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

September 16th - 2.00pm

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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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.