7th HAZARDOUS AREAS CONFERENCE – MELBOURNE @ Rydges on Swanston, Melbourne
Sep 26 – Sep 27 all-day


This conference has been created to meet and exchange ideas for those concerned with the safe use of electrical, mechanical and instrumentation equipment in hazardous, flammable or explosive atmospheres, thus preventing accidents and injuries in the workplace. The conference will provide participants with an understanding and knowledge of the hazards involved when using this equipment in potentially explosive atmospheres. It will offer you the most up to date information and practical know-how to enable you to participate in hazard studies, and to specify, design, install and maintain the equipment in your plant. The content of the conference will focus on the latest standards and how best to apply them, ensuring compliance for hazardous area audits. Experienced speakers will examine the critical issues involved in the management of hazardous areas.


• Update your knowledge on hazardous areas equipment and technologies
• Learn how to design and install safe working systems in hazardous areas
• See how Australian and international standards are being successfully applied
• Learn about hazardous areas equipment installations through case studies and critical discussion
• Learn how to prepare your business for a hazardous area audit/inspection
• Discuss critical issues of compliance to standards with experienced hazardous area professionals
• Find practical solutions to your hazardous safety problems
• Network with experienced safety experts and your peers


• Instrumentation and Control Engineers
• Engineering Managers
• Process Plant Engineers and Technicians
• Plant Managers and Project Managers
• Process Maintenance Technicians
• Risk Assessors
• Chemical, Process & Mechanical Engineers
• Instrumentation Technicians
• Design Engineers
• Manufacturers of Hazardous Areas Equipment
• Safety Facilitators
• Electrical Technicians and Managers
• Process Control Specialists
• Process Safety and Loss Prevention Managers
• Government Safety Regulators/inspectors
• OHS/Training Managers
• Tradespersons working in potentially explosive areas
• Electrical and Instrument Tradespersons And all engineering professionals who have an interest in hazardous areas



ALL-ENERGY AUSTRALIA 2018 @ Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre
Oct 3 – Oct 4 all-day

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All-Energy Australia celebrates 10th anniversary with impressive line-up as the energy conversation heats up

The 2018 All-Energy Australia Exhibition and Conference will showcase its most impressive line-up of speakers and exhibitors when it returns to Melbourne to celebrate the event’s ten-year milestone on 3 to 4 October.

Registrations for Australia’s largest, clean and renewable energy event are now open. Co-located with Waste Expo Australia, the free to attend event brings together leading suppliers and renowned speakers, to discuss the latest in clean and renewable energy, solar design, electronic vehicles, microgrid and off grid projects and much more.

Grid integration and hydrogen projects have been earmarked as standout sessions for the All-Energy Australia Exhibition and Conference. Energy trading using blockchain and government-funded initiatives will also feature at the two-day event with the full conference program set to be released in the coming weeks.

All-Energy Australia Exhibition Director, Robby Clark, said to celebrate the event’s tenth year running, visitors can expect to see new elements and industry leading speakers in the conference program.

“There are big changes in Australia’s energy sector, with funding approved for Australia’s first renewable hydrogen electricity plant and peer-to-peer energy trading on the horizon, it is an exciting time for the industry,” Mr Clark said.

“Our visitors are hungry for the latest technology and expert advice in the sector, which is exactly what this year’s program and standout streams will bring to the table.”

More than 180 renowned speakers from across the globe are set to join this year’s All-Energy Australia line-up, including The Hon. Josh Frydenberg MP, The Hon. Lily D’Ambrosio MP, The Hon. Mark Butler MP, Paul Italiano, CEO, Transgrid and Dr Kerry Schott AO, Independent Chair, Energy Security Board.

