Conference 3 of Smart Cities 2021

Digital Government:

Putting data into practice

In this conference, we took a deep dive into the work that governments need to do to achieve data excellence in a smart cities and communities context. Some of the questions we explored include:

  • What sort of data does your government area need?
  • Do you fully understand your data requirements?
  • What would you do for your community if you had 3D access to data?
  • What needs to happen at a grassroots level before we can achieve national, aspirational goals like a National Digital Twin? 

Conference Program

1:00pm: Laura Harvey, Managing Editor, Monkey Media

Welcome remarks

1:05pm: Simon Hunter, Board Member, Australian Smart Communities Association

ASCA Welcome

1:10pm: PANEL - A coordinated national approach to digital twins

Adam Mowlam, Strategic Lead, Digital Twin, Victorian Department of Environment, Land Water and Planning

Michael Healy, Smart Cities Programme Manager, Christchurch City Council

Eric Sharpham, Manager Cadastral Spatial Programs, NSW Department of Customer Service

Helen Spencer, Program Director, Land and Spatial Information at Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy (Queensland)

Mats Henrikson, Group Leader of Web Geospatial Systems, Data61

Soner Bekir, Head of Digital Strategy, Citywide

Moderator: Kate Williams, Chief Business Officer, FrontierSI

2:35pm: Warren Dean, Founder, DataTale

Why my grass-roots data project is now a grassfire

3:15pm: PANEL - Data, privacy and security: staying ahead of the game

Zoe Eather, Smart Community Specialist

Debbie Reynolds, Global Data Privacy & Protection Expert Strategist

Nicole Stephensen, Principal Consultant, Ground Up Consulting

4:00pm: Close of conference

Meet The Speakers

Warren Dean - Founder, Data Tale

Speaker at Week 2: Digital Government - Putting data into practice

Warren Dean is the founder of DataTale, a company specialising in Power BI training and consulting within the government sector. He has 15 years of experience in data analytics roles, both at state and local government levels. Warren initiated a local government BI meetup in Victoria, Australia and has spoken at conferences and user groups across the world.

Nicole Stephensen - Principal Consultant, Ground Up Consulting

Speaker at Week 2: Digital Government - Putting data into practice

Nicole offers expert privacy advisory and capacity building services across all project streams at Ground Up Consulting and her trusted approach to strategic privacy uplift is a cornerstone for its program of work.

Nicole founded Ground Up in 2011 and is a globally recognised privacy leader with two decades of experience in public policy, regulatory and industry forums.

Working alongside the Knowledge Director, Nicole personally delivers the bulk of sessions in Ground Up's training calendar, preferring to be directly – rather than peripherally – involved in capacity building across government, industry and not-for-profit sectors.

Kate Williams - Chief Business Officer, FrontierSI

Speaker at Week 2: Digital Government - Putting data into practice

A certified spatial professional, Kate has extensive experience across the data management, utilities, natural resource management, transport, and digital sectors. Kate is well known in the spatial industry for her leadership in the private sector and in government. A Geomatic Engineering and Arts graduate from Melbourne University and joint recipient of the Women’s Leadership award in the Victorian Spatial Excellence Awards (2019), Kate’s recent role at the DELWP involved leading several innovation pilots which tested industry applications of a modernised cadastre and future digital workflows including integrated 3D and BIM data models, and DELWPs first Digital Twin. At FrontierSI, Kate works closely with partners in industry, research and government to develop collaborative projects to bring spatial solutions to real world problems.

Eric Sharpham - Manager Cadastral Spatial Programs at Spatial Services, NSW Department of Customer Service

Speaker at Week 2: Digital Government - Putting data into practice

Eric Sharpham is Manager Cadastral Spatial Programs at Spatial Services, NSW Department of Customer Service. With more than 25 years of experience working for government land and property agencies, Eric has experience across Crown Lands, land titling, geospatial services, and digital transformation. He is a NSW representative on the Intergovernmental Committee on Surveying and Mapping and custodian of the Land Parcel and Property, as well as Buildings and Settlements themes of the NSW Foundation Spatial Data Framework. With qualifications in Civil Engineering, Project Management and Public Administration, Eric is an alumnus of the University of Sydney; and the Australian and New Zealand School of Government. Key program areas for Eric’s team at Spatial Services are NSW Spatial Cadastre maintenance and development, 3D/4D cadastral and building solutions for an integrated land and property ecosystem as well as the transformation of foundation spatial data for the NSW Spatial Digital Twin. Eric is acting Director of Spatial Operations while Wayne Paterson is on leave.

Soner Bekir - Head of Digital Strategy, Citywide

Speaker at Week 2: Digital Government - Putting data into practice

Currently working as Head of Digital Strategy for Citywide, leading their Digital Transformation partly powered by a custom-built workforce and asset management solution designed by my team making use of the Gruntify platform. I’m still learning about Civil Asset Management, have participated in two Smart Cities conferences, become a member of the IAM and completed my ISO 55000 Asset Management Practitioner Master Class, but have spent more time in the last year looking at the practical way in which asset monitoring, management and servicing can be supported by software and so have been more hands-on than being able to sit back and work on overall asset management systems.

Prior to Citywide, I have worked in the EPM/CPM Digital Finance space for over twenty-years, running inlumi for the last nineteen years. I was previously an infrastructure consultant – who grew the business from 1 employee in Holland, to 160 currently split over 7 countries, servicing over 200 top-tier multinational and national clients annually. I am the largest shareholder of the group, have held the CEO position and am now purely acting as a Shareholder and Non-Executive Board Member.

Helen Spencer - Program Manager, Policy | Spatial Information, Department of Resources, Queensland Government

Speaker at Week 2: Digital Government - Putting data into practice

Helen Spencer is a leader in strategic policy and governance, particularly in the area of land administration, data, local government policy and planning. With over 20 years’ experience in the Queensland Government, Helen is passionate about ensuring that decisions are made as efficiently as possible for the benefit of both government and citizens, and in that regard is a champion for the wider use of spatial and planning information.

Mats Henrikson - Group Leader Web Geospatial Systems Group Engineering & Design Program CSIRO’s Data61

Speaker at Week 2: Digital Government - Putting data into practice

Mats Henrikson leads the Web Geospatial Systems Group in the Engineering & Design program at CSIRO’s Data61, who specialise in geospatial visualisation, data sharing, and open data platforms. Technologies developed by the group include TerriaJS and Magda, which power NationalMap, and the NSW and QLD Spatial Digital Twins. Mats has around 20 years of experience as a Software Engineer and Software Architect in the university, financial, health, and now science and research industries.