Dr Karl Kruszelnicki
AM, BSc, MSc(Qual), MBiomedE, MBBS, MAIP

Dr Karl Kruszelnicki is the man with the answers when it comes to Science and Technology. He has been the Julius Sumner Miller Fellow at Sydney University since 1995.  In 2002, he was honoured by Harvard University with the prestigious Ig Nobel prize for his ground-breaking research into “Belly Button Lint and why it is almost always blue”. In September 2003 was named ‘Australian Father of the Year’ and in 2006 he was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia. In March 2012, Dr Karl joined a very exclusive list when he was declared one of Australia's 100 National Living Treasures.

John Letal
Rotating Machines Engineer, Iris Power

John Letal is a Rotating Machines Engineer at Iris Power responsible for supporting rotating machine mechanical monitoring initiatives including stator endwinding vibration. Prior to Iris, he spent 7 years with Siemens TurboCare as a Field Service Engineer troubleshooting large rotating equipment using such tools as vibration analysis, force response measurements, and modal analysis. He was also involved in the implementation and execution of vibration analysis programs. John holds a Master of Engineering degree in Mechanical and Industrial Engineering from the University of Toronto, and is registered as a Professional Engineer.

Mike Davis
Principal, machinemonitor

Mike Davis is an Electrical Engineer with over 40 years’ experience in rotating equipment,essentially centred on the repair, redesign and maintenance of electrical rotating plant.
He has developed an intense academic interest in machine failure mechanisms and root cause analysis of electrical machinery failure, and has presented papers throughout Australia, New Zealand, United States of America, South East Asia and South Africa. Over the last 20 years Mike has developed tailored machines training courses which have been presented to end users in USA, NZ, Australia, South Africa, Indonesia, Singapore and Malaysia.
Mike has been actively involved in several Australian Standard committees and also undertaken a statutory role as an accredited assessing authority for the New South Wales Department of Minerals and Energy.

Peter Gordon
Electrical Superintendent, Sandfire Resources

Having started his career in the dairy food industry, Peter specialised in process control and automation, specifically around PLC programming.  He was also involved with the management of High Voltage systems and networks before immigrating to Australia to work with Maintenance management within the Mining Industry.  Peter has been involved with the start-up and commissioning of a number of processing plants, mine and port facility operations, as well as planning and executing mine closures plans.  He has worked across a number of states and commodities in Australia and work for a short period in Canada, specifically around Electrical Management, commissioning, and set up of maintenance strategies, control system philosophies, and the development of Maintenance teams and processes. Peter am currently the Electrical Superintendent for Sandfire Resources, a Copper/Gold producer in West Australia.

Rolf - Dieter Gerste
Process Control Systems Engineer, Sandfire Resources

  • 1982 German Degree of Electrical Engineering from University of Kassel .
  • 1982 - 1996    Control System Design Engineer, SMA-Regel¬systeme GmbH 34266 Niestetal/Kassel, Key projects:
  • 1989 control system design for a medium sized wind energy converter (640 kWa, Germany).
  • 1992 Control system design world’s largest wind energy converter (3 MW), 2 blade diameter 100 m, Wilhelms¬haven, Germany 1993.
  • 1995-1996 Control System design 1,5kW solar inverter SMA Sunny Boy.
  • 1996 Migration to Australia, Control System Design Engineer for Powercorp Darwin
  • 1997 Australian Corporate Research Centre (ACRE),Perth, Project-leader P5.21 “ Systems for Enabling High Penetration of Renewables into Diesel Power Systems”.
  • 2013 Power & Water Authority Darwin, Integration of high penetration solar systems into diesel powered grids (TKLN)
  • 2016 Juwi Renewable Energies, Integration of a 10 MW solar system with 4 MW battery storage into 19 MW diesel power station
  • Since 2017 Process Control Systems Engineer Sandfire Resources

