Category "General"

Introducing Rob Fox


This week we welcome Rob Fox to The Optimate Team.

Rob is an Experienced Software Engineer with a demonstrated history of working with Operational Data, with a strong technical understanding of the OSIsoft PI System from design to implementation. His established history of diagnosing and resolving software issues has a firm customer focus. Always up for a challenge, he is pursuing a Masters in Computer Science at Georgia Institute of Technology to add to his Bachelors in Chemical Engineering from Curtin University.
We have taken some time to ask Rob some questions to get to know him a little better and you can read more about him below.

Tell us a little about yourself?
I moved over here (WA) when I was about 14 from Shepparton in central Victoria. Been pretty happy in Perth ever since! Live with my partner, no pets (though we’re working on that problem). I also play in/volunteer for the Perth Street Roller Hockey league – a social sports league here.

How did you come to be working at Optimate?
I sort of fell into the operational data “thing”. I studied Chemical Engineering, but late in my degree I realised I much prefer the software and data side of things, so I joined OSIsoft’s technical support team. After working there for a few years and getting to know PI pretty well, I decided that it was time to move towards something a bit more on the services/solutions side. Optimate seemed like the perfect fit!

Last question! What do you think the future is for this industry?
That’s a big one. There’s no question that data collection is getting more pervasive. I think the bigger issue is getting it in the hands of the right people so that they can make more informed decisions, which is ultimately a big boost to efficiency and/or safety. There are some real challenges around how we get the data to the right people while making sure it doesn’t end up in the wrong hands. It’s an exciting place to be right now!

We hope you have enjoyed getting to know Rob a little better and be sure to keep an eye out for him in our Perth office.

DATE: Oct 20, 2020
AUTHOR: Admin_Optimate




This question has never been more relevant than this year. The pandemic outbreak has really shown how much we need to feel and be connected, and how important it is for our wellbeing to have a sincere and personal conversation. 

At Optimate we will dedicate our fortnightly team breakfast on Thursday September 10 to check in with each other and ask the most important of questions: how do you feel?

In addition, our Regional Manager in Brisbane Naomi Robinson came up with the initiative to give all our team members a paid afternoon (or morning) to check in with friends, family, and everybody they feel needs a bit of TLC in these days. I think this is a great way to give back to (and stay connected with) the communities we are part of – I’d like to encourage all our customers and partners to join R U OK? Day through similar or completely different ideas. We need it now more than ever.

Last but not least, I’d like to draw your attention to the panel discussion organised by R U OK? about their R U OK? experiences, why R U OK?, what to say when someone says they’re not OK and how you can continue a conversation that could change a life.

For full event details and to register click the link below;

Kind regards

Francois Mevis

CEO Optimate

DATE: Sep 8, 2020
AUTHOR: Admin_Optimate

Introducing Yifan Jiang


This week we welcome Yifan Jiang to the Optimate team. Yifan is our first new starter to be onboarded completely remotely into the business. While joining the team would normally be a little different; induction into the office space, grabbing a coffee or lunch with new team mates. We have all adapted by making introductions and catching up digitally. So what can we tell you about Yifan? We asked him just a few questions to get to know him a little better.

Can you tell us a little more about yourself? What was your journey to become an engineer?
I was born in Hangzhou, one of the most beautiful cities in China. I did my university study in Darwin, NT and landed a graduate job as a control system engineer in Invensys, which was the vendor of Wonderware, Triconex and Foxboro branded solutions. The company was acquired by Schneider Electric, from which I was given the opportunity to learn Citect, ClearSCADA and Schneider PLCs. I moved on to WSP two years ago to pursue professional development beyond what a system vendor can provide. I really enjoyed the consultancy environment and learnt a lot in the area that is typically classified as front end engineering. On my own time, I like to do photography and make travel videos. Lately, I have picked up Guitar as another hobby so I keep my sanity during the lockdowns.

How did you come to be working at Optimate?
My experiences working as either a vendor engineer or consulting engineer had provided me with opportunities to learn from the best in respective fields. However, I always wanted to become a well-rounded engineer, for which I feel the need to move to a position where I can utilize what I have learnt from both worlds. I feel that Optimate is an exciting growing company that I can contribute and also realize my full potential.

Finally we would love to hear your thoughts on the future of the industry. What do you think the future holds?
I believe the future of the industry will be driven by Data. Data analytics will be at the core of the decision making and operation optimization in industrial automation. I see Optimate’s four practices mode as a full-stack service of getting data from the origin and comprehend valuable information to make decisions. I am excited to join such a team to contribute and learn from the best in the coming years.

Thanks so much for taking the time to answer our questions Yifan. It has been a pleasure getting to know you better!

DATE: Sep 3, 2020
AUTHOR: Admin_Optimate

COVID-19 Update


To all our customers and partners, 

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

Since early March, we have prepared our organisation quickly to continue work from home or another ‘remote’ location, including remote access to our customer systems. This has continued, with some leniency in WA and QLD as we appeared to be COVID free, or close to it, in the last few months.

This week, however, there have been new COVID-19 alerts in Brisbane and other widespread areas and we are again taking action quickly, with caution, to do what is right for the health and safety of our staff, their families and the clients we are working with.

Customers will continue to be updated individually where necessary, to ensure we align to your measures and appropriate action. Following the first outbreak of COVID-19, we had implemented a robust capability for all our colleagues to work from home – that capability is and will remain fully operational as part of normal business operations.

Internally as a precautionary measure, we have taken the following steps.

  • As of Monday, 24th August for the next 2 weeks, 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.
  • Issue an updated internal COVID-19 plan with clear instructions and training to all staff that is relevant.
  • Restrictions on all non-essential travel that we already had in place, are obviously maintained.

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 the Optimate Pty Ltd, take care,

Francois Mevis

DATE: Aug 25, 2020
AUTHOR: Admin_Optimate

Introducing Chris Kearney


Tell us a little about you and your background? 

I’m originally from Ireland and have spent the last 8 years living in the Wild West aka Perth. Over the last six years I’ve worked in business development roles. I’m particularly passionate about renewable energy and this has been my main focus for the last four years. I first discovered this while working as a Principal Consultant and Business Development Manager for Spencer Ogden where I built the renewable energy team and supported clients across the industry with recruitment and consulting services. My most recent role was working as the Business Development Manager for Professional Wind Services. 

How did you come to be working at Optimate? 

While working for Professional Wind Services I worked closely with Francois and Optimate in setting up a partnership to provide customers with a full scope Operations & Maintenance offering. As my role was coming to a finish with Professional Wind Services an opportunity was presented to me by Francois to join Optimate as their Business Development Manager. Understanding the culture and values along with the opportunity to increase Optimates exposure to the renewable energy industry made this an exciting role to step into. 

What have the team had you doing so far? 

So far, I’ve been getting to know the rest of the team in Optimate. I’ve also been receiving training to get an in depth understanding of Optimates capability and how this is split into four key practices. 

Have you managed to visit any customers on site yet? 

I’ve had the opportunity to be involved in one customer meeting up to this point. I’m looking forward to visiting customers on site in the weeks ahead along with many coffee catch ups on the terrace.  

What do you think the future is for the industry? 

Companies are still in the early stages of truly understanding the value of their data. Industry 4.0 is bringing radical change and customers need to start embracing and adapting their operations accordingly to remain competitive. Innovation in renewable energy alongside operational data presents a great opportunity for Optimate.

DATE: Jul 14, 2020
AUTHOR: Admin_Optimate

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