Technical Tours

The WEC local organising committee have put together some exciting suggestions for technical tours that are guided or can be undertaken at your own leisure. You may wish to undertake on the days outside of the WEC 2019 Program.

Please find suggestions along with information on locations and how to book below:


Swinburne University

Date: Tuesday 19th November 2019
Time: 10am – 1pm arrive back at MCEC
Duration: 2 hours – rotating stations
Minimum: 30 people
Cost: $25
How to get there: Bus Transfer Included
Departs from: MCEC Southern Round about near the Novotel Hotel
Returns to: MCEC Southern Round about near the Novotel Hotel

Morning tea is included in this tour

The Smart Structures Laboratory, Impact Engineering Laboratory, Digital Construction Laboratory and the Factory of the Future.

Smart Structure Laboratory:
The only one of its kind in Australia, the $15 million Smart Structures Laboratory includes a major three-dimensional testing facility developed for large-scale testing of civil, mechanical, aerospace, offshore and mining engineering components and systems. The laboratory houses Australia’s first 6-DOF hybrid testing facility – the Multi-Axis Substructure Testing (MAST) system – cutting-edge technology used to simulate the three-dimensional response of structures under extreme events.

Impact Engineering Laboratory:
A range of unique impact testing facilities are hosted, to characterise novel material and structural properties at high loading rates. They include Split Hopkinson Bars, an Instron VHS machine, gas guns, drop weight machine and high-speed cameras etc. The research findings can be applied in several industries, from lightweight vehicle design, protective gears in sports, to innovative structures in defence, against collision, ballistic impact or blast loading.

Digital Construction Laboratory:
Several 3D Concrete Printers including both Powder Bed Printing process and Extrusion based printers are in operation in this lab. The research aim is to develop materials and processes so that this form of digital fabrication can be used in large scale construction applications.

Factory of the Future:
For Manufacturing SMEs, who want to take advantage of Industry 4.0, Digitalisation and Advanced Manufacturing Technologies, the Factory of the Future is a resource that provides technical Industry 4.0 expertise, innovation audits, industry 4.0 readiness assessments and Industry 4.0 training. By combining these elements, the Factory of the Future takes our business partners and students on digital transformation journeys and provides a laboratory environment for both technical and business model innovation projects.

Monash University incorporating the Grid Innovation Hub

Date: Tuesday 19th November 2019
Time: 10am – 2pm
Duration: 4 hours
Minimum: 20 people
Cost: $50
How to get there: Bus Transfer included
Departs from: MCEC Southern Round about near the Novotel Hotel
Returns to: MCEC Southern Round about near the Novotel Hotel

Lunch included in this tour

This tour includes the Grid Innovation Hub at Monash University, Monash will showcase their work in the electricity sector, facing complex challenges and rapid transformation, with ageing infrastructure, increasing supply volatility and evolving consumer behaviours, combined with dynamic regulatory environments and the trend towards decarbonisation. From cutting-edge data science and network security, to grid planning and engineering next-generation alternative energy technology, the multidisciplinary Grid Innovation Hub is dedicated to creating new opportunities for Australia to lead the world in energy. Highlights include 3D Printing area and virtual reality space

The Webb Dock, Port Melbourne

Date: Tuesday the 19th of November 2019
Time: 11 am
Duration: 1 hour + travel time
Minimum: 10
Cost: $25
How to get there: Bus Transfer included
Departs from: MCEC Southern Round about near the Novotel Hotel
Returns to: MCEC Southern Round about near the Novotel Hotel

This tour will include a visit to the award winning (Australian Engineering Excellence Awards (AEEA), “National award for most innovative and outstanding engineering project) and operational Webb Dock located in Port Melbourne. Delegates will jump on a bus from the Melbourne Convention Exhibition Centre visiting Port Melbourne. Please note you will stay on the bus for the full tour so there are no PPE requirements for the tour. You will view VICT’s development for the Webb Dock container terminal utilises the best-proven technologies and innovations to deliver fully-automated operations from the gate to the quayside. The Port is the largest container and general cargo port in Australia with a capacity of 2.6 million TEUs.



Sponsored by Salini Impregilo

Melbourne Cricket Ground

Date: Tuesday 19th November 2019
Time: 2pm
Duration: 2 hours
Cost: $35
How to Get there:
Meet at Destination – meeting point: Near Gate 2, look for Signage

The iconic MCG is the largest stadium in Australia. The structural engineering team for the redevelopment was a collaboration between two of the most prominent consulting engineers in Australia, Aurecon and Arup. Representatives from the original design team will describe some of the design challenges and some of the features of this revered home of cricket and AFL football in Australia. You will then also visit Victoria’s largest underground water recycling facility hosted by Downer group, located directly outside the MCG, the water plant, treats sewage from the local sewerage network to Class A recycled water standards. Once the engineering section of this tour is complete you are welcome to take part in the other MCG tours available. These options include the MCG tour; further information regarding the iconic hallowed ground and discover Australia’s largest sporting collection inside the National Sports Museum.

The University of Melbourne: Australian Integrated Multimodal EcoSystem (AIMES) Technical Tour

Date: Tuesday 19th November 2019
Time: 2pm
Duration: 2 hours
Minimum: 30 people
Cost: $25
How to get there: Bus Transfer included
Departs from: MCEC Southern Round about near the Novotel Hotel
Returns to: MCEC Southern Round about near the Novotel Hotel

Visit the world-first living laboratory in action as part of the University of Melbourne’s Australian Integrated Multimodal EcoSystem (AIMES).

