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Two days of presentations addressing some of the current and future challenges facing wineries with an opportunity to see the latest in winery equipment and services and talk to experts in their field.

Philip Gregan - WineEng NZ 2018 Speaker




Philip Gregan

 CEO – New Zealand Winegrowers

2018 New Zealand Conference - Keynote Address

Philip Gregan is the Chief Executive Officer of New Zealand Winegrowers, the national industry organisation that represents, researches and promotes the interests of New Zealand grape growers and wine makers. NZW conducts a wide range of activities including: coordination of research programmes to progress the grape and wine industry; provision of a generic marketing platform for New Zealand wine makers in key markets; stewardship of “brand New Zealand wine”; provision of timely and accurate data and business information to grape growers and wine makers; and, representation of industry interests to national and local Government and in international fora. Philip has been with New Zealand Winegrowers and its predecessor, the Wine Institute of New Zealand, since starting as a Research officer in 1983. He has held the role of Chief Executive Officer since 1990. Philip has gained Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts (Hons) degrees, majoring in Geography, from the University of Auckland. .

Presentation Abstract

The NZ wine industry has enjoyed 23 consecutive years of export growth with exports now topping $NZ 1.7 billion. The increased demand reflected in those numbers has in turn driven a surge in the vineyard area from just 10,000 ha in 2000 to nearly 40,000 ha today. Most of that growth has been in one region, Marlborough, but that same region is now, according to many industry insiders, starting to run out of suitable land for viticulture. This is just one of the developments that are going to impact the NZ wine industry over the next 10 – 20 years. This presentation will canvass some of the major developments likely to impact the NZ wine sector in the medium to long term.

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Adam Walker - WineEng NZ 2018 Speaker




Adam Walker

 Director & Senior Structural Engineer – Structex

Assessing and Incorporating Seismic Resilience

Adam has been a member of the Structex team since graduating with a Master’s degree from the University of Canterbury in 2007. His 10 years of experience as a structural engineer has seen him working with the Blenheim wine industry, high-end commercial and residential projects in London, and heavily involved in Christchurch following the Canterbury earthquakes. Now in the role as Structex managing director, Adam oversees a team of engineers providing structural engineering advice to many of NZ’s major wineries.

Presentation Abstract

The impacts of the 2013 and 2016 earthquakes on the Marlborough wine region has heightened the awareness of seismic risk to the wider NZ wine industry. This presentation will demystify some of the terms associated with seismic design, particularly the compliance and regulatory environment for wine tanks and associated infrastructure. We’ll outline our approach to assessing wine tanks given our knowledge of the key issues observed following the 2013 and 2016 earthquakes. We’ll also share our current approach to incorporating seismic resilience, including detailing of catwalks, tanks and services.

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Ragan Wood - WineEng NZ 2018 Speaker




Ragan Wood

 Systems Sales Specialist – F&B – Pall Corporation

Striving to be DE Free in the Winery

Ragan grew up in the wine region of Gisborne, New Zealand where he began his career working for a local winery. After studying winemaking and viticulture at Tairawhiti EIT Ragan completed extensive back to back vintages across North America and Australia before settling in Margaret River. Ragan has over 12 years in the industry, most recently finishing his position as Senior Winemaker for a WA winery. Throughout his career Ragan has gained an extensive knowledge of filtration systems, their operation, capabilities and importantly how and when to integrate these system into the production process to maximise wine recovery and quality. Ragan relocated to SA earlier this year and joined PALL as System Sales Specialist for Australia New Zealand.

Presentation Abstract

Diatomaceous Earth (DE) is a non-renewable resource, it continues to raise questions around Health & Safety and creates a real problem around disposal. But DE has become a key resource for filtration in Wineries and Breweries. Pall Corporation has developed filtration solutions that replace DE and now have more than 1000 systems filtering wine and beer worldwide. Since the first Cross Flow Membrane Systems started to replace DE in ANZ wineries, there are now more than 200 Pall Oenoflow systems in operation. The benefits of Crossflow Filtration at the Wine Clarification step are well known and include, not only the high degree of clarity, but also the consistency and reduction in wine movements and wine losses. The next step was to replace the DE consuming Rotary Vacuum Drum Filters (RVDF) for Juice and Wine Lees filtration. The focus of this presentation is to report on the use of Pall Oenoflow HS technology as a replacement of the RVDF, its ability to do wine clarification outside of vintage and therefore offering an attractive ROI.

