Day Two

Registration and welcome coffee
Opening Remarks From Chair

Lani Refiti
Chief Executive Officer

How Blockchain could give us a smarter energy grid

How can Peer-to-peer energy trading on Blockchain provide a long term sustainable solution to our energy requirements by creating a more democratic system of funding and buying renewable energy?

Paul Fox
Managing Director
Corran Toohil Capital

Implementing vertical interoperability

How to successfully connect a variety of platforms, things and users to ensure infrastructure interoperability and maximisation

Frank Zeichner
Chief Executive Officer

Networking break and exhibition viewing

10:30 | 1. How Digital Engineering (BIM) is changing the way we deliver infrastructure

The Sydney Metro project has secured $20 billion as part of the NSW Government’s Rebuilding NSW plan which will bust congestion and revolutionise public transport through a new 66 kilometre high capacity rail line. Sydney Metro will help deliver a 60% per cent capacity increase across the entire network, or move an extra 100,000 people per hour across the city.

Ryan Townsend
Manager of Digital Engineering BIM, Sydney Metro
Transport for NSW

10:502. Storing energy with smart technology

Smart technology allows us to use energy more efficiently, reducing the need to build more power stations however there are limited ways to store electricity when power generators are producing a surplus. Understand what pumped hydro energy storage is with using Snowy Hydro 2.0 as an example.

Richard Denniss
Executive Director
The Australia Institute

11:103. Implementing smart meters to monitor energy consumption

Smart meters have two main components: an electronic meter that measures energy information accurately and a communication module that transmits and receives data. The long-term goal of energy management systems is to employ knowledge of consumption patterns to reduce energy costs, by moving consumption to low demand periods. In practice, energy management systems achieve this by, insofar as possible, having connected electrical devices run during periods where power is cheaper due to low demand.

Grant Smith
General Manager - Strategy & Architecture
Energy Queensland

11:30 | 4. Predict and prevent using IoT connected devices

Smart meters allow water utilities to better understand outages and power status information automatically and on request. Discover how the IoT can be used to automatically generate information to predict and prevent outages in real time and send messages to dispatch a crew to fix issues before they arise.

Philip Johnson
General Manager Future Water Strategy
Corporate and Commercial, South East Water

11:50 | 5. A strategic approach to autonomous vehicles

Autonomous or Driverless vehicles were tested on Australian roads in 2015, when the country’s first trials took place in Adelaide. The use of new innovative technology in traffic management is being implemented at a pace that is hard to keep up with, so what does the future of intelligent road infrastructure look like?

Hussein Dia
Chair, Department of Civil and Construction Engineering
Swinburne University of Technology


Lunch and exhibition viewing
Using data analytics for better infrastructure management decisions

In the digital era, big data analytics helps industries to harness the power of data and rapidly revolutionise traditional solutions providing that it can be followed up with real world applications and impact.

  • How can open data have a role in improving infrastructure planning and management?
  • How can we convert spatial data into meaningful information for the purposes of intelligent decision making?

Fang Chen PhD
Group Leader, Enterprise Analytics DATA61

Leveraging artificial intelligence

Australia needs to act quickly on implementing a strategy on AI in order to take advantage of the significant opportunities to improve Australian communities.

Hear from an AI expert on how Australia can follow innovations from leading global cities on:

  • What artificial intelligence could mean for the future of Australian cities
  • How AI can be applied in practical ways for energy, electricity and safety
  • Why we should be adopting AI as a priority

Paul Phillips
Industry Manager, Deep Learning & AI

Why smart infrastructure needs to be secure by design

Future Cities face challenges such as urbanisation and demographic change which increases our reliance on critical infrastructure to enable Cities to grow and change to meet these challenges. As we begin to connect Critical infrastructure together via the internet creating Smart infrastructure the challenge of security increases exponentially as we expose Industrial Control Systems (ICS) to third parties and make available systems that have always been air-gapped.

  • How do we secure these critical systems adequately to protect our Cities of the future? How do we implement "Secure by Design" principles?

Lani Refiti
Chief Executive Officer

Grant Smith
General Manager, Strategy and Architecture
Energy Queensland

Closing keynote: Reforming Australia's Infrastructure Model
  • What's wrong with the current system
  • Dealing with impact of population growth and increased road usage
  • The opportunity presented by EVs
  • Leveraging technology to reform our road funding model

Adrian Dwyer
Infrastructure Partnerships Australia

Closing remarks from chair and end of conference