Conference Programme


Tuesday 14th March 2017

6:00pm – 7:30pm

Civic Reception

Proudly hosted by Brisbane City Council and Brisbane Lord Mayor, Graham Quirk.

Address by The Hon Angus Taylor MP,

Assistant Minister for Cities and Digital Transformation

Location: Brisbane City Hall, 64 Adelaide St, Brisbane 

Dress:  Smart Casual (please bring comfortable walking shoes for the guided tour following the Civic Reception)

Starting from 6:50pm
Guided walking tour of Brisbane’s LED installations.
Led by BCC’s Engineers (groups of 20).
Last tour leaves Town Hall at 7:30pm.
Walking Tour Details:


  • City Hall, via King George Square
  • Albert St into the Queen Street Mall (QSM)
  • QSM to Edward St
  • Edward Street (eastern side) to City Botanic Gardens (CBG)
  • CBG to Albert St
  • Albert St to QSM
  • QSM to Victoria Bridge (Northern side)
  • Pedestrian ramp to Stanley St Boardwalk
  • Back under Victoria Bridge into South Bank
8:30pm After the tour, sample some of Brisbane’s night life and great restaurants or pubs to catch up with friends or have dinner with your walking buddies.  



Wednesday 15th March 2017

7:30am – 8:15am

Conference Registration     Mezzanine Foyer, Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC)

Breakfast available in the Trade Exhibition

8:15am – 8:40am
Conference Opening
Welcome to the Country
Welcome by IPWEA President, Mr Ross Goyne
8:40am – 9:40am



  1. Street Lighting & Smart Controls Programme (SLSC) from Government’s perspective 
    Margaret Sewell, First Assistant Secretary, Department of Environment & Energy
  2. The SLSC Programme from an IPWEA perspective – Mr Robert Fuller, Chief Executive, Institute of Public Works Engineering (IPWEA)
  3. Around the World in 8 minutes – LED and Smart Controls – Graham Mawer, Co-author of SLSC Roadmap & Director, Next Energy
  4. Key Findings from the SLSC Industry Roadmap –
    Godfrey Bridger, Project Manager & Co-author of SLSC Roadmap & Director, Strategic Lighting Partners (SLP), New Zealand
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  5. SLSC Model Specifications for LED Luminaires and Control Systems –
    Bryan King, Co-author of SLSC Roadmap & Director, Strategic Lighting Partners (SLP), New Zealand
  6. Q&A from delegates
9:40am – 10:10am Morning Tea, Exhibition and Networking
10:10am – 12:20pm


Sponsored by Light Source Solutions

  1. Streetlights and Smart Cities: New technologies and revenue generating applications – Ed Ebrahimian, General Manager/Director, City of Los Angeles Bureau of Street Lighting, USA                               INTERNATIONAL KEYNOTE SPEAKER SPONSORED BY IBEX
  2. What can Australia learn from the US? – Interview with Ed Ebrahimian
  3. Auckland Transport – Australasia’s largest LED and CMS Controls retrofit: The real world experience – Peter Martin, Contract Manager, Auckland Transport, New Zealand
  4. Sydney’s street lighting Journey and Vision – Paul Gowans, Principal Engineer Electrical & Furniture, City of Sydney Council, Australia
  5. LED and Controls: getting the job done in an American city – Wayne Martin, City Engineer, City of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA
  6. ACT’s new business model for 79,000 street lights  Brook Dixon, Director, Regulatory Reform, Australian Capital Territory (ACT)
  7. Q&A from delegates
12:20pm – 1:20pm Lunch, Exhibition and Networking
1:20pm – 3:00pm


Sponsored by Aldridge Traffic Systems

  1. Interoperability: The Next Challenge for Smart Street Lighting
    Joint presentation
    Christophe Orceau, Innovation Partner at Kurrant, Founder & previous CEO, of StreetLight.Vision
    Antoine Kassis, Managing Partner at Kurrant, previous head of Citelum APAC & Director of Smart Cities for Asia-Pacific at Silver Spring Networks
  2. Queensland adaptive lighting trials: A major road journey – Greg O’Dea, Principal Technician (Lighting), Road Operations, Engineering & Technology Branch, Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads
  3. The City of Ryde (Sydney) smart controls experience Anthony Ogle, Manager Asset Systems, City of Ryde
  4. How Intelligent and Adaptive Lighting Is Driving Modern Lighting Programmes – Will Gibson, Founder and Chief Commercial Officer, Telensa
  5. Q&A from delegates
3:00pm – 3:30pm Afternoon Tea, Exhibition and Networking
3:30pm – 4:35pm


