Day 1

17th September

Day 2

18th September

Day 3

19th September

Day 1 / 17th September

0700

Breakfast – Women in Engineering (Invitation only)

0700

Registrations Open  – Foyer (Refreshments served)

0830 – 0915

Conference (Darling Harbour Theatre)

Master of Ceremonies: Michael Pascoe, Fairfax Media Contributing Editor

 

Welcome: Peter McIntyre, FIEAust CPEng EngExec, CEO, Engineers Australia

Welcome to Country:

Opening Address: Hon. Trish White, FIEAust CPEng EngExec, National President & Chairman, Engineers Australia

0915 – 1015

Session 1 – Thinking Machines – The Promise and the Peril

A world run by robots is no longer science fiction. Robotic technology is all around us, from the cars we drive, to the machines that fight crime. But we are yet to fully explore the consequences of our increasing dependence, and their role in our daily lives. What will be the impact on a global economy? In the quest to cut production costs, the race to the bottom will be won not by people working for low wages, but by machines. As the world population ages, robots will also become home help for repetitive chores and our constant companions. The question for the future is: will we be in charge – or will they?

Keynote Speaker – Mr Ray Kurzweil, Futurist, Author, Inventor and Director of Engineering, Google

1015 – 1045

Morning Tea

1045 – 1130

Session 2 – The Spanner in the Works

After taking two steps forward, there is a real risk of taking one step back. Jonar Nader warns that some of the greatest accelerators could cause us to hit a brick wall. What will cause us to falter and stumble? What are the potholes that will take the shine off the world’s greatest innovations?  Can anything be done to pre-empt the failures? Or are we destined to crash and burn after daring to challenge the immutable laws that govern a computer so grand, that it may cause its own demise?

Keynote Speaker: Jonar Nader, Digital Age Philosopher, Author and Principal, Logictivity

1140 – 1240

Session 3 –  What Will Happen to Infrastructure Design and Development when AI graduates to become HI (higher intelligence)?

People speak of Artificial Intelligence (AI) as some sort of alternative to human labour, as if AI is just a way of automating what we do. Standby the imminent future wherein computer assisted design and development of infrastructure exceeds human capability, thereby elevating most engineers to the level of genius, thanks to Higher Intelligence systems that will do more than operate faster or more efficiently. In fact Higher Intelligence (HI) will unearth new solutions to problems that had hitherto been regulated to the “too hard” basket.

Keynote Speaker:  Tim Chapman, Leader, Infrastructure Design Group, Arup Group Limited

1245 – 1345

Lunch

1350 – 1450

Session 4 –  Engineers as part of the great leap forward (Panel Discussion)

It took a decade for people to understand that e-business was not about electronics in business. Rather, it refers to doing business in an electronic networked world. It was not about using technology to streamline a business, but about restructuring an entire organisation and it’s workforce so that it can function in a modern networked world. Similarly, engineers have been lapping up technological tools which had promised speed and efficiency. This is the archaic way of thinking about technology within the realm of engineering.

By 2045, engineers will partner with high-technology in order to venture into a new frontier. However, many will lag behind. Only the daring few will be at the leading edge of innovation through high technology. The new era will require a new mind-set, sharpened via a whole new set of skills that will need to be embraced. What are those skills and how will the education system need to adapt?

Moderator: Dr. Michael McAllum, Chief Steward, Centre for Future Academy and Director, Global Foresight

Panelists

  1. Professor Elanor Huntington, HonFIEAust, Dean, College of Engineering & Computing, ANU
  2. Tim Chapman, Leader, Infrastructure Design Group, Arup Group Limited (UK)
  3. Professor Elizabeth Croft, Dean, Faculty of Engineering, Monash University
  4. Matt Michalewicz, Futurist, Technology Innovator and CEO of Complexica

1450-1520

Afternoon Tea

1520 – 1620

Session 5 – How the past has changed the present and how the present will change the future

Innovation drives our industry and our world forward. How will we make sure we keep innovating? In this panel discussion, we will hear perspectives from the research and startup sectors.

