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Two days of presentations applicable to wine producers of all sizes focusing on issues and technology associated with ensuring that you take the most effective steps when planning development of your winemaking facilities and operations for the future including understanding current and potential risks.

Colin Thomas and Dr Amir Zanj - WineEng SA 2019 Keynote Speakers




Colin Thomas

 Manager – Tonsley Manufacturing Innovation Hub

Harnessing the Digital Dividend



Colin Thomas is Manager of the Tonsley Manufacturing Innovation Hub at Flinders University, Adelaide. He has a wealth of experience in the implementation of cutting-edge manufacturing technologies. He has worked in Appliance manufacture for 30+ years designing and operating manufacturing systems that are the forerunners for Industry 4.0 including RFID product identification and controls, energy minimisation and management, robotic automation systems including vision systems and collaborative and industrial robots, additive manufacture for prototypes and manufacturing tooling and product development and process simulation. Colin led project teams in new product development, factory expansion and rationalisation, new process projects and continuous improvement. Colin is working with local manufacturers, researchers and students to increase the understanding of modern manufacturing technologies and reduce the barriers to their introduction through education, demonstration and experimentation.



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Dr Amir Zanj

 Lecturer – Flinders University

Harnessing the Digital Dividend



Dr Amir Zanj is a Mechanical and Aerospace engineer with more than 15 years of experience in developing digital twin for complex systems. He was involved in developing digital twin for national space program at SSRC ending to a successful Low Earth to Orbit (LEO) satellite launch. Dr Zanj’s research is focused on developing integrated framework to execute digital twin for multi-disciplinary systems at Advanced Control System Research Group (ACSRG) Flinders University. He is a recipient of 2012 Australian Postgraduate Award. Dr. Zanj is the originator of Physical Decomposition Method (PDM) and Variable Interface Dynamic Adaptation (VIDA) technique. Currently, he is a lecturer at Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia. Dr. Zanj has also been a professional member of SmartSat CRC, Win4.0 and AIAA. His new research interests include Integrated Computer Aided Engineering (I-CAE) technique for multidisciplinary systems design and performance optimization, physics-based distributed system modelling, hydraulics control valves, smart systems, industrial automation and IoT.

Presentation Abstract

The keynote address will be delivered in two parts the first being delivered by Mr Colin Thomas and the second by Dr Amir Zanj.

Part One

How can the new technologies of Industry 4.0 be used for the benefit of society? While we are surrounded by stories of the threat of new technology stealing our jobs, the first part of this presentation looks at the potential benefits of Industry 4.0 to Australian industry and some of the challenges that companies face in adopting advanced technologies and processes. We will also discuss changes to the skills the future workforce will need and how we should shape the application of technology for the benefit of society. It includes an overview of some of the initiatives in place at the Tonsley Innovation District in support of advanced manufacturing capability building and skills development.

Part Two

Industrial automation is all about working smarter, faster, and proficiently. Since the industrial automation comprehends the advantages of the Internet of Things (IoT), it is now becoming essential that organisations adopt Industry 4.0 technologies to make automation connectable, compatible and structured. Industry 4.0 transformation can be achieved by installing automated devices or embedded systems, as well as automation software performing the logical tasks and controlling the operation processes. Implementation of Industry 4.0 techniques together with the conventional ones will be the ‘golden Solution’ to the future of industrial automation. This will boost the efficiency and productivity of businesses via enhancing consistency of processes while reducing the unnecessary expenses. Flinders University is currently involved in several projects in Vine management and some of these be will be discussed in this presentation.

Nick Clarke - WineEng SA 2019 Speaker




Nick Clarke

 Principal – Aon Risk Solutions

Aon Risk Solutions - The Declining Appetite of Insurance Underwriters for Adverse Risks




  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Diploma of Financial Services (Insurance Broking)
  • Senior Associate of the Australian & New Zealand Institute of Insurance & Finance
  • QPIB
  • CIP


Experience and background:

Nick is Principal in Aon’s Global Risk Consulting practice. Nick is responsible for the delivery of Aon’s broad risk consulting solutions, assisting clients navigate through volatile environments and helping build resilience in their organisation. Nick has worked in the risk and insurance industry for 15 years. Throughout this period he was worked with a variety of client industries including Healthcare, Local Government, Food & Beverage, Manufacturing and Transport & Logistics.

