2017 Local Government & Public Sector Building Maintenance & Facility Management Conference

The two days of our conference features seven presentations that will specifically discuss Aquatic Centres and Swimming Pools, plus many more presentations that will be relevant to those responsible for managing and operating these facilities.

Attend for the full two days, or if limited for time just the afternoon of Day One when most of these presentations will be delivered.

See all thirty of the Conference Speaking Topics, including the full Abstracts and Speaker Biographies HERE.

A summary of our seven specific Aquatic/Leisure Centre and Swimming Pool Topics is below:

THE INDUSTRIAL INTERNET of THINGS (IIoT) - INSIGHTS AND APPLICATIONS FOR COUNCILS: Robert Quinn, Sustainability Consultant and Managing Director, ecoData

The presentation will explain just what the new and fast developing IIoT is all about, likely future directions and the opportunities it presents for Councils in reducing costs while improving operations and customer services. These insights are based on almost 2 years of research, local trials of hardware and software, attendance at conferences plus meetings with manufacturers, system developers and network providers both locally and in Europe, Asia and Africa. Learnings will be presented from a study for the Tamworth Regional Council into the IIoT options for their future water meter AMI roll outs and other areas of Intelligent Water Networks (IWN) plus Smart Cities applications.  

INDOOR SWIMMING POOLS- THE GOOD, BAD AND THE UGLY:  Lasath Lecamwasam, Director, Engineered Solutions for Building Sustainability

The presentation will include recent experience with indoor swimming pool projects for the Junee Shire CouncilBega Valley Shire Council and the Australian Institute of Sports Aquatic Centre in Canberra.

Correct environmental control in an indoor swimming pool is essential for compliance with the Building Code of Australia, occupant safety and comfort. Also important is the protection of the building fabric and - energy efficiency! Expenditure on energy is a major cost for most facilities and Councils are trying hard to reduce costs whilst maintaining acceptable internal conditions. In many facilities, these issues are not given due consideration during design, installation and operation. Inevitably, some results can be ugly and expensive. 

This presentation will cover Lasath’s experience with swimming pools with regards to compliance with the Building Code, Australian Standards, options for improving energy efficiency, good design practice, avoiding pitfalls and measures for cost effective and practical remediation when things get ugly.

INDOOR SWIMMING POOLS - THE TECHNOLOGIES: Amnon Holland, Senior Building Services Engineer, Engineered Solutions for Building Sustainability

This presentation will include some of the technologies available to diagnose issues and optimise performance, including:

  • Smart BMS strategies, 
  • Heat exchange and heat recovery.
  • Variable speed control of fans and pumps.
  •  Automatic re-set of pool hall temperature and humidity 

INDOOR POOL ENCLOSURES: MAKING THEM LAST: Jonathan Dalton and Dr Andreas Luzzi, Laros Technologies

Normal problems faced by facility managers are compounded in a swimming pool enclosures, because occupant comfort parameters are tighter than other buildings, and even small changes to the air temperature or air movement affect the evaporation rate, and this in turn affects the amount of chemicals used to treat the water. But this is really only the tip of the iceberg. The real problem is ensuring the building façade achieves the lifespan that the accountants demand, whilst simultaneously staying within the allocated maintenance budget. 

This presentation will share their experience from the Frankston Aquatic Centre, and provide some suggestions for others to consider in the development and operation of other centres. 

INDOOR SWIMMING POOLS - MONITORING AND DIAGNOSTICS: Yao Xiong Loo, Graduate Building Services Engineer, Engineered Solutions for Building Sustainability

This presentation will feature remote monitoring and diagnostics using data from Building Management Systems, utility interval data and Microsoft Excel, and will discuss some before and after results at swimming pools.


Municipal pools, especially indoor types, are complex ecosystems involving multiple electrical, mechanical and chemical variables plus both inputs and outputs. A significant amount of data is generated. However, the management and control systems generally operate as independent silos even though they are mostly interdependent; they do not share their data. The integration, aggregation and analysis of this data allows more effective control, cost reductions, improved health and safety compliance from advanced reporting, benchmarking of otherwise inaccessible KPIs and timely alarms. IIoT offers new opportunities for the more cost effective capture and integration of data (both existing and new pools) and its analysis for real time reporting to any smart phone, tablet or PC. This presentation will give valuable insights into the technology, solutions and benefits, both at the facility level and as part of Smart Cities initiatives.

ADDRESSING ENERGY AND COMFORT IN AGEING LEISURE CENTRES: Luke Treadwell, Senior Engineer - Buildings, Melbourne, ARUP 

Ascot Vale Leisure Centre was originally opened in 1977, and the building comprises a mixture of aquatic facilities, fitness halls, gym areas, a crèche and a community health clinic. The local council decided to undertake refurbishment works aimed at modernising the centre and improving the energy efficiency of the building. Arup undertook an energy assessment and modelling of the existing building operation, and identified opportunities for energy reduction and improving thermal comfort. Luke was responsible for the design of the building services works which addressed these issues. During this talk, Luke will discuss the key strategies for reducing energy consumption and improving thermal comfort in existing aquatic and leisure buildings, and will discuss the performance outcomes that these strategies can achieve.