Queensland Transport Infrastructure Conference 2018

15-16 May 2018
Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre
Brisbane, QLD

Speakers

Councillor Adrian Schrinner
Councillor Adrian Schrinner

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

Paul Coughlan
Paul Coughlan

Project Director New Parallel Runway Project Brisbane Airport

John Hagan
John Hagan

Chief Executive Officer Nexus Infrastructure Pty Ltd

Graeme Newton |
Graeme Newton

Chief Executive Officer Cross River Rail Delivery Authority

Darren Wagstaff |
Darren Wagstaff

Project Director Lendlease

Jeremy Christoforatos
Jeremy Christoforatos

Business Development Manager, APAC PlanGrid

Michael Milford |
Michael Milford

Professor Queensland University of Technology

Amanda Copping
Amanda Copping

Executive Director - Origination Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF)

Simon Thomas |
Simon Thomas

Program Director – Inland Rail ARTC

Ross Ullman |
Ross Ullman

Project Manager - Sunshine Coast Airport Expansion Sunshine Coast Council Built Infrastructure Group

Gavin Soward |
Gavin Soward

Project Director Department of Transport and Main Roads – Queensland

Priscilla Radice
Priscilla Radice

Ports Business Leader Australasia Arup

Ken Deutscher |
Ken Deutscher

Project Manager - Light Rail Sunshine Coast Regional Council

Professor Neil Sipe
Professor Neil Sipe

Professor In Planning The University of Queensland

Steve Kanowski
Steve Kanowski

Partner Deloitte Access Economics

Dr. Jake Whitehead |
Dr. Jake Whitehead

Research Fellow - School of Civil Engineering The University of Queensland

Rachel Smith |
Rachel Smith

Author of Decongestion Transport Planner

Dr Louisa Carter
Dr Louisa Carter

City Executive South East Queensland Arcadis

Paul Sernia
Paul Sernia

Chief Product Officer Tritium

Anne Savage
Anne Savage

CEO Bicycle Queensland

Michael Swart
Michael Swart

Executive Manager – Procurement and Supply Chain Services Executive Director - ICN QLD & Online Procurement Services QMI SOLUTIONS

Ben Vardon |
Ben Vardon

Senior Transport Planner Aurecon

Dr. Barbara Yen
Dr. Barbara Yen

Lecturer - School of Engineering and Built Environment Griffith University

Dr Michael Kane
Dr Michael Kane

Director Innovation and Economic Strategies, Economic Development Queensland Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning

Councillor Adrian Schrinner

Councillor Adrian Schrinner

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

Adrian Schrinner is the Deputy Mayor of Brisbane and the Chairman of the City’s Public and Active Transport Committee with special responsibility for Brisbane Metro. He has served as the local Councillor for the Ward of Chandler in Brisbane’s south eastern suburbs since 2005.  Prior to the Election Cr Schrinner served as the Chairman of the Infrastructure Committee, Adrian was responsible for overseeing the management of more than $9 billion in city assets, including 5,700km of roads, 900 sets of traffic signals, more than 500 bridges and 2,000 culverts. He has also overseen many major projects, such as the successful completion of the $1.5 billion Legacy Way Tunnel.  He lives in the suburb of Carindale with his wife Nina and their three young children, Octavia, Wolfgang and Monash.

Paul Coughlan

Paul Coughlan

Project Director New Parallel Runway Project, Brisbane Airport

Paul is the Project Director for Brisbane Airport’s New Parallel Runway (NPR) and has overall responsibility for the successful delivery of this $1.3 billion project. He heads up a Client Team of in excess of 50 staff and has led the Project since 2007. 

Paul has led the project for over 10 years and has been responsible for undertaking the planning, feasibility studies, gaining all regulatory approvals, developing the procurement strategy and subsequently leading the tendering and contract award. 

Phase 1 works (Dredging & site reclamation) was successfully completed in June 2015 on schedule and under budget. The phase 2 design and tender procurement which addresses 3 construction contracts (Seawall & site access; Dryandra Road Underpass; Airfield) has been ongoing since January 2015. 

