15 - 17 July, 2019 | Novotel Sydney on Darling Harbour, Sydney, NSW

Conference Day One: Tuesday, 16 July 2019


8:50 am - 9:00 am Opening Remarks by IQPC and the Conference Chair

Nathan Lyon, Head of Building Technology at Investa Property Group

Nathan Lyon

Head of Building Technology
Investa Property Group

9:00 am - 9:30 am The Role of the Intelligent Building as the Foundation for Smart Precincts, Cities and Communities

Buildings leveraging Internet of Things (IoT) and other PropTech are becoming essential elements to the complex network of smart cities. Ranging from sensors collecting data to developers building thousands of smart city apps, the $3.6bn global smart buildings for smart cities market is helping cities move forward to become truly smart. This talk will put a focus on the trends we are seeing from the top 5 tech influencers in the built environment; Smart buildings, AI, IoT, Blockchain & the co-working movement, that will ultimately enable us to move from smart buildings, to precincts, to city:

  • Making it real: case studies local and global
  • Time is money: key financials, RoI and outcomes
  • Predictions: investment in PropTech & smart cities
  • Next Steps: action & engagement with industry
Catherine Caruana-McManus, Director at Meshed IoT

Catherine Caruana-McManus

Meshed IoT

9:30 am - 10:00 am CASE STUDY:Creating a Building with End Users in Mind, to Deliver an Asset of Outstanding Functionality

Drawing on a current development in Investa's portfolio, the project is a leading example of how putting the end user at the heart of decisions in the design phase can allow for property development companies to achieve the best outcomes for a building’s functionality, value and reputation. In this talk we will look at the story behind the design and development of this fully collaborated project:

  • Partnering with and fully understanding our clients to provide a building that is fit for purpose
  • Implementing the appropriate technology to meet operational & occupier requirements
  • Overcoming the challenges posed by executing a design that is partly envisaged by our clients
Nathan Lyon, Head of Building Technology at Investa Property Group

Nathan Lyon

Head of Building Technology
Investa Property Group

10:00 am - 10:30 am Intuitive Movement, Powered by Data

Data is one of the key building blocks to any smart building. Data tells us how people enter and exit a building, how they travel within it and how they want to interact with it. When it comes to planning and designing an excellent tenant experience and a smooth and smart journey through your building, this data is key in helping you make informed decisions. In this session, we’ll take a look at how technology, design and strategy can come together to ensure a seamless experience for your tenants and an efficient flow of people throughout your building.

Adam Grando, Head of National Accounts & Major Projects at KONE

Adam Grando

Head of National Accounts & Major Projects

10:30 am - 11:00 am Speed Networking Session

An effective structured interactive session designed to help expand your network through one-to-one focused conversations. Bring your business cards!


11:30 am - 12:00 pm Exploring Technologies that Drive Sustainability, Efficiency & Customer Experience in Existing Buildings

Charter Hall has been on a journey of development with its existing assets, incorporating and trialling new intelligent technologies with the aim of improving building performance and enhancing customer experience. This has been done through the introduction cloud-based tech and customer platforms across several of its buildings such as, the unique innovative COMFY system, customer experience APP Charli and the installation of personalised streaming music services to common areas for customers. To date, COMFY has yielded to date; 7% energy use reduction, 5000+ tenant-app interactions, 72% reduction in air-conditioning service calls & identified 30 analytic improvements to performance and comfort. This talk will look at the successes to date and how this can be translated across the portfolio:

  • Highlighting the significance of these results, and what they mean for our customers
  • Squeezing efficiency & performance from high-performing buildings using technology
  • Using these results to learn and transform our existing assets
Craig Rodgers, Innovation Lead at Charter Hall

Craig Rodgers

Innovation Lead
Charter Hall

12:00 pm - 12:30 pm Virtual Reality as a Means to Develop, Understand and Inspire at Every Stage of a Property’s Development

Intelligent buildings shouldn’t wait until a project is finished to start analysing how the space is used. VR gives us a unique opportunity to user test spaces during the design process and ensure we build what people actually need. But why stop there? VR simulations of real buildings can be transformative for marketing and sales, user training, education, building analysis and real time monitoring:

  • VR for human centred architecture.
  • VR beyond the design process.
  • VR digital twins
Barry Dineen, Head of VR & Visualisation at BVN

Barry Dineen

Head of VR & Visualisation

12:30 pm - 1:00 pm Transforming Legacy Equipment and Assets to Operate in the New Digital IoT World

Digital transformation is a key part of evolution in the property market, as technologies and solutions become increasingly digitized and connected in the growing IoT space. But the challenge that we face is taking these solutions and new innovative concepts in the marketplace back to a grass roots and mechanical level for when knocking down a structure and starting again isn’t an option:

  • Deciding which solutions are relevant to our existing assets and needs
  • Effectively communicating with our partners to develop effective solutions and packages to suit legacy assets
  • Paving a way for mechanical devices to be better connected into the digital asset infrastructure

Session chaired by
Ross O’Toole, General Manager, Innovation at Vicinity Centres

Ross O’Toole

General Manager, Innovation
Vicinity Centres

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm NETWORKING AND LUNCH

2:00 pm - 2:30 pm Only Intelligent Designs Produce Smart Buildings

Logistics hubs, distribution centres and warehouses are being automated at an accelerating rate resulting in wide-ranging implications for the building itself and the design process around it. This session will look at the changing requirements for industrial properties, as well as how digital design tools like virtual tours, simulators, and emulators mean little to achieve an integrated design without the right team, specifically:

