Small business innovation and research program gets $24m funding in NSW

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Small and medium businesses with ideas that could help to solve key challenges for New South Wales are invited to apply for the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program which has received $24 million in funding for the next two years. 

The idea for the program was established in the ‘Turning Ideas into Jobs – Accelerating Research and Development in NSW Action Plan’ launched in early 2021.  

Five challenge statements are outlined as part of the SBIR program, with the goal to get small businesses to provide solutions to each one.  

The five challenges represent a current NSW Government agency problem that requires a solution. These problems are; connectivity, hyperlocal navigation, the koala count, personal protective equipment and water purification.  

The NSW Chief Scientist and Engineer Professor Hugh Durrant-Whyte said research and development was the key to delivering problem solving solutions. 

“Like the Medical Devices Fund and Physical Sciences Fund, the SBIR program is an excellent example of the NSW Government’s commitment to leverage the capacity of SMEs’ NSW-based R&D to address the state’s most pressing problems and provide solutions which deliver a social, environmental, health or economic benefit,” he said. 

Speaking at an Engineers Australia Executive virtual breakfast in Sydney, Professor Durrant-Whyte, reiterated the fund would be a great opportunity for small engineering businesses.  

Engineering businesses can find out more about the five challenges through the NSW Small Business Innovation and Research page on the NSW Government website.  

Applications for innovative solutions are open until 11.59PM Sunday 29 August 2021 and grants are expected to be awarded in October 2021. 

Bundaberg local site tour - Bundaberg Rum Distillery

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Ever wondered how rum is engineered? This event will provide you with an overview of the process and a site tour of DIAGEO Bundaberg Distilling Company.

Prior to the tour you will be provided an overview of:

  • Field to glass overview of rum production process
  • Fermentation and in house yeast propagation process
  • 2 stage distillation process
  • Maturation process and product overview

During your visit the Distillery asks that you:

  • Follow the instructions and guidance of staff, who will be happy to answer any of your questions.
  • Adhere to the physical distancing guidelines which will be signposted and detailed in signage.
  • Keep your hands clean and if you need to cough or sneeze please cover your mouth/nose.
  • Please use contactless payment wherever possible, although cash will be accepted where necessary.
  • Lastly, but importantly, please enjoy your visit!

 

Speaker

Stephen Jacob | Process Engineer
DIAGEO Bundaberg Distilling Company

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Stephen began work with Bundaberg Rum Jan 2017. 

Originally from the far north in Rum Heart land he studied at JCU in Townsville and followed the traditional pathway from chemical engineering into mining and gas.Stephen is now the process engineer at Bundaberg distilling company. His role covers a range of areas from daily efficiency investigations and reports to capital projects and the more unorthodox area of process control for SCADA and PLC.

Date:
02 / 09 / 2021 - 05:00 pm to 06:30 pm
Registration Closes
01 / 09 / 2021 12:00 pm
Venue
DIAGEO Bundaberg Rum Distillery
37 Avenue Street
Bundaberg East 4670 Queensland
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Cost
Event Registration
  • Member Rate: $10.00 ($9.09 excl. GST)
  • Student Member Rate: $10.00 ($9.09 excl. GST)
  • Non-Member Rate: $40.00 ($36.36 excl. GST)
Event Contact
  • Contact:
    Engineers Australia Member Services
  • Phone:
    1300 653 113
  • Email:
Maximum CPD Hours
1

Managing Project Baseline Changes

Managing Project Baseline Changes

An Engineering Education Australia Webinar.

Projects evolve throughout their lifecycle, so projects need to be flexible and allow changes to occur as the engineering develops, yet projects also need to avoid scope creep.

Projects can achieve this balance of flexibility and control through the project baseline change management process. This is achieved by monitoring project risks, ensuring that proposed scope changes are properly assessed prior to being implemented and by ensuring that changes are communicated effectively to project stakeholders.

Too often project change management processes are not well-defined and communicated which results in poor performance, a loss of transparency and disputes.

This webinar provides a number of tools and tips to best assure that your project baseline change management process is robust and set your project up for success.

 

Learning outcomes

  • Recognise the importance of planning for project baseline changes
  • Appreciate the relationship between project risk management and baseline changes
  • Understand the importance of assessing proposed changes with a diverse range of stakeholders prior to deciding to update the baseline
  • Recognise the importance of timely decision making regarding baseline changes.
  • Appreciate the benefits of record keeping and communicating changes with impacted stakeholders

 

Is this course for you?

This course is relevant to personnel involved in projects across all industries and engineering disciplines.

Relevant roles include but are not limited to:

  • Project Manager
  • Project Engineer
  • Contract Manager
  • Contract Engineer
  • Procurement Engineer
  • Project Controls Professional (Cost, Schedule, Risk)

And all disciplines of Engineers involved in either Feasibility, Design, Procurement, Construction, Test, Commissioning, hand over or Decommissioning.

