The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2019-02-21T01:30:11Z Congestion today for a better VIC future 2019-02-21T01:30:11Z congestion-today-for-a-better-vic-future Playing host to the inaugural Local Jobs First Commissioner Don Matthews, the 11th Annual Victorian Transport Infrastructure Conference will take place on the 1st – 2nd May at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. Administered in 2003 by the Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions (DJPR), the Local Jobs First Act is the nation’s longest-standing industry participation legislation. Local Jobs First (LJF) was implemented in Victoria to support the utilisation of the states’ businesses and workers, ensuring that all involved are given a fair opportunity to compete for any government contract, small or large. LJF is dedicated to improving the lives of all Victorians through the delivery of increased employment and business growth opportunities. Comprised of the Victorian Industry Participation Policy (VIPP) and the Major Projects Skills Guarantee (MPSG), Local Jobs First is about both local industry development and growing the next generation of skilled workers in Australia. Matthews will speak to the importance of Local Jobs First and his position as the groups’ first commissioner. Over the coming years Victoria is investing more and more into transport infrastructure upgrades, with the state’s Major Transport Infrastructure Program (MTIP) including 41 major road and rail projects that combine to hold an estimate value of $38b. The MTIP provides employment for upwards of 12,000 personnel through various projects currently in the pipeline; including the Level Crossing Removals, the North East Link and the Melbourne Metro Tunnel Project. Senior leaders and Administrative offices will be placed in a position of actively overseeing and supporting the safety management of key projects through the ‘active client’ safety management model applied via the MTIP.  Anne Taylor, Director of Strategy Safety from the Major Transport Infrastructure Authority, Office of the Director-General, will provide a unique look into the key elements that form part of the MTIP Active Client Safety Management Model. Taylor will explore the model’s position in insuring the safe delivery of major transport infrastructure. With Melbourne’s population anticipated to reach an overwhelming 8 million by 2050, the city’s existing transport infrastructure will not be able to carry its weight. In order to successfully deliver large-scale infrastructure projects, there must be an initial disruption to the system. To best serve the state we must undergo comprehensive infrastructure planning that will produce sustainable results. The conference will bring together Cr Nicolas Frances Gilley, Councillor, Chair Transport Portfolio from the City of Melbourne, Bryce Prosser, General Manager of Public Policy & Corporate Affairs at RACV, Craig Richards, CEO of Bicycle Network and Peter Anderson, CEO of the Victorian Transport Association, in a panel discussion that will address the need for Congestion Today for a Better Tomorrow. The panel of experts will discuss the pros and cons of implementing a congestion tax during peak travel hours, how to determine the necessity of a major transport infrastructure project, and which projects in the pipeline should be prioritised to keep Victoria shifting forward. The above panellists will join Commissioner Don Matthews and Anne Taylor at the 11th Annual VIC Transport Infrastructure Conference held on the 1st & 2nd May at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.   About Expotrade   Expotrade is a global conference and event organizer with its head office based in Melbourne, Australia. Expotrade has delivered some of the largest, most successful B2B industry conferences and events in the areas of infrastructure, major projects, sustainability, technology & architecture. For over 10 years, our unique blend of knowledge, experience and flexibility has accomplished an array of consistently top-quality events. Today, Expotrade events enjoy such a distinctive edge, they are amongst the best patronised in the calendar.For more information, visit www.expotradeglobal.com  Transforming Transport for a Growing Queensland 2019-02-12T02:39:14Z transforming-transport-for-a-growing-queensland With population expected to hit 6 million in 2027, the Queensland Government is accelerating its commitment to accommodate for an increased need of transport services. Brisbane, Australia’s third largest city is set to experience a $15 billion infrastructure boom over the next few years as big projects make a comeback. Against this backdrop, the Queensland Transport Infrastructure Conference will be held on the 18th - 19th June at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre. Running in its 10th year, the 2-day event will profile a vast range of transport and infrastructure works critical for a growing state. Over 20 industry experts from within the government and private sector will be headlining the event including Graeme Newton Chief Executive Officer, who will be presenting the latest updates on the state defining $5.4 billion Cross River Rail Project (CRR). With more than $10 billion in infrastructure projects invested into Brisbane city over the next few years, the Cross River Rail Project forms a major part of the upcoming transformation of the State’s transport capacity. Queensland’s Electric Vehicle Strategy will be a prevalent topic to be featured in this year’s program. The strategy aims to prepare and position Queensland for a transition to a greater uptake of electric vehicles (EVs) ensuring that the state is in the best position to capture the benefits and opportunities that these vehicles will bring. Another highlight at this year’s conference will be the discussion on how emerging technologies continue to revolutionise the transport industry and how people engage with the transport system and view mobility. A keynote presentation on Mobility as a Service (MaaS) and what it means for the future of transport in Queensland will round out the dialogue on this topic. Perceived as a better way to manage traffic congestion using existing public and private infrastructure, MaaS combines mobility services from public transport, taxis, car rental and car/bicycle sharing under a single platform that’s accessible from a smart phone.  