Digital Built World Summit

27-28 February 2024 | Sydney, Australia + Virtual

Leveraging AI Digital Twins to unlock value and efficiencies across the entire infrastructure lifecycle

Leveraging AI Digital Twins to unlock value and efficiencies across the entire infrastructure lifecycle

As cities continue to grow and evolve, the need for smarter and more efficient infrastructure management becomes increasingly important. And more organisations than ever in utilities, transport, construction and more, are developing digital twins to achieve these objectives. That’s because Digital Twins are no longer a futuristic tool. They are fast gaining traction globally as a way to – increase collaboration and efficiency when designing and building – improve the performance visibility and operation of buildings and infrastructure assets – connect and manage cities – and drive sustainability outcomes.

But to fully realise the benefits of digital twins, it’s important to have a robust ecosystem in place. This is where partnerships between clients, government, head contractors, subcontractors, design partners, consultants and technology vendors can make a big impact. And the Digital Built World Summit is where they all come together to discuss strategies and hear best practice examples of how to do this.

The 3rd annual Digital Built World Summit is a key enabler of infrastructure digitisation. It will bring together over 300 industry leaders to learn, share experiences, identify best practice and develop expertise – and highlight how digital twin thinking can drive more value from data, optimise infrastructure performance and deliver better outcomes for society.

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Our 2024 Speakers

Jennifer Rebeiro

Chief Transformation Officer, Greater Western Water, Executive, Chair SWAN & IWN , Greater Western Water

Steve Lette

Head of Digital and Insights, Endeavour Energy

Scott Selkirk

Director Extended Reality, Mott MacDonald

Angelo Fiumara

Digital Asset Management Specialist, Essential Energy

Alrun Wigand

Digital Strategist, Energy Queensland

Sarath Kodagoda

Professor of Robotics, Director, UTS Robotics Institute

Adam Omansky

Co-founder & CEO, ClimaTwin

Varhun Prasad

Director of Solutions Engineering, Australia and New Zealand, Cupix

The Program

The 2023 Program

The Digital Built World Summit is Asia-Pacific’s premier event for executives in the AEC, Smart City, Construction and Infrastructure space focused on improving digital business outcomes, including strategic innovation, connected assets, sustainable construction, user experience, and optimisation of capital planning for large assets.

The Digital Built World Summit will bring together senior leaders to discuss the following themes:

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Conference Schedule

Day 1 | Tuesday | 27th February



Chair’s introduction: Thinking Twins – the next step in AI for infrastructure


OPENING ADDRESS: Impact of AI and DT on digital transformation in infrastructure

The spatial and surveying sectors are providing critical inputs underpinning the rapid digital transformation in cities. Digital twins are also very valuable in supporting community engagement, but over the coming years they will be used to underpin our urban sustainability programs.

Jennifer Rebeiro, Chief Transformation Officer, Greater Western Water, Executive, Chair SWAN & IWN , Greater Western Water

CASE STUDY: Harnessing AI in monitoring and the journey to autonomous electricity networks

As more functions become automated and controlled through centralised locations, the more the road is paved for the endgame: autonomous electricity networks. We see how this journey is being progressed within Endeavor’s twin enabled data science program.

Steve Lette, Head of Digital and Insights, Endeavour Energy

OPENING PANEL: Sharing experiences of digital innovation in the built environment

The built environment, known for its traditional practices, is undergoing a profound transformation with the advent of AI and twinning. Our panel discusses the digital innovations impacting the industry and what new strategies are on the horizon.

Varhun Prasad, Director of Solutions Engineering, Australia and New Zealand, Cupix
Ben May, Digital Director – Buildings + Places, ANZ, AECOM

Morning networking break



CASE STUDY: NSW Spatial Digital Twin – Creating a collaboration platform to create value for NSW

The NSW Spatial Digital Twin is a powerful interactive live data sharing, collaboration and visualisation tool accessible from an Internet browser, which captures 3D and 4D spatial data to model the urban environment.

Wayne Patterson, Program Director Live NSW, NSW Department of Customer Service

CASE STUDY: Digital Twin Victoria – Developing spatial twin end use strategies

High quality authoritative, and easy to access data is the first step but, we can’t ignore the human element of how decisions are really made and understood.

A spatial digital twin has a key role in integrated, connected decision-making.

Alena Moison, Principal Technology and Strategy, Digital Twin Victoria

Unlocking the potential of digital twins for innovation in intelligent water networks

From smart meters to intelligent network build outs – sharing the water sectors journey and foundations required for digital transformation using digital twins.

