30 May - 01 June, 2018 | Royce Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Conference Day Two: Friday 1st June, 2018

7:00 am - 9:15 am Workshop B: Cyber Threats: How to Implement Simple Strategies that Can Reduce Costs and Optimise Cyber Security

9:15 am - 9:45 am Conference Registration and Welcome Coffee

9:45 am - 9:55 am Opening Remarks by IQPC and the Conference Chair

9:55 am - 10:30 am CASE STUDY: Lower Murray Water’s Approach to Attaining New Skill Sets in the Industry to Enhance SCADA Productivity

Deva Chinnarajan - /Lead Electrical and Control Systems Engineer, Lower Murray Water
  • Re-evaluating the current organisational structure and the issues relating to this
  • Implementing strategies to allow the next generation to adapt to the future technology of SCADA
  • How to develop strategies that can assist in attracting and retaining new talent

Deva Chinnarajan

/Lead Electrical and Control Systems Engineer
Lower Murray Water

10:30 am - 11:10 am Thought Leadership Session


11:40 am - 12:10 pm PANEL DISCUSSION: The Future of SCADA – The Next Generation of SCADA Technology

Seliyan Kamal - SCADA Engineer, Sydney Water
Matthew Hilliard - Lead Production Engineer, Shell
Greg Burgio - Senior Project Manager, Hunter H2O
To understand and anticipate the future of SCADA, it is important to perceive the next-generation design. This will shape the application of all automation and control systems and as such take SCADA technology to its peak. This panel discussion will bring experts together to explore and discuss the following:

  • Understanding the benefits of the IIoT and what this means for the future of automation and SCADA
  • How to develop strategies to achieve the dream of integrating SCADA systems with the full extent of operators’ monitoring networks
  • Analysing current and future trends of the SCADA industry and where it will potentially lead to, thus achieving maximum efficiency and productivity

Seliyan Kamal

SCADA Engineer
Sydney Water


Matthew Hilliard

Lead Production Engineer


Greg Burgio

Senior Project Manager
Hunter H2O

12:10 pm - 12:50 pm CASE STUDY: Redesigning Your Approach to SCADA by Creating a Unified SCADA Standard to Ensure Coherent Operations with DNP

Andrew West - SCADA Communications Expert, DNP Technical Committee
SCADA is the backbone for critical infrastructure for monitoring and control and serves as a primary data producer. With revision of the SCADA standard IEEE 1815 DNP3 being updated for the next revision and its set due date at the end of 2019, the need to re-design your approach to SCADA is expected. In this session Andrew will explore:

  • Understanding the latest developments and revisions of IEEE 1815 and what this means for the SCADA industry
  • How to develop a common SCADA standard across the industry to increase efficiency and reduce security risk
  • Understanding SCADA security standards to ensure integration throughout all system

Andrew West

SCADA Communications Expert
DNP Technical Committee

12:50 pm - 1:50 pm NETWORKING LUNCH

1:50 pm - 2:30 pm CASE STUDY: How Coliban Water Utilises Virtual Tags as an Approach to Extract Value from Archived SCADA Data

Dr. Peter Prevos - Manager Data Science, Coliban Water
SCADA systems are very good at collecting live data to manage operations and archive it for future analysis. The water industry developed decision rules to assess the performance of water treatment plants, which requires a lot of data from SCADA systems. To automate this analysis, Coliban Water developed a methodology and associated software called Virtual Tags. This system can clean and integrate data from various SCADA sources which simplifies analysing data. In this session Peter will examine:

  • Outlining the challenges Coliban Water faced when implementing the new water quality assessments
  • Understanding how Virtual Tags has helped the organisation to extract more value from SCADA data
  • Understanding how the water industry collaborates to improve the software for increased data accuracy

Dr. Peter Prevos

Manager Data Science
Coliban Water

2:30 pm - 3:10 pm CASE STUDY: How South East Water is Building Solutions Based on IT/OT Systems to Deliver Value and Efficiencies to the Business

Tushar Tikkoo - SCADA Manager, South East Water
It is well understood that data from SCADA and other OT systems, in isolation, is not as useful as when it is contextualised by other business data which is owned by IT. Convergence between the two areas could be incentivised and driven by initiatives and solutions that allow business users to derive value from systems that are built on top of both IT and OT data. In this session Tushar will examine:

  • Understanding the different types of business systems that SCADA can interface with such as Works Management and VMS
  • Encouraging OT teams to work alongside IT productively to set common goals that increase business efficiency
  • Understanding the benefits of giving a holistic and contextual view of asset information to end users

Tushar Tikkoo

SCADA Manager
South East Water


3:40 pm - 4:20 pm CASE STUDY: Implementing Smart Instrumentation with Sydney Water: How Cloud Based Systems can Increase Accuracy of Data

Seliyan Kamal - SCADA Engineer, Sydney Water
For many SCADA industries, a cloud based environment can significantly reduce costs, achieve greater reliability and enhance functionality. However, the concern yet remains on how to accomplish this without jeopardising data accuracy. The future of smart SCADA instruments can increase data accuracy by allowing transfer of non-production critical data to the Cloud and SCADA systems having access to utilise domain knowledge from the Cloud to make informed decisions. This can ultimately optimise data accuracy and business efficiency. In this session Seliyan will explore:

  • Understanding the Cloud –based environment within the SCADA industry to increase productivity
  • Realising the different types of Smart Instrumentation that can enable current SCADA systems to boost their operational capability
  • How to implement strategies to maximise current data accuracy that can assist in better analysis and decision making

Seliyan Kamal

SCADA Engineer
Sydney Water

4:20 pm - 5:00 pm CASE STUDY: How Shell is Increasing Awareness of SCADA’s Rapidly Evolving Industry to Avoid a ‘Talent Gap’

Matthew Hilliard - Lead Production Engineer, Shell
The global SCADA market is heavily influenced by the rising level of awareness among consumers pertaining to the benefits of SCADA. However, there is an increased need to attract new talent as SCADA and HMI systems are being deployed with greater frequency than ever. Without early detection of obsolete talent in the industry, the gap will likely continue to grow and eventually reach the point of irreversibility. In this session Matthew will discuss:

  • Understanding the current and future trends of employment in the SCADA industry
  • How to implement strategies to re-design the image of SCADA to attract fresh new talent
  • How to re-evaluate and build a solid internal SCADA culture in order to address concerns externally

Matthew Hilliard

Lead Production Engineer

5:00 pm - 5:35 pm CASE STUDY: How Water Corporation Manages Obsolescence of SCADA Assets to Increase Technological Efficiency

Vlatko Cuculoski - SCADA Capability Manager, Water Corporation Western Australia
The main driver for renewal and replacement of SCADA assets, tools and software platforms is Obsolescence. The industry standard expected lifecycle of OIC assets is approximately 15 years before it becomes redundant and no longer supportable. However by using appropriate planned renewal and replacement strategies and by accepting the idea of increased risk of failure, asset life can be stretched to 20 years. A business opportunity can be missed when your system is not advanced which can result in direct losses. It must be frequently developed to reflect the additional demands of business processes and workflows. In this session Vlatko will examine:

  • Implementing different approaches to develop strategies to replace obsolescent assets
  • How to gain traction and influence from executive level management to increase regular updates and upgrades
  • Understanding how longer range strategic business changes can effect the composition and functionality of SCADA systems and how this should be considered when developing SCADA upgrade and modification plans

Vlatko Cuculoski

SCADA Capability Manager
Water Corporation Western Australia

5:35 pm - 5:35 pm Closing Remarks from the Conference Chair and Main Conference Close