This building stops time

Building management systems from Siemens make Museums Victoria a perfect place to preserve Australia’s heritage. #CreatingPerfectPlaces
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Where we are makes us who we are

A country’s past is essential to understanding its present. The ancient artefacts in Melbourne Museum are much more than objects. They tell the story of Australia’s history, its people, its cultures. At Museums Victoria, building management systems from Siemens create the conditions that prevent the ancient objects from deteriorating. So visitors can continue to understand the story of Australia: today, and well into the future.
A perfect place to preserve Australia’s heritage

Melbourne Museum: This building stops time

Melbourne Museum is the centerpiece of Museums Victoria: with six sites in total and 17 million objects, it is Australia’s largest public museum organization. In a space of over 80,000 square meters, the ancient objects at Melbourne Museum tell the story of Australia. And the building ensures that the story won’t be forgotten.
When you walk through this place, you feel different. Australia feels different. Maybe for the first time, you know where you are.
John Patten, Manager of Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre at Melbourne Museum

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Keeping the past present

State-of-the-art building management systems preserve Australia’s heritage at Museums Victoria

Digitalization means buildings talk. Buildings tell us how they feel, if they are under stress, what they are missing. Melbourne Museum in Australia is home to over 17 million objects. And every single one of them needs perfect conditions to avoid deterioration. Digitalization gives Melbourne Museum a voice and helps us to understand, what it needs to become a perfect place.

The right conditions for the objects and the people

After a Detailed Facility Study, Siemens’ improvement proposal offered the best outcomes for the customer in terms of maximizing project value and energy savings. Siemens experts proposed a selectively descoping solution with a comprehensive selection of efficiency improvements. Among others, HVAC, lighting and water efficiency upgrades were implemented. As part of the project, more than 1 megawatt of solar power (2,743 solar panels) was installed across four Museum Victoria sites. The combined set of measures will achieve a minimum reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by 24 percent and of electricity and water costs by 25 percent.

4,800 data points managed by the state-of-the-art building management platform Desigo CC enable centralized control over the upgraded assets. This way, Museums Victoria always has the right conditions for its objects and visitors – and becomes an example of managing buildings with high visitor numbers in cities having to cope with very high temperatures. 

The Energy Performance Contracting guarantees the agreed savings with a payback time of around seven years. Navigator – the cloud-based energy and sustainability platform, ensures that Museums Victoria fulfills its mission in the most efficient way possible. Using data-driven performance optimization services, it provides centralized energy and sustainability performance intelligence – and processes all data generated by the organisation’s system. This allows their buildings to tell its operators exactly what they need to work as efficient and sustainable as possible.


This way, Museums Victoria doesn’t just preserve the objects in its care, but the resources in the wider world, too.


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