Other exciting projects on the cards for Queensland include the Brisbane Metro, Brisbane International Cruise Terminal, Pacific Motorway M1 upgrade Mudgeeraba to Varsity Lakes Project, CAVI Project as well as a panel discussion exploring Brisbane’s transport challenges and debating the sustainable transport conundrum. Registrations are open for the 10th Annual Queensland Transport Infrastructure Conference 18-19 June 2019 at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre. The 2-day conference will look at infrastructure development and planning for the state as well as the latest trends and industry innovations. About Expotrade  Expotrade is a global conference and event organizer with its head office based in Melbourne, Australia. Expotrade has delivered some of the largest, most successful B2B industry conferences and events in the areas of infrastructure, major projects, sustainability, technology & architecture. For almost 10 years, our unique blend of knowledge, experience and flexibility has accomplished an array of consistently top quality events. Today, Expotrade events enjoy such a distinctive edge, they are amongst the best patronised in the calendar. For more information, visit www.expotradeglobal.com   Fostering the Effective Convergence of Light, Space and Design 2018-10-23T22:43:36Z fostering-the-effective-convergence-of-light-space-and-design For the first time ever, Expotrade has diverted from its usual format to bring together the best minds in the lighting, interior design, and architecture fields at the inaugural 2019 Light•Space•Design summit. With plenty of technological and societal shifts rapidly impacting the lighting industry, the summit intends to start a conversation about how best to tackle the practice of architectural lighting design against the backdrop of these changes. Creating human-centric, appropriately-lit spaces demands optimality across a variety of spaces; from a structure’s lighting and interior design to its architecture and engineering. At Light•Space•Design, experienced professionals will piece together the puzzle of achieving an impeccably designed structure through the aid of mood-boosting, sustainable and fundamentally human-friendly lighting design. Opening the summit will be NDYLIGHT Director Steve Brown, board member of the International Association of Lighting Designers, and practising lighting designer for 30 years. Steve will explore the history of the lighting design profession and zero in on where the industry sees itself heading in the near future. Arup’s Florence Lam, the first woman to win the UK’s coveted Lighting Designer of the Year Award, will travel from London to speak at the summit. Florence is set to provide a keynote presentation on how building tenants’ growing expectations are impacting lighting design typologies and how this shapes not only the work of lighting professionals, but that of architects and designers in charge of designing entire spaces. Joining Florence Lam as Light•Space•Design’s second international speaker is Michael Grubb. As Creative Director of the Michael Grubb Studio and founder of the award winning Re:LIT Project, Michael will draw on his 19-year career to unpack the art of designing innovative lighting concerned with human well-being and underpinned by effective collaboration. Other speakers will tap into the trends, themes and associated challenges currently permeating the design industry, from smart technology to sustainable, ‘green’ lighting. The award-winning lighting design consultancy Electrolight, who designed the new lighting on Melbourne’s now-iconic Sound Tube has put forward its director Donn Salisbury to present. Donn will provide a reality check on the balance that can be difficult to strike between creativity and sustainability when seeking to design and light energy-efficient spaces. DJCoalition Director David Skelley, Martin Klaasen of Klaasen Lighting Design and BVN Principal Ninotschka Titchkosky are just three other names rounding out the summit’s distinguished and knowledge-packed speaker list. Light•Space•Design will blur the line between attendee and keynote presenter, enabling delegates to play the role of speaker as part of its Rapid Light Talks segment. The fast-paced presentation format will allow 30 delegates to step forward for 1 minute to share their latest work, design philosophies, or ideas with the aid of 3 slides. Rapid Light Talks will allow attendees to raise their profiles among industry peers, while simultaneously uncovering surprising talents and insights. The segment encapsulates Light•Space•Design as a whole, as an event dedicated to fostering collaboration and knowledge in the pursuit of high-quality, human-centric lighting and overall design. Light•Space•Design is taking place on March 27 2019, at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. About Expotrade Expotrade is a global conference and event organizer with its head office based in Melbourne, Australia. Expotrade has delivered some of the largest, most successful B2B industry conferences and events in the areas of infrastructure, major projects, sustainability, technology & architecture. For over 10 years, our unique blend of knowledge, experience and flexibility has accomplished an array of consistently top-quality events. Today, Expotrade events enjoy such a distinctive edge, they are amongst the best patronised in the calendar.For more information, visit www.expotradeglobal.com Supporting Australia’s Defence Industry 2018-07-30T23:51:19Z supporting-australia-s-defence-industry Kerryn Smith, CEO of the Australian Industry and Defence Network is slated to provide updates on two of the NT’s largest defence infrastructure projects, at the upcoming 9th Annual NT Major Projects Conference. Continued upgrades occurring at the Larrakeyah Barracks and HMAS Coonawarra will be explored in depth by Smith at the conference; upgrades that have a combined value of over $500 million and promise to strongly support the Department of Defence’s operations within the Northern Territory. What came to fruition in 2016 and will continue to develop until 2023 has grown into a project that is moving quickly to address critical infrastructure at Larrakeyah Barracks, comprising of upgrades to electrical infrastructure, fire-fighting, potable water, sewerage, stormwater, and ICT. The addition and refurbishment of recovery facilities, gymnasiums, cark parks and accommodating buildings for the NORFORCE regiment will positively impact work and rest environments for Defence personnel. Improvements to the HMAS Coonawarra naval base will serve to support naval operations, situating it as a high-quality base for visiting Australian and foreign vessels. A new outer wharf at Coonawarra will help a range of vessels safely re-supply and re-store, whether they are amphibious ships, submarines, or specialist war vessels, such as Australia’s largest vessel, the Canberra Class LHD. The impact of these projects on the overall Territory will be made clear within Smith’s presentation. Notably, a Local Industry Capability Plan provides local small-to-medium businesses with the opportunity to compete for, and subsequently win, sub-contract work on both projects. With construction works set to commence in late 2018, these local flow-on effects are set to take form in the near future, potentially maximising opportunities for local industry and importantly, for the Territorians employed within it.  