Dr John O’Sullivan, FIEAust (the elder statesman): In the early 1990s, Dr O’Sullivan led the team of CSIRO researchers whose invention now exists in approximately three billion devices world-wide. At the time, there were wireless networks, but they were slow, portable computing was just starting to take off with the first laptops and in research environments, the network was starting to make its presence felt through email data transfer.  To date CSIRO has earned more than $430 million out of this technology.

Flavia Tata Nardini: (the entrepreneurial aerospace engineer), Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Fleet Space Technologies. Flavia loved space from an early age.  Now the company she founded is preparing to launch a constellation of nanosatellites to connect the Internet of Things.  Fleet’s goal is to usher in a new wave of connectivity unlike the world has ever seen, by connecting millions, even billions of devices from all corners of the globe.

Interviewer: Michael Pascoe, Fairfax Media Contributing Editor

1630 – 1730

Session 6 –  Cyber & Space Security

In response to the emergent phenomenon of information warfare, the Australian Defence Force (ADF) must adapt to a new operating environment, including the consideration of technical and non-technical information related threats. In a congested and increasingly contested information environment, the ADF must be capable of actively defending its own cyber and space-based systems.

Keynote Speakers:

Major General Marcus Thompson AM FIEAust CPEng EngExec, Deputy Chief Information Warfare, Australian Defence Force

Brendon Hopper, Acting General Manager, Cyber Architecture and Business Services, Commonwealth Bank of Australia

1730 – 1930

Networking reception 

Day 2 / 18th September

0800 – 1200

The concurrent offsite technical forums, which include many world class innovations, provide an opportunity to showcase Australian engineering excellence.  Those behind the innovations will be available to discuss how the innovation came about and the impact it is having on the community and future engineering.

Please note comfortable shoes will be required due to the walking involved, sometimes on uneven ground.  Disability access is not available with the exception of Forum 13. As numbers are strictly limited at each forum, they will be filled on a first come basis.  Please choose only one Forum.

Forum 1 – Amphibious Assault Ship – Garden Island

The Canberra-class Amphibious Assault Ship is one of the most sophisticated air-land-sea deployment systems in the world. Also known as a Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD), it weighs 27,000 tonnes, is 230m long and features 15 decks.

It’s a ship capable of landing over 1,000 personnel, along with helicopters, watercraft, weaponry, ammunition, land vehicles and stores.

Visiting the Amphibious Assault Ship, you’ll get a top-to-bottom forum, from the bridge and communications decks through to the flight deck, power systems, machinery space and much more.

If you’re interested in how military personnel and vehicles are embarked, transported and disembarked in dangerous, high-pressure zones, don’t miss this forum.

Speaker:  Johnathon Earley – Captain, HMAS Adelaide
Hosts: Systems Engineering Society, Society for Defence Engineering, Electrical College

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• Forums 1 to 12 will be held away from the ICC, Darling Harbour and will involve considerable walking. Please take this into consideration when selecting the forum that you would like to attend.

• Please ensure that covered footwear is worn at all times if participating in any of the forums held away from the ICC, Darling Harbour – no sandals or strapped shoes etc

Forum 2 – Urban Regeneration – Barangaroo

Barangaroo is one of the largest urban renewal projects in Australia, and is set to be completed in 2024.

Joining this forum, you’ll get two options, both of which will reveal the precinct’s emerging shape.

Choosing the Buildings Option, you’ll be taken on a visit to the Barangaroo Office Tower and Crown Resort. Choosing the Infrastructure Option will see you on a site visit of the old Millers Point Gasworks remediation site, new metro and Barangaroo Reserve redevelopment.

Whichever option you choose, the Barangaroo forum will give you insight into infrastructure engineering on a massive scale.

Speaker: Andrew Boutchard – National Infrastructure Manager, Lendlease
Hosts: Civil/Structural Panel, Environment College

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• Forums 1 to 12 will be held away from the ICC, Darling Harbour and will involve considerable walking. Please take this into consideration when selecting the forum that you would like to attend.

• Please ensure that covered footwear is worn at all times if participating in any of the forums held away from the ICC, Darling Harbour – no sandals or strapped shoes etc

Forum 3 – Icon Renewal – Sydney Opera House

Sydney Opera House: an icon of modern Australia and the country’s premier tourist destination for decades.

