Society of Automotive Engineers - Australasia

August Newsletter

Welcome to the SAE-A newsletter.

The monthly newsletter brings you the latest Society news and updates in the industry.

The August edition features:

1. 2017 Mobility Engineering Excellence Awards: Call for Submission

The annual Mobility Engineering Excellence Awards (MEEA) is to be held this year on October 12th at The Park Melbourne. 

MEEA recognises outstanding contribution to advancing technologies in the field of mobility. This is an opportunity for all businesses, professionals, and students interested in being recognised for their achievements and promoting your innovation, research, processes or projects. 


October 12th, 2017: 6:30pm - 11:30pm AEST (VIC)

MEEA acknowledges all areas of mobility including technology applicable to automotive, aerospace, heavy commercial vehicles, off-road vehicles, and campers.

Under the new criteria, participants are required to submit only two documents. The format required for the submission is detailed in the 2017 Submission Information Package.The award categories include:

  • Professional (Small Business category added in 2017)
  • Young Engineer
  • Undergraduate
  • Post Graduate

    Please note that there is just under 3 weeks until submissions close for the Professional and Young Engineer categories. 

    Professional and Young Engineer Submission Deadline – September 1, 2017

    Post and Under Graduate Submission Deadline – September 15, 2017

    If you would like any assistance, or have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the SAE-A National Office.

    Greg Maratos
    Event & Training Coordinator

    2. Trialling Connected and Automated Vehicles in Real-world Settings

    CityLink is working with VicRoads and RACV to trial connected and automated vehicles (CAVs) in real-world settings. The first phase of the trial will begin in August, taking place on the Monash-CityLink-Tullamarine corridor over three months. 

    Trial information

    The cars that will be used in this research – models from BMW, Mercedes, Tesla and Volvo – are already driven on Australian roads. They are considered to have level two ‘partial automation’ technology. You can also rest easy knowing there will be a professional driver with hands on the steering wheel at all times in live traffic. 

    The project will investigate how these level two vehicles interact with our existing infrastructure, and how, over time, our road infrastructure will adapt to better support these vehicles. 

    Level two vehicles generally include: 

    • Autonomous emergency braking – sensors identify when something is in your path and automatically brake. 
    • Adaptive cruise control – this function improves the safety of cruise control by identifying when the road conditions (traffic, weather, etc.) change and adjusting your speed.
    • Traffic jam assist – through a combination of adaptive cruise control and lane keep assist, this function improves safety and vehicle economy during heavy traffic conditions. 
    • Lane keep assist – sensors identify when your vehicle is about to move into another lane without indicating and steer back to a safe position in your lane. 

    What are CAVs - and are they safe?

    CAVs are classed on SAE International's standard which provides and defines the six levels of driving automation: beginning at zero (no automation) and increasing up to five (the vehicle’s computer monitors the environment, and controls the speed and steering without any human backup). 

    At their most automated level, CAVs will be fully automated self-driving cars. This technology is still in the research and prototype phase, but is undeniably the future of transport. Estimates have these vehicles being ready for market within the next decade. 

    Semi-automated CAVs are already on the market and on our roads. These vehicles include features that increase safety and economise driving, but still depend on a licensed driver to control and monitor the vehicle and their surroundings.  

    Want to learn more? This video from the US Department of Transport provides an overview on the safety and money-saving potential of CAVs.


    3. ABMARC: Engine Emissions

    Have you wondered how the real-world emissions of your light-duty vehicle compare to the figures based on the chassis dynamometer laboratory tests?

    Real-world emissions tests performed by ABMARC for the Australian Automobile Association (AAA) has shown that the difference can be significant, and this is not limited to only diesel vehicles emitting high NOx. The carbon monoxide (CO) emissions were found to be more than three times higher than the laboratory limits for nearly 30% of petrol cars tested (Dec 2016, interim report) that have been certified to the Euro 5 emissions standard, which is currently legislated in Australia.

    Chart 1 – Real-world Exceedances of Laboratory CO Emission Limits
    Source: ABMARC

    Although the noxious emissions of vehicles will reduce if the Euro 6 standard is implemented in Australia, the disparity between the laboratory and real-world seems set to continue for some time. This disparity includes regulated pollutants other than CO, as well as fuel consumption.

