SA Major Projects Conference 2024

19-20 March 2024
Adelaide Convention Centre
Adelaide, SA, Australia


Conference Agenda

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Day 1 - 19th March 2024
08:00 - 08:50


08:50 - 09:00


09:00 - 09:30

Speed Networking

Introduce yourself, swap business cards, and form new and lasting business connections during a series of one-on-one exchanges with fellow conference delegates.

09:30 - 09:55

Keynote Presentation by the Department for Infrastructure and Transport

The Department for Infrastructure and Transport (DIT) continues to deliver its multi-billion dollar pipeline of projects across the State, including construction of new and improved roads, intersections, bridges, rail and social infrastructure, that will benefit both current and future generations of South Australians.

Jon Whelan, Chief Executive, Department for Infrastructure and Transport

Jon Whelan
09:55 - 10:20

Investing in South Australia’s Clean Energy Future

  • Major electricity transmission projects update
  • Project EnergyConnect, a landmark infrastructure project, which will deliver the first new electricity interconnector between Australian states in 15 years
  • Transmission developments needed to enable growth in electricity demand and renewable supply and deliver least cost outcomes for South Australian customers

Rainer Korte, Chief Operating Officer, Electranet

Rainer Korte
10:20 - 10:40

Introducing Bluebeam and it’s use across the project lifecycle

  • Digitise your plan reviews, approvals faster and more accurately.

Speed up all your processes with software for civil engineering, land planning and public development project collaboration. Bluebeam Revu allows you to securely review, mark up, and modify plans and permits. Effortlessly edit drawings and documents with industry-standard markups and symbols, then save or share custom toolsets so clients and project partners are always on the same page.

  • Quantify your estimations faster.

Help your preconstruction teams quantify estimations faster by using visual search in Revu. Effortlessly count assets, create legend lists and take linear or area measurements. Take quick, precise measurements and dynamically link totals from multiple PDFs to Excel as you draw, ensuring faster, more accurate estimates for items.

  • Get actionable data insights and manage your assets in one place.

Automatically track all markups placed on a PDF, including author, date, color, plus associated comments and statuses. Export data to your preferred BI tool to get valuable insights into project progress and performance. Maintain your communities’ assets and keep everyone on track by using the data in your plans to seamlessly search and quantify how many assets you have.

Ben Byrnes, Professional Services Lead for Structural Engineering, VinZero A2K Technologies

Ben Byrnes
10:40 - 11:00

South Australia: The Global Hub for In-Space Manufacturing

With over 100 space organisations in Adelaide and a fast-growing space industry, South Australia is known as The Space State. Join Lloyd Damp for the latest updates from the SA space sector as well as infrastructure news from the Koonibba Test Range, and what it could mean for space manufacturing in South Australia.

Lloyd Damp, Chief Executive, Southern Launch

Lloyd Damp
11:00 - 11:30


11:30 - 11:50

Keynote Presentation by the Hon Rob Kerin

Regional Development South Australia (RDSA) supports the economic development efforts of eight South Australian based RDAs, including Metropolitan Adelaide. Together, they are fundamental to the future and well-being of the State. 

Join former Premier and former Minister for Primary Industries, Mines and Energy and Regional Development, the Hon Rob Kerin, for a presentation that shines a spotlight on the regions.

The Hon Rob Kerin, Chair, Regional Development South Australia

The Hon Rob Kerin
11:50 - 12:20

Health Infrastructure Priorities for South Australia

An additional investment of $2.3 billion over five years will deliver better health care for South Australians. This presentation will provide an overview of the major projects being managed by the Infrastructure Branch that supports the Department of Health and Wellbeing.

Judith Formston, Deputy Chief Executive Corporate Services, Department of Health and Wellbeing
Melissa Nozza, Director - Capital Projects, Infrastructure, Department of Health and Wellbeing

Judith Formston Melissa Nozza
12:20 - 12:40

Renewal SA: Driving Investment Through Property

Renewal SA is the South Australian Government's leading urban development agency. With a diverse portfolio of projects including residential and commercial developments, public land and buildings, the agency aims to improve the lives of South Australians by driving investment and growth through property and projects.

Chris Menz, Chief Executive, Renewal SA

Chris Menz
12:40 - 13:00

Yitpi Yartapuultiku Aboriginal Cultural Place 

Yitpi Yartapuultiku means ‘Soul of Port Adelaide’ in Kaurna and will become a unique cultural place representing the unity of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people coming together. The new Aboriginal Cultural Place has been co-designed with Aboriginal Custodians and will include extensive native landscaping to connect the centre with the distinct ecology of the Port River.

