FMSA staff visit the Victoria Police Centre for Family Violence

FMSA staff toured the new Victoria Police Centre for Family Violence facility at the Victoria Police Glen Waverley campus. Delivered under a design and construct with Ireland Brown Constructions, the $11 million project has been constructed in 7 months. The new complex has been designed to facilitate the domestic violence training centre, complete with practical classrooms, syndicate rooms and office space for staff.

Led by Project Architect Hao Lee, staff spent a sunny Saturday morning touring the unique building. The team enjoyed the behind the scenes look at the cadet and staff spaces including practical scenario classrooms and auditorium. Several staff in attendance were involved in different stages of the project and were excited to see the design intent realised so well.

Thank you to Project Architect Hao Lee, and Ireland Brown Construction for facilitating the visit.

Photos: FMSA Architecture.

FMSA supports the MS Walk & Fun Run

Congratulations to the FMSA team on their efforts over the weekend at the MS Get Involved Melbourne Fun Run & Walk.  Taking place on a crisp but clear Melbourne winter morning, the atmosphere was full of fun and positivity from the crowd gathered at Albert Park Lake to support the great work that the organisation does for MS research and support services.

James, Joel and Jess successfully hit the pavement in the 5km events, with Riordan doing the double backing up his 10km run with the 5km walk. Great effort team!

Thank you to everyone for supporting the team in raising $865 for the great work this organisation does.

Striking a pose at the Kooky Cubby

Today FMSA communications all-rounder Jess spent the day at the Kooky Cubby with photographer Rhiannon Slatter capturing the cubby while it is all shiny and new before it goes on display for the public tomorrow at the Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show.

Luckily after a few less than perfect days of weather, we were blessed with the clear blue skies and sunny days we love in Melbourne. We made the most of the perfect conditions and captured all the angles and details of the cubby with the help of our junior FMSA representative to bring some play to the play space.

We can’t wait to share the final shots with you soon, but in the meantime enjoy these sneak peeks taken by Jess on the day.



Kooky Cubby arrives at the Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show

After a busy weekend working on the Kooky Cubby, today we were excited to see the Kooky Cubby make the journey from Bowens  North Melbourne to its new home at the Melbourne Flower & Garden Show today.

With only a week to go until the the Show starts and our cubby is auctioned for Kids Under Cover as part of the 2017 Cubby House Challenge the team is busily putting the final touches on the cubby before its big reveal to the public.


FMSA designer Kirstin speaks at World Plumbing Day 2017

March 10th marked World Plumbing Day for 2017. FMSA Principal Peter Sandow and graduate Kirstin Griese were lucky to attend this years event hosted by the Plumbing Industry Climate Action Centre (PICAC).

In support of World Plumbing Day, PICAC conducts a number of significant activities and events on or around this day to promote the vital role plumbing plays in society, increase awareness of PICAC as an industry leader and their reinforce their commitment to skills and education excellence.

Following her participation in the 2016 Community Plumbing Challenge as the Team Australia Deign Lead, Kirstin was invited to speak about the challenge at the World Plumbing Day event along with team leader Greg Tink.

Congratulations to the PICAC team on hosting a great event.


Kooky Cubby update: Pushing the boundaries & printing with plastic

Throughout the Kooky Cubby build process there has been constant testing and experimentation, along with failures of the technology and materials as the boundaries were pushed. The freedoms and limitations of this advanced fabrication technique were challenging, but allowed the team to strive for innovation and create an integrated solution.

Printing complex shapes and geometry our of plastic using a printing robot has definitely been a learning process for the whole Kooky Cubby team.

As a truly one of a kind form, the final form was driven by the need for creative solutions to design constraints. Addressing the issues during this prototyping stage have set the project parameters including the logistics of the assembly, the selection and availability of plastic to use for printing; printing constraints like speed, bead size, temperature and times; panel sizes for weight and ease of transport, the connection details between the panels and other materials, and integrating structure into the panel design for rigidity.

