18 - 20 July 2017 | Pullman Sydney Airport, Sydney

Conference Day One: Wednesday, 19 July 2017

08:30 - 09:00 Registration and Welcome Coffee

09:00 - 09:10 Opening Remarks from IQPC and the Conference Chair

09:10 - 09:50 International Keynote Presentation: Generation Asset Management Implementation at Southern California Edison

Vibhu Kaushik - Principal Manager, Asset Management & Generation Strategy Southern California Edison (USA)
The electric utility industry is going through a transformation and utilities will need to calibrate their business models. There is growing evidence that shows many asset intensive organizations have benefitted from an asset management program. SCE has responded and embarked on its journey to implement an asset management program for its Generation fleet. It is not uncommon for an electric utility company to encounter challenges during such a demanding endeavor and SCE is no exception.

This presentation focuses on SCE’s share of challenges and its strategy to successfully overcome them via change management, organisational restructuring, and other tactics, to ensure not only a successful implementation of asset management program but one that is geared towards tangible near-term results.

Vibhu Kaushik

Principal Manager, Asset Management & Generation Strategy
Southern California Edison (USA)

09:50 - 10:30 Trusting Data: The Power of Analytics in Enhancing Asset Health Visualisation and Decision Making

Zahra Jabiri - Head of Asset Performance Western Power
Extracting the right information and understanding the volume of your data is important in tailoring your asset management decision making. The more you better interpret your data, the more you’ll understand about your assets to create a targeted approach for the right investments. Data analytics is powerful in helping to discover more about your asset performance and health, but is an area that many asset managers and organisations still struggle with. This session will look at:
  • Determining the right metrics and analytics to create a simplistic and communicable asset health portfolio to senior management
  • Investing in enhanced analysing capabilities to develop a more informed reliability-based approach to determine health and condition of assets
  • Effectively sifting through the data to evaluate its relevance to indicate end of life and how it can affect intensive and intrusive maintenance if required

Zahra Jabiri

Head of Asset Performance
Western Power

10:30 - 11:00 Thought Leadership Session


A structured interactive session designed to help you expand your network through one-on-one focused conversations. Bring your business cards!


12:00 - 12:30 Thought Leadership Session

12:30 - 13:10 A New Asset Management Perspective: Moving from Technical Engineering to Customer Service

Alex Fisher - Executive General Manager, Asset Strategy and Delivery SunWater
For many organisations, asset management has historically been heavily focused around technical engineering. Yet it is equally important to ensure that the main purpose of utility operations ‘delivering reliable and efficient services to customers’ is a key asset management driver. This session will explore how to drive a customer-centred asset management culture, where placing customer at the centre of asset management can ultimately improve decision making and resource allocation in the management of assets.
  • Aligning internal asset management culture with changing external customer trends
  • Embracing transparent and accountable in asset management operations as a means for building customer and stakeholder confidence
  • Balancing the expectations of customers with the technical drivers of asset management operations and project delivery
  • Embracing a customer-centred culture to balance current and future customer expectations with technical and business drivers

Alex Fisher

Executive General Manager, Asset Strategy and Delivery

13:10 - 14:10 NETWORKING LUNCH

14:10 - 14:50 Integrating Risk Management and Whole of Life Asset Management in a Rapidly Changing Utility Network

Nalin Pahalawaththa - Principal Consultant, Network Planning TransGrid
Things are moving fast in the utility space, and the transition into new technologies is challenging the whole of life asset management planning. As assets become digital, life cycle tends to be shorter, but it is essential for utilities to rethink techniques and strategies to enable flexibility in the future. This session will look at how to best develop your assets’ resilience in the future through the integration of risk management with whole of life asset management.
  • Evaluating the importance of embedding risk management practices to combat unpredictability of emergency and weather disaster affected on aging assets
  • Building away from minimum standards to improve and change projection of asset management response in an area where risks can continuously intensify
  • Using technology and digital assets to your advantage – how to improve flexibility and life cycle with the right data systems and condition based monitoring techniques

