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19 February 2017
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Software and systems

Case study: Keeping control and saving energy


One of Australia’s most successful operators of premium leisure assets, Ardent Leisure, are saving 20% in energy costs following the installation of a solution from UK-headquartered control and remote monitoring specialist Resource Data Management. The Ardent Leisure portfolio consists of 52 Bowling Centres and Amusement Arcades, 77 Health Clubs, three Theme Park attractions and seven Marinas. 

Ardent Leisure had identified that the HVAC system on a number of their sites was not operating efficiently. 

Maintenance was a challenge as the existing control system was proprietary, 

requiring specialist technicians for programming and maintenance. Parts needed 

to be replaced frequently, which was expensive as they were backed by limited, short-term warranties. 

Rick Johnson, Energy Efficiency Manager for Ardent Leisure Group, said of the project: “I wanted to make sure that the business had complete control and visibility over equipment on site, this would help us reduce the operational costs of our centres and ensure that optimal environmental conditions were provided to our customers.’’

The system, incorporating all HVAC plant, utilised RDM’s Intuitive controller range, coupled with their free licence TDB software to create bespoke control solution programs. The dmTouch control system front end was also selected, as it would best facilitate the advanced features that were required of the solution; including remote access to site data, and critically an open system that removed the need for proprietary software. 

The solution also allowed maintenance technicians to fault find issues much faster, delivering further savings in the reduction of maintenance charges and improved the HVAC system efficiency.