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Perth | Tues  3 September 2019
Sydney | Tues 10  September 2019
Melbourne | Thur 12  September 2019
Auckland | Tues 17 September 2019
Brisbane | Thur 19 September 2019
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The 2019 Seminar Series offers an exciting programme that builds on last year's theme of Smart Buildings. It will address the growing demands of tenants for building's intuitiveness, functionality and performance. This is an opportunity to learn about the technology and integrated processes that are delivering efficiency gains and comfort to end users.

From an organisation that represents the very best of building services professionals in over 100 countries, CIBSE has once again pulled together a first class team of presenters to help you to navigate the issues around assessment and integration of new emerging technology for real performance gains.

Details of the 2019 programme may be subject to changes. Different speakers may present at different venues.

Note: The programme in Brisbane will operate 1 hour earlier, starting with registration from 11:30am. All other seminars will follow the format below.








1:05 PM

James Gore,
Sydney | Melbourne | Brisbane | Auckland

Jonathon Hingley

How Next Gen Expect to Interact with their Buildings and Spaces

Jame Gore:
Having won the CIBSE ANZ YEN speaking competition, James will present on the expectation future users will have on their buildings.

We are living in an increasingly connected world, with smart devices, advanced voice recognition, the Internet of Things… For the modern generation, human-machine interactions are a significant part of people’s lives, and are rapidly becoming more and more seamless. What will the living space of tomorrow look like? How will this affect consumer expectations for smarter spaces?

Jonathan Hingley:
This  presentation will lead the listener through a future of possibilities! Come on a journey to explore how the next-generation of building user will expect to interact with spaces; and how the creation of an intrinsic link between a building and its occupants can help lead our world into a sustainable and human-centric tomorrow!



Peter Greaves
Perth |Sydney | Melbourne


Tim Spies
Auckland | Brisbane

Intelligent Precincts

With the rise of population, urbanization and social expectation around climate change and its impacts, the importance of the places where we live and work are becoming more important than ever. Intelligent neighbourhoods will be key to this!

Intelligent Neighbourhoods are normally associated with the application of technology to control and manage system efficiency. Now and in the future, advanced design looks at ways in which neighbourhoods and infrastructure can be intelligent, including significantly optimising the use of space, integrating services and enhancing the productivity and wellness of its occupants.

This talk will draw on an industry study where peers have investigated the future of intelligent precincts and infrastructure.

It will draw on case studies locally and abroad and will explore how both technology and design are being applied to create precincts of the future.


David Palin
Sydney | Melbourne | Brisbane



Nathan Rosaguti
Perth | Auckland

The Pace of Change – EY Centre to ATP and beyond

Smart building infrastructure is evolving rapidly. Mirvac have applied the lessons learnt from the EY Centre, 200 George Street to their latest development at the Australian Technology Park.

Mirvac will discuss their learnings across network architectures, contractor structures, cyber security, data integration and use cases supporting the convergence of Information and Operational Technology.


Emma McMahon

Steve Moses


Matt Martoo

Samara McCaw

Harnessing IOT for Human Centric Design
Emma McMahon, Steve Moses, CBRE:

There is a greater push for performance data to be used intelligently for a broader sustainability outcome, for a holistic solution to how we manage buildings in line with our clients asset/portfolio strategy. With health and wellbeing at the forefront of this strategy we will look at some of the trends driving this, what the data is telling us, and the initiatives being implemented for a health & wellbeing-focused outcome.


Human Centric Design: The pursuit of beautiful experiences

As our digital connections are rapidly rising, architecture is quickly becoming the curator of these physical and digital networks. While this is occurring, architecture and design thinking is quickly moving away from a focus on beautiful buildings and towards creating beautiful experiences for people. To unlock the opportunities for human centred design solutions, this presentation examines what the future of our built environment might hold. Through this exploration, it is possible to unveil potential futures that harness human centric design thinking and re-imagine beautiful experiences in our cities.

Samara McCaw, BECA:

The Future is Here: Virtual and Augmented Reality for the Building Industry

Virtual and augmented reality has long been considered a disruptive technology across industry and consumer markets, always on the verge of changing the way we live, work and play. Although maturing rapidly, the use of VR and AR sparks excitement, perhaps simply because the thought of it is just so cool.

Samara will lead you through a quick exploration into VR and AR in the building industry and how this tech can benefit every aspect. During design and construction, through to maintenance and operations including H&S; Beca is utilising this tech internally and developing applications for clients across a variety of sectors. VR and AR is now a reality and will no doubt make our buildings even smarter.


Jonathan Clarke
Perth | Sydney | Melbourne | Auckland | Brisbane

 Data Collection: What Data is valuable?

Buildings have always been full of data typically hidden in proprietary siloed systems. With the emergence of open communications and standard protocols, the new breed of technology resident in today’s buildings offer a wealth of information (data) to be harnessed and analysed in order to optimise the sweet spot between energy efficiency and occupant comfort.

