RACCA Australia has published the fourth article in their Throwback Thursday–ARBS Series.
This week’s article focuses on ARBS 2004.
The joint MD of Grocon P/LK, Daniel Grollo, officially declared ARBS open: opening the doors to 5,365 visitors who came to see the 185 exhibits. Computers clocked the total attendances at 7,065, exhibitor staff accounted for 1,711, and total visitors at 1,683 or 31 percent, and 291 international visitors were admitted.
The first non-American president of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), Richard Rooley of the UK, spoke about the coming together of the two great cultures of manufacturers and construction at ARBS. ASHRAE has 55,000 members worldwide in 102 countries.
He said that travelling around the world, he found things that did not work: “I’ve almost given up all hope that designers can design systems that can be easily operated and maintained.
“One way of overcoming this is to have standards of manufacturing products that fit together. Commissioning time would be cut if the manufacturing products were familiar and standard. When they are unfamiliar and non-standard you cannot commission a new building in a month. Otherwise it would take years.
“In Australia this isn’t the case but in other parts of the world it isn’t.”
Rooley said: “We have to bring our manufacturers and designers close together.”