But Sydney Opera House’s theatre systems are aging and in the midst of major upgrades – even while thousands of visitors pour through its halls every day.

This forum, will take you back of house while showing you the Renewal Project in action.

If you’re an admirer of iconic architecture and innovative engineering, this forum brings both elements into harmony.

Speakers:
Louise Herron
, AM – CEO, Sydney Opera House
Ian Cashen – Director, Building, Sydney Opera House
Hosts: The College of Leadership and Management (CLM), The Risk Engineering Technical Society, Asset Management Council

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• Forums 1 to 12 will be held away from the ICC, Darling Harbour and will involve considerable walking. Please take this into consideration when selecting the forum that you would like to attend.

• Please ensure that covered footwear is worn at all times if participating in any of the forums held away from the ICC, Darling Harbour – no sandals or strapped shoes etc

Forum 4 – Transportation - WestConnex Motorway

WestConnex will be one of the world’s longest road tunnels: a 33-kilometer (21-mile) motorway. It will run mainly underground, relieving pressure on Sydney’s transport infrastructure.

On this forum, you’ll have a chance to see WestConnex completed sections and visit work in progress should safety restrictions and construction progress allow.

You’ll gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of the impact of this project on the city of Sydney.

Speakers:
Terry Chapman – Project Director, Sydney Motorway Corporation
Matt Morgan – Construction Manager, Sydney Motorway Corporation
Hosts: Cost Engineering Society, Tunneling Society, Geomechanics Society

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• Forums 1 to 12 will be held away from the ICC, Darling Harbour and will involve considerable walking. Please take this into consideration when selecting the forum that you would like to attend.

• Please ensure that covered footwear is worn at all times if participating in any of the forums held away from the ICC, Darling Harbour – no sandals or strapped shoes etc

Forum 5 – Pushing Boundaries of Technological Innovations – UNSW, Sydney

UNSW sits at the heart of a sophisticated global knowledge system shaping our future.  Key to that mission is to translate research into real world solutions.  That’s where engineering excels.  This forum provides a unique opportunity to observe internationally recognised innovations of the Engineering Faculty in sustainable mining, nanotechnology and solar power.  Those attending will visit:

  • VR Simulator developed by the Interactive Cinema Research Centre
  • Centre of Quantum Computation & Communication Technology
  • Solar Industrial Research Facility

Speakers:
Andrew Dzurack – Scientia Professor, Director, Aust. National Fabrication, UNSW
Alistair Sproul – Acting Head of School Photovoltaics & Renewable Energy, UNSW
Hosts: Young Engineers, ITEE College, Complex Engineering Systems panel of CLM

Click here for more information >

• Forums 1 to 12 will be held away from the ICC, Darling Harbour and will involve considerable walking. Please take this into consideration when selecting the forum that you would like to attend.

• Please ensure that covered footwear is worn at all times if participating in any of the forums held away from the ICC, Darling Harbour – no sandals or strapped shoes etc

Forum 6 – The Harbour that Worked – Heritage Engineering

Over the last century, Sydney Harbour has transformed from a working harbour into a stunning waterfront for commerce and housing.

On this forum, you’ll get an insight into Sydney Harbour’s engineering heritage. These include Cockatoo Island, Mort’s Dock, Balmain Power Station and a progression of bridge technology from Pyrmont to Iron Cove, Sydney Harbour, Gladesville and Anzac Bridges.

You will also have a unique opportunity to visit the Sydney Heritage Fleet engineering workshops and be briefed on ship restorations being carried out.

Speakers:
Simon Wiltshier – Chair, Engineering Heritage Sydney
Michael Clarke OAM – Former Chair, Engineering Heritage Australia
Hosts: Heritage Engineering, Asset Management Council

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• Forums 1 to 12 will be held away from the ICC, Darling Harbour and will involve considerable walking. Please take this into consideration when selecting the forum that you would like to attend.

