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EECON 2018 Pre Conference Site Tours -
Wednesday 4 April

Wagners Toowoomba & UQ Gatton -
Tour 1 - 8.15 am – 5.15pm

Wagners Toowoomba

The tour will give attendees the opportunity for a full ‘behind the scenes’ walkthrough of Wagners CFT, where you will get to explore Wagners new Crossarm production facility located in the Wellcamp Industrial Estate outside of Toowoomba.  A fully guided tour will be conducted covering off on every stage of their state-of-the-art composite crossarm production line. Learn about the fabrication process, and the myriad of techniques utilised to test the product and ensure consistent production output, along with how Wagners have embraced automation and managed the implementation of robotics into the process.  In addition to the manufacturing of composite crossarms attendees will witness full scale crossarm structural testing (to failure), and learn about the various failure modes that exist.  This tour also provides the rare opportunity to witness high voltage testing for electrical tracking in contaminated environments, normally used for testing high voltage insulating materials.  Hearing and eye protection will be provided on site.

Attendees are required to disclose their employer and status of employment.  Wagners reserves the right to deny access to segments of the Wagners Tour for some parties.

University of Queensland Gatton Solar Research Facility

The University of Queensland has the largest solar research facility in the southern hemisphere at universities Gatton campus. The 3.275 megawatt Gatton Solar Research Facility comprises more than 37,000 thin-film photovoltaic panels, mounted on the campus’s 10ha former airstrip. The development is funded by a $40.7 million Federal Government Education Investment Fund program grant administered by the Department of Education. For the first time in Australia, multiple PV mounting technologies including fixed-tilt, single-axis and dual-axis tracker technologies are in operation side-by-side in the same field. A 600 kW, 760 kWh Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) has also been integrated with The University of Queensland (UQ) Gatton solar PV plant. From this site visit you will get firsthand experience with Universities

Prices including GST: $75 per person

NOJA POWER and AEMO
Tour 2 - 10.15am – 4pm

Noja Power Switchgear Factory Tour

Witness world leading technology manufacturing at NOJA Power’s Brisbane Head Office. This rare tour opportunity grants unprecedented access to this Australian firm’s operations in Medium Voltage Switchgear and Control systems. This comprehensive tour showcases the process from R&D, through production and out to the end users in over 86 countries worldwide. With one of the largest private High Voltage test facilities in the country, NOJA Power invites you to tour their facilities including a 600kV Impulse Generator, 200kV Power Frequency and a Salt Fog Insulation Test chamber developed in partnership with the University of Queensland. A must see for any Power Systems Professionals and Engineers.

AEMO Brisbane Control Centre Tour

In the afternoon, we will take a visit to AEMO’s Brisbane Control Centre.  There we will be given an overview of AEMO operations followed by a demonstration of the NEM simulator.  We will see the simulation of the SA Power black system event on 28 September 2016 as well as the simulation of a Queensland cyclone scenario.

Prices including GST: $60 per person

General Information

Got some free time during your visit to Brisbane or thinking to extending your stay? There's always something happening, whether you're after arts and cultural pursuits, a local show, sporting fixtures or eclectic markets. Come for the conference, stay for the fun.

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Visit Brisbane

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What's on in Brisbane

The 2018 Commonwealth Games, officially known as the XXI Commonwealth Games and commonly known as Gold Coast 2018,

is an international multi-sport event for members of the Commonwealth that will be held on the Gold CoastQueenslandAustralia between 4 and 15 April 2018.

For more information:  https://www.gc2018.com

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Air Train

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Getting around Brisbane

Weather

Blessed with the perfect subtropical climate and with more than 300 days of sunshine a year, Brisbane is the ideal destination for life in the great outdoors.

Autumn (March to May)
Min average temp is 10C and max is 21C

Summer (December to February)
Min average temp is 21C and max is 30C

Winter (June to August)
Min average temp is 16C and max is 26C

Spring(September to November)
Min average temp is 16C and max is 26C

For more information on Brisbane weather see the Australian Bureau òf Meteorology.

Airport Transfers

Airtrain

Celebrate as Australia's first dedicated rail link for airport patrons - the Airtrain provides travellers with a convenient pre and post-flight transfer option.

The 20-minute express service runs every regularly from the international and domestic terminals, stopping at five inner-city stations.

Tickets can be purchased online, at the Brisbane Airport customer service counter (domestic terminal) and at Airtrain, city and suburban train stations.

For further information visit the Airtrain website.

Taxis

Dedicatecd taxi ranks are centrally located on the front doorstep of Brisbane Airport's international and domestic terminals.

For further information, visit the Black & White Cabs website or Yellow Cab Co website.

EECON 2018 Conference
Dinner & Energy Excellence Awards

 

Energy Excellence Awards

On the evening of 5 April 2018, the ‘Energy Excellence Awards’ will take place as part of the official conference dinner.

The Awards will showcase the best projects and initiatives from across the industry. The proposed categories for the Awards are as follows:

 

  • Young Energy Professional of the Year
  • Women in Energy Award
  • Energy Project of the Year
  • Lifetime Achievement in Energy Award

 

The criteria for each award along with the submission requirements are outlined below:

Young Energy Professional of the Year

About the award:

Recognises a standout professional in the Australian energy sector aged 35 years and under who has made a significant contribution to their company and added value in a demonstrable way.

