Engineering and Maintenance

4th Annual Queensland Infrastructure Summit

In 2008-2009 Queensland's economy grew by .08 per cent during the most severe financial and economic crisis since the 1930s. Continued growth during what appears to be the now-waning global financial crisis lends proof to the strength of the state's rapidly-expanding infrastructure future.

With sustained growth comes continued challenges to providing Queensland’s ambitious $124 billion, 20-year infrastructure program. Accessing finance for major projects is a constant challenge with the recently re-elected Queensland Labor Government exploring new and innovative ways to source infrastructure finance.

Gain essential insights into the planning, funding and delivery of crucial infrastructure projects in the state.


Future Population Growth in South East Queensland and Implications for Infrastructure Development
  • Past population growth largely driven by interstate migration
  • Future population growth increasingly driven by overseas migration - both permanent and temporary entrants and high level of births changing spatial distribution in the share of future growth away from coastal areas to the Brisbane-Ipswich corridor. However, still significant growth for Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast
  • Size, distribution and composition of future growth has significant implications for the location timing and type of infrastructure provision

Queensland Treasury Corporation: A Role to Play in Infrastructure Development in Queensland
  • Government requirements – optimisation of infrastructure procurement and delivery in terms of cost, risk and flexibility
  • Government responsibility for selection of procurement and funding options
  • QTC’s role as advisor to Government on a range of financial and risk issues – indifference to procurement and funding options selected by Government – role in implementing decisions of
  • Governing principles for infrastructure procurement Misconceptions around funding of infrastructure
  • PPPs in Queensland

A Framework for Assessing Discount Rates for Public Private Partnerships
  • Review of Infrastructure Australia’s methodology for determining the discount rate for net cost and net revenue projects
  • Issues observed with the current Infrastructure Australia National PPP Guidelines’ approach
  • Proposed modifications to the current methodology
  • Alignment with accepted valuation theory and practice
Innovative PPP Financing
  • A model for the times - the South East Queensland Schools’ Project
  • Supported Debt Model - a new PPP financing structure implemented at the height of the GFC
  • Combining public sector QTC funds and private sector finance to develop seven new schools
  • Challenges and innovation – lowering the overall cost of funds compared to traditional PPP by introducing QTC fi nance on a ‘risk free’ basis
  • Intercreditor issues key to management of project risk and private sector subordination

Coordinating Transport Infrastructure to Meet the Needs of a Rapidly Growing Population
  • Planning for an integrated transport system with effi cient connectivity
  • Ensuring that transport investment is undertaken strategically and holistically on a whole of life, multi-modal basis
  • Delivering a state-wide program of works, asset management, operations and transport services delivery, including key examples and projects
  • Providing transport safety regulation and security services

Connecting SEQ 2031: An Integrated Regional Transport Plan for South East Queensland
  • The role of integrated regional transport planning in the context of the current planning and delivery framework
  • The transport challenges facing South East Queensland
  • Patronage forecasting and transport modelling
  • Choosing our future and sustainable management of the growing transport task
  • Translating the vision to action - a multi-modal framework for delivery of infrastructure and services


The Strategic Planning, Coordination and Provision of Infrastructure to Support the Economic Development of Urban and Regional Queensland
  • Issues relating to population growth
  • State development areas, including rapidly-expanding South East Queensland
  • Coordinating, planning and delivering industrial land, water, energy and transport infrastructure
  • Update on current regional projects and initiatives including:
    > Regional water projects
    > Northern Economic Triangle
    > Whitsunday Coast Airport


Portfolio Investment Strategies for Transport Infrastructure Investment
  • Decision methodologies for TMR major projects.
  • PPP models and their future potential
  • Funding and finance solutions in major projects

Gold Coast Rapid Transit: Delivering a World Class Public Transport Network for the People of South East Queensland
  • Delivery through partnerships
  • Supporting the city’s growth
  • Partnership agreements
  • Delivery strategy objectives
  • PPP - key features and structures

Financing and Delivering Airport Link: Australia’s Largest Privately Funded Infrastructure Project
  • Overview and update on the project
  • Forging the partnership between the private and public sectors
  • Economic drivers of the project
  • Capital structure update
  • Creating long term value for investors


Energy Innovation: Capitalising on the Growing Global Demand for Energy
  • Innovation in solar energy production and technology
  • Coordinating the planning and delivery of energy infrastructure
  • The department’s role in adopting sustainable, innovative energy technologies
  • Overview of energy-related infrastructure projects


Meeting the Need for New Health Infrastructure

  • Delivering new hospitals
  • Upgrading community health facilities
  • Major project updates:
    > Gold Coast University Hospital
    > Queensland Children’s Hospital
    > Sunshine Coast University Hospital
    > Mackay Base Hospital
    > Cairns Base Hospital
Meeting the Infrastructure Demand for Education and Training Infrastructure
  • Accessing a skilled workforce
  • The planning and delivery of new educational facilities
  • Upgrades on existing schools and TAFE facilities
  • Utilising PPP funding for innovative educational infrastructure: The Southbank Institute of Technology
  • Developing schools for fast growing regions such as South East Queensland

This conference will be held on the 18-19 March 2010 at Stamford Plaza, Brisbane (costs $ 2634.50 AUD + 250 WYEA admin fee). You are welcome to attend. The Information posted on this page is only meant to provide you an insight on knowledge and skills transfer opportunities available within the Australian engineering and maintenance sector. In collaboration with IIR, we can design a specific program for you and your group, providing an opportunity for you to meet with Australian leading professionals in a friendly and highly rewarding environment.