Presentation Abstract

Findings from Aon's 2019 Global Risk Management survey has offered strong evidence that the dynamic macro-economic environment will continue to impact business models and key risk concerns for organizations. Our research has emphasized that risk management needs to continue to evolve at the same pace as an enterprise-wide, rather than siloed, approach and function. Organisations should continue to ensure risk is identified, assessed and managed in an integrated way. Furthermore, the declining appetite of insurance underwriters for adverse risks, such EPS panelling, is driving many organisations to enhance upon the risk maturity levels.

Dimitri Giourgas - WineEng SA 2019 Speaker




Dimitri Giourgas

 General Manager – Australian Tank Insulation

Insight into Tank Insulation



Dimitri Giourgas is the general manager of Australian tank Insulation with over 12 years onsite work experience. Australian Tank Insulation was created by his father, Sam Giourgas who has extensive knowledge and experience in the field of thermal insulation and cladding for the past 30 years.

Australian Tank Insulation was formed in 1999 and has since showcased their work within every state of Australia and has also branched over the world reaching into the USA where work is currently still being undertaken today.

This company is built upon principles of quality service, value for money, safe operation, efficiency and most importantly customer satisfaction. Dimitri Giourgas is on the road to pursuing in the footsteps of his father by taking over the thriving business.

Dimitri’s passion to produce the highest quality work is also shared by a quality team of tradesmen that have been involved with the business for many years.

Presentation Abstract

Dimitri Giourgas from Australian Tank Insulation will be discussing the cost effectiveness of tank insulation and the environmentally friendly material that is used. Given the niche market of tank insulation, Dimitri will explain how the process of the insulation is implemented, by showcasing the fabrication of the insulation up until the point of installation. The benefits of having EPS (Expandable Polystyrene) will also be addressed along with a comparison of insulated vs non insulated properties. An introduction into the use of fireproof insulation with key comparison points between both materials as well as the risk management involved will be the main discussion point.

Stewart Coleman - WineEng SA 2019 Speaker




Stewart Coleman

 Business Director – Beca

Leveraging Industry 4.0



Stewart Coleman has been working with clients in the Industrial Segments for a number of years providing traditional Business and Engineering solutions to meet their needs. This covers a wide range of services ranging from Front End engineering studies, Procurement, Project Delivery, Business Integration and Operations & Maintenance support.

During the last 3 years, Stewart has been investing his time into advising Industrial clients how digital technologies can be applied to their business to improve health and safety, reduce cost, create revenue and ultimately improve their business’. Digital technologies allow new ways to solve problems and create efficiencies that previously were not viable. Digitalisation will enable the Industrial Sector to achieve the next step change in its manufacturing output. This step change in output is the 4th Industrial Revolution or “Industry 4.0” (Digitalisation applied to Industry).

Presentation Abstract

With the rise of technology being one of the 5 mega trends & digitalisation driving the 4th Industrial revolution, how do you actually go about implementing digital technologies to create business value and what are some real examples of digital technology being applied in Industry today?

Stewart Coleman leads Beca’s Industry 4.0 initiative and works with industry leading businesses to help them implement meaningful digital projects as well as working with Beca’s own project teams to integrate digital thinking and technologies into capital projects for both capital and operational benefits.

Stewart will share some insights and examples of how digital technologies can be applied to:

  • Reduce plant & equipment outage time / Improved plant & equipment availability
  • Provide better information and tools to minimise the impact of Seasonal Staff and loss of business knowledge (give everybody in your work force “25 years” experience)
  • Improve Project Outcomes & Reduce Project Budget & Schedule Risk
  • Reduce Safety Risk during Construction and Operations
  • Reduce Energy Consumption

Dr Paul Bowyer - WineEng SA 2019 Speaker




Dr Paul Bowyer

 Group Oenologist/Regional Manager S.A – Blue H2O Filtration

Filterability Measurement for Process Optimisation in Wine Packaging



Dr Bowyer has a background in organic and inorganic chemistry, having completed a double major in chemistry with first class honours at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in 1991. He undertook a PhD in 1992 at UNSW, part of which was completed at the University of Cambridge. Three years of post-doctoral research in pure chemistry followed at ANU and the Universität Basel, Switzerland. Dr Bowyer accepted a position at Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga teaching wine chemistry and wine sensory analysis, where he received a teaching excellence award in his third year as an academic. In 2003 he moved to the University of Adelaide and in 2006 he joined the commercial sector with Laffort Australia as the Australasian Technical Manager. In 2011 Dr Bowyer joined Blue H2O Filtration as Group Oenologist and Regional Manager SA. He has been very active in the promotion of wine filterability analysis to the Australian wine industry.