Criteria:

  • Professional Development
  • Contribution to their company
  • Contribution to the profession/industry
  • Contribution to the community

Self-Nominations must include:

  • Overview of contributions the applicant has made to their company including any significant achievements plus an Overview of contributions the applicant has made to the energy industry and the wider community (including involvement in professional development organisations, community groups and any volunteer work) (max 300 words)
  • Endorsement of the nomination by the applicant’s employer and one other work-related reference
  • Detailed CV of the candidate
  • Photograph of the candidate for marketing purposes

Nomination by others must include:

  • Details of person making the nomination – First and last name, contact number, email address
  • Details of the person being nominated – First and last name, contact number, email address
  • Why the person should be awarded the award (max 300 words)
  • Detailed CV of the candidate
  • The applicant must be nominated by a member of the Electric Energy Society of Australia or Engineers Australia

 

Terms and Conditions:

The nominee must:

  • Be an Australian citizen or permanent resident
  • Be employed in the Australian energy industry
  • Be aged 35 years or under as of 31st December 2018

Women in Energy Award

About the award:

Recognises a standout female professional in the Australian energy sector who has made significant contributions to the Australian energy sector and has demonstrated leadership in the industry more broadly.

Criteria:

  • Leadership within the industry
  • Professional Development
  • Contribution to the Australian energy sector
  • Contribution to the profession/industry
  • Contribution to the community

Self-Nominations must include:

  • Overview of the applicant’s leadership credentials and how they have demonstrated leadership within the Australian energy industry plus an Overview of contributions the applicant has made to the energy industry and the wider community (including involvement in professional development organisations, community groups and any volunteer work) (max 300 words)
  • Endorsement of the nomination by the applicant’s employer and one other work-related reference
  • Detailed CV of the candidate
  • Photograph of the candidate for marketing purposes

Nomination by others must include:

  • Details of person making the nomination – First and last name, contact number, email address
  • Details of the person being nominated – First and last name, contact number, email address
  • Why the person should be awarded the award (max 300 words)
  • Detailed CV of the candidate
  • The applicant must be nominated by a member of the Electric Energy Society of Australia or Engineers Australia

Terms and Conditions:

The nominee must:

  • Be an Australian citizen or permanent resident
  • Be employed in the Australian energy industry

 

Energy Project of the Year

About the award:

Recognises a project within the energy sector that has delivered significant benefits to stakeholders and the wider community while being managed and executed with a high level of excellence.

Criteria:

  • Benefits to stakeholders and the wider community
  • Degree of project challenge/difficulty
  • Delivery and leadership within the project
  • Stakeholder engagement

Nominations must include:

  • Description of the project and its impact on the Australian energy sector plus a Description of the benefits that the project provides to stakeholders and the wider community (max 300 words)
  • Overview of the challenges within the project and how these were overcome through effective team leadership and project support (max 300 words)
  • Endorsement by the project sponsor and a representative from the nominating company
  • Photographs of the project (at least 2) for marketing purposes

Terms and Conditions:

The nominated project must:

  • Be by an Australian based company
  • Be a project in the Australian energy industry
  • Be constructed and commissioned on or before 31st March 2018

 

Lifetime Achievement in Energy Award

About the award:

Recognises a standout professional in the Australian energy sector who is unheralded in their work yet has made a significant contribution to the industry for a number of years.

Criteria:

  • Leadership within the industry
  • Professional Development
  • Contribution to the profession/industry
  • Contribution to the community

Self-Nominations must include:

  • Overview of the contributions the applicant has made to the energy industry plus an Overview of contributions the applicant has made to the wider community including involvement in professional development organisations, community groups and any volunteer work (max 300 words)
  • Endorsement of the nomination by the applicant’s employer and one other work-related reference
  • Detailed CV of the candidate
  • Photograph of the candidate for marketing purposes

Nomination by others must include:

  • Details of person making the nomination – First and last name, contact number, email address
  • Details of the person being nominated – First and last name, contact number, email address
  • Why the person should be awarded the award (max 300 words)
  • Detailed CV of the candidate
  • The applicant must be nominated by a member of the Electric Energy Society of Australia or Engineers Australia

Terms and Conditions:

The nominee must:

  • Be an Australian citizen or permanent resident
  • Be employed in the Australian energy industry

 

Judging

The award judging panel will be drawn from the EECON technical committee as well as the wider Australian energy sector. The judging panel will consist of three members with one member appointed as the chair. Winners will be notified on Thursday 29 March

Prizes

Award winners will receive a special framed award, two complimentary tickets to attend the energy excellence awards, as well as promotion and marketing in EECON 2018 marketing channels as one of the Energy Excellence Award winners.

Conference Dinner & Awards

During the dinner the MC will announce the recipients of each of the award categories.

Key Dates

12th March 2018 – Award Entries Open

26th March 2018 – Award Entries Close

29th March 2018 – Winners Announced

5th April 2018 – Awards Evening