More highlights of the BICSI Melbourne conference 26-28 November

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The BICSI Australian conference is just one week away and jam-packed with valuable education and exciting activities. If you haven’t registered yet, do it now at so you don’t miss out.

UPDATE: The BICSI 2019 Australia conference has just been accredited the maximum 15 CECs by BICSI’s Credentialing Dept. For credential holders to obtain 15 CECs, they will need to attend a pre-conference workshop on Tuesday 26th, and both days of the conference – Wednesday 27th and Thursday 28th.


  • 1.00 pm to 5.00 pm Tuesday 26 November (pre-conference workshops);
  • 9.00 am to 5.45 pm Wednesday 27 November (conference & exhibition) + Awards Dinner 7.00 pm to 11.00 pm; and
  • 9.00 am to 3.00 pm Thursday 28 November (conference & exhibition)


  • Hall 4, Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, Grey St, South Bank, Melbourne


Pre-Conference Workshops

Registrations for the free Pre-Conference Workshops at 1.00 pm – 5.00 pm are filling up fast, so to avoid missing out, register now to attend at Once the spots are taken up, we can’t add any more attendees. Special note to credential-holders: attendance at these workshops will contribute to obtaining the full 15 CECs for your conference attendance. If you miss the workshops and only attend the two-day conference program, you will receive 12 CECs.

  • Laser Safety Labelling and Optical Fibre Cleaning Workshop

Delivered by Murray Teale, Technical Director, VTI Services and Chair CT-001 and WC80 Standards committees

  • Hands-On Data Centre Thermal Fluid Dynamics Workshop

Delivered by Dr Neil Silke, Lead Engineer, Data Centre CFD

Conference Program

This year’s Conference Program is one of our best ever, with presentations from thought-leaders on very important topics that impact our industry technically, professionally and legally. Here are a few more topics being covered:

  • Case Studies
    • Datacentre Migration & Consolidation’ case study at 2.30 pm – 3.15 pm Wednesday 27 Nov delivered by Justin Simmons, General Manager – Core Technology Transformation at Tabcorp

Overview: In the midst of its merger with Tatts, Tabcorp began consolidating its datacentres to host applications in colocation facilities on shared infrastructure platforms that better suited the entire combined business. This ambitious migration, that will see two legacy datacentres decommissioned, had to minimise downtime and have zero impact to Tabcorp revenue. The resultant network deployed cutting-edge design for fabrics and multi-pod segregation of networks and VM services, along with high-density computing in a hyper-converged platform, and all solid-state storage. This presentation will discuss how the program was executed and how delivery partners helped Tabcorp overcome significant technical, commercial and logistics challenges.

  • ICT Construction in the Kwajalein Atoll’ case study at 9.45 am – 10.30 am Thursday 28 Nov, delivered by: Jeff Beavers RCDD OSP, BICSI President and OSP/ISP Engineering Group Lead, Black & Veatch Telecommunications

Overview: Deploying a standards-based ICT network a remote location brings unique challenges – from UXO (unexploded ordnance), to cultural issues and the human element, to differing interpretation of contract documents, and long lead-times. The challenges can however, be overcome through value-based decisions. This presentation will review some of the lessons learned that provided for the safe and successful deployment of a standards-compliant and fit-for-intended-purpose system.


  • Several presentations from leading visionaries on the latest applications of IoT, including:
    • Farukh Aslam, CEO, Sinclair Holdings (USA) on “Implementing Digital Building
    • Strategies and Applications within the Hospitality Space” – Opening Keynote at 9.00 am Wednesday 27 Nov;
    • Professor Majid Sarvi, from University of Melbourne on “ICT Infrastructure for Autonomous Vehicles and the ‘Connected Intersection’” at 2.15 pm Thursday 28 Nov
    • Adam Beck, CEO Smart Cities Council on “Digital city services: The new infrastructure for globally competitive communities” at 10.00 am Wednesday 27 Nov;
    • Verghese Jacob, Managing Director, FMevolution on “The impact of 5G on edge computing and datacentres” at 2.15 pm Thursday 28 Nov;
  • Two important presentations from lawyers on major changes to Australian law that affect everyone in the ICT industry:
    • Andrew Douglas, Managing Principal, FCW Lawyers on “Accountability in the age of IoT” (click here to see video interview previewing what’s going to be discussed);
    • Sally McDow, Managing Director, CPR Partners on “New corporate whistleblowing laws in Australia – effective risk management for the ICT industry”.

Our presenters include three lawyers, two professors, the owner of an international property development company, and senior construction industry personnel, along with several thought-leaders in wireless, AV, optical fibre technologies, ICT standards and training.  Click here to see the full list of speakers.

With the theme “Setting the Standards”, this year’s conference features two days of vision, new ideas, solutions, legal protection, and thought-provocation. This is a conference you can’t afford to miss.  Click here to see the full conference program.