Presentation Abstract

Sterile (membrane) filtration accounts for an ever-increasing proportion of wine packaging. Recent changes in membrane compositions, coupled with the intrinsic variability of wines and the use of additives such as tannins, yeast extracts, grape juice concentrate, gum Arabic and CMC, have warranted an examination of how best to streamline the packaging filtration process. The process impact of many of these additives is only detectable by measuring wine filterability index (FI). The measurement of FI is very topical in NZ at present, with two different FI methods being used. This presentation will briefly overview different filtration approaches and methods for measuring FI, as well as an indication of other applications for FI in the winery, such as monitoring cross-flow performance and assessing water quality. The interpretation of filterability analyses, and some caveats, will be provided. Vinpac International has used FI measurement for sterile filtration wines since July 2013, and some interesting figures from their vast FI measurement library will be presented, in addition to some valuable findings that they have made.

Craig Durrheim - WineEng SA 2019 Speaker




Craig Durrheim

 Business Development Manager – Danfoss Drives

Advancements in Variable Speed Drives in Reducing Operational Risk



Craig qualified as an Electrical Engineer in 1986 and has been involved with Industrial Automation systems and solutions for more than 30 years. Having worked in manufacturing as a Project Engineer, and then in technical sales as a System Engineer Craig gained experience in Automation requirements related to SCADA and PLC systems and the integration with power systems being switchgear and VSD solutions. Over the past 4 years Craig has been involved with Danfoss Drives totally focused on Variable Speed Drives and the auxiliary equipment required for a complete solution.

Presentation Abstract

With the ever increasing cost to produce we have to become smarter.

All technologies are continuously developing to endeavour to meet demands and if they aren’t they generally won’t be in operation for long.

  • What new developments are we seeing in Variable Speed Drive technology?
  • How can this assist with their Project Planning?
  • How can this assist in managing their risk of unplanned downtime?

Andreas Kroell - WineEng SA 2019 Speaker




Andreas Kroell

 CEO – De.mem Akwa

Membrane Innovations for Wine Filtration


Andreas Kroell is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of De.mem Ltd since 2006.

Prior to his engagement at De.mem, Mr. Kroell had been a Venture Capital professional in Singapore and Germany over many years. In his last role, he was Director and Partner of New Asia Investments Pte Ltd, a Singapore-based technology investment firm. Mr. Kroell was responsible for numerous investments in companies from the water and industrial sectors and played a crucial role in taking a number of membrane innovations to the commercial stage. Prior to this, he held roles in corporate finance and audit & advisory with Deutsche Bank and Deloitte in Germany.

Presentation Abstract

De.mem Ltd is an Australian-Singaporean supplier of modern water and waste water treatment equipment and listed on the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX: DEM). The Company makes use of a range of innovative membrane technologies, some of which were developed in partnership with Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU).

As part of its proprietary technology portfolio, De.mem offers a number of innovative membrane technologies which have potential applications in the wine industry and winemaking process. Those include a microfiltration membrane, which can be used for the crossflow filtration of wine – with the objective to remove microbes or larger suspended materials.

Furthermore, a novel hollow fibre Forward Osmosis (FO) membrane originally developed by NTU can be deployed for the “cold” or gentle concentration of wine. The new membrane can deliver high concentration factors without the use of heat or mechanical pressure, which results in the conservation of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) or taste during the concentration or dewatering process.

Lastly, modern hollow fibre membrane technology including Ultrafiltration and Nanofiltration can have applications in the waste water treatment at wineries, to ensure regulatory compliance or even the recycling of the waste water for irrigation or production.

Garry Grant - WineEng SA 2019 Speaker




Garry Grant

 General Manager – Hydro Innovations

Eliminating Risks in Pumping



Garry Grant is the General Manager and owner of Hydro Innovations, who are the National distributers for Gorman-Rupp pumps, along with a stable of equally high quality pump and aerator brands, including Venturi-Aeration and the Ragazzini brand of peristaltic pumps.

Garry has been in the pump industry for almost 30 years and has experience in applying pumps and aerators into many industry sectors including mining, municipal water and wastewater, power stations, paper manufacturing and the food process sector.

Hydro Innovations are a ISO90001 Quality Standard company with over 10 years of delivering solutions to satisfied customers. Pump Quality, safety and People are Hydro Innovations’ top priority.

