Frontier 4.0

Guest Speakers

Frontier 4.0

Peter Barnard
Peter Barnard
Manager Engineering Design and Technical Services, SA Power Networks

Peter leads the Engineering Design and Technical Services team at SA Power Networks. His current goal is to continue transforming the team to a best practice design house, leading the way in safety, technology, creativity and value. Peter has led significant culture change, lifting collaboration and engagement.

A key part of his strategy was to enhance the culture of innovation, providing new technologies and tools to set the team up for the future.

Peter has a degree in Electrical Engineering and has completed executive business and leadership programs at London Business School. Previously Peter was an equity partner at Aurecon, establishing and leading the Transmission and Distribution team (Adelaide).

Mark Brownley
Mark Brownley
General Manager Field Services, SA Power Networks

Mark Brownley has held the position of General Manager Field Services since January 2011 with more than 20 years experience in complex asset management and systems development, having held executive-level operational and technical positions with ASX50 group companies. He is responsible for infrastructure services to the distribution network including operations, the delivery of capital projects and network upgrades, maintenance and supply restoration.

Mark is an internationally published author on business development and a member of the Royal Flying Doctor Service’s (Central Operations) Aviation Advisory Committee. In addition, he sits on the People and Culture Committee of the University of Adelaide Council and is an Australian Advisory Board Member of Byogy Renewables.

Mark is a Fellow Chartered Professional Engineer and holds a degree in Chemical Engineering and a Master of Business Administration, and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Greg Nightingale
Greg Nightingale
Primary Plant Design Team Leader, SA Power Networks

Greg is a Primary Plant Design Team Leader with nearly 10 years substation design experience. As an experienced 3D designer, Greg often works on unique design projects, while managing the team through day-to-day task and the transition from 2D to 3D.

Greg has been involved in numerous SA Power Networks projects and achievements in the capacity of designer or project lead including managing a team to winning an Australian Engineering Excellence Award 2016 under the category of Innovation, Research and Development with the project Smart Substation Design. He recently presented a class at the International Autodesk conference in Las Vegas on the topic of "3D Substation Design - A Brownfield Approach" and holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) with Honours (Uni SA) and Autodesk Inventor User Certification 2015.

Mark Billinghurst
Mark Billinghurst
Professor of Human Computer Interaction at UniSA

Mark Billinghurst is Professor of Human Computer Interaction at the University of South Australia in Adelaide, Australia. He earned a PhD in 2002 from the University of Washington and researches innovative computer interfaces that explore how virtual and real worlds can be merged, publishing over 350 papers in topics such as wearable computing, Augmented Reality and mobile interfaces.

Prior to joining the University of South Australia he was Director of the HIT Lab NZ at the University of Canterbury and he has previously worked at British Telecom, Nokia, Google and the MIT Media Laboratory. His MagicBook project, was winner of the 2001 Discover award for best entertainment application, and he received the 2013 IEEE VR Technical Achievement Award for contributions to research and commercialization in Augmented Reality. In 2013 he was selected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand.

Stephen Williams
Stephen Williams
CAD Systems Manager, SA Power Networks

Stephen has been working with SA Power Networks since May 2016 developing the teams digital engineering practices inclusive of CAD & Digital Systems. His depth of knowledge in major projects, including energy, defence, transport, power and distribution, oil and gas and building services has assisted the team in project support with an array of influences into the organisation. Stephen has over 14 years engineering experience which began as an Electrical Technician undertaking an Apprenticeship with BAE Systems in 2003 in the UK.

Stephen previously applied his engineering and design skills to oversee the spares and repairs logistics for a fleet of nuclear attack submarines. Stephen’s experience is currently driving change and innovation specifically in the substation, transmission and distribution space in Australia demonstrating new techniques in 3D, Lidar Pointcloud, Digital Information (BIM) and Virtual & Augmented practices.

Stephen has an NVQ Level 3 & Advanced Diploma in Electrical Engineering & Electrical Principles and is a certified Shipbuilding professional.

Rebecca De Cicco
Rebecca De Cicco
Director and founder of Digital Node

Director and founder of Digital Node, Rebecca De Cicco is passionate about the future of the industry and supports Building Smart globally, sits on the Autodesk Developer Network and Expert Elite groups and works with the UK BIM Alliance and BIM Regions to help industry upskill. She is a strong advocate for diversity and works with higher education by tutoring and lecturing both undergraduate and postgraduate students in BIM and Construction Management.  Rebecca is also a fellow of the CIOB and offers support and training to the likes of BSI, CIOB and other institutions in the BIM space. Her interest in training and upskilling also involved a strong social media presence for herself, her organization Digital_Node and finally her diversity group Women in BIM. More recently Rebecca is the chair of BIM SA, a not for profit group focused on the implementation of BIM in South Australia. 

