Conference Day One: Tuesday, 30 May 2017

8:30 AM - 9:00 AM Conference Registration and Arrival Coffee

9:00 AM - 9:10 AM Opening Remarks by IQPC Australia and the Conference Chair

Mike Wassell, Hydraulic Systems Services Manager, Sydney Water

Mike Wassell

Hydraulic Systems Services Manager
Sydney Water
AGL recently moved the control and monitoring of its renewable assets to a central control
room in Melbourne. The move expanded the complexity of the already dispersed control system network but has allowed AGL to better position itself in the wholesale electricity market and will allow seamless integration of new renewable assets. The case study will illustrate the challenges of such a move, while highlighting the drivers and the benefits that have been delivered.
  • Explain the drivers of a building a centralized control room and how the benefits bolstered the position of AGL’s entire generation portfolio
  • Explore the technical and personal complexities involved in the move
  • Elaborate on the future of AGL renewables and what it means for the centralized control room and expanding control system network

Stuart Cariss

Operations Manager, Renewables
AGL Energy

Luke Shortal

Systems Engineer of SCADA Controls
AGL Renewables
The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) signifies the fourth stage in SCADA operations. It also suggests a complete convergence of IT and OT systems. Its applications range from agricultural monitoring to increase annual yields, smart metering for utilities, to enabling SCADA to make decisions in fully-automated factories. This panel discussion will include but not be limited to pressing questions, such as:
  • Is it cost-effective to maintain these smart devices consistently enough to ensure no breakdown? Moreover what are the IIoT device limitations?
  • Is IIoT at the point yet where a breakdown in the IT server does not lead to a critical safety emergency?
  • What are current opportunities that can be employed within SCADA systems without compromising the integrity of the network?

Tasnim Stobbe

Network Control Manager
SA Power Networks

Andrew West

SCADA Communications Expert
DNP Technical Committee

Robbie Cleland

SCADA and DMS Administrator
United Energy and Multinet Gas

Samir Lodhi

Vice President
ABB Network Control Solutions



11:30 AM - 12:10 PM CASE STUDY Horizon Power's Integration of Solar Energy in their Electrical Gird

Horizon Power is Western Australia’s regional power utility. Rather than one large grid, it is a combination of micro-grids across the state. Horizon Power is the largest vertically integrated manager of micro-grids in Australia and are at the
forefront of a rapidly changing industry. In various regional towns, there has been a very strong uptake of solar photovoltaic. This session will discuss the centralised Feed-in-Management control solution which was developed to:
• Enable the monitoring and control of solar systems through inverter control
• Allow additional customers to install solar systems
• Optimise the power station generation enabling reduced cost through fuel saving
• Ensure power system stability can be maintained

12:10 PM - 1:00 PM DELEGATE DEBATE Cloud Based Technology is the Future Platform for SCADA Operations

Each table is given an affirmative or negative placard as well as their speaker order. They get 15 minutes to create an argument that supports the given statement, after which each table will send a speaker who will have 2 minutes to get up and present their case. The chair then gets to choose which table wins: winners get a prize!

1:00 PM - 1:05 PM Luncheon Welcome by Steve Walker, GM Sales and Marketing, TLI Insights


2:05 PM - 2:45 PM Applying IoT to the Water Industry: a Case Study

Jim Baker, SCADA Acquisition Manager, WA Water Corporation
The water industry typically uses protocols such as DNP3 for wide area communications.The functionality of these protocols are often unnecessary for direct connection to sensors or meters. The Water Industry Telemetry Standards group in the UK has developed a version of the WITS protocol focused on IoT for water applications. This presentation will cover: • Why has WITS decided to focus on IoT? • WITS IoT? • A discussion of the benefits and challenges of WITS-IoT versus WITS-DNP3

Jim Baker

SCADA Acquisition Manager
WA Water Corporation

2:45 PM - 3:25 PM The Necessity of Protecting SCADA Networks from Unauthorised Access and Attacks through Improved Network Security

Elena Sitnikova, Critical Infrastructure Protection, Research Leader,, Australian Centre for Cyber Security
The Australian Centre for Cyber Security is wholly dedicated to the research and resolution of cyber security flaws, including the systems involved in SCADA’s hardware and software. As SCADA operations become increasingly embedded in the internet, flaws that had previously existed in both are making operations increasingly open to attack and unauthorized access. This session will look at:
  • Understanding where network interdependencies create the most vulnerabilities
  • Operating SCADA under the assumption that it is insecure and continuing under this persistent threat
  • Using computational intelligence to mend the internet’s underlying insecurity and thus making it safer for SCADA to operate over


Elena Sitnikova

Critical Infrastructure Protection, Research Leader,
Australian Centre for Cyber Security


3:55 PM - 4:35 PM Employing Virtual Commissioning to Reduce the Cost, Time & Risk for Replacing SCADA systems or Capital Works

Robbie Cleland, SCADA and DMS Administrator, United Energy and Multinet Gas Del Smith, SCADA Testing and Commissioning Engineer for, United Energy & Multinet Gas
This case study will look at the ways in which United Energy and Multinet Gas created a plugin code for the Triangle Micro Work Test Harness that could be used in the virtual commissioning of SCADA replacement projects or installing capital works. In effect, this project simulated operational conditions in order to test the responses of its SCADA. As such, this session will discuss:
  • The 4 stages in using TMW with a network model to optimise SCADA commissioning
  • The metrics demonstrating how this process has saved time, money and effort as well as reduce risk for UE and Multinet
  • The challenges faced when employing this techniques as well as the lessons learnt along the way


Robbie Cleland

SCADA and DMS Administrator
United Energy and Multinet Gas

Del Smith

SCADA Testing and Commissioning Engineer for
United Energy & Multinet Gas
TABLE ONE: Change Management for IT integration in SCADA operations

TABLE TWO: Maintaining SCADA security when undergoing both operational and technical updates

TABLE THREE: Improving Business Intelligence through the Use of Historical Data

Deva Chinnarajan

SCADA Engineer
Lower Murray Water

Kiran Ramlagan

Senior Engineer
Horizon Power

Jim Baker

SCADA Acquisition Manager
WA Water Corporation

5:35 PM - 5:40 PM Welcome from Networking Cocktail Party Host Metasphere

5:40 PM - 7:10 PM Networking Cocktail Party