Aurizon had outgrown its multiple site office structure and needed to consolidate staff to regain efficiencies in the workplace. In doing so, they took up primary tenancy in a new building which needed the technology appropriate to a new, Smart Workplace. Videopro’s proficiency in this Smart Workplace context has been well proven within the industry and was the obvious choice for this project.
Aurizon is Australia’s largest rail freight operator and a top 100 ASX company. Each year, Aurizon transports more than 250 million tonnes of Australian commodities — connecting miners, primary producers, and industry with international and domestic markets. Videopro was awarded the installation contract on this project due to its knowledge and expertise with this size and scale of project, combined with the experience with the chosen control platform, ACA. We delivered a Smart Workplace solution, which included room booking, way-finding, peoplefinding and a traditional AV system using a cloud-based web control system.
This project included 250 rooms, from small VC and collaboration areas to large multi-function and presentation spaces, plus also a live rail network operations centre. The installation spanned nine levels in one building and two levels in another. The outcome allows Aurizon to be more efficient with staff footprints and meeting spaces by taking data from its workplace systems and analysing the usage of space and technology. The metrics created then allow the organisation to make more informed strategic and financial decisions.
This was an extremely complex project that spanned over two years from initial design consultation through to practical completion and continues via an active service level agreement. In that time, Videopro was involved in countless design meetings ranging from network architecture to table design regarding the best way to integrate AV solutions. The project was awarded to Videopro via Hutchinson Builders and maintained a high level of complexity throughout the delivery phase, partly due to the multilayered communication chain, and to the scale of the overall project.
Videopro was in a unique position on this project; not only engaged as the chosen AV integrator, but also as the advisory team involved in the planning and design phase. This means that we were in close communication with the client at every step of the way and resulted in a successfully delivered project and happy end users. Given the size of the project, physically and technologically, we encountered some communication issues at various stages of the project. We overcame these by implementing weekly project health checks and being active in the builders’ subcontractors meetings. This ensured that all stakeholders were aligned, that instructions were delivered and interpreted clearly.
Videopro managed the full construction process, right from the beginning with the project managers, architects, engineers, builders and installers, as well as offering continued ongoing support post installation. The immediate need for Aurizon to have its employees functional, efficient and online from day one meant that it needed reliable and robust AV systems. The long term benefit for the organisation comes from the advanced features within the chosen technology, allowing them to capture useable data and measurable metrics.
- ACA cloud-based web control system
- Custom LED world clocks for 24/7 live operations centres
- Tannoy QFlex beam steerable speaker systems
- JBL and EAW ceiling speakers with Extron amplification
- 100 x Actiontec Screenbeam wireless presenters
- 155 x Philips commercial displays - 55” to 84”
- 250 x AMX SVSI devices
- Sony PTZ cameras
- QSC Q-SYS DSP platform
- 60 x Aopen Chromeboxes
- 120 x Aopen Chromebase minis
- 150 x Cisco video conference devices
- 95 x Crestron video switching devices
- Shure microphone systems