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Moodle Learning Management System Overview

Apr 12 2014 Published by under 1

moodle-lmsMoodle is the world’s most popular learning management system. Moodle is flexible and scaleable software designed to help educators create interactive and collaborative online learning experiences. Moodle originated in Australia around a decade ago and has since been internationalised in more than 200 countries and 100 languages. The official community site has more than a million registered users.

There are numerous ways in which Moodle can be capably used. These include
workplace assessment, continuing professional development, the delivery of online courses, staff compliance and induction training. Being open source software, there is a great deal of community support toward the development of third-party plugins to extend Moodle’s core functionality.

Moodle is distributable without licensing costs, however, it does take some level of technical expertise to install, configure and secure the software on a web server. Once deployed, it can be easily managed by a qualified system administrator.

Moodle’s key administrative functions include the ability to control authentication, perform bulk user actions, manage accounts, assign roles and permissions, change site appearance, automate course backups and generate various reports. Moodle enables integration with external systems, e-commerce plugins and SCORM compliance. Moodle is proactive in terms of data security and information privacy of its users, hence, patches are released on a regular basis and there are global settings that can be configured by the system administrator.

Course creators can add online activities and resources intended for their students. Moodle’s standard activities include assignment, forum, chat, blog , messaging, quiz and wiki. The learning sequence may be totally non-linear or controlled so learners engage with online course objects in a predetermined fashion. User activity and course completion tracking are tracked, moreover, assessment grades and feedback can be reported in real-time via the web.

Moodle enables online content to be distributed in several ways. Course participants can quickly upload existing files from their device, disk, or network. Using Moodle repositories, it is possible to import content and media from Cloud-based services such as Google Docs, YouTube, Flickr, Boxnet and Dropbox. On the same token, content can be export from Moodle to third-party services.

Assess, track and report on your learners via the web. Get started now and learn more today about Moodle Sydney, Moodle Brisbane and Moodle Melbourne providers.

 


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    Originally posted 2012-05-14 16:26:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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    What is movement?

    Apr 12 2014 Published by under 1

    One of the most painful realisations of recent advances in exercise physiology and research is that each advance forward makes me know less than I thought I did.

    When I was young (about 20 years ago) and I was representing my State across various sports, I knew, or we thought we all knew that cardio involved running around an oval until we puked and that strength training was just doing weights such as the back-squat, the press, some push-ups and pull-ups. Did we do core work? I think we did – but a stability ball, a wobble board was certainly never present.

    Nowadays, I think these fine simplicities are lost: The gyms assure us that there is no such thing as free-weights for women and women’s health and fitness magazines assure us that there is no such thing as a good run. This is happening at an unprecedented rate of occurrence. Who ever heard of Reebok or Nike coming out and saying that there’s no such thing as bare feet or Lorna Jane maintaining that for us girls to sweat, that we need to do it in a $100 outfit. Yet, that is no odder than what gymnasiums and the Public Press have been doing.

    To begin with the latter, the Public Press reduces women’s health and fitness exercise down to ridiculous passive and submissive like poses as if we are stuck in the 18th century. There are, however, several consequences in the way of reducing women down to 18th century type figures when performing physical activity. I do think that these consequences are insufferable. What I can say with authority is that based on the basis of human movement itself, is that what we have until now is that our body is quite an elaborate machine and construction not really corresponding to any of those exercises that they prescribe. Our bodies are complex constructions, and yet what they prescribe is conveniently lazy, isolated, basic type exercises. You will find yourself going around and around and around – in a circle. Our body should be an emanation of exercise, and exercise should be performed to honour our body. Performing isolated type movements with little to no weight is absurd, and you have to look for something that is neither basic nor light, for which your body can become both advanced, strong and mobile.

    I am a huge opponent of both gymnasiums and the Public Press. That I make quite clear in all my writings, but are actuated by my two main desires: the first to prove that the body is capable of achieving anything, and the second is to prove that the ultimate in achieving greatness is mental rather then physical. In both these respects when I exercise I honour movement and not muscles. I listen to my heart and not my head. I pour all my energies into the technique and to the form and I never waiver. If I cannot perform a perfect movement, then I stop. I either reduce the weight or I perform a less complex move. Do I give up on the movement. No. I come back another day and retry.