Roger Lawrence
Roger Lawrence
Co-founder of ACHIEVR

Roger Lawrence is a passionate traveller and professional geek in that order. He’s combining these interests as co-founder of ACHIEVR, a start-up that seeks to empower individual and organisational success through vocational training via immersive computing.

Roger is experienced enough to have programmed mainframe computers and travelled enough to have worked on complex IT systems, in over 22 cities, on four continents. Over the last five years, he was CTO for Innovation at Hewlett-Packard Enterprise across Asia-Pacific and Japan and has seen a thing or two about the impact of technology working well, and vice versa. He’s also slept his fair share of nights in an economy airline seat.

He’s a popular speaker, who holds both the lowest and highest recorded speaker scores at Microsoft TechEd. Of course, as a CTO and thought leader in innovation, his audiences have ranged from cynical engineers to sceptical executives and on occasion, simultaneously. However, little compares to when he was Manager for Developer Evangelism at Microsoft during the Vista years.

During almost 30 years in a profession, you’re going to acquire a bit of experience. Frankly, if you’re building an AR/VR start-up that is literally re-engineering the way we connect to information, every little bit of architecture, programming, design, project management, sales, consulting, team leadership and marketing experience is going to come in handy.

Roger will walk, sail, and fly, but currently his favourite mode of transport is his adventure motorcycle. He’s also a stand-up comic with a whopping 3 gigs to his name, and as a husband of 23 years with four daughters, has plenty of material to work with.

Roger holds a Master of Systems and Network Administration from Charles Sturt University and way too many industry certifications to list here.

Cameron McKenna
Cameron McKenna
Managing Director, Attentis

Cameron McKenna is the Managing Director of Attentis, an Australian sensor manufacturing company specialising in real-time situational awareness, remote asset management and rapid response technology. Commencing in California in 2009, Attentis constructed its first intelligence network in Santa Barbara in 2011, combining early detection, remote asset management, environmental monitoring and conditions tracking, working with Southern California Edison, the Santa Barbara Fire Department and the Office of Emergency Management.

Prior to establishing Attentis, Cameron’s previous company provided large-scale water conservation solutions for clients including The Alfred and St Vincent’s Hospitals, Crown Casino, South East Water, City West Water and Sydney Water. This company was sold to a public company in 2007.

Passionate about conservation and engineered efficiencies, Cameron has continued to design systems and operational protocols that provide new levels of information, connectivity, awareness and understanding to address operational challenges across diverse sectors through interconnected solutions.

Alex Webster
Alex Webster
Spatial Team Leader, Powercor/CitiPower Australia

Alex Webster is spatial professional with 15 years working in Australia, the Pacific and Africa. Focusing on infrastructure engineering application, Alex uses spatial technology to increase productivity, grow revenue and drive customer outcomes. At CitiPower / Powercor, Alex is Spatial Team Leader managing a team of 15 surveys, draftsman and analysts. His team is driving innovation within engineering design services and growing the adoption of spatial throughout the business.

Siv Cullen
Siv Cullen
Digital Delivery Specialist

A Digital Delivery professional working in the construction industry. Engaging with and advising clients on the ongoing evolution that is BIM & IPD within Infrastructure and Built Environments. I act as a digital life coach helping people understand the ongoing changes to how we work.

Within the industry I am well regarded for my thinking on collaborative design technologies, information management, plus innovation and strategic development of BIM + IPD.

In addition I have experience in a wide range of BIM enabled platforms, 3D prototyping, data management, operational efficiency/analysis, project/resource management, design centre management and lean process development.

Pat Reid
Pat Reid
SBS Business Development for Autodesk Utility Servies

Pat Reid joined SBS in 2011 to manage all aspects related to SBS service activities providing services for SAFE FME and Autodesk products, to include integration with Oracle, ESRI and GE Smallworld products. Pat’s team developed the Utility DataHub™ suite of interfaces to provides intelligent interfaces to help manage and maintain spatial data for Utility companies. SBS services and products are being used by a wide range of utilities in over 11 countries. Cutometers include Independently Owned, Municipalities, and Co-Ops.

