09:00 Welcoming Speech, Opening Remarks
09:15 Designing AR and VR Experiences for Training, Safety, Maintenance and Operations with Demo’s & looking at:
  • Volumetric interfaces
  • Object placement
  • Scene understanding
  • Designing for all users
  • Good AR experiences
  • Defence and Security applications of Mixed Reality
  • The Lockheed Martin Experience

Rich Rabbitz, Principal Member of Engineering Staff, Lockheed Martin MST, USA

Lockheed Martin MST, USA
10:00 How Augmented and Virtual Reality Can Deliver Experiential Training That Improves Skills Transfer, Knowledge Retention, and Capture Enterprise Knowledge 

Paul Kouppas, Head of Innovation, Coroflot, Team Lead, auggd

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 Morning Refreshments & Networking
11:00 Virtual and Augmented Reality Immersive Simulation Training: Applications in the defence, aviation, mining and medical sectors

David Ledger, Marketing Communications Manager (Australia & New Zealand), Market Area Asia Pacific, Saab

11:45 How AR/VR in Improves Hazardous Safety & Emergency Response With Immersive Training
With AR/VR, major fire and accident events can be realistically simulated in individual or group training scenarios, which have been shown to stimulate rapid learning. Site and task familiarisation training can be carried out in VR prior to mobilising personnel to sites. How to use VR to improve bushfire response – particularly looking at the decision to stay and defend or leave early in a bushfire event. Trainees wear stress bands while they are immersed in the scenario and look at which triggers are most important in their decision making.

Assoc. Prof. Delene Weber, School of Natural and Built Environments, University of South Australia, Senior Management, South Australia Country Fire Service

University of South Australia
Lunch & Networking
13:30 How University of Newcastle Builds Virtual Reality (VR) Experiences For Students to Save Babies’ Lives?
Studies showed that students remember only 20% of what they hear and 30% of what they see, but up to 90% of what they personally experience. Immersive learning through VR can significantly improve student retention and attention gap. To create immersive learning experiences, Google has recently introduced Google Expeditions which allows teachers and students to take ‘immersive virtual journeys,’ such as exploring coral reefs or the surface of Mars in an afternoon. At University of Newcastle, virtual reality will be used to teach midwifery students how to resuscitate babies at birth. The University says it has developed VR/AR programs covering anatomy and birthing techniques. It simulates a real-world delivery room, providing midwifery students with a virtual emergency neonatal resuscitation scheme. New graduates often find transitioning from performing a neonatal resuscitation in an educational setting to a real-world emergency room an overwhelming shift and this program helps to them overcome the pressure in time-critical, emergency environment.

Craig Williams, Innovation Manager, University of Newcastle


University of Newcastle
14:15 AR in Trains and Rail Transportation: How AR Glasses Are Transforming Remote Maintenance and Field Operations

Tony Eid, Executive Director, Future Network Delivery, Sydney Trains

Sydney Trains
15:00 How AR/VR can assist maintenance teams in the mining sector with Condition Based Strategies?
  Condition Based Maintenance is one of the modern and advanced strategies that can assist with predicting equipment failures on-time and reduce unnecessary maintenance downtimes and costs. Condition Based Maintenance highly relies on accurate and reliable condition monitoring techniques; however, there are limited access to all areas to take condition monitoring readings. AR/VR technologies can assist with pushing out these boundaries and help maintenance team to take
readings from inaccessible areas with high safety risks. This includes but not limited to:

  • Wear Liner thickness measurement by help of Ultra Sound Crawler device
  • 3D Laser Scanning inside Bins
  • Visual Inspection inside Chutes
  • Visual inspection inside confined spaces
  • Structural Inspection by help of Drones
  • Pipe Scanning by help of Endoscope Inspection Camera

Eliminating Confined Space entry as well as Work at Heights are great achievements that will improve safety aspects at mine sites. In addition, using AR/VR Technology will bring massive cost and time saving for maintenance team.


Ali Izadi, A&I Specialist, Fixed Plant & Infrastructure Maintenance, BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance

BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance
Afternoon Refreshments & Networking
16:15 VR Cloud: Applications in:
  • Mining
  • Manufacturing
  • Financial Services
  • Healthcare
  • Education

Andrew Grose, Collaboration Tech Lead, CISCO Asia Pacific

CISCO Asia Pacific
17:00 Sydney Water’s Effective Use of Virtual Reality for to Identify Hazards in Asset Design and Improve Employee Safety and Engagement
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Mukthar Shiek, Digital Innovations Manager, Sydney Water – Digital Services

Sydney Water
17:30 Closing Remarks by Forum Chairperson
17:30 Champagne Networking Session
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Enjoy a glass of champagne whilst networking with other like-minded individuals on topics that are of most interest to you and fellow delegates.

