements, Relec introduced its Modular System Switchboard, incorporating modular sections that kept weight and dimensions within manageable levels.

Considerable time was spent in the planning and design stage of the project and this resulted in a product incorporating leading edge technology and equipment specifically designed to meet the access and space constraints of this complex building.

The Sydney Opera House was able to maintain, without interruption, all its entertainment systems during the period of the upgrade and all of the building services were similarly maintained by addressing all access, coordination and safety issues.

On this project, Relec staff combined imagination and foresight with technical expertise to provide a first class product that can be described as the “heart” of this famous building on Sydney Harbour. Our staff are justly proud of their contribution to the continued maintenance of the Sydney Opera House.

The specific challenge of the Sydney Opera House electrical infrastructure upgrade typifies the service Relec aims to offer the electrical industry throughout Australia.

The Forensic Analytical Service Laboratories

The Forensic Analytical Science Service laboratories at Lidcome required a like for like replacement of the existing Main Switchboard and Main Distribution board to update the facility and cater for any future expansion. Installation of the existing boards where carried out in the late 60s and struck a personal note for Relec sales manager Ray Cook who was involved in the original project as a young apprentice.

The scope was simple but the process required carefull consideration as the existing lead paper insulated cables and MIMS were to be retained. Relec was able to use the flexibility of the Modular system to design the board around existing cable lengths and positions. Simply through design we were able to minimise and in some areas eliminate the need to move and re-terminate the existing cables and in turn drastically reduced the length of the shutdown required to install the new switchboards.

The use of the Relec modular system allowed us to offer our customer a solution that more than superseded the existing infrastructure. The end result was an absolute minimum of disruption to the F.A.S.S facility combined with substantial savings on the cost of the manufacture and installation of the new switchboards. All parties involved with the upgrade project were more than happy with the outcome and the facility can now continue to fulfil a vital role for the New South Wales Police with the added comfort of reliable power distribution.

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