05 World Engineers Symposium 2020 | Greater Liveability 1


Watch the three following presentations on Climate Smart Engineering which were delivered at the World Engineers Symposium on 18 November 2020. Watch for free on EA OnDemand.  

Panel Discussion: Build Back Better

Bushfires, flooding and the economic impact of COVID-19 provide Australia with a platform from which buildings and infrastructure can be built back better.  Built for sustainability, resilience and longevity, built to boost the economy and to provide job security for many in exceptionally challenging times.   Recovery packages to build back better need to align with long term emission reduction goals, factoring in resilience to climate impacts, slowing biodiversity loss and increasing circularity of supply chains.  What role then can engineers play?

Stan Krpan

CEO | Solar Victoria

Davina Rooney 


Peter Colacino

Chief of Policy and Research | Infrastructure Australia

Marion Terrill

Transport and Cities Program Director | Grattan Institute

Lucia Cade FIEAust (Moderator)

Director and Global Advisor | Engineers Australia and UN Compact Cities Programme

How Working from Home has Exploded Post COVID

In November 2019 I delivered a speech at WEC 2019 which concentrated on balancing a career and personal life, including challenging the onsite requirement and implementing job sharing.  These topics are at the very core of post COVID business operating methodologies.  Here we are now where working from home is widely accepted as a new way of working by the whole world, not just the industry of engineering.  The benefits include cost savings, reduction in environmental impact and the one key to us personally is greater liveability in terms of our work life balance and new areas for innovation. I plan to explore how businesses have had to adapt to the new “normal” and the new opportunities presented in a post COVID world.

Kathleen Boseley FIEAust CPEng

Manager, Engineering Services | Airbus

Reconnecting Kulin Nation Songlings: Cultural Driven Outcomes on the Level Crossing Removal Project

Major infrastructure projects have a big impact on Aboriginal Country, with roads and rail often severing connections between people and Country, yet they also offer an opportunity to reconnect to the important stories and histories of the site through place based interventions. 

This talk will present i) an Aboriginal led, community involved and appropriately designed methodology that ensures Aboriginal people and knowledge are prefaced and ii) updated work by WSP and Kulin nation Traditional Owners which aims to uncover, extend and formalize the various Kulin Nation Songlines. Through placed based interventions (landscape, urban design, architecture, integrated art etc), we can reconnect Aboriginal knowledge and management of a site and bridge the gap between people and place.

Michael Hromek

Technical Executive, Indigenous (Architecture), Design and Knowledge | WSP