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Australia’s Oil Refining Market and Fuel Security Future

Friday, August 14th, 2015

Whilst we advocate the use of alternative energy we also advocate the ability for self sustainability. This is an example of a resource rich country not being able to process its own resources and in turn putting it dependence on other countries. Hopefully this rude awakening of an impending risk to fuel security will help drive innovation into alternate forms of energy production.

Image source: FES Tanks

The Ferocity of Mother Nature

Saturday, January 8th, 2011

I am watching the flood crisis in Australia with personal interest as my home town is only about 1100km away, quite close by Australian standards, and for the fact that mother nature nevers ceases to amaze me with the power that she can deliver.

I am from a engineering background where construction and design is very much structured around formula’s and assumptions based on real life conditions that have happened over our history. Whilst i am governed by this, i always have this underling thought in the back of my mind. It all means nothing because if Mother Nature so chooses to direct its full ferocity towards something, be it a structure or landform, locally, nationallly or globally she will always win. Man does not stand a chance, somethings are just bigger than us, even though we think we are at the top of the food chain, really Mother Nature is.

Just a quick example of this, got this video from my brother who works within the mining regions west of the Rockhampton region. First let me set this video up. This is Baralaba Mine, a classic open cut coal mine. This is a mine where everything is on a grand scale. The excavators buckets are the sizes of houses, and the tip trucks make a london bus look like a childs tonka toy. Bear that in mind when you reference that to the flood waters coming into the mine. Pretty scary stuff…

The end result

Flooded Baralaba Mine after flood defenses fail

These sort of natural disasters are happening more and more. Surely this means something?………

What I wanted for Christmas

Thursday, December 30th, 2010

Thats it, time is nearly up on another year as the clock draws closer to the end of 2010.

Did everyone get what they wanted for christmas. The older you get the more detached you seem to get from the emotional sense of christmas and more tuned into the overpowering sense of commercialism related to the annual event.  However this year was different as i did have a present i really wanted for xmas. An automatic road paving machine.

Not for everyone, granted, but for us as we are looking at developing Green Pavers for the market, and we like to use the phrase follow the green brick road, imagine how much quicker we would get there with this machine laying them. I love modern man and his ability to mechanise just about everything.

Check out the video to see this machine at its best.

Please will you get me one for next Christmas. I promise i will be a good boy.