Franco Rabines
Specialist Electrical Engineer, 
CS Energy

Franco first came to Australian shores in 2006 after completing his Bachelor of Electrical Engineering in Peru. After completing a M.E (Mechatronics) and a M.E (Power Systems) at the University of Queensland, he saw himself working for CS Energy, one of the largest government owned power generation companies in Queensland. Franco has now 9 years of experience providing engineering services, fault investigation, NER compliance monitoring, project engineering and overhaul engineering assistance to all sites in CS Energy’s portfolio. In recent years Franco has worked closely with CS Energy’s only renewable asset: Wivenhoe Power Station, overseeing upgrades in the control system, AVR, Governor and X&Y protection systems


Russel Chetwynd
Service Manager, National Electric Coil

Russell Chetwynd has been in the Power Generation business for over 40 years. He started out as a student apprentice for GEC Turbine Generators (now part of GE) in the UK, going on to work as a Commissioning Engineer starting up fossil and nuclear plants around the world.  Russell then spent a large part of his career with Southern California Edison as the Site Engineer responsible for turbine generators at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) in northern San Diego County, CA USA. While in this capacity, Russell became heavily involved in industry activities, authoring numerous technical papers and serving as Chairman for both the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) turbine generator committees.  Upon closure of SONGS in 2013, Russell joined National Electric Coil as a Service Manager responsible for large utility accounts in North America and Australasia.  

Matthew Fallow
Reliability Engineer, Asset Quality

Matthew’s first engineering position was 'Anticipative Maintenance Systems Engineer' for a large chemical company when the hard drive capacity of PC’s was just 10 megabytes! Since then has trained many students and companies in the Asia Pacific Rim to be successful reliability focused CM Analysts themselves. Extensive experience with Infra-red Thermography, Oil Analysis, Machine Alignment, Precision Maintenance Philosophy, failure analysis and a good knowledge of electro-mechanical rotating machinery have enabled Matthew to provide a valuable machine problem solving service to all types of industry for many years in the Asia Pacific Rim. Matthew founded two of industries most respected Condition Monitoring companies Asset Reliability Services and Asset Quality. 

Andrew Orkin
Product Development Manager, Coolon LED Lighting

Andrew Orkin is a Product Development Manager for Coolon LED Lighting, a leading Australian manufacturer of heavy industrial lighting.

Andrew has spent a considerable portion of his career, servicing the mining industry and brings across a unique perspective of product effectiveness and ability to survive under harsh environments. Recognised with numerous awards, and widely adopted by the industry, Coolon products are found reliably performing across most industrial sites around Australia and the World.

Andrew Gale
Technical Director, Optical Motion Technologies

Andrew is a professional consultant and manager with over 30 years experience in the provision of Predictive Maintenance (PdM) Technologies and Services to the Industrial Maintenance sector.  Industry exposure includes: Mining, Food & Beverage, Steel & Aluminium, Petrochemical, Oil & Gas, Power Generation, Pulp & Paper, Automotive, Transportation, Cementation, Building Service and General Manufacturing.

Andrew’s qualifications and vocational experience include; Certificate of Technology (Mechanical), Diploma of Business, and Vibration Analyst VCATIII.

Fabian Kaica
Acutel Consulting

Fabian is a Mechanical Engineer with 37 years experience in the Electricity Industry in Australia and New Zealand.

Fabian held a number of lead roles within Hydro Tasmania (1985 to 2012) including Maintenance Improvement Engineer, Condition Monitoring Engineer, Principal Reliability Engineer, and Principal Project (Technical) Engineer (Capital Expenditure Group)

Since 2012 Fabian has been working as a Freelance Engineering Consultant (Acutel Consulting) in Australia, New Zealand and PNG - Specialising in Asset Management Practices, Root Cause Analysis, Reliability Improvement and Condition Monitoring.

Fabian has published and presented 17 Engineering papers world wide.  

