Conductor Recognition Using Semantic Segmentation

Conductor Recognition Using Semantic Segmentation

About the event 

Worldwide electricity distribution companies are moving towards risk-driven network replacement and maintenance strategies, and part of the risk assessment is to evaluate or estimate the asset condition. Unison has an ageing overhead conductor fleet consisting of over 4,200 km of high voltage lines, there are approximately 500 km of 7/0.064 Plain Hard-drawn Copper (PHC) 11 kV conductor in the fleet. The conductor has low tensile strength and an aged installation profile. Research that Unison conducted in 2018 identified the conductor’s visual appearance as a key indicator for condition assessment – hence Unison is currently developing a system that can use conductor images obtained by drones, to automatically evaluate the appearance and condition of the conductor.

This presentation will show the process followed to use machine learning and semantic segmentation to recognise/identify the overhead conductor region of interest in images with natural backgrounds. Such segmentation of the conductor is a required first step before evaluating the conductor appearance and condition, which also uses automated machine learning techniques

About the speakers 

Dr Peter Brady

Dr Peter Brady is a Senior Application Engineer at the MathWorks where he leverages maths to accelerate our customers projects. He works across the engineering spectrum with a focus on maths, statistics, optimisation, machine and deep learning as well as cloud scale out. Prior to joining MathWorks Peter worked for several civil and defence contractors delivering projects in surface water, hydraulics and hydrology as well as fluid dynamics and submarine cavitation inception. His prior research work includes free surface hydraulic simulation, thermodynamics and nanofluidics.

Peter has a PhD in Mechanical Engineering and a Bachelors in Civil Engineering both from UTS and is a Chartered Practicing Engineer in the fields of Mechanical Engineering and Leadership and Management (CPEng NER) as well as a Certified Professional with the Australian Computer Society. He is the current Chair of Sydney Division Water Engineering Panel and has chaired a number of Engineers Australia conferences.

Alex Castellanos

Alex Castellanos is working as Digital Engineering Technical Lead at Unison Networks Ltd. He graduated in electrical engineering/power systems (2001) from Mexico’s National Institute of Technology (Orizaba, Veracruz); he obtained a PhD degree (2015) from the University of Canterbury (Christchurch, New Zealand). He has over 10 years of experience in the power and energy industry including energy use, power generation, and power transformers monitoring and control. His current area of interest is data analytics and condition monitoring for the management of electricity distribution network assets.

Event Date Time
19 / 07 / 2022 11:00 am–12:00 pm
Registration Closes
19 / 07 / 2022 10:59 am
Webinar
Cost
  • Members:
    EA Member $20.00
  • Non Members:
    Non-Member $30.00
Event Contact

Engaging Indigenous communities on major projects

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Russel Reid

Russel is a Gamillaraay (Kamilaroi) man with an extensive history of working across multidisciplinary teams, especially in relation to cultural heritage and liaison with traditional owners and Indigenous communities. Russel was the Aboriginal Affairs and Participation Consultant with Pacific Complete— The Woolgoolga to Ballina Pacific Highway upgrade, which is a joint venture between Lang O’Rourke and WSP in partnership with Transport for NSW.  

Can you tell us about your role on the Woolgoolga to Ballina Pacific Highway upgrade? 

The New South Wales legislation, Aboriginal Participation in Construction Policy (APiC), had been passed in 2015, and I believe this was the first major programme to use this legislation. Therefore, as planners, the project needed to deliver 1.5 per cent participation, which was passed on to the contractors.  

Overall, my job was to assist the contractors in meeting their obligations to APiC, which eventually exceeded the target of 1.5 per cent to nine per cent Aboriginal participation. 

I was also tasked with engagement of local Aboriginal Nations along the project area, including Gumbaingiir, Yaegle, Bundjalung and Bandjalung People, to ensure they were informed and ready for when the project kicked off. I had organised several workshops or ‘roadshows’ introducing community, TAFE, job service providers and other stakeholder groups to the various contractors with the view to employment, upskilling and training of participants. 

Why is it important to liaise with Traditional Owners and First Nations communities on engineering projects? 

As our President and CEO of WSP Guy Templeton has always said: “each of the projects that WSP works on is on Aboriginal Country”. And therefore, early engagement and co-design is essential to delivering a successful programme. 

There have been numerous pieces of legislation over the years that affect my people, and the APiC legislation was a wonderful tool to obtain buy-in for Aboriginal people to strive for autonomy and have their say with what is happening on their land. It allows for them to contribute to positive outcomes through employment and training in the construction field. 