Over 200 leading exhibitors and suppliers will map out the exhibition floor with industry heavyweights including Tesla Motors, CSIRO, ABB Australia, NEXTracker, Array Technologies, BayWare Renewable Energy, Flex PowerPlay, GoodWe, HUAWEI, Longi Solar, One Stop Warehouse, Powerark Solar, Risen Solar Technology, Soltec, Victoria State Government, BYD, Clenergy, Ecoult, Fronius, Jinko Solar, Nclave, NSEW Energy, Pylon Tech, Solar Edge, Solax Power and Sungrow.

Visitor networking events will also be hosted including ‘The Grand Networking Event’ to meet exhibitors and recognise industry achievements, as well as the ‘Meet the Speakers Social’ to network with the conference speakers.

Held in partnership with the Clean Energy Council, All-Energy Australia Exhibition and Conference is the largest and most comprehensive clean and renewable exhibition in Australia, with last year’s program attracting more than 6,700 industry professionals. This year’s impressive speaker and exhibitor line-up is expected to draw record breaking numbers to the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.

To access the 2018 program and register for the free to attend exhibition and conference, please visit the All-Energy Australia website:

AUSPTA General Meeting and Conference – Agenda @ Kirribilli Club
Oct 19 @ 12:13 am – 1:13 am

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0830hrs – 0900hrs    Registration, Arrival Tea and Coffee.

0900hrs – 0940hrs    General Meeting

1. President to open General Meeting and welcome Attendees.
2. Apologies.
3. Confirmation of Minutes of the previous General Meeting held 20th October 2017.
4. Business arising from minutes.
5. To receive and consider the President’s Report.
6. Business arising from President’s Report.
7. To receive and consider the Secretary’s Report.
8. Business arising from Secretary’s Report.
9. To receive and consider the Honorary Treasurer’s Report.
10. Business arising from the Honorary Treasurer’s Report.
11. Marketing Update from the Vice President.
12. President to close the General Meeting.

0940hrs – 0945hrs     President to open the October Conference and welcome attendees.

0945hrs – 1030hrs    Presentation One
Mike Smith – CEO, Ace Business Brokers Pty Ltd
Since 1981 Mike has been assisting sellers to present their businesses professionally and get the best possible price. Mike is an Honorary Founding fellow of the Australian Institute of Business Brokers and regularly presents to accounting groups and at broker conferences. He came from a background in the high growth computer products industry with considerable experience in RTO’s to become one of Sydney’s most experienced brokers. He is the CEO and Licensee In Charge of the company and a qualified trainer. Mike is ready to talk to anyone at any time and has recorded many sales in importing, manufacturing, wholesaling, substantial retail and service industries. His presentation will detail ‘Selling Your Business – Made Easier’.

1030hrs – 1045hrs    Morning Tea – Sponsored by MOBOTIX AG and FLIR Systems Australia.

1045hrs – 1130hrs    Presentation Two
Scott Henderson – Director, ThermAlign & Motion Amplification Australia.
Scott has over 20 years of rotating equipment experience in demanding environments. His trade training as an Aircraft technician was with the British Army during some of the busiest periods for the British military to many locations on operations. Following 14 years military service, which took him across the globe, Scott immigrated to Australia and worked in heavy industry. Employed by SKF and utilizing his engineering experienced gained in his service years. He then moved to the Industrial Fan sector running national and international projects for Aerovent Australia, along with leading the Service Division. ThermAlign was started in 2014 to amalgamate the experience with cutting edge technology to enable world class delivery of precision maintenance and condition monitoring, utilising multiple skills, techniques, and equipment. Now in 2018 another new technology has been added. His presentation we will look at ‘Motion Amplification – Seeing Is Believing’ and highlight how you can now see the vibration in our plant and equipment and visualise how machines and structures move.