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Paul Mooney - WineEng NZ 2018 Speaker




Paul Mooney


Mission Wineries Efficiency & Sustainability Initiatives

Born in Alexandra, Central Otago. Educated at Sacred Heart College in Auckland and at Waikato University in Hamilton. Graduated in 1976 with a BSc (physics). Employment history: 1976 – 77 Geophysics research technician on Campbell Island for Department of Scientific and Industrial Research, Otago University and Auckland University. 1978 Trainee Field Engineer for a French American Oil exploration company 1979 to 1982, employed as Assistant Winemaker at Mission Vineyards. In 1982 assumed the role of Winemaker to present. Interests have included fly fishing, flying, 19th and 20th century literature, history of science

Presentation Abstract

The Mission Estate is New Zealand’s oldest winery. It was established by the Society of Mary in 1851 and first sold wine commercially in the 1870’s. The mark of its sustainability is the continuous operation under the original ownership for 167 years. In 1998 Mission created the current environmental management system (EMS), audited to the ISO 14001 standard, the accreditation of which it maintains to this day. Maintaining an effective EMS has involved the company setting policy, targets and objectives to maintain its sustainable business model and reduce our impact on the environment. This talk will cover the initiatives taken to meet this sustainable business model from a winery production perspective. These will cover capital expenditure, monitoring and measuring energy use, water consumption, consumables and waste. Included are details on a winery rebuild, feasibility studies to lower energy use and successful implementation of appropriate capital expenditure following these studies.


Paul Mooney – Chief Winemaker,
Mission Estate Winery
198 Church Road, Taradale,
Hawke’s Bay,
New Zealand
Ph: +64 6 845 9350
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Peter Maunder - WineEng NZ 2018 Speaker




Peter Maunder

 Managing Director – Improvement Direct

Lean Principles for The Wine Industry

Peter Maunder, Managing Director of Improvement Direct Ltd, has broad experience including 15 years with Toyota Motor Company in New Zealand. He has delivered Lean Enterprise Training and coaching services to over 50 client companies over the past 16 years and has presented work-shops at Auckland, Waikato and Massey universities. Improvement Direct is an approved service provider through the New Zealand Trade and Enterprise Accelerate Success and Better By Lean programs and a member of the New Zealand Sustainable Business Network

He can be reached at peter@idirect.co.nz Website: www.idirect.co.nz

Presentation Abstract

The Lean Business model is recognised and proven path to better business benefits including; increased customer satisfaction, motivated workforce and maximised profit. Lean Business Models require each part of the organisation to cooperate and coordinate as a unit to provide the service or product and improve the processes that create it. Implementing Lean is implementing a new way of thinking that engages all Team Members in assuring excellent results. This presentation identifies some of the challenges and opportunities in applying “lean thinking” within the Wine Industry. The format of the program includes brilliant, practical examples and time for discussion.

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Dr Paul Bowyer - WineEng NZ 2018 Speaker


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Dr Paul Bowyer

 Group Oenologist/Regional Manager S.A – Blue H2O Filtration

Filterability Measurement for Process Optimisation in Wine Packaging

Dr Bowyer has a background in organic and inorganic chemistry, having completed a double major in chemistry with first class honours at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in 1991. He undertook a PhD in 1992 at UNSW, part of which was completed at the University of Cambridge. Three years of post-doctoral research in pure chemistry followed at ANU and the Universität Basel, Switzerland. Dr Bowyer accepted a position at Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga teaching wine chemistry and wine sensory analysis, where he received a teaching excellence award in his third year as an academic. In 2003 he moved to the University of Adelaide and in 2006 he joined the commercial sector with Laffort Australia as the Australasian Technical Manager. In 2011 Dr Bowyer joined Blue H2O Filtration as Group Oenologist and Regional Manager SA. He has been very active in the promotion of wine filterability analysis to the Australian wine industry.