As the constraints are solved we are ready to start printing the real, final panels – more on that later!

PICAC Geelong campus officially open

We are excited to share that the PICAC Geelong campus  was officially opened last week. Our second training campus with PICAC, the Geelong campus continues the high standards for industry education facilities set at the PICAC Brunswick campus.

The Victorian Premier, Daniel Andrews, the Lord Mayor of Melbourne, Robert Doyle, and Geelong local member Christine Couzens, joined key leaders from across the industry at the official opening.

PICAC Geelong offers highly specialised trade and post-trade training for workers in the plumbing industry, ensuring workers have the skills needed to deliver the next generation of sustainable and water efficient buildings.

From water reuse methods and installing water efficient products to solar water heating and embracing new technologies, PICAC Geelong will give Geelong’s plumbers the world class skills they need for the jobs of the future. The center will also play its part in retraining retrenched automotive and supply chain workers, and allow them access to the growing number of jobs in the construction sector.

Congratulations to PICAC, and to the FMSA project team led by Principal Peter Sandow.

Out of office: Exploring the outback in a Citroen

Peter Sandow is currently on a 5 week trek with a group of fellow Citroen enthusiasts in the Northern Territory. Only a couple of weeks into the trip, and Peter has seen some amazing sights travelling to Katherine and stumbled onto events such as the Campdraft meet in Top Springs.

Currently in Darwin, next they head off to Katherine and then into Arnhem Land. We look forward to sharing more tales from the road with you soon.

2016 Community Plumbing Challenge – Final Day

We are happy to share an update from Team Australia members experience on the final day of the 2016 Community Plumbing Challenge:

‘After just over a week of hard work, team bonding and celebrations, the Community Plumbing Challenge for 2016 came to a close. The final day of the Challenge saw 4 of the 8 toilet cubicles craned into position across extension 1 Diepsloot, but they were not been fully connected. The remainder went out this morning and were connected one by one throughout the day. Team Australia returned to site and tackled the final connections and concreting gullies to catch wash water outside each cubicle. Material shortages and making water connections under pressure aside, the tasks were completed by midday.

Final photos were taken and we were bused back to our work compound and packed up our remaining tools. From there we returned to our hotel for lunch and prepared for our one hour bus trip to Pretoria, to visit Mr Adam McCarthy, the Australian High Commissioner in Southern Africa, and his staff, for late afternoon drinks and an informal debriefing of the CPC and Australia’s involvement through PICAC.

On our return to the hotel the final presentation night was about to begin. A local drama troupe presented a performance that highlighted the effects on communities lacking access to effective sanitation, that the developed world often takes for granted.

Presentations, acknowledgements, dinner and the discussion “Where to Beyond CPC 2016” followed, then of course dancing, photographs, laughter and final good bye’s and conversations saw out the evening.’

Congratulations to the organisers, other teams and Team Australia on their great effort in this challenge. Visit the Community Plumbing Challenge Facebook page for more details about the program.

2016 Community Plumbing Challenge Day 6

We are happy to share an update from Team Australia members experience on Day Six of the 2016 Community Plumbing Challenge:

Day 6 was an opportunity for the teams to take in the rich history and culture that South Africa has to offer.

“Day 6 was an opportunity for the teams to take in the rich history and culture that South Africa has to offer.  The organisers gave the teams the day off from work, as a field trip had been organised to visit a few of the local sites.

First we headed to the Apartheid Museum and what an experience that was. To learn of the struggles that some people had to go through just to live a normal life – it was very touching.

Next we were off to Vilkazi St in Orlando, which is famous as it is the only Street to have housed two Nobel peace prize winners, Former President Nelson Mandala and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

Then went to a traditional African ‘chisa nyma’ restaurant for lunch. This consisted of many lovely traditional foods some being chicken feet and mopani worms. Finally we went to Nelson Mandala’s house in Soweto which was a great little tourist street also to buy some trinkets.’

Check back  for more updates from Kirstin, and visit the Community Plumbing Challenge Facebook page for more details about the program.