    It is of course rash to shun what exercise science may achieve in the future. We may learn to run less then 9 seconds for 100m, learn to jump higher then 3m, it all seems quite possible and plausible. But if there is any truth in modern physics, and more in particular with Newton’s second law of gravity, we cannot presume that records will continue to be broken forever.

    I love this conclusion, fancy things come and go, but if we be honest with ourselves, and if I can dilute your pretensions, there is nothing better then performing basic human movement to increase our functional existence and comfort. That is why, in spite of the horror of both what happens in the gyms and the Public Press, you can not escape the beauty of movement – she will rise again one day and be once again adorned.
    Ladies, for heaven’s sake – learn the beauty of movement, and watch the magic unfold.

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      Originally posted 2012-01-23 09:51:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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      Laser Hair Removal

      Apr 12 2014 Published by under 1

      Both men and women choose to remove excess facial and body hair for many reasons, including social acceptance, aesthetic, hygienic and religious reasons. Different hair removal processes have gone in and out of fashion over the years, but the most effective so far is laser hair removal, which has gained substantial popularity lately.

      Familiar hair removal methods are shaving, waxing, depilatory creams and plucking or tweezing. These methods only temporarily remove the hair, giving smooth skin but often leave undesirable side-effects such as razor rash, irritation, ingrown hairs, and even scarring. In addition to such reactions these techniques can be time consuming and must be repeated regularly to maintain the desired results.

      Both time and technology have provided advances in hair removal techniques, and no other is as effective as laser hair removal. It focuses on the melanin pigment in the hair which allows the laser energy to destroy the cells at the very base of the hair follicle. This process progressively reduces the number of hairs in the treated area, and after a number of treatments results in a permanent hair reduction. Laser hair removal has little to no side-effects and in fact is a very effective treatment for ingrown hairs commonly caused by waxing and plucking.

      Laser treatments can cover a large area in a small amount of time, with many people having treatments during a lunchtime or on their way home from work. A treatment takes from 5–60 minutes to complete and are usually spaced at six weekly intervals.

      Laser Hair Removal will save you the ongoing cost in both time and price of hair removal products such as wax, creams or razors, and will free you from worrying about daily, weekly or monthly upkeep, as it leaves the skin smooth and free from hair long-term.

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        Originally posted 2011-05-26 00:04:27. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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        Sydney and Local Sights

        Apr 12 2014 Published by under 1

        Sydney, Australia is one of the most beautiful cities in the world and its citizens have voted it as one of the Top 10 best places to live for several years now. The city is planned carefully and has some fantastic structures, and superb natural wonders.

        Sydney is well designed regarding transport, with a good train system, buses, taxis, trams (inner city), monorail, and an extensive ferry system. The city also has one of the most vibrant and varied night-life around the world. The Darling Harbour area is not only a beautiful sight at night but also provides a pleasurable experience for all tastes, with Italian, Indian, Chinese, Continental, Mongolian and many other restaurants available. Sydney is also lined up with several pubs and some of the oldest bars and pubs in the world.

        Apart from having the usual attractions like a zoo, aquarium, botanical gardens and museums, Sydney also boasts the well-known Opera House, Harbour Bridge and the AMP Tower. The city by itself maintains several attractions and will take close to 3-5 days of your time.

        Apart from the City attractions you might like to visit other places close to Sydney. Here is a list of the Top Ten places to visit close to Sydney. All ten are equally beautiful and a must visit.

        1. Akuna Bay
        A very pretty and secluded bay located only 38 kms north of the Sydney central business district. You can hire a house boat and float around for days around the bay or head into the pacific. If you don’t have sea-legs, there are camping sites close to the bay where you might want to visit, or you can Rent A Home. Akuna Bay sits in the Kuring-gai Chase National Park and can be accessed by the marina on the bay or by Liberator General San Martin Road.