Presentation Abstract

Sterile (membrane) filtration accounts for an ever-increasing proportion of wine packaging. Recent changes in membrane compositions, coupled with the intrinsic variability of wines and the use of additives such as tannins, yeast extracts, grape juice concentrate, gum Arabic and CMC, have warranted an examination of how best to streamline the packaging filtration process. The process impact of many of these additives is only detectable by measuring wine filterability index (FI). The measurement of FI is very topical in NZ at present, with two different FI methods being used. This presentation will briefly overview different filtration approaches and methods for measuring FI, as well as an indication of other applications for FI in the winery, such as monitoring cross-flow performance and assessing water quality. The interpretation of filterability analyses, and some caveats, will be provided. Vinpac International has used FI measurement for sterile filtration wines since July 2013, and some interesting figures from their vast FI measurement library will be presented, in addition to some valuable findings that they have made.

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Nathan Clarke - WineEng NZ 2018 Speaker




Nathan Clarke

 Principal Wastewater Engineer – Beca – NZ

The Hidden Value in Industrial Wastewater

Nathan Clarke is a Principal Wastewater Engineer for Beca Ltd. He is a bioprocess engineer with more than 25 years’ experience in design, construction and operation of wastewater and waste to energy systems, and has been involved in design and construction of industrial wastewater treatment systems in around 20 countries. He has acted as design manager, technical director, operations manager and managing director of wastewater treatment and design build contracting organisations. Nathan has expertise in industrial wastewater treatment, and in energy recovery from wastes. He is passionate about improving the output from our existing assets, and in using recycling technologies to reduce the impacts, while also contributing to improved economic returns. Nathan is currently seconded as the operations manager to the Nelson Regional Sewerage Business Unit and is responsible for managing to operations and maintenance of the regional sewer network, the wastewater treatment facilities and biosolids disposal systems.

Presentation Abstract

Wastewater is usually considered a problem that needs to be disposed of, yet handled in the right way wastewater can be a source of energy as well as reusable water. Similarly waste organic material such as grape marc is also usually seen as a problem, whereas it can be a good source of energy and nutrients. Here we will present full scale industrial wastewater treatment plant case studies in Australia for alternative industries facing similar issues to the wine industry, and show what can be done to recovery energy, water and nutrients from waste materials. From these case studies we will outline how this could relate to the wine industry and what technologies are available to achieve these goals. Key considerations are energy efficiency and energy recovery, water and nutrient recovery, and waste reduction/ minimisation options.

Matt Morris - WineEng NZ 2018 Speaker




Matt Morris

 Project Manager – Apex Environmental

The Havelock North Water Contamination Event Implications for Wineries Discharging Over the Aquifers

Matt Morris is a Project Engineer for Apex Environmental, a New Zealand company specialising in design, build and commissioning of environmental systems for the treatment of industrial and municipal wastewater. Matt is experienced in the operation of complex water and wastewater treatment plants, with specialist knowledge in CIP’s, filtration systems and continuous process improvement. He has been responsible for the project management and commissioning of a range of wastewater design and build projects ranging from Dairy DAF systems to the largest winery membrane bioreactor in New Zealand.

Presentation Abstract

In August 2016, an outbreak of gastroenteritis occurred in Havelock North that resulted in more than 1,000 cases notified to the District Health Board and an estimated 5,500 people being affected. The outbreak was traced to faecal contamination of water supplied from an aquifer under the Heretaunga Plains. The aquifer was thought to be confined and the water secure from contaminants, therefore the water was not treated. This event has implications for wineries discharging their wastewater over the aquifers, including the conditions of consent that the regional council will impose in order to approve the discharge while protecting the water supply. These conditions will impact on the treatment options that will be acceptable. This presentation will cover the recent consenting of a new discharge of winery wastewater over the aquifer system, including discussions with council and the subsequent conditions that were agreed to as well as the ongoing monitoring requirements.


