Conference to focus on digital technology for utility asset management

PEL824 Conference to focus on digital technology for utility asset management

Digital technologies are disrupting industries of all kinds, and infrastructure management is no exception. Over the years in this column, we’ve looked a quite a few of these technologies: augmented and virtual reality; the internet of things (IoT), drones etc.

The application of these technologies and others will be examined in detail at the forthcoming Asset Management for Critical Infrastructure, conference, and exhibition, to be held in Sydney from 12 -13 September 2018.

This is the second time the event has been held and the organisers say it will have a greatly expanded program, multiple streams and, for the first time, a trade exhibition.

As the organisers note, managers of critical infrastructure such as water supply, electricity generation and distribution, and transport, have more tools available than ever before to manage their assets, while at the same time public scrutiny of utilities and public infrastructure has never been higher.

The organisers promise that the event will “bring together the utility and infrastructure industries to discuss the latest news and techniques in the sector and explore practical applications that can improve the way assets are managed, from water pipelines to electricity networks and railway lines.”

Topics listed include:

- How IoT is enhancing management processes

- The use of big data (aka data analytics) in utility asset management

- The potential impact of augmented reality and artificial intelligence - Predictive maintenance

- The role of the ISO 55000 international standard for the management of physical assets

- Planning best practices

- How drones/UAVs and GIS are changing asset management

- Managing risks

- Budget considerations: what gets top priority?

- Managing a diverse range of assets across states and sectors

A dozen speakers have so far been announced, but the organisers say many more will be added to the list shortly.

They are also looking for partners for what they say are “a small number of sponsorship opportunities,” and they are taking bookings for booths in the accompanying exhibition (there is a 29 percent discount on booth fees until 30 June).

You can find details of the 2018 Asset Management for Critical Infrastructure, conference and exhibition, here, except for one thing: the venue. We could find no mention of it on the web site, although it was given in the downloadable prospectus for potential sponsors and exhibitors. The event will be held at Swissôtel Sydney, 68 Market Street, Sydney.

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