Aurecon sharing expertise at Ozwater conference

Berg water project

Berg Water Project, South Africa

22 April 2014 - Aurecon water experts will be sharing expertise on asset management, real-time monitoring of treatment processes and acid mine drainage at key industry event Ozwater, which will be held on 29 April – 1 May 2014 in Brisbane.

The event features international speakers and aims to showcase innovative solutions aligned with the theme ‘water for everyone’.

“Aurecon is sponsoring the welcome networking function and we look forward to the opportunity to discuss the key challenges facing the industry, including how we can get more out of our water infrastructure,” said Tobie Louw, Aurecon’s Water Services Leader.

Joey Loke, a mechanical engineer in Aurecon’s Water Services group, who will be presenting a paper on asset management at Ozwater, said: “As water utilities focus on asset efficiency and optimisation, a unified approach to whole of life asset management is needed.” Joey’s paper will outline a number of initiatives that improve asset management practices, including a field-based inspection tool which Aurecon has developed that has been successfully been applied to inspections and assessments covering walkways, handrails, grates, hatches and access covers.

Aurecon Water and Wastewater Treatment Leader Julian Briggs will sharing the latest real-time monitoring technology for the protection of advanced wastewater treatment processes.

Also presenting at the conference will be Aurecon civil engineer Johan van Zyl, who will discuss the impacts of mining on the environment and water resources, particularly through Acid Mine Drainage (AMD) and analyses options to neutralise the impacts of AMD and to derive optimal solutions for the long term.


Water infrastructure asset management - addressing the challenges that lie ahead
Presented by: Joey Loke, Mechanical Engineer, Aurecon
11:15am, Tuesday 29 April 2014 (Asset Management stream)

Real-time monitoring for protection of advanced wastewater treatment processes
Presented by: Julian Briggs, Water and Wastewater Treatment Leader, Aurecon
4:00pm, Tuesday 29 April 2014 (Technical Innovations & Breakthroughs stream)

Management of underground acid mine drainage on the Witwatersrand, South Arica
Presented by: Johan van Zyl, Civil Engineer, Aurecon
4:00pm, Wednesday 30 April 2014 (Water in the Mining & Resources Industry Specialist Network)


About Joey Loke
Joey Loke is a senior mechanical engineer at Aurecon with over 7 years of experience in the design of water and wastewater infrastructure projects. His design and design management experiences cover mechanical plant equipment such as pump stations, valve complexes and treatment facilities. Joey is has the responsibility of developing the water group’s asset management capabilities.


About Julian Briggs
Julian is Aurecon’s Water and Wastewater Treatment Leader. He has 20 years’ experience specialising in process and process/mechanical design. As the process lead for a number of major water infrastructure projects across Australia and New Zealand, including large scale alliances, he has had the opportunity to develop innovative treatment approaches and oversee them through detailed design, construction, commissioning and early stages of operation. Julian is passionate about providing clients effective solutions that optimise use of assets and resources, with balanced consideration of competing drivers.


About Johan van Zyl
Johan is a professional civil engineer specialising in water resources. He specialises in the planning and management of large scale water systems, with the specific focus area of systems modelling, analysis and optimisation. Johan has experience in the design of civil services and has extensive construction supervision experience on various projects, ranging from pipelines and highway construction.


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