Presentation Abstract

With OH&S issues being a priority for all companies, the range of pumps distributed by Hydro Innovations address both workers safety and pump maintenance costs whilst delivering improved performance in waste management.

The need to access wet wells with multiple people to repair submersible pumps can be a thing of the past with the Gorman Rupp range of above ground self-priming pumps that can easily be monitored and maintained by 1 person from the safety of ground level.

Gorman Rupp removes the need for chains, guide rails, harnesses, cranes and confined space training and greatly reduces the need to ever access wet wells. Similarly, the Gorman Rupp and Venturi Bank Mounted Aeration system allows ponds and lagoons to be aerated from the safety of the bank removing the need for workers to be exposed to unnecessary risks.

Geoff Marsdon - WineEng SA 2019 Speaker




Geoff Marsdon

 Executive General Manager – Bondor_Metecno

Insulated Panel Performance & Development



Executive General Manager of the Bondor_Metecno Group, Australia’s largest manufacturer of insulated sandwich panel products. The group operates 8 manufacturing sites across Australia producing PIR, Mineral Wool and EPS-FR core steel faced insulated panel;

Geoff has over 35 years’ experience in manufacturing, logistics and consulting with major Australian and international businesses such as Fletcher Building, Mayne Nickless, P&O, Amcor and Price Waterhouse. Geoff has a BSc (Hons) in chemistry and commerce UWA and an MCom in marketing and finance from UNSW. He was the founding chairman of the Insulated Panels Council of Australasia (IPCA) and continues involvement to as a board member, as such he was intimately involved in the introduction of the IPCA’s Code of Practice for insulated panel installation. Geoff is also a member of FM Approvals international industry advisory council. He also represents the panel industry on a number of Australian Standards committees and is a passionate supporter of Australian Standards for Australian conditions.

Presentation Abstract

Insulated panels have been an integral part of the cold chain for over 50 years. Over that time there have been numerous advances in technology, performance and installation techniques. These include different core types (such as PIR, Mineral Wool and EFS-FR) designed to achieve differing levels of performance in line with requirements of the National Construction Code. When planning and designing facilities using panel understanding these capabilities and relationship to the NCC can save time and money.

Hayden Thorogood - WineEng SA 2019 Speaker




Hayden Thorogood

 Technology Specialist - Software – NHP

Scalable Analytics in the Wine Industry / Benefits for Analytics in the Wine Industry



Hayden Thorogood is the Technology Specialist – Software at NHP Electrical Engineering covering South Australia, Northern Territory and Western Australia. The products he is responsible for are the Rockwell suite plus a few encompassed partners.

Hayden’s primary role an NHP as their Technology Specialist – Software, is to architect solutions for customers to demands/requirements. May it be programming platform solutions, SCADA/HMI systems, incorporating manufacturing intelligence, Analytics and the Configuration/Collaboration of digital content (i.e. ThinManager, AssetCentre)

Hayden is a qualified A class electrician since 2001. Progression in his career lead him to obtain further roles as Technical Electrician and Control System Engineer before joining the NHP team as their Technology Specialist – Software.

Presentation Abstract

With OH&S issues being a priority for all companies, the range of pumps distributed by Hydro Innovations address both workers safety and pump maintenance costs whilst delivering improved performance in waste management.

With Industry IIoT 4.0 being the buzz word of late, how do we apply these new technologies in the real world? We will Explore the ‘Edge’ of analytics with Factory Talk Analytics for Devices focusing on the Descriptive/Diagnostic Analytics of smart devices. Then follow up with Predictive Analytics of Logix AI - A ControlLogix In-Rack AI module that automates data analysis directly to the controller. Aiming at Predicting problems so you can fix them before it impacts on production.

Glen Jacob - WineEng SA 2019 Speaker




Glen Jacob

 Food & Beverage Industry Manager – Rockwell Automation

Leveraging your automation systems moving into the fourth industrial revolution



Glen’s first exposure to industrial digital technology was in regional Victoria as an apprentice electrician installing PLCs to replace relay-based control systems in the mid 1980’s. On completing his apprenticeship Glen relocated to Melbourne to study Robotics and Digital Technology at Monash. Returning to industry Glen worked for manufacturers troubleshooting and installing PLC based machines. An opportunity with one of the leading PLC vendors presented itself where Glen started in a technical sales support role with Allen-Bradley. For over 25 years Glen has been helping customers apply automation and OT technology solutions to make their manufacturing operations more productive. The last 8 years Glen has been in role of Food & Beverage Industry lead for Rockwell Automation South Pacific.