The 9th Annual Northern Territory Major Projects Conference will be held on the 17th and 18th of October at the Darwin Convention Centre. Enhancing Canberra’s Cultural Opportunities 2018-07-19T03:49:00Z enhancing-canberra-s-cultural-opportunities Australia is home to a variety of well-known cultural facilities. From the Sydney Opera House to the Princess Theatre in Melbourne, theatres, museums, art galleries, and performance venues are spread throughout the country, attracting residents and tourists alike. There is no question, then, why Canberra’s Cultural Facilities Corporation (CFC) aims to build a 2000-seat theatre. CFC Chief Executive Harriet Elvin is set to outline plans for the theatre at the 3rd ACT Major Projects Conference, held on the 28th and 29th of August at Canberra’s Hyatt Hotel. While in recent years, the Territory is recorded as having the highest attendance rate at cultural venues, the venues are primarily galleries and museums. Canberra lacks the presence of expansive theatres commonly seen in Sydney or Melbourne. A new theatre, especially one that can seat 2000 visitors, would be well-equipped to house large-scale musicals, stage shows, and touring artists – the types of performances that draw great crowds, and in turn significantly expand cultural opportunities for tourists and Territorians. Though the nearby Sydney is brimming with cultural facilities, its bustling quality means that by nature, tour promoters will often experience difficulties finding venues with free dates for their shows. If realised, Canberra’s new theatre would provide a cheaper, more viable alternative to Sydney, one that strongly benefits its economy. The flow-on effects of the theatre’s existence would greatly impact the ACT in a multitude of ways, not only bringing in more tourists and creating jobs, but increasing the amount of talent and crew staying in the Territory for a prolonged amount of time. Elvin will provide further brief conference delegates on the plan, revealing how close it is to fruition and what we can expect upon completion. Beyond cultural renewal, the 3rd ACT Major Projects Conference will feature topics on the $300 million Constitution Place Development, the upcoming Light Rail network, and the Healthy Waterways initiative. About Expotrade   Expotrade is a global conference and event organizer with its head office based in Melbourne, Australia. Expotrade has delivered some of the largest, most successful B2B industry conferences and events in the areas of infrastructure, major projects, sustainability, technology & architecture. For almost 10 years, our unique blend of knowledge, experience and flexibility has accomplished an array of consistently top-quality events. Today, Expotrade events enjoy such a distinctive edge, they are amongst the best patronised in the calendar. For more information, visit www.expotradeglobal.com Australia’s Smart Skyscrapers Summit to Provide Smart, Sustainable Design Solutions For its Second Year 2018-05-28T22:45:45Z australia-s-smart-skyscrapers-summit-to-provide-smart-sustainable-design-solutions-for-its-second-year Expotrade are delighted to announce that the Australian Smart Skyscrapers Summit is back for the second time.  Attracting over 200 delegates in 2017, the high-rise building design event remains a prime platform for knowledge sharing and networking amongst the architectural and structural fields in Australia and internationally. The 2018 conference will be held from the 26th-27th of June at Doltone House, on Sydney’s Darling Island.   This year’s agenda centres on the designing and constructing processes of some of the ‘smartest’, most innovative skyscrapers completed or in completion today.  The challenges of designing such skyscrapers, particularly within an era that demands its structures be green and highly sustainable, will be a key theme permeating throughout the Summit’s two days. Paul Walter, Director of Atlas Urban, will discuss new approaches to architecture and place-making, utilising design and cutting-edge technology to create a smart precinct that is both environmentally-friendly and people-friendly.  Sydney’s upcoming Barangaroo development is at the forefront of resolving the challenge of the tower and the square. The project gives insight into how the global trend towards hyper-density and place-making is playing-out locally on this extraordinary Sydney Harbour site.  The development intends to intermesh live, work and play spaces; potentially contributing $2 Billion a year to the NSW economy while creating zero waste emissions and becoming a key Instagram-worthy location in Sydney. Philip Harrington, Principal Consultant at Strategy. Policy. Research and former Principal Manager of pitt&sherry, will analyse how renewable energy (on- and off-site), and energy efficiency together can be utilised to achieve smart and cost-effective outcomes within the design and development of skyscrapers. Philip will also be able to update delegates on the work on the ASBEC/ClimateWorks Code Trajectory project, which aims to explore the social and economic feasibility of steering the entire building sector towards utilising zero carbon. A panel consisting of speakers such as Turf Design’s Mike Horne, PTW Architects’ Mark Giles, and Bates Smart’s Philip Vivian will discuss how to design human-centric high-rises, which serve to boost the moods of occupants and facilitate productive work environments.  Attendees will be encouraged to further network and socialise with fellow delegates in specialised speed networking sessions and a cocktail function. The 2nd Australian Smart Skyscrapers Summit will explore the challenges, developments, new technologies, and opportunities facing architects and engineers developing new skyscrapers within our increasingly vertical cities.  The Major Infrastructure Projects Set to Transform the ACT’s Future 2018-05-28T04:16:53Z the-major-infrastructure-projects-set-to-transform-the-act-s-future Expotrade are thrilled to announce that the ACT Major Projects Conference is returning on the 28th and 29th of August, to showcase some of the territory’s largest and most vital infrastructure projects currently underway, many of which are thanks to the Government’s $2.9 billion investment in the Territory’s Infrastructure Investment Program. The conference will provide key updates on these projects, in an effort to explore not only how infrastructure can positively impact the territory, but how it can help the Territory adjust to the population boom it is expected to experience in the near future. A much-anticipated overview on the first stage of what will be a transformative transport system for Canberra, the city’s $707 million Light Rail Network, will be provided by the Stage 1 Project Director, Transport Canberra and City Services’ Meghan Oldfield. Oldfield will update delegates attending the conference on the various opportunities and challenges that were conceived, and will continue to come about, throughout the duration of Light Rail Stage 1 and beyond. Tara Cheyne, Member for Ginninderra, will be treating delegates to an in-depth outline of the various advancements set to occur within Belconnen, one of Canberra’s largest districts. With improvements planned for the district’s road and footpath