Aging Electrical Infrastructure: How To Optimise Investment

Join this session to find what’s required to replace aging infrastructure to achieve optimal customer benefit.
Aging Electrical Infrastructure: How To Optimise Investment


Infrastructure commissioned prior to the 1980s has a lifecycle of 60+ years while modern infrastructure typically has a lifecycle under 30 years. What’s required to replace aging infrastructure to achieve optimal customer benefit?

Come join in this panel session discussing three aspects of infrastructure that affect most engineers in most disciplines; why do jobs get so difficult, yet are so difficult to explain and cost for the customer! We touch on the relative costs of the unknown and how we each get around them.

Steve Barker is the Principal Engineer at Prospect Control Systems Pty Ltd, the company specialises in Industrial Control and Automation and has in depth subject matter expertise in the areas of Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC), Distributed Control Systems (DCS) and SCADA. Upgrades and migrations of legacy systems are an area of speciality and Steve has led many complex projects in this area. Steve will present his experiences and some case studies representing the challenges faced in real world upgrades of ageing control system hardware and software and the importance of modernising legacy plant control systems.

Natalie Hutchinson is a Senior Electrical Engineer at NJM Design. She designs and inspects building services for clients who are refurbishing their businesses and premises but has a great deal of trouble justifying to them why equipment that might have been installed only a couple of releases of AS3000 ago, no longer complies and cannot take “just a few more amps”.

Tim Leech is a Traction Power Substations Technical Lead at Metro Trains Melbourne, the operator of the Melbourne Trains franchise. He specialises in HV Plant, Protection and Control systems, accepting new assets into service while investigating failing and life-expired plant for renewal. He will speak to his experience across 1950’s 22kV switchgear compared to 1980’s switchgear, the differences in rating each at end-of-life, and why all the concern is in the younger gear.

15 / 11 / 2018 - 06:00 pm to 07:30 pm
Registration Closes
15 / 11 / 2018 06:00 pm
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  • Non-Member Rate: $30.00 ($27.27 excl. GST)
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