ADM Defence Estate and Base Services Summit

Legislation, collaboration and innovation driving the future of the defence estate.
19 September 2018 | Hyatt Hotel, Canberra





2017 Agenda


Monday 18 September 2017

The Australian Defence Magazine and Department of Defence will be hosting welcome drinks for all delegates attending the Defence Estate and Base Services Summit. The reception will feature a Keynote speaker (to be confirmed). It is an excellent opportunity to come and liaise with your colleagues at the Hyatt Hotel, Canberra. This function is included in your delegate registration.

18:00 – 19:30
Federation Ballroom | Hyatt Hotel, Canberra

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Tuesday 19 September 2017

8:20 Opening remarks from the Chair

Mike Rinaudo, Defence Sector Lead, Laing O’Rourke


8:30 Welcome address

Steve Grzeskowiak, Deputy Secretary – (E&IG), Department of Defence



8:45 INTERNATIONAL ADDRESS | Transformation and regeneration of the New Zealand Defence Estate

This talk will cover how the NZDF is changing the way we do business every day to ensure delivery on higher capital and operating investment expectations. The New Zealand Defence Force strategy is looking at innovative solutions and strategic
business partnerships to support delivery.

Deb Godinet, Head of Estate and Infrastructure, New Zealand Defence Force, New Zealand



9:15 ABCC Legislation

——Procurement implications
——Productivity and freedom of association clauses

Catherine Cato, Deputy-Commissioner, Australian Building and Construction Commission


9:40 Integrated Investment Program – 1 year on

A discussion on 2016’s white paper, outlining a 10 year ‘Integrated Investment Program’. What have been the major changes and
effects of the program? A perspective from the Department of Defence.

Chris Birrer, First Assistant Secretary, Infrastructure Division – (E&IG), Department of Defence


10:00 Digital Engineering – Trends and tangible outcomes

Innovations such as Artificial Intelligence, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, Machine Learning, Smart Systems and BIM are developing faster than we can predict, and are shaking up the staffing and delivery processes that we traditionally think of in the design, construction and operation of estate facilities. So should you embrace them or not? And if so then when?

John Hainsworth, Digital Leader – Built Environment, Aurecon



Prior to joining Broadspectrum Australia, Fidel López Soria was MD and Commercial Director for Heathrow Airport. Hear how customer satisfaction and service delivery skyrocketed under his leadership and the lessons that can be learnt in the defence industry.

Fidel López Soria, Managing Director and CEO, Broadspectrum Australia


10:50 A welcome to morning tea

Jeremy Parker, Corporate Business Manager, Sayfa


11:00 Networking and refreshment break


11:30 INTERNATIONAL KEYNOTE | Maximising the value of Defence ranges; Lessons in design, operations and environment stewardship on a national scale

Training areas are an FIC and include a wide variety of ranges, including air, land and/or sea areas used for Defence live-firing weapons practices, tests or operations. Training areas also contain facilities and infrastructure including instrumentation support which must support individual and collective training, provide maximum efficiency, availability and increasingly cater for shared usage with international partners. This session will describe the evolution of ranges towards a future that supports 5th generation capabilities and Live, Virtual and Constructive training drawing on international lessons.

Greg Ihde, VP, AECOM, USA


11:55 Next generation innovation in the design, construction and operational of complex assets

Professor Andrew Harris, Engineering Director, Laing O’Rourke



12:10 New IPD and PDC models and how they deliver on Defence Smart Buyer Policy

Bob Baird AM, Executive Director – Capital Facilities and Infrastructure Branch, Department of Defence
Jolanta Skawinski, Deputy Director – Capital Facilities and Infrastructure Branch, Department of Defence


12:40 Address from Lunch sponsor

Jeff Byrnes, Defence Projects Lead, Sitzler


12:45 Lunch and networking break


13:40 Remarks from the Afternoon Chair

Josef Baukes, Defence Account Manager, Tetra Tech & Coffey, A Tetra Tech Company


13:45 ROUNDTABLE RESPONSE | Maximising the achievement of the IPD objectives 

Defence IPD contracts bring together the Commonwealth, designers, contractors and EMOS Contractors right at the start of project. This roundtable will give industry and opportunity to discuss the strong commitment to working together as an IPT required to maximise value for money for the Commonwealth and achievement of IPD objectives.

Jason Miezio, Associate Director – Defence, AECOM
Matthew Theoharous, Executive General Manager – Defence, Lend Lease
Chris Collins, General Manager – Defence, RPS
Damian Drain, Defence Infrastructure Manager, GHD
Moderated by: Marko Misko, Partner, Clayton Utz





Grant Fenn, Managing Director & CEO, Downer

14:50 Delivering mission capability on Defence Estates around the globe

——Establishing cultures conducive to innovation within Defence
——Best practice examples

John Martin, Senior Vice-President, Tetra Tech & Coffey, A Tetra Tech Company



15:10 KEYNOTE | Indigenous business sector capability; Why it makes good business sense

——History of the IDC
——The IDC business model – mitigating risk
——Successful partnerships

Adam Goodes, CEO, Indigenous Defence Consortium


15:30 A welcome to afternoon tea

Richard Cowley, Director – Defence, Fulton Hogan


15:40 Networking and refreshment break



16:05 From IBIS to GEMS

—— The deployment of the news Estate Management IT systems – what is the pipeline?
——How will transition from IBIS look?
——How will it change Estate Management?
——The emergence and influence of big-data

David French, Acting Assistant Secretary GEMS & Business Transformation Branch, Department of Defence


16:25 INDUSTRY ADDRESS | Smart decisions based on smart data = good choice

Michelle Watson, Executive Spatial Consultant, Jacobs



16:50 KEYNOTE | Partnering with the AWC

Hear the successful collaboration with the Australian Wildlife Conservancy. Discussing;

—— Maintaining some of last habitat in Australia that pre-dates European colonisation.
——Maintaining effective models for collaboration
——Implications for the industry

Atticus Fleming, Chief Executive, AWC



17:10 FACE TO FACE | Closing summary from the Department of Defence

A summary of the event, key themes and points to take moving forward; A closer inspection on the relationship between the DoD and industry, as observed throughout the day’s presentations and discussions.

Steve Grzeskowiak, Deputy Secretary – (E&IG), Department of Defence


17:30 Networking drinks