Australia Network (Ausnet)


Project Overview

Ausnet is Australia’s overseas TV network broadcasting to the Pacific, Asia and India. After a tender process the Federal Government awarded the operation of Ausnet to ABC.

The project involved the following:
• Preparation and signoff of a business case and PMP without which no commitments could be made
• Procurement of equipment both locally and mostly from overseas by both ABC and MHA
• Investigation and design of the technical Fitout
• Relocation of a computer system and database from Newcastle to Sydney
• Installation and commissioning of equipment at MHA by both MHA and ABC
• Procurement of Telstra lines between Melbourne and MHA and Ultimo and MHA
• Procurement of a new satellite uplink
• Organisation of subtitles including production overseas
• Preparation of workflows and dot point procedures for Ausnet, ABC and MHA
• Recruitment and training
• Equipment and systems debugging
• Operation of white channel (full production in practice mode for two weeks)
• Cutover from NBN to ABC/MHA

TBH’s Role

TBH was engaged to undertake the project management of this project in a very short period. This included:

• Preparation of the business plan and procurement of its approval to allow the project to proceed
• Preparation of a project plan, including schedule and budget and risk identification
• Management of procurement of overseas and local equipment
• Management of the design process
• Management of the procurement of Telstra landlines and Optus satellite uplink
• Co-ordination of ABC and MediaHub and Ausnet activities
• Management of technical fitout and installation process
• Management of the procurement of subtitles
• Management of commissioning process
• Management of the White Channel Process and Issues
• Time cost and risk management
• Project reporting

Areas of focus may be grouped as contracts management, project controls, change management.

To find out more about TBH’s Project Management experience, please visit the Project Management page.

Project Overview

Client ABC Capital Works
Services Program Management
Value $2 million
Duration 2012
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