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Conference Agenda | ACT Major Projects Conference 2013

»   Day 1 - 9th April 2013
»   Day 2 - 10th April 2013
Day 1 - 9th April 2013
08:30 - 09:15


09:15 - 09:30

MC Opens

09:30 - 10:00

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.

10:00 - 10:30

Ministerial address
Federal government working together with ACT Government - a review of major projects funding initiatives 2011-2013.

Hon Gai Brodtmann, Federal Member, Canberra

10:30 - 11:00

[Joint Presentation]
Roads Sector

In this presentation RoadsACT will outline the road projects currently in development as well as future projects announced in the 2011-13 including:

  • Overall Roads Program Update
  • Majura Parkway
  • John Gorton Drive Extension
  • Horse Park Drive Extension

Ben McHugh, Project Manager, Roads ACT
Doug Tonge, ACT Transport Manager, SMEC Australia Pty Ltd

11:00 - 11:30


11:30 - 12:00

Asset management
Aging assets, increased service expectations and asset utilisation, combined with a challenging economic outlook are some of the challenges facing managers of critical infrastructure. This presentation will look at ways GHD are using their skills in managing major projects in the ACT.

Dr Therese Flapper, Business Group Manager – Water, Environment, GHD Pty Ltd

12:00 - 12:30

Bulk Water Alliance Project
The Murrumbidgee to Googong Water Transfer is one component of Water Security – Major Projects, a suite of water security infrastructure initiatives now being implemented by ACTEW to secure the Territory’s water supply.  This presentation will cover Abigroup/John Holland’s involvement alongside GHD and ACTEW.

John Vida, Project Manager - Enlarged Cotter Dam, Bulk Water Alliance, John Holland Group (Abigroup)

12:30 - 13:00

Coping with Climate Change – The Challenge for Water in the ACT

Mark A Sullivan, Managing Director, ACTEW

13:00 - 14:00


14:00 - 14:30

[Joint Presentation]
Delivering major projects – a new formula for success
This is the process to enable major projects to incorporate megatrend techniques as well as cross disciplinary engagement into the conceptual design phase of major projects. 

This presentation will:

  • Consider the megatrends impacting projects and why foresight is so important for complex/major projects which have such long timelines.
  • Introduce an approach whereby teams can proactively address uncertainty by exploring plausible future scenarios, then develop dynamic response strategies that manage the project path towards the desired outcome
  • Reassess major project delivery needs, using a framework to evaluate the broader issues such as procurement methodologies and risk management
  • Explore the reasons why megaprojects worth more than $1billion are failing at a staggering rate of 65% and put forward some possible solutions
  • Summarise how to effectively set up major projects for success

Adam Sevdalis, General Manager - Advisory, Thinc
Darren Vaux, Corporate Advisory, Thinc

14:30 - 15:00

Canberra airport update
Canberra Airport is currently undergoing the biggest transformation in its history. This redevelopment will see the delivery of a new state-of-the-art airport that will aim to be the best of its size in the Asia-Pacific region. Included in this transformation are new roads, new car parks, a new terminal building and new aircraft parking aprons.

This presentation will give an update on the construction at Canberra Airport.

Stephen Byron, Managing Director, Canberra Airport

15:00 - 15:30


15:30 - 16:00

Altitude, Aurora & Eclipse Apartments
Using the Dincel Construction System, Milin Builders and BKH Group are building major apartment projects in Canberra such as the Altitude, Aurora & Eclipse Apartments.  The Project is considered one of the latest designs with both the Dincel product and the Dincel Construction System which has been extensively used on all areas of design, 150mm thick slabs integrated with party walls, new concrete designs and columns with minimal reinforcement.  This presentation will showcase the advantages of using the Dincel System.

Burak Dincel, Managing Director, Dincel Construction

16:00 - 16:30

Expanding the “Transport for Canberra” programme for 2012-2013
This presentation will look at the proposed improvement to inter-town public transport routes including the possibility of using light rail to help facilitate people movement.

Damien Haas, Chair, ACT Light Rail

16:30 - 16:45

MC Closes

16:45 - 17:45


Day 2 - 10th April 2013
08:15 - 08:45


08:45 - 09:00

MC Opens

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

Investing in Canberra today and tomorrow!

John Miller, Executive Director, Master Builders Association

10:00 - 10:30

Barriers to effective climate change adaptation in Canberra
This presentation will discuss the seven major areas nominated for consideration by the Federal Government: water resources, coasts, infrastructure, natural ecosystems, agriculture, emergency management and vulnerable communities and the ACT Government will allocate the management of climate-change risks, and roles and responsibilities for adapting to climate change within the Territory.

Jon Sibley, Senior Manager - Climate Change, Energy and Sustainability Policy, ACT Government Environment and Sustainable Development Directorate

10:30 - 11:00


11:00 - 11:30

Supplier Access to Major Projects (SAMP)
In 2011, the Australian Government announced its “Buy Australian at Home and Abroad” initiative, which allocated an additional $4 million over four years to SAMP to provide opportunities for Australian industry participation in the resources sector.  This presentation will demonstrate how ICN works with project managers to help save time and money.

Derek Lark, Executive Director, Industry Capability Network Limited (ICN)

11:30 - 12:00

[Joint Presentation]
Key challenges in the successful delivery of major projects – a legal perspective

This presentation will provide a legal perspective on key challenges in the successful delivery of major projects, and will draw on lessons learnt from industry and legal practice. The presentation will consider topics including scoping of projects, risk allocation and issues arising from contract administration.

Graham Read, Partner, Ashurst Australia
Kevin Arkwright, Partner, Ashurst Australia

12:00 - 12:30

Canberra as a national experiment and laboratory for sustainable development – making Canberra a sustainable city!
This presentation identifies Canberra not only as a national capital but also as a nationally recognized experiment and laboratory for ecologically sustainable and humanly desirable development of Australia settlements and landscapes.

Prof. Stephen Dovers, Director - Fenner School of Environment and Society, Australian National University

12:30 - 13:30


13:30 - 14:00

Local Communities Sector
This presentation will provide an overview of the precinct work in Canberra including the:

  • Gungahlin Pool
  • Expansion of social housing
  • Land release programme

Glenn Bain, Office of Coordinator General, Economic Development Directorate, ACT Government

14:00 - 14:30

Ecolabelling programme
GECA certification is only awarded to products that meet transparently developed and rigorous standards. Consumer concern for making good environmental choices remains high despite difficult economic times and political disagreement about the best way to respond to climate change. Ecolabelling and independent certification helps assure consumers that their choices are effective.  This presentation will look at the new Ecolabelling programme that GECA has endorsed and how the certification system works for services and products.

Rupert Posner, Chief Executive Officer, Good Environmental Choice Australia (GECA)

14:30 - 15:00


15:00 - 15:45

[Panel Discussion]
Building for the future – what major projects will the Territory need to undertake by the year 2020 to cope with the increase in its population?

John Miller, Executive Director, Master Builders Association
Kieran Fordham, Regional Manager - NSW & ACT, Thinc
Prof. Stephen Dovers, Director - Fenner School of Environment and Society, Australian National University

15:45 - 16:15

Lure the Tiger down the Mountain - Using The 36 Chinese negotiating strategies from “The Art of War”

  • The Chinese way of negotiating
  • Learn about negotiation from the experts
  • Using the 36 Chinese strategies (The Art of War) for success in the Australian business environment
  • Negotiating for the best outcome

Leonie McKeon , Managing Director, Chinese Language and Cultural Advice

16:15 - 16:20

MC Closes

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