You’re invited to join fellow Electrical Engineers for an annual networking and celebratory event dedicated to the members of the electrical industry: The Electrical Fraternity Dinner.
Held at the Tattersall’s Club in Brisbane, the evening will feature a relaxed, sit-down dinner with the industry’s best and brightest, established and emerging.
This year’s theme will continue to celebrate the Centenary Year of Engineers Australia which will provide structure for the evening’s keynote address courtesy of Ernst & Young’s Director, Dr Ian Rose FIEAust CPEng NER APEC Engineer IntPE(Aus).
Prepare to embark on a night of celebration and recognition with the discipline’s best and brightest as we reflect on the electrical industry’s Past, Present, and Future.
Introducing your keynote speaker.
Dr Ian Rose FIEAust CPEng NER APEC Engineer IntPE(Aus)
Executive Director, Ernst & Young
Based in Brisbane, Dr Ian Rose holds over 40 years’ experience in planning and operations of large generation and transmission systems, spanning the physical operation of individual power stations to fifty-year planning studies.
He was previously the Executive Chairman and co-founder of ROAM Consulting, a leading energy market consultancy that integrated with EY in 2014. ROAM Consulting included 12 specialist analysts in providers, transmission companies, and other market participants on how to derive additional value from their investments.
100 years ago, electrical energy was still in its infancy, and electrical engineering innovation was prolific and topical with power stations being built to meet the demands of power required to support the nation’s defence forces, and connect homes, businesses, and municipal councils to the larger State Government-owned grids.
The post-war era saw more growth in engineering with the Snowy Hydro scheme and long transmission lines to large power stations and regional areas being connected.
Then came the mining booms and the beginning of the Computer Age in the ’70s & ’80s. With economic growth in Australia on the rise, Queensland electrified their railways state-wide and regional coal-fired power stations were built all around the country.
During the nineties, the interconnection of States for a National Grid occurred whilst the economic downturn changed the focus of educational institutions from engineering to more financial and commercial sectors. This caused a skill shortage in the early 2000s that saw a new extreme economic growth and Australia needed engineers for overseas. Simultaneously, the world was working to adapt with the rapidly innovating electronic technology, with high-power technologies becoming a significant area of growth in alignment with consumer demand for more reliable power supplies.
We now have a shifted focus on sustainability with the ever-growing necessity to use renewable energy to combat the rapid depletion of industry fossil fuel power sources.
Electric vehicles, mass transport, technological devices, air conditioning and so much more have become an integral part of everyday consumer and industry life. At the forefront are engineers learning new skills that need to be applied in today’s world.
The demand for power networks have changed with consumers now generating from rooftop PV and assets aging.
Additionally, the focus is on the ability to fit monitoring devices and gather data to assess everything. Mobile phones have apps that can remotely turn on and off home appliances and track almost anything it is connected to. Data collection and analytics with cloud-based systems are driving change in the way that engineers innovate and what were once considered as dreams are now becoming reality.
This could be Electric flight, more Artificial Intelligence, and machine learning so that life will be dominated by being technologically connected.
Power networks will change, consumers may be self-sufficient, space travel may become a holiday trip; the possibilities are limitless.
One thing that is likely to remain is that consumers will continue to demand lower energy costs. Therefore, the technologies may well focus on energy conservation as we strive to attain how to get more for less.
This is a joint event brought to you by:
- Electrical Branch QLD
- The Institution of Engineering and Technology - IET
- The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers - IEEE
- The Information, Telecommunications, and Electronics Engineering College - ITEE
- The Electric Energy Society of Australia - EESA