Dowdens Pumping & Water Treatment would like to congratulate local Mackay resident Sam Sheehan who won a prize in the 46th Lucky Buys Rewards Major Prize Draw.
Dowdens Pumping & Water Treatment together with 15 other local Mackay retailers operate an in-store loyalty program, 'Lucky Buys Rewards' which is provided and managed by The Loyalty Group, operating loyalty programs in Australia since 1988.
Sam won this fantastic prize simply by shopping at Dowdens and presenting his Lucky Buys Rewards card at the sales counter. Every purchase made with a Dowdens Rewards card automatically enters the shopper into the regular Major Prize Draw for a chance to win cars, holidays and other major prizes.
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The Lucky Buys Rewards program gives local businesses a strong competitive advantage, required when competing with larger shopping chains, online shopping and dealing with the Mackay region's current economic downturn.
Anglo American have engaged Dowdens Pumping & Water Treatment's [Mackay] Engineering Department & Fabrication Workshop to rectify an issue with a new valve station installation that was experiencing water hammer, resulting in the longwall mining operation being suspended at their Grasstree Coal Mine, located at Middlemount in the centre of the Bowen Basin, QLD.
Underground mines require water management systems in place to manage working water that is utilised for production, dust suppression, hydraulic jacks etc. Mines employ various methods of underground water transportation systems including Longwall Boost Pump Stations & filtered water from the mine surface networks. The filtered water system is an important piece of infrastructure for underground coal mine providing clean water for dust suppression & feeding the powerful hydraulic piston pumps that are used to jack up the roof in the longwall mining process.
When water is fed into an underground mine it is received at a very high pressures due to the vertical drop to the mine workings. This pressure needs to be reduced & controlled to levels that can be safely managed in the underground operations. Dowdens Pumping & Water Treatment has provided Grasstree Coal Mine with several Pressure Reducing Valve Stations over the life of the mine, enabling reliable & trouble free operation.
Responding to the urgent help request from Grasstree Mine, Dowdens immediately travelled to site to undertake system 'fault finding' & begin planning the delivery of a timely & cost effective solution to the problem.
As a direct result of Dowdens Pumping & Water Treatment's long standing & responsive working relationship with Anglo American's Grasstree underground coal mine, the Dowdens Engineering Department was called on to assist with a new valve station installation that was experiencing water hammer resulting in the longwall mining operation being suspended. Dowdens Engineers attended the mine site & listened/observed the problems that were being experienced such as pressure surges & water hammer in the feed pipes leading to the longwall operation.
Dowdens Engineering Dept. designed & developed a Pressure Setting Spool sized specifically to meet the specific duty required. The spool was custom designed using engineered fluid mechanics to reduce the pressure before it entered the valve station, taking part of the load off the station. Pipe supports were also engineered to provide a secure installation of the station.
The timeline to find the solution & manufacture the components was very tight. Engineering - Concept Design - Drawings & In-House Fabrication of the unique Pressure Setting Spool Piece [with roof bolt anchoring points] were completed & delivered to Grasstree Mine within 5 days from the first site meeting! No other pumping / manufacturing / engineering firm in Queensland was able to deliver such an all-encompassing product solution in the above mentioned time-frame.
Dowdens design philosophy for this project was: Fast Turnaround - Cost Effectiveness - Ease of Installation - Simple Plant Operation - Plant Reliability & Reduced Maintenance.
The unique system required at Grasstree Coal Mine needed to address the following issues:
Key Project Features:
Dowdens Pumping & Water Treatment are proud to announce securing Australia-wide exclusivity of the MIRACELL Rotating Biological Contactors (RBCs) Sewage Treatment Systems. MIRACELL RBCs are the systems are most preferred globally by customers who clearly understand the economic value in purchasing an expertly designed and professionally built Sewage Treatment System!
MIRACELL RBC Sewage Treatment Systems are fully automatic, modular designed Rotating Biological Contactor (RBC) treatment systems specifically designed for sewage treatment applications in capacities ranging from 50 to 20,000 equivalent people (treatment of between 10m3 up to 4000m3 / day). Representing the ultimate in Sewage Treatment Systems, a MIRACELL RBC consumes as little as one fifth of the electricity and requires as little as one third of the space of its competitors based on the activated sludge technology.
