Ben Williams
Ben Williams
Chief Information Officer, Devon Energy (US)
Dr JT Kostman
Dr JT Kostman
AI Expert and Data Strategist, AI Symbiote (US)
Drew Troyer
Drew Troyer
Reliability Thought Leader, Author and Educator (US)
Paddy Upton
Paddy Upton
Human Performance Expert and International Cricket Coach
Technology Will Transform Your Industry and Your Organisation – How Ready Are You?

Devon Energy is a Fortune 500 oil and natural gas exploration and production company. In 2008, the combination of technical breakthroughs in directional drilling and hydraulic fracturing technologies, started a wave of transformation and disruption that continues today. In fact, the sound of shale fracturing sent shockwaves around the world by completely overturning the oil and gas supply and demand dynamics.

With permanent and fundamental disruption of the market, Devon recognised that the only way to create competitive advantage was through aggressive implementation of technology. Ben will share Devon’s experience with artificial intelligence, drones, IOT and other technologies they believe will give them competitive advantage.

Given the steep competition for margin in the Oil & Gas industry, Devon have re-thought their entire approach for investing in their business and in developing their people.

  • Do you really understand the impact of technology on your business operations?
  • Do you recognise that your competitive environment is changing because of innovation?
  • Is your company experiencing the pressure to experiment, fail fast, learn, and deploy rapidly across the enterprise – or become less relevant?
Industry 4.0: A Marriage of People, Asset Performance and the Innovations Changing Our World

What did the Komatsu AHS say to the Loader? Who knows. But they now coordinate better than The Australian Ballet or a Wallabies scrum. Imagine a time when systems are no longer inhibited by imperfect data, human error, or resistance to change. When people do what they do best – and partner with machines for the rest.

Imagine no longer. The future is now.

Recent advances in Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Blockchain, and Human-In-The-Loop (HITL) systems are fundamentally changing every aspect of asset management – and far faster than anyone thought would be possible even a few years ago.

Regarded as one of the world’s leading experts in Applied Artificial Intelligence, Cognitive Computing and IoT Analytics, JT will kick off Mainstream with a provocative conversation about how these technologies will fundamentally change Asset Management. JT served as Chief Data Scientist for Samsung and Chief Data Officer for Time Inc. He’s also hunted terrorists for U.S. Intelligence Agencies and led social media analysis for the 2012 Obama Campaign.

Get a leap on the competition – and get ready for a whirlwind tour of the ways in which humans and tech will increasingly partner as we usher in Industry 4.0.

Modernising Your Physical Asset Strategy to Achieve Competitive Advantage

It’s not enough for asset management to address the tactical elements associated with managing the reliability of production assets over their lifecycle. In this thought provoking session, Drew will discuss assets from the perspective of strategy and how to achieve competitive advantage utilising the Hayes and Wheelwright model of operational excellence.

Drew will start with how the traditional roles of asset management – design, operations and maintenance – affect success. But then he’ll dive into other functional activities – sales and marketing, supply chain, HES, HR, financial planning and management, mergers & acquisitions – to discuss the many ways they affect asset productivity and the organisation’s ability to create a competitive advantage – and maximise return on net assets (RONA).

  • Differentiating between asset management and asset strategy
  • The role played by physical assets in achieving profit, competitive advantage, safety and environmental responsibility
  • Functional roles and their relationship to asset performance
  • Human factors of asset strategy
  • Utilising your asset strategy for competitive advantage (Hayes & Wheelwright)


Drew Troyer has 25 years of practical experience as a reliability engineer and an asset management thought leader. An advisor to hundreds of blue chip clients, Drew brings a wealth of experience and creativity to organisations to enable them to increase the productivity, safety and environmental performance of their engineered assets, while simultaneously reducing the cost of ownership. Drew holds the Certified Reliability Engineer (CRE), Certified Maintenance & Reliability Professional (CMRP) and MBA qualifications. He is also deeply passionate about land conservation and preserving our natural resources for future generations.

Extraordinary & Enduring Cultures – How to Attract the Best People and Keep Them

Ever wondered whether it’s possible to attract industry-best employees; keep them the longest; and get the best output from the rest of your people?

Paddy Upton is a world-leading expert in human performance. His work is disruptive and despite two masters’ degrees and a decade of research into traditional performance, Paddy became accustomed to “That’s interesting but it won’t work”.

But in 2009 his out-of-the-box leadership approach got the attention of a struggling Indian cricket team. In 2010 his coaching propelled the Indian team to become World Test Cricket Champions and to win the 2011 ICC World Cup. Soon afterwards Paddy helped the South African Cricket Team become the first team ever to simultaneously hold the World No. 1 ranking in all three formats of the game. Sports leadership experts began to take notice, elevating Paddy to being recognised as one of the most innovative human performance coaches in the sporting world.