        The waterways in and around beautiful Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park are a leisure seeker’s delight. Amongst a labyrinth of river valleys and headlands, wide estuaries and sheltered coves, the beautiful Akuna Bay is a bustling agglomeration of marine vessels and their enthusiastic skippers. Luxury yachts, houseboats and family cruisers come and go all day. And if owning a boat is just a dream, then you are able to hire one for only a few hours, or a weekend (a boating licence may be required, depending on the size}. There are also boat repair, cleaning and detailing services aplenty. And if you’re hoping to catch the fish of the year, you can purchase a fishing licence, bait and ice. And, of course, there are several fabulous restaurants in the township.

        2. Batemans Bay
        Are you a fishing nut? This is the best place in Australia for a fishing holiday. There are many things for everyone to do in Batemans Bay, so you can all be happy while the fisherperson has ‘me time’ fishing! The 27-hole Catalina Country Club is rated one of the best courses on the South Coast. From watercolour artists and rock fishermen to sandcastle builders, there’s something for everyone both in Batemans Bay and along its sublime stretch of coastline. For instance you can experience the following:
        * Take a cruise along the Clyde River from Batemans Bay as far as Nelligen, 11 km up-river. Or hire a houseboat and stay overnight.
        * Drive south from Batemans Bay along Beach Road, which winds past a string of picturesque coves and beaches.
        * Drop a line off the rock wall and hook a bream.
        * Explore Murramarang National Park, with its friendly eastern grey kangaroos.
        * Savour Clyde River oysters fresh from the estuary.
        * Browse the local art and craft galleries.
        * Walk along the Durras Discovery Trail.
        * The George Bass Marathon, held each January in even-numbered years, is the world’s toughest surfboat race. After an exciting send-off from Batemans Bay, crews row 170 km south to Eden.
        * Birdland Animal Park, which has a fabulous collection of Australian native birds, an animal nursery, duck ponds, waterfalls as well as rides on the Birdsville Express train through three hectares of parkland.
        * Browsing in the local art and craft galleries.

        3. Bondi to Coogee Walk
        This is more than just a walking trail -it will be one of the best walks of your life! The trail follows through coastal paths and cliffs -a combination of beaches, parks and spectacular views. This walk was was developed around the 1930’s and is still one of the recreational gems of Sydney’s eastern suburbs. It includes Bondi, Tamarama, Bronte and Coogee beaches with a medium gradient clifftop path from Bondi to Tamarama, with occasional bench-seats and several staircases. The beachside parks provide picnic shelters, coin-operated barbecues, play areas, kiosks, toilets and changerooms. The total length is 6 kilometres and you should allow at least 2 hours.

        The walk contains plenty of opportunity for swimming, with beautiful beaches throughout. Always swim between the flags. Lifeguards are available all year at Bondi and Coogee, and from September through to April at Tamarama and Bronte. At various times of the year, a number of events happen at locations on the walk. These events include the Sculpture by the Sea, the City to Surf Fun Run, the Festival of the Winds Kite Day and the South American Festival.

        4. Jenolan Caves
        A vast cave system with some beautiful natural calcite and stalagmite formation that has been well kept. Situated 177 km west of Sydney, Jenolan Caves are, without question, Australia’s most spectacular limestone caves, and are part of the World Heritage Greater Blue Mountains Area.
        Open to the public are nine caves with spectacular lighting, underground rivers and cave formations that will amaze you.

        The complex system is one of the largest underground cave systems in the world. Recently it was proclaimed the oldest open cave system in the world. In 1838, James McKeown, an escaped convict and bushranger, became the first European to enter the caves when he used them as a hideaway, and then James Whalan saw the opening to the caves in 1840, but it was his brother Charles who eventually discovered the breadth of the system. The fame of the caves spread, and early tourists took much of the ancient limestone as mementos. The precinct was named Jenolan Caves in 1884, which in the local Aboriginal language means ‘High Mountain’. Visiting the caves in the early days was a primitive experience: candles provided the only light and visitors staying overnight had to sleep on the damp ground beneath the Grand Arch.

