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Developing IoT solutions for the Mining & Energy Resources Sector

Thursday, 21 July 2016


What you will hear from our speakers

Hugh Durrant-Whyte University of Sydney
– market research of IoT in Mining and Energy Resources

Rebecca Kerr Roy Hill
– innovation and operations at the Roy Hill Mine

Luther Birdzell OAG Analytics
– predictive analytics specialised in oil and gas production

Teof Rodrigues Teof Rodrigues and Assoc.
– oil & gas data management and database structure and creationZoe Smit Schlumberger
– SLB’s Petrel Geoscience and Engineering software, and the recent development of an open port to allow development of third party applications

Stephen Begg University of Adelaide
– science-based decision making

Stephen Grano University of Adelaide
– proposed copper processing research project that the Cluster is participating in

Creation of working groups, based on the ‘hotspots’ identified in Hugh Durrant-Whyte’s research, and agreement of the IoT Cluster focus in the short- to medium-term will be the focus of the end-of-session workshop.

The mining and energy resources sector faces ongoing market challenges – and you are invited to help develop the way forward for this sector.

Be part of the solution

Building on the success of our inaugural workshop in March this year, the AIIA IoT Cluster for Mining and Energy Resources is once again bringing together key ICT players from across the internet of things spectrum, as we develop IoT solutions to the challenges facing the mining and energy resources sector.

What to expect

Come along and hear directly from participants in mining and energy resources as we explore the challenges, current technology solutions, innovation and opportunities. Find out more about the results of the AIIA’s recent market research. And team up with your peers to delve deeper into the “hotspot themes” for the sector and develop potential IoT solutions.

Who should attend

This event has been developed for those in …

  • ICT
  • mining and energy resources
  • operations
  • business development
  • … as well as strategists and executives.

Don’t miss your opportunity to join with your peers, as we help shape the future direction and strategy of this group – and future opportunities for the Mining & Energy Resources sector.


Stephen Begg

Professor, Petroleum Engineering and Management & Head, Australian School of Petroleum,
University of Adelaide

Steve Begg is Professor of Petroleum Engineering and Management and Head of the Australian School of Petroleum at the University of Adelaide. His focus is on tools and processes for asset and portfolio investment decision-making under uncertainty, including psychological factors in eliciting expert opinions and uncertainty assessment. Read Stephen’s biography.

Hugh Durrant-Whyte

Director, Centre for Translational Data Science,
University of Sydney

Hugh Durrant-Whyte is a Professor, ARC Federation Fellow and Director of the Centre for Translational Data Science at the University of Sydney. From 2010-2014, he was CEO of National ICT Australia (NICTA), and from 1995-2010 Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Autonomous Systems and of the Australian Centre for Field Robotics (ACFR). He has published over 350 research papers and founded four successful start-up companies. He has won numerous awards and prizes for his work, including being named the 2010 NSW Scientist of the Year.  He is an honorary fellow of the Institute of Engineers Australia (HonFIEAus), a fellow of the IEEE  (FIEEE), of the Academy of Technological Sciences (FTSE), of the Australian Academy of Science (FAA), and of the Royal Society of London (FRS).

Luther Birdzell

Chief Executive Officer
OAG Analytics

Prior to founding OAG Analytics in 2013, Luther held executive and technical leadership roles in both software product and services organisations. Most recently, Luther executed top line initiatives for iTKO that were instrumental in positioning their acquisition by CA Technologies (NYSE:CA) in 2011 for $330 million. In 2007, Luther delivered the initial strategic vision that became the company’s critical pivot to develop Service Virtualization, the driving technology for iTKO’s acquisition. At iTKO, Luther made distinguished contributions to technology, sales, and strategic delivery. He also lead the growth of the global delivery team, while substantially increasing services revenue.

Luther holds two electrical engineering degrees from Dartmouth College.

Rebecca Kerr

General Manager Technology
Roy Hill

Rebbecca joined Roy Hill in Nov 2013. Prior to her current role as General Manager Technology, Rebecca was accountable for Roy Hill’s business systems and a member of the leadership team building and developing the Roy Hill technology business, and delivering the technology program of work to meet first ore on ship. The technology team at Roy Hill are accountable for the spectrum of technology across the organisation. Roy Hill has recently taken over operations from their EPC contractor and is busy ramping up to capacity by December 2016.

Rebbecca has held senior and program management roles including Head of Technology for Shared Services for AMP Ltd. In addition to considerable operational experience, Rebbecca was accountable for the execution of large technology programs including the merger and integration of the AMP/AXA Technology shared services operations in 2010.

Stephen Grano

Director, Institute for Mineral and Energy Resources
University of Adelaide

Stephen is a stakeholder-focused, research leader who enjoys connecting high level research capability to address critically important global sustainability challenges, but which have local, operational impact. Particular areas of focus are mineral exploration under deep cover, deep mining, complex processing, unconventional hydrocarbon resources, and aspects of energy technology.

As the Executive Director of the Institute for Mineral and Energy Resources (IMER) (https://www.adelaide.edu.au/imer/), Stephen’s main roles are to build inter-disciplinary project teams, make strategic investments into capability, and to engage with industry and government stakeholders. Stephen is a Metallurgical Engineer by training with about 30 years of postgraduate experience and he has worked in the minerals industry for Mount Isa Mines.

Teof Rodrigues

Teof Rodrigues and Associates

Teof is CEO of Teof Rodrigues & Associates (TR&A), specialising in providing technical advice to the oil and gas industry.

He has an in-depth understanding of all major petroleum basins and producing fields in Australia (and many internationally), including reserve/resource evaluation, production and cost and a strong practical operational understanding of field infrastructure/facilities.

During his 31-year career with Santos, Teof held a range of senior executive positions, including Chief Reservoir Engineer and General Manager of Upstream Queensland Cooper Basin operations. Prior to joining Santos, he worked for Core Laboratories in field and laboratory operations.

Teof has a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Nottingham (UK).

Zoe Smit

Senior Geoscience Workflow Consultant

Zoe graduated from the University of Adelaide in 2007 with a BSc in Geophysics, Geology and Chemistry, and first class honours in Geophysics. She has worked with Schlumberger for the past nine years providing workflow consultancy, technical support, training and business development for various software platforms. This predominately includes expertise with regards geological, geophysical and static reservoir modeling workflows within Petrel, which is a key platform used in the exploration and production sectors of the petroleum industry.


There are a range of sponsorship opportunities available for this event. If you would like to know more, click here to download the sponsorship prospectus.

Sponsorship and Event Inquiries: Kathryn Bothe k.bothe@aiia.com.au 0438 114 994


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