For the first time Aboriginal people are assisting and having their voices heard on our engineering projects and introducing Aboriginal co-design elements to the projects. 

What have you found interesting about First Nations people and communities’ participation on engineering projects? 

Incorporating Indigenous knowledge and culture in the designs of important infrastructure and built environment projects helps create strong and culturally respectful relationships with Indigenous communities. 

This, in turn, generates meaningful opportunities for Indigenous people, businesses, and communities across project life cycles. WSP has built a team of people across the business to advance this important approach. 

How have you found the experience of balancing First Nations knowledge with today's technology?    

Aboriginal people were the first engineers, building fish and eel traps and utilising thermoplastic resins to set spear tips and axe heads into place, using methods of carving aerodynamics into boomerangs to return... or not. 

I find the whole concept of balancing Aboriginal peoples aspirations and contributions to today's technology refreshing, because we are also contributing to Australia’s search for identity. 

The Woolgoolga to Ballina Pacific Highway upgrade exceeded Aboriginal participation targets with more than one million hours worked, 300 employed during the peak month, and 20 Nations represented at the project's peak. 

Working Platform Design and Verification

Working Platform Design and Verification

An Engineering Education Australia Virtual Workshop:

About this course

Temporary working platforms for cranes and piling rigs are high-risk for those using them as well as those designing them. Many elements must be considered during design and construction phases.

Appropriate load input parameters need to be carefully selected to obtain the correct load cases. And robust and reliable design methods (including geotechnical parameters selection) need to be applied to assess the required thickness and stiffness of the working platform.

This course shares industry best practice methods for design and verification, covering both theory and practical application.

You’ll learn about:

  • the FPS method to assess the critical track pressures applied by piling rigs;
  • two common guidelines for the design of temporary working platforms (BRE470 and TFW2019);
  • the applicability of the different design methods for various ground conditions;
  • the underlying design assumptions about load transfer from piling rigs and cranes; as well as
  • the consideration of static and/or dynamic load factors in the different design approaches are briefly introduced.
  • Course facilitator and civil engineer with over 20 years’ international experience, Dr Martin Larisch will also discuss the most suitable soil investigation techniques to use for subsurface investigation works and the potential verification methods for platform verification/ certification.

To demonstrate the practical application of these concepts, the course will also include will include real world examples to expose some of the limitations and related risks.

 

Learning outcomes

  • Different load cases which need to be considered for the assessment of plant loading and track bearing pressures
  • Principles of working platform design and the fundamental differences between the BRE470 and TFW2019 methods
  • Effects of ground water on the different design methods
  • Soil suitable site investigation methods to assess the subgrade conditions and their advantages and limitations
  • Common verification methods to assess and verify the construction of working platforms

 

Is this course for you?

This course is suitable for experienced temporary works and geotechnical engineers looking for a refresher; or as an introduction to working platform designs and verification for participants with limited or no experience in this area. Roles include:

  • Geotechnical engineers
  • Civil engineers
  • Structural engineers
  • Temporary works designers
  • Site managers
  • Project engineers
  • Project managers
  • Construction managers; and
  • Professionals from piling and crane companies

 

Engineering Education Australia's Virtual Workshops

A Virtual Workshop is a structured live online classroom-style delivery method for training and professional development. For the optimal online learning experience, Virtual Workshops are interactive and use tools such as break-out rooms for discussions, activities based on practical case studies, and two-way communication.

Event Date Time
27 / 07 / 2022 12:00 pm – 10 / 08 / 2022 02:00 pm
Registration Closes
25 / 07 / 2022 11:59 pm
Cost
  • Members:
    $350
  • Non Members:
    $411.76
Key Speaker(s)
Dr Martin Larisch
Host(s)
Engineers Australia Member Services
Event Contact
  • Contact:
    Engineers Australia Member Services
  • Phone:
    1300 653 113
  • Email:

Engineers Australia Excellence Awards - People & Projects Tasmania

Engineers Australia Excellence Awards - People & Projects Tasmania

Join us to celebrate the announcement of finalists and winners of the 2022 Young Professional Engineer of the Year and Project of the Year for Tasmania.

The Engineer of the Year Awards recognises outstanding engineers who show innovation and resourcefulness in their work. The project awards recognise Australia’s top engineering projects and the teams behind them. They inspire and encourage engineering distinction through teamwork, innovation, and technical excellence.