        * If you only have time for one tour, visit the Lucas, Imperial or Chifley caves. The Lucas Cave is the longest while the one-hour Imperial Cave is the easiest.
        * For an easy two-cave combination, visit Lucas Cave followed by the Orient Cave. The highest and widest chambers are in the Lucas Cave while the Orient has fragile crystalline decorations.
        * Carols by Candlelight at Christmas is an unforgettable event due to superb acoustics.
        * Jenolan Caves Concerts Series, performed throughout the year in the Lucas Cave’s Cathedral Chamber.
        * Afternoon tea at the historic Jenolan Caves House, an architectural beauty from a bygone era.
        * Starting a major bushwalk on the Six Foot Track from Jenolan Caves to Katoomba.
        * Stopping at lookouts along the winding road from the caves to photograph the rugged scenery.
        * Getting goosebumps on a ghost tour in the caves.

        5. Kangaroo Valley
        This is one of Australia’s most beautiful valleys, with something to do for everyone! It has great campsites at the river. There is wildlife aplenty and some of the best wineries. Kangaroo Valley is both beautiful and dramatic -remnants of rainforest cling to the steep escarpment, while the Kangaroo River and small creeks criss-cross the valley. In Kangaroo Valley you can enjoy the ideal factors of time out -cafés, galleries, pubs, cabin in the bush and bushwalks.

        The small township of Kangaroo Valley developed beside the river and, when the beautiful sandstone Hampden Bridge was built in 1898, it opened up the valley to visitors. Hampden Bridge, now the oldest surviving suspension bridge in Australia, is said to be the most photographed in the country.

        You can:
        * Explore the upper reaches of the Kangaroo River by canoe or enjoy a picnic by the clear cool water.
        * Wander over the historic Hampden Bridge, past the cemetery and through the heritage-listed village.

        Don’t miss:
        * The Pioneer Farm Museum, based on a typical 19th century farmhouse.
        * The spectacular views of the Shoalhaven River and Kangaroo Valley from Cambewarra Mountain lookout.
        * A tour around one of the working fruit farms.
        * Joining a kayaking or canoeing safari to Kangaroo River and Shoalhaven Gorge.
        * Freshly baked bread from the Kangaroo Valley Bakehouse.

        6. Nelson Bay
        This is a beach 223 kilometres north of Sydney that offers some of the best adventure sports. The diving and snorkelling here is exceptional. Just east of Nelson Bay, the tiny promontory of Fly Point is an aquatic reserve with prolific marine life. Divers have another superb site just off the coast at Broughton Island, with such outstanding features as the ‘Looking Glass’, a split that runs through the middle of the island, crowded with marine life.

        Nelson Bay is the main town for Port Stephens and it will be hard to find anywhere that is better equipped for aquatic pursuits – plus a great array of accommodation and dining options. On the town’s doorstep within the sheltered arms of the bay there are safe, calm beaches that are ideal for small children, while the coastal beaches just a five-minute drive away are washed by booming waves. You can also take a dolphin-watch cruise and marvel at the antics of these aquatic acrobats, or hand feed the blue gropers at the Fly Point-Halifax Park Aquatic Reserve.

        The Festival of Whales in March celebrates the beginning of the annual whale migration along Australia’s east coast. This festival includes art, music, displays, street entertainment and daily whale-watch cruises.

        Don’t miss:
        * The views from the walking trails of Tomaree National Park.
        * The local oysters, fresh from the bay.
        * The canoe trees at Little Nelson Beach.
        * The lighthouse and buildings at Nelson Head.
        * The view from Gan Gan Lookout

        7. Snowy Mountains
        If you are considering a skiing holiday, then this is the place to be. Be sure to take note of the snowy season in Australia (July-September). The Snowy Mountains also have numerous attractions, from The Thredbo Bobsled, which is guaranteed to bring a smile to your face with 700 metres of luge style track as the bobsled twists and turns its way down the mountain whilst you control the speed with a brake…to many heritage bridges and monuments, lakes and wine and food trails.

