Infrastructure Thought Leaders Series: Evolving Social and Innovation Trends - Can Engineers Listen, Adapt and Lead?

Start time: 6.00 pm AEDT / 5.00pm AEST. Join our distinguished panel of industry experts face-to-face on Thursday 4 March as they discuss the infrastructure industry’s reaction to evolving social and innovation trends.
Infrastructure Thought Leaders Series: Evolving Social and Innovation Trends - Can Engineers Listen, Adapt and Lead?

In Australia, Engineers are expected to deliver infrastructure and services reliably and safely, which they have a long record of doing. In times of unprecedented change, Engineers must adapt their approach to match the challenge of maintaining safe and reliable delivery.

This panel discussion will explore the opportunities and challenges engineers face when maintaining good engineering practice while meeting community needs and delivering quality outcomes. Further, the discussion will revolve around how well the infrastructure industry listens and adapts to the changing environment and expectations to deliver quality outcomes that support a better quality of life for the community.


Please Note: This event is a hybrid event. If you would like to register for the webinar, please click here


Key Takeaways:

  • The importance of Engineers engaging with communities during ideation and option analysis of technical solutions
  • How to stay current despite trends evolving
  • Industry case studies exemplifying changes and adaptations resulting from evolving social and innovation trends, in particular, BPEQ


Preliminary Program


  • 6.00 pm - 6.05 pm / 5.00 pm - 5.05pm Welcome Address
  • 6.35 pm - 7.00 pm / 5.35 pm - 6.00 pm Presentations and Discussion
  • 7.00 pm - 7.30 pm / 6.00 pm - 6.30 pm Online audience Q&A



Amanda Yates

Amanda Yeates, FIEAust CPEng EngExec NER APEC Engineer IntPE(Aus)
Deputy Director-General, Infrastructure Management and Delivery | Department of Transport and Main Roads’

Amanda is the Deputy Director General with the Department of Transport and Main Roads. Amanda is responsible for the delivery of the government record $26.9 billion Qld Transport and Roads Investment Program which includes running, maintaining and operating Qld’s state road infrastructure, and the building the states road and rail capital projects.

Amanda Is a Civil Engineer and a passionate advocate for diversity in technology, science and engineering. She is a firm believer that to engineer a better future we need people of different genders, races, ages and backgrounds solving our engineering problems. And that without diversity engineering challenges will be tacked from a very narrow set of perspectives.

Amanda is also the health and well being champion for the Department of Transport and Main Roads and advocates to make the safety and well-being of our people a priority in everything we do.

Amanda is the Chair of the Sunshine Coast Regional Committee for Australian Institute of Company Directors, Chair of the University of the Sunshine Coast Engineering Industry Advisory Council and an Adjunct Fellow of the University of the Sunshine Coast.

Marie Gales, FIEAust CPEng EngExec NER APEC Engineer IntPE(Aus)
Manager of Transport Planning and Operation | Brisbane City Council

Marie has thirty years’ experience working as an Engineer and Planner in a transport, environment predominantly within a local government and consultancy in Australia and internationally.
As Brisbane City Council’s Manager of Transport Planning and Operation, Marie leads all things transport from the long-term multimodal transport planning that supports the city, through to the day to day operation of the transport network.
An RPEQ, Chartered Engineer, Fellow of Engineers Australia and Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers, Marie is also Deputy President of the Queensland Committee of Engineers Australia.
An avid reader and a sewer, Marie is 89 books through a ‘100 books to read in a life time’ challenge, and is half way through making new curtains for her VW campervan.
Marie is passionate about diversity and how it contributes to innovation, particularly using a holistic approach to get better outcomes. Her current mantra is ‘diversity if the mother of innovation’.


Gerard Ryan

Gerard Ryan, FIEAust CPEng EngExec NER APEC Engineer IntPE(Aus)
QLD Regional Director and Transport Client Director, WSP Australia

With 30+ years’ broad experience - from transport planning through to design and construction delivery - Gerard has held key roles on many of Queensland’s significant transport and infrastructure projects. Gerard’s insight into evolving social, environmental and technological trends, helps him lead teams that plan, design, manage and engineer solutions that future-proof our communities and our environment in a changing world. Gerard is a Chartered Professional Engineer – Engineering Executive, a Fellow of the Institute of Engineers Australia, and a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD). He holds a Bachelor of Engineering from QUT, and a Graduate Diploma in Technology Management from Deakin University.



Dennis Walsh

Dennis Walsh
CPEng, MIEAust, APEC Engineer Int PE (Aust)

Chief Engineer | Transport and Main Roads

Dennis is the Chief Engineer of Transport and Main Roads. In this role he oversees a wide range of technologies including Geospatial Technologies, Road Design and Hydraulics; Pavement, Materials and Geotechnical Engineering; Traffic Engineering Technology and Systems; Structures; and Safer Roads Infrastructure.
Dennis is a Chartered Professional Engineer, a member of Engineers Australia and a graduate of the Australian Institute of company directors
Dennis has worked across a wide range of areas including strategic planning, traffic and transport planning, road safety policy and engineering, road design, road operations and Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS). He has contributed to a range of national groups and is the Queensland Director on the ANCAP Board. He is a board member and the Vice President of ITS Australia. He is also a member of the Institute of Public Works Engineers Australia.
Dennis is committed to bringing together the skills and knowledge of his team and their partners to embrace new technologies, engage with customers and drive new ideas into action for the benefit of the community.


Who should attend:
Designers, Engineers, Planners, Project Managers, Project Engineers, BIM Managers, Construction Managers, Facility Managers
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Please note: this session is available as a webinar and a face-to-face event.

04 / 03 / 2021 - 06:00 pm to 07:30 pm
Registration Closes
04 / 03 / 2021 05:00 pm
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Adelaide St
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