ICLAC.ORG Website Refresh

Darryn Capes-DavisCoding, Engineer, Innovation

One of my skills is that of working with all things technology, including websites in WordPress. Apart from this website, those which I manage in WordPress include Alive 90.5 FM (www.alive905.com.au), Bike North (www.bikenorth.org.au) and International Cell Line Authentication Committee (iclac.org). It is the last website which I have managed a complete refresh under the creative and content direction of … Read More

Last Day at Children’s Medical Research Institute

Darryn Capes-DavisCommunity, Engineer

After 20 years at Children’s Medical Research Institute I have decided to split my time among the many exciting ventures that I have connected with across recent years. Today, 1st May 2020 was my last day at CMRI. I will miss my CMRI family but look forward to many exciting ventures in the wider Community of Parramatta and Western Sydney. … Read More

Smart Tap via Opal App could help Wynyard Bus Chaos

Darryn Capes-DavisCommunity, Engineer, Innovation

I love catching the bus to the city. I hate sitting in the bus on the Harbour Bridge waiting for drop off at Wynyard. While watching passengers disembark I note that there is considerable time with people tapping off, even fumbling for their Opal cards, or now making sure they are using the right contactless card. Opal has revolutionised public … Read More

Sydney Metro Opening

Darryn Capes-DavisCommunity, Engineer

Sydney Metro opened on Sunday 26th March. I went for a ride from Cherrybrook to Rouse Hill and made the video below.

Excelling in Work Health and Safety

Darryn Capes-DavisEngineer, Innovation

Just over two years ago Children’s Medical Research Institute was awarded the Western Sydney Annual Business Excellence Award for Excellence in Work, Health & Safety. I am proud to lead the team that manages Operational safety at the institute and have been working for many years on transformative programs to make WHS be part of the everyday culture. Some highlights … Read More

Labor behind the times on New Intercity Fleet

Darryn Capes-DavisEngineer, Opinion

First it was ABC pedalling bargain basement journalism. Now State MP Trish Doyle has been quoted glibly saying that the New Intercity Fleet don’t fit the tracks. The New Intercity Fleet (NIF) train project will deliver improved amenities including wider seats with arm rests and more space, dedicated space for luggage, prams, bicycles and wheelchairs. For that wider trains are required, … Read More

Bargain basement journalism – ABC behind the times

Darryn Capes-DavisEngineer, Opinion

You know the feeling when you find a cheap read, only to find it’s a reprint of an old tale. That’s what I felt when reading the ABC report NSW inter-city train costs face blowout to make fleet fit tracks on Blue Mountains line. I was even more disturbed to hear the old news pedalled out as new on the … Read More

Project Management made EASY!

Darryn Capes-DavisEngineer

Project Management

There are many project management methodologies out there. Toolset, frameworks, certifications. Words that come to mind are Prince, Scrum, Agile, Stand up. Confused? Me too. Over time I have learnt to always have a simple guiding project management philosophy. Read on for my secrets. My philosophy has come from reviewing where projects go wrong. A classic issue on many projects … Read More

Remembering H.E.B. Smith and R.A.W. Smith on Anzac Day

Darryn Capes-DavisEngineer

Harold and Roy Smith

Each Anzac Day I remember my two great Uncles, Roy Alfred Walter Smith and Harold Edward Benjamin Smith. They were sons of Frederick Edward William Smith and Mary Ann Seaton. I am a descendant of their sister, Eleanor Margaret (Nell) Smith. The smiths lived in Annandale in Sydney’s inner west. H. E. B. Smith. Lieut., 19th Batt. H.E.B. Smith. Photo … Read More