        8. Tumut
        Another gem that is tucked away. One of the main towns in the Snowy Mountains Hydro-Electric Scheme, Tumut is located in the Tumut River valley. A beautiful riverside town close to is five hours drive south-west of Sydney. One of the best places to stay in Tumut are in wood cabins by the Tumut River. They are also close to the Snowy Mountain range and offer cheaper holiday options.

        Play golf at one of the areas five lakeside or mountain golf courses, where kangaroos share the greens.
        You can also:
        * The Tumut 3 Power Station Display Centre at Talbingo, to learn about turbine generators.
        * Tucking into some fresh mountain trout from the rivers around Tumut.
        * A tour of the Old Butter Factory.
        * Festival of the Falling Leaf in April.

        9. White Sand beaches around Sydney
        This is a coastal belt south of Sydney called the Shoal Haven region. These beautiful beaches have some of the whitest sand in the world. There are several beaches in this area, each one unique in its own way: Seven Mile Beach, Cave Beach, Jervis Bay, Pebbly Beach, Hyams Beach and more.

        10. Wollongong, Illawarra Coast
        This is more like the little sister of Sydney that is equally beautiful and has so many places to see around it. From spectacular beaches and rock pools, to the quaint coastal villages and exceptional cuisine, to the impressive escarpment and range of high thrill adventure activities, to the Grand Pacific Drive which offers 140 kilometres of coast-hugging scenery, Wollongong will not disappoint.

        Wollongong is gaining an international reputation for excellence in the arts. This is not surprising, as over the centuries many famous artists have been drawn to the Illawarra region for inspiration. Among Wollongong artists are Arthur Streeton, Tom Roberts, Norman Lindsay, Banjo Patterson, Brett Whiteley and Eugene Von Guerard. Wollongong City Gallery is a strong presence in the heart of the city and is one of the largest regional art galleries in Australia. Forming part of the cultural precinct, it is recognised as the best regional gallery in Australia for its innovative and thought-provoking exhibitions and programmes.

        Wollongong is lucky to have such wonderful artists in Wollongong and to add to that resident artists such as John Vander celebrates forty years in Wollongong, giving the arts community a strong and respectable reputation and a solid future.

        Sydney is a large city by world city by world standards, it is reasonably safe to walk the streets at night without an escort.Sydney also has excellent public transport and infrastructure. For more details, visitwww.sydney.com.


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          Originally posted 2011-06-08 07:32:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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          Kit Homes Compared to Turnkey Homes

          Apr 12 2014 Published by under 1

          There is a major difference between kit homes and turnkey homes. Kit homes are built by an owner builder, one who wishes to build their own home. Whereas turnkey homes are built by professionals, so that the client does not need to be involved with the hundreds of steps and processes involved with building a new home. ”Turnkey” simply means that you, the client, can go to your brand new home, walk up to the beautiful front door and simply turn the key!

          The process to become an owner builder is much more complicated than one might think. For instance, it’s a requirement of the Building Services Authority (BSA) that anyone who wishes to build or renovate their own home and spend over $11,000 must hold an owner builder permit, and these permits are only issued by the Building Services Authority once you’ve completed an owner builder course. The permits expire every 6 years.

          Here are a few of the processes involved with building your own kit home; legal requirements, site preparation, footings and floors, wall construction, roof construction, windows and frames, doors, screens, wall finishes, ceilings, fixtures, plumbing, gas, electrical, draining, and then some landscaping to top it all off.
          If you don’t have experience in all of these areas, building your own kit home could prove to be more challenging than you may think, especially tackling all the council codes, regulations and legal requirements!

          We at Bush and Beach Home Builders are professionals at building sustainable homes. We know how stressful and overwhelming the process of building your own home can be, so let us do it for you! If you think assembling a piece of furniture is irritating, building a kit home is a hundred times more complicated. Instead, let us do the work for you so that all you have to do is turn the key and enjoy your unique, climate engineered Bush and Beach home.

