Monthly Archives: September 2014

Transforming a Sea Container into Storage Space

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sea containierModern shipping and logistical demands require the use of heavy and durable solutions for moving various products and other items through the world’s seas. Because of this constant movement of goods across the globe, the world is seeing a surplus of containers once used only for freight purposes. People have begun taking note, though, and are starting to realise the potential of these containers for purposes other than shipping.

More people across the globe, those in Perth included, are taking note and starting to use these huge metal boxes for purposes other than what they were originally intended for. Although there is a growing movement to turn these containers into homes and offices, one of the most standard uses for it is storage space. Here are a few tips if you plan to do the same:

Size Matters

ICL.net.au says sea containers in Perth come in various size configurations, with the most common sizes being 20-feet and 40-feet. These lengths are the most common used in the shipping industry, so it is not surprising that most surplus items come in this size. The former might not seem like much initially, but it is roughly equivalent to the size of a standard one-car garage. It is perfect for a small business that does not require much storage. The 40’ container works if you need double the space.

The Right Setting

Shipping containers are a great and cost effective solution, but only if placed in the proper setting. You need to make sure to set it on level ground to avoid any trouble when opening or closing the doors. This is also important to avoid any difficulties storing or retrieving whatever you keep inside.

Checking for Damage

Although these metal boxes are very durable, it is still best to check for any signs of wear or deterioration regularly. Corrosion can become a problem, especially if you get one that is very old. Always check from the inside during daylight hours because sunlight will always filter through any possible holes.

These are just some of the most important things to remember when converting a shipping container into storage space. Remember that this is an investment you will keep, so make sure all things are well for the long run.

Asset Management- Managing Your Valuables Effectively

asset managementAsset management refers to a system that helps manage and monitor anything that is regarded as something of value for an individual or a group. Valuables could be anything tangible such as property and real estate to precious jewels and similar possessions, or something intangible such as goodwill or intellectual property.

With the help of companies that provide asset management services, and there are many in the Land Down Under and elsewhere across the globe, you can effectively deploy, operate, maintain, upgrade and dispose of assets as you wish.

According to Mainpac, asset management differs according to what is being monitored and managed. Here is a quick look at three of the most common examples:

Industrial Asset Management

Industrial asset management is the process by which the integrity of the assets, whether tangible or intangible, of an organisation is monitored and managed right from designing stage until decommissioning. This kind of solution aims to manage assets without hampering the safety, reliability, and availability of the assets for the enterprise.

Physical Asset Management

This is actually a subtype of industrial asset management. Physical asset management refers in particular to the management of physical or tangible assets of an organisation. Indeed, this type of asset management is the managing of the entire life cycle of the infrastructural and physical assets of the company, and ranges from the design, construction and commission stages to repair, modification, replacement and disposal. The physical or infrastructural assets that would be managed include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Buildings
  • Production plants
  • Waste and water treatment facilities
  • Transport systems
  • Distribution networks

Fixed Asset Management

Fixed asset management, also a part of enterprise asset management, refers to the accounting processes that aim to track all fixed assets of an organisation for the purpose of financial accounting. Through fixed asset management, a company can effectively do the following:

  • carry out preventive maintenance for its fixed assets
  • deter thievery of the assets

If you run an organisation in any industry that requires asset management, do consider hiring a service provider at the earliest to protect your assets and to better manage them.

Approved Managers Course from AHA(WA)

service of alcohol trainingThe Approved Managers Course, or Management of Licensed Premises Course as it is technically called, run by the Australian Hotels Association is a great way to further your hospitality skills and also gain a qualification in the process. This course can be completed online from the comfort of your own home or office at your own pace.

Requirements

To start the Approved Managers Course, you must have completed your nationally accredited responsible service of alcohol training (which can also be done online with the Australian Hotels Association Western Australia).

If you have not completed your online or classroom RSA training, you also have an option of purchasing the combined Approved Manager Course and RSA. Again, this combined course can be completed in your own time and pace. You will also receive an RSA certificate after completion.