• Please ensure that covered footwear is worn at all times if participating in any of the forums held away from the ICC, Darling Harbour – no sandals or strapped shoes etc

Forum 7 – Digital Disruption in Construction – Department of Defence

Every year, Australia invests more than $100 billion in buildings and infrastructure, only to lose over 15% from wasted effort. Poor communication, unsatisfactory handovers, inadequate project control, end-user dissatisfaction and ultimately data gaps are the culprits.

Attending this forum, you’ll visit a Defence project, hear of lessons learnt from inadequate project handover to service deliverers and workshop the design of a data management plan for future Defence projects.

If you’re a building owner or supply-chain consultant/contractor who needs to get serious about improving project handover and saving money, this forum is an absolute must.

Speaker: Doug Fox – Project Director, NSW Infrastructure
Hosts:  Society for Building Services Engineers, Asset Management Council, Society of Fire Safety

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• Forums 1 to 12 will be held away from the ICC, Darling Harbour and will involve considerable walking. Please take this into consideration when selecting the forum that you would like to attend.

• Please ensure that covered footwear is worn at all times if participating in any of the forums held away from the ICC, Darling Harbour – no sandals or strapped shoes etc

Forum 8 – Advanced Manufacturing – University of Technology, Sydney

This forum is at the Data Arena, Centre of Autonomous Systems (CAS) and ProtoSpace of the UTS which are some of their most popular spaces for science and technology enthusiasts.

Discover at the Data Arena, how UTS uses computer graphics to process complex data and streamline manufacturing.

At CAS you’ll see extensive robot research and robot building in action. You’ll gain a deeper understanding of how robotics are utilised in industry, government and around the world.

At ProtoSpace you’ll see 3D printers at work. Functional prototypes in a wide variety of materials will be built before your very eyes.

If you’re curious about the use of complex data, robots and 3D printing, sign up for this forum.

Speaker: 
Hosts: Institute of Industrial Engineers, Women in Engineering, Young Engineers

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• Forums 1 to 12 will be held away from the ICC, Darling Harbour and will involve considerable walking. Please take this into consideration when selecting the forum that you would like to attend.

• Please ensure that covered footwear is worn at all times if participating in any of the forums held away from the ICC, Darling Harbour – no sandals or strapped shoes etc

Forum 9 – Transportation - Sydney Light Rail

The expansion of Sydney’s light rail transport network is one of Sydney’s most exciting projects.

When completed in 2019, the expanded light rail network will allow commuters to travel from Circular Quay to Randwick.

Part of this forum may include a visit to George Street’s wireless ground-based power supply, vehicle stabling yards and stops for the Citadis X05 light rail trams.

To conclude the forum, senior project executives will be making a presentation and answering all your engineering questions prior to lunch.

If you would like to understand Sydney’s transport infrastructure at a deeper level, this forum is a must.

Speaker:
Hosts: Civil College, Electrical College, Transport Society

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• Forums 1 to 12 will be held away from the ICC, Darling Harbour and will involve considerable walking. Please take this into consideration when selecting the forum that you would like to attend.

• Please ensure that covered footwear is worn at all times if participating in any of the forums held away from the ICC, Darling Harbour – no sandals or strapped shoes etc

Forum 10 – Biomedical Engineering - ResMed

ResMed’s devices and software solutions have helped millions around the world manage Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA), chronic pulmonary diseases and other respiratory challenges.

Founded in Sydney in 1989, ResMed is the inventor of Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) therapy for Obstructive Sleep Apnoea.

ResMed now leads as a digitally connected health company with over 4 million ResMed devices allowing daily patient monitoring from around the world via the cloud.

On this visit, you’ll get to see how ResMed products are manufactured, and participate in hands-on activities to understand how the products work. You’ll also meet ResMed’s lead engineers and researchers.

If you have an interest in health technology and engineering, this is the right forum for you.

Speakers:
Dinesh Rmanan
– Senior Research Engineer, ResMed
Klaus Schindhelm – Chief Research Officer, ResMed
Hosts: Biomedical College, Women in Engineering

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• Forums 1 to 12 will be held away from the ICC, Darling Harbour and will involve considerable walking. Please take this into consideration when selecting the forum that you would like to attend.