Presentation Abstract

The question being asked by many food & beverage manufacturing operations is how you take the existing automation systems in your facilities processing and packaging operations and start on journey towards an Industry 4.0 and “Big Data Ready” operations. There are many emerging and disruptive technologies enabling the fourth industrial revolution. This session will focus in on a couple of theses enabling technologies that are closest to the automation systems and look at how they can be applied to drive productivity on the plant floor. We will also discuss some guiding principles to lay a foundation to accelerate the time to value from these digital technologies. Also, we will touch on the concept of Data Enablement to prepare your organisation automation infrastructure to be “future ready” as we rapidly move into the age of the Industrial Internet of Things, Big Data and digital transformation on the plant floor.

Radek Petlak - WineEng SA 2019 Speaker




Radek Petlak

 Sales Manager – Wine Energy

Ultimate Fermentation Control with Reduced Labour



Radek holds degrees in both Winemaking (Charles Sturt University) and Mechanical Engineering (Adelaide University) and has been in the Wine Industry since 1999 having worked as a winemaker at Berri Estates, Chateau Reynella & Salena Estates. He has also worked a vintage in Washington State.

Previously Radek worked with Heinrich Cooperage (Independent Stave Company) for 7 years as a Sales Consultant before spending 3 years as the State Manager for Nalco Water Treatment

Radek joined Wine energy in June 2015 as Sales Manager where the lure of working with innovative equipment in the Wine industry was a perfect fit for the Engineering / Winemaking background

Presentation Abstract

This presentation will discuss two innovative products from one of Wine Energy’s suppliers (Parsec)

Product 1 - Air Mixing (red ferments)

Totally integrated red fermentation control system that improves quality, reduces fermentation time & reduces labour. The system also reduces jetting out time

Product 2 - Kinetic Fermentation (white ferments)

Totally integrated white fermentation control system that eliminates the need for tank rounds. Fermentation Carbon Dioxide discharge is captured converting the data into sugar left in the tank. The system provides a real time fermentation chart with optimal timing for chemical additions

Clive Milham - WineEng SA 2019 Speaker




Clive Milham

 National Technology Advisor – Industry 4.0 – Ai Group

Strategic Application of Industry 4.0 Technology



Clive is a technology adviser for the Australian Federal Government, working closely with small to medium-sized enterprises to improve their business performance through the strategic implementation of advanced manufacturing technologies. Clive has more than 25 years of experience in engineering, innovation and business management and has successfully delivered projects including process and equipment design, industrial research and development, component manufacturing and assembly, qualification and certification, continuous improvement and quality management. Clive holds a Bachelor of mechanical engineering, a PhD in materials engineering and an MBA in innovation management and entrepreneurship.

Presentation Abstract

The fourth industrial revolution is affecting almost every industry worldwide and rapidly transforming how businesses operate. Industry 4.0 connects the cyber-physical world and has the potential to deliver major improvements in efficiency and competitiveness. Industry 4.0 comprises a suite of technologies including smart robotics and automation, advanced sensors and data analytics, additive manufacturing, augmented reality and virtual reality. In this presentation, Industry 4.0 technology will be considered from an engineering management perspective and opportunities for strategic application will be discussed.

Garry Grace - WineEng SA 2019 Speaker




Garry Grace

 Business Development & Innovation – Spanlift

Carting Grape Bins & Chain of Responsibility Compliance



With strong connections in the steel fabrication and agriculture Garry brings many years’ experience to Spanlift. Innovation through Engineering is something that is his passion and focus. Born in Adelaide, attending Urrbrae High School and then living in the South East shaped the busy life. Since childhood Garry was often involved in commercial & agricultural projects including winery buildings, intensive farm projects, manufacturing of storage solutions and gun safes. He has overseen the construction of over a thousand buildings and the manufacture of many thousands of barrel storage racks and grape bins. Being well travelled his passion for Australian manufacturing & Australian agriculture is seen around board room tables, around a campfire, in and around outback Australia and abroad.

