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Australian Gas Turbines Conference

26-27 November 2020 | Virtually Delivered Event
Sydney AEDT/UTC+11

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Early bird rate (save $900) expires 12 October 2020 // see pricing below for details


With the health and safety of our delegates, speakers and staff as our top priority, the Australian Gas Turbines Conference 2020 which was due to be held in Melbourne, will now run as a virtual event.

As the best-known meeting place for Australia’s gas turbine industry, the annual Conference attracts some of the country’s top operators, industry experts, and technology providers and examines current best practice in maintaining and operating gas turbines. Don’t miss this great opportunity to exchange best practice ideas, learn from important case studies, and network with your peers virtually.

The event is supported by GTUF – the Gas Turbine Users Forum.

Some of the topics to be included in the agenda:

  • The effects of quarantine and lockdowns on gas turbines maintenance and planning – Is there an appetite for more ‘in country’ capability and how we as an industry can achieve this?
  • Case studies on how to run power stations remotely
  • Innovation during the pandemic – cybersecure remote maintenance solutions and diagnostic testing online
  • Dry Gas Seals-Why they fail and how to improve their reliability
  • Ten years aftermarket LTSA – Observations and results
  • Use of Simulation in the Turbine, Fan & Compressor Industries
  • Examining repairs for enhancing component life


Call for papers

More information will be posted soon – in the meantime if you want to get involved in this year’s program, or you have a suggestion on a specific topic or speaker get in touch with Diana Lauzi on

For sponsor and exhibition please contact:


Our virtual event is fully interactive, sophisticated and will enable you to connect with industry thought leaders from the safety of your home or office.  You will still have access to the same great content, hear from leading experts, unique networking and business development opportunities with key decisions makers including the option for arranging meetings and networking at times convenient to you and the ability to directly ask questions and engage virtually.

By offering a virtual event we hope to help people manage the challenges associated with coming together during travel and physical distancing restrictions in a dynamic and interactive way. We believe everyone should still be able to connect, access great content and ask questions of the gas turbines experts and key industry representatives.


Dr. Maxine Watson

Partner, MorrisWatson

Paul van Dyk

Turbomachinery Safety & Control, Pantac System Control Pty Ltd

Doug Nagy

Manager, IGT Components Repair, Liburdi Turbine Services, Inc. Ontario Canada

Joel Thakker

Engineering Solutions Manager, LEAP Australia

Dr. Jeffrey Goldmeer

Emergent Technologies Director – Decarbonization, GE Gas Power USA

Dr Attilio Pigneri

Chief Executive, The Hydrogen Utility (H2U)

Girish Kamal

Principal Rotating Equipment Engineer, Petronas Carigali - Malaysia

Dawid Dlugosz

Controls and Instrumentation Engineer, MTU Maintenance

Patrick Jansen

Chief Services Officer, VBR Turbine Partners – The Netherlands

Abel Rochwarger

Chief Engineer, Gas Turbine Controls Corporation - NY, USA

Rashmin Gunaratne

Squadron Leader (O-4), Officer-In-Charge – Propulsion Systems Integrity (PSI) - Directorate of Aviation Engineering (DAVENG), Defence Aviation Safety Authority

Arturo Roxas VI

Certified Lubrication Specialist (CLS) Regional Manager, Fluitec Australia

Giuseppe Stella

Project Engineer for Turbomachinery NovaLT Products in APAC, Baker Hughes

Sebastian Boehme

Operations Manager, Sulzer


10:30 am

OPENING | Opening remarks from the Chair

Dr. Maxine Watson, Partner, MorrisWatson

10:40 am

Pantac Sytem Control is a small engineering company specialising in Turbomachinery Functional Safety and Control. COVID-19 has forced Pantac’s clients to adopt project strategies, that in times past, may have been considered ‘Risky’ ‘Unwarranted’ ‘Not Secure’ ‘Too Slow’ ‘Unmanageable’ and potentially ‘Not Safe’. This paper covers 4 current projects, looks at the available Remote Engineering Tools as well as the pros and cons of Remote engineering.

11:10 am

An overview of the cost-savings goals and actual achievements of an aftermarket LTSA for a two-on-one combined cycle combustion turbine plant. The major successes, the minor successes and the new procedures implemented. A fiscal overview of the program clearly show that it was a success.

11:50 am

Refreshment break

12:10 pm

The use of 3D simulation via computational fluid dynamics (CFD) or finite element analysis (FEA) is now a common place occurrence in the turbomachinery market. Whether it is designing a jet fan for ventilation or an engine for a UAV or a pump for the mining industry, CFD and FEA are used extensively, across Australia, by engineers, designers, novices and experts alike. This presentation details such a project, with the aim of educating the audience on (i) the general simulation process (ii) the benefit to design and (iii) the resources required. What was once a tool reserved for an army of Phd’s and global corporations, is now being done on laptops and designers, throughout the country.