 

Topics covered

  • Why baseline change management processes are needed
  • What a baseline change management processes is
  • How do we do baseline change management on a project
  • Key tips and lessons learned from real projects

 

Facilitator

Laurie Bowman
Laurie Bowman has more than 25 years of experience in engineering and management roles, working on complex multidiscipline engineering and construction projects. He has taught training and certification preparation courses on project risk management, and planning and control on behalf of AACE International, APMG International and PMI.

Complementing his practical experience, Laurie is a graduate of the AICD Company Directors course. He also has a masters degree in business administration and commercial law, a bachelor's degree in engineering, and is currently working towards a PhD with University of Queensland (UQ).

He is a member of the Standards Australia technical committee for several Program and Project Management standards. Laurie was involved in developing the pathway for project controls professionals to become Chartered with Engineers Australia.

 

How you'll learn

Delivered via Webinar

Designed in collaboration with our industry facilitators and education experts, EEA Webinars focus on modules from our most popular face-to-face training courses. Content has been carefully crafted to deliver targeted and achievable learning outcomes within the hour and the sessions are interactive to keep you engaged.

Webinar platform - Zoom

These sessions run through Zoom. On the day of the webinar you will receive the unique Zoom link at least one hour before the webinar is scheduled to begin.

We suggest that you download the Zoom Desktop Client to ensure you can fully participate in the webinar. If you view the webinar through the Zoom web browser or via a phone or tablet device you may not be able to participate in the interactive elements such as answering polling questions.

Please read through the following information on Zoom to ensure you are prepared for the webinar:

Date:
07 / 09 / 2021 - 12:30 pm to 01:30 pm
Registration Closes
07 / 09 / 2021 10:00 am
Webinar
Cost
  • Members:
    $50
  • Non Members:
    $58.83
Key Speaker(s)
Laurie Bowman
Host(s)
Engineering Education Australia
Event Contact

Use of Temporary Works to Accelerate Installation of Steel Arch on the Parramatta Light Rail Project

Use of Temporary Works to Accelerate Installation of Steel Arch on the Parramatta Light Rail Project

The Parramatta Light Rail includes a major structure, the James Ruse Drive Underbridge.

The 64m long steel arch bridge was assembled on site and transported across the road and installed onto the pier within a night shift using complex temporary works with strand jacks and self propelled modular transporters (SPMTs). What would look like the work of a wizard from afar, will be explained and broken down into engineering problems that were solved one by one. The presentation will be featuring photos, drawings and time-lapses.

Part 1 (by Parramatta Connect): This presentation will introduce the project, give an overview of the bridge layout and present the development of the construction methodology. Then it will explain the preparations leading to the weekend road closure to transport the bridge across the road and give an insight into the complex planning required.

Part 2 (by CaSE Design): This presentation will show the detailed temporary works including the SPMTs by Sarens and explain the different load transfers and interfaces. Then it will elaborate on risk mitigation strategies for such a complex operation and the benefits of doing a risk review workshop.

 

Florian Dieterle - Pringcipal Engineer, CaSE Design

Florian has 15 years industry experience as a Design Engineer, specialising in construction engineering and temporary works and the design and delivery of construction equipment for precast-segmental and steel bridges. He is a technical solution provider for complex methodologies. Florian has significant project experience worldwide, including Queensferry Crossing in Scotland, various viaducts in South-East Asia, and in Australia: Westgate Tunnel, Sydney Metro, Cross River Rail, Batemans Bay Bridge, Grafton Bridge.

 

Danny Kim - Senior Project Engineer, CPB

Danny has over 10 years’ industry experience as a construction engineer on major infrastructure projects in Australia. Some of the significant projects he has worked on include Parramatta Light Rail Project, Westconnex New M5, Sydney Light Rail Project, Roy Hill Project, APLNG and GLNG and Brisbane Airport Link.

 

Jamie Kennedy - Project Engineer, CPB

Jamie has over 9 years experience working as a construction engineer on major infrastructure projects in Australia. Some of the significant projects he has worked on include Parramatta Light Rail Project, Sydney Light Rail Project, Wyangala Dam Safety Upgrade and Bulk Liquids Berth 2 Port Botany.

Date:
09 / 09 / 2021 - 12:00 pm to 01:00 pm
Registration Closes
09 / 09 / 2021 12:20 pm
Webinar
Cost
Webinar
  • Member Rate: $0.00 ($0.00 excl. GST)
  • Technical Society Member Rate: $30.00 ($27.27 excl. GST)
  • Student Member Rate: $0.00 ($0.00 excl. GST)
  • Non-Member Rate: $30.00 ($27.27 excl. GST)
Event Contact
  • Contact:
    Engineers Australia Member Services
  • Phone:
    1300 653 113
  • Email:
Maximum CPD Hours
1

Cairns local site tour - Energy Queensland Microgrid and Isolated Systems (MIST) facility

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Please join Engineers Australia's Cairns Regional Group for an overview and site visit of Energy Queensland's Microgrid & Isolated Systems Test (MIST) Facility.

The Microgrid & Isolated Systems Test (MIST) facility is an advanced test and research laboratory located in Cairns, Queensland. The facility is designed to advance the development and uptake of new technologies for power generation and electricity distribution supply by leveraging state-of-the-art equipment and testing capability.

