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Mr Dan Takes Vietnam

I have recently had the privilege of travelling to Vietnam to undertake some consultancy and project management work for a company called Plantation Grown Timbers (Vietnam) Limited. The opportunity was presented to me by the owners, Ian and Yung Burden, who are Gold Coast residents and long-time customers of Dan the Sparky Man.

Plantation Grown Timbers (PGT) is part of a global business, dedicated to ethical design, production and supply of traditionally crafted furniture and accessories, manufactured in strict accord with international, environmental and workplace guidelines. It was started by Ian 15 years ago from the boot of his car and has grown dramatically to now export its uniquely designed reclaimed and recycled solid wooden furniture all over the world, particularly to North America, Europe and Australasia. The arts and handicrafts company also provides employment to over 850 very skilled people.

Located in Ho Chi Minh City, the PGT factory is the size of a Bunning’s warehouse and they are expanding. The increased production schedule requires more machinery which in turn requires more power. The electrical system to the entire factory needed to be upgraded to prevent their existing structure from being overloaded.

I was brought in as part of the team to ensure that all works were completed to Australian Standards whilst assisting to future proof their business and production requirements for any further growth (from a power consumption perspective).

Prior to arriving in Vietnam, my first task was to assist Ian and Yung to select a local electrical contractor with whom they should award the contract. They had all 3 quotations translated into English, provided me with the plans and scope of works and then had me select the local contractor who I deemed to be the most appropriate and skilled for the job.

The contractor was selected and two weeks later I was on a plane!

When I arrived in Vietnam, it was straight down to business. I spent the morning familiarising myself with the factory and the staff I would be working with and then as soon as production closed down at lunchtime, it was all systems go. The team of 20 Electricians was led by Hung, my direct liaison and the only person who spoke any English. Let’s just say that smiles, nods and thumbs up very quickly became the preferred communication for the day!

To complete the upgrade we were required to shut down power to the entire complex and as you can imagine, a manufacturing plant that employs 850 people cannot afford even 5 minutes of downtime. This gave us less than 48 hours to complete all works without disrupting any production requirements – talk about pressure!

The scope of works was enormous, the days and nights were long (I think the longest stretch was 20 hours straight), and the language barrier was at times quite challenging, but I’m pleased to say that Stage 1 was completed on time, with full production re-commencing at 7am Monday morning as scheduled.

It was a fantastic opportunity to work with a local team and to be so welcomed by all the PGT staff. I received amazing hospitality from Ian and Yung themselves and I very much look forward to being part of their team on any future expansions.

Now if only I could get my staff to address me as Mr Dan…

If you love my work in Vietnam and want to know more about our services, come down to our Gold Coast showroom and speak to me or one of my fantastic team members today.

Dan Carpenter

Dan the Sparky Man

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The Address, Sanctuary Cove6 star Energy Efficient rated Homes

If there is one thing I love doing, it is seeing a great project through from the beginning to the end. We have recently completed an extensive project at The Address Residences in beautiful Sanctuary Cove on the Gold Coast.

Being almost a year-long job, I had the opportunity to work with a number of great people and be a part of the project’s transition from concept to completion.

This residential development, which we began working on June 2012, was one of the largest under construction on the Gold Coast. Using the latest and greatest energy efficiency products, the estate transformed to be filled with 6 star energy efficient rated homes. A total of 31 luxury homes, several being lakefront, were given our ‘Dan the Sparky Man touch’ to make for a very energy efficient premier gated estate. This stage of development follows on from the first stage which we completed back in 2010.

Sunland Group is an Australian development company based in Royal Pines, on the Gold Coast, QLD. Design is paramount in everything they create is evidenced from their first residential home in 1983 to their iconic developments such as Palazzo Versace on the Gold Coast and the landmark Q1, the World’s tallest residential tower. Their motto is “Creating Art Through Architecture”, which is very fitting for their residential development, The Address at Sanctuary Cove.

Here is a little bit more about The Address and what the estate has to offer.

Inspired architectural thinking and a commitment to harmonious design have ensured that The Address Residences sit gracefully within their landscaped environment. For the Lakefront Residences, the palette is raw and elemental, with stone and classic white perfectly complemented by lush, living greenery. The cool discretion of the exterior creates a contemporary and very private home, whilst still allowing natural light to spill into the living areas.

The strikingly modern Park Residences are designed to capture an abundance of natural light, thanks to the generous floor-to-ceiling windows throughout. Indoor luxury continues outdoors with each Park Residence concealing a sun-drenched private courtyard. Here, you can entertain in total privacy whilst enjoying the near-perfect weather of Sanctuary Cove’s idyllic sub-tropical location. Source: Sunland Group

I am proud to have been involved with this Sunland Group development and those lucky enough to own one of these now outstanding energy efficient homes were happy with the end result too.

Our company is committed to furthering our social responsibility to the environment and is passionate about helping home & business owners to reduce their carbon footprint. If you love our work at Sanctuary Cove and want to know more about energy efficiency, come down to our Gold Coast showroom and speak to me or one of my fantastic team members today.

Dan Carpenter

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