Greg Ryan, Director Business Excellence, Water Services Association of Australia

CASE STUDY: Infrastructure twins and IoT platforms - Integrating twins and data analytics to make informed operational decisions

Over the past six years, Bentley Systems has been on a mission to persuade infrastructure owners and operators to invest in digital twins of their assets using its iTwin technology, on the promise of better lifecycle management for those assets, as well as to extend their use of asset information. That message seems to be getting across, especially with customers in Australia and Asia.

Rob Malkin, Senior Regional Director for ANZ, Bentley

Networking lunch & exhibition viewing


AUDIENCE POLL - AI-DT challenges: business case, staff expertise and time to value

The real-world of power fleet operations is inexact and messy and there are a lot of complex trade-offs between service and cost. Digital twins are proving to be a powerful framework for improving performance and increasing the value of the power station.



Delegates split into moderated roundtables to share experiences of DTs and AI. Pick the discussion that most interests you. Our moderators provide a summary of the feedback. 

Roundtable 1 – Developing and managing an integrated operations centre 

Lily Meneghel, GM Remote Operations, Roy Hill 

Roundtable 2 – Digital Twin handover: Working effectively with operators 

Marelise Armstrong, Digital Engineering Lead, WSP 

Roundtable 3 – Creating asset intelligence programs for utilities 

Roundtable 4 – Data Management best practices for a new era of Digital Twins 

Reserved for partner 

 Roundtable 5 – Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) – the key to better managing your physical infrastructure assets  

Reserved for partner 

Roundtable 6 – Feeding digital twins with quality data captured from many sources 

Reserved for partner  

Roundtable 7 – Buying Twin Platform or developing it inhouse? 

Stephen Witherden, Product Strategy Manager, Beca 

Roundtable 8 – How digital twins can be used to achieve Net Zero targets 

Reserved for partner 

Lily Meneghel, GM Remote Operations, Roy Hill
Marelise Armstrong, Digital Engineering Lead, WSP
Stephen Witherden, Product Strategy Manager, Beca

Case study: Using a digital twin to create the analytics engine to monitor and improve performance of a fleet of power stations

In the era of digital transformation, the concept of digital twins has emerged as a game-changer in the management of infrastructure assets. It has special value in enhancing predictive diagnostics capability across a fleet of connected assets.

Reserved for Autodesk


Networking break

With all the buzz around digital twins, we spend far too much time speaking about the technology and forget that people, process, and information are the keys to delivering lasting value. This presentation will share three case studies to demonstrate critical success factors for implementing digital twins on operating assets. 



AUDIENCE POLL - AI futures: AI performance, control centres, and asset automation

We consider what asset owners are asking for in terms of digital frameworks to help manage their sustainable asset responsibilities and how the AEC sector is responding. Are owners willing to pay for twinning digital data at project handover and do they have the capabilities to actually use that data for operational benefits?


CASE STUDY: Land domain Digital Twin for data-driven decision-making

Through the lens of the Land Domain Digital Twin, we examine how precise questions can drive capability acceleration in decision-making. This approach offers a means for aligning data strategies with clear objectives to routinely deliver twin derived value.

Paul John Bellas, GM Governance and Assurance, Defence Australia

How digital twins are transforming offshore wind farm operations

Digital twins have emerged as novel technology in the wind energy sector that enables the design, monitoring and prediction of wind turbine performance. The challenge lies in piecing together the parts of the renewable power system puzzle.

Hema Wadhwa, Remote Operations and Digital Services Manager, ANZ, Worley

CASE STUDY: Digital twins and embodied carbon within a pumped hydro project

The former gold mining settlement of Kidston in North Queensland is transforming into a renewable energy hub. This will combine solar and wind generation with a pumped storage hydropower facility that will smooth out supply to the grid.

Scott Selkirk, Director Extended Reality, Mott MacDonald

Chair’s conclusion - Cocktails and networking

Endeavour Energy is the first electricity network in Australia to deploy an engineering grade digital twin and analytics to combat the impacts of climate change and extreme weather events.

Day 2 | Wednesday | 28th February



Chair’s welcome


CASE STUDY: Evolution of the intelligent asset program to support the energy transition

The evolution of enabling technologies such as digital twins, data analytics, data visualisation and AI – has enabled the effective transformation of traditional energy businesses into digital utilities. APA Group shares their AI-Twin journey.

Leeanne Chau, Head of Strategy, Transformation and Analytics, APA Group

CASE STUDY: Developing self-healing grids and supporting the clean energy transition

Endeavour Energy is on the cusp of deploying a “self-healing” function that will allow its technicians to restore power to most customers within 70 seconds without having to visit the site physically. The enhancement is on top of creating an electrical digital twin of its network.