We will also celebrate and recognise the latest EngExec, Fellow, Chartered and Companion recipients.

A Fellow of Engineers Australia is recognised as being amongst the true leaders of the industry and our profession.

Their skills have served our nation, and perhaps the world, for many years.  For this, they are seen as an elite group of engineers who represent the highest standards of technical and professional excellence.

The EngExec post nominal recognises eminent individuals in leadership and management roles.  The invitation only status immediately communicates the well-earned prestige of leaders at the highest tier of their industry.

A cocktail reception will be held following the announcement of recipients giving guests time to network with their industry peers.     

We look forward to you joining us to recognise and celebrate the great achievements at this event.

Find out more about the People and Project entrants here https://aeea.engineersaustralia.org.au/

 

Dress code

Business attire

 

Program snapshot

6:00pm Registration and networking

6:30pm Announcement of award finalists and winners and recognition of Fellow, EngExec Chartered and companion recipients and cocktail reception.

9:00 Event concludes

Event Date Time
11 / 08 / 2022 06:00 pm–09:00 pm
Registration Closes
09 / 08 / 2022 12:00 pm
Venue
Royal Yacht Club Tasmania
Marieville Esplanade
Sandy Bay
,
Tasmania
,
7005
Cost
Event Registration
Member Rate
60.00
54.55
Event Registration
Non-Member Rate
90.00
81.82
Event Contact
  • Contact:
    Engineers Australia Member Services
  • Phone:
    1300 653 113
  • Email:
Maximum CPD Hours
1

Newcastle Electrical & ITEE Branch celebrates 50 years of engineering service

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Dinner party

The inaugural meeting of the Electrical and Communications Branch of IEAust Newcastle was held on 19 July 1972, with those present being: 

Chairman: Ian Henderson 

Vice chairman: Ted Perrin  

Secretary: Tom Roberts  

Committee Members: Ron Goodhew, Phil Cooper, Alan Benn. 

Alan Benn remembers some of the first meetings held by the committee, which included discussions about the QANTAS flight simulator and the Opera House lighting, and a visit to Killingworth substation. 

Alan said it was felt the branch needed to provide both a social function and a lively forum to promote and exchange ideas, leading to continuous improvement for participants and their organisations.  

“Ian invited me to join him in forming a new branch of the institution to provide a forum for electrical engineers to share their experience in the rapidly emerging technology at a time when institution meeting topics were not attracting electrical engineers,” Alan reminisced. 

Half a century later and the committee has hosted approximately 300 technical presentations and half day seminars and participated in more than 55 site visits.  

It has worked to put in place annual student prizes at the University of Newcastle since 1991, purchased the first data projector for the Newcastle Division Auditorium in 1998 and since 2014 has been delivering webinars to maximise the impact of auditorium presentations for the benefit of its regional members and to reach members across Australia and the world.  

Today, the committee continues to support webinars with auditorium presentations soon to return to Newcastle, and actively supports member engagement and diversity. The continuing enthusiasm and dedication of the committee, with its ever-evolving membership, is something the group is proud of and wishes to celebrate.  

In keeping with the committee’s original objective, all engineers and partners are invited to register for the Newcastle Electrical & ITEE Branch’s celebration dinner, where the group’s achievements will be recognised during a lively forum of shared stories from both past and present members. 

Register your interest for the Celebration Dinner on Thursday 21 July in Newcastle.  

Digitisation of asset management system in ports

Digitisation of asset management system in ports

About the event

As technology has been evolved and automation has been implemented in some port activities such as operation and HSE, the asset management system can also get some benefits by implementing digital technology and automation of the key indicators of their structural asset conditions. These key indicators can also enhance the structural integrity risk-based analysis needed for a better asset management. Given that the speakers will address the issue in the following topics:

  • Automation of structural integrity risk analysis
  • How automation and digitisation can enhance the risk analysis for a better structural asset management of ports
  • Digital twin development for monitoring and maintenance of port infrastructure

About the speaker

Dr. Mojtaba Mahmoodian - Senior Lecturer

Dr. Mojtaba Mahmoodian is currently a senior lecturer in civil and infrastructure engineering at RMIT University. He is also a chartered engineer in civil engineering and asset management with more than 15 years industry experience. His research interests include deterioration modelling, structural reliability assessment, structural health monitoring and digital transformation in civil engineering. 