In October 2016 SBS and Autodesk entered a strategic relationship where Pat’s team took responsibility for the Autodesk Utility services and products. Pat’s team took over the product development, sales and implementation services of the AutoCAD® Utility Design (now named Automated Utility Design) and Substation Design Suite software. Since Oct 2016 SBS has implemented over 200 enhancements to the products, and successfully implemented projects at some of the largest

SBS supports most leading utility platforms ranging to include Oracle, GE Smallworld, Esri, G/Tech, SAP, Maximo, Cityworks, NISC iVUE, MIlsoft and STORMS

Peter Armstrong
Peter Armstrong
General Manager, Mitton ElectroNet

Peter Armstrong is a chartered engineer and member of the Westpower executive management team where is current role is General Manager of its engineering business, Mitton ElectroNet. Peter has a background in technical and commercial leadership in renewable energy and transmission & distribution engineering.

Peter has for a number of years been working with innovative and disruptive technologies that have a high potential to change or disrupt the power industry and is going to host a panel discussion on IoT and artificial intelligence.

Ali Walsh
Ali Walsh
Substation Engineer, SA Power Networks

Ali Walsh is a Substation Engineer in the Engineering Design and Technical Services (EDaTS) team at SA Power Networks. Having won the position from the graduate program in Dec 2016. She started at SA Power Networks in Feb 2014 on the graduate program. From the graduate program she gained valuable skills and experience in areas across the business including Protection, Standards, Line Design, project officer for customer work, emergency management, and sub-transmission planning.

In EDaTS she works primarily in the secondary design team where they are using AutoCADE to advance the intelligence of circuit designs for substations. She has also done project engineering work for diverse substation projects such as new switchgear buildings for large metro sites, complex bespoke designs for CBD sites and the development of standard modular skid substations that have been used for sites in the Adelaide hills and beyond.

Ali holds a Bachelor of Electrical and Electronic Engineering with first class honours from Adelaide University, having graduated with a University Medal, as well as a Bachelor of Science (Genetics and Computer Science).

Nikunj Patel
Nikunj Patel
Substation Engineer, SA Power Networks

Nikunj is an Experienced Electrical Engineer with a demonstrated history of working in the utilities industry. Skilled in AutoCAD, Electric Utility, Computer-Aided Design (CAD), Power Plants, Switch room, Switch board and Control Systems Design. Strong engineering professional with a Masters focused in Power Electrical Engineering from University of South Australia.

Nikunj has been driving smart substation design and using innovative design practices, tools and equipment to enhance his project delivery and engage the wider team and business, using 3D, digital engineering, VR and AR to visualise the project upgrades in a more hands on and futuristic approach.

 

Mark Riley
Mark Riley
Game Design & Production Lecturer

Mark started in professional video game development in 2007, working for Krome Studios and specializing in Game Design and Production. At Krome, Mark developed AAA games for publishers such as Microsoft, Lucasarts, Konami and Warner Bros. Mark went on to design and produce at Mighty Kingdom, and broadened his heuristic-based development skills by expanding into app and web development in the banking and university sectors.

Mark presently lectures in UX, Game Design and Production, teaching an Advanced Diploma in these subjects at the Academy of Interactive Entertainment, emphasising the use of powerful development tools such as the Unity game engine. In his role at AIE, Mark's responsibilities also encompass engagement with local industry, not only in games but broadening to involve architecture, engineering, training and simulation. He advises on the development of projects often in VR/AR and manages student work placement teams to deliver proof of concept solutions for local industry and businesses.

Mark is also co-founder of the game development studio Wandering Hermit, developing original and unique IP and offering consultation services in Adelaide, SA.

Chris Ford
Chris Ford
Chief Information Officer, SA Power Networks

Chris is a highly competent and internationally experienced Chief Information Officer with a proven track record of delivery in large private, government and regulated organisations. He is responsible for driving the Digital Transformation of South Australia Power Networks though his leadership of the ‘Power Ahead’ program. His management responsibilities include all aspects of Information Technology from supporting the businesses ‘day to day’ operations through to the delivery of long-term business strategies enabled by the implementation of innovative, cost effective and reliable Information Technology. He is also responsible for the organisations ‘Lean’ program, Continuous Improvement and Innovation functions, as well as the Corporate Portfolio Management Office and Enterprise Architecture.

His passion is driving digitally enabled business change and in his current role he has fundamentally changed the culture of the CIO function through the implementation of Agile thinking and Lean methodologies.

Chris is a Chartered Engineer, has a Bachelor of Engineering honours degree in Computer and Control Systems and is a Fellow of the Institute of Engineering and Technology. He is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.