Below are the general details of the Electrical Design Group including a brief Company Profile and a summary of Benefits our client realise by using EDG. The following Mission Statement is regally discussed at EDG and has continued to prove to be a solid foundation for EDG direction and client engagement.Our core policies being our Operation Health and Safety (OHS) Policy, Environment Policy Environment Policy and our Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Policy are included below.
The Electrical Design Group (EDG) is a Queensland based company specialising in provision of lighting, communications and safety electrical systems engineering.
The practice has offices in Brisbane and the Gold Coast engaged in design and documentation of electrical engineering building services.
The Electrical Design Group has been in operation since 1993, and has progressed from dealing primarily with small commercial development to dealing almost exclusively with large re-developments or greenfield projects requiring design of all electrical systems.
At EDG we believe that our role as part of a project team is to conduct our scope of works in a way that exceeds our clients’ needs.
We achieve this by focusing on:
EDG ensures that the relationships between financial considerations, program and risk, be considered from the client’s perspective at all times.
Developing friendly and open working relationships is integral to our operating philosophy. This not only ensures that all stakeholders are appropriately informed in order to meet and exceed our clients’ expectations, but also allows all parties to enjoy their involvement in each project.
The substantial volume of repeat business from long standing clients and the amount of work gained via referral is testimony to our success at fulfilling these objectives.
With the proximity of the Brisbane and Gold Coast offices, the Electrical Design Group is able to accommodate large workloads and provide a quick response by utilising and transferring in-house staff. To ensure accuracy and efficiencies are maintained, the Electrical Design Group utilises a quality management control and review system which was developed and implemented jointly by both offices.
To facilitate such staff and information transfers, the Electrical Design Group operates fully electronic offices utilising the latest in design, documentation and system management software.
EDG also has well-established relationships with a network of suppliers, which ensures we always have access to the latest in cutting edge and emerging technology. This allows EDG to incorporate new products into tailored solutions for our clients that maximise cost efficiency and product life span.
Internally, all projects are undertaken in accordance with our control and review system. The Electrical Design Group provides a project engineer as the single point of contact for each project. The project engineer also controls and is responsible for the project internally. We believe it is important for the client to deal exclusively with a single project engineer who is able to run the project from conception to completion, ensuring consistency of work quality and communication.
Following initial meetings and discussions on the project at hand, a design brief is produced for all parties to review and develop as appropriate. This document outlines the intended scope, type, quality and provides preliminary space planning data.
In addition to identifying the relevant aspects of our services the brief defines all relevant associated works, which includes:
All assumptions are documented for review and comment by the responsible parties.
Budgets are assessed based on the design brief, enabling greater degrees of accuracy of our own service’s budgets and ensuring that associated works are all appropriately included.
Part plans and sketches are produced to clearly communicate requirements during the conceptual planning stage. The concept documents often form part of the brief.
This simplifies the development of conceptual architectural plans and allows constructive commentary to occur prior to detailed development.
Clear AutoCAD drawings and part plans are presented in two fundamental stages:
The early issue of these plans and drawings enables the end user, as well as the design team, to review more detailed layouts and to facilitate any modifications.
Design reviews are inherently built into the development processes outlined above. Budgetary reviews are also undertaken throughout this developmental process. We believe that it is critical to undertake reviews of our own work not only in-house but also utilising the relevant resources of the project team.
This ensures that at each stage, the project is being lead in the right direction and the clients’ interests are protected.
The construction phase is approached proactively with regard to reports, site inspections and meetings, providing valuable leadership and control of sub-contractors and authorities.
This accountability ensures the construction team receives maximum assistance and the design team remains fully informed at all times.
Documentation is the key method of communicating a design, and as such, the Electrical Design Group places extreme importance on quality and consistency, which includes:
EDG has numerous points of difference that are ‘value adding’ for our clients:
EDG is a Southeast Queensland-based company conducting the vast majority of its work within southeast Queensland. We understand local market trends and the pressures affecting Queensland businesses, which keeps our focus on alleviating those pressures for our clients at all times.
We also have relationships with the local authorities, well established supplier networks and have worked with many of Queensland’s project management, architectural and construction firms, so we have extensive local knowledge our clients can utilise.
EDG is a specialised electrical design consultancy dealing in all aspects of building services electrical engineering design. Because we have a highly concentrated understanding of this segment of engineering, we can offer our clients innovative designs that will reduce costs and add market value. We can also identify problems before they arise, give advice on design features, and deliver effective troubleshooting services to our clients.
EDG understands the importance of producing, recording and disseminating reliable and consistent information to clients and the project team quickly and effectively. To this end, we have implemented a cutting edge document and file management system which has radically streamlined the flow of internal and external information.
This means for example that the project engineer has access to any technical specs, plans or drawings ever produced by EDG within seconds. It means all faxes are sent electronically, reducing paper usage and eliminating the possibility of faxes going astray. This not only produces efficiencies for our business, it leads to greater productivity and reduced costs for our clients.
