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Symposium Program

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Keynote presentations

The committee are putting the finishing touches to an exciting speakers scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday, which will showcase a great mix of Australian and international keynote speakers.

Stream presentations

Stream 1: Defence and Major Projects – Successfully delivering any major project is difficult and crafting success requires organisational capability, great teamwork, and a slice of luck. This stream focuses on the core requirements needed to manage the systemic difficulties and complexity of delivering major defence, infrastructure, engineering and business projects. Presentations will combine practical learnings from case studies, with leading-edge ideas on ways to enhance organisational effectiveness to deliver real benefits.

Stream 2: Project Controls – Presented in association with the International Cost Estimating and Analysis Association (ICEAA) and the Project Controls Expo, this stream focuses on the tools and techniques needed to manage risk, and to plan and control projects of all types and sizes in an uncertain environment. Agile delivery options are creating new challenges and shifting paradigms, this steam will compare and contrast techniques that add value to both traditional and adaptive delivery options.

Stream 3: Governance – This stream will look at the challenges of building organisations that are prepared to proactively engage with the evolving dynamics of successful project delivery. Expectations of flexibility, adaptability, agility, and self-management are forcing change on the older concepts of formal contracts and rigorous control and reporting systems. Organisations that adapt to the new environment best will be the ones that deliver successful projects in the years ahead. Good governance is good business and good information remains the key to good management; the challenge is evolving organisational structures and processes to excel in the changing environment of a COVID-normal world.

Stream 4: Academic – This stream will showcase the best papers received as part of the Walt Lipke awards competition, together with reports on research projects funded in part by PGCS grants. PGCS is becoming the premier forum for the advancement of academic research into project, program and portfolio management in the Australian context, these presentations will highlight the progress we have helped achieve.

Wednesday 17th August, 2022

9:00am - 9:10am

Day Two: Opening

Housekeeping and program updates‏‏‎

9:10am - 9:55am

Keynote #6

Presenter: Mr Steve Wake

Title: TBC

9:55am - 10:40am

Keynote #7

Walt Lipke Winner

10:40am - 11:10am

Morning Tea

11:10am - 12:00pm

Stream 1 - Defence and Major Projects

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Session 3

Presenter: Val Jonas

Title: TBA

Stream 2 - Project Controls

Session 3


Presenter: Pyrros Radimissis

Title: Blackbox & Whitebox Estimating Techniques – Tips, Tricks & Pitfalls

Stream 4 - Academic

‏Session 1

Presenter: Shankar Sankaran

Title: Project Management started off as a management innovation. Can it transition to meet the sustainability challenge?

12:00pm - 12:40pm

Stream 1 - Defence and Major Projects

Session 4‎

Presenter: Rob McMartin

Stream 2 - Project Controls

Session 4‎

Presenter: Walt Lipke

Title: Earned Schedule: Project Duration Increase from Rework (Virtual)

Stream 4 - Academic

Session 2

Presenter: Xiaohua Jin

Title: PGCS Research Report

12:40pm - 1:40pm


1:40pm - 2:20pm

Stream 1 - Defence and Major Projects

Session 5‎

Stream 2 - Project Controls

Session 5

Presenter: James Bancroft

Title: Defence Cost Modelling - leveraging people and information to succeed

Stream 4 - Academic

Session 3

Walt Lipke Runner up #1

2:20pm - 3:10pm

Stream 1 - Defence and Major Projects

Session 6

Stream 2 - Project Controls

Session 6

Stream 4 - Academic

Session 4

Walt Lipke Runner up #2

3:10pm - 3:40pm

Afternoon Tea

3:40pm - 4:30pm

Locknote #1

Presenter: Naomi Mathers

Title: Insanity is doing the same thing and expecting a different outcome – Supporting the success of modern projects

4:30pm - 5:00pm

Conference Close


Walt Lipke Award Finalists

Winners to be announced

Continuing Professional Development

PGCS provide delegates with a statement of attendance that is accepted by many professional organisations including:

PMI PDUs: 1 PDU per hour spent in a conference session or Masterclass

AIPM CPD Points:
Attending the Symposium (A03) 2 points per hour (maximum of 10 points)
Attending a Masterclass (B08) 2 points per hour (maximum of 12 points for six Hrs.)

ICCEA recertification points: Two points to CCEAs who report having attended PGCS.


Silver Partner

Risk Decisions


Symposium Supporter


Project Controls Expo

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