Enes Zulovic
 Specialist Hydro Power Mechanical Engineer, Acutel Consulting

Enes Zulovic, CPEng MIEAust, has more than 35 years of international experience in hydropower generation. He has proven knowledge and experience in vibration problem analyses, shaft and bearing alignment, hydro power modernisation projects, turbine and other hydro mechanical equipment, asset risk management, problem solving of hydro engineering challenges and Root Cause Analyses (RCA) and Reliability Centred Maintenance. Other expertise are preparation and review of tenders and technical specifications, factory and site commissioning, hydro knowledge trainings, pressure pulsations (draft tube and penstock), air admission and design of the oil vapour elimination systems. He has been lucky to work on interesting hydro plants with different vibrations problems to solve successfully and to become an expert.
Enes has published 14 engineering papers (Hydro Vision International Conferences, Hydro Review Worldwide [HRW], Hydro Power Engineering Exchange, [HPEE]), and VANZ covering topics in his field of hydro engineering expertise.

Tim Stewart
Electrical Plant Engineer, Stanwell Corporations Limited

Tim Stewart graduated with a B.E. (Electrical) (Co-op) from Central Queensland University and an M.E. (Power Generation) from University of Queensland in 2010 and 2012 respectively.  Tim has 7 years of experience in production/maintenance and project engineering in the power generation sector, including at Stanwell Power Station, QLD, and at several Snowy Hydro Limited sites in southern NSW.  His current role focuses on HV and LV Motors, Generator Control and Protection, and Emergency Power for Stanwell Power Station.  Tim’s main areas of interest are in AVR and Governor Systems, Protection Systems, synchronous generators, and rotating machinery.

Mark Wexler

Mark is a Power Transformer specialist with 12 years’ experience in the power industry. He has worked in an OEM transformer factory and field installing new & refurbished transformers.  His previously role was factory test manager for a power transformer manufacturerwithaprovenskillsetoftransformerforensicinvestigations and troubleshooting. He has been actively involved in the Australian Power Institute and transformer conference steering committees.


Herman Visser
HV Network Engineer, Fortesque Metal Group

Herman studied electrical engineering in South Africa, and started his working career with a national steel producer. Later on, in order to avoid being posted out to an iron mine in the middle of nowhere, he volunteered for process control work. The end result was working, for roughly ten years, as a process control engineer. Process control does expose one to different industries. Examples include milk packaging, chipboard manufacturing, a wax mixing plant, coal mining, and amongst other smelters, the largest Platinum smelter in the world, at the time.

Before migrating to Australia in 2005, Herman worked on a nuclear fuel project in Germany for three years. He spent his career in Australia changing back to electrical engineering, and more so in maintenance. He also did a few years moonlighting as project manager. 

Herman dreams about the good life in the oil and gas industry, but invariably ends up in mining. He is currently employed as a high voltage electrical engineer for Fortescue Metals, at their newest iron ore mine in Western Australia. While there are no shortage of red dirt and flies on site, he’s gotten over it. 

His paper discusses cost effective maintenance regimes, focusing on high voltage protection relays and switchgear.

Jackson Hill
Managing Director, LIVE HV

Having started his career with Reyrolle Jackson has a strong grounding within the HV industry and in particular HV switchgear. Taking an interest in Partial Discharge testing Jackson was trained by Reyrolle and HVPD in PD testing. Following this training Jackson formed LIVE HV which as of July 2016 formally merged with the MM Group of asset management companies.

LIVE HV has been providing HV testing for many Australian companies over the past 8 years and Jackson is at the forefront of PD testing in Australia and New Zealand. He frequently travels internationally to stay abreast of the latest PD monitoring equipment and testing techniques.

Marcus Sun
Electrical Engineer, Mercury

Marcus Sun is a Chartered Professional Electrical Engineer working on hydroelectric generator replacements and condition assessment of long-in-service hydroelectric generators. He studied in Canterbury University in Christchurch, New Zealand. He holds a BE degree in Electrical Engineering and a Bsc degree in Electronics from the Canterbury University.   

Ron Scollay
Principal Engineer Consultant, machinemonitor

Ron Scollay is a Specialist Electrical Engineer with over 25 years’ experience in the field of machines and auxiliary equipment. This experience covers general design, re-design, construction, testing and application problems of motors, generators and auxiliary equipment. Also technical audits and specialised tests and measurements to qualify condition and cause of failure with recommendations of remedial methods using contemporary design techniques and practices. On behalf of Eskom and Von Roll Isola, Ron conducted research on ‘Life Management of Motors’ and ‘Medium Voltage Insulation for Motors and Generators’ and as a result is well published.

