Queensland Transport Infrastructure Conference 2017

23-24 May 2017
Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre
Brisbane, QLD

Conference Program

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Day 1 - 23rd May 2017
08:00 - 08:50


08:50 - 09:00


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

The Changing Nature of Cities and Technology - Impacts on Urban Transport Infrastructure
Cities are fundamentally about the exchange of goods and services. These exchange are reliant on transport and ICT infrastructure. Recent decades however have seen transformative disruptions in ICT. Similarly disruptive technologies and business models now threaten transport.

Technological disruptions have also changed the nature of our economy. Modern urban economies are being transformed with increasing growth in knowledge and ICT intensive service industries. These industries are most productive in larger cities with larger and more knowledge intensive labour markets. Large cities only work however with decent transport infrastructure. In the age of on-going disruption how do we understand the future needs for urban transport infrastructure?

Dr. Michael Kane, Director Urban Economics and Integrated Transport Planning, Cross River Rail SEQ Economic Development & Investment Taskforce, Economic Development Queensland

Dr. Michael Kane
10:00 - 10:20

Gold Coast Commonwealth Games – Transport Infrastructure
The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games™ (GC2018) events will be hosted across 18 world-class competition venues located on the Gold Coast, Brisbane, Cairns and Townsville. This session will outline the planning and delivery of transport infrastructure for the Games.

Grant Morris, Executive Director - Commonwealth Games, Department of Transport and Main Roads - QLD

Grant Morris
10:20 - 10:50

The CLARA Plan: SMART Cities and High Speed Rail

CLARA’s privately-funded plan will address the widely recognised issue of over-crowding that faces Australian cities. The plan is to build new regional, compact, sustainable, smart-cities and connect them by most advanced high speed rail.

Nick Cleary, Chairman, CLARA

Nick Cleary
10:50 - 11:10

Inland Rail – Latest Updates

  • Inland Rail is an investment in strategic infrastructure for the future, providing capacity to serve the east coast freight market for the next century. This landmark project is expected to be an important contributor to national productivity by reducing train operating costs and improving service standards.
  • Inland Rail is expected to address the growing freight task by helping to move freight transport off the congested road network and will provide an enhanced link between Queensland and southern Australia, including Adelaide and Perth, ensuring resilience and greater flexibility for the existing rail network and allowing freight travelling from Brisbane to Melbourne to bypass the busy Sydney network.

Simon Thomas, Programme Director – Inland Rail, ARTC

Simon Thomas
11:10 - 11:40


11:40 - 12:10

Improving Freight Efficiency Through Supply Chain Coordination
With Australia’s freight task expected to grow by 26% over the next decade, it is imperative that we examine our approach to freight logistics and ensure we design systems that will deliver efficiency improvements, for businesses and for consumers. This presentation will examine the current Queensland Freight Strategy, its interplay with the developing National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy, as well as the economic opportunities that will result from productivity improvements in the logistics sector.

Michael Kilgariff, Managing Director, Australian Logistics Council

Michael Kilgariff
12:10 - 12:30

Toowoomba Second Range Crossing Project

The $1.6 billion Toowoomba Second Range Crossing (TSRC) is one of Queensland's highest priority infrastructure projects. The project represents the largest Commonwealth Government commitment to a single regional road project in Queensland history. The TSRC is a bypass route to the north of Toowoomba, approximately 41km in length, running from the Warrego Highway at Helidon in the east to the Gore Highway at Athol in the west via Charlton. Once complete, the TSRC will link Brisbane, the Darling Downs and the Surat Basin on the road freight network.

John Hagan, Chief Executive Officer, Nexus Infrastructure Pty Ltd

John Hagan
12:30 - 13:00

Transport Network Strategic Investment Tool (TraNSIT) – Informing Investment in Better Roads for Agriculture and Forestry
To provide a holistic view of transport logistics costs and benefits due to infrastructure investments and regulatory changes in agriculture/forestry supply chains, CSIRO developed a Transport Network Strategic Investment Tool (TraNSIT). Through an initiative in the Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper, TraNSIT has now been set up for 98% of all Australian agriculture transported between farms, storage, processing, ports and domestic markets. The presentation will highlight applications to the $100 million Northern Australian Beef Roads Programme in 2016 and to other infrastructure investments across Australia.

