24-25 July 2018
Adelaide Convention Centre
Adelaide, SA, Australia

Conference Agenda

Day 1 - 24th July 2018

08:00 - 08:50


08:50 - 09:00


09:00 - 09:30

Ministerial Address

Hon. Stephan Knoll, Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Local Government, Minister for Planning - South Australia

Hon. Stephan Knoll

09:30 - 10:00

Speed Networking
This speed networking session will allow delegates to introduce themselves and swap business cards with those they are seated with and other conference attendees.

10:00 - 10:30

Oaklands Crossing Grade Separation Project
The $174 million project is being jointly funded by the Australian Government - $95 million, the State Government - $74 million and the City of Marion - $5 million.
The project will:

  • Improve travel times and reduce travel time variability for vehicles utilising the crossing (commuter, business and freight)
  • Improve safety by removing a road-rail crossing point as part of the Railway Crossing Safety Strategy
  • Improve cycling and walking accessibility and safety by removing conflicts
  • Have the potential to act as a catalyst for development and renewal in the area.

Mario Russo, Alliance General Manager, Public Transport Projects Alliance

Mario Russo

10:30 - 11:00

Securing South Australia’s Economic and Energy Future

  • Contribution of the Oil and Gas Industry to the State Economy
  • Developing much-needed Energy Resources in South Australia, Onshore and Offshore

Matthew Doman, Director – SA & NT, APPEA

Matthew Doman

11:00 - 11:30


11:30 - 12:00

The Lucky Bay Port Facility

  • South Australia’s first farmer and private equity partnership port will be built at Lucky Bay on Eyre Peninsula, providing an alternative grain storage and export option which will be fully operational for the 2018-19 grain harvest.
  • The Lucky Bay development is a $115 million project, including $96 million in private investor equity and debt.
  • Traditionally, the cost of moving grain from the farm to port has been one of the largest costs in grain production.
  • The Lucky Bay development innovates upon the traditional port model and almost monopolistic grain supply  chain in South Australia through proven transhipping technology that has been utilised in other industries for the past 20 years.
  • Project Overview
  • Benefits

Kieran Carvill, Chief Executive Officer, T-Ports

Kieran Carvill

12:00 - 12:30

Northern Connector Project

  • The Northern Connector is a new non-stop motorway connecting the already completed Northern Expressway and South Road Superway links and is expected to provide an unimpeded journey from Gawler to Regency Park; a total of 43 kilometres.
  • Joint funding allocation of $985 million between the Australian and South Australian governments
  • Latest Updates
  • Benefits

George Panagopoulos, Project Manager – Northern Connector, Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure

George Panagopoulos

12:30 - 13:00

Aurora Solar Energy Project: Future of Clean Energy for South Australia

  • The Aurora Solar Energy Project located near Port Augusta is a 150 megawatt solar thermal power station incorporating 8 hours of storage (1100 megawatts-hours)
  • Aurora will deliver over 500 gigawatt-hours of energy annually – providing fully dispatchable baseload electricity to the network when electricity is needed most.
  • Storage will enable the solar thermal station to operate just like a conventional coal or gas power station, reliably generating electricity day and night – except without any emissions.
  • The project is to be located approximately 30kms north of the town on a vast pastoral station.
  • Project Overview and Timelines
  • Economic Benefits

Antoine Le-Ray, Development Manager, SolarReserve

Antoine Le-Ray

13:00 - 14:00


14:00 - 14:20

The Former Royal Adelaide Hospital Site

  • The former Royal Adelaide Hospital (FRAH) site will be transformed into a creation and innovation neighbourhood. It is expected to create high-value jobs and industries securing the future for generations of South Australians to come and positioning Adelaide as the start-up capital of Australia.
  • When fully established in the next five years, more than 5000 people are expected to work and stay within the FRAH site, creating a centre of gravity for the Adelaide start-up community. It will become the ideal environment for entrepreneurs to partner with industry.

John Hanlon, Chief Executive, Renewal SA

John Hanlon

14:20 - 15:10

Panel Discussion
Role of Local Government in Shaping the Future of South Australia
Local Government is uniquely positioned to bridge between the needs of the local community and the broader drivers of State and Federal Government through being more agile, open and innovative. This panel of experts will discuss and debate the role of councils in shaping the future of SA.

  • Local government’s involvement in economic development
  • Collaboration between different levels of government to deliver infrastructure projects
  • Maximising opportunities across Councils to support economic development, business attraction, innovation, job creation and retention of wealth

Daniel Adams, Economic Development Coordinator, City of Prospect
Karen Cummings, City Development Manager, City of Port Adelaide Enfield
Matt Pinnegar, Chief Executive Officer, Local Government Association South Australia
Simon Keith, Manager - Assets & Projects, City of Playford

Daniel Adams
Karen Cummings
Matt Pinnegar
Simon Keith

15:10 - 15:40


15:40 - 16:00

Infrastructure Initiatives and Projects Boosting Tourism on Kangaroo Island

Wendy Campana, Commissioner for Kangaroo Island, South Australia

Wendy Campana

16:00 - 16:20

BIM Technologies: Maintaining a Coordinated Approach to Design and Construction

  • Exploring the potential of BIM Technology on the Whole Life Cycle of the Built Environment
  • Making design and construction collaborative, efficient and profitable

Michael Clothier, Director, Virtual Built

Michael Clothier

16:20 - 16:25


16:25 - 17:25


Day 2 - 25th July 2018

08:25 - 08:55


08:55 - 09:00


09:00 - 09:30

Speed Networking
This speed networking session will allow delegates to introduce themselves and swap business cards with those they are seated with and other conference attendees

09:30 - 10:00

City of Adelaide’s Smart City Agenda
Smart Parking in the City with the Park Adelaide App

  • Smart parking is a key initiative of the City of Adelaide's Smart City agenda and additionally supports the city's sustainability aspirations by reducing circulating traffic, congestion and carbon emissions.
  • Demand for parking is high in the City of Adelaide with over 200,000 vehicles accessing the city everyday.
  • A new mobile app will be launched in mid-2018 enabling drivers to locate, pay for and remotely top-up their car park to the maximum available limit. The app will also provide directions for drivers to available spaces; display easy-to-understand information about parking controls; and deliver alerts when a parking session is about to expire.