Sponsored by Aldridge Traffic Systems

  1. Global experience in connected street lighting as first step towards smart cities – Dr Peter Zink, Road & Street Segment Manager, Phillips Lighting Global Systems, Germany
  2. Beyond Lighting: Smart future city initiatives – John Fox, Managing Director, Lucy Zodion, UK
  3. The benefit of Australian standards in the roll-out of advanced street lighting technologies – Varant Meguerditchian, General Manager, Stakeholder Engagement, Standards Australia
  4. Q&A from delegates
4:35pm – 5:40pm

STATE of the STATES (incl NZ): Speed Data

Sponsored by J & P Richardson Industries

Panel presentations from leading programmes in 8 States plus NZ followed by moderated panel discussion

  1. Queensland – Clinton Parker, Director, Business Solutions, Local Government Infrastructure Services (LGIS), Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ)
  2. Australian Capital Territory – Brook Dixon, Director, Smart City and Regulatory Reform
  3. Victoria –  Noel Twyman, Public Lighting Asset Manager, Powercor Australia
  4. New South Wales – Graham Mawer, Next Energy SSROC
  5. Tasmania – Liam Seymour, Engineering Officer – Hydraulics, City of Launceston
  6. Northern Territory – Ben Dornier, Director of Corporate and Community Services, City of Palmerston
  7. South Australia – Andrew Legrand, Public Lighting Project Manager, Local Government Association of South Australia
  8. Western Australia – Martyn Glover, Director Technical Services, City of Nedlands, WA
  9. New Zealand – Robert Brodnax, Group Manager Planning and Investment (Acting), NZ Transport Agency, New Zealand (via video-link)
  10. Panel Interview “What is the State of the States?’ Moderator – Bryan King, Co-author of SLSC Roadmap, Director, Strategic Lighting Partners (SLP), New Zealand
6:45pm – 10:30pm

6:45pm – 7:45pm              Pre Dinner Drinks in the Conference Trade Area

                                           7.20pm walk to the Boulevard Room

7:30pm – 10:30pm            Silver Spring Networks Conference Dinner

Sponsored by Silver Spring Networks

Venue: Pre Dinner Drinks in the Conference Trade Area,followed by dinner in the Boulevard Room, BCEC

Dress: Smart




Thursday 16th March 2017

7:30am – 8:30am

Conference Registration – Mezzanine Foyer, Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC)

Breakfast available in the Trade Exhibition

8:30am – 8:50am
Conference highlights so far (MC)
8:50am – 10:15am


Sponsored by Telensa

  1. Challenges of leading an electricity utility to convert more than 600,000 street lights to LED and controls – Scotty Hutto, Lighting Services Business Unit Manager, Georgia Power Company, USA
  2. The experience with the deployment of 30,000 LED’s – Phil McKee, Street Lighting Engineering Manager, Ausgrid
  3. Can Electricity Networks change or should Councils take control? – Paul Brown, Managing Director, Ironbark Sustainability
  4. Can Electricity Networks change or should Councils take control? Craig Marschall, Managing Director , Trans-Tasman Energy Group
  5. Q&A from delegates
10:15am – 10:45am Morning Tea, Exhibition and Networking
10:45am – 12:25pm


Sponsored by Philips

  1. Financial viability of Councils taking over responsibility for street lighting in South Australia
    Joint presentation
    John Comrie, Consultant, JAC Comrie Pty Ltd, Local Government Financial Consultant
    Andy Legrand, Public Lighting Project Manager, Local Government Association of South Australia
  2. $250m in waiting: How to finance LED Lighting and Controls projects – Melanie Madders, Associate Director – Corporate & Project Finance, Clean Energy Finance Corporation
  3. Illuminating the path – dispelling the legal myths regarding council provision of public lighting services – Carolyn Vigar, Partner – Public law and regulation, Wallmans Lawyers, Australia
  4. Modernising the public lighting system: its more than just lights!  –
    Joint presentation
    Ren Niemann, Partner – Procurement & Commercial, McCullough Robertson Lawyers
    John Kettle, Partner – Regulatory, McCullough Robertson Lawyers
  5. Q&A from delegates
12:25pm – 1:20pm Lunch, Exhibition and Networking
1:20pm – 2:55pm