12:40 pm


1:10 pm

  • Gas turbines, which are a key element of today’s electricity production infrastructure, are often overlooked when developing plans for future decarbonized electricity.
  • These existing assets can be upgraded to reduce carbon emissions. This can be accomplished using fuels with reduced or zero carbon content.  Another option is to add a post-combustion carbon capture system.
  • New gas turbines are effectively future proofed (for future reductions in carbon emissions) as they can be configured to be “hydrogen ready”.
  • This presentation will provide a view of these technology options, as well as highlighting GE experience with hydrogen and similar low heating value fuels

2:20 pm

Refreshment break

2:40 pm

Design and Maintenance considerations

  • Major factors affecting Dry Gas seals life and efficient operation
  • Seal Gas supply and control requirements
  • Primary Gas seal venting and health monitoring
  • Secondary Gas seal venting and health monitoring
  • Separation Gas supply and control requirements
  • Recommended Alarm and shutdown conditions
  • Improve DGS operating performance
  • Avoid unplanned shutdowns
  • Reduce energy consumption and costs
  • Extend equipment lifespan

3:20 pm

CASE STUDY - Ventilation Air Ingestion - the impact of the plant layout

Dawid Dlugosz, Controls and Instrumentation Engineer, MTU Maintenance

3:50 pm

  • Lower the barrier to implement IOT for the client
  • The different levels for the value proposition and avoid the commodity trap
  • IoT should be a service, not software. Software is just the enabler, not the goal
  • IoT potential for the total OPEX expenditure and the reliability of assets
  • Machine learning and how to deal with insufficient volume of data
  • Case study

4:20 pm

CLOSING | Closing remarks from the Chair

9:30 am

OPENING | Opening remarks from the Chair

Dr. Maxine Watson, Partner, MorrisWatson

9:40 am

INTERNATIONAL GUEST SPEAKER - Two Single Point Of Failure Case Studies, Implementation Of TIL 1275 And 1524: What You Need To Know, Mark VI Issues Missed By The OEM TILs, And Two New GTC Mark V Cards

Abel Rochwarger, Chief Engineer, Gas Turbine Controls Corporation - NY, USA

10:20 am

The presentation will provide an overview of propulsion systems integrity management in the ADF. It will also highlight the importance of having an aircraft propulsion system integrity program through a number of case studies.

10:50 am

Refreshment break

11:20 am

This presentation will answer:

  • Why are some varnish mitigation technologies better suited for particular application than others?
  • How to know when to change filters?
  • Is there value in a varnish mitigation system if I don’t have varnish?

11:50 am

  • Technical developments in the cogeneration sector offer a resilient, decentralized, and energy efficient system.
  • The demand for reliable and cost-effective solutions for cogeneration products from 5 MW capacity is increasing in the industrial sector.
  • The NovaLT family of gas turbines continue to be a part of Baker Hughes’ best-in-class power generation solutions

12:20 pm

Session to be advised

1:00 pm

The remote outage support and other issues related to Covid and maintenance

Sebastian Boehme, Operations Manager, Sulzer

1:40 pm

CLOSING | Closing remarks from the Chair


Packages Price
Virtual Pass$995+GST Standard Rate

Event Pricing

  • Early bird rate $595 + GST, expires 12 October 2020
  • Standard rate $995 + GST, expires 6 November 2020
  • Full rate $1,495 + GST, From 7 November 2020


Important • Virtual Pass bookings

For Virtual Pass bookings, please read below before proceeding:

  • All delegate registrations must use their own email address to ensure each delegate receives a unique password to join the digital event. You cannot use one email for multiple profiles.
  • If your company is not based in Australia, check the GST box on the next page as you are not required to pay GST.

Sponsorship & Exhibition Opportunities

Brand your company across this virtual event from the safety of your home or office. The virtual Forum is fully interactive, sophisticated and will enable you to connect with industry thought-leaders.

You will have access to the same great content, hear from leading experts and access unique networking and business development opportunities with key decisions makers. Our virtual platform will allow you to engage directly with attendees through meetings, video link, chat, live product demos, and virtual exhibits.

To see what is on offer please contact:

Megan Rogulski
Sponsorship Manager
T: 02 9080 4030

Benefits to Attending Virtually

Why attend Australian Gas Turbines Conference Virtually?

Content is King: Enjoy Curated Content
With two days of expert sessions and industry leading speakers, delve into expertly curated content that you won’t find anywhere else.

Accessible from your devices
Learning and networking is now at your fingertips – the conferences and matchmaking platform is accessible from your laptop, tablets or mobile devices

Time Efficient and Cost Saving
Save on travelling time and accommodation costs while getting in touch with industry professionals without geographical boundaries

Business Matchmaking Live
Connect and meet with fellow attendees from all over the world by taking advantage of the AI powered matchmaking within the virtual platform.

Live and On-Demand
Wherever you are in the world, view the presentations at your leisure – either live or on-demand you’ll never miss a session.

Engage with our expert speakers
Make the most of your virtual experience by keeping updated with the latest insights and discussions, all while engaging with speakers through live polls, Q&A and more!


View our virtual platform in the video below.

when & where

26 - 27 Nov 2020

Virtually Delivered Event


Still have a question?

Diana Lauzi
Conference Manager
+61 2 9080 4313

Megan Rogulski
Sponsorship Manager
+61 2 9080 4030

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