How SpiralData became the turning point for a successful career in software engineering

When Yi Chen joined SpiralData as a software development intern in 2017, she couldn’t imagine that just a couple of years later she would be working as a software engineer at Facebook. Her first experience developing software at SpiralData was the start of her career change from investment banking to big tech.

Born in China, Yi came to Adelaide after finishing her undergraduate studies in Economics in Beijing. She was admitted to Carnegie Mellon University’s Master of Information System Management global pathway, which offers one year of…

City of Playford begin the journey to predictive maintenance using machine learning

The Challenge

“While we have mature monitoring capability through our SCADA system — it cannot predict pump wear. We were keen to see if the operational data managed by SAGE could have data science techniques applied by the SpiralData team to solve this for us”
Chris Burgess, Manager Operations, City of Playford.

City of Playford owns and operates Playford Water for the irrigation of 70 sites across Council that include both internal and external customers. …

Mainstream use of remote sensors, smart devices, satellites and machine learning will change the way water utilities make data-based decisions to better manage their assets

With challenges come innovation, and that’s exactly what’s happening in the water utility sector in Australia. Despite being conservative organisations subject to regulation, water utilities are adopting new technologies to make data-based decisions and better manage their assets in the face of ongoing threats to water security.

To understand the future challenges of the water sector in Australia and what technologies will be used for water management in 2030, SpiralData has interviewed Professor Graeme Dandy…

SpiralData has joined Carbon Neutral Adelaide, reducing its own carbon footprint and working with customers to optimise operations for a more sustainable future

Over the last decade, organisations around the world are increasingly adopting sustainable practices in face of increased awareness and new regulations addressing the effects of greenhouse gas emissions in the atmosphere. These practices not only protect the environment, but help businesses save resources, improve their reputation and increase productivity — facilitated by technologies such as data analytics and automation.

Energy efficiency and reduced waste and water use are some of the practical applications of Carbon Neutral Adelaide…

Traditional operational systems can benefit from the use of sensors and modern cloud technology to become the new Industrial Internet of Things

Over the last five decades, Operational Technology (OT) such as SCADA has been widely used to manage, monitor and control physical devices and facility-based processes within industrial operations. While OTs continue to help industries such as mining, manufacturing, construction and utilities, the next step is to integrate these systems with sensors and cloud technology, transforming traditional SCADA into the new Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).

Traditionally, SCADA is supported by blunt condition-based maintenance tools within centralised systems, which…

Machine learning and advanced data analytics are used for anomaly detection and sustainable delivery of utility services in Australia.

The water sector has faced many global challenges in the past centuries, from plagues and population growth to recurring water shortages and more recent climate change concerns. Although droughts, floods and bushfires are not new occurrences in Australia, we constantly need new solutions that are able to address current and future challenges in utility management.

Technology facilitated by Industry 4.0 is playing an important role to confront these issues and better manage utility networks. The use of advanced data analytics and…

Repurpose the Finance Team into insight leaders during peak COVID-19 disruption


How to overhaul a tired reporting suite that was slow, lacked functionality and had non-existent ad hoc analysis, in under 7 weeks?

Clean Seas Seafood Ltd (ASX:CSS) is the global leader in full cycle breeding, production and sale of Yellowtail Kingfish. With a goal of providing the highest quality fish possible while improving sustainability into the future, Clean Seas has brood stock bred from fish sourced only an hour from their operations in the Spencer Gulf of South Australia.

With complex operational needs, Clean Seas is committed…

How SpiralData created a roadmap to data dynamism for a multinational battery powerhouse.


How to make data the driving force to achieve our strategic aims?

RAMCAR is a multi-national lead acid battery business with a competitive market share. Its senior leaders weren’t getting critical reports quickly or efficiently enough. Time spent on manual reporting was time not spent on more valuable analytical work. Director of Finance, Matt Palmer knew there are many tools to improve the situation, but didn’t know where to start in choosing the right one.

“We needed an expert to guide us, look at the problems and work out the requirements for improving the way we use our data,” he explains.

RAMCAR asked SpiralData to develop a strategy to make…


How to use AI to make life easier for telco salespeople?

If you’re a telecommunications Business Development Manager (BDM), trying to quickly find good quality leads, it is hard work. BDMs spend up to 50% of their time prospecting, often manually, so the odds can seem stacked against you.

‘The current systems make it harder, not easier, for us to succeed in our roles’, says Robert England, a telco sales expert with 10+ years of B2B experience.

Google searches are only as good as your search terms, LinkedIn can’t present leads overlaid on your telco assets, static lead lists are often out-of-date, expensive and inaccurate, and other approaches such…

Alexandrina Council wanted to consider the future possibilities of IoT in their wastewater utility.


To be the smartest wastewater network in regional Australia?

Alexandrina Council has the 3rd largest wastewater network in South Australia. The wastewater utility is responsible for connecting, treating, storing and disposing of treated wastewater through a large infrastructure network for over 7000 connections. The assets are managed by a relatively small number of FTEs over a large geographical area and, despite best efforts, the operations are predominantly reactive and symptom based.

There was a need to consider the future possibilities surrounding the IoT that would enable operations to become more efficient and deliver insight for strategic asset planning.

“We wanted to ensure a strategic approach was well…


Creating smarter organisations… using data analytics.

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