Conference Program

2:00pm: Jessica Dickers, Editor, Infrastructure magazine and MC

Welcome Remarks

2:10pm: Julian Watts, Director, Engineering and Asset Management Advisory, KPMG

This keynote presentation will explore operating models and organisational design for success – from designing asset organisations with business resilience in mind, to how different organisation designs can increase resilience of service delivery, decision making, governance, accountability, resourcing, financial standing and reputation.

2:45pm: Damien White, Group Executive, Safety, Engineering and Technology, Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC)

Damien will give delegates an inside look into everything the industry needs to know about the ARTC’s new Advanced Train Management System (ATMS) – a digital train management solution, with real-time monitoring of trains with GPS and mobile technology, bringing train control into the digital age.

3:20pm: Panel – Digital Asset Management

Digital asset management is currently one of the most exciting and innovative areas of the asset management space, with different sectors and organisations implementing technologies to help make maintenance and operations more efficient, safer and productive. This panel will look at how leaders from the rail, energy and road sectors are using digital technologies, from machine learning and Artificial Intelligence to virtual reality, drones, and digital twins.


Dusan Stojkovic, Project Manager and FiBridge Product Lead, VicTrack
Angelo Fiumara, Digital Asset Manager, Essential Energy
Tyrone Toole, Chief Adviser and National Discipline Leader in Asset Management, Australian Road Research Board (ARRB), and Stream Leader, National Asset Centre of Excellence (NACOE)
Sever Sudakov, Solution Architect, Moxa

4:10pm: Closing remarks


Meet The Speakers

Julian Watts - Director, Engineering & Asset Management, KPMG Australia

Julian is an international expert in asset management whose passion is in enabling clients to realise more customer value from their assets. He is a strategic thinker with more than 15 years’ experience leading teams to develop asset management frameworks and strategies in multiple sectors including transport, power and utilities, and government infrastructure.

Julian is recognised with the Asset Management Council as the National Chair for Asset Information and Digital; he was involved in developing ISO55001:2014 – the international standard for asset management; and is an IAM Endorsed Assessor for the standard.

His experience in asset management stems from when he was Asset Planning Manager for Dunedin City. He has since delivered customer value-centric initiatives across Australia, New Zealand, USA, UAE and the UK and can confidently advise on the effectiveness and improvements between strategy, planning, delivery and operational teams to maximise returns across the value chain.

Dusan Stojkovic - Project Manager and FiBridge Product Lead, VicTrack

Dusan oversaw the successful trial of FiBridge on four Victorian bridges in 2017–19 and presented findings at international engineering conferences. FiBridge is VicTrack’s structural health monitoring solution, developed in a joint venture with Silicon Valley-based Palo Alto Research Center (PARC).

He now leads product development of FiBridge focusing on aligning technology to customer needs. As an experienced design engineer and consultant, Dusan has worked on many complex structures and machines. In previous roles he has successfully delivered high profile projects in mining, transportation and infrastructure.

Angelo Fiumara - Digital Asset Manager, Essential Energy

Angelo has more than 25 years experience within the power utility sector. With strong leadership management skills with commercial capability, his ability to transform strategic vision into tangible and practical solutions has led to the creation of Essential Energy’s Digital Twin network. This achievement has been recognised by Engineers Australia, achieving a 2020 Australian Engineering Excellence Award for the Newcastle division.  

Angelo has worked collaboratively to create a digital twin 'virtual objects' of power poles, cross arms and powerlines of the existing overhead network, using the same mechanical properties as they are in real world, to be modelled using an engineering grade line design ‘engine’.   

With a strong utility background in asset management, in particular asset design, Angelo has been developing innovative initiatives and strategies helping to raise the industry benchmark and drive reform, aligning utility practices with ISO19650 to bring Building Information Models concepts and principle across the whole of project and asset lifecycles.

Damien White - Group Executive, Safety, Engineering and Technology

Damien is currently the ARTC’s Group Executive for Safety, Engineering and Technology, and his remit includes the system-wide deployment of the Advanced Train Management System (ATMS).

Prior to joining ARTC, Damien was TasRail’s inaugural Chief Executive Officer, leading an aggressive investment and transformation program over a period of eight years, resulting in a revitalised rail business that is now an integral part of the supply chain for Tasmania’s key industries. Damien also spent 25 years in various roles working with Australian National, National Rail and Pacific National.

Damien has a Bachelor of Business in Transport Studies from the University of South Australia and a Masters Degree in Business Administration from the Adelaide University.

Tyrone Toole - Chief Adviser and National Discipline Leader in Asset Management, Australian Road Research Board (ARRB), and Stream Leader, National Asset Centre of Excellence (NACOE)

Tyrone has over 40 years’ experience as a leading international expert on the development of road asset management guidelines, implementing road planning and management systems and procedures in numerous countries. 

He is the principal author of Austroads overview document on asset management, and pavement performance modelling. He has also authored guides on pavement design and materials, low volume roads, investment planning and management for national and international organisations. 

Tyrone leads contribution to training and dissemination in road management and decision support tools worldwide, and in road asset management and performance for Australian road authorities and internationally.

Sever Sudakov - Solution Architect

An experienced solution architect for industrial communication solutions, Sever has worked on infrastructure projects in a variety of industrial automation verticals including utilities and transportation across Asia Pacific region. With process control network design, industrial cyber security, and IIoT as his core skills, he has helped numerous industrial companies to improve operational efficiency and execute digital transformation.

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