Rodney Welch, Place Leader, Yitpi Yartapuultiku

Rodney Welch
13:00 - 14:00


14:00 - 14:30

Infrastructure Priorities for South Australia

Infrastructure SA is preparing the next 20-Year State Infrastructure Strategy to assess South Australia’s infrastructure needs. ISA is also examining ways in which new infrastructure can sustainably supply water to northern South Australia (Northern Water Supply) and addressing passenger transport issues impacting the Mount Barker to Adelaide Corridor (Mount Barker Mass Transit). Join Jeremy Conway for the latest infrastructure research and updates from the expert advisory body.

Jeremy Conway, Chief Executive, Infrastructure SA

Jeremy Conway
14:30 - 15:15

EXPERT PANEL: Regenerative Design

Join a panel of experts who will discuss how carbon positive designs will impact future infrastructure, and how the design industry is moving beyond sustainability towards regenerative design.

Ken Long, Regional Sustainability Manager – SA & VIC, Lendlease
Stephanie Johnston, Member of State Planning Commission, Principal Consultant Stephanie Johnston & Associates
Yaara Plaves, Associate Director, Hames Sharley

Ken Long Stephanie Johnston Yaara Plaves
15:15 - 15:50


15:50 - 16:10

Adelaide Airport Terminal Expansion 

The expansion of the Adelaide Airport main terminal continues and is set to significantly improve the arrivals and departures experience for international passengers. The project will also see the delivery of new retail and dining spaces.

Kym Meys, Executive General Manager Planning and Infrastructure, Adelaide Airport

Kym Meys
16:10 - 16:30

Presentation by Defence SA

This presentation will provide an overview of some of South Australia’s Defence projects, considered to be Australia’s largest and most complex, including cyber capability and processing, the Collins Class Submarines and Hunter Class Frigates. 

Mel Slater, Director Maritime, Defence SA

Mel Slater
16:30 - 16:35


16:35 - 17:35


Day 2 - 20th March 2024
08:25 - 09:05


09:05 - 09:10


09:10 - 09:25

Ministerial Address

Hon Chris Picton MP, Minister for Health and Wellbeing, Member for Kaurna

Hon Chris Picton MP
09:25 - 09:55

Speed Networking

Introduce yourself, swap business cards, and form new and lasting business connections during a series of one-on-one exchanges with fellow conference delegates.

09:55 - 10:15
Old Murray Bridge Refurbishment Project
  • Old Murray Bridge was constructed over the Murray River in 1879, and is located on Bridge Street, Murray Bridge, immediately east of the town centre. Murray Bridge is located approximately 75 kilometres from Adelaide.
  • As the first major bridge spanning the Murray River in South Australia, Old Murray Bridge is a significant State Heritage structure, and requires major refurbishment to maintain it's long-term structural integrity.
  • Overview of the refurbishment works
10:15 - 10:45

The Siviour Graphite Project

Granted Major Project Status by the Federal Government, the Siviour mine will be developed and operated by Renascor Resources in Eyre Peninsula, South Australia. The project is set to position Australia as an important participant in the global battery industry and EV markets.

David Christensen, Managing Director, Renascor Resources Ltd

David Christensen
10:45 - 11:15


11:15 - 11:35

Presentation by Gold Sponsor A2K Technologies

11:35 - 12:00

Cycling Infrastructure for the Future

Active transport has become increasingly important as more people seek alternative ways of travelling to and around the CBD. This presentation will look at how developing a safer network for cyclists can lead to improved health and wellbeing, while reducing congestion.

Cr David Elliott, Chair - Bike Adelaide, Councillor for Central Ward, City of Adelaide

Cr David Elliott
12:00 - 12:30

Human Factors Impacting Project Performance and How to Mitigate Them

  • Research shows that major and mega projects frequently are delivered in a way that does not meet the stated objectives of the project. Often what is found is the tangible evidence of this under performance e.g  over time, over budget, poor quality and safety incidents (etc) and is only apparent well after the causes of this performance has taken root.
  • Join James Kelly, Managing Director of Alchimie to explore how intentionally managing the human factors dimension of project delivery can set your projects up for success

James Kelly, Managing Director, Alchimie

James Kelly
12:30 - 13:30


13:30 - 14:00
Infrastructure Priorities for Coober Pedy
  • Addressing challenges and building opportunities for growth

Mark Austin, Acting Chief Executive Officer, District Council of Coober Pedy

14:00 - 14:20

The Historic Shift to Electric Transport

As South Australia’s Electric Vehicle Action Plan moves forward towards its target of net zero emissions by 2050, this presentation will discuss the historic shift to electric transport and how charging infrastructure will ensure EV’s go the distance.


14:20 - 14:45

City Shaping Projects

Several city-shaping projects are underway across Adelaide transforming the city with innovative towers prioritising green infrastructure, offering new office and retail spaces, as well as enhanced lifestyles for metropolitan neighbourhoods.

14:45 - 14:50


Agenda is subject to change
*Speakers to be confirmed

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