BAC Advanced Composites Technologies
Fibre Composite Foldable Building
BAC Advanced Composites Technologies is a 100% privately-owned Australian company which was formed to further the work in Fibre Composite design and manufacture that was developed by its sister company, Buchanan Advanced Composites. Based on its experience in a number of fields, the company has developed and/or manufactures a number of innovative fibre composite products, including a collapsible building and a Mobile Intensive-care unit called the Mobile Intensive-care Rescue Facility (MIRF). These products are the result of a significant amount of R&D activity over a number of years and the build of a number of scale models and prototypes.
Collapsible Building. A significant shortfall of the existing temporary, or pre-fabricate buildings is that a separate truck is required to transport each single building. They are also usually non-insulated, making their use difficult in hot environments. Recognising these shortcomings, we developed a collapsible fire composite building that has integral insulation by means of the construction of foam-cored wall and roof panels, while making the building collapsible to allow for up to 3 units to be shipped on a single vehicle. The uniqueness of the concept has been recognised by the granting of patents in both Australia and New Zealand. This product is only in the prototype stage with a full-scale prototype having only just been constructed and therefore there have not been any sales completed as yet.
The application for this unit is wide ranging, however, significant markets are seen in the mining and construction fields, while its ease of erection and transportability, including probably air transportation, will make it ideal for military and disaster relief operations, as well as for emergency accommodation.
Mobile Intensive-Care Rescue Facility (MIRF)
Mobile Intensive-care Rescue Facility (MIRF). The MIRF is a portable, self-contained suite of intensive-care medical equipment housed in a carbon fibre case that is used to transport people requiring monitoring and resuscitation over short or long distances. It has been cleared for use in aircraft by the Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) via an extensive and detailed design and development programme, including electromagnetic interference (EMI/EMC), structural loading, patient restraint, fire retardancy and many more. It has its own internal battery supply for back-up of the medical equipment batteries, as well as an internal oxygen system. While designed to operate on a stand-alone basis, the MIRF is also capable of accepting external power and oxygen when operating in an aircraft, ship, vehicle or building. The power system can accept both ac and dc supply over a wide range of frequencies.
The uniqueness of the technology has been recognised internationally by the granting of patents in both Australia and the USA. The adaptability and flexibility of the MIRF in use makes it ideal for a significant number of scenarios including retrieval from remote sites for mining, vehicle, hiking or other accidents, temporary intensive-care hospital capability, transfer from overseas by air, ship-to-shore transfers from luxury cruise ships for accident or sickness.
The MIRF has been sold in limited numbers to the Australian Defence Force, the Singaporean Air force, the US Army and some commercial companies. It received the Australian Defence Force Quality and Achievement Award for all contracts under $25M.