Martin Haese, Lord Mayor of Adelaide, The City of Adelaide

Martin Haese

10:00 - 10:30

Darlington Upgrade Project

  • The Australian Government has committed to upgrade the North-South Corridor over the next decade and together with the South Australian Government has committed $620 million to construct the Darlington Upgrade Project.
  • This stretch of road provides a series of strategic free-flowing road links to connect the rapidly expanding industrial and residential growth areas in the north and the south providing new opportunities for economic development.
  • Project Overview and Latest Updates
  • Expected timelines
  • Economic Benefits and Opportunities

Dariusz Fanok, Senior Project Manager - Darlington and Flinders Link Projects, Department for Planning, Transport, and Infrastructure

Dariusz Fanok

10:30 - 11:00

South Australia – The Defence State
South Australia’s experienced and capable industry base delivers many of the Department of Defence’s largest and most complex projects, supported by State Government investment in infrastructure and workforce skills development. 

SA’s Jobs of the Future

  • Overview of the Economy-Changing Defence projects in SA
  • Shipbuilding
  • Systems, cyber and space

Richard Price, Chief Executive, Defence SA

Richard Price

11:00 - 11:30


11:30 - 12:00

Adelaide-Tarcoola Rail Upgrade Acceleration Project

  • Rail upgrade between Adelaide and Tarcoola
  • The Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) will fast track a major upgrade to the east-west national rail network.
  • The upgrade will involve 1200 kilometres of rail replacement between Adelaide and Tarcoola, and will deliver a substantial boost to freight productivity in South Australia and the national freight network.
  • The ARTC will partner with Arrium Steel to deliver the upgrade, substantially boosting demand for steel production at the Whyalla facility.

Brian Green, General Manager – Asset Management, ARTC

Brian Green

12:00 - 12:20

Smart Factory: Future of Industry 4.0 in the Manufacturing Sector

  • Impact of the fourth industrial revolution and its associated technological break-throughs in fields including artificial intelligence, robotics and the Internet of Things
  • How industry 4.0 enables the circular economy
  • What Industry 4.0 means for Major projects and Infrastructure

Mark Fusco, Founder and Managing Director, Advanced Focus

Mark Fusco

12:20 - 12:50

Australian Energy Storage Knowledge Bank:
Mobile and Flexible Microgrid Test Platform with Battery Storage

Australian Energy Storage Knowledge Bank project and associated test system has been designed and developed by South Australian researchers aimed to accelerate growth of energy storage industry in Australia by real tests on system components and applications, knowledge sharing and training. This unique mobile test unit is highly flexible and can be reconfigured to form a microgrid anywhere in Australia. A central repository and a Web page has been developed to include case studies, trial / test data, network performance outcomes, storage system level, environmental data, battery level data, link with other databases / projects around Australia and the world, reports and research publications. In this presentation, the details of the system and the experienced gain from the tests and trials will be explained. In addition, opportunities in battery storage technologies will be covered to provide a vision for the industry and end users.

Associate Professor Nesimi Ertugrul, Project Leader - School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, The University of Adelaide

Associate Professor Nesimi Ertugrul

12:50 - 13:50


13:50 - 14:10

Future Freight Infrastructure: Towards a 20 year State Infrastructure Strategy

  • The new Marshall State Government has committed to establishing Infrastructure SA, who will be responsible for delivering a 20 year State Infrastructure Strategy.
  • The SA Freight Council is developing the multimodal (road, rail, sea and air) freight transport industry’s wish list for this strategy.
  • An early look at the key infrastructure projects required by the heavy freight industry over the next 15 years and beyond.

Evan Knapp, Executive Officer, South Australian Freight Council

Evan Knapp

14:10 - 14:30

Adelaide Casino Redevelopment
July 2018 will see construction commence on the expansion of the Adelaide Casino. This project came to life in 2010 with a very different development brief, an undefined development site and a city context that has changed remarkably over the life of the project. The ambition for the project, however, has remained unchanged - deliver a world class integrated entertainment destination for Adelaide. This presentation will discuss the project design evolution and the response to the sites significant heritage context and the developing Riverbank precinct.

David Forbes, Principal, Buchan

David Forbes

14:30 - 15:00

SA Water’s Smart Water Network

As part of SA Water’s ongoing commitment to improving services, we have installed a ‘smart water network’ for the Adelaide Central Business District (CBD). More than 300 sensors collecting information on flow, pressure, water quality and leakage, plus 100 customer smart meters have been installed. Since July 2017 these sensors have been transmitting to our Internet of Things (IoT) hub and advanced water analytics platform to provide us with insights and a deeper understanding on our network performance and customer impacts. SA Water can now identify and locate network faults before they cause disruption and proactively work with customers to improve network performance.

Dr. Helen Edmonds, Manager – Water Assets, SA Water

Dr. Helen Edmonds

15:00 - 15:05


15:05 - 15:35


Agenda is subject to change
*Speakers to be confirmed

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