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            Originally posted 2012-07-05 20:39:59. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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            Sugar Daddies

            Apr 12 2014 Published by under 1

            Sugar, has been known to raise blood glucose causing a significant rise. Many experts believe that too much sugar does not cause a man to go blind.

            Babe, is a really attractive person, especially a woman, termed with endearment. Again not a real cause for men to go blind, unless they avoid the Babe, and take up the handshake. Daddy, From Middle English dadd, perhaps of Celtic origin, compare Welsh and Gaelic dadf. Some of these Daddies may already be blind, or induce blindness with substances. Others avoid blindness with Sugar and Babes.

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              Solar Power Panels – Save Money While You Save the Environment

              Apr 12 2014 Published by under 1

              It is no surprise that eco-friendly forms of power are setting the standard for electricity generation. Solar power is just one of the sources people are investing in and using in their daily lives. Although it has been around for several years, finding a practical method to harness the sun’s energy has been elusive until recently. Interestingly, the very first solar cell was invented in the 19th century, but lacked interest from the public at large.

              Modern solar power panels are merely a light-collecting device which transforms light into an electric current. The environmental movement and science community have patiently awaited the acceptance of solar energy by the masses, however, it has been a long time coming for many reasons. One of the main reasons solar power didn’t become widely recognised in the beginning was due to the high demand of coal-based fuels. Coal was widely available and relatively inexpensive for many years. A developing industrial nation like the US, found coal to be readily accessible and cheap to convert into useful fuels, but the future of fossil energy would soon be in doubt.

              The advent of scientific studies that suggested carbon-based pollution was at the root of worsening environmental conditions caused law makers -and public opinion- to be altered. The gas shortage in the 1970’s was the beginning of the end for the use of coal as a sustainable source of energy. Higher gas and oil prices have many calling to have more oil wells drilled, while others wish to have put in place solar power panels sooner rather than later.

              There are a great deal of advantages to using solar energy today. For one, it helps to reduce carbon emissions, which will lead to a far cleaner environment. And the other compelling reason to utilise solar power is the cost savings average users will experience. The most common way to harness solar power these days is by having solar panels installed on your roof. Most people have noticed houses with one or two rows of panels mounted on the sunny side of rooftops. Many builders are even offering the installation of solar panels to entire communities, where every single home has solar power panels incorporated into the infrastructure.

              It’s often believed that these residential solar panels provide enough energy to supply the home’s electrical demand. However, this is not usually the case. Power generated from panels installed on your home actually becomes part of the greater power grid in the community. You’re collecting energy and then transferring much of that energy back into the grid for use where it’s needed the most. Because you are providing a positive gain of electricity back into the grid, you are offered substantial discounts on your regular utility bill.

              Of course you can collect and use solar energy solely for your home’s utilisation, but this requires a significant investment of back-up batteries and systems to store and deliver the power. This might work for a smaller house or holiday property with minimal electrical needs, but a standard home couldn’t be supported without having a large bank of solar power panels. This isn’t ideal for most homeowners as there isn’t the space or desire to set up a large number of panels.

              Saving money is an effective motivation for encouraging people to consider solar power, however, when you can save money and be eco-friendly at the same time, you provide many more reasons to incorporate solar technology into our everyday lives.

              Solar power from solar panels is becoming an acceptable way of saving money on electricity over the long term. If you want true value solar systems, see what is offered by Todae Solar.


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                Originally posted 2012-03-06 21:47:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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                Metal Fabrication – History and Use in Mining Industry

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                Metal fabrication began in the earliest civilizations when the metals gold, mercury, silver, tin, iron, lead, and copper were discovered. These metals were worked by early artisans into decorative pieces, religious iconography, and jewelry. Items of a practical nature were forged from metal including coinage, tools, and weapons. Using heat and tools, metalworkers began to make functional objects and the industry developed through the years advancing and gaining value from society.

                As an industrialised society, the world cannot live without metal; it is essential to almost every industry from mining and heavy industry to agriculture and medical equipment.