1130hrs – 1215hrs Presentation Three
Tyson Pascoe – Level 1 ITC Thermographer, Infrared Inspections &Technologies.
Tyson holds a Trade Qualification as a Light Vehicle Mechanic. His experience includes work with both RACQ West of Brisbane and North Queensland and also on earth moving equipment in The Bowen Basin. Tyson gained further experience as a diesel fitter contractor and held various management positions in FNQ. He has worked on the Heavy machinery as a Diesel Fitter, and his presentation will highlight ‘uses of IR to analyse and identifying the mechanical operations and possible failure points on Mobile mining Machinery’. Tyson completed Level 1 with ITC in October 2016, and is currently working as a Full Time Thermographer for Infrared Inspection and Technologies on several mines sites.

1215hrs – 1315hrs    Lunch – Sponsored by MOBOTIX AG and FLIR Systems Australia.

1315hrs – 1400hrs    Presentation Four
Justin Lucas – National Service Manager, Power Protect.
Justin has over 20 years’ experience as a service engineer specialising in the field of Uninterrupted Power Supplies and Power Quality equipment. Having worked across a number of different equipment manufacturers in Australian and the UK he has seen just about any fault that can occur with this equipment. Hans Lawatsch – ACT Field Supervisor, Power Protect. Hans is qualified as an Electronic Technician and an Electrician. He has spent 5 years specialising in UPS, PFC, ATS and Generator equipment and has completed Level 1 Thermography training at the University of Melbourne. Justin and Hans presentation will cover a range of ‘Equipment classified as critical power’ including Uninterrupted Power Supplies, DC Power Plant, Power Factor Correction, Harmonic Filters, Automatic Transfer Switches, and Diesel Generators. They will highlight by their nature these systems delivering filtering and redundancy to power systems have a number of different operating modes. A thermographic scan can only be effective if each component is made to operate during the inspection.

1400hrs – 1430hrs    Presentation Five
Michael Henneker – Executive Director, Thermelec (Qld) Infrared Inspection Services.
Mike is a Level III Certified Thermographer and Level I Airborne Ultrasound technician. His presentation ‘Thermography applications in Industry’ highlights his Company’s recent survey of two chimney exhaust stacks at a major Australian Glass manufacturer’s plant in Brisbane. Normally working with electrical and mechanical equipment, Thermelec (Qld) embraced the challenge of a different application for thermography and today’s presentation will share the results of that survey and some helpful hints on chimney stack surveying using infrared thermography and the way in which you report your findings.

1430hrs – 1500hrs Presentation Six
Erik Thorup – Director, I R Technology Australia Pty Ltd.
Erik’s presentation will highlight ‘Equipment used in Quarries’. He has a practical background in the application of IRT and holds Category III Thermography Certifications for both the AINDT/CMCB and the BINDT/PCN schemes. Erik will cover some of the faults you may find in this harsh environment, including Electrical, Crusher, Conveyor, Motors Gear boxes and Pumps. His presentation will also demonstrate the need of background knowledge from both Electrical and Mechanical for Surveys to be conducted accurately.

1500hrs – 1515hrs    Afternoon Tea – Sponsored by MOBOTIX AG and FLIR Systems Australia.

1515hrs – 1530hrs    Corporate Sponsor Presentation – MOBOTIX AG, presented by Michael Kosaros.

1530hrs – 1545hrs    Corporate Sponsor Presentation – FLIR Systems Australia, presented by Sean Towner.

1545hrs – 1625hrs    Industry User Group workshops.

1625hrs – 1640hrs    Industry User Group overview’s presented by the Electrical, Building Science and Mechanical Industry User Group chairs.

1640hrs – 1655hrs    Open Forum – The Chair will host a question and answer session.

1655hrs – 1700hrs    President to close the Conference.

1700hrs – 1900hrs    Social gathering and networking session.

1900hrs – 2200hrs Informal Dinner** – Watergrill (Located in the Kirribilli Club).
(Meals and drinks are at the attendees expense).

** There is no charge for attendance at the Conference. Morning Tea, Lunch and Afternoon Tea are provided, however the networking session and dinner are at Attendees expense. Please register with the Honorary Treasurer prior to the lunch break if you are attending the dinner. RSVP for the General Meeting and Conference by Friday 5th October 2018 (for catering and logistics).

