Art. Ecology. Enterprise

When the tides of change inspire change of thinking 

Environmental and Artistic Innovation

AVCON Installations taps into the existing infrastructure and complementary skill-sets of AVCON Projects Australasia. Central to our thinking is the belief that artistic innovation can champion sustainable environmental initiatives and marine eco-tourism. This fusion of industries can achieve cultural, commercial and environmental outcomes for a diverse range of private and public sector stakeholders.

AVCON installations utilise revolutionary technology to create the world’s first above and below sea attraction.

Artificial Reefs

Design and production of patented concrete blocks and reef balls that provide shelter for marine life and promote the growth of marine ecosystems.

These are primarily used to regenerate disturbed and barren sites, providing a practical solution with environmental benefits.

Underwater Attractions

Commissioning and deploying cutting-edge sculptures, both underwater and above water, as sustainable tourism attractions.

Underwater ‘playgrounds’ and complementary technology to aide accessibility and education are also being explored.

Marine Ecosystems

Analysis and execution of a broad range of coastal and marine environmental issues, including natural resource management and environmental auditing. These public and private sector initiatives are undertaken with a strong community and social services focus.

Above surface attractions

Showcase local talent or culturally significant artwork on a stage like no other

*Artist Impression

Artificial reefs have proven the world over to not only be beneficial to sea-life and the environment, but an attraction to divers and fisherman all around the globe.

But what should all the fun be below the surface?

AVCON installations utilise revolutionary technology to create the world’s first above and below sea attraction.

Environmentally Friendly

Revolutionary Technology

Dynamic Installations

Core Team

Ryan Burke – With 15 years’ experience in environmental projects, marine salvage, emergency response and waste services, Ryan is perfectly placed to meet the industry demand and emerging opportunities identified by AVCON Installations. Ryan has been involved in many industrial-scale recovery, salvage and shoreline clean-up projects across Australasia.

Dr Ronald Loughland – Ron is a proven environmental, ecosystems and biodiversity expert, whose large body of work in the Arabian Gulf includes reef studies, species trend analysis, vegetation profiling and mangrove/seaweed projects. He specialises in disturbed environments and reducing operational impacts on natural habitats.

Jeremy Wilshire – A marketing and communications expert with diverse experience across the tourism, arts and major event sectors, Jeremy will shine a mainstream light on our maritime initiatives. He is well versed in grants writing, government and media relations, sponsorship and stakeholder management.

Corporate Alliance

Green Groves Bahrain

‘a game-changing partnership’

Green Groves Environmental Consulting is a global consultancy specialising in engineering design and project management. Its services include environmental impact assessments, algae process plant design, waste-to-energy consultancy, risk management and compliance.

Boasting many of the world’s leading chemical, oil and gas, and pharmaceutical companies as clients, GGB is at the cutting edge of marine ecosystem research and development. Their work often results in projects of tremendous scale, with Aramco deploying 1000 tonnes of artificial reef throughout the Arabian Gulf.

AVCON Installations has secured a corporate alliance with GGB, which includes information sharing and a mandate to deploy projects on their behalf throughout Australasia. The ability to leverage this partnership represents a key industry advantage.

Project Partners

Reef Ecologic – This collective of marine experts provides strategic advice, heads research projects and conducts training in reef restoration and resilience. Their collaborations have attracted significant government support, successfully fusing science and business, as evidenced by their integral role in delivering the Museum of Underwater Art (MOUA) to the Great Barrier Reef

Coastwide Civil – Coastwide’s scale and experience in NSW-located marine and marina- based infrastructure, break walls and engineering projects supports Avcon Installations’ business through interpretation of known risks, research in sand
movements and stability, and locational detail.

United Salvage – Formally Ardent Global, which was involved in some of the largest maritime salvage events in Oceania history, United Salvage has a significant array of equipment, knowledge, technical and engineering experience that aligns with our risk and execution requirements. Captain Drew Shannon and Ryan enjoy a long-standing working relationship.

Sector Expertise

Tim Johnson – Tim’s team at Commercial Diving Services complete underwater inspections, marine construction, maintenance and reporting on ships, marine engineering, infrastructure and civil facilities for government, councils, corporate and private entities, including AVCON Installations.

Tim Douglas – As a renowned journalist and editor of The Weekend Australian Review, Tim has his finger on the pulse of arts and cultural trends nationally and globally. As AVCON Installations’ artistic curator, he will engage arts entities and manage the commissioning process.


Scott Morgan – A proud indigenous man, Scott is well known by traditional owners along the South Coast thanks to his work with the Illawarra Aboriginal Corporation. Currently an engagement officer with Wollongong City Council, he heads our indigenous engagement.


Potential Initiatives

‘bold thinking, considered execution’

AVCON Installations is ideally positioned to respond to market demand and significant funding opportunities that seek environmentally sustainable solutions, economic drivers and cultural enrichment in a post-COVID world. Our specialist services, innovative designs and industry network ensure the (aquatic) world really is your oyster. Possibilities include:

Building blocks – Habitat-inducing artificial reefs constructed on environmentally disturbed sites, where swell reduction is required, or where the attraction of marine life is a priority.

Shelf Life – Seaweeds transplanted into mesh grids, which are attached to natural reefs, artificial reefs or existing break walls to promote ecosystem regeneration.

Wonderland – Underwater sculpture parks located in easily accessible bays for snorkelers and divers that may feature indigenous storytelling, social commentary, or that ultimate Instagram shot.

Above the Line – A series of themed sculptures suspended on poles above the water line of freshwater lakes or rivers that can be featured and renewed as part of annual arts festivals.

Seeing Double – Tidal sculptures that offer a ‘two-scene storybook’, depicting one story at high tide, but revealing a surprising twist as the full artwork is exposed at low tide.

Play Time – Interactive ‘playgrounds’ just below surface level to engage children, promote water safety and further swimming skills, complemented by augmented reality for accessible engagement.

Process puzzle – Project consultancy covering environmental impact statements, risk management, process hazard analysis, and environmental compliance and permitting.

Marine scene – Collaborative research and site analysis of marine biodiversity and ecosystem ecology, specialising in evaluation of invasive species and human impacts.

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