  • Looking at how the ‘online’ world is changing the way businesses run their supply chains, and the impact on properties & what goes inside them
  • Highlighting the need for the building & warehouse automation to be fully integrated, rather than just interconnected
  • Explaining why digital design tools are becoming invaluable in smart designs, but can never be replaced by a focused & committed team
Simon Bunde, Executive General Manager, Operations & Supply Chain at EBOS Group

Simon Bunde

Executive General Manager, Operations & Supply Chain
EBOS Group

2:30 pm - 3:00 pm Developing the Next-Gen Living Centre Strategy and Plan

  • What is it? A Next Gen living centre is a safe, comfortable and operationally efficient centre which is digitally connected and adaptable meeting customers, retailers and employee needs.
  • What is the plan?
  • Industry challenges around Smart Centre adoption
Phillip Yang, Head of Centre Technology at Scentre Group

Phillip Yang

Head of Centre Technology
Scentre Group

Varun Nair, National Asset Infrastructure Manager at Scentre Group

Varun Nair

National Asset Infrastructure Manager
Scentre Group

3:00 pm - 3:30 pm Leveraging IoT Technology to Protect the Quality, Operational Efficiency and Reputation of Montague’s Products

The providence and security of picking, packing and shipping of fresh fruit to consumer markets is an increasingly important factor within the agriculture industry. Being able to record the history of the fruit is extremely important for 3 main reasons: it is a key consideration for consumers to ensure the purchasing of a quality product, capturing fruit volumes & quality allows BI tools to identify what are the optimal conditions & approaches for each product, should food tampering occur, we can identify exactly where & when it occurred to minimise impact on all stakeholders (actual and reputational). With these things in mind this presentation will focus on how Montague is:

  • Continuing to invest in the implementation of IoT technologies across its entire supply chain.
  • Building smart infrastructure across the organisation to provide real-time visibility of products at all stages
  • Developing further streams of data to aid the updating & building of new facilities
Michael Foreshew, Chief Information Officer at Montague

Michael Foreshew

Chief Information Officer


4:00 pm - 4:30 pm CASE STUDY: Creating a Future Innovation Hub Across Our Portfolio - Mirvac’s EY Centre at 200 George Street

Mirvac’s EY Centre at 200 George Street was created in close collaboration with anchor tenant, EY, and a strong focus on innovative and sustainable design. This allowed them to deliver a building that was tailored to the needs of its occupants and facilitates flexible working. It also demonstrated that forward-thinking office environments can improve both building performance as well as the performance of its occupants. This case study will highlight the synergies from client partnership and collaborative forward-looking design, and covers:

  • Recognising the needs and values of our client and partners
  • Creating a space for smart innovation of the future
  • Using these successes to promote future PropTech across the portfolio
David Palin, Sustainability Manager at Mirvac

David Palin

Sustainability Manager

4:30 pm - 5:00 pm Improving Data Collection, Analytics and Operational Knowledge of an Asset Portfolio via a Centralised Hub

JLL’s Command Centre Concept is an IB management platform that provides building owners and occupiers with an advanced understanding of a building’s operational performance and ability to benchmark against others for greater understanding. This talk will look at how JLL assesses and incorporates this concept into its varied portfolio of building assets:

  • Assessing a client site for system suitability & highlighting the key connectivity challenges
  • How centralised data management enables improved: real-time alerts, engineering & energy management, failure & operation data analysis
  • Identifying trends & anomalies for continuous monitoring and finetuning of services to increase efficiency, security, transparency, and reduction of costs & energy use
Sajid Suddozai, Engineering Director, Asia Pacific at JLL

Sajid Suddozai

Engineering Director, Asia Pacific

Grab a glass of wine, beer or soft drink and join your industry peers to discuss and work through pressing challenges around the topic of your choice


5:00 pm - 5:30 pm Round Table: Solving the Connectivity Challenges Associated with 5G and Greater Data Flows in Large Buildings
Cellular network infrastructure is in need of a shake up with the imminent landing of 5G and increased data volumes sent between devices. With 80% of calls being answered by the receiver when inside a building where signal is often poorer, work still needs to be done to ensure that connectivity, bandwidth & signal strength is of an equal quality to those in the street.

  • Addressing the issues with associated with the new Mobile Carriers Forum Standard for In-Building Coverage
  • How do we enable a 5G signal to better travel through office spaces and other large buildings?
  • How do we enable Precinct/Campus in Building coverage with a Tele-Hotel?
  • Are Integrated Communication Networks (ICNs) the key, or will more need to be done?
Richard Morrison, ICT Practice Lead at AECOM

Richard Morrison

ICT Practice Lead


5:00 pm - 5:30 pm The Modern Workplace: Assessing the End-User Platforms Designed to Improve User Experience
Buildings are becoming increasingly complex in the way that many time and labour-saving end-user platforms work in parallel to drive efficiency, productivity, and improve overall levels of comfort & satisfaction. This session is to discuss how offering a tailored suite of technologies will impact property value, functionality, and the innovative solutions in the market that have been seen to work effectively for occupants:

  • What constitutes a modern workplace, and who should decide on its design?
  • What is the impact on business when offering a hospitality style suite of solutions?
  • Which platforms in the market place have been seen to be most effective?
Oliver Sebastian, Head of Digital & Customer Platforms at Charter Hall

Oliver Sebastian

Head of Digital & Customer Platforms
Charter Hall