infrastructure, significant arts and culture facility upgrades, and the slated refurbishment of Belconnen High School, Cheyne will explore how urban renewal will help to shape Belconnen’s future. The conference will also zero in on Canberra’s upcoming $300 million mixed-use development Constitution Place, comprising of two buildings linked by a Melbourne-style laneway, one of which will eventually house 1700 public servants. The laneway connecting the two buildings will be lined with cafes and shops, solidifying the project’s status as one that will strongly benefit Canberra’s economy, and create a host of jobs whilst doing so. A panel discussion at the conference will explore, in great detail, how various forms of infrastructure can manage the ACT’s steadily growing population. ACT Division Executive of the Property Council of Australia, Adina Cirson, Rob Henry of Rob Henry Architects, and Member for Murrumbidgee Caroline Le Couteur will both participate on this panel, discussing alternative living solutions for Canberrians and the broader territory, and the impact that new housing typologies can have on transforming the locale. Delegates attending the conference will be encouraged to network with one another at Expotrade’s innovative speed networking session held at the start of each conference day. A cocktail function held at the end of the first day will allow delegates to swap business cards in a relaxed setting. After a brief hiatus, the 2018 ACT Major Projects Conference, held on the 28th and 29th of August at Canberra’s Hyatt Hotel, returns as a platform from which speakers and delegates alike can discuss, explore, and examine how their work on major infrastructure projects can positively impact the territory’s future. About Expotrade   Expotrade is a global conference and event organizer with its head office based in Melbourne, Australia. Expotrade has delivered some of the largest, most successful B2B industry conferences and events in the areas of infrastructure, major projects, sustainability, technology & architecture. For almost 10 years, our unique blend of knowledge, experience and flexibility has accomplished an array of consistently top-quality events. Today, Expotrade events enjoy such a distinctive edge, they are amongst the best patronised in the calendar. For more information, visit www.expotradeglobal.com   Cross Yarra Partnership aims to create sustainable stations 2017-08-16T01:50:16Z cross-yarra-partnership-aims-to-create-sustainable-stations The Victorian Government has finally settled on contractors and designs for the $11-billion Melbourne Metro Tunnel project. The consortium responsible for the project development, known as The Cross Yarra Partnership (CYP), will be made up of world-class construction and tunneling contractors including, Lendlease Engineering, John Holland, Bouygues Construction and Capella Capital. Lendlease has previously worked with the Victorian Government on the East West Link, until the project was cancelled in 2015.The announcement came after what has been described as an extensive and competitive bidding process for the twin nine-kilometer rail tunnels project that will run from South Kensington to South Yarra. The Melbourne Metro Rail Authority’s (MMRA) focus is to not only create easier access rail travel for locals and tourists, but to also build more sustainable infrastructure than previous projects. According to their Sustainability Principles and Approach document, released in April 2016, the MMRA wants to improve environmental protection, public perception, design longevity, more resilient systems and social inclusion through the project via the selected contractors.   The MMRA’s Director of Delivery and Development Peter Wilkinson will be discussing this and other Metro Tunnel updates at the 8th Annual Victorian Major Projects Conference on the 28th and 29th of November at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre. Speakers at the conference will discuss major infrastructure projects throughout Victoria and will revolve around the state government’s $9.6-billion injection of funds into the Victorian infrastructure arena in response to both predicted population and economic growth. The two-day conference will see over 200 senior executives from both private and public sectors attend educative and innovative presentations regarding the states infrastructure projects.    Wilkinson has over 30 years’ experience within the industry, and has worked on projects both nationally and internationally. Now currently overseeing the design and delivery processes of the Metro Tunnel, part of Wilkinson’s position is to confirm that both the project’s design and construction fits into the MMRA’s outlined sustainability framework.    The MMRA will work with contractors in development stages using modern-design techniques to make the new stations as sustainable as possible. Part of the project’s plan requires The CYP contractors to optimise environmental technology and thinking to utlise energy, water and material saving initiatives in the stations’ designs. This was outlined to ensure that Melbourne's increasing number of infrastructure projects leave a more environmentally and resident friendly city.   The proposed stations being produced in the tunnel project include Arden, Parkville, CBD North and South and Domain. The new designs were created with the aim for the buildings to seamlessly fit into Melbourne's existing and developing infrastructure, the Victorian Government's Urban Design Strategy and were influenced by other international building projects such as the London Crossrail and New York's Second Avenue Subway Project. The CYP will attempt to create public precincts with an individual twist on each new station included in the project.   Recently released concept images of the project reveal wide platforms, footbridges connecting the new stations to the City Loop and open above-ground precincts. Features to note at each station include: Arden's transition from industrial to a more welcoming commercial and residential space, Parkville's underground entrances to the Royal Melbourne Hospital, the CBD North and South stations will have underground connections to City Loop stations and Domain station will have a train-tram interchange and its design will be respectfully reminiscent of nearby destinations such as the Shrine of Remembrance, through architecture including a floating timber canopy.   In the past, the MMRA have released public documents featuring sustainability to further ensure that new infrastructure will leave a smaller impact on the surrounding environment. These included the Transport Integration Act 2014, which includes the promotion of optimal environmental performance of all new transport systems and the energy that fuels them; the Climate Change Act 2010, an act that requires all new projects and designs fit into the framework of risk assessment plans and ensures that infrastructure will be resilient for at least 100 years and Plan Melbourne 2014, a publics based plan that aims to ensure that all new transport systems support a more productive travelling experience for passengers across Melbourne even after predicted population growth. The MMRA report also outlined that the construction process is to minimally impact the biodiversity structures in the selected areas. The CYP contractors and designs will assist with protecting and growing vegetation, the continual growth of ecosystems and the maintaining of habitats and other biological factors.   