Robin Russell & Associates is a Queensland based consulting electrical engineer.
Established in 1985, the firm was created when Energex (then known as SEQEB) opened up design and construction of subdivision electricity reticulation and street lighting to private consultants and contractors. The benefits of private design and construction became obvious immediately. Costs were reduced by over 30 percent and the time taken to design and install electricity and street lighting was cut by about 10 weeks.
After 23 years’ experience with Brisbane City Council and SEQEB, the principal, Robin Russell, worked closely with SEQEB to help develop systems and procedures for subdivision development, which are arguably the most successful and developer-friendly in Australia. The company's policy has been to engage only the best, most skilled, designers and field staff. All are either SEQEB/Energex-trained or have received extensive in-house training. Most have had at least 20 years' experience at this work.
While our design will aim for minimal cost, the service we provide is anything but minimal. We have three governing objectives:
- Satisfy the requirements of our client and associated consultants (civil engineer, surveyor & landscape architect).
- No delays -complete design and construction on time.
- Lowest total cost of design and construction.
We do not simply churn out basic designs for the lowest possible fee. Far more is involved. Current research indicates that "poor quality design and documentation is estimated to cost 7% of total construction costs with rework in construction likely to be greater than 10% of total cost." (Australia's Cooperative Research Centre for Construction Coordination - QUT)