Home' micenet eMag : micenet June 2016 Contents “The direct benefit to the Western Australian
economy has been calculated at $50 million
dollars. All the sponsors of LNG 18 are to be
congratulated, and mention must be made of
the State Government, which contributed $2.5
million to ensure the convention went ahead.
These funds were mainly used to construct
temporary infrastructure to expand the
capacity of PCEC.
“This temporary expansion clearly
illustrates that, into the future, if Perth is to
remain competitive on the international
conference sector stage, an expanded PCEC
Mr Beeson said the full utilisation of the
centre also created a better delegate
“I attended LNG 17 in Houston where only
75 per cent of the centre was utilised, and
exhibition space and walkways were
stretched to fill the enormous void. This left
no feeling of intimacy, so essential for the
relationship-building aspect of the exhibition
and conference. It felt like we were in an
airport hangar – with a corresponding
“Conversely, the scaled-down space of
PCEC, utilised to perfection by Rodney Cox
and his team at ETF, created a wonderfully
intimate, more ‘human’ space, in which the
superb quality exhibition stands could still be
appreciated for their considerable size.”
PCB led the original bid for this meeting
back in 2008 and since then there has been
criticism in some quarters that Perth didn’t
have sufficient exhibition space, not enough
hotel rooms and was too distant. The
criticisms have now been blown away.
Perth Convention Bureau Chairman, Ian
Laurance, said “the LNG 18 convention and
exhibition was a marvellous success and it
clearly demonstrates that Perth has the
capacity to hold more large-scale
conventions in the future”.
Let’s get technical
After Arinex was appointed in early 2010 to bid for the event for Australia, the real work began.
Arinex had to do a lot of work in the technical area prior to the start of this meeting, with the
company’s general manager of IT, Daniel Branik, working closely with the PCEC to ensure the IT
infrastructure was up to scratch.
“We started working with the venue 12 months ago. They were replacing some of their
infrastructure and we wanted to make sure that their wireless network would cater to this
conference. They replaced their wireless and the bandwidth was increased sevenfold from the
original,” he said.
“They were looking at replacing the wireless infrastructure in the future, however, they used
this conference to fast-track that and make it happen.
“From a technology point of view we catered for 15,000 devices to be connected.”
Arinex also created a conference app which included the conference program, allowed
delegates to interact with one another, and pose questions to presenters in real time.
On-site registrations (1000 processed the day prior to the event), touch-screen electronic
poster presentations, and online speaker preparation facilities were also created by Arinex.
Major undertakings were also performed to meet stringent security measures, with delegates
having to provide photographs which were then made into ID badges that they were required to
wear at all times to attend the conference and events.
“There was some talk about protestors and hence we prepared for the worst case scenario,”
Mr Branik said.
“The security badges were such that they could not be copied. As well as the photo and
delegate name we also included a holographic image, and then added a barcode which the
delegates could use for scanning with exhibitors.”
Exhibitions & Trade Fairs (ETF) was responsible for the exhibition component of LNG18. It has
done every exhibition for the meeting since LNG12 back in 1998, during which time the
exhibition has grown 14-fold.
ETF’s Rodney Cox said this one proved challenging because of the available space at the PCEC.
“The venue is small for the needs of the exhibition, but we’ve been very entrepreneurial and
you’ll see that we have booths in the foyers as well,” he said on-site.
10,000 BREAD ROLLS
2.5 TONNES OF FRUIT & VEG
80 LITRES OF OLIVE OIL
1050KG OF MEAT
3000 LAMB CUTLETS
4000 COFFIN BAY OYSTERS
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