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SA ENERGY STORAGE 2018 @ Emperors Palace, Johannesburg, South Africa
Oct 22 – Oct 23 all-day

SA Energy Storage 2018

A focused conference and exhibition covering policy, regulatory, economic, social, research, technology, business, standards, safety, financing, application and maintenance issues associated with Energy Storage in domestic, commercial, industrial, utility, mini/micro-grid and electric vehicle applications. 

with the theme:

“Taking energy storage forward in Africa: from research, piloting, policy and regulation, to standards, safety, financial closure and projects.”


• New and emerging battery storage technologies, products, systems and solutions
• Innovative policy and regulatory frameworks to attract investments and new projects
• Energy storage for arbitrage, capex deferment, frequency regulation and grid anciliary services
• Generating revenue and profit streams from the multiple benefits of energy storage
• Demonstrating the business case for energy storage projects
• Energy storage for housing, business and industrial parks and campus micro-grids
• Energy storage for mini- and micro-grids in remote and rural areas in Africa
• New business models for municipalities and electricity utilities of the future
• Business models for behind-the-meter energy storage solutions
• Calculation of multiple revenue streams to ensure bankability of energy storage projects
• Increasing the reliability, sustainability and performance of energy storage systems
• Maintenance, safety and standards for energy storage components and systems
• Evaluating the return on investment of energy storage systems
• Energy storage systems for peak shaving and demand response management
• Decentralized energy storage in municipal networks – technical and financial issues
• Utilising electric vehicle battery storage for economic and grid purposes
• The impact of electric vehicles on the electricity grid and electricity utilities of the future
• Boosting the bankability of energy storage opportunities and projects
• Integrating energy storage with variable renewables to provide a dispatchable resource
• Feedback from evaluation and pilot energy storage plants in South Africa and abroad
• Reducing the cost of peak demand with energy storage in “peaky” and low load-factor installations
• Structuring energy storage projects to attract investor funding
• Future opportunities for pumped-water energy storage systems in South Africa
• Supplementing or replacing diesel back-up generators with battery energy storage in commercial enterprises
• Other

Click here to download the SA Energy Storage 2018 information brochure



MACHINES2018 CONFERENCE @ Crowne Plaza Coogee
Oct 29 – Oct 31 all-day



Welcome to the 19th Annual Machines Conference.

This year Machines2018 will focus on the application of good maintenance practices and the role of measurement as a means of achieving world class availability at the lowest practical cost for your critical electrical assets.

Learn from others how;

  • To select from available approaches for electrical machine monitoring
  • To undertake the journey from data to information and finally to electrical asset intelligence
  • Simple maintenance done extremely well equals reliability
  • Improvements in electrical machine “uptime” have been achieved
  • Lessons have been learned from machine failures
  • To reduce electrical machine maintenance cost

Who Should Attend

  •  Those responsible for maximising return from electrical asset investments – asset managers
  • Those responsible for electrical plant reliability – maintenance managers, reliability managers and practitioners
  • Those responsible for measuring electrical plant condition – CM practitioners
  • Electrical engineers and maintenance practitioner

For more information on Machines2018 visit the Austorque Website

AUSTRALIAN UTILITY WEEK 2018 @ Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre
Nov 21 – Nov 22 all-day


Digital First: Accelerating Digital Transformation in Water and Energy
Australian Utiity Week is the leading digital utility expo in the region and it’s an annual meeting place for stakeholders of all levels from the entire utility supply chain; from the thought leaders in the digital utility – CIOs, CTOs, CDOs, Heads of  Analytics, AMI, CIS and Communication Networks, to engineers, energy traders and graduates. No matter what your role is in the utility sector, Australian Utility Week has something for you.

This year, it’s taking place on 21-22 November 2018 at Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre. The event is now in its 16th year and will attract 2000+ utility professionals from the electricity, gas and water sectors. It’s the largest event of its kind in Australasia region and the only event that focuses exclusively on digital and customer facing innovations.

