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CONFERENCE AGENDA (subject to change)WEDNESDAY, 12 AUGUST
8.15am -9.00am REGISTRATION / TEA & COFFEE
9.00am - 9.15am Welcome and opening remarks: Geoff Hird - Managing Director/Publisher, Westwick-Farrow Media followed by Greg Garrihy - CEO, IICA
9.15 am - 9.55am OPENING KEYNOTE: Transforming Australian manufacturing – innovating with data-driven customer insight
Tim Plenderleith - Global Market Director - Manufacturing, Aurecon

The future for manufacturing and engineering lies in the acceptance that technology has forever changed the way industry operates, and will continue to be the driver of further transformation. The combination of advanced manufacturing technologies, blended with as yet uncharted consumer behaviours, commercialisation and choice, has created a potent platform for disruptive technologies.
10.00am - 10.40am Smarter analytics – predictive asset optimisation and your industry
Ross Collins - Global Subject Matter Expert - Predictive & Optimisation Solutions, IBM Analytics

Discover how data and analytics is transforming the way organisations predict and manage assets and operations to increase asset utilisation, mitigate risk and increase operational efficiency. As instrumentation, miniaturisation, connectivity and mobility make it easier to capture and monitor an increasing volume and variety of asset operational data, the use of real-time insights derived from sensors, devices, and RFID tags is growing. Hear the latest innovations in predictive asset optimisation and how they are being used in industries such as oil & gas, mining, manufacturing, transport and energy & utilities.
10.40am - 11.15am MORNING BREAK
11.15am - 12.45pm
Future Networks Forum
Moderated by: Glenn Johnson - Editor, What's New in Process Technology and ProcessOnline.com.au

With IoT, Industry 4.0, cloud services and big data all impacting the engineering world at a rapid rate, what is the future for industrial networking?

Experts representing four of the leading network protocols will share their vision of the future for this critical sector of the industrial landscape:

PROFINET & Profibus Australia
Rafael Koenig — Chairman, PROFINET & Profibus Australia

FieldComm Group
Kaveh Fanian — Key Account Manager, Pepperl+Fuchs Australia

EtherCAT Technology Group
Steven Sischy — Managing Director, BECKHOFF Automation
12.45pm - 2.00pm LUNCH BREAK / PRIZE DRAWS
2.00pm - 3.30pm Future Networks Forum cont'd

ODVA
Daniel Hancock — Systems Technical Expert and Industrial Communications Specialist, Schneider Electric

These presentations will conclude with an interactive Q+A panel discussion where you can pose questions AND offer your own insights to the panel.

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3.30pm - 4.00pm AFTERNOON BREAK
4.00-5.00 The nuclear approach to cybersecurity
Nick Howarth - Senior IT System Engineer - OPAL Reactor
5.00pm - 6.00pm NETWORKING DRINKS - Novotel, Sydney Olympic Park - Sponsored by SIEMENS

CONFERENCE AGENDA THURSDAY, 13 AUGUST
8.30am - 9.00am ARRIVAL / TEA & COFFEE
9.00am - 9.15am Welcome and opening remarks: Geoff Hird - Managing Director/Publisher, Westwick-Farrow Media followed by Stephen Finlay - General Manager Sydney, Engineers Australia
9.15am - 10.00am KEYNOTE ADDRESS: IoT and industry – perfect match or perfect storm?
Michael Freyny - Executive General Manager: Digital Factory/Process Industries and Drives, Siemens

Michael will discuss the challenges and opportunities that IoT is, and will be, bringing to the industrial sectors of manufacturing, oil+gas, mining and engineering in general, with particular reference to automation, control and instrumentation.
10.00am - 10.45am LEADERSHIP PANEL: The Internet of Things and your industry
Panel: Ross Collins - Global Subject Matter Expert - Predictive & Optimisation Solutions, IBM Analytics
Michael Freyny - Executive General Manager: Digital Factory/Process Industries and Drives, Siemens
Nick Howarth - Senior IT System Engineer, OPAL Reactor

Moderated by: Glenn Johnson - Editor, What's New in Process Technology and ProcessOnline.com.au
10.45am -11.15am MORNING BREAK
11.15am - 12.45pm
Engineers Australia - Future Tech Forum
Futurist and ABC Nightline presenter Paul Wallbank will set the scene with an opening keynote on the impact that digitalisation and disruptive technologies are having on the manufacturing, mining, utilities and infrastructure sectors.

Engineering the Future - what lies ahead?
Tech Futurist and ABC presenter - Paul Wallbank
Paul will open the EA Future Tech Forum with some insights and projections as to where your profession is heading and what you need to do to stay at the leading edge.

Data Analytics & Instrumentation – a water industry success story
Chris Andrews - CEO, Taggle Systems
Monitoring and analysing the water supply for business, government and industry is becoming an increasingly important factor in business planning across all verticals. Andrews will share success stories from a northern QLD council, and will outline how industry can realise significant benefits and cost savings from their instrumentation via data analytics.

Managing Complexity in Network Industries - an Energy sector perspective
Graeme Couch - Strategic Management Consultant, Graeme Couch & Associates
The impact of increasing complexity on networked industries such as the energy sector, and lessons that can be learnt from the telecom sector. The presentation will consider complexity in terms of vulnerability to disruptions in highly distributed control environments.
12.45pm - 2.00pm LUNCH BREAK
2.00pm - 3.30pm Networks and Sensing in Automation & Control - IoT and M2M Communications
Geoff Sizer - CEO, Genesys Design
The dramatic impact that the Internet of Things (IoT) and Machine to Machine (M2M) communications systems are having on sensor networks in the automation and control sector will be covered in this presentation from one of Engineers Australia’s leading lights.

Sustainable Building Control - new frontiers for AC&I (Sydney Adventist Hospital)
Chris Vains - GM, Factory Automation, Siemens
As automation and control technologies have deployed across a wide range of sectors typically as discrete systems for example in manufacturing, utilities and mining. The emergence of more complex and dependent systems interconnected to provide for instance more sustainable buildings, security, lift management interconnection of which open up opportunities for engineering firms, vendors and contractors to innovate in infrastructure and construction. This session will focus on the state of art control systems used in the recent major development work at the Sydney Adventist Hospital in Wahroonga.

Fast-Tracking the Future with Advanced Robotics and Data Analytics
Professor Mary-Anne Williams - Director, Innovation & Enterprise Research Lab, UTS
With better insights and analysis of the big (and small) data that your operational environment captures, your organisation can greatly increase efficiencies and better plan for the future. This session will also focus on the many benefits that advanced robotics can deliver to your operations, especially in the connected future of the IoT.
3.30pm - 4.00pm AFTERNOON BREAK
4.00pm - 5.00pm RoboCup as a catalyst for future education and skills training in the ACI sector
Professor Maurice Pagnucco - UNSW School of CSE
What can the concept of the World Cup of Robotics teach the ACI sector about skills training and education? How can the industry tap into a more dynamic and inspirational catalyst for promoting all sectors of engineering, and avoid the ongoing talent drain both overseas and to other professions?

Integrating Asset Management with A&C systems - a water industry case study
Nick Fondas - MD, iTech Corporation
Discover how cost savings and operational efficiencies can result from the integration of asset management systems with existing automation and controls infrastructure.
5.00pm CONFERENCE CLOSES

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Wednesday August 12, 2015 10.00am-5.00pm
Thursday August 13, 2015 10.00am-4.00pm

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