Plenary Day Two: Wednesday, 22 March 2017

08:30 AM - 09:00 AM Conference Registration and Welcome Coffee

09:00 AM - 09:10 AM Opening Remarks by IQPC Australia and the Chairperson

David Wignall, Senior Vice President, Indonesia Port Corporation (Asia)


David Wignall

Senior Vice President
Indonesia Port Corporation (Asia)

International Keynote Presentation

09:10 AM - 09:50 AM Reclamation and Restoration of Structures In Catastrophic High Water Events

Christopher Fetters, Principal/Vice President, GHD (US)
With similar conditions in regards to frequency of tidal waves and hurricane action, the US is impacted by catastrophic high water events that we too have experienced in Australia. Chris has had to be highly innovative in the assessment, management and mitigation of impact and damage to the submerged ports and dock facilities in Louisiana caused by high water events. In this session, Chris will discuss his strategic approach to reclaiming and restoring submerged ports and docks:
  • Understanding the increased frequency of large scale storm events v. sea level rise risks
  • Key objectives for planning and preparation during the high water event
  • Key concerns when performing reclamation and restoration once the water recedes
  • Assessment of structural integrity of impaired asset and facility and alter geometry of the docks
  • Development of alternative designs to proactively manage potential future impacts
  • Implementation of proper alternative design to better mitigate and manage the structure as a part of your restoration activity, and the main learnings
  • Innovative management of new structures and retrofitting as part of your restoration process


Christopher Fetters

Principal/Vice President

Keynote Presentation

09:50 AM - 10:30 AM Retrofitting Existing Structures to Increase Wharf Capacity and Future-Proof Ports

Robert Short, Naval Harbour Master - Sydney, Royal Australian Navy
Fleet Base East represents one of the busiest Port Operations in Australia with typical usage rates in excess of 80% and up to 95% in peak periods. Wharf space demand has is increasing with larger vessels coming into service in the Royal Australian Navy including to Canberra Class LHDs which are the largest vessels the Navy has ever operated. This is compounded by increasing commercial pressure, visiting foreign warships, future fleet implications, and berthing inflexibility due to size of ships, proximity to residential areas and aging infrastructure. In this session, Robert will discuss:
  • Projects that have upgraded existing infrastructure
  • Scheduling and alternate berthing options
  • Future projects and proposals to increase wharf space


Robert Short

Naval Harbour Master - Sydney
Royal Australian Navy

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM Spotlight Presentation

11:00 AM - 11:30 AM Morning Tea and Networking Break

11:30 AM - 12:10 PM Case Study – Innovative Corrosion Control Methods that Create Efficiencies

David Elderman, Project Engineer, Queensland Sugar Ltd
Queensland Sugar Ltd (QSL) is one of the largest and most efficient bulk sugar terminal operators in the world, exporting up to 100 bulk vessels annually to international sugar buyers. A key focus for QSL has always been protecting their aging infrastructure from corrosion. Given their relatively small budget, QSL’s success in managing their bulk sugar terminal Lucinda Wharf rests in their resourcefulness and creativity in selecting and implementing corrosion solutions. By deviating from traditional methods of protection like painting, QSL not only maintains one of the longest service jetties in the Southern Hemisphere, but also enjoys millions of dollars worth of savings due to their cost effectiveness and efficiencies. In this session, David will discuss:
  • Main learnings in the management of Lucinda Wharf
  • Cost effective solutions for repair and maintenance of aging infrastructure, including alternative material solutions for corrosion that create efficiencies
  • Cost comparison of different techniques for protecting against corrosion


David Elderman

Project Engineer
Queensland Sugar Ltd

Fulton Hogan Case Studies

12:10 PM - 12:30 PM Selecting Container Terminal Pavement Solutions

Ashley Cooper, Project Manager, Fulton Hogan
Container terminal pavements are subject to onerous loading regimes; they are critical to operations and are the Operator’s chief civil asset. There are a multitude of failure modes to eliminate without attracting undue cost. We will examine these pitfalls and effective technical solutions appropriate to new build or rehabilitation initiatives.