Sustainability and environmental footprints in infrastructure will be further discussed at the upcoming Major Projects Conference; as there is an increasing call from publics to government to protect biodiversity, this will be touched on during talks regarding waterfront projects . Another prevalent topic speakers at the conference will be presenting on is the creation of thousands of jobs for Australians, including the integration of apprentices, trainees and cadets. These speakers include Gregory Anderson and Julian Lyngcoln. The Metro Tunnel is due to be completed by 2026 and will cause some service disruptions during the construction process.   The 8th Annual Victorian Major Projects Conference 2017 will run on the 28th to the 29th of November at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre.  About Expotrade  Expotrade is a global conference and event organizer with its head office based in Melbourne, Australia. Expotrade has delivered some of the largest, most successful B2B industry conferences and events in the areas of infrastructure, major projects, sustainability, technology & architecture. For almost 10 years, our unique blend of knowledge, experience and flexibility has accomplished an array of consistently top quality events. Today, Expotrade events enjoy such a distinctive edge, they are amongst the best patronised in the calendar. For more information, visit www.expotradeglobal.com Melbourne named 2017 Intelligent Community of the Year 2017-06-14T22:17:10Z lighting-melbourne-city-2017-intelligent-community-of-the-year Along with its long-running standing as the world’s most liveable city, Melbourne has claimed the title as the 2017 Intelligent Community of the Year, conferred by the Intelligent Community Forum. Smart lighting plays a crucial role in the city’s smart-enabled landscape with more works now underway to futureproof Melbourne’s lighting domain.  Since his presentation at the Australian Smart Lighting Summit 2016, Ironbark Sustainability’s Business Manager Alexi Lynch has seen a plethora of changes in the smart control street lighting domain. Councils have moved beyond the innovator phase of technology adoption to an early adopter phase where more mature discussion can transpire concerning smart lighting controls and smart cities, says Lynch. Public lighting guidelines, policies and strategies set out by councils are increasingly taking into consideration smart city elements, controls and networks with the Federal Government’s $50m Smart Cities and Suburbs Program investment.   Technology trials and pilots are underway in most major centres with Victoria leading the way, in an Australian-first, network-wide, smart street lighting system for councils that includes thousands of smart-city enabled LEDs for Melbourne. The City of Ryde is a notable case study as the fourth largest CBD in Australia located in an local government area with residential and city smart controls installed over two years ago. Anthony Ogle is the Asset Systems Manager for the City of Ryde, responsible for the operations of city roads, streetscapes, street lighting, stormwater and local civil infrastructure for the City of Ryde. Since 2002, the City of Ryde has seen public street lighting through public domain upgrades with Multi-Functional Poles (MFPs) by developers as well as underground metered circuits. The Council is currently converting existing MFP’s to LED with smart controls. The work of Dr Fred Watson, Head of Lighting and Environment at the Australian Astronomical Observatory, raises awareness of light pollution concerns associated with LED lighting. Dr Watson will be presenting at the Summit which also plays host to Ironbark Sustainability’s Managing Director Paul Brown among a range of local and international lighting specialists who will profile major developments in the lighting sphere. Following his well-received appearance at the Summit in 2016, Washington DC’s Smart Outdoor Lighting Alliance Executive Director Bob Parks is presenting up-to-date information on quality public lighting design at the 2017 edition of the Summit. Parks showcases real-world examples to emulate, as well as those to avoid. Florida Power & Light is undertaking one of the largest smart street lighting projects in the world. The utility is expected to implement nearly half a million networked energy-efficient LEDs with 75,000 lights already installed. Florida Power and Light’s Principal Lighting Engineer, Joe Hancock, reflects on the challenges in delivering North America’s largest street light control network. Instrumental in the provision of Auckland Transport’s inventory of 105,000 street lights which represent a third of all those in New Zealand, Technical Principal of Lighting Design from New Zealand Opus International Consultants, Andy Collins, delivers a trans-Tasman perspective on energy efficient street lighting. Australia’s premiere symposium on smart lighting, smart cities and the Internet of Things, the 5th Annual Australian Smart Lighting Summit underscores the industry’s commitment to developing innovative and intelligent lighting solutions. The Summit takes place at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre on the 13th and 14th of September 2017.   About Expotrade  Expotrade is a global conference and event organizer with its head office based in Melbourne, Australia. Expotrade has delivered some of the largest, most successful B2B industry conferences and events in the areas of infrastructure, major projects, sustainability, technology & architecture. For almost 10 years, our unique blend of knowledge, experience and flexibility has accomplished an array of consistently top quality events. Today, Expotrade events enjoy such a distinctive edge, they are amongst the best patronised in the calendar. For more information, visit www.expotradeglobal.com   WA Wins in Federal Budget 2017-05-21T22:17:23Z wa-wins-in-federal-budget Western Australia’s Metronet project has received an investment of $1.8 billion from the Federal Budget among a range of infrastructure projects, creating more jobs in the rail and road sectors. With a steep rise in population projected for the State, centred in Perth’s CBD, these crucial infrastructure works will support a growing Perth. The project is expected to alleviate the congestion crisis to meet road and rail commuter demands. The Metronet project futureproofs Perth’s infrastructure, connecting fast growing suburbs through rail services and creates new routes as well as line extensions, easing congestion across the board. One major improvement to rail services will be an east-west connection which will allow travel between Perth’s suburban centres, bypassing travel into the CBD. Currently awaiting approval from Infrastructure Australia, the project business plan envisions line extensions to numerous stations, connecting the Thornlie link to Cockburn, providing an extension of the Joondalup Line to Yanchep and Byford lines, with plans for rail lines to the Perth Airport and Ellenbrook in the city's north-east. Construction of rail lines is due to start in 2019. WA’s Department of Transport, Acting Managing Director Steve Beyer is appearing at the 8th Annual WA Major Projects Conference to explicate the strategic and practical direction of the major transport infrastructure project.  