EDG believes strongly in open and easy communication and flow of information, so we use our website as a repository for information of value to our clients, project managers, architects, other consultants and contractors.
This service allows quick and instant access to information to anyone working on a project; significantly reduces postage and faxing, not to mention time spent sourcing documents to provide to others; and again results in cost and time savings for our clients.
EDG has invested considerable time and resources over the past 10 years towards streamlining and customising our design drafting software. For example, customised tool buttons for each symbol used on EDG drawings ensures that each symbol is inserted on its correct layer and has the correct line type and thickness for printing. This process has also improved the speed and efficiency of printing and archiving drawings in different formats. This has been done in order to maximise the consistency, reliability and speed of delivery of drawings and other documents for our clients.
EDG has created a details library to assist with the documentation of projects. This means all typical details of a design job, from a Hand Dryer Connection Detail to an Emergency Lighting Schematic are on hand almost instantly and stored electronically in one location. These details have also been created with assistance and feedback from various electrical subcontractors, builders and architects who work with these details on a regular basis. This means that each new project is documented with the latest and most up to date details, again offering confidence and peace of mind to our clients.
EDG’s philosophy of empowering its staff to take ownership of their areas of responsibility has resulted in EDG having extremely low turnover in its staff. This not only gives clients confidence that EDG’s staff have considerable knowledge and expertise in their field, it also means clients can rely on a consistent, high quality of work being produced by EDG time after time.
EDG is committed to exceeding our clients’ expectations by providing the highest possible quality of service through:
EDG will ensure that our operations and services are conducted so as to reduce the risks to the health and safety of all permanent staff, sub-contractors, contractors, project partners and clients.
EDG recognises our obligations as a responsible employer as well as those defined by legislation in Australia.
EDG is committed to preventing injury and illness through providing a safe and healthy work environment.
EDG is committed to the rehabilitation for all work related injured or ill workers. We recognise that the rehabilitation process is a positive step in retaining the skills of staff.
EDG is committed to maintaining the following Occupational Health and Safety standards:
Effective occupational rehabilitation process including:
All EDG management staff have a joint responsibility with clients to provide and maintain workplaces and systems of work which do not expose employees to risk of accident or injury. They must provide information, instruction, training and supervision to employees to ensure safe performance of work tasks.
They will develop strategies to reduce the incidents of accidents and injury in the workplace and notify the relevant authorities of serious injuries or death within 24 hours.
A Rehabilitation Coordinator will be appointed and trained accordingly to coordinate all workers compensation claims, developing and monitoring all return to work plans and liaise with the relevant workers’ compensation authorities.
All direct permanent employees of EDG are responsible for ensuring all clients’ sites have been reviewed for risk evaluation either by physical assessment or via telephone. Where a hazard is identified, they will inform all contractors, sub-contractors or project partners assigned to that site of it and the recommended safe work practices to reduce the risk of injury or illness. They will also work with the client to ensure this is followed through.
They will brief all contractors, sub-contractors or project partners to report and record all workplace accidents, injuries or illnesses. Where the contractors, sub-contractors or project partners are unable to complete required forms due to hospitalisation, they will endeavour to visit the person to assist with completion of all forms. All direct permanent employees are responsible for ensuring Accident/Incident forms are current and available for inspection, and undertake participation in the rehabilitation and return to work programs as required.
All EDG contractors, sub-contractors and project partners have responsibilities to ensure their own personal health and safety in the workplace as well as that of all work colleagues. This includes taking all reasonable steps to protect themselves and their work colleagues health and safety. For this purpose they will:
Wherever practicable, clients will be asked to eliminate significant hazards in the workplace or to isolate the hazard from EDG employees. Where the hazard is identified as serious or potentially life threatening, EDG staff may remove all staff from the site until the client advices that the hazard has been removed and EDG is able to confirm same.
What to do if an Accident, Injury or Illness occurs:
EDG is committed to protection of the environment and the human safety of its employees and clients. We are dedicated to complying with national commitments that strive for a sustainable society over the long term.
Our objective is that the activities of EDG shall not harm the environment or have a negative impact on human health.
EDG will operate as an environmentally responsible citizen via:
NOTE: This policy relates to EDG’s environmental practices within its office workplaces. For specific projects contact EDG for information regarding EDG’s environmental design policy.
EDG is committed to providing equal opportunities for all employees and applicants for employment. We shall not discriminate on the basis of race, colour, religion, sex, national origin, age, physical or mental disabilities or sexual orientation. EDG shall retain a workplace environment free of discriminatory policies and practices.
Our EEO principles require that:
No staff member’s employment is terminated on the basis of any attribute that would contravene our EEO policy or any application Anti-Discrimination laws (eg race, gender, religion, sexual preference, marital status, pregnancy, age). EDG does however reserve the right to have an employee seek medical advice to ensure that he or she is able to perform the duties on a position where there may be danger to his or her health.
In the event of retrenchments or redundancies, all employees shall be treated fairly and equitably.