Takeaways from the Australian Project Controls Expo 2022

HKA was a proud gold sponsor of the 2022 Project Controls Expo, the world’s largest event for project controls in Australia. The Expo aims to provide stakeholders with significant practical and theoretical awareness of processes, tools, and techniques.

The event was attended by project professionals, including members of our Integrated Project Services (IPS) team – Phil Kienstra, Amanda Buchanan, Mark Woodhouse, Jessie Schilling, Lara Vegas and David Foxley – and HKA Tech’s Rajesh Sharma.

The HKA team made the most of the opportunity to network with industry peers at the HKA booth in The Betty Cuthbert room and to listen to some of the 49 presentations on offer on various industry-related topics.

Explore a wide range of HKA’s Project Controls case studies.

Mark Woodhouse and Jessie Schilling at the HKA booth

On Tuesday night, they attended the Awards dinner that celebrates achievements in the industry over the previous 12 months. A notable mention to HKA’s Kaveh Kia for his nomination as Project Controls Professional of the Year, and congratulations to all the winners.

The Project Controls Expo Awards dinner

On the second day, HKA hit the stage.  

Amanda Buchanan shared the value of emotional intelligence in project controls and how we can leverage our awareness of self and others to enhance project collaboration and drive successful outcomes. Amanda’s TED-style talk attracted a full room of engaged project professionals who were challenged to apply their learnings in their own teams and contract environments.

Amanda Buchanan on stage

In a collaborative venture, Mark Woodhouse and Phil Kienstra opted for an interactive dialogue on ‘Data: Friend or Foe?‘. The format allowed audience questions throughout, leading to debate on the power of how we house and harness data.

Mark Woodhoouse and Phil Kienstra on stage

Feedback from our attendees

“We’re proud to support the Expo as it allows me and my team to connect and share knowledge with professionals in the industry. It was fantastic to be at the Expo in person again after a virtual Expo in 2020.”

Phil Kienstra, Principal and Head of Integrated Project Services

“It was an honour to speak at the event on a subject I’m passionate about. And as a first-time Expo attendee, I really valued the many opportunities to collaborate and learn from industry peers.”

Amanda Buchanan, Lead Consultant

“What a privilege to have had the opportunity to speak alongside some of the heavyweights within the sector. I’ve only recently arrived from the UK, so it was good to see some familiar faces, but it was great to make new contacts with fresh ideas. I’m looking forward to seeing what we can all do together and the results at the next one.”

Mark Woodhouse, Director

“The content and quality of the presentations were excellent, especially my HKA colleagues who delivered dynamic sessions with high levels of audience engagement. I couldn’t help but observe the thematic thread all speakers wove throughout their presentations: the importance of truly integrating and leveraging the potential of project controls in the industry.”

Jessie Schilling, Senior Consultant

When thinking about project success we often focus on performance, alone. Amanda’s presentation on emotional intelligence and collaboration in project controls, reminded us of the importance of bringing onboard emotionally intelligent people. People with high EQ help to build trust in our teams and that leads to success.

Lara Vegas, Senior Consultant

It was a hugely successful event and HKA would like to thank the event organisers and all the attendees who dropped by our stand or attended our presentations.

We look forward to the Expo in 2023!

Jessie Schilling, Mark Woodhouse and Amanda Buchanan at the Project Controls Expo Awards dinner

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