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

Conference Day Two: Wednesday, 15th 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 Discussing Regulation and the Security of Critical Infrastructure Act: What, How and Why?

The Australian Government established the Critical Infrastructure Centre (the Centre) in January 2017, to safeguard Australia’s critical infrastructure. The Centre brings together expertise and capability from across the Australian Government to manage the increasingly complex national security risks of sabotage, espionage and coercion. Through the Security of Critical Infrastructure Act 2018 and the Telecommunications and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2017, the Australian Government is supporting industry to identify and mitigate national security risks posed to Australia’s critical infrastructure.

This session will discuss the Security of Critical Infrastructure Act 2018, its application and the Centre’s functions.
Mr Andrew Kiley, Assistant Secretary, Assurance, Risk and Engagement Branch at Critical Infrastructure Centre

Mr Andrew Kiley

Assistant Secretary, Assurance, Risk and Engagement Branch
Critical Infrastructure Centre

9:50 am - 10:20 am Utilising Cyber Security in Industrial Control Systems

Industrial Control System (ICS) networks have increasingly adopted devices using TCP/IP and other mainstream protocols, enhancing connectivity. Similarly, the rise of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is providing unprecedented accessibility to industry’s digital information.

This evolution has increased connectivity to, from and within ICS networks by an ever expanding userbase, to the point where merging IT/OT networks is now considered advantageous.
Unfortunately, these developments make effective management of cybersecurity a challenging task for engineers and organisations alike.

Ross Ullner, Principal Control Systems Consultant, will discuss emerging vulnerabilities, threats and risk reduction strategies for professionals to consider when designing and implementing ICS

Ross Ullner, Principal Control Systems Consultant at Vernetzen

Ross Ullner

Principal Control Systems Consultant

10:20 am - 10:50 am MORNING TEA


10:50 am - 11:30 am SCADA Upgrades: Water Corporation’s Investment Helping to Address Obsolescence
Jim Baker, Project Director of SCADA Standards, will present a case study on the process Water Corporation is employing to effectively address the obsolescence of their SCADA equipment. With millions of dollars invested on upgrades, Jim will talk about the company’s 5 year journey regarding their system upgrades and the importance of making the SCADA network resilient to future advancements.
  • Effectively using your SCADA upgrade investment for maximum benefit
  • Learning how to future proof your SCADA system by understanding the risks associated with the upgrade
  • Understanding where to invest and changes in communications technology


11:30 am - 12:10 pm Energy Queensland’s People Policy: Having an Effective Workforce Planning Strategy
With a team of 36 people, Energy Queensland’s Sean Murdoch will present on the importance of having a sound workplace culture to improve operational output. With every organisation diverse in their SCADA management layering, it is important to understand your company values and ensure your team is able to adapt to changes in SCADA assets and technology.

Sean will discuss how by handling your teams well, your SCADA will be managed better.
  • Implementing an effective people-management policy
  • Attracting and retaining talent who understand your SCADA system and management structure
  • Learning strategies to manage larger teams


12:10 pm - 12:40 pm Case Study: AGL’s Business Development for a Long Term Asset Management Strategy
Strategy Having a well-executed corporate strategy is the first and main step to ensuring your business remains an attractive investment for customers. AGL Energy’s Luke Shortal will present a case study on the company’s long-term asset management strategy, and ways they’re improving business function and SCADA networks. In this session Luke will also reference their new Tesla Powerwall 2 batteries, which was orchestrated to aggregate the battery discharge through smart software in a cloud-based platform, giving critical mass to the VPP generation capabilities.
  • Creating a long term, strategic plan to improve SCADA and control systems company-wide
  • Learning about the solar grid storage system utilising the Tesla Powerwall 2 Battery
  • Having a holistic understanding of your company and how to improve the business structure for improved function


10:50 am - 11:30 am Case Study:Case Study: Putting the C back into SCADA at City West Water
Scott Humphreys, SCADA Team Leader, will present three examples that City West Water is implementing so that the SCADA system is used in a more proactive or Control (that ‘C’) way. He will talk on how these examples were found and developed, and the benefits coming from the implemented changes.
The overall result is a more efficiently operating system, the early analysis and response to pressure transients, and faster and cheaper response to alarms when pumps clog up.

