Theme & Sub-Themes

The sub-themes for the Integrated Project Engineering Congress build on the congress theme of “Creating the Future Together”.  These provide a framework for congress content tailored to build on lessons learnt from the past with a particular focus on the current and future priorities for Australia and the region. 

Leading speakers within their field will cover themes:

  • Capital Project and Lifecycle
  • Sustainability and Resilience
  • Technology and Data
  • Human Systems and Culture
  • Governance and Assurance

IPEC covers a range of topics relevant to practicing engineers, students, academics, researchers, government, defence and industry specialist providers.  Examples of functional areas within each of the sub-themes are detailed below as a guide:

Capital Projects and Lifecycle

  • Qualitative and Quantative Risk Assessment in Capital Projects
  • Asset Optimisation and Management
  • Risk Based Decision Making (RBDM) in project and Asset lifecycle
  • Enterprise/ Integrated Project Management Office (e/iPMO)
  • Contingency Management for Portfolio, Program and Project
  • Integrated Project Controls and Reporting: Risk, Planning & Scheduling, Cost
  • Whole of life view to Systems
  • Complex Systems, Programs and Projects
  • Education in Systems Concepts and Methodologies (Acquisition & Sustainment)
  • Test and Evaluation
  • Leadership & Management

Sustainability and Resilience

  • Natural disasters and resilient infrastructure
  • Sustainable Future (Climate Change, UN SDGs)
  • Systems Approach to System Definition, Realisation, Sustainment and Disposal
  • Holistic conceptual reference architectures for critical systems
  • Life after/with COVID
  • Education in systems concepts and methodologies
  • Triple bottom line sustainability (profit, people, planet)
  • Building resilience in individuals, teams and organisations
  • Supportability, Reliability, Availability, Maintainability, Modifiability – retention of capability utility
  • Agility – disruptive technologies, obsolescence, proofing and interoperability architectures
  • Sovereign Capability
  • Education and Training
  • Leadership & Management

Technology and Data

  • Data-driven Risk Analysis Methodologies
  • New technologies, including AI/ML, in delivering major projects
  • Integrated project controls
  • Building information modelling (BIM)
  • Autonomous driving, new transport modes and smart infrastructure
  • Enterprise Risk Management (ERM)
  • Agile, Interoperable Architectures & Standards
  • Experimentation for Capability Definition, Design, Development, Test & Evaluation
  • Systems and Data Security
  • Modelling & Simulation, MBSE, Digital transformation of SE
  • IP protection/ Management
  • Education and Training
  • Leadership & Management

Human Systems & Culture

  • Diversity; age, gender, education, culture, thinking etc
  • People build projects, not machines, software
  • New norms on working on projects – WFH etc
  • Education and Training
  • Organisation and Project Culture
  • Building high performing teams
  • Social systems engineering
  • Human Factors
  • Health and Well being
  • Artificial Intelligence/ Machine Learning
  • Trusted systems, safety, security, privacy, ethics
  • Collaborative contracts
  • Work Health and Safety
  • Leadership & Management

Governance and Assurance

  • Risk-based audit, assurance & three lines of defence for major projects
  • Whole of life approach – extending and establishing reference architectures
  • Wholism – considering social, cultural, environmental, commercial, political, technological, biological and ethical dimensions
  • Integrity by design
  • Verification and validation
  • Legal/ Regulatory frameworks, - safety, criticality, privacy
  • Self regulation vs independent assurance
  • Principles of good governance frameworks
  • Link between good governance and leadership
  • Critical role of Test and evaluation in governance and assurance
  • Leadership & Management