As the premier business, innovation and information platform connecting the smart utility community, we focus on regional and global developments in Smart Grids, Smart Metering, Smart Cities, Smart Homes, Energy Storage, Field Services, Energy Services & Efficiency, Intelligent Buildings, Big Data Analytics, Asset Management, Analytics and IoT, Cyber Security, Smart Gas, Smart Water, Operational Excellence and Customer Engagement.

Innovation underlines every element of the show with a special focus on connecting people from all levels of the utility value chain from technology giants to start-ups and from senior-level experts to young talent.

Network with your like-minded peers, see innovative products and services and gain a better understanding of the current and future issues affecting the industry. You will learn how to create innovative roadmaps that limit the risk while boosting value from digital tools and strategies.

New topics cater to the market needs include:

  • Critical Infrastructure Grid Security
  • AMI Integrated Digital Water Meters
  • Energy Efficiency & DR Programs
  • Smart Space Networks and Controls
  • Storage Services & Virtual Power Plants
  • Smart Grid Enabled EV Infrastructure
  • Developing IoT-Connected Smart Meters
  • Artificial Intelligence on Cyber Security
  • EV Charging Platforms and Controls
  • Automation, Analytics and Artificial Intelligence
  • Energy Services for the C&I Market
  • Digital Personalisation for Customers
  • Mobile Workers and Real Time Operations
  • Drones & Robotics for T&D Applications
  • Building Digital Utility Cloud Services
  • GIS-Integrated Work Management
  • Digital Touchpoints for Improved Experience
  • Solar Energy Solutions for Water Utilities

* APT Publications READERS receive a 25% DISCOUNT to attend as a delegate – quote APT on the Australian Utility Week Website when registering!


Visit the Australian Utility Week Conference website for more information:


DOWN TO EARTH CONFERENCE 2018 @ Crown Conference Centre, Melbourne
Nov 27 – Nov 28 all-day


DTEC is the premier Earthing Conference in the Oceanic region and provides opportunities for:

• Earthing specialists to present their recent experiences and the latest advances.
• Electrical contractors to share installation, maintenance and testing practices.
• Engineers to publish peer-reviewed technical papers.
• Asset owners, regulators, educators, and interested engineers to increase awareness of issues significant in the field and discuss how they are being handled.
• Earthing practitioners, past earthing course attendees and people new to the field to get together and share experiences.
• Suppliers and consultants to showcase their capabilities and products.

The technical programme will consist of three components:

• Presentation of peer reviewed technical papers addressing recent advances in earthing related fields. Suitably accepted papers will be published in IEEE Explore, as well as the Conference Proceedings.
• Presentations using a less formal approach to cover recent experiences such as technically challenging installations/designs, applications of tools/methods, report on any incidents of wider interest, provide updates on research topics, and introduce any new tools/materials.
• Shorter case study presentations covering recent experience or application of techniques.

The conference will include presentations covering the following topic areas:

• Compliance   • Analysis   • Protection   • Interference
• Construction   • Testing   • Lightning   • Risk

The 2018 Down to Earth Conference will provide an invaluable opportunity for earthing and lightning protection engineers to catch up with industry developments in the area of design, installation and testing.

It also provides an opportunity to network with colleagues in the same field and equipment suppliers who provide the tools needed to realise a design.

Sponsoring and exhibiting at DTEC will provide your organisation with an opportunity to access the people who will be specifying the earthing and lightning protection for their next project and policies.


NSW ANNUAL ELECTRIC ENERGY CONFERENCE 2018 @ Dockside Conference Centre, Sydney
Nov 27 all-day



NSW Annual Electric Energy Conference 2018 Call for Papers

The NSW 2018 conference has the theme – “Adapting to the major changes reshaping the electric energy industry“.

