Kramer Ausenco Solomon Islands (SI) received the Innovation & Technology Award at the Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce and Industry 2017 Business Excellence Awards (BEAs) on November 4 in Honiara.
The BEAs is the Chamber’s most prominent annual awards event with an open participation for all businesses and organisations in the country.
Kramer Ausenco SI made a submission in the new Innovation & Technology category which recognises businesses who have effectively used innovative approaches to their operations and utilised technology to advance their business.
The submission centred on Kramer Ausenco SI’s use of up-to-date building information software technology such as 12D, Revit, AutoCAD and Microstran, and various other project management software programs to produce innovative solutions for its clients. The firm’s operations and business model is focused to ensure: errors are minimised, project cost and scheduling are properly planned out, and that it provides advanced and modern design solutions that exceed client’s expectations.
The use of Revit 2015 on the recently completed design of the Solomon Telekom Office (yet to be constructed) in Auki, Malaita Province resulted in easier and faster documentation and received excellent feedback from the client. Other projects that demonstrate Kramer Ausenco SI’s innovativeness-not just in the technology used-but in the actual design, are the University of South Pacific (USP) new Solomon Islands Campus, SINU Panatina Project, The SIEA Solar Farm Project, and the Ministry of Environment, Climate Change, Disaster Management and Meteorology (MECDM) new office building-all in Honiara.
These projects combined the firm’s technological software knowledge and innovative design experience to create Australian/New Zealand-standard developments, specifically considering and incorporating Climate Change, and Climate Change disaster events. The MECDM four-story eco-friendly building utilises Green Energy Design, and this is testament to KA’s commitment to innovation and technology. In the USP Honiara Project, more than 50% of electricity demand is renewable energy via solar. The effective use of LED lighting, daylight sensors, motion sensors, rainwater harvesting, demand control ventilation using CO2 sensors, and precondition of outside air are standard innovative design initiatives implemented on the firm’s projects in the Solomons. Kramer Ausenco SI also provides Building Management Systems to monitor the energy consumption of the buildings for energy management. This saves electricity costs, reduces greenhouse gases, minimises the impact of Climate Change and reduces carbon footprint.
Caption: KA Solomon Islands Office Manager, Rovaly Sike (centre right), receives the award from the Taiwan Ambassador, His Excellency Roger Tien Hung Luo.
Kramer Ausenco SI Office Manager Rovaly Sike, said: “I am very proud of our team. The effort and support of the Kramer Ausenco wider group must be celebrated.”
Kramer Ausenco Chief Executive Officer Frank Kramer, said: “Congratulations to everyone who has contributed to this wonderful honour that has been bestowed on KA. We are all very proud of our team’s effort in this achievement. I am sure we will see more of such high achievement within our Group.”
He said that Kramer Ausenco is committed to developing the Solomon Islands and the South Pacific and stays true to its vision – providing world class infrastructure solutions to the people of Solomon Islands and the South Pacific.
After Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands was the first country that Kramer Ausenco ventured into in 1981, and since then it has established permanent offices in five other countries including Australia.