BAC has awarded the final two contracts. The new Dryandra Road Underpass in January 2017 with works due to be completed in September 2018. The Airfield Works contract was awarded in June 2017 and construction with the new runway is expected to be operational in mid-2020.

John Hagan

John Hagan

Chief Executive Officer, Nexus Infrastructure Pty Ltd

John Hagan has more than fifteen years’ experience delivering Design-Build-Finance-Operate-Maintain (DBFOM) projects having successfully delivered more than $7.6B in highway infrastructure internationally.
 
John has specific experience in delivering major greenfield projects similar in size and scope to the TSRC, including a $1.7B DBOM 79 km bypass of Austin, Texas. 

John has qualifications as an Engineer and Lawyer.  

Graeme Newton

Graeme Newton

Chief Executive Officer, Cross River Rail Delivery Authority

Mr Graeme Newton has more than 25 years’ experience in the infrastructure sector. In the past 15 years he has led large-scale, high profile and complex infrastructure projects within the private and public sector, with a strategic and delivery-oriented approach as a senior executive leading billions of dollars’ worth of projects.

His vast experience and expertise in the industry has seen him awarded with the National Award for Excellence and the QUT Outstanding Alumni Award. Graeme was appointed by the Premier of Queensland in 2011 as the first CEO of the Queensland Reconstruction Authority.

Over the years Graeme has worked in a range of different infrastructure leadership roles including the role of Director-General for the Department of Infrastructure and Planning where he was a key decision maker for Queensland, leading major infrastructure, investments, planning and project delivery. He was also appointed as Coordinator-General under the State Development and Public Works Organisation Act 1971 (Qld) and has most recently worked for Deloitte Australia as Lead Partner for the Queensland Government with a national focus on the delivery of large, complex and high-profile infrastructure and major capital projects.

In his current role as CEO of the Cross River Rail Delivery Authority, Graeme is leading the delivery of the $5.4 billion Cross River Rail project, which will transform SEQ's public transport network once complete. This role involves extensive engagement and strategic policy advise for a range of interstate, Queensland and local government departments. Shortlisted contractors for the two major work packages (Tunnel, Stations and Development, and Rail, Integration and Systems) have recently been announced and the project has moved into the procurement phase. Graeme’s key strengths are in strategy, transformation and building high performing teams.

Darren Wagstaff

Darren Wagstaff

Project Director, Lendlease

Darren Wagstaff is Project Manager for the Pacific Motorway Upgrade: M1/M3/Gateway Merge upgrade. Darren has more than 20 years’ international experience in the construction industry and delivering complex urban motorway projects.
 
Since 2007, Darren has held key project management roles for the delivery of major Queensland infrastructure projects including the $1.1b Gateway Upgrade North project, the $68m Gateway Upgrade South Stage 2b and South East Busway Extension Stage 1a (GUSBUS) project and the $2.12b Gateway Upgrade Project (GUP). His significant technical expertise in managing complex construction sequencing on high-volume, high-speed urban motorway environments, including bridge demolition and construction over live rail and motorway corridors, works in soft soil geotechnical conditions and widening existing pavements, has given him the unrivalled capacity to mitigate risks associated with challenging road and bridge sites.
 
In his current role, Darren brings his proven experience in high-volume, high-speed, urban-motorway environments to the Pacific Motorway Upgrade: M1/M3/Gateway Merge upgrade.

Jeremy Christoforatos

Jeremy Christoforatos

Business Development Manager, APAC, PlanGrid

Jeremy graduated from Wollongong University with honours in Civil Engineering and Commerce in 2012. His involvement in the construction industry dates back to 2010 during the time of the Shanghai construction boom, while the city was preparing for the World Expo. Since then he has been in concrete and precast from a manufacturing and cost engineering standpoint, then transitioning to technology after realising the lack of coordination and communication on sites. Jeremy's near future goal is the help enable the construction industry to go digital.

