Week Three of the Critical Infrastructure Summit

Asset Management for Critical Infrastructure

Bringing together utility and infrastructure leaders to discuss the most pressing issues in asset management

Was live on September 16th

Running for the sixth time, Asset Management for Critical Infrastructure is the place to be for updates on technologies, projects and processes that help to better manage critical assets in Australia, from water pipes and energy networks, to transport infrastructure.

The 2020 Virtual Conference will explore topics such as developing strategic asset management plans in an uncertain future, resilient asset management, and the role of machine learning, artificial intelligence and digital twins.

The event provides practical solutions to improve the way critical assets are managed, with a speaker lineup featuring senior leaders from utilities, infrastructure asset owners, industry associations, consultancies and government.

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Conference Program

Laura Harvey, Editor, Energy magazine and Conference MC

Welcome remarks

Peter Seltsikas, Senior Manager, Asset Management, SA Water

Developing strategic asset management plans in an uncertain future

Matt Henson, Asset Management Systems Manager and Acting Lead for Asset Systems & Assurance, Jemena

Resilient Asset Management

PANEL - The role of machine learning, AI and digital twins in asset management

Nicola Belcher, Director of Rail Assets, Projects and Compliance, Victorian Department of Transport

Russell Riding, Automation Team Leader, Melbourne Water

Bruce Thompson, Executive Director Spatial Services, NSW Department of Customer Service

Bradley Hocking, Program Lead, Asset Management Systems, Shoal Group

Developing an innovative Asset Management System Framework

Meet The Speakers

Bruce Thompson - Executive Director at Spatial Services

Bruce Thompson is Executive Director Spatial Services, in the government of NSW. Bruce is responsible for the State of New South Wales’ geodetic and positioning infrastructure and for its spatial and mapping functions.

Bruce has over 25 years’ experience in the spatial sector, primarily in the Queensland, Victoria and New South Wales governments. He is the Chair of the Australia New Zealand Land Information Council (ANZLIC).


Matt Henson - Asset Management Systems Manager at Jemena

With a career exclusively utilities-based (water and energy in Australia and the UK), Matt has progressed through various engineering, project management, operational and business planning roles to now lead the Asset Management System for Jemena amongst other responsibilities.  

Mindful of the nexus between people, process and systems, Matt enthuses the benefits of solutions that can be readily adopted and therefore more likely to influence the culture necessary to realise the desired change.  

As a well-respected member of the asset management community, Matt is involved with a number of industry bodies and represents APGA on the TC251 (MB-019) Australian Committee for the international suite of asset management standards (ISO550XX).  

Matt holds an honours degree in Environmental Engineering, GradCert for Public Sector Management, CPPM and CAMA.


Nicola Belcher - Director of Rail Assets, Projects and Compliance, Victorian Department of Transport

Nicola has been working as an Engineering Manager for the past twenty-five years in a diverse range of roles in local, state and federal Government in Australia. She began her career as a Marine Engineer in the Royal Australian Navy, working as the Deputy Engineer on two different Australian frigates. 

She has spent the last ten years working in infrastructure engineering, mainly in transport, water, traffic engineering and road safety roles. These roles have involved engaging with the community, designing innovative solutions, delivering projects, managing assets, and managing traffic and transport operations. 

Nicola’s role at the Department of Transport in Victoria requires her to work closely with the contract management teams, public transport operators, big build infrastructure authorities, and other Government agencies to ensure the state has sufficient information to understand the extent and state of the public transport assets and to oversee the management of the assets throughout their life.



Russell Riding - Automation Team Leader at Melbourne Water Corporation


Russell Riding has been working in the water industry for almost 30 Years in the Mechanical and Electrical Asset arena – covering installation, maintenance, capital delivery and asset management. He joined Melbourne Water in 2007 as an Asset Manager in the Water Asset Management Team.

Prior to this, Russell spent 13 years in the private sector – delivering capital projects and maintenance solutions for various water utilities across Victoria.

Russell’s current role is accountable for the delivery of solutions to increase Melbourne Water’s level of automation across its sewerage, water and drainage systems. This includes projects that realise benefits using various technologies including IoT and artificial intelligence.

Russell’s team objectives include increasing energy and chemical efficiency across operations and improved process performance.


Bradley Hocking - Asset Management Systems Lead, Shoal Group


Brad provides expertise and leadership in transport and infrastructure projects from a variety of skill sets including asset management, systems engineering, reliability engineering and risk management. He has led Shoal’s Asset Management Systems program and Shoal’s Training Program. Brad was named one of Engineers Australia’s most innovative engineers for 2020 for his work on an Asset Management System Framework.


Peter Seltsikas - Senior Manager Asset Management, SA Water 

Peter leads the management of SA Water’s 14 billion asset base, which delivers water and wastewater services to more than 1.7 million customers in South Australia.

 He is an infrastructure management professional with 25 years’ experience across the oil, gas and water sectors at a state and national level. Throughout his career, Peter has been responsible for all aspects of infrastructure management including operations and maintenance, engineering, capital project delivery and strategic asset management.  

 Most recently, Peter has driven SA Water’s organisational shift in asset management maturity through enabling global best practice approaches, and is overseeing the adoption of smart technology and data analytics to transform asset decision-making.

 As SA Water continues adapting and working through its strategic response to COVID-19, Peter has also been tasked with leading the business and its people through recovery and reform.