He has applied his developed digital twin technology for intelligent monitoring and maintenance of various type of civil infrastructure including ports, bridges, roads, pipelines and energy infrastructures.  

Event Date Time
05 / 10 / 2022 05:00 pm–06:00 pm
Registration Closes
05 / 10 / 2022 06:00 pm
Webinar
Cost
Webinar
Member Rate
0.00
0.00
Webinar
Technical Society Member Rate
30.00
27.27
Webinar
Student Member Rate
0.00
0.00
Webinar
Non-Member Rate
30.00
27.27
Event Contact
  • Contact:
    Engineers Australia Member Services
  • Phone:
    1300 653 113
  • Email:
Maximum CPD Hours
1

Thought Leaders Series: Designing with double wall precast panels (Sydney)

Thought Leaders Series: Designing with double wall precast panels (Sydney)

About the event

Join us at the Brickworks Sydney Design Studio as we hear from industry experts about design and construction with Double Wall precast panels.
Our industry experts will discuss the product, from efficiencies that can be gained in the building design phase, through to product delivery and installation on site. Each speaker will use project case studies to illustrate the key points from their presentations and show the benefits the product can offer.
About Double Wall:
Double Wall is widely used in commercial construction throughout Europe thanks to its many benefits in engineering, design and construction. Double Wall is a permanent formwork precast building system which enables the creation of monolithic structures. This innovative solution enables better engineering design, increases efficiency on site, and reduces construction challenges.

Key topics:

  • Innovation through Double Wall precast construction
  • Key features and benefits
  • Local and International case studies

Who should attend

This event is relevant for all engineers, regardless of seniority and working in any discipline or field.

You do not need to be an Engineers Australia member to attend.

Speakers

Angus

Angus McFarlane FIEAust CPEng, Structural Engineering Leader, Laing O'Rourke

Angus is Structural Engineering Leader in Laing O’Rourke, which is a multi-national contracting organisation that employs approximately 13,000 staff worldwide.

In addition to being a Fellow of Engineers Australis he is also a Fellow of both the Institution of Structural Engineers and the Institution of Civil Engineers. He specialises in the design of high-rise and ultra-tall buildings. Angus utilises all major international codes of practice and he has comprehensive experience in high-strength concrete; steelwork; seismic design; structural dynamics and soil-structure interaction as well as water-retaining and water-excluding structures; bridges; highways structures; marine structures; precast concrete; and forensic engineering.

Angus has presented throughout Europe, the Middle East and Australia. He was a member of the steering group for, and is a contributing author to, the Concrete Society’s Guide to Design of Concrete Structures in the Arabian Peninsula, which was published in October 2008. The Institution of Structural Engineers published his paper on the design of high-strength concrete columns in March 2007. Angus was chair of the Modular Construction Code Board in Australia, which published a code of practice for modular construction in July 2017. The title for the code is the Handbook for the Design of Modular Structures.

Angus’s projects include: Burj Khalifa – the world's tallest tower, Emirates Towers, Burj Al Arab, Dubai Festival City and Dubai Marina in Dubai, UAE; ADNOC HQ office tower in Abu Dhabi. Angus lives in Sydney, Australia, and is currently working on several projects, including high-rise buildings; bridges; renewable energy developments; large-scale infrastructure projects and mineral resource, oil and gas developments.

 Matt Murray

Matthew Murray, Engineering and Estimating Manager, Austral Precast

Matthew Murray is the Engineering and Estimating Manager at Austral Precast and one of Australia’s leading experts on the Double Wall system. Having worked with countless clients on various projects that range from tunnels like the M5 tunnel project in Sydney to high rise buildings, Matthew has developed an intimate understanding of the Double Wall product and how it can be used to improve engineering design and construction timelines.

In Partnership with

Austral Precast

Please Note: This is an in-person event only. Register to access details.

Event Date Time
28 / 07 / 2022 05:30 pm–07:30 pm
Registration Closes
27 / 07 / 2022 05:00 pm
Venue
Brickworks Sydney CBD Design Studio
2 Barrack Street
Sydney
,
New South Wales
,
2000
Cost
Webinar
Member Rate
0.00
0.00
Webinar
Technical Society Member Rate
0.00
0.00
Webinar
Student
0.00
0.00
Webinar
Non-Member Rate
0.00
0.00
Event Contact
  • Contact:
    Engineers Australia Member Services
  • Phone:
    1300 653 113
  • Email:
Maximum CPD Hours
1.5