Presentation Abstract

With the National Transport Commission implementation of the “Chain of Responsibility” for transport there came a fresh focus on the carting of Grape Bins. Growers, Loaders, Truck Drivers, Wineries, Schedulers, Owners, Company Directors suddenly found themselves responsible for compliance. Spanlift experienced and heard about the frustration of how to comply on many fronts. Owners & Drivers of transport companies didn’t know what was required to safely restrain grape bins down. Did they need lids? How many load binders where required and what size? Is tying over the top complaint? Do I need rubber under the bins? Where and how do I get engineering on my trailer pins? Several times it was the frustrated call from the side of the road of a truck driver who had been pulled up, did he really need 5 load binders per bin & a lid. Then there were the calls from the concerned wineries, how could then ensure compliance? What about lids, what about load restraint? Then came the “Chain of responsibility made easy training sessions rolled out by PPSA and supported by the government. We (Spanlift) supported and attended these events. What became evident was the need for a solution for industry. Spanlift purchased John Falland’s business in 2013 and have manufactured the Gorilla Grape bins ever since. Over the last 12 months literally thousands of hours have been spent at wineries and vineyards, transport companies, engineers, manufactures and legislators researching and developing. Is there a simple solution to load restraint for grape bins? Is a lid required under the chain or responsibility? Are there other benefits to using lids on grape bins? What does the future for grape bins look like? …. come and hear for yourself as Garry discusses the findings at the WEA Conference

Jarrod Eaton - WineEng SA 2019 Speaker




Jarrod Eaton

 Manager, River Murray Water Resource Operations – SA Dept for Environment & Water

River Murray Water Allocation in South Australia & Associated Challenges



Mr Jarrod Eaton is the Manager, River Murray Water Resource Operations in the Water and Infrastructure Division. Jarrod is involved in the management of South Australia’s River Murray water resources and represents South Australia on a number of key groups that oversee the administration and management of the River Murray System. Jarrod has a very close working relationship with the Murray-Darling Basin Authority, SA Water Corporation and Environmental Water Holders. An important role of Jarrod position is to work collaboratively with the diverse range of water users and interest groups in South Australia, including the River Murray irrigation sector. Jarrod has been in the Department and its predecessors since 2004.

Presentation Abstract

The Department for Environment and Water is responsible for the delivery, management and allocation of water from the River Murray system for South Australian water entitlement holders. The presentation will focus on how River Murray water is allocated in South Australia, the outlook for the 2019-20 water year and some of the key challenges facing River Murray water supplies in South Australia.

Danielle Tromp - WineEng SA 2019 Speaker




Danielle Tromp

 Technical Specialist, Food & Beverage Australia & New Zealand – Pall Corporation

Managing Microbiological Risk with PCR and Automated Integrity Test Devices



Danielle Tromp is the Technical Specialist for Food & Beverage Australia and New Zealand at Pall Corporation. Danielle received a Bachelor of Biological Sciences from La Trobe University and pursued Honours and PhD studies in Microbiology prior to being appointed Associate Lecturer at La Trobe University where she was the Practical Co-ordinator for Third Year Microbiology.

After 9 years in academia, Danielle transitioned to an industry-based role as Laboratory Supervisor at a manufacturing plant in the dairy industry where she provided microbiological expertise to Quality, Operations and Research & Development teams. With a strong interest in improving microbiological quality in a high-risk manufacturing facility, Danielle refined the microbiological testing regime and developed a comprehensive environmental monitoring and raw material testing program, which allowed for early detection of microbiological issues and implementation of corrective actions. Keen to broaden her knowledge scope into the beverage industry, Danielle joined Pall in 2017.

Presentation Abstract

The detection, identification and removal of spoilage microorganisms in the wine industry is critical for process control and prevention of economic loss. PCR technology and Automated Integrity Test devices are two solutions that provide rapid and reliable quality control measures against potential contamination events.

Pall’s GeneDisc system offers accurate detection and identification of major spoilage microorganisms using PCR technology, which is based on the DNA sequences of specific microbial targets. This technology has proven effective in detection of spoilage yeast at numerous points within the winery process pathway, including fermentation, aging and in finished product.

Final membrane filters provide microbial protection for finished product but monitoring the performance of these filters is another critical aspect of quality control. Pall’s Compact Touch Integrity Testing device offers assurance of filter performance through a non-destructive test method that directly correlates to the ability of the filter to retain specific microorganisms.

Joseph Davis - WineEng SA 2019 Speaker




Joseph Davis

 Senior Director Operations Improvement – MDBA

River Murray Operations Outlooks & Risks



Dr Joseph Davis is the Senior Director of Operations Improvement at the Murray Darling Basin Authority. As Senior Director, Joe is responsible for strategic and policy directions of River Murray Operations and ensuring the approach and the tools remain contemporary. This includes being involved in and supporting the current work undertaken by the joint governments regarding challenges around system capacity, environmental water delivery and river operations data management and system tools. Joe has been in his current role for three months but previously was the Senior Director Operations at the MDBA for over 5 years and has been with the MDBA/MDBC since 2005.

