NSW Major Projects Conference 2019

17-18 September 2019
ICC - International Convention Centre
Sydney, NSW

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Day 1 - 17th of September 2019
08:00 - 08:50


08:50 - 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

A Once-In-A-Generation Development

  • Enhancing supply chains and completing the backbone of the national freight network
  • Providing a transit time of 24 hours or less for freight trains between Melbourne and Brisbane
  • Will be delivered using a $9.3 billion committed by the Australian Government, with the first train expected to run in 2025

To Be Confirmed, , Inland Rail

10:00 - 10:30

Accelerating Local Infrastructure

  • NSW’s population is expected to grow by more than one million over the next decade
  • Local communities will have access to the infrastructure they need, including safer and better-quality roads and highways, new and bigger school campuses, integrated health care through new multipurpose health facilities, and improved police facilities
10:30 - 11:00

Sydney Metro Project Update

Dr Jon Lamonte, Chief Executive, Sydney Metro

Dr Jon Lamonte
11:00 - 11:30


11:30 - 11:50

Digital Adaptation In Infrastructure

Within more recent times within our industry, we are hear the terms Digital Engineering (DE) and Digital Twins. But what are they, who benefits and how can these be applied? 

In this session, we will ask and address the above and will provide an insight into how Bentley Systems is approaching the Digital Engineering (DE) and Digital Twins conundrum.

Dave Body, Senior Industry Strategy Manager – Design Engineering, Bentley Systems

Dave Body
11:50 - 12:20

Boosting the Capabilities of Regional NSW

  • Launching a new era for regional rail in NSW, the NSW Government will be replacing their older, ageing regional rail fleet with a new fleet consisting of 117 new carriages; forming 10 regional intercity trains, 9 short regional trains and 10 long regional trains
  • Trains will be powered by engines, producing fewer emissions in comparison to the current fleet, and reducing the impact on air quality
  • Of the $2.8b project cost, $1.26b has already been all allocated for the construction of a new maintenance facility in Dubbo, enabling works and other project delivery costs.
12:20 - 12:40

How AI is Changing the Art & Science of Transportation Project Planning

Rob Bryant, Executive Vice President of Asia-Pacific, InEight

Rob Bryant
12:40 - 13:40


13:40 - 14:10

Utilising Technology to Maximise Infrastructure Growth

Chris Pettit, Professor of Urban Science, UNSW

Chris Pettit
14:10 - 14:40

Providing Long-Term Water Security to Broken Hill

Elli Baker, Director Major Projects, Water Solutions and Market Strategy

Elli Baker
14:40 - 15:00

Driving Greater Digital Adoption and The Growth of Paperless Jobsites

Data loss represents a significant financial impact for construction organisations. Failing to accurately capture and transfer data between construction phases, from the design to the build to the handover, can cause significant delays and expensive mistakes. In Australia and New Zealand alone, rework caused by inaccurate data and communication cost businesses $8.4bn in 2018.

In 2019, this data loss will become a critical commercial driving factor for firms to embrace digital technology throughout the construction process and beyond. Businesses will be able to adopt new tools faster than ever before, thanks to a new generation of employees who are more comfortable adapting to new technology. 

Construction firms who can successfully introduce new technology will not only realise significant operational efficiencies but will be able to access a greater quantity of data to inform their overarching business strategy – and secure success in the months ahead.

Leander Starr, Regional Sales Manager, Senior Sales Manager, PlanGrid

Leander Starr
15:00 - 15:30


15:30 - 15:50

Keynote by Plant Assessor

Matthew Turner, Managing Director, Plant Assessor

Matthew Turner
15:50 - 16:10

Sydney Stadium Redevelopment

Deirdre O’Neill, Project Director, Sydney Football Stadium Redevelopment, Sydney Cricket and Sports Ground Trust

Deirdre O’Neill
16:10 - 17:00

Panel Discussion:

Understanding the Built Environment of the Future

This panel will explore the process undertaken to identify, prioritise and build state significant developments. 

  • Understanding key characteristics of the construction industry and its impact on the state’s economy
  • Utilising past endeavours to influence and shape today’s major infrastructure projects
  • Unlocking NSW’s potential through the delivery of critical developments and successful procurement outcomes

Belinda Barnett, Director, Urban Concepts and Planning Communication
Giovanni Cirillo, Managing Director, Planning Lab
Nathaniel Murray, Director, NSW Town Planning

Belinda Barnett Giovanni Cirillo Nathaniel Murray
17:00 - 17:05


17:05 - 18:05


Day 2 - 18th of September 2019
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

WestConnex - Project Update

Terry Chapman, Program Director, WestConnex

Terry Chapman
10:00 - 10:30

To Be Confirmed

David Gainsford, Executive Director Priority Projects, Department of Planning and Environment

David Gainsford
10:30 - 10:50

The Future of Moving People - Demand Responsive, Public Transport 

  • What is demand responsive transport?
  • How does public transport differ from point to point, single passenger trips?
  • Why is demand responsive transport the future of moving people?
  • How does demand responsive transport integrate with other mobility services in a city and large infrastructure investments.
  • Insights and lessons from BRIDJ’s operations in Sydney.

Matthew Hamlet, Optimisation Lead Manager, BRIDJ

Matthew Hamlet
10:50 - 11:20


11:20 - 12:10

Panel Discussion:

Navigating the Density of Urban Congestion

  • With an allocated investment of $4bn over the next decade, the Urban Congestion Fund will seek to reduce congestion in urban locations
  • Funding will support upgrades to urban road networks, reducing travel times and vehicle operating costs, but will this be enough for commuters?

Daniel Veryard, State Director (NSW & WA), Veitch Lister Consulting
Ian McCarthy, Urban Mobility and Integrated Transport Leader - NSW, Aurecon
Mel Fyfe, Director, TTM Consulting Pty Ltd
Neill Miller, Associate Director - Transport Advisory, Urbis
Sara Stace, Manager Walking and Cycling Strategy, Transport for NSW

Daniel Veryard Ian McCarthy Mel Fyfe Neill Miller
12:10 - 12:30

The Future of Construction in a Connected Environment

This session will discuss the evolution and challenges of the construction industry and why connecting all stakeholders to project data will transform the construction industry.

To Be Confirmed, , A2K Technologies

12:30 - 13:00

Identifying and Prioritising Critical Public Infrastructure for NSW

Simon Draper, Chief Executive Officer, Infrastructure NSW

Simon Draper
13:00 - 14:00


14:00 - 14:20

To Be Confirmed

Dr Ooi Lean Hock, Geotechnical Director, Gamuda Engineering Sdn Bhd

Dr Ooi Lean Hock
14:20 - 14:40

Ensuring Successful Project Outcomes – Requires a Collaborative, Strategic Approach to Contract Risk

  • Understanding key contractual risks – what are they, and what is a reasonable position?
  • Project & contract implications arising from recent legislative changes
  • Partnering and other joint venture considerations for project delivery 
  • Effective transition from tender to operations, with an effective contract administration strategy to achieve project success 
  • Strategic tips to avoid disputes 
  • Some key indicators for contract success 

Sunil Sivarajah, General Counsel - Urban Infrastructure, Resources, Broadspectrum

Sunil Sivarajah
14:40 - 15:00

Delivering the Future

Adam Griffiths, Program Manager Digital Engineering, Transport for NSW

Adam Griffiths
15:00 - 15:40


Agenda is subject to change
*Speakers to be confirmed

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17-18 September 2019

ICC - International Convention Centre
Sydney, NSW



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