Having exclusive rights to MIRACELL RBCs has increased Dowdens capacity to design, supply, install and service large scale Sewage Treatment Systems suitable for use by municipalities, caravan parks, mining camps and a wide range of other commercial / industrial sites where onsite sewage treatment is needed.
Dowdens Pumping & Water Treatment employs an experienced team of WTP and STP Project Specialists comprising of Mechanical and Process Engineers, Project Managers, Draftsmen with 3D Autocad skills and qualified installation and service crews, together with our in-house workshop facilities for the fabrication of steel and stainless steel skids and bases, Dowdens has little to nil reliance on outside contractors when delivering complex Water and Sewage Treatment systems - in essence we are a 'one-stop pumping, water and sewage treatment shop'.
Examples of Dowdens Water and Sewage Treatment projects:
Longreach Regional Council recently engaged Dowdens Pumping & Water Treatment's Mackay & Rockhampton branches to manufacture and install a specialised pool water treatment system for the Yaraka Community Pool in Yaraka (a small town in Central West Queensland located 220 kilometres south of Longreach).
This project began with Longreach Regional Council asking for tender submissions to fully upgrade the Yaraka's Pool onsite filtration & treatment systems. Dowdens Pumping & Water Treatment was successful in winning the tender thanks to our price competitiveness, delivery times and unique in-house fabrication capabilities. On hearing about the tender a representative from the Dowdens Rockhampton branch immediately attended the pool to properly assess and quote the job. It quickly became apparent that a specialised filtration system was needed due in part to the pools remote location (limiting the possibility of regular system servicing), and the extreme weather patterns (high temperatures, dust storms & limited / sporadic rainfall) experienced in Central QLD.
Dowdens then set about designing the new filtration system utilising inhouse Engineering, Workshop Fabrication & Mobile Pool Servicing Departments. The end result was a unique twin-filtration systems that was mounted onto a fabricated galvanised skid to aid in maneuverability, ease of installation & transportation. The skid base was fabricated specifically to fit the existing shed onsite.
Having all the system components plumbed up on a single sturdy base made installation easy as only the Pump Inlet, Pool Water Return and Wastewater Pipes needed to be connected and the system was ready to go. The skid comprised 2x Pool Glass Media Filters, 2x Pool Pumps and 2x Salt Water Chlorinators. The Salt Water Chlorinators are fully automated allowing for round the clock (controlled via sensors) pH and chlorine / acid dosing together with chlorine generation. This has drastically reduced the need for regular onsite water testing and manual chemical dosing at the community pool. On Dowdens recommendation Longreach Regional Council also purchased a Dolphin Robotic Pool Cleaner which has noticeably improved the pools cleanliness.
All design, manufacture, delivery and installation / commissioning was successfully completed by Dowdens well within Longreach Regional Council's delivery deadline of six weeks.
The Yaraka Community Pool is now clean and ready for summer. The new equipment Dowdens supplied has reduced the need for costly regular maintenance whilst improving the automation of the pools chlorine levels - keeping the pool sanitised and chemically balanced at all times is extremely important for any community pool. Dowdens Pumping & Water Treatment's design philosophy for this project was simple: Cost Effectiveness - Ease of Installation - Simple & Effective System Operation - System Reliability & Delivering Greatly Reduced Ongoing Maintenance Requirements.
Yaraka Community Pool Filtration System ~ Key System Features & Components:
BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA) have engaged Dowdens Pumping & Water Treatment's Mackay Branch to deliver a specialised Modular Underground Dewatering System at their Broadmeadow Coal Mine, located approximately 200km South West of Mackay, QLD.
