From the lights of Vivid to the New Year’s Eve Fireworks on the Sydney Harbour Bridge a small Bulli business is earning a big reputation for its work on major infrastructure projects.
Fibre Optics Design and Construct (FODC) boss Michael McKeogh told an Illawarra Innovative Industry Network (i3net) breakfast that many of the projectors used on the Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Bridge during VIVID used the fibre optic network his Wollongong team installed.
“It runs all the way around the city and in fact up on the roof of the AMP building,” he said.
Mr McKeogh was able to announce another first at The Grange Golf Club as the number of new opportunities to work on major road and rail infrastructure projects in NSW increased.
“It is quite an amazing time to work up in Sydney,” he said.
“And we are not only working on the WestConnex project. We have been asked to review all the designs. Teams of engineers have been working on it for the last two years and they are just about ready to tender. They have asked us to come in and review all of their designs first. Which is quite a responsibility.”
The FODC team will use its expertise analyse all the drawings to check everything can work.
“During the next 10 years there is going to be an amazing amount of infrastructure work in Sydney,” Mr McKeogh said.
“We have an amazing opportunity right now and we want to make the most of it. And we would like to be able to partner with some of the organisations here at i3net”.
Mr McKeogh said doing everything from pulling three kilometres of cable through Sydney Harbour Tunnel to installing communication systems in coal mines around Australia was generating jobs, training, career development and industry leading expertise in Wollongong.
“Having a small business and being based down here can be pretty amazing,” he said.
Mr McKeogh said it was incredible to look back and see how far the one man business he started in 2005, with an old ambulance he bought at an auction, had come.