    The ability of Australian petrol vehicles to emit similar levels of pollutant emissions in the real-world as the laboratory is hindered by our fuel quality (test fuel used in the laboratory has very low Sulphur levels). Sulphur concentration in fuel can inhibit the performance of catalytic converters, which is vital for the reduction of vehicle tailpipe emissions. With the maximum permitted sulphur content of ULP in Australia being 15 times higher than that of Europe, it is no surprise that this is a hard task for us to achieve.

    Research in the USA investigated the impact of fuel sulphur concentration on the emissions from 12 cars fitted with catalytic converters, both when new and after being aged to the end of their life. Chart 2 shows that tailpipe NOX emissions could be lowered by as much as 22% for an aged catalytic converter when the fuel sulphur level was decreased from the maximum allowable level in Australian ULP to the lower level that is permitted in PULP (150 PPM to 50 PPM).

    Chart 2 – Average Impact of Reducing Fuel Sulphur from 150 ppm (ULP) to 50 ppm (PULP) on Petrol Tailpipe Emissions
    Sources: CRC E-60 NH3 emissions from late model vehicles, 2010, & ABMARC

    To learn more, join ABMARC and the SAE-A at the 2017 Engine Emissions Course, running from 14-16 November, and inform yourself of the targets, costs, vehicle trends, global fuel efficiency regulations, emission standards, test methods, fuel standards, health outcomes and more across the transport sector.

    Click here to register for the training course and for more information.

    4. Australia's Automotive Industry Report Released

    A new report into the condition of Australia’s automotive industry and what lies ahead is now available. The report titled Directions in Australia’s Automotive Industry 2017 was produced by VACC in partnership with state/territory Motor Trades Associations.

    Car dealers operate on 2.6 percent profit margins, automotive employs 379,365 people, and electric vehicles make up 0.01 percent of the nation’s fleet, a new report into Australia’s automotive industry reveals.

    The first comprehensive analysis of the nation’s automotive industry in three years, launched on 03 August by Senator Nick Xenophon at Parliament House, Canberra, explores the full scope of the industry.

    At a time of unprecedented change, the report uncovers the automotive industry’s economic contribution to the nation, business operating conditions, and detailed analysis of skills shortages and training requirements, along with insights into the direction automotive is headed.

    “A key finding in the report is that Australia’s automotive industry is here to stay. Passenger vehicle manufacturing will cease in October this year, but that is, and always has been, a small component of the entire automotive industry, which is still very robust with 69,365 businesses operating across the country,” said VACC Executive Director, Geoff Gwilym.

    Key findings:

    • The automotive industry contributes $37.1 billion to the Australian economy (2.2 percent of GDP).
    • Automotive repair and maintenance businesses account for 54.0 percent of the automotive industry;
    • The next largest sector is motor vehicle retailing at 8.3 percent.
    • Automotive vehicle and parts manufacturing accounts for 4.4 percent of the industry.
    • 96.5 percent of automotive businesses are small and family run enterprises.
    • 41.9 percent of auto businesses are run by sole proprietors; 54.6 percent employ 1-19 employees.
    • The average age of Australia’s vehicle fleet is 10.1 years.
    • 800,000 registered vehicles (excluding motorcycles) were scrapped between 2015 and 2016.
    • Profit margins for repair/maintenance businesses in 2015/16 was 12.2 percent; fuel retailing was 2.4 percent.
    • There are 69 vehicle marques operating in Australia, amongst the most in the world.
    For the full report, interviews, or additional analysis, contact:
    David Dowsey (Head of Marketing, Media, Communications & Publications)

    P: 03 9829 1247 M: 0419 361 122 E: W:

    5. Simulation Drives Engineering Design at ATC 2017

    Modern advancements in computer technology are facilitating a major disruption in the way organisations design products. Simulation, or CAE (Computer Aided Engineering) is no longer merely used to confirm the performance and suitability of designs developed by CAD and architecture teams, but is playing a central role in product concept and detailed development cycles. The ability to quickly turnaround high-fidelity Finite Element (FE) models is allowing companies to not only use it to assess the current design iteration, but to use optimisation technology to automatically iterate through dozens or even hundreds of design alternatives, and use this data to drive the design cycle.

    The theme for this year’s Altair Technology Conference (ATC) is ‘Design the Difference’ and it will focus on the way the biggest engineering companies in Australia and New Zealand employ these techniques, and what it means for the products you use every day. Following the success of last year’s event, with over 80 attendees and keynotes from Ford, DCNS and RUAG, Altair will hold another event this year in Melbourne’s CBD. This year’s event will use the familiar format of a full-day session on engineering design and analysis covering aerospace, automotive, architecture, defence and advanced manufacturing, and an afternoon break-out session dedicated to the use of simulation technology in electromagnetics.

