Get to know Joel Halpin


We welcomed Joel Halpin to the Optimate team almost four months ago now. Joel is based at our Perth office and now he is settled in, we thought it was a great idea to catch up for a chat and find out a little bit more about him.

Tell us a little about you and your background?
My background, you likely know some of it already but I’ll type it for a coherent story. I grew up in Melbourne where I obtained my degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Melbourne. Quickly finding an interest in operational data management I joined OSIsoft as a technical support engineer. It was actually in that role that I first meet Francois, back when he was working at Verve energy he participated in some OSIsoft PI client training that I taught, and he’s still got the certificate to prove it 😊

In that role I started taking on more international projects and eventually got an opportunity to take a position of team leader at OSIsoft’s head office near San Francisco. Missing Australia I eventually moved back, still working for OSIsoft but more focused on system engineering and helping enterprise customers with their PI AF adoption. It was at that time I reconnected with Francois when we were working on a joint presentation for Western Power, and not too long after he approached me to come work for Optimate.

What are you currently working on?
For what I’m working on, Francois will have to say how much of this we’re allowed to share publicaly based on our NDA. I’m primarily working with Molycop to build a Optimate managed, cloud based PI System hosted in Azure where we take care of everything from the networking to building displays and hierarchies. That platform is used to manage and deliver data to Molycop partners and customers from a sensor platform they are launching that’s able to measure impact forces within grinding mills used primarily in mining operations. This will be an entirely new field of sensor data so there’s a significant academic interest as well as commercial.

What are your thoughts on the future of our industry?
For the future of the industry. I think that as network conductivity and computing becomes ever more prevalent, the traditional lines used to define realms of technology such as OT, IT and cloud, are becoming forever blurred. It is in this that I see a rise in the importance of being able to understand how people interact and get value from their operational data, in order to effectively design digital solutions that meet their needs with the technology that’s available.

Thanks for taking the time Joel and allowing us to get to know you a little better. We are happy to have welcomed you to our team!
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DATE: Mar 19, 2020
AUTHOR: Admin_Optimate

Response to the COVID-19 outbreak


To all our customers and partners, 

I’d like to update you on the measures Optimate has put in place in response to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak.

Over the last couple of weeks we have prepared our organisation to continue all work from home or another ‘remote’ location, including remote access to our customer systems. These preparations have been completed successfully; we are set up to deliver high-quality and reliable service under all circumstances.

For those customers where we are an embedded part of your team in your offices, we’ll align to the measures you put in place. If it makes sense to work from your offices we’ll continue to do that, if your preference is to work remote we are fully capable of continuing our service from remote locations.

Internally we have taken the following additional measures. 

As of Monday, March 16th all our employees default work location will be from home, only coming into our offices when essential. Employees in risk categories already made this shift in an earlier stage.

In addition we have issued a travel ban for non-essential travel.
If you have any questions regarding this message, or would like specific information about our support to your organisation, please feel free to reach out.

On behalf of Optimate Pty Ltd, take care,

Francois Mevis

DATE: Mar 13, 2020
AUTHOR: Admin_Optimate

Welcome to the Optimate Team Alan Lark


Alan Lark is a new addition to the Optimate team, based in Perth. Now he is a couple of weeks in, we wanted to share a little bit more about him.

Tell us a little about you and your background?
I’ve spent the last 10 years working in the Power utility sector within Western Australia, originally as a Power Systems engineer but gradually moving more into operational data, performance engineering and analytics.  My most recent prior role was leading a business intelligence and analytics team, with a strong focus on developing a Microsoft Azure based analytics platform.

How did you come to be working at Optimate?
I’ve worked with Optimate as a customer for around 6 ½ years.  I’ve always had a strong interest in operational technology and saw a role with Optimate as a natural fit for my technical and domain experience, and a great opportunity to gain exposure to broader industries.

What have the team had you doing so far?
So far I’ve been getting hands on with some ongoing decommissioning and PI System builds works, as well as some system architecture design.

Have you managed to visit any customers on site yet?
I’ve been up and down the terrace a few times to client offices but I’m yet to get on site.  I’m eager to get out and see what our customers do.

What do you think the future is for the industry?
I think the demand for operational technology expertise is only growing as companies are still discovering the value of their data, especially outside the traditional usage of operational trending.  There are also exciting emerging industries such as renewable energy which provide a great opportunity for our company.

DATE: Mar 4, 2020
AUTHOR: Admin_Optimate

Our 2020 Services and Solutions Overview


Dear Customers and Partners,

It gives me great pleasure to proudly present Optimate’s 2020 Services and Solutions overview.

Over the past months, we have had great conversations and feedback from our customers and partners, in addition to insightful reflections and evaluations of our knowledgeable colleagues. We have taken those ideas, questions, and feedback, and used it to focus our strategy along the lines of our mission statement: Powering Operational Intelligence.

The potential of operational data to improve business processes, reduce waste and facilitate digital business models is enormous and – still – largely untapped, but can only be achieved through an integrated and coherent strategy from the source of the data to the dashboard or predictive model. That’s why the Optimate Services and Solutions approach is built on four practices that hold the core of our capabilities. From the core of process control and device-generated data, via data integration and acquisition in historian solution, contextualisation and data quality management, to sensible visualisation and advanced modelling that drives better decisions.

But it’s not only what we do, but also how we do it. Driven by our core values of Accountability and Transparency, our approach is collaborative, honest and result-focussed. We understand no one solution will be the same for every client, and circumstances change. The foundation we build with you today will enable a long-term solution for your every data need now and in the future. We welcome you to come on this journey with us and letting us showcase to you how our Services and Solutions will best serve you.

You can learn more about them here:

Or, reach out to me or my team personally for an introductory meeting.

We are with certainty that the road ahead will be full of exciting initiatives from our unified team.

Kind regards,

Francois Mevis

DATE: Feb 12, 2020
AUTHOR: Admin_Optimate

Welcome back Michael!


Michael Jones is back working with the Optimate family! He returned fresh in 2020 and we thought it would be a great idea to catch up for a chat now he has settled back in.

How did you come to be working at Optimate?

I was introduced to the Optimate team while working as a contractor for Origin Energy back in 2011. I was impressed by the company’s range of technical skills and the enthusiastic culture and joined the company that year.

I left Optimate mid last year to pursue a new opportunity but welcomed the opportunity to rejoin with the team this year. I’m a PI specialist and really enjoy working with clients to keep them updated, while providing high quality service.

What have you been working on during your first few weeks at Optimate?

Getting to know the team and clients again, opening new doors for training and upskilling. As well as working as a team on our key areas of who we are supporting in the business environment – both externally and internally.

What will you be working on for the next few weeks?

Collaborating on our PI System deployment to ensure we have the highest standards, client project support and internal development.  I also heard rumour Naomi will be needing some help packing when we move to 480 Queen in a few short months. 

Last question! What do you think the future is for this industry?

The future looks great. The amount of data industry generates is increasing rapidly and this data needs to be managed to obtain the maximum benefit from it.

DATE: Feb 5, 2020
AUTHOR: Admin_Optimate