13 - 15 May, 2019 | Bayview Eden, Melbourne, VIC

Conference Day One: Tuesday, 14th May 2019

8:30 am - 9:00 am COFFEE & REGISTRATION

9:00 am - 9:10 am Opening Remarks from Conference Chair

Mike Wassell, Hydraulic System Services Manager at Sydney Water

Mike Wassell

Hydraulic System Services Manager
Sydney Water

9:10 am - 9:50 am KEYNOTE: Integrating Technology into Traditional SCADA Systems

Conference chair Mike Wassell, Head of Operational Technology Services at Sydney Water, will open the conference with a presentation on the changes taking place within traditional SCADA networks. Sydney Water continue to invest in new automation technologies that will supplement and eventually supplant traditional SCADA topologies. These consistent upgrades help ensure the city’s water, drainage and sewerage systems remain fit for purpose and continue to provide significant operational efficiencies and customer benefit. Mike will talk about how new technology is being integrated into traditional SCADA networks today, and the ways Sydney Water is working to lead this shift.

  • Optimising SCADA technology to get in front of the event (pro-active vs reactive)
  • Learn how Sydney Water is leading the shift in IT and OT collaboration
  • Understanding the asset and customer side of the business while merging them together
Mike Wassell, Hydraulic System Services Manager at Sydney Water

Mike Wassell

Hydraulic System Services Manager
Sydney Water

9:50 am - 10:20 am Oil and Water: How IT and OT Convergence can go very right or so wrong

What happens when today's competitive business environment forces a tighter integration between formerly isolated ICS environments and business networks?

Not only does this dramatically increase the risk to which control systems are exposed, it also forces coordination between IT and OT teams that have formerly operated somewhat independently. Lack of this coordination hinders both security and the growth and development of the business as a whole. This session focuses on:
  • What are the cybersecurity risks, focusing on the commodity IT devices, present within Industrial environments
  • Relevant standards to apply to the problem
  • How you can measure, understand and control these risks
Dick Bussiere, Security Technical Director at Tenable

Dick Bussiere

Security Technical Director

10:20 am - 10:50 am Speed Networking

10:50 am - 11:20 am MORNING TEA


11:20 am - 12:00 pm The Use Telemetry to Measure and Monitor Remote Areas
Incorporating telemetry into SCADA systems allows businesses to monitor their networks 24/7 and control efficiency on an ongoing basis.

This session will discuss the most effective and efficient telemetry methods to monitor and transmit resource data, and ways to bring visibility across your control system for ease of use.
  • Basing telemetry methods on location, as well as the ability to perform instant diagnostics
  • Learning ways to ensure your business has minimal downtime
  • Understanding the full scope of telemetry standards so they’re implemented effectively
Allan Butler, Senior SCADA Engineer at Dampier Bunbury Pipeline

Allan Butler

Senior SCADA Engineer
Dampier Bunbury Pipeline


12:00 pm - 12:40 pm Coliban Water Case Study: Integrating SCADA Data with IoT
Coliban Water’s Data Scientist, Peter Prevos, will discuss his company’s digital water metering project. Using an extension of SCADA to implement IoT technology, Coliban Water is installing data loggers at every customer’s water meter to better understand consumption patterns.

This technology assists the utility to quickly detect potential leaks within customer properties, save water and reduce consumption. Peter will discuss how their IT infrastructure has merged information from the SCADA and IoT system to provide a complete picture of how their networks perform.
  • Learning how to install data loggers to record customer uses
  • Detecting and preventing future leaks through data analytics
  • Combining SCADA and IoT to create a water balance
Peter Prevos, Manager Data Science at Coliban Water

Peter Prevos

Manager Data Science
Coliban Water


12:40 pm - 1:20 pm How the Internet of Things Brings IT and OT Together
The collaboration between IT and OT is taking shape amongst several businesses, with an average transition period of 4 weeks across larger utility companies, and longer for smaller, regional teams.