• Please ensure that covered footwear is worn at all times if participating in any of the forums held away from the ICC, Darling Harbour – no sandals or strapped shoes etc

 

Forum 11 – Smart Cities – Central Park

Central Park is an award-winning, engineering icon of Sydney, with almost two thousand apartments, and countless restaurants, cafes, shops and laneways.

Green smart, Central park is self-sufficient with its own tri-generation thermal energy plant, Membrane Bioreactor, green walls, energy and water consumption monitoring systems.

In this forum, members of the transdisciplinary engineering team will show you how Central Park’s greatest green features were put together.

If sustainability is at the core of your work, this forum is an absolute must.

Speaker: Jock Gammon – MD, Junglefy
Hosts: Chemical College, ITEE College, Sustainable Engineering Society

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• Forums 1 to 12 will be held away from the ICC, Darling Harbour and will involve considerable walking. Please take this into consideration when selecting the forum that you would like to attend.

• Please ensure that covered footwear is worn at all times if participating in any of the forums held away from the ICC, Darling Harbour – no sandals or strapped shoes etc

Forum 12 – Autonomous Vehicles – Transport for NSW, Sydney University (ACFR), Volvo

Autonomous vehicles are one of the engineering challenges of the 21st century.  Joining this forum, you’ll have two options, both of which reveal leading Australian research, development and demonstration.

Option 1 is at Sydney Olympic Park through Transport for NSW’s Smart Innovation Centre where the NSW Government is trialing automated passenger shuttles. The trials seek to understand what supporting technology and infrastructure will be required to automate a shuttle in this environment. Volvo will demonstrate their semi-autonomous production sedan and outline their plans to introduce level 4 autonomy.

Speakers:
Andrew Mehaffey
– Director, HMI Technologies
David Pickett – Senior Manager Engineering, Volvo Car Australia
Hosts: Systems Engineering Society, Young Engineers, Mechanical College

Option 2 is at Australian Centre for Field Robotics, Sydney University, which is one of the largest institutes of its kind in the world.  It is instrumental in developing breakthrough technologies in autonomous vehicles for agriculture, submarines, people movers and container handling.

Speaker: Eduardo Nebot – Director, Australian Centre for Field Robotics
Hosts: Systems Engineering Society, Royal Aeronautical Society, Complex Engineering Systems Panel of CLM

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• Forums 1 to 12 will be held away from the ICC, Darling Harbour and will involve considerable walking. Please take this into consideration when selecting the forum that you would like to attend.

• Please ensure that covered footwear is worn at all times if participating in any of the forums held away from the ICC, Darling Harbour – no sandals or strapped shoes etc

Forum 13 – Executing the Project Plan – The Fighter Pilot Approach

Did you know that fighter pilots execute on their strategic objectives 98 percent of the time, and in business it’s as low as 13 percent? If you want to be a ’98 percenter’, Afterburner’s interactive high performance program is the first step to achieving greatness.

Inspired by the unique and uncompromising world of fighter pilots, Afternburner will share with you a team-based way of operating that will give you the agility, creativity and performance to out-think, out-plan and out-maneuver the opposition.  The process focusses on a logical cycle of planning, briefing, executing the plan and debriefing, and will help you survive and thrive in today’s highly complex and rapidly changing business environment.

Strap yourself in for success and join the fighter pilots of Afterburner Australia for a high impact learning experience.  It’s sure to be one you’ll never forget!

Speaker: Mr Christian Boucousis, Fighter Pilot (RET), Director, Afterburner Australia
Facilitators: Former Fighter Pilots, Afterburner Australia

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Forum 13: Executing the Project Plan – The Fighter Pilot Approach will be held onsite at the ICC, Darling Harbour

1200 – 1300

Lunch (to be held at the forum venues)

1300 – 1330

Offsite Technical Forum participants return to International Convention Centre (ICC), Sydney

1400 – 1530

Session 7 – Hypothetical  – Do robotic slaves have rights and can a robot love? Can it think? How about kill? 

This, of course, is a metaphor for the very complex issues, legal, ethical, moral, and religious to be faced, not only by engineers who develop robots, but by people generally as thinking machines evolve. Engineers will be at the forefront of this modern renaissance, the point in time when the advances in technology and engineering will lead to machines that are many times smarter than human beings. This singularity has begun and is accelerating fast. Geoffrey Robertson QC hosts and orchestrates a discussion on this issue using a “hypothetical” format: an imaginary situation where a panel of experts discusses its ramifications.

