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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

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.


Visit Brisbane


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


Air Train


Getting around Brisbane


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


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.


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.