Spectra QEST Wins iAward for Innovation in ICT

Spectra QEST is the SA State iAwards Winner in the Industrial Category. This award honors Spectra QEST for its creation of the innovative QEST Quality Platform, a suite of software products that facilitates substantial improvement in efficiency, quality and standardization of construction materials testing processes.

The iAwards recognizes companies at the cutting edge of technology innovation and is “the premier technology awards platform in Australia delivering the most comprehensive awards program which recognizes the achievements and innovation made in ICT across all facets of the economy.” (

Spectra QEST Director of Resources and Markets, Stephan Mavrakis, was pleased to accept the award at the SA iAwards event on Wednesday evening. He said, “We see winning an iAward as a great achievement. It is my firm belief that there is world-class software engineering talent available in SA and it is pleasing to see such talent being recognized. Some of these people work for Spectra QEST and I accept this award on their behalf.”

iAwards Chief Judge, Jim Ellis, AO, commented on the calibre of this year’s iAwards winners stating, "The iAwards focuses on innovation, so it’s no surprise that this year’s winning entries clearly differentiated and demonstrated uniqueness in their category as the best in their state.”

At the centre of Spectra QEST’s Quality Platform is a highly specialized and centralized Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS), QESTLab. This product has been commercially available for 10 years and has been continually refined and improved in accordance with customer needs. Spectra QEST’s current, innovative and unique solution, the QEST Quality Platform, integrates QESTLab with two recent developments, QESTField and Construction Hive. QESTField is a web-based real time data entry system that provides field staff on the construction site with instant, bi-directional access to the laboratory information management system and enables the instant creation of field testing and inspection reports. Construction Hive is an online collaboration platform providing applications for the efficient distribution and analysis of information relating to construction materials testing and inspection.

The QEST Quality Platform affords substantial benefits to testing companies on large road projects. It was successfully utilized by Professional Service Industries, Inc. (PSI) on the $1.02 billion DFW Connector Project in Texas, and was fundamental in PSI’s successful submission to the American Council of Engineering Companies for which PSI was awarded a Gold Medal for Innovation.

Spectra QEST would like to thank iAwards, together with the host partners the ACS, the AIIA and the Pearcey Foundation, the major partner State Government Victoria and all other sponsors, for the recognition the company has received through this award.

Spectra QEST will be proud to represent South Australia as a national finalist in Melbourne in August 2013. Excerpts from a videotaped interview with Stephan Mavrakis, the Spectra QEST Director who accepted the award on behalf of the company, can be viewed here.

About Spectra QEST
Spectra QEST is a software development and services company specializing in solutions for the construction materials engineering, testing, inspection and production industries. Founded in January 1984, Spectra QEST offers the most comprehensive construction materials quality platform on the market today. Its customers include leading international construction companies, construction materials and geotechnical testing companies, construction materials manufacturers, and government bodies.

Stephan Mavrakis, Head of Global Sales, Spectra QEST
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