Keynote SpeakerGeoffrey Robertson QC, Human Rights Barrister and host of television series “Hypothetical”.

Panelists

  1. The Rev. Simon Hansford, Moderator of the NSW & ACT Synod, Uniting Church in Australia.
  2. Dr Catherine Ball, Scientist, Innovator and Champion of Diversity
  3. Jonar Nader, Digital Age Philosopher, Author and Principal, Logictivity
  4. Sophia, the Humanoid Robot

1530 – 1630

Open Forum: During the Hypothetical in session 7, you will be encouraged to take note of questions or queries that might spring to mind. Then, during this fast-paced open forum you will have the opportunity to put your questions to the panellists. This will enable you to seek clarification about some of the responses that the panellists had put forward. To make the Forum enjoyable and racy, the facilitator will only accept real questions (meaning that statements will not be sought) so that we can drill into the essence of the conundrums that surface during the Hypothetical.

Facilitator: Jonar Nader, Digital Age Philosopher, Author and Principal, Logictivity.

1900 – 2200

AEC Gala Dinner – Incorporating the Australian Engineering Excellence Awards

The AEC gala dinner will be held in the grand ballroom, located on the top floor of the ICC. The evening will provide delegates with the perfect opportunity to mix and mingle – whether it is to cement relationships with industry stakeholders or to relax and network with peers from all areas of the engineering profession. It will be a night of entertainment and fun, and we will also take the opportunity to honour the winners in the 2018 Australian Engineering Excellence Awards and to learn about some of the innovative projects being undertaken by the engineering community.

Day 3 / 19th September

0900 – 1015

Session 8 – The Leadership Journey 

Changing careers is not always an easy transformation. So how have those who have taken the leap been able to tailor their leadership style as they travelled their career journey?  What were the mistakes made and the lessons learned? And was it worth it?

Moderator: Mr Michael Pascoe, Fairfax Media Contributing Editor

Speakers:  

  1. Craig Laslett FIEAust CPEng EngExec, Managing Director, Lendlease Engineering
  2. Rob Sindel, Chief Executive Officer, CSR

1015 – 1100

Morning Tea 

1100 – 1200

Onsite Concurrent Forums (Subjects: Leadership, Management & Risk)

1100 – 1200

Forum 1    Progressing from Project Leadership to Business Leadership:

At some point in your engineering career, you’ll need to decide between the technical track or the executive track. These paths are very different. When working on a project, the emphasis on individual effort to minimise risk sits in stark contrast to the management aspects of engineering companies. In executive management, risk and uncertainty are viewed as a normal, ever-present part of doing business. So how do you make that transition from leading a project to leading an organisation?

Moderator:

Speakers:

  1. Maureen Thurston, Global Director, Design to Innovate, Aurecon
  2. Kristen Myles MIEAust CPEng, Principal Engineer, WSP
  3. Dr. Chris Jeffery, CEO and Co-founder, Field Orthopaedics

1100 – 1200

Forum 2      Engineers Can Change the World:

Whether directly or indirectly, engineers impact the lives of people in the community around them.  How can we attract the right candidates to consider a career at the leading edge of engineering?  While engineers are improving the world around us, their guiding hands frequently remain invisible.  At some point, shining a light on what engineers achieve is necessary to maintain credibility and attract new talent. But how do engineers increase their influence in society and how can they ensure that their role is appreciated and acknowledged?

Moderator: Gavin Blakey OAM, Chair of the Board, Engineers Without Borders

Speakers: 

  1. Stephen Langton, Managing Director, Board & CEO Advisory Group, Russell Reynolds Associates, Singapore
  2. Hon. Mark Birrell CompIEAust, Former Chair, Infrastructure Australia
  3. Dr Anne Hellstedt FIEAust CPEng EngExec, Project Director, Office of the Dean, Melbourne School of Engineering, University of Melbourne                            

1100 – 1200

Forum 3      The Genius of Naivety:

Engineers and technologists make great entrepreneurs.  Bill Gates, Dorothy Norman Spicer, James Dyson, Limor ‘Ladyada’ Fried: from the industrial greats to today’s electronics culture, they populate the realms of new business start-ups, invention and entrepreneurial endeavor. What are the special attributes needed to succeed?  And how must we support our young engineers to gain the business skills required to lead entrepreneurial businesses?