Dr Andrew Higgins, Principal Research Scientist, CSIRO Land and Water

Dr Andrew Higgins
13:00 - 14:00


14:00 - 14:20

Using Open Data to Visualise Levels of Public Transport Services and Infrastructure
Urban transport is set to face a number of disruptions over the next few years: Electric propulsion, battery storage, autonomous vehicles and transport as a service will change how we understand the task of moving people around a city.

How can we use resources — such as open data and GIS technology — to visualise and interpret our existing transport networks and infrastructure, and map the potential effect of these disruptive changes?

Paul Kidd, Senior Consultant, Presales, Professional Service, Esri Australia

Paul Kidd
14:20 - 15:10

Panel Discussion
Reshaping the Future of Cities with Autonomous Vehicles

  • When and How will Autonomous Vehicles Become More Mainstream and Widely Adopted?
  • What are the challenges and opportunities in an Integrated Automated Transportation Network?
  • Investigating Impacts of Autonomous Vehicles on the Urban Landscape
  • What are the legal and data security barriers that must be resolved for deployment?
  • Insurance and Legislative Landscape

Dr. Kieran Tranter, Associate Professor - Griffith Law School, Griffith University
Kim Thomas, Intelligent Transport Systems Leader, AUS & NZ, Aurecon
Michael Milford, Associate Professor, ARC Future Fellow, Queensland University of Technology
Steve Kanowski, Chief Economist and General Manager (Strategic Policy), Department of Transport and Main Roads, Queensland

Dr. Kieran Tranter Kim Thomas Michael Milford Steve Kanowski
15:10 - 15:30

Ride Sharing – Embracing Disruptive Technology


Dr. Kieran Tranter, Associate Professor - Griffith Law School, Griffith University

Dr. Kieran Tranter
15:30 - 16:00


16:00 - 16:20

Brisbane Airport New Parallel Runway Project (NPR)
The $1.4billion NPR Project is the largest aviation infrastructure project currently underway in Australia. When complete, the NPR will provide Brisbane with the most efficient runway system in the country.

  • The runway is expected to deliver a regional economic benefit of around $5 billion per year by 2035;
  • 7,800 jobs are expected to be created for the Brisbane region by 2035 due to additional capacity;
  • The runway is on track to be open and operational by 2020 as expected.

Paul’s presentation will feature an overview of the project including the latest updates.

Garry Wickham, Design Manager - New Parallel Runway Project, Brisbane Airport Corporation

Garry Wickham
16:20 - 16:40

Increased Sustainability Delivers a Better Future

As the peak body for infrastructure sustainability; the Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia (ISCA) are supporting Industry through the deployment of the IS rating scheme for benchmarking asset performance as well as informing continuous improvement. IS is the only whole of life infrastructure rating system evaluating sustainability across design, construction and operation of infrastructure.

While most of the notable attention over the past three years has been on major urban projects; the infrastructure Industry are committed to advancing sustainability from mega programs to minor works in any geography. Practical project examples will demonstrate the practicality of taking an assured risk-based approach to direct sustainability investment and effort on the areas of greatest importance (e.g. energy, stakeholders, local procurement). This session will demonstrate how a reliable framework for infrastructure sustainability contributes to anticipating and responding to the needs of customers and communities when planning, delivering and operating infrastructure assets.

Ainsley Simpson, Manager – Business and Technical Services, Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia (ISCA)

Ainsley Simpson
16:40 - 16:45


16:45 - 17:45


Day 2 - 24th May 2017
08:45 - 09:15


09:15 - 09:20


09:20 - 09:50

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.

09:50 - 10:10

Queensland’s Transport Infrastructure Priorities

  • Overview of Investments into Major Road and Rail Projects for Queensland

Amanda Yeates, General Manager - Program Delivery and Operations, Department of Transport and Main Roads

Amanda Yeates
10:10 - 10:30

Logan Enhancement Project

  • The $512 million Logan Enhancement Project is the first private sector proposal to be assessed and approved under the Queensland Government’s Market-Led Proposal process.
  • The project will see the delivery of major upgrades to parts of the Logan and Gateway Extension motorways, including the elimination of key congestion points and the addition of new south-facing ramps at Compton Road.

Andrew Baker, Project Director, Transurban

Andrew Baker
10:30 - 11:00

Cross River Rail Project

  • Cross River Rail is the Queensland Government’s highest priority infrastructure project and is the key to unlocking rail capacity throughout the South East Queensland rail network.
  • This presentation will feature an overview of the key features, network and economic benefits of this state defining project.