Matthew Morris | Project Manager
P 03 929 2675 |
F 03 688 7368 |
M 021 194 1541
32 Washdyke Flat Rd,
Timaru 7910
P.O. Box 2169,
Washdyke, Timaru 7941
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James Balzary - WineEng NZ 2018 Speaker




James Balzary

 Founder & CEO

Decision Making in Winery and Packaging Operations - Optimised Scheduling and Real Time Monitoring

  • CEO of Ailytic
  • Previously Director Software – Schneider Electric and Global Sales Director – SolveIT Software

James is currently CEO of Ailytic Pty Ltd, an Australian based decision analytics software company focussed on enabling manufacturers to compete on a global scale utilising predictive analytics, artificial intelligence optimisation and cloud platforms. James' background couples strategic management and technical expertise in global software technology environments with an operational background. Proven in management, strategy, operations transformation, technical consulting, business development, marketing, sales and product strategy, growth initiatives and channel/partner management. James has spent the last 12 years in enterprise software environments across a broad range of industries and geographies and currently works with many of Australia’s leading wine companies. James holds a Bachelor of Science with First Class Honours from James Cook University, North Queensland

Presentation Abstract

The nature of the upstream wine supply chain from intake to packaging and distribution has not traditionally leant itself to an integrated planning philosophy. Barriers exist due to organisational and operational differences. The recognition that winemaking has inherent similarities to many other demand driven manufacturing value chains is now long standing. Yet still, cellar, winemaking and packaging operations are struggling to understand each other in an integrated way and plans and schedules are fragmented with little integration into real time execution. In this talk we will analyse some critical reasons why this is the case and explore the drivers of operational efficiency for improved decision making when allocating personnel, equipment and materials in highly constrained environments.

ailtic-James Balzary
Tel: 1300 AILYTIC
+61 (0)8 8120 3004
Level 1 50-52 King William Road, Goodwood, Adelaide
South Australia
Australia 503


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Will Lomax - WineEng NZ 2018 Speaker


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Will Lomax

 Managing Director – Onguard Group

World-class Kiwi innovation that protects the world’s wine from earthquakes

Will is the Founder and Managing Director of Onguard, as well as a Director of structural engineering firm, Structex. He has worked in the wine industry for fifteen years, and his passion for the industry and its people – along with his recognition of the deficiencies of traditional design approaches – led him to develop the Onguard system. He brings three decades of multi-disciplinary engineering expertise to customers’ projects. Will’s career encompasses global project management, solution-driven structural design and a deeply held belief in customised and bespoke engineering. As a committed professional, he challenges the technical status quo and endeavours to explore all options before choosing the best solutions for his customers.

Presentation Abstract

Recent earthquakes in Marlborough have highlighted a disconnect between wine tank design and desired seismic performance. Current design methods focus on life safety, not the protection of tanks and their contents. The Onguard team reversed this approach and developed a system focussed on asset protection rather than simply meeting minimum compliance standards. During the 2016 Kaikoura earthquake sequence, traditionally designed wine tanks in Marlborough suffered major damage and loss of wine, whereas all tanks equipped with the Onguard system were undamaged. This innovative approach is now recognised as world-leading best practice and is widely being installed to new tanks – and retrofitted to older tanks – throughout New Zealand and the west coast of the USA.

