Design for the Future

Start time: 3.00pm AEDT. Learn about the implications for engineering from the perspective of recent climate change scenarios used by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, highlighted by a Water Corporation of Western Australia case study.
Design for the future

Our next event looking at climate change from an engineering perspective will look at the implications for engineering from the perspective of recent climate change scenarios used by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

We will hear a case study from the Water Corporation of Western Australia outlining the planning and actions taken over recent decades to adapt to changing climate conditions in terms of water, wastewater and drainage.

The session will be interactive and include a series of polls to ask the audience's thoughts. Following the presentations will be a 30 minute discussion of the polling results to help us understand the needs of engineers in responding to issues of climate change.

When designing for the future, the following four engineering strategies will be relevant to deciding responses to climate change in Australia over the next 60 to 80 years:

  • Regeneration - of the environment, society and the economy
  • Mitigation – of greenhouse gases
  • Adaptation – to changing conditions; and
  • Abandonment – of land areas, either deliberate or forced



Bronwyn Evans

Dr Bronwyn Evans HonFIEAust CPEng EngExec NER FTSE, CEO Engineers Australia

Dr Bronwyn Evans is the Chair-Elect for the Building 4.0 CRC, a Director of the Australia-Japan Foundation, and was recently the CEO of Standards Australia and a Vice President (Finance) of the International Standards Organisation (ISO).

Dr Evans has over 35 years’ experience in various engineering roles. She is an Honorary Fellow of University of Wollongong, an Honorary Fellow of The Institution of Engineers Australia, a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


Pat Donovan

Pat Donovan, CEO Water Corporation Western Australia

Pat has more than 25 years’ experience in the gas utility sector in Australia and Ireland. He was previously President of ATCO Gas Australia where he led the delivery of safe, reliable and affordable energy to over 750,000 customers across the south west of Western Australia and previously held senior executive roles at ATCO and Alinta.

With qualifications in engineering and finance, Pat has completed an Ivey Business Executive Program at Western University in Canada and is also an active member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He has a proven track record of leading customer focussed business strategies and achieving sustained commercial success and business growth. Pat is a passionate proponent of delivering service and operational excellence at a sustainable cost to customers and the community.


David Rice

David Rice, Engineers Australia Sustainable Engineering Society

David is active in promoting sustainability as a Fellow of Engineers Australia. In 2017 he received an EA Medal for his work on sustainability. He is one of the authors of the Implementing Sustainability: Principles and Practice guidelines.
He is a retired Civil Engineer with over 40 years of experience in major road planning, design, construction and maintenance. He has worked in Federal, State, and Local government; consulting and contracting.

His awareness of the importance of sustainability grew from interacting with the community about the impacts of freeways and is maintained by concern for the future of his grandchildren.

04 / 11 / 2020 - 03:00 pm to 04:30 pm
Registration Closes
04 / 11 / 2020 03:00 pm
Webinar available
  • Member: $0.00 ($0.00 excl. GST)
  • Non-member: $30.00 ($27.27 excl. GST)
  • Student Member: $0.00 ($0.00 excl. GST)
Key Speaker(s)
Dr Bronwyn Evans, Pat Donovan, David Rice
Engineers Australia
Event Contact
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    Engineers Australia Member Services
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    1300 653 113
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