Nalin Pahalawaththa

Principal Consultant, Network Planning

14:50 - 15:30 Linking the Pillars of Asset Management to Prepare for a Smart Utility Future

Greg Ryan - Manager, Utility Excellence Water Services Association of Australia
Whether your organisation is aligning to ISO55000 or not, conducting risk profiling or developing your own standards and criteria for meeting data requirements, the essential aim of your asset management strategy is to balance your performance, cost and risk. Achieving this balance and linking the pillars will ensure that you have the right multi-year plan in place to better prepare the strategic decisions your organisation will face in the future. This session will look at how to view your assets from a wider perspective, but ensure the goals and ambitions you set for your asset plans bring you business success for the future.
  • The outcomes and implications of asset benchmarking and ensuring you meet the right components for effective asset management
  • Avoiding isolation: how to articulate clear goals in terms of budget and resourcing, reliability and acceptable level of risk in asset management
  • Utilising the pillars to re-evaluate current aging infrastructure analysis and deliver a multi-year approach and focus for the future

Greg Ryan

Manager, Utility Excellence
Water Services Association of Australia


16:00 - 16:40 Case Study: Insights into Synergy’s Initiatives to Move Towards a Digital-Driven Asset Plan

Barry Ford - General Manager, Generation Synergy
Synergy is Western Australia’s largest electricity generator and retailer of gas and electricity, providing 52% of electricity to households in the South West Interconnected System and 55% contestable gas load to the industrial and commercial market. With a diverse mixture of aging and new generation assets totalling approximately 3,000 MW including natural gas, wind, diesel, solar and coal, Synergy has transformed its asset management practices to improve the efficiency of assets and create an adaptable approach in a turbulent market environment. This case study will explore how necessary changes and hard choices can bring about opportunities for embracing new digital initiatives that deliver more effective asset life cycle plans.
  • Implementing gap analysis to understand where your organisation is at and determining how to approach changes in people, process and systems
  • The move towards a contemporary enterprise asset system and in parallel developing people to make better asset investment decisions
  • The importance of data integrity and visibility in improving asset performance and leveraging the new mobile technology

Barry Ford

General Manager, Generation

16:40 - 17:20 Case Study: Employing UAVs in Utility Asset Inspection and Maintenance at Hydro Tasmania

Jarrod Burton - Chief Remote Pilot & Building Services Engineer Hydro Tasmania
With over 400 dams, weirs and water conveying assets along with 300 aging buildings in their asset portfolio, the use of UAV’s in asset monitoring and inspection is rapidly proving its worth at Hydro Tasmania. Not without pitfalls and unforeseen challenges, the introduction of UAV’s into the business has provided significant benefits to the bottom line and mitigated significant risks around routine maintenance and inspection.
  • Exploring the drivers for pickup of UAV’s at Hydro Tasmania
  • Investigating issues such as licensing, archiving footage and data, capabilities of the units
  • Insights into photogrammetry for highly repeatable asset monitoring, and the use of thermal imagery, especially in dams and electrical distribution equipment

Jarrod Burton

Chief Remote Pilot & Building Services Engineer
Hydro Tasmania

17:20 - 18:00 Champagne Roundtable Discussion

This champagne roundtable will encourage you to further identify, benchmark, and analyse the key issues and challenges around asset management in Australia’s utility services. Delegates will choose a topic that they wish to discuss and one member of the roundtable will present back to the group with their findings. Grab a glass of bubbly and discuss the issues whilst forming relationships with influential experts.

Table 1: Unique Applications for Improving Safety in Asset Inspection and Maintenance

Table 2: Simplifying Data Metrics and Analytics for Better Communication with Asset Team

Table 3: Integration of Strategic and Operational Asset Management for Extended Asset Lifecycle

18:00 - 23:59 End of Day One & Networking Drinks