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Jose Miguel Amorim - WineEng NZ 2018 Speaker




Jose Miguel Amorim

 Production Manager - Amorim

NDtech – Breakthrough Technology and the Industrialisation of a Game Changer

After excelling in his Masters in Mechanical Engineering at University of Porto, Portugal, Jose Miguel Amorim was chosen by Amorim & Irmaos, the world’s largest cork manufacturer, to implement a continuous improvement program in one of its industrial facilities. From here he was rapidly elevated to the role of Production and Operations Manager at a sister facility. In 2016, Jose Miguel joined the team at Amorim Australasia, on secondment from Portugal, to lead the process of updating and reorganising the factory, implementing a continuous improvement program and managing day to day production. Jose Miguel Amorim, who is not related to the founding family, is recognised across the company as a high achiever. Whilst not directly involved in the project to industrialise the NDtech process, Jose Miguel’s knowledge of the process, his intimate knowledge of the product and his enthusiasm for the benefits to the Australian wine industry will capably translate the journey from concept to today.

Presentation Abstract

An obvious target for the cork industry is to eliminate TCA – the compound responsible for the musty aroma sometimes found in wines sealed with cork. In the past two decades there has been a lot of investment in prevention and cure which has largely fixed the problem, but until NDtech, there was no way to guarantee every natural cork as being TCA free. NDtech is a one by one, unit analysis of each cork. It sounds simple, but the journey from conceptualisation to industrialisation was not so easy and certainly not cheap. It involved new science and new technology, none of which existed when the idea for NDtech was floated. Jose Miguel Amorim will share with you the story of NDtech, the collaborations, the failures and the triumphs and ultimately, the launch of an engineering masterpiece and technological game changer for the wine closures industry.


Dr Mostafa Nayyerloo - WineEng NZ 2018 Speaker




Dr Mostafa Nayyerloo

 Senior Risk Consultant - Aon

Risk Engineering & Asset Protection

Mostafa has more than 15 years’ engineering experience with the last 7 years specialising in providing natural hazards risk engineering and consultancy services to a wide range of clients including local authorities and central government. Dr Nayyerloo’s extensive experience and deep understanding of both deterministic (scenario-based) and probabilistic modelling approaches for material damage and business interruption loss modelling are essential in setting insurance cover limits for clients. Mostafa has undertaken publicly funded research in collaboration with New Zealand and overseas universities and research centres to better understand New Zealand’s built environment and risks imposed upon it by the nature, and to transform this knowledge into economic, environmental and social benefits for New Zealand. He has had major contribution to numerous research papers and technical reports.



Chris Standing

 Risk Engineer – Aon

Risk Engineering & Asset Protection

Presentation Abstract

Aon will provide an update on the global and domestic insurance markets, what the current “hard market” condition means, how this impacts businesses, and what goes into influencing insurance premiums. Earthquake and fire statistics are presented, and case studies will be given for recent earthquake and fire events. Aon will discuss on how proactive risk management can both reduce a site’s risk and influence the insurer. Examples of pragmatic earthquake and fire risk management controls will be presented and discussed.

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David Gill - WineEng NZ 2018 Speaker




David Gill

 Managing Director – Wine Technology Marlborough

Temperature Control – Cooling with care not brute force

Completed apprenticeship in NZ as an electrician in the early 80’s and worked in Australia and Papua New Guinea in varying electrical management roles until the mid 90’s. David’s first vintage was in 1995 at Rapaura Vintners where he experienced first-hand how far behind the industry was with automation and set about to change the thinking and find better solutions to problems the industry was facing.

The first version of VinWizard as a computer-based temperature control system utilising SCADA technology was written in that year.

As David’s knowledge of the industry grew, SCADA and off the shelf technology became too limiting so David learnt to program using his electrical knowledge and modern code-based computer languages to write a system designed specifically for the industry. VinWizard has evolved under David’s stewardship over 23 years to be the flagship of Wintec’s range of products designed specifically for the wine industry.

Presentation Abstract

Winery tank temperature control has evolved out of necessity to a point and has moved little over the following years. Many wineries still do the bare minimum when it comes to controlling the temperature of tanks and are forced to absorb the added cost. The design of current temperature control systems often precludes the addition of intelligent control. PLC based systems thought to be the best, often are as simplistic as the cheap on tank controllers used in the past and are still seen in many wineries. Temperature control is more than turning a valve on and off, it can be used to drive refrigeration and costs down. To improve temperature control, we need to look inside a tank and understand what is going on, using this information to design systems that use a minimal amount of electricity and add value to the wine by cooling it with care rather than brute force.

