By hearing from experts outside our immediate sector we can begin to identify alternative approaches, new ways of thinking, and innovative solutions to these challenges.
Presented by the AWA’s South Australian Branch and the SA YWP Network, the 2019 Lessons from the Outside Symposium brings together exciting speakers from a range of industries outside the water sector to talk about their approaches to the significant challenges facing our world.
This is an outstanding professional development and networking opportunity for water professionals of all ages. Fresh perspective and knowledge will build our capacity to continue delivering cost effective water and wastewater solutions, meeting the needs of current and future generations.
Registrations for this event are now closed. For information please contact Cat Murtagh at email@example.com or 0439 893 304.
AWA Members $250
AWA Young Water Professionals $185
Session-Only Pass $80 (AWA Members and Non-members)
Dr Richard Harvey MP
A former Medical Research Scientist, SANFL Field Umpire, and Piano Teacher, Dr Harvey is the member for Newland, in Adelaide's north-east. As a research scientist for the University of Adelaide, Richard worked to find new ways of preventing and treating pneumonia and meningitis. Richard’s diverse skills and experience give him a great perspective from which to open proceedings at 'Lessons from the Outside'. Dr Harvey will deliver the Symposium welcome on behalf of Minister for Environment and Water, the Hon David Speirs.
“TRANSFORMATION THROUGH PARTNERSHIPS”
Daniel joined South East Water in August 2017 as a member of the executive and run its commercial arm, Iota. He has over 20 years’ experience in senior roles across technology commercialisation, consulting and international trade. Daniel is excited to translate South East Water’s expertise and technologies that it is developing to enable its digital transformation, to the global water industry.
Speakers and Workshops
“LESSONS FROM NATURAL DISASTER RESILIENCE PLANNING”
Professor Holger Maier, The University of Adelaide
Holger is Professor of
Environmental Engineering at the University of Adelaide and has worked on water
related research for the last 25 years, including urban water supply systems
and river management. Holger's talk will outline some of
the lessons learnt from his work in the disaster management sector that are
also applicable to the water sector, especially those related to long-term
planning in an increasingly uncertain environment.
See Holger's full biography here.
“ENGAGING AN INNOVATION CULTURE”
Frank Wyatt, Strategic Advisor, Enterprising Partnerships
In this session, Frank will be
joined by four leading innovators who will dive into:
- How they’ve each addressed building a culture of innovation, a mindset
of creativity and future-focused thinking in their organisation.
On the Panel
- How they’ve stimulated ideation and ensured it is respected and
sustained within the culture of their organisation
- What challenges people taking this journey are likely to expect.
- What advice (other than don’t do it) have they got for achieving the
different aspects of innovation: product, process, business model, and
There will also be time for Q&A with the audience.
- Senior Manager Business Innovation, RAA Group
- Innovation Manager (Acting), SA PowerNetworks
Dr Bernadette Eckermann
- Innovation Specialist, SA Water
Myles Clarke - Squadron Leader, Royal Australian Air Force
“MANAGING THE MESSAGE”
See David's full biography here.
David McKay, Chief Operating Officer (COO), Thomas Foods International
Forced to deal with a significant event in Thomas Foods International’s history, David will share in his presentation:
- His experience on how the magnitude of and the impact this event had on Thomas Foods International
- How the message was managed in an effort to limit its impact to the organisation
- What some of the learnings were
- How such a negative issue could be managed into a “positive message” and
- The exciting future on the organisation
“EMBEDDED CULTURAL DESIGN WORKSHOP”
Jake Berry, Mechanical Engineer, WSP
Indigenous peoples and infrastructure have had
problematic relationships in the past with roads, bridges and railways which can break connection between people and country. How can we
create infrastructure to help reconnect relationships between country and
people? How can country be represented and add meaning to the design of
infrastructure spatially and its surfaces?
See Jake's full biography here.