Michael Milford

Michael Milford

Professor, Queensland University of Technology

Michael Milford is a leading robotics researcher conducting interdisciplinary research at the boundary between robotics, neuroscience and computer vision, and a multi-award winning educational entrepreneur. His research models the neural mechanisms in the brain underlying tasks like navigation and perception in order to develop new technologies, with a particular emphasis on challenging application domains where current techniques fail such as all-weather, anytime positioning for autonomous vehicles. He currently holds the position of Associate Professor at the Queensland University of Technology, as well as Australian Research Council Future Fellow, Microsoft Research Faculty Fellow and Chief Investigator on the Australian Centre for Robotic Vision.

His research has attracted more than twenty-one million dollars in research and industry funding, both in the form of sole investigator fellowships and large team grants. He currently leads projects funded by the Australian Research Council, the Queensland Government, the US Air Force, Caterpillar and Mining3. Michael’s papers have won (4) or been finalists (7) for 11 best paper awards including the 2012 Best Vision paper at ICRA2012. His citation h-index is 25, with 2433 citations as of April, 2017. He has given more than 50 invited presentations across twelve countries at top international conferences, universities (including Harvard, MIT, CMU, Boston Uni, Cambridge and Imperial College London) and corporations (including Google Deepmind and Microsoft). Michael was a finalist (top 3 nationwide) in the 2016 Australian Museum Eureka awards for Outstanding Early Career Researcher.

As an educational entrepreneur, Michael has written and produced innovative textbooks for high school students for sixteen years, with more than 6000 physical sales and educational website and YouTube views in excess of 1.5 million. He has recently founded the company Math Thrills, an initiative combining mass market entertainment and STEM education. Math Thrills received pre-seed funding on Kickstarter ($2500), seed funding ($50,000) from QUT Bluebox and an AMP Foundation Tomorrow Maker grant ($25,000) and is in initial school trials. The initiative has led to awards including the 2015 Queensland Young Tall Poppy of the Year Award and a 2015 TedXQUT talk.

Michael has dual citizenship between Australia and the United States, and has lived and worked in locations including Boston, USA and Edinburgh and London in the UK,  collaborating with organizations including Harvard University, Boston University, Oxford University, MIT, Edinburgh University, Imperial College London, Caterpillar, the US Air Force and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Links
Google scholar
Academic Homepage: www.tinyurl.com/milfordm
YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/milfordrobotics
Math Thrills: maththrills.com

Amanda Copping

Amanda Copping

Executive Director - Origination, Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF)

Amanda Copping is an experienced infrastructure and financial professional, with a strong background in major infrastructure development. Amanda has nearly 25 years’ experience advising, developing and financing the infrastructure and utility sectors, including road, rail, airports, ports, schools, oil and gas, telecommunications and renewables projects. 

With leadership roles as Executive Director at the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi, RBS and ABN AMRO and as the founder of the infrastructure advisory firm SAC Capital Partners. Amanda was the CFO of a publicly listed infrastructure company, establishing its corporate governance, administrative and risk management regimes and has sat on the boards of multiple infrastructure companies.

Simon Thomas

Simon Thomas

Program Director – Inland Rail, ARTC

Mr Simon Thomas is the Programme Director for the Inland Rail Programme at the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC). In this role Mr Thomas is responsible for leading the project team and overseeing the delivery of the Programme’s construction elements.

Mr Thomas has over 28 years of major infrastructure project experience and has successfully delivered projects on time, to budget for major contractors and consultants within UK, Asia, Middle East & Australia. His previous roles include Project Director of Aurizon’s $904m Wiggins Island Rail Project, which is one of Australia’s largest rail infrastructure projects linking the new Coal Export Terminal in Gladstone with over 70km of new rail infrastructure.

During his time at Aurizon, in 2014 Mr Thomas was awarded Project Director High Commendation by the Australian Institute of Project Management for his work on the project.

Ross Ullman

Ross Ullman

Project Manager - Sunshine Coast Airport Expansion, Sunshine Coast Council Built Infrastructure Group

An experienced and qualified Senior Project Management Specialist involved in delivering numerous infrastructure
projects across Queensland.

