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Meet our people - Scott Cox

Having worked in various trade industries, both in Australia and Internationally, for over twelve years, Scott brought to Practical Engineering a diverse and extensive skill set.

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Meet our people - Jay Janardhan

Jay has joined Practical following 14 years of experience spanning the Oil and Gas, Mining, Food and Beverage and other industrial sectors.

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Industrial Processing Line Upgrades

Practical Engineering improves asset performance for all our clients, including those in the food processing industry.

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Practical’s high-tech chimney sweeps

Practical Engineering prides itself on having a qualified engineering workforce that is unafraid of getting their hands dirty. However, a recent boiler stack assessment required the attending team to get a lot more than their hands dirty.

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Meet our people - Nabin Shrestha

Nabin Shrestha is a Mechanical Designer and has been part of the Practical Engineering team since 2011. Nabin’s work has seen him handling design and manufacture projects from concept through to fabrication.

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Verton Technologies

Practical Engineering for Revolutionary Crane Technology

Practical has teamed up with Verton Technologies to help turn the company’s vision for a safer crane industry into a reality.

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Meet our people - Jai Rice

Jai Rice is Practical Engineering’s Operations Manager. In this position Jai oversees the daily running of Practical Engineering’s operations and provides guidance and governance across Practical Engineering’s various projects.

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CPB Contractors

Practical Wins Exciting Contract at RAAF Base Amberley

Practical Engineering has been awarded a coveted contract as part of the Department of Defence’s upgrades at RAAF Base Amberley. Engaged by CPB Contractors, Practical Engineering will work in conjunction with a European-based specialist in the field to manage the design, manufacture, installation, commissioning, certification and maintenance of two teleplatforms, multiple fall protection systems, one overhead 2.5t gantry crane and all associated elements.

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Meet our people - Nigel Kruger

Nigel Kruger joined Practical Engineering in 2014 after a career spanning the globe and both the private and defence sectors. As Practical’s Business Development Manager, Nigel leads our highly motivated Business Development and Marketing team.

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Fulton Hogan

Enormous Gantry Cranes Widen EJ Whitten Bridge (M80 Upgrade)

In 2017, Practical provided support to infrastructure specialist Fulton Hogan as they worked to widen the bridge over the Maribrynong River escarpment in Melbourne. Practical Engineering performed structural design and verification of two purpose-built 65 tonne gantry cranes.

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Seqwater

Reducing Power Outage Risks at North Stradbroke Island WTP

Seqwater continually assesses their infrastructure to identify opportunities for improvement. The installation of power generators at the North Stradbroke Island water treatment plants was proposed as a cost-effective measure to reduce the risk of power outages impacting plant operations.

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Wivenhoe Dam Gate Winch Testing

Wivenhoe Dam is the largest dam in Seqwater's grid and is one of three Seqwater gated dams. Wivenhoe Dam has a total of five gates to manage water flow and each of these weighs in excess of 100t. In order to open and close the gates, each gate operates using two winch systems. Should any of these assets fail, Seqwater would be prevented from operating the gates and ultimately their capacity to control water impeded.

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Meet our people - Vimal Soni

Vimal Soni has been a key part of the Practical Engineering team for over seven years and has recently been promoted to the role of Project Department Manager.

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Practical Goes Green

The 4800m2 Practical Engineering facility at Acacia Ridge in Brisbane incorporates professional office space, workshop and hardstand. The roof of this facility is now home to a 30kW solar energy system comprised of 108 solar panels.

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Power Generation Turbine Rotor Stands

In 2017 a master energy provider undertook routine maintenance at one of Queensland’s largest power stations. This work involved conducting inspections of and overhauling the rotors from within gas turbines. The client engaged Practical Engineering to inspect and certify these lifting beams and stands to ensure the rotor inspection works could be conducted safely.

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Seqwater

Wivenhoe Dam Trash Screen Crane Refurbishment

Wivenhoe Dam is the largest of these storage dams, supply drinking water to the greater Brisbane area. At Wivenhoe Dam, Seqwater uses rubbish or “trash” screens which are located at the inlet to the hydro pipework and filter any large debris before the water enters finer screening systems further along the water supply network.

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Optimising Gas Supply with Ageing CSG Infrastructure

As some operators in the unconventional gas sector look to optimise output from ageing infrastructure, it is unlikely that current surface facilities will provide the solutions that are desperately sought after.

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Rod Tait - Engineering Executive

Practical Engineering’s founder, Managing Director and the driving force behind our ‘Creative Thinking. Practical Solutions’ ethos, Rod Tait has been accepted as an Engineering Executive (EngExec) and Fellow of Engineers Australia.

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Custom Testing and Certification in the Oil and Gas Industry

Testing and certification is a key part of keeping work sites, staff members and contractors safe whilst operating on Australia’s oil and gas fields. The ‘golden rule’ of testing is that if a piece of equipment can kill or harm someone, cause financial loss, or if it is in any way dangerous, it’s worth getting it looked at.

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High Risk Industrial Stack Removal

Practical Engineering was recently engaged by an international manufacturer to assist in the analysis and ultimately removal of a high chimney stack in New South Wales.

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Unitywater

Maroochydore and Murrumba Downs Grit Pump Station Upgrades

Managing and maintaining existing infrastructure is a core part of the business of sewage treatment, required to ensure the ongoing and safe treatment of waste. Practical Engineering, with extensive experience in providing mechanical engineering solutions to the utilities sector was well positioned to manage the design and installation of a new grit system at two of their sewage treatment plants.

