Conference Day One: Tuesday, 21 November 2017

8:30 AM - 9:00 AM Conference Registration Networking

9:00 AM - 9:10 AM Opening Remarks by IQPC Australia and the Conference Chair

Dr Allan Cohen, Director, Australasian Marine Associates

Dr Allan Cohen

Director
Australasian Marine Associates

9:10 AM - 9:50 AM CASE STUDY: Overcoming the Operational and Technical Challenges of Implementing New Technology into Existing Infrastructure

Dr. Dharma Dharmabalan, General Manager, System Performance and Major Projects, TasWater
TasWater are currently investing $120 million per year into upgrading existing infrastructure and trialling new emerging technology. This includes a world first Nano- Membrane water filtration system, SMART monitors that feed real time data to an App and a centralised and standardised data analytic system. Undertaking these complex upgrade brings with it significant operational, technical and cultural challenges. Dr Dharma will outline in this session:

  • The new technologies that are being implemented and trialled, and their effect on the future of the water industry
  • Optimising and standardising the new system to increase operational efficiency
  • Overcoming operational and technical challenges when upgrading the existing assets

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Dr. Dharma Dharmabalan

General Manager, System Performance and Major Projects
TasWater

9:50 AM - 10:20 AM Thought Leader Session

10:20 AM - 11:00 AM CASE STUDY: Developing an Adaptable Asset Management Plan to Ensure Long Term Viability.

Darren Cleary, Chief Operating Officer, Hunter Water Authority
Digital disruption is currently reshaping the Australian water industry, at an ever increasing rate. Adaptability is paramount when implementing new infrastructure and upgrading existing in order to accommodate for expected growth rates, changing climate conditions and the rate of digital change. Darren and his colleagues at Hunter Water are developing new and improved service to address these pressures.

  • Determining the ideal trade off between efficiency and adaptability
  • Providing the foundation for future investment and digital transformation
  • Augmenting water sources to improve long term water security

Darren Cleary

Chief Operating Officer
Hunter Water Authority

11:00 AM - 11:20 AM Speed Networking

A structured interactive session designed to help you expand your network through one-on-one focused conversation.


11:20 AM - 11:50 AM Morning Tea and Networking Break

11:50 AM - 12:50 PM IDG: Interactive Discussion Group

Not only will you hear peer-to- peer led case studies and best practice, you will also receive focused thought leadership and insight into the future of the Water Infrastructure Design and Development. How will the IDGs run?

  • The entire audience will break up and choose IDGs based on which topics are most relevant and interesting to them.
  • Each IDG is set in a roundtable format and will be facilitated by a thought leader in the space
  • Each delegate will have the opportunity to select 2 topics and will rotate between their choices every 30 minutes.
  • Discussion groups are kept small to ensure all delegates get the opportunity to ask their most pressing questions, ensuring a perfectly tailored experience.

Table One

11:50 AM - 12:50 PM Accommodating for Digital Disruption

Alex Fisher, Executive General Manager, Asset Strategy and Delivery, SunWater
Empowering and training employees in adopting new technologies to achieve a streamline and efficient transformation

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Alex Fisher

Executive General Manager, Asset Strategy and Delivery
SunWater

Table Two

11:50 AM - 12:50 PM Strategic Asset Management

Darren Cleary, Chief Operating Officer, Hunter Water Authority
Improving the efficiency and reliability of assets through the creation a comprehensive asset management plan

Darren Cleary

Chief Operating Officer
Hunter Water Authority

Table Three

11:50 AM - 12:50 PM Project Management and Delivery

Mark Simister, Head of Delivery Management, Sydney Water
Creating a project management framework that significantly improves delivery time and reduce overall cost

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Mark Simister

Head of Delivery Management
Sydney Water

12:50 PM - 1:50 PM Networking Lunch Break

1:50 PM - 2:30 PM CASE STUDY: Developing an Effective Project Framework to Successfully Deliver New Infrastructure

Robert Murphy, General Manager Capital Projects and Delivery, Western Water
Western Water is experiencing a period of significant development, with a planned capital expenditure of $232 million, which will see their asset base double in the next 8 years. This investment is driven by population growth and the government release land for residential development.
Robert and his colleagues are implementing a streamlined project management framework to ensure that these projects are delivered on time and within budget.

  • Developing and delivering a project management framework that will accommodate the increased size and complexity of new projects
  • Implementing project management portfolios and contactor panels to streamline the tender process
  • Effectively future proofing infrastructure without drastically increasing expenditure

Robert Murphy

General Manager Capital Projects and Delivery
Western Water

2:30 PM - 3:00 PM Thought Leader Session

Finding the balance between customer service, cost, efficiency, long-term security and the environment is a difficult and complex issue. For that reason, optimising your resources to best serve each of these factors is paramount to delivery the best service at the lowest cost, without comprising the environment. This panel will discuss:

  • Creating a framework that accommodates for all factors
  • Strategic investment that addresses issues and overcomes challenges
  • Ensuring the long-term viability and security of water to customers and the environment

Jon Theobald

Environment Manager
South East Water

Darren Cleary

Chief Operating Officer
Hunter Water Authority

Robert Murphy

General Manager Capital Projects and Delivery
Western Water

Dr Allan Cohen

Director
Australasian Marine Associates

3:30 PM - 4:00 PM Afternoon Tea and Networking Break

4:00 PM - 4:40 PM Partnering for Success: Programmatic Water Infrastructure Delivery at Sydney Water

Mark Simister, Head of Delivery Management, Sydney Water
Mark and his team from Sydney Water are at the forefront of project delivery in Australia, with a framework that has streamlined the entire process. They have also involved early contractor involvement (ECI) and continuous consultant involvement (CCI) to further the efficiency of their planning and delivery. In the last 12 months they have achieved decreased Health and Safety incidents by 16%, decreased environmental impacts by 32%, improved customer satisfaction by 25% and halved the time of delivering major water mains and sewerage systems. In this session Mark will outline:
  • The streamlined tender system that focuses on partnerships and rewarding excellence
  • The advantages of ECI and CCI when delivering projects
  • Splitting project management and engineering in order to improve allocation efficiency

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Mark Simister

Head of Delivery Management
Sydney Water

4:40 PM - 5:20 PM Implementing Communication Avenues to Improve Effective Governance and Stakeholder Engagement

Michael Browne, Manager, Development Projects, Yarra Valley Water
When maintaining, upgrading or developing a new asset, one of the most important factors of success is having a robust design phase inclusive of communication between stakeholders. Developing and maintaining communication avenues between developers, planners, consultants, suppliers and external parties can drastically improve efficiency, governance and prevention against budget blowout. In this session Michael will outline:

  • Managing and informing large numbers of stakeholders in a cohesive and organised manner
  • Proficiently communicating changes and adjustments to stakeholder throughout the lifecycle of the project
  • Outlining clearly defined roles, requests and responsibilities to improve transparency between all parties

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Michael Browne

Manager, Development Projects
Yarra Valley Water

5:20 PM - 5:20 PM End of Day One & Networking Drinks