Ashley Cooper

Project Manager
Fulton Hogan

Fulton Hogan Case Studies

12:30 PM - 12:50 PM DP World West Swanson Expansion Project - Mitigating Construction Risks

Andrew Hume, Project Engineer, Fulton Hogan
The former Bentley Chemplax site in Melbourne was recently completed to provide a 30,000sqm expansion for the global stevedoring company DP World. This gave an additional 450 ground slots or 100,000 TEU of container capacity. Construction of such projects pose various risks and challenges including soft and contaminated soils, high container and equipment loadings, live port traffic, pavement design and the safety of operating and construction staff. Through this case study, Andrew Hume will demonstrate how construction risks were mitigated for DP World

Andrew Hume

Project Engineer
Fulton Hogan

12:50 PM - 1:50 PM Networking Lunch

Arrays of ocean Wave-Energy Converters (WECs) have recently been incorporated into breakwaters and harbour walls in Europe. These coastal-protective structures absorb wave power and convert it into renewably-sourced electricity. Thus, some of the cost of the infrastructure would be defrayed by the sale of electricity. Swinburne University of Technology, together with the University of Tasmania, the CSIRO and industry partners, is leading research funded by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency, into how WECs behave when deployed in arrays or 'farms'. Australian WEC developments have focused on electricity generation, but integration of WEC arrays with coastal protection may offer benefits to coast and port authorities as well as to electricity utilities. In this session, Richard will explain general principles of WEC technology and share key findings of his team's theoretical research and experiments. The prospects of applying WEC concepts to coastal protection will be discussed.
  • Distribution of the wave energy resource around Australia
  • Case studies on WECs worldwide and Australia – main learnings and key considerations and challenges in implementation
  • Designs of WECs that have been integrated into coastal protection applications


Richard Manasseh

Associate Professor/Acting Director, Centre for Ocean Engineering, Science
Swinburne University of Technology

2:30 PM - 3:10 PM Case Study – Maintaining Upgraded Structures of a Diverse Multi-Cargo Facility

Kate Mclean, Project Engineer, Port of Townsville Ltd
Port of Townsville Limited (POTL) is a diverse multi-cargo facility with eight operational wharves built and commissioned at different times. Over the past 5 years, POTL has undertaken major upgrades to its Berth 10 (demolish and rebuild), Berth 8 modify to support a new ship loader, and currently Berth 4 partial demolish and major upgrade. POTL also demolished a 100 year old wharf that reached its safe usable life with upgrades driven by vessel sizes (first wharves catered for sail vessels); cargo handling processes and equipment; cargo storage requirements; deck load weight requirements; and best practice maintenance techniques.

In this session, Kate and Tony will present examples of recent upgrades and technical complexities in maintaining the upgraded structures.


Kate Mclean

Project Engineer
Port of Townsville Ltd

3:10 PM - 3:40 PM Afternoon Tea and Networking Break

3:40 PM - 4:20 PM Development of an Asset Management System

Matthew Primmer, Engineering Manager, Port of Hastings Development Authority
Effective asset management provides better accountability, sustainability, risk management, service management and financial efficiency. The Port of Hastings has been developing an asset management system to support the future management of its port assets and infrastructure. In this session Matthew will discuss the process involved in developing a system and the benefits that can be achieved including:
  • Providing a systematic and transparent process for the justification and timing of asset management activities
  • Obtaining a detailed understanding of maintenance liabilities, priorities, risks and opportunities
  • Developing a strategic approach to asset management to optimise the performance of the assets, minimise lifecycle costs and mitigate risks of asset failure
  • Providing a clear line of sight between the corporate objectives and day-to-day maintenance activities


Matthew Primmer

Engineering Manager
Port of Hastings Development Authority

4:20 PM - 5:00 PM The Key to Success - Being Innovative, Future-Focused and Exploring “How” to Achieve Your Goals

Katrina Dodd, Global Practice Lead – Ports & Marine, Ausenco , ,
Ausenco has over 90 years of history designing ports and coastal structures worldwide. Throughout this time there have been cycles of challenges: whether growth or refurbishment, port infrastructure has a lifespan which exceeds that of most of the businesses originally servicing it.

The recent past has been a period of low investment and high innovation, resulting in a flattening out of the development curve. However, out of this process new technology and advances in design software are leading us to future-proof these long term investments in new and interesting ways. In this session, Katrina and Paulo will discuss:
  • Examples of how a step change in the development curve can be achieved through challenging the norms and exploring technologies
  • Taking a holistic view to the Port Master Planning, how you can add value to existing facilities as well as establishing a more sustainable approach to new developments


Katrina Dodd

Global Practice Lead – Ports & Marine

5:00 PM - 5:10 PM Conference Closing: Remarks from Chairperson

David Wignall, Senior Vice President, Indonesia Port Corporation (Asia)


David Wignall

Senior Vice President
Indonesia Port Corporation (Asia)

5:10 PM - 11:59 PM Conference Closed