Property Council’s Executive Director, Lino Iacomella also joins the WA Major Projects Conference to deliver a presentation on a renewed approach to Perth’s Infrastructure, following the $2.3 billion road and rail infrastructure package promised the state in the Federal Budget. The package sees 17 new projects on the cards for WA which could generate up to 6000 new jobs. Alongside easing congestion and enhancing connectivity, the projects would also improve regional road safety across Western Australia. The 8th Annual WA Major Projects Conference is taking place on the 20th- 21st of June at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre.   About Expotrade  Expotrade is a global conference and event organizer with its head office based in Melbourne, Australia. Expotrade has delivered some of the largest, most successful B2B industry conferences and events in the areas of infrastructure, major projects, sustainability, technology & architecture. For almost 10 years, our unique blend of knowledge, experience and flexibility has accomplished an array of consistently top quality events. Today, Expotrade events enjoy such a distinctive edge, they are amongst the best patronised in the calendar.   Inland Rail to be Profiled at the Queensland Transport Infrastructure Conference 2017-05-17T03:16:18Z inland-rail-profiled-at-the-queensland-transport-infrastructure-conference The Federal Budget has injected funds into the Melbourne to Brisbane Inland Rail Link, with a promise of $8.4 billion to go towards the project. The freight line will be delivered by the government-owned Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) company, creating 16,000 new jobs during the construction phase. With construction slated to start within the year, the Melbourne to Brisbane connection would run 1700kms via the NSW city of Parkes, where the inland rail would intersect with the Perth-Sydney line. Upon completion, the new freight line is expected to see the transport of goods between north and south cut down to less than 24 hours. Inland Rail, ARTC Programme Director Simon Thomas is responsible for overseeing construction elements of the Inland Rail. Thomas will give latest updates on the major project at the 8th Annual Queensland Transport Infrastructure Conference 2017. Bolstering transport infrastructure works to support the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games 2018, hosted across 18 world-class competition venues in Queensland, is also a top priority for the state. Projects are taking shape in Brisbane, Cairns, the Gold Coast and Townsville. Outlining planning and delivery of the crucial transport projects which will form the backbone of the Games, Executive Director from the Commonwealth Games, Department of Transport and Main Roads – QLD, Grant Morris is presenting at the Queensland Transport Infrastructure Conference.  While major transport projects for the State top the agenda, the Queensland Transport Infrastructure Conference also delves into the technology, disruption and shared economy sphere. The changing nature of cities and technology as well as their impact on urban transport infrastructure and ICT transport in the age of on-going disruption will be profiled by Dr Michael Kane, Director of Urban Economics and Integrated Transport Planning, Cross River Rail SEQ, Economic Development and Investment Taskforce, Economic Development Queensland.  A holistic overview of transport disruption in the autonomous vehicle sector will also be addressed by a range of experts in a panel discussion at the Conference. Impacts to the urban landscape, the possibilities of developing an integrated automated transportation network will be explored and insurance plus legislative concerns arising from autonomous vehicles will be explored by panellists, including Chief Economist Steve Kanowski from the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads.  The 8th Annual Queensland Transport Infrastructure Conference 2017 takes place next week on the 23-24th May, at the Brisbane Exhibition and Convention Centre.   About Expotrade  Expotrade is a global conference and event organizer with its head office based in Melbourne, Australia. Expotrade has delivered some of the largest, most successful B2B industry conferences and events in the areas of infrastructure, major projects, sustainability, technology & architecture. For almost 10 years, our unique blend of knowledge, experience and flexibility has accomplished an array of consistently top quality events. Today, Expotrade events enjoy such a distinctive edge, they are amongst the best patronised in the calendar. For more information, visit www.expotradeglobal.com SA Powering Ahead with Energy and Defence Innovations 2017-05-09T22:26:48Z sa-powering-ahead-with-energy-and-defence-innovations A $20 million virtual power plant (VPP), the largest of its kind in the world, is currently undergoing trials in South Australia. Once completed, the project will be made up of 1000 connected batteries. The trial, a public-private investment between AGL and the federal Australian Renewable Energy Agency, follows in the wake of SA’s power crisis which has seen power stations shut down across the state. Customer concern about the state’s energy reliability has prompted retailer AGL to increase the storage capacity of solar batteries that will be installed across Adelaide. The VPP will prove extremely valuable during periods of peak demand such as in the case of severe weather events as it will equip AGL with the ability to direct power from the battery to customer’s homes or into the grid, effectively crowd-sourcing energy. When completed, the VPP installed in homes and businesses across metropolitan Adelaide will have an output equivalent to a 5MW solar peaking plant. This major project will go a long way towards alleviating some of the challenges associated with supply pressures experienced in times of high demand. AGL Executive General Manger in New Energy, Elisabeth Brinton has worked across energy, technology and agriculture sectors to grow companies and lead innovation. Brinton brings her considerable expertise to the 10th Annual South Australia Major Projects Conference 2017 where she will address attendees on the benefits of the VPP project to both customers and the electricity market. The South Australia Major Projects Conference will also profile the flagship Future Submarine Program (SEA1000) which is expected to form the backbone of defence in Australia in years to come. With Australia’s national security and $1.6 trillion economy dependent on secure sea lanes, the SEA1000 program will deliver an affordable and sustainable submarine capability of critical strategic importance to the nation’s maritime security planning.   