With over 20 years of experience in the effective implementation of enterprise technology solutions across Australia and the Asia-Pacific, Trevor Mogg has a proven track record of successfully delivering complex projects for the benefit of users and their operations in the energy, resources, industrial and infrastructure sectors. We caught up with Trevor to find out more about his career and what excites him about working in infrastructure.
Why did you decide to build a career in the software industry?
I have always been fascinated by technology and the ability that it has to make a difference to people and organisations. That fascination led me on this career path, and I’m fortunate in that I have been able to work with cutting edge technology and platforms to help solve business challenges and improve productivity and efficiency, enabling businesses to take advantage of the gains.
The pace of change has ensured that there is never a quiet or dull moment and it’s only going to become faster as the scope for change in construction is massive, with industry beginning to embrace technology and software across a range of projects.
What do you love about working in infrastructure?
The breadth, scale and variety of the projects I am involved in. One day you can be working on a multi-billion-dollar, nation-building renewable energy project, the next on a smaller project such as a level crossing removal in the suburbs.
You also get to work across a number of different industries and locations, and one of the most exciting things about infrastructure is that projects are becoming increasingly connected and teams becoming more globalised and mobile.
What are you working on at the moment?
I’m focussed on the delivery and implementation of Envision across major road, rail and industrial projects. It’s a fascinating time as working across a $1.3bn Lithium Hydroxide plant in WA through to major rail upgrades and level crossing removal programmes in Victoria.
What has been your greatest professional achievement to date?
I was involved in the complex roll-out of an enterprise solution for a state government education department. It was a lengthy and complex process with a lot of hurdles to navigate and stakeholders to engage, but it was worth it in the long run as the student management system made a significant improvement to student engagement.
What’s the most useful thing you’ve learned throughout your career?
Empathy, the ability to put yourself in the position of a business to understand the challenges in their daily operations, and how technology and software can help them to be overcome. But it all starts with that initial position of understanding, and you cannot determine and deliver a solution without it.
What would your last meal be?
Roast pork and all the trimmings, eaten at home with my family.
What is the last movie you watched or series you binged?
Probably Suits, but that was a while ago. Anyone who knows me understands that I really don’t do sitting quietly in front of the TV very well, I’d much rather be catching up with my family, tinkering around the house or working on a couple of software projects for some entrepreneurial friends.
In your experience, what is required to ensure software and systems are implemented well?
It starts with executive buy-in and sponsorship and ends with a sound and robust change management plan. In between, it is crucial to ensure that expectations are aligned with capabilities and that a clear and well-planned roll-out strategy is developed and implemented.
What excites you about the future of technology in infrastructure?
The opportunity for digital transformation. We’re at a tipping point and businesses are starting to see technology as an enabler to performance rather than a barrier. It is very exciting to see the rapid scale of change and to be part of driving that change because of the results that can be achieved.
What piece of software can you not live without?
My Apple environment. I know there are better environments out there, but the ability I have to connect multiple devices and to sync information, software and resources mean that I am locked into Apple forever. Well, that and the thousands of dollars I’ve spent on apps, subscriptions, software and hardware.
What would be your dream project to work on?
I’m passionate about the renewables sector so a large pumped hydro, solar or wind project would be something I’d love to work on. It would be the perfect combination of engineering skill and the chance to work on a project that supports Australia’s energy transition.
If you could get tickets to any concert or event from the past, what would you do and see?
I’d love to see Queen, back when Freddie Mercury was strutting his stuff on stage. So, it would have to be Live Aid! At Wembley in 1985.
What piece of technology can you not live without?
My iPad – It’s essential and is the perfect balance between a phone and laptop. It tells me where I need to be, lets me manage everything I need to do from a work perspective and means that when I travel I can always stay in touch with my family – there is something fantastic about being able to facetime the kids from a remote site – it’s not as good as being there, but so much better than email or SMS.
What advice would you give to someone starting in your industry?
Don’t be afraid of doing things differently. The status quo is there to be challenged so challenge it, be curious, investigate opportunities and be open to technology and what it can offer.