Thursday, 22 April 2021 09:33

Aussie companies unite to create 'world-first' data centre site selection tool

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Design, engineering and advisory firm Aurecon and property design platform Archistar have joined forces to combine Aurecon's proprietary engineering data with Archistar's Workspace software, creating what the companies describe as a world-first digital tool for data centre site selection.

The current version of the joint Aurecon/Archistar site selection tool includes data centre site options in Australia, but there are plans to extend it to include other regions such as Asia.

The companies are developing the site selection tool for other development opportunities such as wind farms, laboratories, distribution hubs and even quarantine facilities.

Aurecon buildings electrical capability leader Peter Greaves said running real-time feasibility studies to find suitable sites for locating new facilities is crucial for data centre owners and developers given increasing demand for storage.

The companies cited a recent CBRE report showing data centre groups acquired almost 55 hectares of land in Western Sydney alone in 2020.

"The demand for data was amplified through the pandemic and data centres have never been more critical. If businesses are going to invest millions of dollars into digital infrastructure to deliver data in this new world, they need to make sure they start with choosing the best site to meet their needs, in the fastest possible time," said Greaves.

Archistar founder Benjamin Coorey said "Research shows that data-centre developers look at about 60 sites, spending an average of two to five hours at each to find one that is successful.

"Data-centre developers will benefit greatly from the ability to conduct enhanced due diligence in the early stages of searching for a commercial site."


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Stephen Withers

Stephen Withers is one of Australia¹s most experienced IT journalists, having begun his career in the days of 8-bit 'microcomputers'. He covers the gamut from gadgets to enterprise systems. In previous lives he has been an academic, a systems programmer, an IT support manager, and an online services manager. Stephen holds an honours degree in Management Sciences and a PhD in Industrial and Business Studies.

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