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Spectra QEST: the mouse that roared


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An Adelaide-based software firm has scored another multi-million dollar international contract in the tough world of high-tech advanced manufacturing.

Spectra QEST operates out of small offices on O’Connell St in North Adelaide with its geotechnical software engineers travelling the world to showcase their world-class technologies for the management of technical data relating to construction materials performance and advanced geotechnical engineering investigations.

The company’s director Stephan Mavrakis has just inked a deal with Fugro, one of the world’s leading advanced geotechnical engineering companies to roll out Spectra QEST’s quality control platform in Fugro’s laboratories around the world.

The solution will be implemented in six major testing facilities in Europe (Paris, London, Arnhem, and Leidschendam), the USA (Houston) and Singapore, as well as in Fugro’s fleet of twelve testing vessels. Spectra QEST has developed a sophisticated Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) and quality control software package.

It has been specifically designed for use in the construction materials testing (concrete, asphalt, aggregates) as well as the geotechnical testing industries.

It has been implemented multiple times in environments that service 20 – 100 laboratories, spanning massive geographical regions, such as the entire US or Australian continent.

The latest deal sets up a valuable international partnership.

“We have found a valuable partner in Spectra QEST,” Fugro Geoservices Manager, Piet van Goudoever said this week.

“We see this project as an opportunity for Fugro to achieve a deeper, tighter level of integration between our various operating companies engaged in advanced geotechnical engineering around the world.” Mavrakis is justifiably excited.

“This project provides us with the opportunity to achieve two main things. One, to go global with our solution; to extend our presence into markets we have not serviced before such as Europe and Asia. And two, to expand our technology; to develop world-class technologies for advanced geotechnical engineering.

“We are very excited to be given the opportunity to work on a transformative project with one of the world’s leading engineering firms.”

The company is also passionate about hiring local talent. Many of the staff at Spectra QEST are University of Adelaide graduates and the university and the company often work together on research projects.

Whichever way you look at it, this Adelaide company is doing what the experts at many recent economic forums suggest is the way forward.

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