Engineers Australia Thought Leaders Series: Avoiding Digital Disappointment (QLD)

Join us as our panel of industry experts discuss their digital failures and the positive outcomes that can be learnt from them.
Engineers Australia Thought Leaders Series: Avoiding Digital Disappointment (QLD)

All organisations need to innovate in order to provide a quality service or product. But what process do you need to avoid the mistakes, and unearth the successes?
How do you identify the innovations to leave and the ones to adopt, and then turn them into reality with the right return on investment.

Innovation is something that can and should be embraced by everyone in the organisation. Plus innovation is not a digital “thing”…’s a state of mind.

This session is about listening to organisations share their experiences of trying something new, what has worked and what hasn’t.
You will then hear a panel discussion about the process of innovation and we will be answering some of the following questions:

  1. What are the key success factors for a good innovation process?
  2. How do bring the innovation process to life? – Leadership, time, resources, investment
  3. What is the value to the client? They are the reason we’re going through these changes. How do they handle the increased data for example?
  4. Innovation is only valuable if it’s scalable – recognising that it can’t just work in pockets of your organisation, or for one particular client, project or stakeholder
  5. Continuous improvement verses light bulb innovation – how to avoid the firework problem where you have one bright idea and then the impact or enthusiasm fades away

Preliminary Program

1745: Registration for a 6.00pm sharp: event start 
1800 - 1805: Welcome Address
1805 – 1825: Presentations
1825 – 1915: Panel discussion
1915 - 1930: Audience Q&A
1930 - 2015: Networking & Refreshments

Keynote Speaker

Adam Rogers

Adam Rogers
Director (Active Transport) | Transport Planning Projects 
Transport Strategy and Planning Branch, Policy, Planning and Investment Division | Department of Transport and Main Roads

Adam Rogers is the Director (Active Transport) at the Department of Transport and Main Roads in Queensland, a position he has held since 2013. Adam is passionate about making it easier for more people to choose walking and riding their bikes whether for transport, recreation or just for the joy of being physically active. Adam is leading the implementation of the Queensland Cycling Strategy 2017-27 and Queensland Walking Strategy 2019-2029 across Queensland.

Guest Speakers

Luke Abercrombie

Luke Abercrombie
Head of Technology | Transurban

Luke commenced with Transurban in October 2018 in a newly created role as Head of Technology, Queensland. He is responsible for technology across corporate solutions, Traffic Control Centres, Intelligent Traffic Systems in the tunnels and roads and for driving technology lead innovation.

Nicole Doring

Nicola Dorling
Chief Digital Officer | Cardno Engineering Consulting

Nicola Dorling is the Chief Digital Officer at Cardno Engineering Consulting and is responsible for delivering a Digital Transformation for Cardno. Focusing on driving changes in front office, middle office and back office.

Nicola has held a number of roles that drive strategic change and transformation, from strategy development and execution, where Nicola has lead the development of very successful corporate and operational strategy delivery in the fast moving consumer goods sector including Unilever, BAT and Pacific Brands, through to large scale system integration where Nicola was the Technology Director at Sydney Trains implementing the Enterprise Asset Management SAP system.

Nicola has a strong finance background, as a chartered accountant and has held positions as divisional CFO, for GrainCorp’s trading business, where she supported the strategy work related to the Archer Daniel Midland (ADM) takeover and significantly transformed the trading business into a 24/7 global operation.

Nicola is a former management consultant and has worked with both government and private sector clients to drive strategic change and transformation, including Caltex Australia supporting the company wide transformation and eHealth NSW, supporting the development of the eHealth NSW ICT Strategy, which can be found on the eHealth website.

Nicola holds a Certificate IV, in Training and Assessment and is a Associate Director of FinanceTalking Ltd, a global financial training company, specialising in training non financial people in financial concepts

Nicola is currently the Chairman of the CIO Executive council and is passionate about enabling strategic change with leading edge technology applications.

Nicola holds memberships as a fellow of the Association of Chartered Accountants

Matthew Mihatov

Matthew Mihatov
Digital Asset ManagerCardno Engineering Consulting

Matthew is an asset management expert with 16 years’ industry experience in rail, water and building infrastructure both nationally and internationally.    He has worked on numerous Federal, State and Local Government projects. 

His experience covers tactical and strategic life cycle planning and he specialises in digital solutions for asset management including condition monitoring applications and innovative data capture technology, degradation modelling, predictive analytics and maintenance optimisation. 

Matthew has a detailed understanding of digital solutions and innovative technologies for asset management.  Specifically, the latest data capture and condition monitoring technologies such as RPAS/UAV, thermography, LiDAR, laser scanning, ultrasonic and IoT devices. Matthew’s passion is to improve people, processes and systems to drive a smarter and more comprehensive approach to asset and business intelligence and assist organisations to develop effective decision-making processes using this intelligence.

He can solve complex problems using an agile approach to innovation and provide solutions that are not only efficient but deliver value while remaining cost effective, iteratively testing ideas as a proof of concept to realise new technologies and enhancing those that are currently available.  The goal is not to innovate for the sake of being innovative but to innovate to benefit and drive greater efficiency for asset owners.   


Karthik Venkatasubramanian
Data Science, Analytics and Strategy | Oracle

Karthik is currently a VP at Oracle wherein he has global responsibility for defining and delivering the Data Strategy within Oracle’s Construction and Engineering Business Unit. In a career spanning 20 years across 4 continents, Karthik has been instrumental in building data and analytics capabilities from the ground-up for many organizations across several industries. He has successfully led several large scale digitization and transformation programs across IT, Sales, Marketing, Finance and Operations that have been the featured in case studies, patent applications, industry publications and international conferences.

Karthik is a passionate believer in creative innovation through the use of technology and infuses an element of “dataism” in almost every aspect of life. He regularly presents at Universities and industry events globally around the use of data to transform project delivery. His current focus is on the application of data science techniques in solving real world construction and engineering problems.

Panel Facilitator

Natalie Muir

Natalie Muir
General Manager - South East QueenslandCardno Engineering Consulting

As Cardno’s General Manager of South East Queensland, Natalie Muir leads a diverse workforce of talented professionals and she is a passionate advocate for the water industry throughout the region.
Natalie has over 20 years’ experience working on numerous water and wastewater infrastructure projects, from planning and investigations through to design and construction. She has held senior leadership and governance roles on projects such as the Logan Water Infrastructure Alliance, the Logan Water Alliance and the Mackay Planning and Project Development Panel.
Within Cardno, Natalie is an integral part of the Asia Pacific leadership team and an ambassador for our Women in Cardno program.



Canapes and refreshments will be provided.



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16 / 10 / 2019 - 05:45 pm to 08:00 pm
Registration Closes
16 / 10 / 2019 05:00 pm
Level 11, 515 St Paul's Terrace
Level 11, 515 St Paul's Terrace
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