                Specialist engineers and manufacturers fabricate metal and metal alloys, which are made from a combination of different metals for a staggering number of uses. The pivotal role of metal has been responsible for significant advances in technology, construction, transport, and agri-science. Metal has strength; it is very low maintenance and will last a lifetime and more. Specialist metal fabrication companies are made up of a group of skilled people who all have a role in the process of turning metal into supports for a building, heavy duty mining equipment or boilers and tanks to name a few.

                Metal fabrication is a series of processes used to manufacture an object from metal. The specialised equipment involved includes laser cutting machinery, turret punches, machine centers, rollers, welding machinery, water jets, and metal shears. The metals most commonly used for fabrication are aluminium, stainless steel, and carbon steel, which is in the form of sheets, tubing and bars. Most metal objects start life as sheet metal in varying thicknesses depending on the application. Thicker sheets are known as metal plate.

                The process starts with the design and then the fabrication begins with the metal sheet being sheared, laser cut or punched into shapes. Once the required basic shape is achieved, the object goes next to the press brake machine to form any bends a process known as forming. Dies are used in the press brake to make the correct accurate shape according to the design plans. The product may be finished at this stage or will be just one component in a series that requires moving on to the next process, which is welding.

                Welding is a skilled practice and the artistry of the welder is to take the component parts shaped and formed previously and weld all the pieces together to make the final product in accordance with the design. This final assembly is critical and it is up to the welder to use the welding technique necessary for the job in hand.

                Metal fabrication is essential to heavy industry such as mining. The manufacturing of support equipment, skids, conveyor belts, tanks, crushers, drill rigs and hydraulic lifting equipment through to pipe work are all the result of the metal fabrication process. In the mining industry there are very often special requests for one off pieces of equipment that are needed in a hurry and the metal fabrication business that can design and manufacture the product to implementation on site is the company that has the advantage. Metal fabricators may also be called upon to repair equipment or weld a broken object. Mining relies upon rugged, tough machinery often needing custom manufacturing or enhancements making metal fabricators an essential support service to the industry.

                Reputable metal fabricators have the ability to design high quality, complex products with precision and manufacture them to full compliance with the specification, which is essential to mining companies who need to be operational at all times. Other metal fabrications for the mining industry include chutes, bins, screen stands, safety guards, stairs, catwalks, platforms and wear plates.

                Metal is an essential material for mankind and industry and has the ability to be recycled over and over again which makes it a valuable resource for the global environment. The long working life of all metal fabrications due to its durability means once your product is manufactured, you will not have to worry about it, as it is highly unlikely it will need your attention again.

                The mining industry is reliant upon the equipment and the expertise of metal fabricators not only for mine construction but also for ongoing support and maintenance in such rugged environments. For metal fabrication Mackay or metal repairs Mackay, contact 3D Engineering Mackay today.


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                  Originally posted 2012-09-19 09:23:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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                  WEB DESIGN USING GRID-BASED LAYOUT METHOD

                  Apr 12 2014 Published by under 1

                  With any beautiful design or structure, from architecture to painting, there lies beneath it a grid-based layout from which these creations were originally derived. It is, in essence, the unseen mathematical component of all design that, for many web designers, has become standard in the pursuit for the perfect web design.

                  To understand what a grid-based layout for web design is, we first need to understand why it is referred to as “grid-based.” A grid is a structure consisting of intersecting straight vertical and horizontal guidelines that are made up of margins, flow-lines, columns, rows, gutters, modules, and spatial zones. This potentially complex composition provides the perfect structural base that allows a web designer to create graphic elements from, or to organise content within. It is this reason that grid-based layout is used in web design.

                  By using grids in the website design a sense of uniformed structure is achieved for the overall website, this helps achieve better usability for website visitors as they are able to navigate and engage with the website much easily than if the content was simply thrown together without structure. Another reason grid-based layouts are used is efficiency. By designing to a grid, the actual design process is simplified because design guidelines are already in place, therefore making it easier to decide on design elements, such as width and height.