Date:
14 / 10 / 2021 - 04:30 pm to 06:00 pm
Registration Closes
13 / 10 / 2021 04:30 pm
Venue
Energy Queensland Depot
308 Hartley Street
Cairns
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Queensland 4870 Australia
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Cost
Event Registration
  • Member Rate: $10.00 ($9.09 excl. GST)
  • Student Member Rate: $10.00 ($9.09 excl. GST)
  • Non-Member Rate: $40.00 ($36.36 excl. GST)
  • Technical Society Member: $10.00 ($9.09 excl. GST)
Event Contact
  • Contact:
    Engineers Australia Member Services
  • Phone:
    1300 653 113
  • Email:
Maximum CPD Hours
1

Queensland Government rolls out plan to grow a sustainable hydrogen industry

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The Queensland Government updated its local government guide for drafting hydrogen development plans (PDF) in July 2021. This update is in line with the Queensland Hydrogen Industry Strategy 2019-2024, which aims to support the state’s transition to a low-emission economy.  

In the strategy, Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said now the world is looking to hydrogen, and we want them to get it from Queensland so we can create even more jobs in our regions. 

The updated local government guide was created to ensure local planning schemes are drafted appropriately to support the growth of the hydrogen industry. It suggests each jurisdiction should consider how their planning scheme supports hydrogen development, focusing mainly on renewable hydrogen.  

In late July the state government also announced the arrival of five hydrogen-powered vehicles into its fleet. This took government’s fleet of zero-emission vehicles to 60, out of a planned 144 which are set to arrive this year. 

With strong plans in place to grow the renewable hydrogen market in Queensland, Engineers Australia organised a roundtable to update members on the opportunities presented in the market. 

Peta Ashworth, Chair of the Queensland Hydrogen Taskforce attended the event, giving her insights into the trajectory of the industry.  

These insights and wider discussions between members and stakeholders will help to shape the ongoing policy work of Engineers Australia. 

Grant Watt, Senior Policy Advisor Engineers Australia said it was great to see Engineers Australia hosting the Chair of the Hydrogen Taskforce at the Queensland President’s Boardroom Luncheon. 

“Hydrogen has the potential to change the energy map both here and abroad.  We have the engineering expertise to get on the front foot to create employment and value for investors, as well as support our transition to clean, reliable, cost-effective energy.” 

South Australia 2021 Fellows Series - Hi-Tech Sector Plan 2030

SA Fellows series

New time-new sector plan:

Join us for a light lunch at the next Fellows session to continue our exploration of the Growth State Plan. Hear more detail about the Hi-Tech Sector Plan 2030 which aims “to stimulate a new era in innovation and productivity and growth to see South Australia become a globally recognised destination for the Hi-Tech sector by 2030.”

From Industry 4.0 to Internet of Things, Cyber Security to Block Chain, Computer Vision to Machine Learning (and many more), the South Australian Government is exploring ways to utilise the latest technologies to underpin the State’s economic growth.

With an ambitious growth target of 6 percent per annum, the Plan has articulated four strategic priorities to grow the sector:

• Strengthening technical capability
• Connections and collaboration
• New jobs and career pathways
• Market access and development

Engage with Adam Reid, Chief Executive for the Department for Innovation and Skills as he takes us through the Government’s aims and discover ways in which engineers can connect with this exciting space in advancing our economy.

This is a session you cannot afford to miss. In person seats are limited – so book quickly for our next Fellow only event!

 

About the speaker:

Adam Reid

Adam Reid
Chief Executive, Department for Innovation and Skills, Government of South Australia

Adam was appointed as Chief Executive to the Department for Innovation and Skills (DIS) in April 2020.
Adam’s initial priority has been to support South Australia’s science, innovation, small business, skills and creative industries communities through the challenges of COVID-19, with a strong focus on economic recovery.
 
Adam works in partnership with industry and research organisations to increase productivity and employment through research and innovation, entrepreneurship, supporting globally competitive businesses, advanced technology capabilities and attracting, developing and retaining the skills required by industry.
 
Adam has held executive positions within the South Australian Government since 2009. Prior to becoming the Chief Executive, he was the Executive Director of the Innovation and Science division within DIS where he was responsible for developing and supporting the state’s innovation system to drive economic growth. Previously Adam held executive positions within the Department of State Development and Department of Trade and Economic Development, where he led industry development policy and strategy implementation, small business and investment management.

 

Date:
26 / 08 / 2021 - 12:15 pm to 01:30 pm
Registration Closes
25 / 08 / 2021 05:00 pm
Venue
Engineers Australia South Australia
Level 11 108 King William Street
ADELAIDE
,
South Australia
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5000
Cost
Webinar
  • Member Rate: $0.00 ($0.00 excl. GST)
Face to Face Registration
  • Member Rate: $25.00 ($22.73 excl. GST)
Event Contact
  • Contact:
    Engineers Australia Member Services
  • Phone:
    1300 653 113
  • Email:
Maximum CPD Hours
1