Sponsored by Light Source Solutions

  1. Strong international economic and safety research evidence exists for road lighting: an opportunity missed? – Dr Rune Elvik, Senior Research Scientist and editor of the English editions of “The Handbook on Road Safety Measures”, Norwegian Institute of Transport Economics, Norway
  2. Spotlight on “Just Right” for Road Lighting – Dr Ron Gibbons, Director, Centre for Infrastructure-Based Safety Systems, Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, USA
  3. Relationship between night time lighting levels and reaction times and potential ability to avoid crashes – Joint presentation Dr Gillian Isoardi, Scientist & Lecturer, Queensland University of Technology and Prof. Joanne Wood, Professor of Optometry and Vision Science, Queensland University of Technology
  4. Improving Road Safety and the Environment – Dr Kellie Pendoley, Director, Pendoley Environmental, Australia
  5. Q&A from delegates
2:55pm – 3:30pm
Afternoon Tea, Exhibition and Networking
3:30pm – 5:30pm


Sponsored by Schreder Australia

  1. The Abu Dhabi Lighting Manual – A world leading specification for advanced performance – Trevor Leighton, Technical Director Australia / Regional Technical Officer, Schréder Australia Pty Ltd
  2. Leading the Roading Authority Way with NZTA M30 specification – Julian Chisnall, National Traffic & Safety Engineer, New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA)
  3. Pathways for progress in Public Lighting Standards – Bryan King, Director, Strategic Lighting Partners (SLP), New Zealand
  4. Applying International Street Light Energy Standards to Australia and New Zealand – Steve Coyne, Director & Consultant, International Energy Agency (IEA) agent, Light Naturally Pty Ltd
  5. The benefit of Australian standards in the roll-out of advanced street lighting technologies – Varant Meguerditchian, General Manager, Stakeholder Engagement, Standards Australia
  6. The contribution of lighting professionals to the SLSC Programme – Trent Dutton, President IESANZ
  7. Key international insights to assist Australia to leapfrog ahead in Street Lighting and Smart Controls (SLSC) – Nancy Clanton PE, President, Clanton & Associates, USA
  8. Closing forum of TOP presentations as voted by delegates – Moderated Q&A by Robert Fuller with SLSC Advisers in attendance Conference Wrap-up
    Delegates will be voting on the IPWEA App after each presentation to award the top  presentations
5:30pm Conference Closes


TECHNICAL TOUR 1: Street Lighting Night Tour to Sunshine Coast

Thursday 16th March, 5:45pm – 11:00pm

What’s on offer? – An expert-guided night tour with round-trip tour coach transport to the Sunshine Coast to view a LED and IoT/controls evaluation facility, a LED cycleway demonstration and a leading-edge LED street lighting residential subdivision. Networking and learning with site representatives, smart lighting specialists and peers on the practicalities and intricacies of LED public lighting and controls

Who should attend? – Government policymakers, councillors and council officers, DNSP executives, consultants and advisors.

What will it cost? – $275 inc GST. BBQ dinner provided

TECHNICAL TOUR 2: Street Lighting Half-Day Tour Brisbane

Friday 17th March, 8:00am – 1:00pm

What’s on offer? A half-day technical tour by coach around the Brisbane region visiting a luminaire photometric test lab, a smart controls and Internet of Things (IoT) demonstration site, and visits to various noteworthy Brisbane region LED public lighting sites.

Who should attend? – Councillors and council officers, DNSP street lighting managers, consultants and advisors.

What will it cost? – $165 inc GST. Lunch provided


Friday 17th March 2017


MASTERCLASS “How to deliver the future we want”


The Masterclass will address three headline issues all underpinned from the Roadmap recommendations:

  • What does the future LED/Smart controls/Smart city look like for your city / your region?
  • What are the barriers which currently exist that stop you from achieving this?
  • What can be changed that will facilitate you to achieve this vision?

8.30am – 9.00am               The SLSC Roadmap

9.00am – 10.00am            The experience from overseas

10.00am – 10.15am          Morning Tea

10.15 am – 11.15am         Key Roadmap Recommendations: how do these apply or impact on the industry.

 11.15am – 12.15 am         Talk to the experts about your council/organisation issues

12.15pm – 1.00 pm           Group Discussion on the report back

 1:00pm                             Combined lunch with Technical Tour group 1.00pm

Conference Endorsed By












Strategic Lighting Partners Ltd 
Road lighting Conference 2015 - Auckland NZ 'Special event' winners at the 2014 Public Relations Institute of NZ Awards