The Broadmeadow Underground Coal Mine is a 'Top Coal Cave Longwall Punch' mine located approximately 30km from Moranbah. Located on BMA's Goonyella open cut mine lease, the Broadmeadow Mine was established in late 2003 and feature's BMA's first application of punch longwall mining - a highly efficient underground technique utilising an existing open cut pit for longwall panel access. Broadmeadow Mine delivered a number of synergies between BMA's underground and open cut operations, including utilisation of the existing Goonyella coal preparation plant capacity, increased flexibility to respond to market demand, improved reliability of supply for customers and optimisation of product quality through selective blending.
The Modular Underground Dewatering System (MUDS) was designed / manufactured and installed by Dowdens Mackay to optimise further development of BMA's Broadmeadow mining operations by improving on-site dewatering efficiencies. The MUDS has been utilised in developing Broadmeadow panels 12 & 13, and will help to advance mine site progression for the entire life of operations. The main objective of this project was to provide a unique, custom built air / electric pump system to improve Broadmeadow's dewatering efficiency. This was achieved through the automation of pumping systems supplied and lowering any ongoing maintenance requirements - thereby saving site operator input, lowering air / power consumption and reducing the need for BMA to further invest in dewatering pump systems.
Dowdens were engaged during the concept phase of this project to provide input and engineering advice to help BMA overcome the many operational challenges this site presented. With intimate product knowledge and via extensive direct consultation 2 unique transportable Quick Docking System (QDS) Fish Tank Dewatering POD designs were developed. Capable of operating under 1,000V power, these modular POD systems required the ability to remain operational during regular power outages, utilising the limited underground supply of compressed air. Each pump station needed considerable storage / retention capabilities (5,000L per POD) and the capacity to operate seamlessly 'in-sequence' thereby delivering zero overflows onto roadways even during loss of underground power.
The composition of the water derived from the mine's development process posed its own transportation challenges with a high water content ratio of rock, coal, trash and coal fines. A solids management system consisting of various sieves, hoppers and tank agitation components was developed and tested to ensure the coal fines and inflow management system was capable of continuous operation, whilst also delivering simplified maintenance and cleaning procedures.
The coal fines and inflow management system was designed with the ability to:
With the negotiations finalised, Dowdens proposed the fabrication of 2 Teams of 4x Dewatering PODs. Each Team is led by the newly designed 5m³ EXD QDS transportable roadway POD. 3x additional specially modified 4m³ Elliptical PODs (a combination of EXD & IP66 rated) are then positioned at strategic intervals along the panel as main gate development advances.
Dowdens Pumping & Water Treatment was successful in BMA's tendering process due to:
After a successful tendering process Dowdens team of engineers and draftsmen immediately began analysing the recovered Crinum mine 4m³ POD design. After much consideration, a plan was established to incorporate all new specifications and functionality required whilst retaining as much of the existing structure as possible, saving both fabrication time and money. This design was carried over to the new generation 4m³ Elliptical PODs.
The Narrow Gauge 5m³ Lead POD had to utilise every inch of its restricted underground foot print to facilitate the 5,000L capacity and extra-large solids screening hopper. All work access steps and ladders were designed to be stowed away to avoid contact by passing machinery. All equipment was to be readily accessible to operators, even while positioned hard against the roadway rib. The complete set of design drawings were completed within 5 days and construction began immediately ensuring delivery was made within BMA's tight project deadlines.
Specially equipped 1,000V electric motors were incorporated in the build to operate custom made hard-metal centrifugal pumps - primarily selected for water transfer between PODs operating 'in-sequence'. The Cast Iron WILDEN T15 Air Operated Double Diaphragm Pump was selected to serve as the auxiliary system for its robustness and relatively small weight-to-flow ratio. The lower weight and lower capital cost of the T15 allowed two pumps to be incorporated into each pump station to serve in duty / standby, or duty / assist mode if required.
A pneumatic control system provides seamless switching between air and electric pumping modes. Non-powered level controls allow maximum tank differential between the air pumps 'on & off' functions saving air consumption. Potential overflows are prevented by a pneumatically operated, inflow regulating valve. Each of the POD inflow manifolds are equipped with 4 auxiliary 50mm pump inputs to integrate localised pumping to the 'outbye' system. Custom built electrical control panels incorporate all EX'd field devices providing temperature, pressure, flow & fault communications via a PLC to the site Citect system. Area lighting and visual pump status indicator lights can be positioned remotely ensuring clear viewing from the mines underground roadways.