The conference will cover many of the key issues impacting the electric energy and associated businesses in the short to medium term and the opportunities that available for existing and new players.

In putting together the conference program, we have focussed on the subject areas that we believe are most relevant to people working in the many businesses in the electric energy industry.

The EESA NSW Annual Electric Energy Conference will again be held at the Dockside Conference Centre – on the Balcony level at Cockle Bay Wharf. This conference centre has great facilities, is centrally located in Sydney, allows easy access from public transport and there is plenty of parking available close by.

All the conference sessions will be streamed live and thus remote participants will be able to view the sessions live online and also ask questions of the presenters online via the session chair. There is also ample opportunity to learn from and network with your peers and the many exhibitors in a relaxed setting.

We are calling for people to present papers in 3 of the conference sessions with the following themes

  • Session 1 – The “Internet of Things”, “smart houses”, “smart grids” and more – examples of the clever use of smart technologies across the electric energy area.
  • Session 2 – “Microgrids, new types of generation and storage developments – what is the experience of businesses in these areas?”
  • Session 3 – “The changing role of engineers across the electric energy area – and the new skills required for success”


Submission of Abstract:

Monday 9th April

Notification of acceptance of abstract:

Monday 30th April

Paper presentations (in powerpoint format) due:

Monday 22nd October

If you are interested in giving a paper which would fit into the topics above, you should submit an abstract of up to 200 words to Jeff Allen – EESA NSW/ACT Chapter Chair (email by Monday 9th April 2018. If you would like to discuss whether the proposed paper would be relevant then email Jeff with the outline of the proposed paper and he will call you to discuss.  A brief biography of the author/presenter (say 100 words) should also be included. Note that the sessions will allow about 15 mins for the presentation and about 5 mins for questions and answers (with more time to discuss issues during the breaks between sessions or the networking event after the conference).

Upon acceptance of their paper, presenters will be required to register to attend the conference. A discounted rate will be offered to presenters for the conference. We look forward to your submission for NSW Annual Electric Energy Conference 2018.

Jeff Allen

EESA NSW/ACT Chapter Chair

TechCon® Aus-NZ 2019 Conference & Exhibition @ Hyatt Regency Hotel
Apr 4 – Apr 5 all-day


Wilson Transformer Company together with TJ|H2b Analytical Services is proud to host TechCon® Aus-NZ 2019 the industry’s annual pre-eminent conference and exhibition. TechCon® Aus-NZ 2019 is renowned for its international content, bringing experts from across the globe as well as speakers from around Australia to share their knowledge and experiences.

The theme of  “Life-management of High Voltage & Medium Voltage power equipment” provides the centrepiece idea from which the conference will be built.

TechCon® Aus-NZ program will feature presenters who address the issues that impact our industry ranging from practical case studies to the latest research on asset management strategies for the ageing electrical grid infrastructure.

The 20th annual TechCon® Aus–NZ Conference and Exhibition is returning to Sydney.  The conference will address the challenges faced by our dynamic industry, and explore trends and shifts that impact us all. The program features presenters who address the issues that impact our industry ranging from practical case studies to the latest research on asset management strategies for the ageing electrical grid infrastructure. Delegates will be encouraged to participate in the Panel sessions that will be held on both days.

We invite delegates to:

  • Learn about all aspects of HV and MV power equipment from specification and design to manufacturing, maintenance, diagnostic testing, end of life assessment and failure analysis.
  • Listen to real-life case studies with practical solutions.
  • Engage with world class speakers, industry contacts and like-minded professionals.
  • Use methods and tools presented to better manage your high voltage and medium voltage assets.
  • Be exposed to new and innovative products on display throughout the trade exhibition.

Who should attend:

Electrical engineers /  Engineering graduates/ Project & Asset managers /Maintenance managers/ Business Development managers / Consultants / Procurement specialists / Electrical equipment suppliers / Service providers and manufacturers.

For more information visit the Conference Website.