Presentation Abstract

The MDBA operates the River Murray system on behalf of four governments. This presentation will provide an overview of the MDBA’s role in operating the River Murray System, outlooks and risks for the coming season and longer-term drivers of change.

John Constable - WineEng SA 2019 Speaker




John Constable

 Process Engineer – JJC Group

NPEC – Winery Wastewater Treatment & Reuse



John Constable founded JJC Engineering Pty Ltd in 1997 and co-founded JJC Operations Pty Ltd with Mike Carson in 2004. John is a Chemical Engineer, with a postgraduate degree in biological treatment of wastewater. He has 30 years engineering experience in industrial wastewater treatment.

JJC Group provides waste management consultancy, project management and operations support for manufacturing companies. For Australian wine companies, JJC has designed, constructed, commissioned, and supports the operation of many wastewater treatment plants that produce reclaimed water for reuse in agriculture and industry. Plants engineered by JJC produce more than 1000ML p.a of treated water reclaimed from winery wastewater.

Presentation Abstract

Winery wastewater can provide a secure water resource for the wine industry. Ideally, treated water reclaimed from winery wastewater should contribute to the irrigation requirements of grapevines.

Winery wastewater contains high levels of readily biodegradable and soluble organic matter such as sugars and alcohol. Successful anaerobic and aerobic biological treatment of winery wastewater has been demonstrated at many sites despite challenges such as shock loads and nutrient limitation. The reclaimed water is clear, presents little oxygen demand, and is suitable for storage pending reuse. In 2003, the NPEC winery wastewater treatment plant was commissioned for Southcorp and Tarac in Nuriootpa.

In 2017/18, the NPEC site treated winery wastewater from 8 wineries and distilleries, and sold 200 ML of treated water to 12 vineyards. Biological treatment is predominantly anaerobic, with only a small amount of power used for aerobic polishing. In this presentation, we will discuss the NPEC project, and lessons that can be translated to other winery wastewater sites.

Quentin Roberts - WineEng SA 2019 Speaker




Quentin Roberts

 Managing Director – EfficientSee

Untapped Power: The Need for Strategic Energy Management



Quentin has been engineering for 20 years and specialising in energy for the last decade. He founded EfficientSee in 2009 and has advised some of SA’s largest energy users.

He is one of the country’s leading specialists in ISO50001 (International Standard for Energy Management Systems) and was an integral part of seeing the first Australian company to have an accredited Energy Management System.

He is a certified energy coach and qualified electrical engineer with a broad range of experience across the industrial and commercial sectors. He has performed over 1000 hours of energy audits in the last decade.

Recently, Quentin initiated the Tonsley Energy Consortium to facilitate greater collaboration between like-minded innovative energy generators, service providers and equipment suppliers.

He is passionate about making a positive, lasting and measurable impact on businesses by guiding and supporting them on their efficiency journey.

Presentation Abstract

The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy’s 2018 International Energy Efficiency Scorecard1 ranked Australia 18th – the worst in the developed world. This is quite simply a tragedy of missed opportunity, especially when some of our jurisdictions (particularly South Australia) have some of the highest energy costs in the world.

Our nation has been endowed with such tremendous resources, yet for some reason we are simply not managing them well enough and it’s costing us.

In this presentation Quentin will cover the following issues associated with the current situation regarding energy management in Australia:

  • Australia is performing poorly regarding energy efficiency compared with other developed nations
  • There needs to be a renewed focus on strategic energy management in both the public and private sector.
  • Lack of energy strategy could be stifling investment and seeing important projects overlooked.
  • Government has a leadership role to play by encouraging and demonstrating good energy management practices such as ISO50001.

Whilst looking at the above issues the following will also be looked at:.