Dowdens Pumping & Water Treatment design philosophy for this project was: Cost Effectiveness - Current Best Practice - Ease of Installation - Simple & Effective Plant Operation - Plant Reliability & Reduced Ongoing Maintenance.
Modular Underground Dewatering System's Key Components are listed below:
Dowdens Pumping & Water Treatment's Mackay Branch has completed commissioning of the Moranbah 'whole-of-town' Automated Irrigation System. This Dowdens designed irrigation system was delivered to improve the control and ongoing maintenance of township irrigation within Moranbah, QLD.
Isaac Regional Council (IRC) specified a number of key criteria during the tendering process that the system was to deliver. These system criteria included, but were not limited to: provide the ability for night time automatic irrigation to numerous local Athletics Fields that have previously been irrigated manually (using static sprinklers and travelling irrigators) during the day; to replace an aging irrigation system located on Mills Ave. and achieve an overall reduction in labour relating to ongoing maintenance.
Dowdens Mackay successful tender was centred on an innovative Central Control System that enabled remote monitoring and maintenance of the 52 irrigation sites throughout Moranbah. The Dowdens designed controller is based in the Goonyella Road Council Depot. Dowdens Central Control System comprises of a desktop computer, irrigation software, an online weather station and localised communication/data collection infrastructure (routers, modem and radio transmitters/receivers).
This irrigation system is the first time Central Control System architecture has been utilised anywhere in the Isaac Regional Council shire. The system transmits all data collected / collated via several forms of communication i.e. radio frequencies, internet connection (Wi-Fi / 3G) and direct wired connections.
The Dowdens designed Central Control System has the ability to communicate to all Toro Sentinel Controllers via either radio frequency or internet connection. The operator has the ability to program and monitor all controllers via the Central Controller. The operator can set independent watering days, start times and run times for each and every station (valve) connected to Sentinel Controllers. Each day a detailed activity report is sent to all operators notifying them of all system activities, such as no. of actual stations operated, how long for, if any stations recorded abnormal flow (high or low), system communication success or failures, abnormal solenoid coil current (high or low) and the status of all soil moisture sensors. Reports can easily be generated to show the history of all/specific system activities such as those listed above.
A wireless Weather Station and remote Soil Moisture Sensors were installed and connected to the Central Controller to efficiently monitor the regions weather conditions in real-time, and then adjust the systems parameters accordingly. The Weather Station and remote Soil Moisture Sensors are used primarily to prevent irrigation occurring during and after localised rain events and to calculate Evapotranspiration (ET) based irrigation running times. For example the Central Control System is programmed to turn all irrigation off for 3 days (adjustable timeframe) when more than 10mm of rain is received on any 1 day (adjustable timeframe). Weather Station calculates the daily ET and automatically adjusts irrigation duration accordingly (lower ET = lower run time).
This systems has provided IRC control and monitoring capabilities of 52 irrigation sites throughout Moranbah from one central site. Delivering vastly improved energy and water use efficiencies this Dowdens designed irrigation systems features automatic shutdown of all irrigation during rain events; automatic adjustment of irrigation run times based on ET; daily automatic reporting of all irrigation sites activity; automatic irrigation for 75% of median strips located on Mills Avenue; addition of quick coupler valves to flush lateral lines thereby minimising blockages; automatic irrigation of Little Athletics / AFL Sporting fields resulting in reduced labour required for manual setup of irrigators; reduction of effluent contact with public via system only watering at night; filters on effluent mainline have minimised blockages to irrigation valve and sprinklers, thereby reducing labour required to clear blockages.
Dowdens Pumping & Water Treatment's design philosophy for this project was: Cost Effectiveness - Current Best Practice - Ease of Installation - Simple & Effective System Operation - System Reliability & Delivering Greatly Reduced Ongoing Maintenance Requirements.