                  When using grid-based layouts in our web design, we can either create our own grid, or download a ready-made grid template. If we create our own grid, we will need to rely on what option works best for us and the web design project we are working on. It is therefore valuable to follow some simple guidelines when creating our own grids. These are:

                  • Use only enough columns as needed for the web design. In other words, if you are only going to use ten columns, then only create ten columns – and not twenty.
                  • Watch the spacing. As a general rule, columns should have the same number of pixels across as rows are high.
                  • Don’t box yourself in. If you need to move outside of the grid for specific graphic elements, then do so. A grid is only there for structural support, and is not the end product.

                  If creating your own grid-based layout isn’t appealing, or you simple do not have the time to invest in it, then downloading a pre-designed grid template is available. There are many online sources that provide such templates, and by downloading a grid template you can save on time and have, at your disposal, an effective grid template ready to use.

                  It is important to re-emphasise that grid-based layouts for web design should not be mistaken for a strict rule by which all graphic elements or content must adhere to. Naturally, when creating anything we can move beyond specific rules in order to achieve our creative goal, and grid-based layouts are no different. If we use grids as a structural guide in our web design, then we are better able to create amazing web designs that will not only appear organised on our web page, but will hopefully inspire and engage every website visitor. Article from, web developer brisbane Nets and Webs

                  Originally posted 2013-12-21 05:56:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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                  Plantar Fasciitis Treatment Options

                  Apr 12 2014 Published by under 1

                  Plantar fasciitis is extremely common affecting around 10% of the adult population at some time in life. Commonly plantar fasciitis is associated with heel spurs however on x-ray only 50% of patients with plantar fasciitis have evidence of calcification through the heel (DiMarcangelo, 1997).

                  Commonly plantar fasciitis symptoms start as an awareness or ache in the morning. Relief treatment can be quite simple at this time however if it is left, these symptoms will often slowly progress to pain that significantly impacts quality of life.

                  When targeting plantar fasciitis symptoms your practitioner will guide you through the best strategy or combination of strategies to help relieve and control your individual pain. At Body Leadership Australia we recommend a multimodal approach utilising a number of different treatment options.

                  Soft Tissue Release
                  Tightness of the muscles surrounding the foot have been found to pull hard enough on the bones that they alter the natural shape of the foot and ankle often leading to plantar fasciitis pain. Accordingly, release techniques and stretching of the lower limb muscles can have an effect on decreasing symptoms associated with plantar fasciitis.

                  Stretching
                  Strategic stretching of the calf muscles and Achilles tendon or on the plantar fascia itself can decrease pain associated with plantar fasciitis. You should get a program tailored to your individual needs.

                  Orthotics
                  Orthotics can help to relieve the effects of plantar fasciitis. Changing the weight load through the foot can allow the inflammatory response to settle by supporting the foot appropriately.

                  Night Splints (Strassburg Sock)
                  The use of a night splint can reduce recovery time compared to the same protocol utilising standing stretches through the calf.

                  Cortisone
                  Cortisone was always a last resort due to potential complications and pain post injection. Now with ultrasound guidance outcomes have improved and we see them used more effectively. Cortisone options can be discussed with your health care professional.

                  Surgery
                  A number of studies found 75% to 95% of patients had long term improvement as measured by various criteria. Up to 27% of patients still had significant pain, up to 20% had some activity restriction, and up to 12% had moderate pain that impaired function (Brown et al., 1999; Davies et al., 1999; Fishco et al., 2000). Surgical options are always a last resort.

                  Once your pain is treated and controlled it is important to understand your individual factors that predispose you to plantar fasciitis which can be explained by your physiotherapist. You can then be taught a home program to release tension, particularly through the calf as well as the foot to nip problems in the bud. This can also be optimised using home exercises to improve strength for better control of your biomechanics long term.

                  If you, your friend or family member suffer from plantar fasciitis please do not hesitate to contact one of our friendly Brisbane sports physiotherapists on 07 3847 8040. Our Brisbane sports physios can also provide treatment from our Brisbane Sports Physiotherapy practice.


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                    Originally posted 2012-09-20 13:32:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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