Maximising infrastructure through digital engineering, Perth

2 November, 2016 | 17:30 - 20:00

Maximising infrastructure through digital engineering.
Maximising infrastructure through digital engineering.

About this event

The topic of digitalisation in the built environment is seeing further surges in momentum and importance at a time when industry and clients face the pressures of decreasing capital budgets to build new assets while advances in technology can give us the opportunity to do more with less.

7D Building Information Modelling (BIM), big data, industry4.0 and building automation are just some of the disruptive trends affecting how our industry deals with information; transforms communication and defines relationships between consumers, services and the infrastructure that enables those services.

Asset-intensive industries like WA's mining and energy sectors are using technology to reduce overheads and maintenance costs while boosting productivity and worker safety. Driverless trucks and trains are a reality; remote condition monitoring is business as usual.

Our national, state and local governments have recognised the need for greater sophistication in asset and facilities management. The Australian Government highlighted smart technology as a key pillar of its 'Smart Cities Plan' released in April 2016, while the Western Australian Government is building on lessons learnt from UK-led initiatives and showing leadership with substantial investments in the use of BIM on major infrastructure developments such as Perth Children's Hospital, New Perth Stadium, Stadium Rail and the Forrestfield Airport Link project.

  • But what does the future hold for these enabling technologies and what part do engineers, owner operators, construction and asset managers need to play to maximise their potential?
  • What are some of the opportunities and roadblocks to greater local investment in technology?
  • What are the needs and motivations of asset owners and managers in applying advanced information management systems like BIM beyond physical asset completion?
  • And is the business case a well-trodden path, or a leap of faith?

Come and hear more about the issues above from our expert panel, contribute your ideas and network with a growing community of professionals that have a passion (and/or a healthy scepticism!) for innovation and technology in the operation and lifecycle management of infrastructure assets.


Date: Wednesday, 2nd Nov, 2016. Doors open at 5:30pm for drinks. 6:00pm start – 8pm
RSVP: required by 25th Oct:


For any further information, please contact

Eric Grandinger

Event materials

The following materials are available for download:



  • Marcus Rooney, MICE Associate Director – Infrastructure Advisory, EY.


  • Martin Lodge General Manager – Strategic Projects, Department of Treasury
  • Richard Wales General Manager – Networks and Infrastructure, Public Transport Authority
  • Belinda Thompson BIM Coordinator – Western Australia, GHD
  • Gary McLaughlin Rail Manager, Laing O'Rourke