SOLD OUT -- FutureNet Sydney presents: Disrupting the Built Environment

Web Image
Date: Thursday, 18 July 2019 to Thursday, 18 July 2019
Address: Sydney, NSW Australia
Place: SMEC, Level 5, 20 Berry Street, North Sydney
Total Price: $50.00







FutureNet Sydney presents:

Disrupting the Built Environment


Thursday 18 July

6:00pm to 8:30pm




Contact Us Directly


 Sold out



Albert Einstein said that “the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results”. In a world that is changing and adapting as quickly as ours is in 2019, the same tried and tested solutions or methodologies are at risk of becoming redundant. The built environment is facing challenges such as rapid technology change, disruptive innovations, a stronger focus on environmental sustainability, an aging population etc. These challenges bring many unknowns that can be hard to consider in planning and design. However, the disruptors of the industry don’t shy away from the unknown but instead question the status quo and strive to develop methodologies and solutions that will stay ahead of the curve.


No longer should we think of "disruption" as a disturbance, but rather an opportunity. Fresh thinking and new solutions are being demanded by our clients, the community and the environment. Join us to hear from four inspiring industry professionals who are disrupting the way we approach designing for the build environment.


Shaun Devine is a waste engineer and advisor with over 16 years international experience in the design, specification and construction of waste management infrastructure in the built environment. His experience covers all aspects of the waste disposal chain, from landfills, caps and rehabilitation, up to material recover facilities, waste to energy plants and on-site waste treatment. He has worked with municipal, mining, manufacturing and property development clients in setting policy and strategies for sustainable waste management. He is an active member of the waste community and is passionate about developing new and innovative waste solutions that fully realise the value in waste and extract this value higher up the disposal chain.


Shaun will be discussing the future of waste management and the disruptions to the market which are shifting conventional thinking.

Ron Cruickshank is an IT Professional with extensive experience of delivering technology-based customer solutions across a range of market segments in Australia and the USA. He has enjoyed the challenge of working for organisations from start-ups in Silicon Valley to major corporations such as IBM. He is currently the Sales Director for the Digital division of WSP, a global leader in consulting engineering.



Alyse Sue is a software developer and has worked in AI and Blockchain startups. Alyse is also a freelance tech writer covering AI, Transhumanism and Emerging Tech. Alyse has co-founded three ventures including a genomic data machine learning startup, a health startup and Transhumanism Australia.
Alyse is also a startup mentor at CSIRO's ON: Sci-Tech Accelerator Program. Her startup, Genomix, was selected into both University of Sydney's Incubate and HCF's Catalyst startup accelerator programs.
Prior to this, Alyse was a founding team member of KPMG's Innovate team, focused on helping corporates innovate.

Sandy Tulloch is an engineer and project manager in SMEC’s Management Services team. His current work is focused on asset management, embracing digital and web based technology to innovate and automate. Using data science, Sandy and his team are transforming traditional engineering practices by incorporating the latest technology to help solve problems and introduce greater efficiencies. Sandy’s work has recently been broadened to encompass emerging areas in Smart Cities advisory and applications – providing advice on how embedding digital technologies upfront in infrastructure and urban development can deliver benefits to not only asset owners but the communities and users they serve. Sandy is also the SMEC Innovation Champion for NSW/ACT.

Dorte Ekelund is the Principal Advisor on Smart Cities for SMEC with an emphasis on urban policy and infrastructure. With technology and digitisation becoming all pervasive within society, it is critical that decision makers in the built environment develop a broad and deep understanding of the potential of technology to disrupt as well as contribute to more sustainable, liveable, healthy, prosperous and resilient urban systems.

Dorte is an urban and regional planner with extensive experience in landuse and infrastructure planning across various jurisdictions and all levels of government, including as head of the former Major Cities Unit within the Australian Government. She is a Director on the boards of ICON Water, the Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia and the Committee for Sydney, where she is also the Chair of their Smart Cities Taskforce.


Stay for drinks, canapes and networking.


Event Details

Date:Thursday 18 July 

Time: 6:00pm - 8:30pm

Address: SMEC, Level 5, 20 Berry Street, North Sydney 

Cost: $50 (Includes GST, drinks and canapes provided)



Please advise of any dietary requirements at the time of registration.


Contact Us Directly



Cancellations must be made no less than 5 working days prior to the event in order to receive a refund in line with the Consult Australia Refund Policy 


Replacement delegates will be accepted at any time. Please contact us here to notify of any changes.

Events may be postponed or cancelled at the discretion of Consult Australia.

Event Sponsor

Platinum Sponsor   

Silver Sponsors of FutureNet Sydney 




Consult Australia is the industry association that represents the business
interests of consulting firms operating in the built and natural environment