Australia celebrates ICE 200 with first-ever ICE conference

The inaugural event gave insight into how ready Australia is for the future.

Richard Threlfall from KPMG presenting on Project 13.
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Richard Threlfall from KPMG presenting on Project 13.
Whether Australia is prepared for the future was the key topic at the first ICE conference in the region.

At the ICE 200 Australasia Conference, over 150 people gathered to hear from experts about major civil engineering projects in the region, as well as the skills, technologies, policies and infrastructure projects that will shape communities of the future.

Industry and academics were strongly represented at the conference, with speakers from Laing O’Rourke, Beca Group, SNC-Lavalin Atkins, Bechtel, Arup, Transport for NSW, and the universities of Sydney and Auckland.

The question of Australia’s readiness was led by Adrian Dwyer from Infrastructure Partnerships Australia, whose talk ‘Strategic planning for the future, lessons of the past’ gave valuable insight into the case for economic reform and into whether Australia is prepared for future shocks.

Meanwhile, Richard Threlfall, global head of infrastructure at KPMG International, introduced Project 13 to the majority Australian and New Zealand audience.

Project 13 is a new business model, based on an enterprise not on traditional transactional arrangements, that will boost certainty and productivity in delivery. It was launched by the Infrastructure Client Group (ICG) and ICE earlier this year as an industry-led response to infrastructure delivery models that fails at all levels of the supply chain.

The Australasia event, which marked the 200th anniversary of the ICE, was also an opportunity to highlight this year’s Invisible Superheroes theme.

“Civil engineers can be proud to say that ours is a profession with a great history of transforming lives. We are the Invisible Superheroes of society,” said ICE Immediate Past President Professor Timothy Broyd, who opened the conference.

“We want to emphasise the power behind what engineers do and engage a public audience of adults and young people, telling the story of how civil engineers transformed lives in a major way.”

ICE New South Wales organised the conference, which took place on 6 and 7 September in Manly, Australia.