This collaboration is important because, while IT has the security and software knowledge, OT focuses on how new security technologies can affect operational systems.
  • Understanding the difference between IT and OT
  • Consulting with C-level executives to consider security within your overall business
  • Preparing your teams for collaboration between IT and OT for a seamless transition
Sanjesh Naidu, Systems Architect at Red Energy

Sanjesh Naidu

Systems Architect
Red Energy


11:20 am - 12:00 pm Effective Integration of New and Rapidly Evolving Security Systems for your SCADA
In this session, Simon Fryer will present on ways to secure your network through implementing effective and evolving security. With vulnerabilities discovered daily, the weakest points in the system are often the most likely targets. In order to counter these risks, internal management and product, process and environment assurance need to be employed for consistent security integration.
  • Adjusting your SCADA system updates to conform to specific requirements
  • Learning how to integrate effective security for utility systems
  • Undergoing a restructuring for security and risk assessment
Simon Fryer, SCADA Engineer at APA Group

Simon Fryer

SCADA Engineer
APA Group


12:00 pm - 12:40 pm Securing your SCADA Network Through Intrusion Detection Systems
25 hours is the average amount of downtime one in four Australian businesses experience when affected by a cyber attack. While most businesses recognise the 4 pillars of security, it is not only prevention that is important, but the containment and recovery of the attack that influences your organisation.

Vlatko Cuculoski, Western Power’s Area Manager of Asset and Automation, will present ways you can secure your SCADA system through intrusion detection and how to effectively recover from cyber breaches.
  • Protecting your business from internal and external system threats
  • Going from a reactive to proactive approach in cyber security to plan ahead for breaches
  • Handling your cyber security effectively in order to manage your SCADA better


12:40 pm - 1:20 pm Optimising Your SCADA and Security System to Ensure Optimal Performance
Deva Chinnarajan, Lead Engineer at Lower Murray Water, will present a case study on the work her team are doing to optimise their control systems and SCADA network. Through systematic upgrades, Deva will explain several key points and ways to effectively optimise your SCADA to prevent security breaches.
  • Implementing strategies to allow the next generation to adapt to future SCADA technology
  • Exploring new SCADA technologies and understanding when to upgrade or rebuild
  • Learning how to develop strategies that can assist in attracting and retaining new talent
Deva Chinnarajan, Lead Electrical and Control Systems Engineer at Lower Murray Water

Deva Chinnarajan

Lead Electrical and Control Systems Engineer
Lower Murray Water

1:20 pm - 2:20 pm LUNCH BREAK

2:20 pm - 3:00 pm CASE STUDY: Integrating Predicative Analytics into Your SCADA Network

Traditional SCADA networks go through alarm-based systems, where technicians are informed of a malfunction once the system is already at risk. However, with the evolution of data mining and predicative analysis, SA Water has updated their SCADA network through the use of data analytics.

This session will discuss the potential ways to implement predicative analytics for your SCADA system.
  • Integrating smart sensors and data analytics to create a more efficient system
  • Using trending patterns to predict the system more efficiently
  • Learning to fully integrate predicative analytics into traditional SCADA networks

3:00 pm - 3:40 pm CASE STUDY: Coopers Brewery’s Use of SCADA Systems for Quality Control

Coopers Brewery, having recently built their new $65 million Malting Plant, have regulators that can pump 83 million litres of complex a year. Within these regulators SCADA systems are utilised as part of a package to ensure the correct data is collected and their beer is maintained at the optimum temperature. These systems play a significant role in quality control, supply and flavor consistency. Bettina Pickering, Control System Engineer at Coopers Brewery, will discuss their company’s precision brewing conditions through the use of SCADA and control systems.
  • Understanding how control systems are being utilised for large-scale manufacturing plants
  • Using SCADA for real-time analysis of brewery plants
  • Determining quality control, supply and flavor consistency through SCADA networks
Bettina Pickering, Control System Engineer at Coopers Brewery Ltd

Bettina Pickering

Control System Engineer
Coopers Brewery Ltd

3:40 pm - 4:10 pm AFTERNOON TEA

Champagne Roundtable Discussion:

This is your chance to make your conference experience truly interactive and collaborative. Each IDG is set in a roundtable format and will be facilitated by an expert practitioner in the space. In two rotations, each IDG will last for 20 minutes, allowing you to pick the two topics you wish to discuss and solve


Discuss new systems and processes for SCADA and ICS networks. Determine, if you could build your SCADA network brand new, how would you do this?
Paul Allard, Principal SCADA Engineer at SunWater

Paul Allard

Principal SCADA Engineer


SCADA and network applications are costly processes for businesses to introduce. Discuss the possibilities of introducing data centres for your control room.


Discuss the Security of Critical Infrastructure Act, what companies have done to prepare, and the role of the Critical Infrastructure Centre in this.