Combining design with local
indigenous principles enhances peoples’ connections to a place, its stories and
what came before. These set of design principles are a starting point of
engagement with local people and country. Real life examples will be presented
of what it could potentially look like and will include concepts such as
YOUR TICKET INCLUDES
“RENEWABLE GAS IN AUSTRALIA”
Krissy Raman, Head of Strategy and Innovation, AGIG
Australian Gas Infrastructure
Group (AGIG) is one of the largest gas infrastructure businesses in Australia,
with operations across the value chain and across Australia. Gas is an important part of our
energy mix and therefore has an important role to play in meeting our carbon
emission targets. With this in mind, AGIG are developing an Australian-first
hydrogen production facility at the Tonsley Innovation District in South
Australia. Hydrogen Park South Australia, HyP SA, will use a 1.25MW PEM
electrolyser to split water into hydrogen and oxygen using renewable
electricity. The renewable hydrogen will be blended with natural gas and
supplied to customers and may also be supplied to other users via tube and
Krissy’s presentation will focus on the HyP SA development including
community engagement on the project. She will also outline AGIG’s future
low-carbon vision and potential synergies with the water industry.
See Krissy's full biography here.
“AI FOR OPERATIONS & MAINTENANCE IN THE WATER INDUSTRY”
Kevin Hecketsweiler, Energy Project Engineer, PREDICT
Digital technologies are booming all around the world. Artificial
Intelligence, Augmented Reality, Internet of Things, Digital Twins are examples
of technologies that bring direct benefits to today’s society to overcome the
modern challenges such as the management of energy and resources. Predictive maintenance is a part of this value chain. Combining data
science, engineering and experts’ knowledge, predictive maintenance provides
some powerful outcomes to anticipate unknown events and take effective actions
See Kevin's full biography here.
Water industries facing such challenges as energy management and
assets maintainability can now be supported in a safe and efficient manner
thanks to advanced predictive analytics.
"SYMPOSIUM WRAP UP"
Anna Jackson, General Manager, Customers, Strategy and Innovation, SA Water
Anna leads SA Water's Customers Strategy and Innovation team consulting and engaging with the customers and the communities they work in, transforming customer insights into actions to improve customer experience, and effectively communicating with 1.7 million South Australians as they deliver world class water services for a better life. With 25 years of experience in both Australia and internationally in corporate and government sectors, Anna brings her background in market and business development, stakeholder and community engagement, journalism and corporate communications to the executive team. Speaking at the end of the day, Anna will draw the many threads of the Symposium together for us.
See Anna's full biography here.
"YOUNG WATER PROFESSIONAL PARTNER WELCOME"
Regional Sales Manager, WA and SA, Steel Mains
Amir graduated from one of the oldest universities of the Middle East with a master’s degree in mechanical engineering. He moved to Australia in January 2012 and joined John Holland Group as a project development manager in the Energy & Resources department until he decided to start a new journey with Steel Mains from Feb 2017 as a Regional Sales Manager WA & SA. Prior to that Amir has had various roles in some International designers and contractors of the Middle East and central Asia. He has been involved in some significant projects such as:
*Cape Lambert Port B with Rio Tinto
*Woodman Point Wastewater Treatment plant upgrade with Water Corporation of WA
*Potable water main replacement in Nelson Point with BHP WA Iron Ore
*M6 Pipeline Replacement with BHP Olympic Dam
*Morgan WTP Upgrade with SA Water
Arrival tea & coffee, lunch, morning and afternoon tea from a menu of fresh South Australian produce. Join us for networking drinks at the end of the day.
The SA Symposium 2019 will be held on Thursday 19 September 2019 at the Hotel Grand Chancellor at 65 Hindley St, Adelaide CBD.
AWA Members $250
AWA Young Water Professionals $185
Session-Only Pass $80
PROUDLY SUPPORTED BY
Thought Leader Partner
Young Water Professional Partner
Thank you to our partners in promoting the 2019 Symposium, the Civil Contractors Association of South Australia, the Local Government Association of South Australia and the Australian Pipelines and Gas Association, and the Water Industry Alliance.