9-11 May 2023
ICC Sydney

First round of industry speakers announced for Total Facilities

Learn about innovative building compliance, understand how to adapt FM practices to reduce waste, or marvel at the latest smart buildings with the latest IoT technologies. These are just some of the topics to be addressed during the Speaker Series at this year’s Total Facilities.

And with an impressive speaker line-up of renowned experts, academics and thought leaders taking shape, there’s never been a more interesting and engaging time to attend Australia’s single most important facilities management event.

“The Total Facilities Speaker Series is always a highlight and 2018 will be no exception,” says Andrew Lawson, Total Facilities Event Manager. “The quality of our speakers this year and the future-looking topics for discussion will provide fascinating insights into strategies to optimise facility and workplace performance and improve the places in which we work and live.”

This year, attendees will be able to choose between two dedicated seminar theatres offering over 15 hours of unrivalled and thought-provoking learning opportunities.

Here’s a small taste of what’s to come.

Smart buildings and IoT

In the KONE Smart Buildings Theatre, two panel discussions focusing on the future of smart buildings and the impact of IoT technologies have been announced.

On Wednesday 18 April at 12.15pm, Adam Beck, Executive Director of Smart Cities Council and a leading advocate of sustainable urban environments, will host a compelling panel discussion on urban digital transformation and the future of our smart cities. The session entitled Building: Australia’s next platform for digital transformation will explore how the urban landscape is being transformed by IoT, data analytics and advanced manufacturing.

As the founding Executive Director of Smart Cities Council, Beck leads an international network of smart city practitioners and policy makers focused on making cities more liveable, workable and sustainable. He is internationally-renowned for his industry expertise spanning the adoption of technology, data-driven decision making and intelligent design as an accelerator to sustainability outcomes across the built environment.

And also on the topic of IoT, at 2.45pm, specialists from Norman Disney & Young’s Cyber team, will be participating in a must-attend session on how to protect new smart buildings from the very real threat of cyber attack.

The session entitled Protecting smart buildings from cyber attacks will examine how building management and control systems are now at risk from cyber attacks, how to identify if your building is at risk, and how to minimise these risks.

Mihalic is one of the world’s most respected cyber security advisors and a leading advocate for the deployment of cyber security frameworks for smart buildings and critical infrastructure. In addition to his role at Norman Disney & Young, he also chairs the working group Cyber Smart Buildings at the Internet of Things Security Foundation (IOTSF).

Waste management

The Business Solutions Stage on Wednesday 18 April at 11.45am, will be hosting a lively panel discussion on how the FM industry can adapt practices to reduce waste, particularly during a building’s operational phase.

Cleverly entitled How to reduce your waste line, the panel will include Tony Khoury, Executive Director at Waste Contractors and Recyclers Association (WCRA), an association representing an estimated 95 percent of the available commercial waste and recycling collection vehicles in NSW and the ACT.

Khoury has been involved in the waste and recycling industry for almost 30 years. Since 2003, he has worked hard to shape WCRA and turn it into a successful business well supported by its members, sponsors and the wider industry. He is highly respected and is a regular and engaging industry commentator. 

Total Facilities 2018 Speaker Series

Buildings: Australia’s Next Platform for Digital Transformation
Facilitator: Adam Beck, Executive Director, Smart Cities Council Australia & NZ

The transformation of our buildings sector has been long and varied. The green building agenda has had profound impact, which more recently has been augmented with a health and wellbeing agenda, activity-based working and agile workplace design and operation. And now, it is set to embark on its next transformation – thanks to IoT, data analytics, advanced manufacturing and the like.  (Wed 12:15pm, KONE Smart Buildings Theatre)

Protecting smart buildings from cyber attacks
Facilitator: Ric Navarro, Director, Marketing & Communications, Norman Disney & Young

With cyber attacks on organisations a regular occurrence, the attention of hackers is shifting from corporate networks to building management and control systems, since they are becoming more structured around new technologies and IoT. This makes critical building systems vulnerable to the same risks as corporate systems, with the potential for buildings to be totally shut down. This session examines the types of businesses most at risk, the key risk areas, and how these risks can be minimised. (Wed 2.45pm, KONE Smart Buildings Theatre)

How to reduce your waste line
Wed 11.45am, Business Solutions Stage

Throughout their whole life cycle, buildings generate waste. In the construction phase packaging from building materials and equipment flows to landfill in copious quantities. During the operational phase, users in the building generate large quantities of recyclable and landfill waste and at demolition the majority of the building is treated as waste. This session explores ways in which the industry can adapt its practices to reduce waste, particularly during the operational phase.

Total Facilities Speaker program is jam-packed full of smarter insights. To hear them for yourself and to fin out more about the program click here. 

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