  • The Costs to Australian Business.
  • The Solution (we need to more with less. It’s about increasing efficiency and productivity to enable enduring competitiveness).
  • Energy Efficiency vs Energy productivity.
  • What is Energy Management
  • ISO50001 Around the World
  • Barriers to Energy Management
  • The Danger of ‘Low Hanging Fruit’

Laurence Montgomery - WineEng SA 2019 Speaker




Laurence Montgomery

 Senior Loss Prevention Consultant and Account Manager - AXA XL RISK CONSULTING

Risks Associated with the Use of Plastics in the Wine Industry



Having worked as a professional engineer for 33 years, and as a risk engineer in the insurance industry for 26 years, Laurence has developed considerable experience in multiple industries, such as Mining, Aluminium and Steel, Power Generation, Pharmaceutical, Cement, Glass and Beverage, to name a few. But yet his affair with the wine industry has lasted the longest, having assessed from a property loss prevention perspective some of the largest wineries in Australia over the past 16 years. His love for wine is not only culinary but he also has a passion to reduce the potential for property loss for his customers, providing technical advice on key risks that face the wine industry.

Presentation Abstract

One of those risks is the growth in the use of plastics for construction of cool rooms, wine barrel cellars and the like. If ignited, foamed plastics burn quickly and emit toxic and acidic black smoke potentially causing massive property damage and a loss of production. However, it is not uncommon for wine tanks to be clad in metal faced plastic foam – but is it all bad? Laurence will discuss the use of plastics in the wine industry and how you as an industry professional can reduce the potential for loss at your winery – well, you do want to make your insurance company happy! Don’t you?

Kevin Jones - WineEng SA 2019 Speaker




Kevin Jones

 State Manager - SA – CAPS

Flexible Rental Solutions & Compressed Air Audits



  • Qualified Mechanical Engineering Tradesperson (UK
  • Technicians Certificate in Engineering (UK)
  • Diploma Management (TAFE SA
  • Diploma Business (TAFE SA)
  • 11 Years in Pneumatic and Hydraulic systems; including automated machinery and control system manufacture and commissioning
  • 29 years in Compressed Air & associated systems; including design, sales and service (With a brief time spent in water and wastewater treatment)
  • Currently State Manager with CAPS Australia – based in Adelaide and managing a small local team in Service, Sales and Hire; of compressed air systems, nitrogen generation, power generation as well as air tools, hoists and winches


Presentation Abstract

Every year, wineries experience an upswing during harvest season where compressed air and relevant equipment usage can increase 4-5-fold. Rather than oversizing equipment to accommodate this increase and paying to maintain it, why not consider renting additional equipment?


CAPS Australia has reinvested and expanded their rental business, with a flexible range of options including rent to own, long term rental, buyback flexible rental and leasing. We can assist your winery during peak season with extra air compressors, power generators, air receivers, nitrogen generators and process vessels.

We will also be touching on CAPS’ ever-popular Compressed Air Audits. Did you know over 90% of compressed air input energy goes to waste heat? Additionally, compressed air systems are often poorly set up and controlled ineffectively. Finally, only 50% of air is typically used for productive activities. How much could you save if you took a closer look into your system?

Ryan McKee - WineEng SA 2019 Speaker




Ryan McKee

 Head of Sales – SIMEC Energy

Electricity Contracting Strategies in a Challenging Energy Market



Ryan has 18 years’ experience working in South Australia delivering energy supply solutions to businesses. SIMEC Energy Australia is an innovative energy retailer with a focus on providing affordable & sustainable electricity to commercial and industrial customers.

Presentation Abstract

The purchasing of energy has become a key focus of most businesses throughout Australia in recent years, due to increased prices and a stronger emphasis on sustainable practices. Ryan will discuss alternative contracting strategies, such as the benefits of renewable energy and onsite demand management, that can deliver lower costs, improved long-term price certainty and more environmentally sustainable supply outcomes.

Warwick Billings - WineEng SA 2019 Speaker




Warwick Billings

 Cidermaker – LOBO Cider

Orchard to Bottle a Variety of Pathways for Cider



Warwick has had a long career in cider having grown up in the cider culture of South West of England.

He made award winning ciders in Somerset, before returning to Australia to study winemaking at Roseworthy in the mid 90’s.

Staying with wine, he has worked for a variety of wine companies (including, Miranda Wines, Orlando, Angove Family Winemakers and more than 15 vintages overseas).

Currently Warwick divides his time between Lodestone - a contract winery and sparkling wine facility in the Adelaide Hills, and being the Cidermaker and a Director of LOBO cider, based in the apple growing region of Lenswood in the Adelaide Hills.

Presentation Abstract

We will look at a range of cider styles available in Australia and discuss how they might have been made.

Decisions along the way from Orchard to Bottle (or Keg), and how this is reflected in the final ciders. Some comparison of cider making with winemaking and the similarities and peculiarities that occur. Note apples are not big grapes!