Conference Program

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

Welcome Remarks

2:10pm: Nicola Grayson, CEO, Consult Australia

The federal and state governments have announced major funding towards road, rail, airport, port, urban and utility infrastructure projects around Australia over the last few months, as part of the COVID-19 economic recovery plan. Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic the Government has committed to invest an additional $14 billion in new and accelerated infrastructure projects over the next four years. These projects will support a further 40,000 jobs during their construction. In her keynote address Nicola Grayson will explore how exactly the infrastructure industry can ensure it meets the COVID economic recovery demand in 2021 and beyond.

2:45pm: Genéne Kleppe, CEO, Digital Twinning Australia

As a leader in the design and implementation of digital twins in the Australian infrastructure industry, Genéne’s presentation will provide delegates with everything they need to know about what value chain synchronising digital twins will look like in the future and why their data will continue to generate equity.

3:20pm: Panel - Building our future cities; connected, sustainable and accessible

What will our future cities and the infrastructure that helps them function look like? With so much industry evolution the answer to this is continually changing, but this industry leading panel brings together some of the best minds in infrastructure delivery and city planning to look at the impact of things such as digital connected infrastructure, future mobility, sustainability and accessibility on the future of the sector.


Damian Gould, CEO, Building Queensland
Marion Terrill, Transport and Cities Program Director, Grattan Institute Melbourne
Stephen Neale, Product Manager – 3D, Nearmap

4:10pm: Closing remarks


Meet The Speakers

Nicola Grayson - CEO, Consult Australia

Nicola is responsible for implementing Consult Australia’s strategy, building ongoing external relationships, and for leading its advocacy and government relations agenda on behalf of member firms.

Nicola is a government relations specialist, and has represented industry associations in the United Kingdom, the European Union, and Australia. She has worked across a range of sectors including general insurance, consumer finance, alcohol, and education, in addition to consulting engineering.

She has an Honours Degree in Law from the United Kingdom, and was previously Consult Australia’s Director of Policy and Government Relations.

Genene Kleppe - CEO, Digital Twinning Australia

Genéne is the Founder and CEO of Digital Twinning Australia, an industrial automation company specialising in digital management of physical assets. With over 20 years consulting in strategic asset management and solution architecture, her experience in critical infrastructure spans planes, trains, automobiles and the odd port.

Her achievements include being instrumental in Sydney Trains becoming the first infrastructure organisation in Australia to receive ISO 55001 Asset Management certification as well as developing an industry-leading synchronising Digital Twin technology that both visualises data and unleashes its enormous value.

Damian Gould - CEO, Building Queensland

Since his appointment in February 2017, Damian has been responsible for driving the development of the state’s major infrastructure business cases and advising the Queensland Government on emerging infrastructure priorities. Under Damian’s leadership Building Queensland has engaged extensively across Queensland Government agencies and a broad range of industry stakeholders to drive a rigorous and consistent approach to infrastructure assessment and business case development enhancing processes and capability.

Through leading the preparation of over 30 business cases for the state’s key infrastructure projects, a large number of which have been funded across all levels of government and are proceeding through procurement and delivery stages, Building Queensland under Damian’s leadership has contributed to a sustainable pipeline of infrastructure projects for industry enhancing economic, social and environmental outcomes.  

Damian has brought to the Chief Executive role over 20 years’ experience across the government and infrastructure sectors and a strong track record in the successful planning and delivery of infrastructure projects and programs across all sectors.

In his previous positions with the Queensland Government, Damian played a key role in the planning and delivery of the South East Queensland Water Grid. Damian led the Queensland Government procurement process for the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing Project. 

Damian’s other achievements include lead roles in the establishment of flood recovery programs for the Queensland Reconstruction Authority and Toowoomba Regional Council, and leading the procurement of a digitally enabled radio communications network for public safety agencies through the Queensland Government Wireless Network project.

Damian holds Bachelor Degrees in Economics and Law, and has previously been a director of the Infrastructure Association of Queensland.

Marion Terrill - Transport and Cities Program Director, Grattan Institute

Marion is a leading policy analyst with experience that ranges from authoring parts of the 2010 Henry Tax Review to leading the design and development of the MyGov account. She has provided expert analysis and advice on labour market policy for the Commonwealth Government, the Business Council of Australia and at the Australian National University. She joined the Grattan Institute in April 2015 to establish the Transport Program, and has published on investment in transport infrastructure, cost overruns, value capture, discount rates, adaptive cities and, most recently, on congestion charging.

Stephen Neale - Product Manager - 3D

Stephen Neale is the Product Manager for 3D content at Nearmap. With a master’s degree in GIS and Remote Sensing from UNSW, Stephen solves business problems by creating products that benefit from spatial information. He is passionate about emerging 3D technology and the role this content can play in helping us understand reality.