Edmund Li, Digital Innovation Manager, Endeavour Energy

PANEL: Evolution of AI and digital twins for smart infrastructure: Making the most of what we have until we figure out autonomous assets

Asset managers will soon have access to a range of new digital-twin-enabled AI services, and service providers are poised to capitalize on this opportunity. We share the experiences of digital practitioners on what they value in this fast-moving space.

Carla Edwards, Senior Health Infrastructure Planner , TSA Management
Carl Faulkner, Principal Consultant - Digital Engineering and AM, Asset Connect
Pieter van Schalkwyk, CEO, XMPRO, & co-chair, DTC Natural Resources Working Group

Morning coffee & networking break

Everyone thinks of electric vehicles and renewable energy only as key technologies driving sustainability for cities. But twins can also support sustainable infrastructure and climate mitigation. The challenge is demonstrating the business case.


CASE STUDY: Using digital twins to provide reliable electrification solutions for utility vehicle fleet owners

Mining companies at the forefront of the energy transition need to lower emissions and improve productivity. EV fleets are becoming an essential part of sustainable mining and this EV for mining specialist is using digital twins to perfect their development strategy.

Rob Foster, CEO, Geminum

CASE STUDY: Developing AI and satellite strategies to fill data gaps across the digital twin network model

Digital twins need accurate data collection across the asset being modelled. This is especially true when the model is an electricity network with variable distributed energy resources. Essential Energy’s new DT data creation strategy aims to fill in the gaps.

Angelo Fiumara, Digital Asset Management Specialist, Essential Energy

TECHTALK PANEL: Innovators in digital services for smart cities, utilities, infrastructure and the built environment

Our panel represents digital innovators with AI, ML, digital twin, GIS and related applications to support intelligent asset and automation programs.

Adam Omansky, Co-founder & CEO, ClimaTwin
Emily Bobis, Founder, Compass IoT
Sisi Zlatanova, Professor, Head of the Geospatial Research Innovation, Faculty of Built Environment, UNSW

Networking lunch


CASE STUDY: Energy Queensland digital twin program to transform grid operations and grid planning capabilities

Energy Queensland’s Future Grid strategy includes the adoption of operational and planning Digital Twins, to adapt to growing DER, complex energy ecosystems and rapidly growing need for automation and advanced analytics. We learn about the strategic drivers, early-stage implementation experiences and the value to the business.

Grid Digital Twin – Underpinning near real-time operations and the push to net zero

Terese Milford, Manager Intelligent Grid New Technology, Energy Queensland

Always in motion the future is …– Integrated Grid Planning in an uncertain world

Alrun Wigand, Digital Strategist, Energy Queensland

Alrun Wigand, Digital Strategist, Energy Queensland
Terese Milford, Manager Intelligent Grid New Technology, Energy Queensland

PANEL: Sharing innovations in spatial twins visualisations

A spatial digital twin is a new kind of business system that requires immersive connectivity and provides that immersive view back to users. Our panel discusses innovations in spatial twins including new AI apps.

Phil Woodbury, Manager Spatial Data Transformation, DCSDepartment of Customer Service
Claire Daniel, PlanTech Researcher, UNSW
Lucy Booth, Founder and Urban Planner, Giraffe Technology
Peter Rigney, Transformation Director, Ausgrid

Networking break and exhibition viewing



CASE STUDY: Creating an integrated operations centre – the autonomous brain

An intelligent operation center acts as the brain and central nervous system of a smart utility, integrating and interconnecting information and processes. Urban Utilities is developing this system as a way of minimising manual intervention in operations.

Sruthi Sahebjada, Integrated Operations Planning Leader, Urban Utilities

PANEL: Preparing for the future of AI and robotics in infrastructure

Twins are now familiar to us, however a plethora of doubts still persist, about how they can be made intelligent. We consider what integrating AI means in practice, and what comes next in the asset automation journey.

Abhik Banerjee, Associate Director of Digital Innovation Lab , Swinburne University of Technology
Alrun Wigand, Digital Strategist, Energy Queensland
Sarath Kodagoda, Professor of Robotics, Director, UTS Robotics Institute
John Thomson, Enterprise Architecture Lead, Urban Utilities

Chair’s conclusion and end of conference

Digital Earth is a first-of–a-kind project that capitalises on the ‘Big Data’ now available in the mining industry. The project involves creating a digital twin framework, providing updating visualisations of Queensland’s pre-competitive mining data including drill core data, surface geochemistry data, multiple different types of geophysics data, geological maps, cross sections, and photogrammetry scans.

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