The concurrent off-site 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.

0800 – 1200

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

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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 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 Schindhlen – 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 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: Leadership & Management – Fighter Pilot Approach will be held onsite at the ICC, Darling Harbour