Case Study - University of Queensland

University of Queensland


After a number of frustrating years of continually replacing failed ceramic cartridges in the existing tapware at the University of Queensland, John Ford, Maintenance Officer of the Biosciences Precinct at the University of Queensland, had had enough!

After failed discussions with the existing tapware supplier as to how to solve this costly problem, John talked with his colleague Alan Carmichael, Engineering Project Officer Hydraulics QU, who suggested he seek help from Galvin Engineering. After working closely with them to understand their issues and requirements Galvin's were able to offer a number of solutions.

  • Beef up the ceramic cartridges 
  • Insert stainless steel pins in handles to stop over rotation
  • Replace with jumper valve cartridges 
  • Shorten levers to reduce the pressure when opening and closing

After investigating the solutions, UQ opted to replace the existing tapware with Galvin Engineering's lever action basin sets with jumper valves.

They now have new quality tapware and a reliable manufacturer that is focussed on supporting their goal of reducing whole of life costs. Galvin Engineering has since been installed into other QU projects including Gatton Veterinary Sciences, Pharmacy Australia Centre of Excellence and Tetra Q.

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