Moderator: Prof. Roy Green, Dean UTS Business School, UTS Sydney

Speakers:

  1. Hartley Pike, Construction Cloud, Industrial Design

1100 – 1200

Forum 4    The Future of Sustainability and Resilience:

Sustainability and resilience can work together across construction, transportation systems in the economy and in government. Resilience is not just the ability to bounce back from a disruption, but, rather “the capacity for a system to survive, adapt, and flourish in the face of turbulent change and uncertainty,” and resilience is not just about physical assets but also about economies and societies. Strengthening resilience today is a prerequisite for achieving long-term sustainability.

Moderator: Neil Greet, Collaborative Outcomes, Innovative Building Resilience            

Speakers:

  1. Dr. Peter Newman AO, Professor of Sustainability, Curtin University
  2. Richard Palmer, Director of Sustainability, WSP
  3. Lauren Kajewski, Manager, Sustainable Development, UrbanGrowth NSW

1100 – 1215

Forum 5     The Grand Plan – Big Ideas for Australia:

 This session will feature some of the big ideas that could pave the way for our prosperous nation. In the past great thinkers brought us the Snowy Mountains Scheme, Warragamba Dam, major roadways, The Sydney Harbour Bridge, expansive rail networks, a broad range of mining plus other innovations that have put Australia on the map. What is the way forward? We have invited a range of visionaries to tell us where Australia ought to invest.

After each brief presentation our panellists will provide their feedback. We will film this session and forward the top ideas to our senior Government thought leaders. At the conclusion of this session some presenters will be invited into our studio to conduct a short interview for or social media channels. Members of the media and our own reporters from Create magazine will be on hand to chronicle the gems.

As a delegate of the conference you are encouraged to contact us if you or your firm has an innovative idea. When you register for this session please tick the appropriate box so that we can contact you and possibly invite you to share your big idea in front of the other delegates at this session.

Facilitator: Jonar Nader, Digital Age Philosopher, Author and Principal, Logictivity

Panelists: 

  1. Naomi Simson, Entrepreneur and host of Shark Tank Australia
  2. Michael Donovan, Executive Mentor, Author and Teacher
  3. Rear Admiral Peter Clarke, Former Submarine Commander, British Royal Navy, Submarine Group Commander, Royal Australian Navy, Head of Knowledge Systems
  4. Admiral Chris Barrie AC, RAN Former Chief of the Australian Defence Force
  5. Shaza Rifi, Engineer, NSW Young Woman of the Year

1200 – 1315

Lunch

1315 – 1415

Session 9 – Advancing our Cities’ Liveability, Workability and Sustainability

Cities have to offer attractive and affordable environments in which to live. Currently property is expensive and transport systems are grinding to a halt as they become more crowded. That’s why city planners need to think very carefully about how they free up more housing, add more transport capacity and how they plan for additional future capacity. But they also need to plan in the context of increasing energy costs and government austerity. Technology can help them function better — with better security, better real-time monitoring, better information and better connectedness with government. This is what cities need to think about to be better, more caring and more friendly places to live.

Keynote Speaker:  Sir Rod Eddington AO HonFIEAust , Non-Executive Director and Former Chair, Infrastructure Australia 

Interviewer: Dr. Peter Newman AO, Professor of Sustainability, Curtin University

1420 – 1520

Session 10 – What is our future?

Keynote Speaker:   

1525 – 1630

A Conversation in Space

Air Marshall Geoff Brown AO will have a conversation with an astronaut currently habituating the International Space Station which will be followed by questions from the audience.

Speaker: Air Marshall Geoff Brown AO FIEAust, Former Chief of the Air Force 2011 – 2015

1630 – 1645

Concluding Remarks:  

Mr Peter McIntyre FIEAust CPEng EngExec, CEO of Engineers Australia