SA’s Techport Australia, the nation’s premier naval industry hub, is the centre of naval shipbuilding for the Future Submarine program. The largest defence procurement in the nation’s history, the Future Submarines program, is an investment of more than $50 billion in Australia’s security. The project will transform South Australia’s economy and drive innovation across a range of sectors. Key project infrastructure is also being targeted by the state, including the Future Submarine Design Centre and Combat System Design Integration and Test Facility. A Future Submarine Technical Office based in Adelaide is already working on the project, drawing in expertise from around the world. Defence SA Chief Executive Andy Keough will illuminate developments on the Future Submarines program, at the 10th Annual South Australian Major Projects Conference which will be held on the 25-26 July at the Adelaide Convention Centre. About Expotrade  Expotrade is a global conference and event organizer with its head office based in Melbourne, Australia. Expotrade has delivered some of the largest, most successful B2B industry conferences and events in the areas of infrastructure, major projects, sustainability, technology & architecture. For almost 10 years, our unique blend of knowledge, experience and flexibility has accomplished an array of consistently top quality events. Today, Expotrade events enjoy such a distinctive edge, they are amongst the best patronised in the calendar. For more information, visit www.expotradeglobal.com LED Lighting Dominates Public Street Lighting Strategy 2017-05-02T01:53:54Z led-lighting-dominates-public-street-lighting-strategy Street lighting is central to an urban centre’s infrastructure. The City of Ryde in NSW is currently undertaking LED retrofit projects with smart control LED technology. The technology is proving to be superior to older lighting technologies in reducing energy consumption and improving lighting management. Moving away from outdated technologies towards smart-controlled LED lighting yields a whole host of benefits from helping cities to save on lighting expenditure, improving lighting efficiency and reducing CO2 emissions. In 2014-2015, The City of Ryde council commenced deploying LED Retrofit projects with smart controls. The City of Ryde council’s aim is to convert existing lamps to LED with smart controls as well as require all new lighting to be installed with similar technology. Manager of Asset Systems at the City of Ryde –NSW, Anthony Ogle, is appearing at the 5th Annual Australian Smart Lighting Summit 2017 to discuss the success story of the first two rounds of retrofitting. Ogle will profile what the current and potential market has to offer and benefits gained from smart control-equipped LED lighting. Lighting replacement works are also taking place in regional Northern Tasmania where six Tasmanian councils are working together to replace over 9,000 street lights in partnership with Ironbark Sustainability. The councils include Launceston, Meander Valley, West Tamar, Northern Midlands, Georgetown and Break O’Day. To discuss these works Craig Plaisted, Sustainable Developments Project Manager at Meander Valley Council joins Liam Seymour, Engineering Officer - Hydraulics, City of Launceston in a joint presentation at the Australian Smart Lighting Summit. The Australian Smart Lighting Summit will host Ironbark Sustainability’s Managing Director Paul Brown to summarise the latest updates on energy efficient street lighting retrofit projects taking place across Australia along with updates on smart control uptake. Western Australia has also embarked upon energy efficient LED public lighting projects, with funding assistance from State and Federal Government. Council buildings and recreation areas, among other local government assets have been retrofitted with LED lighting. WA Local Government Association (WALGA) Environment Policy Adviser Laura Simes discusses LED technology in store for the state at the Summit. Head of Lighting and Environment at the Australian Astronomical Observatory, Dr Fred Watson will expound on his work on energy efficient lighting and light pollution in the dark sky realm. The presentation will address how well-designed outdoor lighting can reduce energy waste and improve the nocturnal landscape. The 5th Australian Smart Lighting Summit, profiling major street, outdoor, urban and public lighting, will convene in Melbourne at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre on the 13th and 14th of September 2017.   About Expotrade  Expotrade is a global conference and event organizer with its head office based in Melbourne, Australia. Expotrade has delivered some of the largest, most successful B2B industry conferences and events in the areas of infrastructure, major projects, sustainability, technology & architecture. For almost 10 years, our unique blend of knowledge, experience and flexibility has accomplished an array of consistently top quality events. Today, Expotrade events enjoy such a distinctive edge, they are amongst the best patronised in the calendar. For more information, visit www.expotradeglobal.com   New Areas of Growth in Western Australia 2017-04-26T01:21:04Z new-areas-of-growth-in-western-australia-1 Western Australia is looking to new areas of growth in key sectors such as agriculture, technology and tourism as the economy transitions from predominately resource driven investment. The 8th Annual WA Major Projects Conference hosts a panel discussion on the recent decline of the resources boom and emerging opportunities in other industries. Sectors that have potential to grow and strengthen the state’s economy include tourism, infrastructure and agriculture. President of the Royal Agricultural Society of WA, Rob Wilson, joins the panel to share his expertise and explore innovations in the agriculture sector.  