Day two - Thursday, 13 June

Welcome coffee
Opening remarks from the chair

David Pointing
Chief Executive Officer
Australian Power Institute

Electrical engineering for the integrated plant
INTERNATIONAL ADDRESS: Ensuring seamless operation during upgrades of rotary/turbine generation equipment
  • Implementing switchgear upgrades on critical infrastructure assets, while maintaining excellent reliability during electrical equipment upgrades
  • Improving equipment efficiency through strategic maintenance practices, minimising the need for extended shutdowns
  • Ensuring excellent safety standards and compliance during the upgrading of power generation equipment

Malcolm Bambling
Senior Manager Central Power Plant
University of Michigan (USA)

PANEL DISCUSSION: Making informed decisions about whether to repair, replace, or run equipment to death
  • Is it possible to revive and thrive? Can repair trump brand new?
  • What considerations are given to environmental sustainability when deciding between repairing, replacing, or running equipment until the end of its life?
  • Weighing potential downtime during repairs against the benefits of extending its operational life
  • How valuable are data analytics and condition monitoring to making decisions about equipment maintenance?


Victor Edo
Senior Electrical Engineer - Capital Projects


Martin Boettcher
Lead Asset Engineer
Ventia Engineering

Tony O’Brien
Managing Director
Australian Winders

Kate Summers
Principal Consultant

Optimising performance in infrastructure project delivery - elevating the key performance measures when delivering essential energy transition projects

David O’Hara
General Manager-Projects

Morning tea in the expo hall
Investigating the significance of high voltage testing: Insights from case studies
  • Partial Discharge (PD) Analysis of 11kV/3.9MW High-Voltage Motor
  • Investigation of 33kV Switchboard High Voltage Withstand Test Failure
  • Investigation of a 230kV/16.5kV/255MVA Generator Transformer post-Lightning Strike

Nishan Wettasinghe
Director, Principal Engineer
Spring Power Solutions

Screening of large medium voltage network using AI as an engineering tool
  • Existing continuous monitoring challenges on large medium voltage networks
  • Taking advantage of the physical principles to simplify the monitoring system requirements
  • How AI is helping us in processing large amounts of data point
  • Real life example

Luca Garagnani
Chief Operating Officer, OptMonitor

Networking lunch in the expo hall
Challenges in distributed renewable energy generation, transmission
Operating the current power system and preparing for the future state
  • Continuously monitoring power systems to ensure ongoing stability and reliability
  • Implementing proactive maintenance strategies to sustain the robustness of power systems
  • Anticipating future technological advancements to stay ahead in power system readiness

Robbie Aherne
General Manager of System Resilience

PANEL DISCUSSION: How is the energy transition and electrification of everything impacting the engineering workforce?
  • What role does power electronics play in this transformation?
  • What measures are being taken to ensure that the engineering workforce is adequately prepared for the changes brought about by electrification, the energy transition, and the integration of power electronics?
  • What challenges and opportunities does the energy transition, coupled with advancements in power electronics, pose for electrical engineers working in power generation and distribution?
  • What innovations and technologies, particularly those in power electronics, are emerging in response to the evolving landscape of the energy transition?


Jason Krstanoski
General Manager – Network Operations

Malcolm Ballinger
Principal Electrical Engineer - Energy Hubs

Dane Thomas
Manager Isolated Networks
Energy Queensland

Kate Summers
Principal Consultant

David Pointing
Chief Executive Officer
Australian Power Institute

Afternoon tea in the expo hall
Prioritising safety: ensuring a safe working environment for electrical engineers
Safety considerations and protection strategies in HV switchboard design
  • Non-intrusive methods of condition-based monitoring of HV switchgears
  • Hazard risk assessments for arc flash prevention and mitigation and upgrading equipment capabilities to prevent failures in the facility
  • Case study of a MV switchboard upgrade implementing the above strategies
  • Case study of a switchboard failure from a 1985 modification leading to a 2013 turbo generator oil starvation event

Malcolm Ballinger
Principal Electrical Engineer - Energy Hubs

Risk Radar: Navigating operational hazards and risk assessment
  • Identifying potential hazards and assessing risks
  • Employing risk assessment tools to identify and quantify potential hazard
  • Lessons from recent safety incidents

David Cliff
Professorial Research Fellow- Minerals Industry Safety and Health Centre- Sustainable Minerals Institute
University of Queensland

Closing remarks from the Chair
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