Interactive Pre-Conference Workshops: Monday, 20 November 2017

Workshop A

9:00 AM - 11:30 AM Developing a Robust Project Framework to Improve Planning, Delivery and Management

Ulvi Salayev, Project Director, Wellington Water Euan Stitt, Principal Advisor Procurement, Wellington Water
A project’s successfulness can be attributed to the initial planning and project framework. With increased complexity, scale and risk of water infrastructure projects, the need for a robust and comprehensive project framework is crucial in order to deliver a project on time and within budget. In this workshop Ulvi and Euan will explain strategies to account for:

  • Accommodate for increased scale and complexity through early contractor involvement
  • Identify, isolate and mitigate against risk with a comprehensive framework
  • Achieve a greater return on investment through efficient delivery and management
  • Streamline design, construction and delivery through communication, stakeholder engagement and relationship management

Ulvi Salayev

Project Director
Wellington Water

Euan Stitt

Principal Advisor Procurement
Wellington Water

Workshop B

12:00 PM - 2:30 PM Using Technology to Improve Efficiency, Reduce Costs and Reduce Waste of Existing Infrastructure

Luther Uthayakumaran, Strategic Leadership, Innovation, Data Science, Public Policy, Sydney Water
Technology is changing how the water infrastructure system operates at an exponential rate.
New SMART monitoring and metering systems, automatic gates, self-healing PLC system, advanced centralised SCADA systems and IoT are drastically reducing labour cost, decreasing water loss and improving customer satisfaction:

  • Developing SMART monitoring systems as a precursor to the IoT
  • Attaining greater customer satisfaction and cost reduction through automation
  • Executing an effective centralised and standardised SCADA system to significantly improve efficiency


Luther Uthayakumaran

Strategic Leadership, Innovation, Data Science, Public Policy
Sydney Water

Workshop C

3:00 PM - 5:30 PM Effective Strategic Asset Management to Increase the Longevity of Assets

Aging infrastructure is plaguing Australia’s water industry, with burst mains, leaks and faulty assets on the rise. Asset managers are now required to replace and maintain a significantly larger amount of problematic infrastructure. For that reason, effective strategic management and predictive maintenance is crucial in addressing the issue.

  • Planning and developing a robust, flexible and extensive asset management plan to increase longevity
  • Achieving reduced catastrophic failures with advanced monitoring systems and data analytics
  • Improving both customer satisfaction and reducing waste by implementing a SMART metering system