Class Setting

One feature to consider when deciding between the online or classroom course is the inclusion of interaction with AHA Hospitality Training Experts when you go for the classroom option. The AHA(WA)’s fully qualified training consultants have years of extensive industry experience to make sure attendees get the answers to their questions and knowledge specific to their industry.

Whether you want to increase your hospitality skill level, your venue wants you to become a duty manager, or you want to become the next rising star in your industry, the variety and high standards of training experience with the AHA(WA) will offer you benefits to help you with your hospitality journey.

Different Types of Window Tints and Their Uses

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car tintsWindow tints have become quite a necessity because of all the health risks associated with prolonged exposure to the sun. There are many choices available, whether you want tinting for your car, home, or commercial establishment – there is a film that fits every bill. The choice depends entirely on your budgetary constraints and preferences.

Here’s a look at some of the car window tinting Adelaide residents can get from local suppliers:

Colored or Dyed Films

Cars and outdoor recreational vehicles like boats are constantly under the sun and absorb all its heat. The high levels of exposure to the sun’s rays is why tinting is important for cars and watercraft. More than just protection, tint also ensures privacy by decreasing visibility from the outside looking in.

Films Treated with Metals

Metalized films (predominantly nickel, aluminum and copper) have an innate ability to reflect heat during hot summers and are predominantly used for domestic and official establishments. Also called sputtered films, these help keep heat inside during colder seasons. The metals are inserted into the film during the creation process, on an atomic level to ensure a uniform distribution of metal across the entire tinted film.

Hybrid Films

These films use tint on metal coated films which are best used to derive combination benefits of metalized and dyed films. Despite its being a lighter tint, these films combine the effects of reflection and absorption and transform the sun’s energy into ambient heat.

Ceramic Tint Films

These films apply the concept of nanotechnology and have made a foray into the window tinting arena. Considering how they are fairly new to the market, these are a considerably more expensive option compared to other choices. Ceramic tint films reduce the amount of visibility distortions found in colored or dyed films and strengthen the surface of the glass on which they are installed. They also demonstrate resilience in the form of break resistance.

Whatever type of film you choose to place on window surfaces, the point is that you are making an effort to protect yourself from the many risks associated with sun exposure.

Roof Restoration: Why Your Home May Need One

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roofingPeriodical roof restoration is required for commercial roofs. This can be done using a variety of materials like metals, tiles, fibres, glass, plastic, ceramics, woods and stones. Roof restoration is usually considered if the roof is already more than a decade old. It involves repairing, cleaning, sealing certain portions if required and repainting to keep the roof in its best condition.

Bower Roofing offers the following discussion on why homeowners should consider restoring their roofs:

• Apart from improving the roof’s aesthetics, restoration protects all roof tiles from excessive moisture, which is mainly responsible for tile deterioration and rot. It also protects the roof from rough weather —high winds, heavy rain and furious snowstorms. Periodic restoration minimises overall damage.

• The coating, which is also a part of the restoration process, provides ultra-violet protection responsible for causing oxidation. This eventually leads to the roof becoming unstable and weak because of corrosion, expansion, contraction and causing deep cracks. The coating is also done to prevent leaks and keep the building cooler during summers.

• Restoring the roof from time to time, particularly in commercial establishments, ensures the safety of the people working in the building as well as the inventory and equipment pieces. Moreover, spending money periodically for restoration works out to be more affordable in the long run compared to replacing the entire roof that is on the verge of collapsing completely.

• A restored roof not only gets a new lease of life, but it also helps in saving energy costs, which subsequently lowers utility bills. Nowadays, newer coatings are coming into the market, which cool buildings during the summer and warms them during winter. These products help largely in lowering air conditioning and heating bills.

The roof is one of the most important parts of the building and is responsible for its overall protection from the vagaries of the weather and also for security. Thus, this is one component of any residential or commercial building that owners cannot overlook.