But what data is needed to maximise the potential of a building? How often should the data be collected, where does all the data get stored, and how to avoid data saturation are all common questions that get raised when embarking on an analytics project.

This presentation will answer those questions with a dive into telemetry, data modelling and cloud hosting to highlight some of the important things to consider in this new world of IoT and Edge Computing.



Q&A and Break


Michael Makowski

John Boothroyd


Chris Begert & Lucino Tongo


Daniel McGuffie


Theo Ferreira

 Digital Transformation in the Built Environment

The rapid expansion of IoT technologies and uptake of data analytics has been a key theme within the industry for some years now. These trends continue to drive change in how buildings are operated behind the scenes, how occupants interact with buildings, and how they are supported in their workflows.

This trend, however, is different to other technological developments/improvements: to achieve sustained impact and create ongoing value, it is vital that IoT and data analytics technologies are not just seen as black boxes that enhance efficiency.

More data and greater connectivity themselves are only value generators if the information extracted from them is fully integrated into existing workflows. Managing this change, both on the systems side as well as with the most important aspect, i.e. the people using them, is a crucial part of the value generation.

Honeywell will present some of the lessons learnt while pivoting to an IoT and data analytics approach within our portfolio. We will discuss some of the challenges we faced across the technical, social and legal spectrum. The discussion will be rounded out through some real-life use cases that show the hands-on responses to the question of how to create sustained value from the digitalisation of the built environment.


Erica Brett


Paul Crothers & Ras Jayawickrama


Matt Sinclair


John MacLeod

Vaughan Robertson

New Technologies and Innovations on the Market

Erica Brett, WOODS BAGOT:
How can data and computation be used to influence the design of places? From the scale of the city down to the workplace, SUPERSPACE activates the information layer underlying the logic of places to bring insights and rigor to the complex problems presented by our cities and spaces today. At the core of SUPERSPACE's philosophy is the belief that people are at the heart of places. How can we employ the powers of data and computation to design spaces that work better for the people who will use them? This talk will present some of SUPERSPACE's work and methodologies for how the group has explored the dynamic relationship between people and space through the lens of data, computation, and analysis.

Paul Crothers & Ras Jayawickramam, SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC:
‘technology convergence = business convergence’
The evolving technology convergence required to deliver smart buildings places pressure on existing business models to execute such an outcome. Hear from our experts, as they share their experience on how people, process & technology collectively plays a key part in bringing about innovative disruption for design engineering in the digital world.

John MacLeod, IBM:
Buildings are capable of generating huge amounts of data.  Data about people flow, about the environment, about the HVAC systems,  about lifts & escalators....and the Internet of Things makes it easier than ever to collect more!  The vast majority of this data is completely unused.  

This presentation will explore how IBM Watson technology (originally developed to play the game show Jeopardy!), and Machine Learning and AI in general, are assisting organisations with these challenges.  It will illustrate how a system is able to learn how a building should behave, the influences on that behaviour and then raise alerts when the behaviour departs from the norm.

Vaughan Robertson, BECA:
In today’s world we are continually assailed with increasingly rapid changes in technology. It is hard to keep appraised of what is relevant, a passing fad, fake or truly disruptive.
As Beca’s “Designated Futurist”, Vaughan monitors a range of technology trends; their maturity and relevance to identify opportunities and threats for the business and its customers. He will showcase areas of significant interest and provide real-life examples of emerging technologies that are impacting our work and personal lives.
He will comment on some of the more popular current trends, their levels of maturity and relevance to project management and contemporary Projects.


Travis Chehab

Ray Frangie
Perth | Sydney | Brisbane | Auckland

Travis Chehab:

"Amid increased privatisation, supply chain outsourcing, and the shift in our international investment profile, Australia’s national critical infrastructure is more exposed to ever to sabotage, espionage and coercion” – Attorney-General Office 2017

Critical infrastructure and Operational Technology are emerging as accessible and attractive targets to malicious actors. As technological modernisation continues to expand in the built environment, so too does the cyber threat landscape.

This presentation will provide a cyber perspective on the emergence of smart buildings and modernisation of critical infrastructure.

Ray Frangie:
Sustainable buildings are the future...But are they secure? 
Sustainable Building expand and complement the classical building design concerns of economy, utility, durability, and comfort; however, there is nothing at present that states a building must be secure from cyber threats. With an estimated one trillion IoT Devices connected and online by 2035, the cyber threat landscape will be a "hackers paradise" if we do not start prioritising cyber security in every stage of a building's life-cycle. Buildings are already under attack using building infrastructure as their attack vector.

This session will cover the basics in securely designing a building's computing infrastructure, its relative IoT devices, and how to become more proactive rather than reactive to the ever-expanding cyber threat landscape.


4:50PM   Panel Discussion 



Networking Drinks

6:30 PM


*Note for Melbourne - Networking drinks close at 6:00pm at which time the Young Engineers Awards drinks reception will commence in the Melbourne Gallery.


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