Program 2022

Day 1: Wednesday 7th September, 2022

9:00 am

Welcome from the Chair

Andrew West, Regional Technical Director, SUBNET Solutions

Digital strategy & capability

9:10 am

Delivering essential services to regional and remote communities

  • Power, Gas, Water & Sewerage: 3 regulated networks, 150+ Isolated SCADA Systems, Multiple generational mixes
  • Extreme Environmental Conditions: Cyclones, Storms, Temperature, Dust, Wildlife
  • Enlisting & Training Communities to maintain service: Community access can often be inaccessible for weeks / months
  • Graphical interface and data visualisation to overcome literacy, language and educational constraints

Kieran Magann, Senior SCADA & Control Systems Engineer, Power and Water Corporation

9:50 am

Transforming industrial automation strategies in the new digital SCADA economy

Mauro Dellemonache, Vice President, Industry Hub Pacific, Schneider Electric

10:30 am

Morning tea and networking session

11:00 am

Network virtualisation and simulation – Redesigning 19th century power networks for 21st century operation

  • Reimagining the design, management, and operation of electricity networks
  • Transitioning to greener, energy-efficient and sustainable networks – Key drivers of electricity network destabilisation
  • Meeting increased demand for connectivity, an explosion of electricity traffic volumes and two-way power operations
  • Transform the network in order to support decarbonisation – Increasing volumes of clean energy

André Botha, Chief Engineer, Vector Limited (Streamed)

11:40 am

Building the utility of the future: Successful strategies to leverage industrial IoT for smart communities, grid modernization, and more

Adam Drenoyanis, Internet of Things Technical AnalystSydney Water

12:20 pm

Sponsor session

1:00 pm

Lunch and networking break

2:00 pm

PANEL: Implementing new technologies, systems and processes

  • Continuous trialling of new technologies – Evolving to a progressive improvement process
  • Groups affected by innovation, internal and external – Creating a framework to guide decisions and how to collate
  • What information is important —Who has it?, Who needs it?
  • Coordination, iterations and implementation – A single point of control

James Cole, Secondary System Manager, Evoenergy

Adam Drenoyanis, Internet of Things Technical AnalystSydney Water

Tim Lewsey, Manager Intelligent Grid EnablementEnergy Queensland 

Ben Armstrong, Development Engineer, Secondary Systems, Endeavour Energy  

3:00 pm

Afternoon tea and networking session

3:40 pm

Config Management for secondary systems –  Cloud deployment of OT support systems

  • Evoenergy embarked on a path of IT/OT rationalisation, harmonising applications that interact with its operational network
  • A new system has been implemented that provides device configuration management and cybersecurity management, integrating with existing works management systems
  • Field device remote access and auditing enhances team efficiency and system reliability

James ColeSecondary System ManagerEvoenergy

4:20 pm

Totem – A non SCADA SCADA system

  • A hub to coalesce and process SCADA data
  • Capture data vis direct device / system connectivity and wide protocol support
  • Process data to produce information and reduce network costs
  • Real time capacity monitoring – Focus on identifying constraints, maximising utilisation and making informed augmentation decisions

Timothy Lewsey, Manager Intelligent Grid Enablement, Energy Queensland

5:00 pm

Close of conference and networking drinks

7:15 pm

Official Conference Dinner

Day 2: Thursday 8th September, 2022

9:00 am

Welcome from the Chair

Andrew West, Regional Technical Director, SUBNET Solutions

9:10 am

Covid, WFH, BYOD, social distancing and isolation – A hacker’s eden

Nick Tamblyn, Assistant Director-General, Critical Infrastructure and Technology Branch, Cyber Security Services Division, Australian Signals Directorate

9:50 am

Industry security session

10:30 am

Morning tea and networking session

11:00 am

Effective alarm management to improve SCADA operations

  • Areas of improvement: improve critical alarm handling, reduce nuisance alarms, deliver consistency in alarm configurations
  • Current industry best practice: Adoption of IEC62682 lifecycle for each introduced alarm into the SCADA environment
  • Developing smart alarm prioritization: Alarms to be prioritised based on the severity of the consequence, time required to respond, safety and operational criticality
  • Configuring alarm severity colour coding: Review the current colour coding regarding alarm severity and the decision process to be completed in line with IEC62682
  • Implementing alarm suppression: No specific alarm suppression being implemented at current stage, this initially could be simple case including ‘loss of indication power’.

Meiwei Pan, System Engineer, Operational Technology – Major Works, Engineering and Maintenance, Sydney Trains

11:40 pm

Alarm Rationalisation – Smart alarm management to simplify operator workflows, improve decision accuracy, outcomes and response times

  • The Issues:
    • Information overload for operators possibly resulting in longer response time to outages
    • Unknown appropriateness of the alarm settings and information
    • No ability to audit and rationalise alarms
    • No setpoints change approval process and tracking for compliance
  • The Journey:
    • Mapping out the journey given the objectives, budget, resource availability, timeframe
    • Getting Started: Choosing the first steps
    • Benchmarking using industry standards and measures and KPI targets
    • Developing a cental setpoint management system for compliance parameters
    • Implementing a continuous improvement lifecycle, including analysis tools, working groups across multidisciplinary stakeholders. Contributing to ongoing procedures, philosophies and standard updates
  • Future steps – Dynamic alarm management to further improve situational awareness for the operator

Richard Behan-Howell, Principal Digital Engineer, Customer Delivery, Unitywater

12:20 pm

PANEL: Fire, flood, earthquake, pandemic – Building resilience to natural and created disasters

  • Catastrophes are happening at ever greater rates – What is required to strengthen SCADA operations?

Kieran Magann, Senior SCADA & Control Systems Engineer, Power and Water Corporation

William Brennan, Acting Team Lead SCADA Applications Support, SA Water

1:20 pm

Lunch and networking session

2:20 am

Operations in Isolation: Dealing with Covid-19 while keeping the water running

This presentation will discuss how the Operations team at SA Water handled Covid-19 measures to ensure the critical workers could remain effective with the ever changing rules coming from the government, the company and the recommended health guidelines.

William Brennan, Acting Team Lead SCADA Applications Support, SA Water

3:00 pm

Afternoon tea and networking session

3:40 pm

Recruiting the next generation of talent – How to fill the skills gap

  • My journey, history, experiences – What led me to SCADA as a career
  • Positioning SCADA as a career for future engineers –
  • Positioning SCADA to attract the best talent
  • Leveraging programming experience and po
  • Expanding the breadth and knowledge of candidates via training & education

Michael Logan, OT/SCADA Technical Specialist, Powercor

4:20 pm

Leveraging strategic telemetry data for improved delivery of services

  • Utilising historical data to benchmark performance
  • Comparing current observed data to historical performance and detect anomalies
  • Variation outside a predetermined threshold is used to determine whether or not it is warranted to undertake a field investigation
  • Limitations of the current implementation
  • Next steps: Real time implementation and integration to other business systems (e.g. alarm management or Work Orders)

Mirek Januszek, IICATS Solutions Manager, Sydney Water

5:00 pm

Close of conference