Fredon Security won the 2017 ASIAL (Australian Security Industry Association Ltd) annual excellence award in the category Integrated Security Solution Large over $500,000 for the Australian Embassy in Bangkok.

The project was not only large but complex. Fredon’s team had to balance without compromise many logistic demands and project requirements both in design and during construction.

The ASIAL citation referred to the design requirements of the “specialised security systems to deal with a mix of uses including public access, offices and high sensitivity areas”, as well as the at times gruelling construction which took “40 months in hot and humid conditions”.

Some of the design challenges met by the team included:

  • Comprehensive pre-planning which the team described as “100% design”.  For example the architectural specification of floors and walls of solid and textured pre-poured concrete meant there were not the margins for error usually available by running conduit behind plasterboard.  The textured wall finish required precise vertical placement of steel cable containment, and thoroughly specified support structures and access points.
  • The requirement of the building to be a showcase commercial, event and residential venue with suitably high standard of finish; unobtrusive but high quality day to day security, and able to turn into a highly secure facility at the touch of a button.
  • Custom designed elements to overcome legal complexities of working with Thai, Australian and international requirements. For example, dealing with supply of equipment and materials that were not designed to a common standard, be it varying digital interfaces or even imperial/metric measurement issues.

Some of the precision located conduit

Some of the project challenges included:

  • Dealing with language – 5 were widely spoken on site – and climate issues.  Temperatures rose to 40C inside the building at times, before installed HVAC systems were available.  Rising ground water in the tropical conditions was another significant issue.  Health and safety was consistently maintained to Australian standards and the project was incident free.
  • Overcoming the distance problems with an appropriate combination of on-site staff, screen/application sharing and video conferencing.
  • Communicating Australian standards and practises via highly detailed documentation, and very detailed ITC’s (Inspection and Test Checklists). This was necessary because embassy sites are treated as Australian zones. It had to be implemented with diplomacy and clarity vis-a-vis the Thai workforce and the French head contractor (BVSL). The working relationships ended up being very positive and respectful and were a key to the overall success of the project.

Colin Durey with one of the massive Gallagher doors

The systems installed included:

  • A Gallagher Command Centre access control & alarm system incorporating over 500 devices – among which were some of the heaviest motorised steel doors we have yet worked with.
  • A Pelco Endura CCTV surveillance system covering a three building precinct, which utilised a high performance fibre optic based data network for central high resolution / low latency viewing of feeds.
  • A Jaques IP intercom system which integrates with the access control system to provide unified management and synchronised event logging.

The project in Bangkok involved all Fredon divisions – with varying levels of participation across mechncanial, electrical and data installations. Fredon Technology were responsible for the installation of the A/V and IBMS (Integrated Building Management System). The group approach and collaboration resulted in the project being a strategic international success story for the entire organisation.

This is the fourth straight win for Fredon Security at the ASIAL awards, and the degree of difficulty in this job is perhaps the highest yet, because of the unique combination of scale, remote location and the inherent nature of the project, being an international embassy.  The entire team, particularly the tireless onsite managers Colin Durey and Geoff Albertson, performed exceptionally for a well deserved win.