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Fuel Gas Heater Pressure Vessels

Gas pressure vessels are generally designed to stir, mix and hold gas at a substantially different pressure than that of the surrounding atmosphere. As a result of this pressure, there are a variety of safety precautions that manufacturers and operators must take, and Australian Standards to comply with such as AS 1210.

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Seqwater

Hinze Dam Fishway Compliance Upgrade

The Department of Agriculture and Fisheries sets dam operators with guidelines and minimums for fish retention in dams across South East Queensland. Trapped fish are captured and released upstream, back into the dam. The intention is to maintain fish stocks in dams for both recreational fishing and aquatic biodiversity.

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Meet our people - Gerrard Hickson

Gerrard joined the Practical team as a Mechanical Engineer in early 2017. Gerrard brought with him many years’ experience as a mechanical design drafter, business process architect and engineering supervisor in the mining, construction and transport industries.

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20 Years of Practical Growth

As we celebrate our 20th anniversary this month Practical Engineering is enjoying a time of growth and now boasts the largest workforce in its history. As our client base has expanded and as we work to keep up with the demand across the Utilities and Infrastructure, Industrial and Energy and Resources industries...

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The Meaning Behind our Logo

As we celebrate the 20th anniversary of Practical Engineering throughout 2017, we thought we would share a little about our logo.

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Seqwater

Molendinar Water Treatment Plant Upgrades

Managing and maintaining ageing infrastructure is one of the most common challenges facing the utilities and infrastructure sector.

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Queensland Commodity Exports

Port of Brisbane Hardwood Expansion

Increasing the rate of production, decreasing the costs of production and expanding capabilities are among the key reasons companies seek out mechanical engineering solutions. Practical Engineering recently worked with Queensland Commodity Exports to assist with the latter.

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Practical Crane Experts

Practical Engineering Australia started life as a crane inspection company and has now grown its capabilities to be able to provide full 10 and 25 yearly crane inspection, servicing, refurbishment and certification.  

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Use of Chain Slings - Important changes to the Australian Standard

Practices for the care and use of chain slings are outlined in AS 3775. This Standard has recently been revised to incorporate significant changes to the maximum allowable sling angle for typical two-leg reeved (choke hitch) sling arrangements. 

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Certification of Lifting Devices to AS4991-2004

Practical Engineering caters to the needs of clients across a variety of industries who have one thing in common – their need for certification of lifting equipment.

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Rod Tait & Practical Engineering

Practical Engineering was founded in 1997 by Managing Director Rod Tait. The company has developed around Rod’s diverse heavy industry experience within Australia and overseas.

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Drill Rig Repairs in PNG

Practical Engineering have recently returned from a successful mission to PNG assisting Western Drilling (WDL) with a permanent repair to a mast segment on their Rig 1.

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Self-Erecting Gantry Crane Custom Build

Practical Engineering is often called upon to develop innovative solutions for clients where all other options have been considered and only a bespoke solution is available.

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Wivenhoe Portal Crane

Practical Engineering was engaged by Seqwater for the 25 year refurbishment and recertification of the 79T portal crane located on the spillway at Wivenhoe Dam – South East Queensland’s most important bulk water site. 

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Gas Flaring Systems

Practical Engineering has developed a range of flaring systems to cater to the drilling and mining industries. The systems range from mud-gas separating Flare Tanks to gas venting Blooie Pilots and degassing applications for CBM Flaring ahead of mining activities. We specialise in the design, manufacture and installation of Flaring Systems with solutions based on quality, value and safety compliance.

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Practical Supports Drilling Operators in Papua New Guinea

Practical Engineering has a proud history of operating within the drilling industry not only in Australia, but also in Papua New Guinea’s vast oil and gas fields. PNG poses its own unique problems when it comes to drilling, with terrain, weather and resource depths being three key influences to the success of operations.

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500 kVA Trailer Mounted Generator Set Bases and 2000L Bunded Fuel Tanks

Practical Engineering is proud to announce the completion and delivery of five generator set bases with integral 2000L bunded fuel tanks for Shellby Power.

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Practical Presents the Axis 33 Substation EWP at the Energy Networks Association

Practical Engineering is proud to have presented our Axis 33 Substation EWP to the annual Energy Networks Association - National High Voltage Live Work Forum. Our thanks go out to Paul the team at Energex for their ongoing support of our high voltage service equipment design and manufacture. 

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Regeneration Heater Pressure Vessel

In October 2014 Thermal Electric Elements engaged Practical Engineering for the design, RPEQ verification and fabrication of a Regeneration Heater Pressure Vessel.

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Queensland Urban Utilities

Practical Engineering is proud to be awarded the upgrade project to the Queensland Urban Utilities (QUU) Bundamba Waste Water Treatment Plant Screw Conveyor System.

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Low Point Drain Trailer

Practical Engineering are pleased to announce the successful completion and delivery of the Low Point Drain Trailer prototype, having successfully passed all functional and acceptance testing. 

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Equipment Certification

Practical Engineering provides ongoing equipment certification for a wide range of industries. Practical Engineering Australia’s Equipment Certification outlines the services we provide to our clients.

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Oil Heating Skid Prototype

Since late last year, Practical Engineering has been working on an Oil Heating Skid prototype for a large energy provider.

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AS1210 Fuel Gas Heater Pressure Vessel

Practical Engineering has successfully completed a further two Fuel Gas Heater Pressure Vessels for Thermal Electric Elements to be delivered to Jemena’s EPG expansion project.

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