Customer Insight: Custom video walls and dashboards


Watch our interview with Rudy Bake on how the Optimate team transformed his Insight in Western Power’s network.

The Optimate team worked with Western Power to create custom video walls and dashboards for the Network Operations Centre (NOC) – the core of Western Powers grid management that supplies power to 2.5 million people in Western Australia.

The primary goal was to increase the situational awareness for the Operations team and provide them with more information about what was happening with the network at any time, as well creating a forward looking view based on outages, forecasted weather events and grid specific factors like reactive power projection. The initial phase lead to a broad range of additional, more advanced information requests from the NOC team, as well as stakeholders in other functional areas of Western Power. In the past 18 months, the solution has developed into a mature operational data hub that justified the focus of the Optimate team on scalability and flexibility in the architecture.

This project is a fantastic example of the work we do in Information & Insight. The objective of gathering, storing and enriching data is to help people to make better decisions. The data analytics and visualisation capability of Optimate helps to drive benefits by showing the right information, at the right time, and in the right context.

Using state of the art technology and frameworks like OSIsoft PI, Asset Framework and PI Vision in an agile and user-driven development process, we integrate insight into the operational process where it provides value – whether that’s a wall-to-wall Operations Centre screens or highly customised mobile displays. 

Want to know more? Let’s talk. 

Optimate. Powering Operational Intelligence.

DATE: May 25, 2020
AUTHOR: Admin_Optimate

Optimate Announcement: Senior Leadership Update


Dear Optimate customer and relations,

In the past 12 months, Optimate has strengthened its focus on being the best-of-class data integration company in the Operational Data domain, and truly Power your Operational Intelligence. We have seen that reflected in both the positive feedback we received from many of you, as in the growing engagement in great projects and initiatives. Especially in these times that shows a great deal of trust in us – thank you!

To make sure we are positioned to deliver and exceed your expectations, we strive continuously to align the vision and strategy of Optimate to the personal passion and energy of our people. In that process, we agreed to a change in our senior leadership. As of June 30, 2020 Steve Miller will resign from Optimate and the Optimate Board of Directors, and explore an independent initiative aimed at developing innovative data management solutions.

Steve is recognised in Australia and abroad as one of the primary thought leaders and visionaries in Data Management and Data Contextualisation. He has expressed to us his desire to fully concentrate on this topic and follow his passion. To this end we came to an amicable and cooperative decision that segregation from Optimate was in the best interest of both Steve and Optimate.

This decision was not taken lightly by either of us. Steve founded Optimate over 20 years ago and has been the embodiment of the organisation throughout the years. He was CEO until October last year, and after handing over to me he has continued as Lead for the Context and Quality Practice and invaluable mentor for the incoming Executive Team. To say he will be missed is an understatement.

Between now and the end of June we will execute handover of current projects and relations; this process has started in the background and will ensure a seamless transition from a customer perspective. If you have any concerns or questions, please reach out to myself, Naomi Robinson or your Optimate account manager.

On behalf of Optimate and the Optimate Board of Directors, I wish Steve Miller all success in the exciting journey he is embarking on. Take care, Steve!

Kind regards

Francois Mevis

DATE: Apr 21, 2020
AUTHOR: Admin_Optimate

Client Care Packs


From early March onwards Optimate put in place a series of preparatory steps to ensure business as usual and customer support during the COVID-19 outbreak. As well as internal periodic (multiple times per week) information and guidelines to our staff, we are keeping our customers front and foremost of concern for their wellbeing.

We are now rolling out to clients who find it necessary to operate at the coal front a complimentary “Client Care Pack” from Optimate.  These packs include social distancing floor decals and various sized Anti-Microbacterial film which can be used around their workplace from PureZone.  Door handles and touch screens are most benefited.

PureZone is quite revolutionary and has been tested and certified according to ISO 2196 norm.  It ensures a guaranteed neutralisation of 99.99% of common pathogens like Escherichia coli / Salmonella enterica / Listeria monocytogenes / Staphylococcus aureus / Staphylococcus aureus resistant to meticillin (MRSA) / Pseudomonas aeruginosa. All these bacteria are responsible for gastroenteritis, fever, listeriosis, weakened immune defences, urinary tract infection and skin infections.  Whilst we know that virus bugs are everywhere (and we don’t pretend that this kills a virus), it’s still a great way to eliminate some of these bacteria around your workplace to keep your staff healthier!  This PureZone film will have lasting benefits for up to 5 years.  

If you would like more information please let us know or contact our supplier direct @FXSigns.

Stay well!

The Optimate Team

DATE: Apr 17, 2020
AUTHOR: Admin_Optimate

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!
NOTE: This whiteboard has been censored as it contains top secret information.

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