Kevin Chong
Specialist Reliability Engineer, Rio Tinto

Kevin Chong is the lead Specialist Reliability Engineer at Rio Tinto (Iron Ore) in Australia. He has over 15 years’ experience in engineering and asset management in the power utility and mining resource industry in Australia and New Zealand.  Prior joining Rio Tinto, Kevin has held various senior engineering and management roles at Transpower in New Zealand and Western  Power  in  Australia.  He  was  previously  a  member  in  the  Australia  CIGRE  D1 (Materials and Emerging Test Techniques) working group. 
Kevin earned an honours degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the University of  Canterbury  and  a  Master’s  degree  in  Engineering  Management  at  the  University  of Auckland in New Zealand. He is also a Chartered (CPEng) member of Engineers Australia. 

Stuart Nell
Electrical Engineer, Rio Tinto

Stuart Nell is an Electrical Engineer at Rio Tinto (Iron Ore) in Australia. He has over 4 years’ experience in electrical power and renewable energy engineering  coupled with extensive knowledge in management of high voltage  assets.  He  has a strong interest in renewable energy and has successfully delivered multiple solar energy projects in the Pilbara region of Western Australia.  
Stuart holds an Electrical Power Engineering, Renewable Energy Engineering and Management degree from Murdoch University and is currently completing his Masters of Business Administration at the University of Western Australia. He is a current member of Engineers Australia (MIEAust) and is progressing towards his Chartered (CPEng) status.

Adam Earnshaw
Electrical Engineer, Origin Energy

Adam has been involved in the power industry for over 7 years, currently working as an Electrical Engineer for Origin Energy. In this role he is responsible for maintaining the integrity of the electrical assets at four of Origin's power plants.

Throughout his time in the electrical profession he has delivered many major generator and transformer overhaul projects, helped to develop greenfield renewable projects and spent nine months as a maintenance engineer at Australia's largest combined cycle power station. He is passionate about the improvement of asset management systems and managing process safety risks within power generation.

James Dash
Senior Electrical Engineer, Origin Energy

James has been an electrical engineer in the power generation industry for over 10 years.  Working at a number of power stations both in Australia and overseas, James brings a wealth of knowledge and a keen interest in all things rotating machines. 

His current role sees him by the shores of the beautiful Lake Macquarie, providing engineering expertise to Eraring Power Station and Origin's greater generation fleet as part of Origin's Generation Technical Services Team.

One of his current projects is the heading up the Equipment Strategy module of Origin's Operational Excellence program.  The task of this module is to take Process Safety Bowties and develop fleet wide standardized documents which describe the activities and governance required to sustain the asset through the life cycles stages.  

Stefan Böhler
Application engineer rotating machines, Omicron Austria

Dipl.-Ing. Stefan Böhler works for OMICRON in Klaus as an application engineer on rotating machines. He studied electrical engineering at Graz Technical University and finished his study in 2003. Before working at OMICRON we worked for a big utility as project manager for all kind of generator related projects for new powerplants, refurbishments and diagnostic measurements. In his role at OMICRON he is doing measurements and giving customer trainings all around the globe. He is member in IEC MT10 to maintain standards around rotating machines.

Kenneth Budin
Director, Budin Philipp Partners

Ken is a Director of Budin Philipp Partners which offers specialist training and consulting services for power transformers and on-load tap changers. He is a member of the IEEE & the CIGRE Australian A2 panel for Power Transformers, and has in excess of 40 years’ experience in power transformer service and life management.

He has published many technical papers over the years and areas of expertise include paper ageing & transformer life, strategies for first year of service life, mid-life refurbishment,  management of water content in power transformers, application and use of natural ester fluids in power transformers, routine inspection and maintenance, diagnostic and monitoring, and management of spare transformers. A regular speaker at Industry events across the Asia-Pacific region, Ken is also enjoying being based in the South Gippsland area of Victoria.