Skip to content


National Film and Sound Archive

The precious history of Australia’s film Industry was in our hands with this project. We were tasked with the delicate project of replacing the aging air conditioning plant designed to maintain environmental conditions in the underground vaults in Canberra.

These vaults contain Nitrate Film which must be stored within precise temperature and humidity limits to ensure this irreplaceable and extremely fragile film is preserved for future generations. 

Nitrate film also poses a secondary risk in that it is highly flammable and very difficult to extinguish should it catch fire.

For this project, Superior Systems’ engineers designed purpose made air handling equipment incorporating cooling, dehumidification, and flame-proof motors with Variable Speed Drives.  The main air handling units were fabricated in our own factory to ensure precise quality control.

The original installation plan was to move the film from each vault to temporary refrigerated storage units while the works we being undertaken.  Superior System engineers recognised the significant risk this posed for the precious film and, in conjunction with the client, devised a temporary cooling and humidity system which allowed the plant to be replaced on one vault at a time without the need to move the film from its original location.

This project is a prime example of how Superior Systems’ wealth of experience working in critical environments can ensure your project receives the same exceptional care, and attention to detail, as that provided to the Nitrate Vaults Project for the NFSA.

From the client.....

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation ullamco laboris nisi ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat.
Gary Gibson


Get In Touch

We are happy to answer any questions, send us a message and we will get in touch with you. 

Head Office

(03) 5333 3536
802 Norman St
Ballarat, VIC, 3350 Australia

Sydney Office

Suite 4, Unit 17 – 633-639 Hume Hwy
Casula NSW, 2170 Australia