The IPWEA WA 2018 State Conference will be held from Wednesday, 21 – Friday, 23 March, 2018
The Esplanade Hotel, Fremantle

It is my great pleasure to invite you to register for our 2018 State Conference “The Changing Face of Public Works”.

The Conference Theme – The Changing Face of Public Works – revolves around the evolution of traditional methods vs current methods and the ever evolving new technologies and trends, and the differences they have in the public works sector between the “older” generations and the “younger” generations.

The State Conference also offers the opportunity to create and strengthen relationships between people and organisations.

The Program will deliver very full and engaging days of keynote speakers, concurrent technical presentations, covering a wide range of public works and services, panel discussions and includes numerous networking opportunities. The event will help busy professionals identify ideas for future focus, collect knowledge and practical measures that can be applied straight away to make a real difference in the workplace.

It is well known that one of the most important benefits derived from attending conferences is what we learn from our colleagues in one on one interaction, and this has always been, and will always remain, a focus of the conference committee.

Day one opens with a Keynote Presentation by Professor Peter Klinken AC, the Chief Scientist of WA, who will focus on Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) and how science can be a critical factor to ensure that the overall industry stays at the forefront of emerging technologies together with remaining sustainable with the imminent retirement plans of some of the more experienced and longer term members in the Industry.

Presentations from your colleagues from across a range of industries will embrace the theme of The Changing Face of Public Works and will outline what has impacted on them and their organisations.

Richard Sellers, Director General of the Department of Transport, will update us on Current Infrastructure Projects and Planning: The Changes a Year and a Change of Government Can Have, and Dr Keith O’Shea, President of the Australian Institute of planning Management WA will provide an interactive session on Project Management….and what you don’t know. Young IPWEA will be taking an active part in the program, providing an interactive plenary session focussing on technology and inclusion. Come and hear what they have to say! As well as the technical and educational presentations the conference includes numerous social and networking activities, including a speed networking session, the Networking Dinner on Thursday evening and the Gala Dinner on Friday evening, and an opportunity to speak with exhibitors from a range of industries.

MC Gerry Gannon will play an important role at this event. His strong personal interest in public works engineering, ability to ask the right questions and spontaneous wit will ensure an entertaining Conference. In addition, Gerry will be hosting 2 lots of interviews with people across the industry.

The State Conference also provides opportunities for grants from the Public Works Engineering Foundation for financially-constrained members, especially those from regional and remote local governments. Please see the website (www.ipwea.asn.au) for details, or contact foundation@ipwea.asn.au.

Keynote Presenters include:  Professor Peter Klinken AC, Chief Scientist of WA; Richard Sellers, Director General, Department of Transport; Dr Keith O’Shea, President, Australian Institute of Project Management WA, and Craig Wooldridge, Director Networking Planning – Moving People, Department of Transport.

The Program can be download here:  Program / Registration Form.

Registrations are now open!

The Sponsorship Package can be viewed on the website, or downloaded hereFoundation Scholarships are available for eligible candidates. Please contact foundation@ipwea.asn.au for more details and application forms.

Please contact our Conference Coordinator, Cathy Higgs, on (08) 9321 5740 or events@ipwea.asn.au should you require any further information.  I look forward to seeing you there!

Kimberly Brosztl Deputy President & 2018 Conference Committee Chair

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