  • Built on 40 years of hands-on experience in the engineering and construction industry, predominantly in major
    infrastructure development involving road and bridge construction. Has been involved at some stage, in every
    major road development project for the local TMR Regional Office over the last 20 years.
  • Held senior management roles within Transport and Main Roads before establishing his own civil engineering consultancy practice based here on the Sunshine Coast.
  • Experience in client side Contract Administration of major civil infrastructure contracts throughout Queensland with over 30 years in various roles including Superintendent, Superintendent’s Representative and Principal’s Representative.
  • Also worked on the contractor side providing Project Management and Contractual advice and services to a contractor involved in a Performance Incentivised Cost Reimbursable contract for restoration of flood damage in the Mackay area.
  • A recent highlight was the role of Contract Superintendent for all upgrade works on the DTMR Peak Downs Highway infrastructure associated with the $6.5 Billion BMA Caval Ridge Mine development. This work consisted of 7 separate contracts with three different contractingn organisations.
  • Appointed to the role of Project Director Sunshine Coast Airport Expansion Project on 1 August 2016 after having provided consultancy advice during the earlier part of year.

Gavin Soward

Gavin Soward

Project Director, Department of Transport and Main Roads – Queensland

Gavin is the Project Director for the Bruce Highway Upgrade from Caloundra Road to the Sunshine Motorway. He has worked with Transport and Main Roads for twenty years working in a range of major project, commercial and technical roles across South East Queensland.

Priscilla Radice

Priscilla Radice

Ports Business Leader Australasia, Arup

Priscilla Radice is Arup’s regional leader of the Ports businesses across South Asia, NZ and Australia including Ports Freight Logistics and Waterfront Redevelopment. Priscilla also leads strategy and development for Arup’s Transport & Resource sector in the region responsible for effectively adapting the business for disruption.

Priscilla is a senior Port Manager with extensive experience in planning and delivering major strategic port projects and master planning for long term port trade growth and sustainability. Priscilla has held senior positions for capital city ports and bulk ports and has a deep understanding of trade drivers and the role of transport interconnectivity with the hinterland. Prior to working in Port Management Priscilla worked in Destination Management for Australian regional cities wanting to reposition their economic base from an industrial based one to a more diverse service based economy, working with local and state governments on how to position themselves for growth by attracting citizens and visitors.  

Immediately prior to joining Arup Priscilla was the Senior Manager Strategic Projects for the Port of Brisbane one of Australia’s fastest growing and largest multi-cargo ports. At Port of Brisbane for 7 years Priscilla was responsible for leading the businesses cases for the major strategic projects portfolio after privatisation such as, achieving Infrastructure Australia priority listing for a new greenfield freight connection between the Port of Brisbane and Inland Rail and the business case for new mega cruise ship terminal. Priscilla also represented the Port externally to gain government and stakeholder endorsement on these significant projects. Priscilla has been involved with strategic port management since 2002 in Qld and NSW, with a similar role for Port of Newcastle from 2004-2007.

Priscilla is strong advocate for planning our cities holistically, taking a people-centric, systems based approach.

Priscilla is currently, Arup’s Global Port Cities Strategy & Foresight research leader, Chair of the Infrastructure Association of Queensland, the peak body representing the entire infrastructure sector across Queensland, Chair of the Australian Rail Associations - Ports Working Group and a CEDA Trustee.

Ken Deutscher

Ken Deutscher

Project Manager - Light Rail, Sunshine Coast Regional Council

Ken is an internationally experienced transport and land use planner who has been centrally involved in many of the important transport initiatives in south east Queensland over the past 20 years, including the Gold Coast Light Rail, Sunshine Coast Light Rail, the establishment of TransLink and the development of Brisbane’s busways. He was Project Director for both the Integrated Regional Transport Plan 1997 and Connecting SEQ 2031, released in 2011.  

