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Stop Fire Spreading Up, Up and Away

Contributor: Dr Weng Poh, Associate Director and Principal Fire Engineer at Umow Lai and National President of the Society of Fire Safety. Three and a half centuries ago, during the wee hours of a dry hot day in September 1666, a small fire started at a bakery on Pudding Lane in London. Attempts to extinguish [...]

By |October 26th, 2015|Categories: Summary|

24 Years in the Making: Meeting Milestones in 2015

In 24 years of evolution as an engineering firm the team at Umow Lai has worked tirelessly to build an  impeccable reputation based on innovative and adaptive problem solving, alternative design solutions and value adding by integrating new and emerging technologies. Since inception from the humble beginnings of 7 staff in Melbourne in 1991, our [...]

By |August 26th, 2015|Categories: Summary|

The Dilemma of Fire Evacuation for Modern High-rises

The deployment of effective methods for the evacuation of high-rise buildings is an issue of increasing concern for both the developers and denizens of Australia’s urban environments – particularly given projected population gains and attendant increases in the density and building heights of city centres. The importance of evacuation measures for high rise buildings was [...]

By |August 18th, 2015|Categories: Summary|Tags: , |

Helium Ion Microscope Lab at University of Melbourne Approved

Today final approval was received from Zeiss for University of Melbourne’s Helium Ion Microscope Lab. Zeiss is a leading international group of companies operating in the biosciences and medical technology space. The lab was designed specifically to accommodate Zeiss’ Orion NanoFab Helium Ion Microscope, which is the only system in the world of its kind, [...]

By |August 12th, 2015|Categories: Summary|

Digby Hall on ABW: Hmm, a new form of discrimination?

Contributor: Digby Hall, Principal Sustainability Consultant If you’re a parent who drops the kids off at school in the morning then you’ve already lost out – by the time you make it into the office all the best spots are taken and you’re left to choose from the least favourable seats, those you wouldn’t normally [...]

Don’t Let Your Luck Run Out On Fire Safety

Contributor: Dr Weng Poh, Associate Director We should not be relying on luck when it comes to fire safety; we should be relying on strict regulatory control and good engineering. The Building Code of Australia, much of which deals with fire safety, can be traced back to the Great Fire of London, when a small [...]

Energy Efficiency? We get it. What about Real Sustainability?

Contributor: Digby Hall, Principal Sustainability Consultant After all these years I still get that little shiver of anticipation when I receive a request for a tender proposal titled “sustainability” or “ESD” – that’s my thing, my passion, my business, and I know I’m good at it. Yet, with unfortunate and increasing regularity (you’d have to [...]