    This year we will see an increased focus on industry presentations, with 17 speakers confirmed from some of the biggest engineering and defence firms in Australia & New Zealand, as well as leading consultancies and top-ranking universities. It will be a great opportunity to see how they are using simulation technology to drive their design.

    Join us in Melbourne on September 13th for the 2017 Altair Technology Conference. For more information see

    6. Australian Electric Vehicle Expo 2018

    The Electric Vehicle Branch of the Alternative Technology Association (ATA) will be hosting the 2018 EV expo at the Melbourne International Karting Complex. 

    The aim of the expo is to bring the latest in all things EV to the public and encourage networking in this automotive space. Key elements of the expo will be: test drives, dynamic displays on the track, a conference, Eva Hakansson (the world’s fastest female motorcyclist and Builder, owner, and rider of the world’s fastest electric motorbike - KillaJoule), a show’n’shine and a commercial networking event.

    Past events have been run at Swinburne University, but with the increased growth and interest in the expo, it was time to move to a more suitable venue. The new venue has space for many more exhibitors and the facilities for EVs to really show what they can do on a racecourse.

    SAE-A members who want to keep up to date on EVs are encouraged to attend. However, this is also the first year that there has been a networking event. Any members wanting to start a business in the EV sector or are already working in this area are encouraged to contact organisers now to find out more about this event.

    This event also aims to host a comprehensive show 'n' shine of the off-the-floor, custom-built and vintage EVs. Anyone wanting to see what can be done with an EV will not be disappointed.

    To find out more, please visit

    7. FISITA 2018: Call for Papers

    World Automotive Congress, FISITA 2018, will be held in Chennai, India, from the 2nd to 5th of October 2018. The organisers are now calling for papers on the technical topics that are in consonance with the theme of FISITA 2018 - Disruptive Technologies for Affordable and Sustainable Mobility.

    FISITA is the international network for automotive engineers, representing over 200,000 engineers in 37 countries.

    Key Dates:

    • Deadline for Abstract Submission :  30 September, 2017
    • Abstract Acceptance Notification to Authors : 9 February, 2018
    • Deadline to upload Draft Manuscripts :  27 April, 2018
    • Deadline to upload Final Papers :  30 July, 2018

    Submitted papers will be reviewed by the Scientific & Technical Committee (STC) of FISITA 2018.

    To download the information flyer, please click here: FISITA 2018 Call for Papers.

    For a full list of Congress Topics, please click here.

    More information here

    8. Job Opportunity

    The SAE-A is pleased to provide our members with access to job opportunities available at our partner companies. There has been a recent opening at Australian Performance Vehicles, see further details below.

    Position: Graduate Test Engineer
    Location: Melbourne, Australia

    APV Engineering and Test Services is seeking a Graduate Test Engineer for a five month contract.

    Under the supervision of a Lead Engineer, the successful candidate will be required to prepare all aspects of vehicles and sled test articles in accordance with defined processes and procedures, and regulatory instructions for dynamic impact and crash testing. The candidate will also undertake thermal, vibration, fatigue, tensile, accelerated weathering, and component conditioning tests as required.

    Minimum requirement is a bachelor’s degree in mechanical or electrical engineering.

    To apply, please email your cover letter and resume to Natasha Hickling, HR Manager, at -

    9. Industry News Highlights

    Social media highlights from June 2017 to July 2017.
    Check out the SAE-A's social media channels for more industry and Society news. 

    Students Develop Driverless Race Cars with Support from Bosch

    In the Formula Student Germany (FSG) competition, Bosch is helping more than 30 teams develop and design their formula race cars and to put them into operation. Read more

    Queensland Government Annouces EV Super Highway

    Environment Minister and Acting Main Roads Minister Steven Miles officially kick-started the EV revolution in the State with the launch of the Queensland Electric Super Highway – the world’s longest in one State. Read more

    10. Events Update

    The SAE-A has been working hard this year to deliver some of the best events in the industry to contribute towards the professional development of our members.

    Click HERE for the SAE-A's 2017 Calendar of Events for our 90th year.

    Here's what's on in 2017:


    11. SAE-A Bookshop

    To order the featured books below, visit the SAE-A Bookshop, or Contact Rose at the SAE-A National Office

    Phone: (03) 9676 9568

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