Ken was has held senior executive positions in state and local government as well as the private sector. He now provides strategic transport planning and project services and has worked in Australia as well as the UK and China.  Most recently Ken completed the Preliminary Business Case for the extension of the Gold Coast Light Rail from Broadbeach to Burleigh Heads which was approved by City of Gold Coast in late 2017.

Professor Neil Sipe

Professor Neil Sipe

Professor In Planning, The University of Queensland

Neil Sipe is Professor of Planning in the School of Earth and Environmental Science at the University of Queensland and serves as the editor of Australian Planning. His research interests include: transport and land use planning; natural resource management; and international comparisons of planning systems.

Steve Kanowski

Steve Kanowski

Partner, Deloitte Access Economics

Steve is an economist with over 30 years’ experience in transport and major infrastructure sectors. Key knowledge areas include: economic evaluation, demand forecasting, project feasibility and business cases, project finance, operational analysis and modelling, infrastructures regulation and pricing, and general economic advice.

He has extensive experience advising Australian government departments, government-owned corporations and private companies (financial institutions, operating firms and investors) on a range of economic and commercial issues in the transport sector.

Steve also has significant international experience having advised Governments, private investors and multi-lateral lending institutions on projects in Angola, Argentina, Ireland, Laos, Malaysia, New Zealand, Portugal, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, the UK and Vietnam.

Dr. Jake Whitehead

Dr. Jake Whitehead

Research Fellow - School of Civil Engineering, The University of Queensland

Jake Whitehead is a Research Fellow at The University of Queensland’s School of Civil Engineering who holds two PhDs in Transport Science and Engineering.
 
For the past decade, Jake has been researching the effects of road pricing schemes around the world. This has included analysing the potential impacts of a cordon pricing scheme for Brisbane (2009-2011), and understanding the effects of Stockholm’s congestion pricing scheme on the demand and usage of low-emission vehicles (2011-2016).
 
Jake has a particular interest in the impacts of government policies on, and consumer preferences towards, novel transport technologies (shared, autonomous and electric vehicles). He is also currently investigating how alternative road pricing models could be used to support a sustainable, fair and equitable transport system in the future, in the context of the erosion of existing road taxation measures due to the uptake of novel transport technologies.
 
As Director of Transmobility Consulting, Jake has also worked closely with governments and businesses to advise on sustainable transport policies. Most recently he co-ordinated the development of Australia’s most comprehensive electric vehicle strategy.

Rachel Smith

Rachel Smith

Author of Decongestion, Transport Planner

Rachel’s transport career spans 18 years across the public and private sectors in the UK and Australia.

Rachel is the Author of Decongestion, has two TEDx talks, has spoken in London’s Palace of Westminster’s House of Lords, is on the Smart Cities Task Force, is a Sourceable columnist, was part of the BMW Guggenheim Lab in New York, Berlin and Mumbai  (nominated by Enrique Penalosa), created Cycling Super Highways, was retained by the UK Government for 6 years as an expert behaviour change advisor, has spoken at more than 300 conferences, was awarded the BP International Road Safety Award and is a regular on TV and radio.

“Rachel Smith is one of Australia’s brightest thinkers on the perpetual challenge of urban planning” (News Limited)

Dr Louisa Carter

Dr Louisa Carter

City Executive South East Queensland, Arcadis

Dr Carter is a public infrastructure architect and urban planner with 25 years experience in city development across a range of disciplines including architecture, urban design, urban planning, transport planning, infrastructure design, cultural heritage and city analytics. She has worked both within government and consultancy services, and has a strong appreciation of the processes affecting the (re)development of urban areas. Dr Carter is one of 24 City Executives across the globe within Arcadis, linking a network of knowledge to our Australian cities. Dr Carter is also a member of Arcadis’ Australia Pacific Regional Executive team,  a Board member for Green Cross Australia, a GBCA Greenstar Communities Assessor, a representative on the Property Council’s Committee for Cities, Consult Australia’s Queensland Division Committee and the Infrastructure Association of Queensland’s Economic Enabling Taskforce.