09:00 Welcoming Speech, Opening Remarks
09:15 Virtual and Augmented Reality in Revolutionizing Complex Manufacturing Product Design and Prototyping with Visualization, 3D Interaction and Product-Space Relationship
  From a product development perspective VR and AR help to refine and optimise designs at an early stage. Concepts and options can be reviewed, adjusted and modified quickly. Digital models can also be virtually tested, analysed and simulated with tools like FEA and CFD. The result is rapid iterative design cycles and ultimately great products. Importantly you can get crossfunctional team input, including potential clients.
The Boeing Experience
How Boeing Is Using Augmented Reality to Manufacture and Assemble the World Largest Jetliners? With Augmented Reality and Smart Glasses (BARK), Boeing aircraft technicians can access real-time, hands-free, interactive 3D wiring diagrams, for example, look out where the electrical wiring goes in the aircraft fuselage. They can move around the airplane and see the wiring renderings in full depth within their surroundings and access instructions hands-free.

Paul Davies, Associate Technical Fellow, Boeing, USA (invited)

10:00 Virtual and Augmented Reality in Streamlining Panel Discussion: Manufacturing Production, Operations and Process
  Manufacturing and production have huge amounts to gain from VR and AR. Businesses are now planning their production and assembly processes out in full in a virtual world. In turn this is used to speed up factory and plant commissioning and operation. In practical terms, manufacturers have used virtual and augmented reality to structure and optimise the location and flow of production lines. Position automation lines, robots, production cells and importantly people, to maximise productivity and efficiency, as well as reduce inventory. Operate and handle virtual tools and equipment. Rehearse and train
staff for the real thing. Factor in the ideal ergonomics for fitters, technicians and other operatives in terms of reach, leaning, twisting and bending. Plan around support pillars, lighting, heating and air-con ducting. Factor in access for maintenance, cleaning and line-side
delivery. Scan in an existing factory environment and lay it out with new virtual production lines and equipment.

Annemarie Diepenbroek, Marketing Manager, Honeywell, Senior VR Expert, Microsoft Oculus VR, USA

 Morning Refreshments & Networking Session
11:15 Preparing for the Intersect of AR, Wearable Technologies & Artificial Intelligence – Effective Strategies in:
  • Enabling enterprise adoption from training to planning
  • Field operations use-cases
  • Current applications in the Manufacturing, Mining, Health and Aviation Sectors

Leila Alem, Chief Design & Innovation, ArcSense

11:45 Augmenting the Design/Prototyping Workflow – Case Study of AR Project Management Strategies – Lessons from Past Projects in AR in the Construction/Real Estate sectors and BIM: Deep-Dive into Some of the AR Projects Implemented
  • How to implement
  • What is the team size need
  • The project metrics
  • Managing project schedules
  • Making Buildings come to Life – BIM-AR interface
  • Successful Rollouts of AR BIM projects

Jeremy Harkins, Director, Ineni

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12:30 Panel Discussion:
  • When Robotics intersects with AR
  • AR adoption in Industry 4.0
  • Designing the AR factory floor experience
  • Integrating AR/VR into the incumbent manufacturer’s systems
  • The advanced use of AR/VR in drones and driveless cars
  • AR and Machine Learning in Education, including Vocational Training
  • AR in Healthcare and Developing VR learning tools for people with a disability
  • AR in Lean Manufacturing. Exploring the Use of NFC (near field communication) together with wearable technology
  • Diversity and Inclusion in AR
  • Advent of WebAR protocols, WebXR, WebXR API, Share Code
  • Digital Security, with more security-consciousness by AR designers and adopters. Embedding AR with anti-cyber defence against attacks on Oil & Gas/Power/Mining Plants
  • ROI – How to Maximise your Investments in AR/VR and Reduce Initial Investment Costs

Kristina Reynolds, Founder, Collective Social Intelligence

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Assoc Professor Manolya Kavakli, Director of Virtual Reality Lab, Simulation Hub, Macquarie University

Macquarie University

Stewart Koplick, Learning and Development Services Manager, Endeavour AR

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Rick Martin, Director, Equal Reality VR

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Greg Boyer, Managing Director, Drone Ranger (invited)

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Roger Lawrence, Managing Director, ARCHIEVR


Philip Stothard, Consultant, Simulation Design Services (serving the Mining & Oil/Gas sectors) (invited)


Sami Ramly, Head of Product, WeVR, USA


Liam McGuire, Executive Director, Opaque Media

Opaque Media

Tyler Lindell, Co-Founder, Holographic Interfaces, in association with Tesla, USA (invited)

Holographic Interfaces
 Networking Luncheon
14:30 AR/VR/MR Maintenance, Safety Training and Operations Experiential Site Tour
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In this site tour, you will discover how to develop new products with AR/VR and showcase some of the most progressive and exciting AR/VR products that have been developed for major industries including safety, training, manufacturing, operations and more. Be up-close with the latest AR/VR innovations at a scale never seen before, discover the diverse industrial applications, scalability and versatility of the company’s cutting-edge R&D platform and experience hands-on how the company’s technologies assist in further strengthening training, safety and productivity initiatives within companies such as Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Saab and BHP.

Site Visit to Sydney Water

Sydney Water – Digital Services

Learn how Sydney Water use Augmented Reality in their operations and training functions.

17:00 Closing Remarks by Forum Chairman