Moranbah Township Irrigation ~ Key System FEATURES & Components:
CENTRAL CONTROL ROOM Components
TORO Sentinel Water Management System software - EATON Computer with Printer, Router, UPS - DAVIS Vantage Pro2Plus Weather Station Console (Inside Temperature, Humidity, Barometric Pressure Sensors) - DAVIS Vantage Pro2Plus Integrated Sensor Suite (Anemometer, Tipping Rain Collector, UV Sensor, Solar Radiation Sensor, Outside Temperature Sensor, Outside Humidity Sensor) - WEATHERLINK Software - TORO NSN Support Systems (24/7 Phone Support for IRC operators)
FIELD CONTROLLERS Overview
Field (or Satellite) Controllers were installed at 52 sites throughout Moranbah. These units control the irrigation at their respective sites by direct wire connection to solenoid valves. The field controllers act as stand alone units, operating independently from the central controller. However all of the Controller's programming information comes via the Central Controller. This allows Field Controllers to operate even if the Central Controller is not operational for any reason (loss of power, phone network outages etc.). The Central Controller and Field Controllers automatically communicate at the end of each day to tabulate current programming changes, and again each morning to receive detailed system activity reports. The Field Controllers can be powered by AC if available on site, or DC via by 12V batteries trickle charged by solar panels.
Controllers were either mounted on existing structures or on Dowdens fabricated galvanised steel posts, hinged to allow access from ground level. Each of the 4 irrigated Sports Field sites have a wireless soil moisture sensor attached. The Field Controllers can be set to prevent watering when the soil moisture is above 50% of capacity (all are adjustable). A Mobile Soil Moisture Sensor was also supplied to allow IRC operators to manually test and record soil moisture levels at any location. All Field Controllers have a built in radio for communication to a 'Base' or 'Node' Controller. Base Controllers also have a 3G modem to communicate with the Central Controller.
MILLS AVENUE - MEDIANS IRRIGATION Overview
This portion of the project involved the design, supply and installation of 17 irrigation systems for all median strips on Mills Avenue, Moranbah (running from Goonyella Road to Clements Street). The existing systems were old, had unreliable battery powered controllers and required high levels of IRC operator maintenance. Most of the medians were generally turf with established large trees, approximately 10 metres wide, ranging anywhere from 10 - 230 metres long.
Each median irrigation system that Dowdens supplied consisted of: DC Sentinel Controller with radio, battery, panel, antenna, hinged pole, connection to existing Effluent mainline, flow sensors, isolation ball valves, solenoid valves / valve boxes, Toro T5 pop-up sprinklers with flexible risers and quick coupler valves placed at the end of the lines for flushing purposes.
LITTLE ATHLETICS / AFL FIELD IRRIGATION Overview
This portion of the project involved the design, supply and installation of an irrigation system for the Moranbah Little Athletics Field. The existing system consisted of a large travelling irrigator, which involved the IRC operator setting up the machine, manually turning it on and off and moving it to each position on the field. This produces uneven watering and often resulted in irrigation needing to undertaken during the day which goes against the applicable effluent re-use guidelines.
The irrigation system that Dowdens supplied incorporated: AC Sentinel Controller with radio & antenna (also incorporating AFL coverage), connection to existing Effluent mainline, 80 mm semi-automatic filter, flow sensors, isolation ball valves, solenoid valves / valve boxes, Toro 640 pop-up sprinklers with articulated risers and a wireless soil moisture sensor was installed on the AFL field to monitor soil moisture content.
MAINLINE FILTERS Overview
This portion of the project involved the design, supply and installation of semi-automatic filters at various locations along the effluent mainline. A 200 mm filter was installed in the mainline behind Moranbah High School, a 100 mm filter at Tallon Street and an 80 mm filter at the Athletics / AFL Field. Each of these filters included galvanised steel pipework to allow filters to be mounted above ground, isolation valves, filter, concrete pad and a Dowdens fabricated lockable enclosure. The filters are easily cleaned by opening a valve / turning a handle to allow the suction scanners to clean the entire filter without needing the removal of the element - a huge time saver for the IRC operators.