Paul Sernia

Paul Sernia

Chief Product Officer, Tritium

Dr Paul Sernia is the Chief Product Officer and a co-Founder of Tritium – a designer and manufacturer of charging stations for electric vehicles.  He has over 15 years’ experience working with technology focused businesses bringing new innovations to global markets and his professional background is in business and power electronics engineering.  He is passionate about the future of electrified transportation and loves driving his electric car every day.

Anne Savage

Anne Savage

CEO, Bicycle Queensland

Anne Savage is the new CEO of Bicycle Queensland. With an early career background in journalism, her recent career experience includes ten years at the Cancer Council and direction of a major project for Queensland Health. Her experience, skills, and competencies have been developed over nearly two decades of policy and advocacy practice across sectors and industries. She has directed landmark campaigns on social justice issues such as tobacco control, Indigenous health equality, and geographic and social disadvantage. Her work has introduced her to stakeholders spanning from the highest levels of government to local level community groups working as part of the global community to promote health equity and a sustainable development agenda. As a dedicated cyclist who has never owned a car and can’t remember how to drive, she gets everywhere on her legs.

Michael Swart

Michael Swart

Executive Manager – Procurement and Supply Chain Services Executive Director - ICN QLD & Online Procurement Services, QMI SOLUTIONS

Michael is the Executive Director of Industry Capability Network in Queensland, as well as the Executive Manager - Procurement and Supply Chain Services at QMI Solutions. He is also a Director of QMI JV - Online Procurement Services.

Michael is a seasoned Leader, Entrepreneur and Strategist. He has held various senior positions, in Europe, Africa and Australia and has a diverse industry experience, skilled in Procurement and Supply Chain, Business Planning, Operations Management, Business Development as well as New Product Development.

As Executive Director of Industry Capability Network (ICN) – QLD he manages a team of Procurement specialists, focused on supporting major projects to achieve their local content targets through a dedicated ICN embedment within the project. This team works alongside the project team, to identify suitable suppliers, to meet the supply chain requirements of the project.

ICN is supported in Queensland by the Queensland Government Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning. 

Some of the projects which ICN Queensland are currently engaged with include Queens Wharf, Cross River Rail, Inland Rail, Boeing Defence Autonomous Systems Project as well as Defence Land 400 Project.

Ben Vardon

Ben Vardon

Senior Transport Planner, Aurecon

Ben is a senior transport planner with Aurecon with skills in crash analysis/research, strategic transport planning for cycling and walking, traffic engineering, the application of Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) principles and design for equitable access. He has a particular passion for the latter two and believe that cyclists and pedestrians should be able to reach our urban attractors and transport nodes in complete safety and with priority over motorised transport. Ben has successfully led multidisciplinary project teams in the UK and Australia for the planning and design of bike and pedestrian facilities, streetscaping improvements and planning/design for key modes such as light rail.

Dr. Barbara Yen

Dr. Barbara Yen

Lecturer - School of Engineering and Built Environment, Griffith University

Dr Barbara Yen is a Lecturer at the Griffith Engineering and Built Environment since 2017 and was Research Fellow at the Cities Research Institute since 2013 to 2016 in Griffith University. Dr Yen is a transport economist with particular skills in econometric modelling and forecasting, project and performance evaluation, travel demand management, value capture and public transport. She brings advanced statistical skillsets and high-level transport data analysis capability having worked on numerous consulting and research projects.

Dr Michael Kane

Dr Michael Kane

Director Innovation and Economic Strategies, Economic Development Queensland, Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning

Michael is the Director of Urban Economic and Integrated Transport Planning for the SEQ Cross River Economic Development and Investment Taskforce at Economic Development Queensland. Previously Michael was the Director Innovation + Futures Unit at EDQ delivering innovative development initiatives and strategies.

He has worked with the Queensland State Government since 2009 in a number of sustainability, innovation and strategy advisory roles. Prior to this Michael was a Principal Policy Advisor to the Western Australian for Planning and Infrastructure. Michael's PhD addressed the knowledge economy and urban planning, with a consideration of how the changes in the economy, labour markets and technology will impact on transport in cities.

 

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