The Future of Infrastructure 2020

What will the industry look like post COVID?

The way people live, work and move around our cities has changed dramatically over the last few months, and while some things will soon go back to normal, there is likely to be a significant transformation of transport, utilities and social infrastructure in the future. Now is the time to take stock of the current situation and look at what the future of the sector could look like, so we can start planning and preparing our assets.

For this virtual conference, we gathered the industry’s leading experts and asset owners to explore their predictions and plans for future trends. Watch to get insights into the rise of cloud-based infrastructure; how we can use the economic rebuild to make our assets more sustainable; how mobility and transport usage will change, and what the sector can do to meet this new demand; as well as what nation building will look like when it comes to social infrastructure.



Jessica Dickers, Editor, Infrastructure magazine
Welcome remarks

Frank Zeichner, CEO, Internet of Things Alliance Australia (IoTAA)
Is digital infrastructure the way forward for the industry?

Ainsley Simpson, CEO, Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia (ISCA)
Why the economic rebuild is the perfect time to get sustainability right

Yong The, Regional Manager, Oceania, OSIsoft
Achieving resilience through asset management

PANEL - A new normal for mobility

Lucinda Hoffman, General Manager (Transport Policy), Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads

Professor Graham Currie FTSE, Director, Public Transport Research Group, Monash University

David Oatley, Airport Planning Manager, Brisbane Airport Corporation

Peter Newman, Professor of Sustainability at Curtin University
What will nation building look like post-COVID?


Ainsley Simpson, CEO, Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia (ISCA)

As CEO of ISCA, Ainsley fosters partnerships to advance sustainability; enabling industry to deliver infrastructure for our all communities. She has worked at an executive level at ASX listed organisations, with operational roles in the public sector. Her journey with ISCA has included the deployment and continuous development of the IS Rating Scheme, as well as actively investing in building capacity in the ANZ infrastructure industry.

Prior to migrating to Australia, she actively participated in multi-scale housing and civil infrastructure projects in Southern Africa. Project involvement spans environmental assessment and management for transport infrastructure, as well as utilities, including transmission assets, water networks, waste facilities and telecommunications. 

Frank Zeichner, CEO, Internet of Things Alliance Australia (IoTAA)

Frank is a pioneer and thought leader in the Internet of Things (IoT) in Australia. He is the foundation CEO of IoTAA, the peak Australian Internet of Things industry body, whose mission is to drive Australia’s competitiveness and societal benefit through collaboration across the research, industry and government sectors.

Frank is also Director External Engagement, Smart Cities, for the Faculty of Engineering and IT at the University of Technology Sydney, and an Industry Board member of the NSW Smart Sensing Network. He has over 35 years' industry experience, across telecommunications, operations, manufacturing, business consulting and building collaborative models in Australia and overseas.

Lucinda Hoffman, General Manager (Transport Policy), Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads

Lucinda helps shape the department’s long-term vision for the transport system, which includes creating a single integrated transport network accessible to everyone, bringing Queensland closer together and effectively planning the state’s future transport needs. 

Lucinda has a track record in leading research, development, and implementation of some of the department’s most innovative projects to date – including the Queensland Government’s 30-year Queensland Transport Strategy, the nation-leading Electric Vehicle Strategy, and Queensland’s Net-Zero Emissions Transport Roadmap.

With over 15 years’ experience with the department, Lucinda previously ran her own planning consultancy and has worked in various leadership roles across environment, cities transformation, policy implementation, strategic leadership and has extensive experience in intergovernmental relations.

Professor Graham Currie FTSE, Director, Public Transport Research Group, Monash University

Graham is a Public Transport research leader/policy advisor and directs the Public Transport Research Group (PTRG) and the Infrastructure Institute at Monash University. Graham has published more research papers in leading peer journals in public transport than any other researcher.

He is Chair of the Light Rail Transit Committee at the US Transportation Research Board, and a Board member of the Singapore LTA Research Advisory Board and the Swedish Centre for Research on Public Transport.

In 2020, he was presented with the Australian Transport Medal for outstanding contributions to transport by Engineers Australia. He is currently leading a major research program exploring the long-term impacts of the COVID-19 crisis on travel.

David Oatley, Airport Planning Manager, Brisbane Airport Corporation

David has over 15 years’ experience in strategy development and master planning for large infrastructure companies. He led the preparation of the land use and transport planning components of the recently released Brisbane Airport 2020 Master Plan.

Acknowledging the impacts of COVID-19, he and his team are currently developing a refreshed transport strategy as part of Brisbane Airport Corporation’s Future BNE project. Amongst other things, the strategy will leverage the opportunities created by Brisbane’s New Runway and anticipate future travel demands and behaviours.

Peter Newman, Professor of Sustainability, Curtin University

Peter is an academic who has written 20 books and over 350 papers on sustainable cities with a global reputation and has worked to deliver his ideas in all levels of government. Peter has worked in local government as an elected councilor in Fremantle, in Western Australia's state government as an advisor to three Premiers, and in the Australian Government on the Board of Infrastructure Australia and the Prime Minister’s Cities Reference Group. 

He is also the Coordinating Lead Author for the UN’s IPCC on Transport. In 2014 he was awarded an Order of Australia for his contributions to urban design and sustainable transport particularly for his work in saving and rebuilding Perth’s rail system. In 2018/19 he was the WA Scientist of the Year and he is the Editor-in-Chief of the Springer journal Sustainable Earth.

Yong Thé, Regional Manager, OSIsoft Oceania

Yong The joined OSIsoft in 2018 as the Regional Manager for the Oceania region. In his role, he is leading a team to help process, manufacturing and agriculture industries to establish resilient data infrastructure that will underpin their digital transformation vision and journey.

Born in Indonesia and raised in Singapore, Yong was later naturalized in the US where he graduated from UC Berkeley with a BSc (Mechanical Engineer) specialising in robotics and automation.

Beginning his career in Ann Arbor, Michigan as a software engineer, Yong later migrated to Australia where he co-founded a global, boutique consulting firm specialising in customer relationship management and human resources. Having sold that business, Yong then returned to his roots in automation where he led Schneider Electric’s Global Business Development in mining-related software solutions for 12 years.