  • Control the amount and quality of data being monitored, analysed, reported, archived
  • Give water network engineers more tools so they can Control and respond more timely to pressure reductions in the network
  • Enable operation centre or other personnel to issue Controls to field assets in a more timely manner
Scott Humphreys, SCADA Team Leader at City West Water

Scott Humphreys

SCADA Team Leader
City West Water


11:30 am - 12:10 pm Case Study: Implementing a Disaster Recovery Plan
To guarantee operational efficiency, an effective recovery plan in the wake of natural disasters, security breaches or contamination is necessary. Gene Mabilangan, SCADA and Program Manager at Endeavour Energy, will discuss how to implement a SCADA system with various programming techniques, deployment solutions and software platforms.

An effective recovery plan will also mitigate possible disaster situations and restore procedures tailored to your database and servers.
  • Developing a customised backup and restore procedure
  • Attracting talent that understands and can improve technical systems
  • Mitigating disaster situations through having an effective and well-recorded plan


12:10 pm - 12:40 pm Implementing an Effective Alarm Face Systems for your SCADA Network
In 2013, Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal, a key player in the world’s global coal export market, spent $2 million to update their alarm operation system, ensuring international standards were maintained. This shift saw the company take a more proactive approach to their alarm interfaces. This new approach is seeing alarms as a stronger means of indicating equipment malfunctions and process deviations.

Allan Doherty, Senior Control Systems Engineer, will discuss the work his team does in alarm systems and how to ensure operational maintenance.
  • Complying with ISA101.1 and ISA18.2 standards to improve your interface
  • Having a 5 year planning cycle to ensure systems and process are continuously up to date
  • Understanding the in-depth components of new operator interfaces
Allan Doherty, Senior Control Systems Engineer at Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal

Allan Doherty

Senior Control Systems Engineer
Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal

12:40 pm - 1:40 pm LUNCH BREAK

1:40 pm - 2:20 pm Benefiting from the IT and OT Convergence: A Project Case Study

Tony Myatt will deliver a case study on the journey he and the team at SeqWater are undergoing to collaborate IT and OT. Hoping to merge the two groups together, Tony will present ways this merge is assisting the company in delivering on specific projects effectively and in a time conscious manner.

With the difference between IT and OT defined through their separate asset management strategies, learn how to incorporate IT and OT into your business for a seamless transition, and why doing so is of key importance today.
  • Understanding the benefits of collaborating the two fields of IT and OT
  • Learn how to set the foundation for a seamless transition in this field
  • Merging the two assets on specific projects to optimise output
Tony Myatt, Lead Architect OT at Seqwater

Tony Myatt

Lead Architect OT

2:20 pm - 3:00 pm Leveraging SCADA through Updated Legacy Systems and Automation

SA Power Networks provide electricity to over 1.5 million households in the face of extreme weather conditions. In order to do this, however, legacy systems need to be updated and SCADA networks must be of premium standard.

Tasnim Abdel-Razaq, Head of Network Operations, will present a case study on ways you can leverage your SCADA through relevant upgrades. Within this session she will also touch on the journey her team at SA Power Network is undergoing to introduce automation and machine learning into everyday processes.
  • Understanding the SCADA replacement journey and automation systems
  • Using predicative analytics to assist in faster and more accurate decisions
  • Learning the role of cloud-based technology and incorporating browser based tools for acquired data
Tasnim Abdel-Razaq, Head of Network Operations at SA Power Network

Tasnim Abdel-Razaq

Head of Network Operations
SA Power Network

3:00 pm - 3:30 pm AFTERNOON TEA

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm Solutions Clinic

  • What is your business doing to improve its asset management strategies?
  • Which priorities are most important in the collaboration between IT and OT? 

Solutions Clinics are designed to give participants strategies and tools to deal with their most pressing challenges. The room will split into tables, where each table member will share their biggest challenge, before collectively deciding which issue to investigate in more detail. 

The table will then elect a facilitator/note taker who will record the topic being explored and the ideas of the table. After 20 minutes of discussion, the facilitator of each table will then report back to the rest of the audience on their problem and the potential solutions.