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Kai Kang - WineEng NZ 2018 Speaker




Kai Kang

 Solutions Architect – Rockwell Automation

Leverage Technologies to Improve Plant Operation

Kai has over 10 years’ experience in industrial automation, mainly focused around dairy processing but also in baggage handling, oil and gas etc. Kai has an extensive amount of experience in the full stack of industrial automation technology from instruments and PLC in the bottom layers all the way up to analytic software in the upper layer. At Rockwell Automation, Kai helps customers developing OT layer architecture and advises on the best automation solutions to solve customers’ manufacturing challenges.

Presentation Abstract

In this discussion, Kai will explore the cutting edge technologies that are making waves in manufacturing, Helping you to understand the application and implication of these technologies that will drive efficiencies out of your day to day operations.

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Shayne Murphy - WineEng NZ 2018 Speaker




Shayne Murphy

 CEO - Hawke’s Bay Refrigeration (2005) Ltd

Refrigerants and Energy Efficiency for the Winery Sector

Shayne Murphy is a Refrigeration and HVAC Design Engineer and has been the CEO of Hawke’s Bay Refrigeration (2005) Ltd for the past 26 years. Shayne has 33 years of experience in the refrigeration industry, is a previous board member of the RACCA Refrigeration Air Conditioning Companies Association and is an IRHACE member and branch secretary. Growing up in Hawke’s Bay which is a major primary producing area Shayne has been involved in process, production and storage for the primary industry sector. Essentially everything from apples, wine, meat and fish. In 1999 Shayne Murphy received the Tony Barnard Award for engineering and design. This is a great reward for all of our team in recognition of our efforts. Hawke’s Bay Refrigeration (2005) Ltd now has a staff of 40+ people working as a team to service and install equipment ranging from domestic air conditioning through to industrial ammonia systems incorporating ventilation, IQP inspections and mechanical services.

Presentation Abstract

In this presentation Shayne will cover the following: - • Take a practical look at the changing Refrigerants of Today from a Contractors view point. • Give an overview of Natural Refrigerants, Synthetic Refrigerants and the impact of Carbon Tax including the Impact of these on Capital Equipment and Servicing of current equipment. • Highlight how Energy Efficiency and Insulation are also important factors within industry. • Give practical Information on the benefits of Nexus Insulation in the winery.

  • Take a practical look at the changing Refrigerants of Today from a Contractors view point.
  • Give an overview of Natural Refrigerants, Synthetic Refrigerants and the impact of Carbon Tax including the Impact of these on Capital Equipment and Servicing of current equipment.
  • Highlight how Energy Efficiency and Insulation are also important factors within industry.
  • Give practical Information on the benefits of Nexus Insulation in the winery.

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Derek Liddington - WineEng NZ 2018 Speaker




Derek Liddington

 General Manager – Onguard Group

World-class Kiwi innovation that protects the world’s wine from earthquakes

Derek worked closely with Onguard since its conception and after witnessing first-hand the devastating effects of an earthquake at many wineries, he became passionate about seismic protection for people and product and resigned from his role in a large organisation to join the Onguard team in 2017. Derek’s background is based in engineering and he brings a practical approach to the business and its clients after working in a variety of senior management roles.

Presentation Abstract

Recent earthquakes in Marlborough have highlighted a disconnect between wine tank design and desired seismic performance. Current design methods focus on life safety, not the protection of tanks and their contents. The Onguard team reversed this approach and developed a system focussed on asset protection rather than simply meeting minimum compliance standards. During the 2016 Kaikoura earthquake sequence, traditionally designed wine tanks in Marlborough suffered major damage and loss of wine, whereas all tanks equipped with the Onguard system were undamaged. This innovative approach is now recognised as world-leading best practice and is widely being installed to new tanks – and retrofitted to older tanks – throughout New Zealand and the west coast of the USA.

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