Established in 2016, AIMES was developed to test highly integrated transport technology in a real-world environment with a goal to deliver safer, cleaner and more sustainable urban transport outcomes.

AIMES consists of a network of smart sensors connecting all parts of the transport environment within a six square kilometre grid on the streets of inner-city Carlton, Melbourne.

The tour will visit key sites in Carlton where trials are currently in operation. This will include AIMES’ most recent AI trials, Project Insight, which involves measuring and mapping pedestrian behaviour to correct dangerous activity to improve safety.

Guests will hear from Transport Technologies Program Leader, Majid Sarvi, and AIMES Program Manager, Daniel Hoyne, and will also get a ride on the University of Melbourne’s autonomous shuttle

For more information on AIMES click here

Sponsored by the University of Melbourne

The Aboriginal Yarra River Walk ‘Walkin’ Country, Walkin Birrarung’

Date: Tuesday 19th November 2019
Time: 2pm
Duration: 2 hours
Minimum: 14
Cost: $40
Starting point: Enterprize Park (next to the Aquarium)
Concludes: Southbank Shop plaza near Princes Bridge

The Aboriginal Yarra River Walk – ‘Walkin Country, Walkin Birrarung’ – is an incredibly popular Aboriginal cultural walk which has been running through Melbourne’s centre for almost 10 years.

This leisurely two-hour walk begins at the small, but very significant site of Enterprize Park on Southbank, part of the ancestral lands of the Kulin people, which we today call Melbourne.

This engaging journey peels away the layers of time and the dramatic irrevocable changes of both people and place. It evokes the memories of a vibrant natural and cultural landscape. A memory that now lies beneath our urban existence of today.

On this walk you’ll have the opportunity to dispel some old misunderstandings, hear the stories, and see the city with new eyes. ‘Walkin the Birrarung’ is not only a cultural and historical journey but is an intimate personal one connecting everyone regardless of age or background back to a connection with place.

Great Ocean Road and Budj Bim Cultural Landscape

Budj Bim eel traps – UNESCO World Heritage site

Date: Monday 18th – Tuesday 19th November 2019
Time: Depart 9am Monday, return afternoon Tuesday
Duration: Two full days
Cost: To be advised pending level of interest
How to get there: Bus Transfer included
Departs from: TBC
Returns to: TBC

Click here to register.

Join Engineer’s Australia in conjunction with Vic Roads, on a 2-day tour of this spectacular road to mark 100 years since the construction of this engineering masterpiece began. This technical tour will focus on this National-Heritage listed road, with stops in Geelong, Lorne and finishing in Warrnambool. With construction beginning in 1919, the Great Ocean road is 243 kilometres long, stretching from Torquay all the way down to Allansford on the outskirts of Warrnambool. The road serves as the world’s longest war memorial, with its construction being primarily undertaken by returned Diggers wishing to honour their fallen mates.

The tour will also include a guided walking tour of the Budj Bim National Heritage Landscape. After a decades-long campaign by the Gunditjmara people, the Budj Bim eel traps have become the first Australian UNESCO World Heritage site to be listed exclusively for its Aboriginal cultural values. The eel traps at Budj Bim comprise a vast network of weirs, dams and stone canals to manipulate water levels in various lake basins. Some of the channels are hundreds of metres long and were dug out of basalt lava flow. 

Lunch will be the historical Great Ocean Road Brew house, as well as a centenary celebration dinner and an overnight stay at the Lady Bay hotel in Warrnambool.

If you are interested in attending this event, please visit this website to complete registration.

Melbourne Street Art Tour

Date: Thursday 23rd November 2019
Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Minimum: 12
Cost: $35.00 per person
Departs from: Federation Square – Meeting Point at the back near stage. Look for Melbourne walking tours Signage.
Returns to: Federation Square

With local knowledge on just about everything, the guides will treat you to some of Melbourne’s hidden underground treasures.

Melbourne Street Art Tours takes people through the streets of Melbourne and shows them who the artists of the street works are, what technical aspects are involved in spray painting, stencil art and paste-ups, and what significant role the artists have made in making Melbourne one of the most important destinations in the world for Street Art.

As you are led down hidden laneways and arcades you will discover some of the most interesting street art and outdoor galleries in the world.

If you are interested in attending this event, please submit your interest during the registration process to WEC 2019.

Regional Engineering Weekend – Bendigo

Date: Saturday 23rd – Sunday 24th November 2019
Time: Depart 8am Saturday, return 5.30pm Sunday – Tours commencing in Bendigo at 10:30am
Duration: Two full days
Cost: $100 – $375
How to get there: Return transfers from Melbourne CBD available via registration link
Departs from: Melbourne CBD
Returns to: Melbourne CBD
Register: Click here to register

The Regional Engineering Weekend will showcase engineering in the region, exploring the impact of the multi-disciplinary field in the heart of Bendigo and its regions during Engineers Australia’s Centenary year.

Included will be a range of tours and site visits following various streams across two days. These site visits will highlight the local manufacturing industries, explore current infrastructure projects, educational institutions and the history and future of mining in the region.

The program will include professional based presentations, networking opportunities, a celebratory dinner and culminate in the Joseph Brady Lecture – a chance to understand the challenges and opportunities of engineering in the Australian regional context. Don’t miss this opportunity to meet local industry employers, network with peers, take a closer look at some of the region’s vibrant engineering community and projects all whilst celebrating the past, present and future of engineering in the regions. Partners are welcome to join this event.

Click here to register.

Engineers Australia

600 Bourke Street,
Level 31, Melbourne 3000

1300 653 113
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