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Complexity, systems and projects are the central themes to this series of presentations, join us to hear from some of Australia’s thought leaders and to network with fellow attendees.
Large capital projects which have lasting impacts on local and wider communities tend to be planned, managed and implemented by engineers. Similarly, solutions to complex systems challenges faced by our world have to be designed by people, engineers in particular. Hear from
Mark Betts who will share some of his experiences of his 40 years delivering projects in both the private and government sector and John Blackburn AO will share insights into the future and the importance of creating a resilient and sustainable world for future generations.
Finally Kerry Lunney FIEAust will draw on her systems engineering experience to look at complex systems solutions that arise with the introduction of new technologies such as AI and autonomy to establish pathways that adapt and apply to a systems approach.
The event is proudly presented by Engineers Australia, Risk Engineering Society, Australian Cost Engineering Society, Systems Engineering Society of Australia, with the support the College of Leadership and Management and Asset Management Council.
04:00pm Managing Capital Projects for Profit, Performance and the Planet - Mark Betts, Director Project Management & Continuous Improvement, Level Crossing Removal Authority
04:45pm Creating a Resilient and Sustainable Future - John Blackburn AO
05:30pm Pathways Through Complex Systems Solutions - Kerry Lunney FIEAust CPEng NER, Chief Engineer, Thales Australia
Interested is seeing more? IPEC offers a technical program and more plenary sessions on Thursday 27th May. https://ipecongress.com.au/program
Mark Betts, Director Project Management & Continuous Improvement, Level Crossing Removal Authority
Mark has a had 40-year career in Major Project Infrastructure Project Management and is currently the Director of Project Management and Continuous Improvement for the Victorian Government's Level Crossing Removal Program.
He has a strong interest in the role of the Engineer in delivery of major community infrastructure and how the profession needs to evolve to meet the challenges confronting it. Over recent months Mark has been part of a Working Group preparing a report to Engineers Australia, College of Leadership and Management on the practice of engineering leadership and management in complex projects.
John Blackburn AO Air Vice-Marshal, MDefStud, MStratStud
John Blackburn is a consultant in the field of Defence and National Security. In 2007 he was appointed an Officer in the Military Division of the Order of Australia (AO).
John retired from the Royal Australian Air Force in 2008 as the Deputy Chief of the Air Force following a career as an F/A-18 fighter pilot, test pilot and strategic planner. John’s senior posts included Commander of the Integrated Area Defence System (IADS) located in Malaysia, commanding a multi-national headquarters established to effect the Five Power Defence Arrangements, and Head of Strategic Policy in the Defence Headquarters.
Since 2008, John has consulted in the fields of Defence and National Security and has undertaken a number of related studies under the
Institute for Integrated Economic Research - Australia, the Kokoda Foundation (now the Institute For Regional Security) and the Sir Richard Williams Foundation. John has published articles and reports on Energy Security, Economic Security, Integrated Air and Missile Defence, the 5th Gen Air Force, Cyber Security, Space Policy, Defence Logistics, Defence White Papers and Fuel Security.
John has had a media presence in his work on Australia’s lack of resilience, in particular in the area of Medicine and Fuel supply chains. In 2019 John was also a member of the Australian Chief Scientist’s Hydrogen Strategy Stakeholder Advisory Panel.
Kerry Lunney FIEAust CPeng EngExec, Thales Australia, Country Engineering Director & International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE), President
Ms Kerry Lunney has extensive experience developing and delivering large system solutions, including design, software development, infrastructure implementation, hardware deployments, integration, sell-off, training and on-going support. She has worked in various industries including Information Communication Technology (ICT), Gaming, Financial, Transport, Aerospace and Defence. The systems delivered include combat systems, mission systems, communication systems, road and rail Intelligent Transport Systems (ITSs), flight simulators, security systems, vehicle electronic systems, and gaming systems. Kerry's career has taken her throughout the Asia-Oceania region and beyond including engineering leadership roles in India, Sri Lanka, Thailand, USA and NZ.
Currently, Kerry is the Country Engineering Director and Chief Engineer in Thales Australia. In this role she provides technical leadership and governance on bids and projects, delivers technical training programs, and participates on the Technical Board of Thales Australia and other specialty leadership teams across the Thales Group. She often undertakes personal intervention in different business units or on projects as required and is strong in forming and animating networks of key stakeholders, engaging with relevant actors at country level, Group level and external to Thales.
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