Gavin Nicholls, Project Director – Cross River Rail, Department of Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning - QLD

Gavin Nicholls
11:00 - 11:30


11:30 - 12:00

Brisbane Metro

Brisbane Metro Subway System is one of Brisbane’s most significant public transport projects. Brisbane Metro Subway System will use existing Inner Northern and South East busway infrastructure as well as dedicated roads and tunnels to avoid road network congestion. The seven kilometre route will run from Woolloongabba to Herston, with stops at Mater Hill, South Bank, connecting to a new underground station at Cultural Centre, continuing over Victoria Bridge and into a new underground portal at Adelaide Street linking with the King George Square, Roma Street, Normanby and QUT Kelvin Grove stations.

  • Project Overview and Updates
  • Timelines
  • Economic Benefits

Councillor Adrian Schrinner, Deputy Mayor, Chairman – Public and Active Transport Committee, Brisbane City Council

Councillor Adrian Schrinner
12:00 - 12:20

Ministerial Address

Hon Curtis Pitt, Treasurer, Minister for Trade and Investment, Queensland

Hon Curtis Pitt
12:20 - 12:50

Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF)

The $5 billion Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF) is a major initiative of the Australian Government’s White Paper on Developing Northern Australia. The right economic infrastructure is a fundamental driver of economic change. Investments made by the NAIF in economic infrastructure will drive the long-term expansion of the economy and stimulate population growth in northern Australia.

Laurie Walker, Chief Executive Officer, Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF)

Laurie Walker
12:50 - 13:50


13:50 - 14:10

Assuring Security of Connected and Automated Vehicles

  • Connected and cooperative vehicles are being deployed to make our roads safer and smarter. The benefits of this technology are widely discussed; less so the risks. These risks are familiar to the Information Communication Technology (ICT) and cybersecurity spheres, and will need to be managed for the deployment of Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems (C-ITS). Additionally, these risks have the potential to threaten the safety of users of the connected transport network.
  • A Security Credential Management System (SCMS) provides security for the ‘internet of cars’ and is being deployed in the United States and across Europe. Australia has co-led SCMS development through Transport Certification Australia (TCA). Australia is currently progressing with the development of a nationally agreed deployment plan for the security management of connected and automated vehicles, an output of which will be a nationally agreed plan for security management, including whether a national SCMS is required for Australia.

Chris Koniditsiotis, Chief Executive Officer, Transport Certification Australia

Chris Koniditsiotis
14:10 - 14:30

Townsville Eastern Access Rail Corridor Project

The Townsville Eastern Access Rail Corridor (TEARC) project is a proposed rail freight line which would connect the North Coast rail line directly into the Port of Townsville. This project would create capacity for the growing tonnage demand on the Mt Isa rail system, a critical link between the mines in the North West Queensland Minerals Province and the Port.

Damian Gould, Chief Executive Officer, Building Queensland

Damian Gould
14:30 - 15:00

Self-driving cars and the Artificial Intelligence Behind Them – What’s Behind the Hype and What’s to Come
The prospect of widespread self-driving cars presents an unheralded disruptive challenge for industry, government and society. Central to this challenge is the diverse range of technological approaches being proposed as solutions, all of which have drastically different effects on how government, industry and society is impacted. In this presentation, Michael will overview the various technological components of self-driving cars and the artificial intelligence driving many of the leading approaches.

Michael Milford, Associate Professor, ARC Future Fellow, Queensland University of Technology

Michael Milford
15:00 - 15:30

Transport Infrastructure Dividends: The Human Health Imperative
The delivery of infrastructure responds to a range of big picture challenges. As we make investment decisions in a time of significant change, how can we be confident that we are investing wisely? This presentation will address the need for smarter integrated investment to respond to a range of legacy opportunities for transit within growing cities. With population growth estimated to be 1.8 billion over the next 25 years there is an imperative to consider the performance of new and existing infrastructure for the health and wellbeing of rapidly growing urban populations.

Alastair Leighton, Director - Cities, Aecom

Alastair Leighton
15:30 - 15:35


15:35 - 16:05


Agenda is subject to change
*Speakers to be confirmed

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23-24 May 2017

Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre
Brisbane, QLD

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