In this fascinating talk, Paddy discusses how to create an extraordinary and enduring culture in your team or organisation:

  • Harness collective intelligence (wisdom of the group)
  • Learn fast and make smart decisions
  • Build confidence, focus the mind and understand positive psychology
  • Extract the value from failure (after failure, a compliment is over 3x more effective than a reprimand)


Paddy weaves leadership insights from his work in International cricket, including coaching the Sydney Thunder to win the 2016 Big Bash League in 2016, and leading the Rajasthan Royals (Indian Premier League) from the bottom of the log to 2nd place in a 10-week season. He has four university degrees, is a Professor of Practice at Deakin University (Melbourne) and has worked as a mind coach to Olympic athletes from 11 different sports.

Derek Sheppard
Derek Sheppard
Asset and Development Maintenance Manager, BlueScope Steel Limited
Britta Baumann
Britta Baumann
Head of C2C, eBay Australia
Monique Beedles
Monique Beedles
Director, Teak Yew
Jean Ferreira
Jean Ferreira
General Manager Technology, WesTrac Pty Ltd
Bringing Your Plant Back from the Dead Through Defect Elimination

The BlueScope Ore Preparation Plant was established in the 1940s and has lived its entire life enveloped in sea salt, iron ore and coke – far from ideal for longevity! In 2009 the sinter machine was upgraded to increase capacity by nearly 40%. At that time the total asset spend was over $100m and the maintenance management resource was about 300 people. The plant was already in dire condition. BlueScope had no choice but to adopt a new approach.

One of the driving principles was defect elimination. They had to turn theory into practice behind the slogan: “making leading practice happen.” Now, nearly ten years down the track, BlueScope have reduced asset spend by 50%, reduced maintenance management labour by 80%, and achieved their best uptime performance – and they’ve largely restored plant condition. Despite a long journey with plenty of ups and downs, BlueScope are very excited about the next phase of their maintenance improvement journey. Derek will share how they:

  • Eliminated inspections and poorly defined maintenance work
  • Established a solid work management process
  • Understood the process functional parameters or variables
  • Used defect elimination principles to extend functional service intervals
  • Applied common equipment strategy aligned with service contracting
  • Never compromised on work quality
Building Human Skills in the Machine Age to Cope with Change

We live in a world that is changing more rapidly than ever before. Whilst digital transformation, machine learning and artificial intelligence are major revolutions that bring major advancements, many of us also feel increasingly overwhelmed.

How can individuals, teams and companies cope in this changing world? What role does empathetic leadership play? What are the insights from neuroscience? Why is everyone talking about mindfulness? Britta will share her experience and advice about the required skills for people to stay relevant in the machine age as well as the tools to foster critical, creative and innovative thinking.

  • Learn what’s happening to your brain when you are stressed
  • Learn what you can do to increase focus, clarity, innovation and enhance the quality of human connections
  • Understand change and stress and their actual impact on your brain, emotions, physiology and health
  • Glean insights from Neuroscience about the benefits of mindfulness and meditation on your brain
  • Explore the skills you will need to stay relevant in the machine age
  • Discover tools to develop those skills, including mindfulness, meditation and humility
Protect Your Business from Disruption by Unlocking the Real Value in Your Assets

Asset Managers spend a lot of time managing risk. There’s always a chance your multi-million-dollar asset will break, fail or explode. But the bigger risk, for business decision makers, is the risk that nobody will need the asset anymore.

In a world of rapid technological disruption – and an environment where short term plans, growth and profitability are the KPIs for senior management who allocate your budgets – stranded asset risk is more real than ever.

Innovation in asset management must focus not only on technological wizardry, but also on business models used to create value from assets. Integrating your tangible and intangible assets provides great opportunities for growth and helps to reduce the risk of disruption.

  • A risk based approach helps build the business case for asset management
  • Business disruption and stranded asset risk are critical for asset managers
  • The world's biggest companies have more intangible assets than tangible assets
  • Innovating your business model can increase company growth
  • Using assets differently reduces risks and improves sustainability


Dr Monique Beedles is Principal Strategy Advisor at Teak Yew, a specialist consulting firm in Strategy, Leadership, Governance and Asset Management across mining, manufacturing and processing, healthcare systems, infrastructure and port operations.

Linking Dollars to Digital – Big Data, Machine Learning and Digital Twin

Boardrooms of Australian asset-intensive companies are buzzing with these catch phrases. Yet the number of examples of breakout success is heavily outnumbered by the number of failed attempts to see tangible bottom line impacts from a digital strategy.

As with many technology-driven initiatives, it’s easy to mistake implementation of a digital framework as a silver bullet. However, a digital implementation based on the “Build it and they will come” approach rarely delivers results for your business. The most important lesson must be to start at the end. This means understanding exactly how to impact your bottom line by implementing the solution.

This discussion focusses on what WesTrac have learnt over the past five years in mining and construction and how their approach to digital has changed after several attempts at integrating digital solutions into the business.

  • Identify the value drivers in your business that you can target for digital solutions
  • Understand the impact of people and process on the successful implementation of digital frameworks in your business
  • Maximise your return on investment in digital solutions by getting the architecture right the first time


Mastering SAP Series

The Eventful Group

6 - 7 August, 2018

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