Marc Buman Managing Director

Marc has been instrumental in the establishment of Avac since the company’s inception. He is the Managing Director of the group, specialising in commercial & contract management, legal/risk management and human resources. Marc is currently the chairperson of the Vacuum Drainage Special Interest Group (of Australia) and led the team which developed the two Australian & New Zealand Standards for Vacuum Drainage. Marc is responsible for the expansion of the Avac business into vacuum transportation of solid wastes, as well as liquid wastes. Marc is a member of several Standards Australia technical committees, is a trained safety officer and an executive director of the Plumbing Products Industry Group (PPIG).

Key Roles

  • Commercial Management
  • Risk Management
  • Human Resource Management
Bob Buman Major Project Director

Bob founded Avac in the mid 1990’s after identifying the environmental and security advantages accruing to facility managers from the deployment of vacuum transportation systems to transport liquid wastes within their buildings or precincts. Over the ensuing decades, Avac has gone on to become the leading vacuum waste transportation company in Australia. As a result of pioneering the introduction of the technology, Bob is sometimes referred to as the Godfather of vacuum transportation in Australia/NZ.Marc has been instrumental in the establishment of Avac since the company’s inception. He is the Managing Director of the group, specialising in contract management, legal/risk management and human resources.

Key Roles

  • Designing and documenting project specific vacuum systems
  • Designing Oversight
  • Peer Review of Design
Alessandro Parma Project Technical Manager (Mechanical)

Alessandro (Alex) has 20 years of international experience in designing, dimensioning, installing and commissioning vacuum waste transportation systems in Australia and around the world. After graduating as a surveyor in 1996, he has utilised the skills acquired in the designing of vacuum pipework networks within the vacuum industry in Italy and Antarctica, before joining the Avac Australia team in 2008. In 2015 Alex completed his Certificate IV in Hydraulic Design and is proficient in AutoCAD, AutoCAD 3D and Revit. He has extensive experience in both land and marine projects.Alex has 15 years of international experience in designing, dimensioning, installing and commissioning vacuum systems in Australia and around the world. He graduated as a surveyor in 1996, and has worked in the Vacuum Industry in Italy and Antarctica before joining the AVAC Australia team in 2008. Alex has extensive experience in both land and marine projects.

Key Roles

  • Designing and Dimensioning of Vacuum Systems
  • Site supervising of installing contractors
  • Commissioning team leader for systems
  • Post occupation review and maintenance supervision
Dom Romeo Technical Manager (Electrical)

Dom has 30 years of experience in designing, documenting, installing and commissioning automated control systems and networked data systems in Australia. He is a licenced Electrical Contractor and trained safety officer.

Key Roles

  • Designing automated control systems for vacuum systems
  • Supervising electrical and data installation contractors
  • Commissioning of automated control systems for Avac projects
  • Training of facility management staff
  • Remote monitoring of Avac systems
Melanie Lupis Sustainability Manager

Melanie is an Environmental Science graduate from the University of Wollongong. She has 10 years’ experience working for Local Government, reducing greenhouse emissions and implementing energy and water efficiency projects at Bankstown City Council. Melanie brought her expertise to Avac in 2012 and has been instrumental in ensuring the company’s system designs meet world’s best practise for environmental objectives.

Key Roles

  • Advising Avac on best practices for sustainability
  • Designing, Documenting and measuring sustainable practices within Avac and its related entities
  • Liaison with Clients to ensure Avac projects meet agreed environmental objectives
  • Modelling and analysis of energy and water data
Andrew Norris Consultant Engineer

Andrew is an Engineering graduate from the University of Technology Sydney with technical experience in design and installation of vacuum waste transportation systems as well as on site commissioning of Water Management Systems. He has engineering design experience in dehumidification and mechanical services, having worked in the HVAC industry prior to Avac. He also worked in product development, quality control, and testing to achieve government approvals. Andrew recently left Avac’s direct employ but remains a consultant to the company and provides engineering input where required.

Kel Lupis Marketing Manager

Kel has an MBA from the University of Wollongong and 16 years experience in sales and marketing of plumbing and bathroom products.

Key Roles

  • Design and production of marketing materials for print
  • Internet and website management
  • Advertising
  • Liaison with Clients
Jo Logan Contracts Administration, Document Controller, Drawing Office Manager

Jo has 15 years of experience in these roles and is a key member in Avac’s project team. She has extensive experience in document control for major projects, additionally Jo is responsible for controlling the production and distribution of Avac 2D & 3D project drawings.

Key Roles

  • Receiving & Distributing all project documents
  • Supervision of drawing office
  • Coordination of project manufacturing and delivery schedules
  • Liaison with external service suppliers