Keynote Speakers

Lido Costa

Principal Engineer AutoHaul®
Rio Tinto Iron Ore       

Lido was the Lead Technical Engineer on the AutoHaul® Driverless Trains system. Lido was part of the project delivery leadership team responsible for all technical aspects of the system.

As Technical Authority, Lido was accountable for approving technical changes to the AutoHaul® system. This role represented the most senior level of engineering oversight for the AutoHaul® system, on behalf of RTIO, including approving of System Hardware and Software Architecture and Safety Assurance strategy.

Lido has over 35 years’ experience in Railway Signalling, Communications and Control Systems with leading roles in projects in Europe (such as the Madrid – Seville High Speed Line), Asia, Africa and Australia.

Lido is a Chartered Professional Engineer (Aus) and a Fellow of the Institute for Railway Signalling Engineers (FIRSE) UK.


Anne O’Neil, P.E., CSEP

Systems Engineering Catalyst and Industry Advisor, Anne O’Neil Consultants
Founding Chief Systems Engineer, MTA New York City Transit                   

Anne O’Neil serves as a committed catalyst for building Systems Engineering capability among global transport and infrastructure sectors.

Founder of Anne O’Neil Consultants [AOC], the firm advises organisations in North America, Europe and Australia seeking to adopt Systems practices and apply Systems Engineering (SE) capability to achieve and improve business outcomes. AOC counsels the increasingly diverse range of transport and infrastructure industries facing complexity and integration challenges.

Anne was the founding Chief Systems Engineer for New York City Transit, North America’s largest transit (metro and bus) network, from 2005-2013. In this role, Anne established and integrated SE capability to improve the agency’s capital project delivery. This required developing Systems Engineering discipline expertise and modifying the agency’s business process and capital program development approach. It also necessitated effecting change and building systems awareness at an industry level – among peer transit properties, consultants, contractors and systems suppliers.

A former Board member for INCOSE (International Council on Systems Engineering), Anne has actively support SESA (Systems Engineering Society of Australia) since 2015. She has long served as a Systems champion within the transport industry, raising SE awareness as a global speaker and industry thought leader. Engineers Australia profiled her efforts in June 2017 CREATE magazine.

Neil Preston 5 - 2015

Dr. Neil Preston

Director & Founder, PsyOpus   

Dr Neil Preston is an Organisational Psychologist specialising in industrial and organisational psychology. Over the past 15 years Dr Preston has worked for numerous government and private sector organisations. He has also published over 35 international articles in psychology and medical science including in the British Medical Journal, Psychological Medicine and Comprehensive Psychiatry.

Dr Preston’s areas of professional interest include self-organisation, human emergence, and emergent property theory and how these cutting edge technologies can be used to develop collaborative maturity and support organisational peak performance. He was the lead organisational design and alliance team consultant for major infrastructure projects such as the New Perth Bunbury Highway, Mandurah Entrance Road and the Great Eastern Highway Upgrade and has assisted in the selection of over 1 billion dollars worth of alliance contract infrastructure projects by using the Team Synergy Scale to measure high and peak performing teams.


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