Bulk Materials Handling

Bulk Materials Handling 2010 deals with the core bulk handling issues of relevance to the mining industry.

At Bulk Materials Handling 2010 you will hear the experts view points and solutions to cost reduction, wastage management and improved competitiveness.

This year's Bulk Materials Handling event will have a strong focus on the engineering behind the latest extensions and upgrades of bulk materials facilities. Key speakers from Australia's leading firms will give their insights on delivering projects through innovation and experience.

Issues and topics to be covered:

  • Conveyor systems and design
  • Computer simulation modeling
  • Operational case studies
  • Optimising supply chain management
  • Trends in coal export terminal development


Case Study: NCIG Coal Export Terminal Project in Newcastle

> Design of the terminal
> Update on the construction and commissioning
> Plans for future expansion
David Baigent, Engineering Manager - NCIG Project, Aurecon Hatch


Line-shaft Drives for Bulk Handling Systems

This paper will present a review of past present and future applications of line-shaft drives in bulk handling systems. The application of line-shaft drives will be illustrated for systems incorporating:

  • Truck-dumping
  • Train-loading
  • Stacking
  • Reclaiming
  • Ship-loading
Case Study: Primary and Secondary Crushing Facilities
> ROM dump hopper
> Apron Feeder
> Crushing Station
Paul Hough, Principal Structural Engineer, Laing O'Rourke
Gareth Blakey,
Senior Mechanical Engineer, Laing O'Rourke

Validated Computer Simulation Modelling for Design of Handling Operations
  • Bench-scale calibration of simulation parameters
  • Large-scale validation of computer simulations
  • Comparisons with existing design methods
  • Dealing with wet and sticky bulk materials
  • Simulation and testing of different conveyor transfer designs

Applications of Analytical Decision Making for Optimising Supply Chains and Mitigating Variability
  • Understanding and measuring variation in grade, process times and planning processes
  • Methods for making decisions in infrastructure planning and at an operational level. How to take variation into account to make more robust decisions
  • Examples from the coal, sugar and iron ore industries will be presented, with emphasis on the Hunter Valley Coal Chain

The surge bin control problem
  • The control of surge bin level is probably the most difficult control problem in materials handling. The problem is often solved by fitting large and expensive bins. However the size and cost of a surge bin can be considerably reduced by the use of clever control strategies
  • Dynamic system simulation studies of good control strategies can determine the minimum size of bin and the minimum cost of the project before the bin is designed and ordered

Conveyor Transfers - Art or Science?
  • Innovations in "complete" transfer design
  • Importance of flow properties
  • Conveyor trajectories - which model is right?
  • Designing for abrasive and impact wear
  • Conveyor transfer research - latest developments

CASE STUDY : Engineered Solutions for Transfer Chute Problems
Combined practical design with advanced analysis modelling techniques to reduce conveyor transfer chute problems. BMT WBM Engineering discusses two case studies where traditional engineering design is combined with advanced analysis to improve the flow of bulk material through transfer chutes and onto conveyors.

> Worsley Alumina required the design of a new stacker for the Calibre project upgrade. The optimization of the stacker chute design was achieved by combining practical engineering and empirical design methods with advanced analysis techniques
> The live wall mechanism in Gulf Rubbers "Flexiflo" was analysed using FE modelling and validated with experimental lab tests. The results provided valuable scientific data to support the development of a new customized transfer chute lining products

Yong Kim ,
Advanced Analysis Manager, BMT WBM

New Generation Conveyor Skirting

For decade's rubber has been skirting the transfer points of conveyors worldwide. (SBR) Styrene-Butadiene Rubber's high wear resistance, combined with low cost, has made it a logical choice to date. Today a strain of the high performance plastic polyurethane is now the most economical way of skirting rubber conveyor belts. This paper analyses the Co-efficient of friction, wear resistance and tensile strength comparing SBR rubber, Natural Rubber, and Polyurethane.

This conference will be held on the 24-25 Feb 2010 at  Stamford Plaza Hotel Brisbane -- (costs $ 3184.50 AUD + 250 WYEA admin fee). You are welcome to attend. The Information posted on this page is only meant to provide you an insight on knowledge and skills transfer opportunities available within the Australian engineering and maintenance sector. In collaboration with IIR, we can design a specific program for you and your group, providing an opportunity for you to meet with Australian leading professionals in a friendly and highly rewarding environment.