WA Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Chief Economist Rick Newnham will also deliver a presentation at the Conference on the significant challenges and new opportunities available to Western Australia in the wake of the post-mining boom. The growth in Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) exports across WA has surged, with three projects underway in Prelude, Wheatstone and Ichthys, off the north coast of WA. Over $200 billion is already invested in liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects in Australia and the value of exports is forecast to increase by 41% in 2016-2017. Exports in 2016 reached 36.8 million tonnes, a 37.7 per cent increase on the 26.7 recorded in the previous year, the report found. National Oil and Gas Leader at Deloitte, Bernadette Cullinane, will discuss the associated challenges and opportunities at the WA Major Projects Conference. WA has retained its title as the top state for production, attracting 65 per cent of the nation’s total mineral exploration expenditure mainly due to increases from major commodities such as iron ore, gold and petroleum products. While resources remain weak, commercial construction activity across the state is set to ramp up within the next year with an estimated increase of up to 40% in commercial projects due to start, including works on the Forrestfield Airport link, shopping centres and apartment towers. According to economist John Nicolaou, Director of ACIL Allen Consulting, 30 000 new construction jobs could be in the cards as works begin. After the resources downturn, this is a much needed boost for WA. Nicolaou will be discussing challenges associated with funding and planning models the Western Australian government can use to improve vital infrastructure projects in the face of a weakening capacity to fund them, including alternatives such as user-pays, public-private partnership and privatisation.   The 8th Annual WA Major Projects Conference is taking place on the 20th- 21st of June at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre.   About Expotrade  Expotrade is a global conference and event organizer with its head office based in Melbourne, Australia. Expotrade has delivered some of the largest, most successful B2B industry conferences and events in the areas of infrastructure, major projects, sustainability, technology & architecture. For almost 10 years, our unique blend of knowledge, experience and flexibility has accomplished an array of consistently top quality events. Today, Expotrade events enjoy such a distinctive edge, they are amongst the best patronised in the calendar.   Brisbane Front and Centre of Queensland Transport Projects 2017-04-19T03:48:34Z brisbane-front-and-centre-of-queensland-transport-projects The Brisbane Metro Subway System is one of Brisbane’s most significant public transport projects. Brisbane City Council has announced plans for the Brisbane Metro upgrades in 2016. The Metro has been conceived as a high frequency, rapid transport connection designed to address the current challenges facing Brisbane's bus network which has reached capacity at many inner city locations. Improvements to the service are expected to cut travel times, reduce Central Business District bus congestion and free-up buses to provide more services in the suburbs. The project 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. The 8th Annual Queensland Transport Infrastructure Conference will profile the Brisbane Metro Subway System project as well as a whole host of initiatives across the State to bolster infrastructure networks. Alongside public transport infrastructure works underway, connected transport is emerging as a strong market trend in Brisbane’s infrastructure future. One innovative approach to better investment in road infrastructure is the CSIRO’s Transport Network Strategic Investment Tool (TraNSIT), designed to better inform investment in roads. TraNSIT analyses transport logistics costs and benefits to give a holistic view of infrastructure investments and regulatory changes in agriculture and forestry supply chains. 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. CSIRO Land and Water Principal Research Scientist Andrew Higgins will profile applications to the $100 million Northern Australian Beef Roads Programme in 2016 and to other infrastructure investments across Australia. Building Queensland Chief Executive Officer Damian Gould will discuss the Townsville Eastern Access Rail Corridor (TEARC) project which aims to transform Townsville into a central transport and logistics hub in Queensland. The proposed rail freight line would connect the North Coast rail line directly into the Port of Townsville. The rail corridor would create capacity for the growing tonnage demand on the Mt Isa rail system and a critical link between the mines in the North West Queensland Minerals Province and the Port. Benefits of the project include allowing 1.4 km long trains to access the Port of Townsville and creating 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. It will also improve traffic flow in the city centre by reducing the number of freight trains that use the current line. The project would also create up to 300 new jobs in the rail construction phase. The project will aid Queensland’s economy to become more competitive by unlocking trade opportunities. The project will enhance regional development as well as state and national economic prosperity by effectively moving increasing volumes of primarily export freight. Moreover, the corridor would eliminate supply chain constraints and bottlenecks affecting Australia’s ability to expand its productive capacity. It will effectively manage community amenity, safety, sustainability and congestion-related conflicts and impacts associated with future increases in rail freight moving through the Townsville urban area. Finally, it will protect freight corridors for current and future uses. 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. Transurban Project Director Andrew Baker is appearing at the Conference to discuss the project which is set to reduce congestion, improve travel time, accommodate future growth and enhance connectivity. In a presentation at the Queensland Transport Infrastructure Conference, Queensland University of Technology Associate Professor Michael Milford interrogates the future of self-driving cars and the artificial intelligence behind them, examining the widespread interest and investments in this new, smart technology. The idea of extensive use of self-driving vehicles presents an unprecedented disruptive challenge for industry, government and society as a whole. A diverse range of technological approaches have been proposed as solutions, many of which have drastically different effects on how all sectors of society will experience an impact. Milford will present an overview of the various technological components of self-driving cars and the artificial intelligence driving many of the leading approaches. The 8th Annual Queensland Transport Infrastructure Conference 2017 will take place on the 23-24th May at the Brisbane Exhibition and Convention Centre.   About Expotrade  Expotrade is a global conference and event organizer with its head office based in Melbourne, Australia. Expotrade has delivered some of the largest, most successful B2B industry conferences and events in the areas of infrastructure, major projects, sustainability, technology & architecture. For almost 10 years, our unique blend of knowledge, experience and flexibility has accomplished an array of consistently top quality events. Today, Expotrade events enjoy such a distinctive edge, they are amongst the best patronised in the calendar. For more information, visit www.expotradeglobal.com