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The Hidden Tech Running the Sydney Opera House

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Deep inside the Sydney Opera House you’ll find technology that makes the UNESCO World Heritage-listed building one of the smartest on Earth. And – for the first time – it’s been seen on TV thanks to Image Matrix Tech.

In the Sky News Australia segment above, I take you on a tour of Honeywell’s technology that makes the Opera House clean and green. (An IM Tech mini-documentary in also in production)

The 6 Star Green Star rating from the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) was made possible by retrofitting the Sydney Opera House with Honeywell’s ready now technology to help support more sustainable operations and to reduce the building’s environmental impact.

But not only does this technology make the Opera House – a 50-year-old building – greener, it also makes the building better for audience members and staff.

“during a bushfire the Opera House is the best place to be as the air circulation system automatically shuts down outside air intakes”

For example, during a bushfire the Opera House is the best place to be as the air circulation system automatically shuts down outside air intakes. This keeps out smoke and other particulate matter.

Teams can more effectively monitor and control systems to support peak performance. The system captures information on ticket sales to enable efficient temperature scheduling in performance venues, switching heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment on and off, and calculating baseline energy consumption. In instances of high energy demand, the BMS alerts the building to respond by selectively shedding electricity loads.

SUMMARY OF OPERA HOUSE TECHNOLOGY

  • Creating a technology system that monitors indoor air quality (IAQ), and relative humidity (rH).
  • Integrating more than 20 disparate subsystems in the building to help improve safety, energy and water usage.
  • Implementing several innovations including electricity spot-price monitoring, extraction fan control in non-air conditioned (AC) areas and monitoring of cold room doors that remain open for too long.
  • Automating outside air control through real-time air quality data from the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM).
  • Identifying potential energy saving opportunities in the building, including the installation of more than 60 water meters and more than 800 electrical meters.

Although this Honeywell technology partnership is helping the Opera House meet its sustainability goals, it’s important to note that “sustainability is in the Sydney Opera House’s DNA” as recently stated by Louise Herron AM, CEO, Sydney Opera House.

Keep coming back to Image Matrix Tech so you don’t miss our mini documentary.

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Image Matrix Tech on Sky News: Boss 3D Printing Factory for construction

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In Sunday’s segment on Sky News Australia (Weekend Edition with Tim Gilbert) we discussed how 3D printing technology could help solve Australia’s housing crisis by slashing production time. One of the oldest building product makers in the country has launched Australia’s first 3D printing factory for the industry. BOSS PRODUCTS is one of the biggest suppliers of planter boxes and retaining walls and it’s a sign of where the industry is heading overall as it battles supply and personnel issues.

BOSS PRODUCTS searched the world for the most advanced 3D Printing tech only to find it in Melbourne – LUYTEN 3D. The Platypus X2 3D printer has helped cut time and resources by up to 95 percent. 

Using Luyten’s proprietary concrete mix, BOSS planter boxes are six to eight times stronger than regular concrete. Layton 3D is the world’s most technically advanced 3D printer manufacturer for the building and construction industry. Luyten is the first 3D printing building and construction company to build a 3D printed house in the southern hemisphere.   It has also partnered with the University of New South Wales to progress printing of structures and base camps on the moon.  Projects that used to take months or years now take days. 3D concrete printing reduces 60 percent of construction waste, 70 percent of production time, and 80 percent of labour costs when comparing hands-on construction projects.

ROLL BOXABL OLAY

Worldwide, housing is undergoing a big technological change and portable, pre-fab houses are absolutely red hot. We took a look at Elon Musk’s tiny home being delivered by BOXABL to SpaceX. It’s $50 000 US. This company is supplying tiny pre-fab homes by road without the need for special traffic. They can be set up in a hour. There’s a 120,000 customer waitlist and yes .. you can order from Australia if you pay for the freight. Ouch!

A77 5G – OPPO’s NEW SUB-$500 AUD PHONE

The OPPO A77 5G has just been launched in Australia with two options: 4GB RAM/64GB storage for $449 | 6GB RAM/128GB storage for $499. 

It has a 5,000mAh battery with support for 33W SUPERVOOC charging technology which can fully charge the phone in just 68 minutes, or give you an hour of video streaming in just 5 minutes. 

On the front the phone features OPPO’s 90Hz Colour-Rich display and 8MP selfie camera in a tear-drop notch. On the rear of the phone is a 48MP Dual camera which includes a 2MP depth sensor for improved bokeh for portrait modes. 

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