14 - 15 February, 2019 | Rydges Sydney Central, Sydney, NSW

Conference Day One: 14th February, 2019



Helen Williams

Director, Rail Systems Development Infrastructure and Services
Transport for NSW

9:10 am - 9:50 am Revolutionising Sydney’s Train Network Through a State of the Art Rail Operations Centre

Tony Eid - Executive Director, Future Network Operations, Sydney Trains
Sydney Trains have recently opened their state of the art Rail Operations Centre that drives excellence and efficiency across their entire operations. Tony shares their story of how they have improved management of train operations and delivery of rail services to safely move over 1.3 million people every day.

  • Exceeding customer expectations by placing their needs at the centre of business strategies including with TCMS and operations
  • Reviewing the ROC project now that it is complete and the benefits of working with the newest systems, as well as some of the challenges they have overcome
  • Strategising for the future to raise the passenger experience to the next level and optimise networks

Tony Eid

Executive Director, Future Network Operations
Sydney Trains

9:50 am - 10:20 am How John Holland is Challenging Industry Perception to Regional Train Control Systems

This session explores how John Holland, in conjunction with Transport for NSW, have improved Train Control Systems for the Country Regional Network which have provided significant efficiencies for Rail Operators, and led to improvements in track worker safety outcomes.
In this session John Holland will:
-          Discuss a case study around the implementation of this technology to achieve operator and track worker improvements
-          Set out the platform for the future enhancements which will challenge industry thinking towards future technology
-          Provide a hands-on demonstration of the Track Worker Mobile Application.

10:20 am - 10:50 am Discussing the MTR’s Approach to Implement CBTC, ATS and ATC in a Brownfield Site With Minimal Interruption

Kang Kuen Lee - Adviser for Sydney Metro Project, Hong Kong MTR
Hong Kong’s Mass Transit Railway (MTR) has been upgrading their signaling systems in order to implement the latest CBTC technology and also starting to implement technology like Automatic Train Supervision and Automatic Train Control in the control center, stations and trains. This session not only explores how they approached working with a brownfield site, but will also explore some of the other projects they are working on, including how they have been advising the Sydney Metro Project and how they are progressing in implementing similar technology to the site. This session will also explore working with a vendor through these projects and how they have worked together for a successful implementation.

  • Exploring the technology MTR are using including CBTC, ATS and ATC and the case study of how these were implemented successfully- including a look at lessons learned and best practice
  • Analysing how to work on a Brownfield site VS a Greenfield site and the MTR’s experience of how to make a Brownfield site work
  • Working with a vendor throughout projects and creating successful outcomes for all parties involved

Kang Kuen Lee

Adviser for Sydney Metro Project
Hong Kong MTR

10:50 am - 11:20 am Speed Networking

11:20 am - 11:50 am MORNING TEA

Interactive Discussion Groups

Not only will you hear peer-to-peer led case studies and best practice, you will also receive Interactive discussion based session on pressing issues in TCMS. How will the IDGs run?

  • The entire audience will break up and choose IDGs based on which topics are most interesting to them.
  • Each IDG is set in a roundtable format and will be facilitated by a thought leader
  • Each delegate will have the opportunity to hear both topics and will rotate every 30 minutes.
  • Discussion groups are kept small to ensure all delegates get the opportunity to ask their most pressing questions, ensuring a perfectly tailored experience.

11:50 am - 1:00 pm Improving Control Centres and Discussing Best Methods of Implementation

Colin Vickery - Interface Manager Network Access & Train Control, National Train Control Centre KiwiRail

Colin Vickery

Interface Manager Network Access & Train Control
National Train Control Centre KiwiRail

11:50 am - 1:00 pm Gaining Stakeholder Buy In when Introducing Automation and CBTC Systems

Kang Kuen Lee - Adviser for Sydney Metro Project, Hong Kong MTR

Kang Kuen Lee

Adviser for Sydney Metro Project
Hong Kong MTR

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm LUNCH

By 2056, it is predicted that NSW will have more than 12 million residents and the networks will need to handle 28 million trips and double the current metropolitan freight loads. In this session, Stephen explores how digital has been integrated into our current rail systems, the impacts it has made on optimising the rail networks and the future focus of how it can be used as Sydney evolves.

  • Delivering the digital network with Cab signalling, Automatic Train Operation and Traffic Management Systems
  • Evolving rail networks to work with digital systems and how to implement it with a Brownfield approach
  • Exemplifying the lessons learned so far in implemented a digital system and where you can avoid pitfalls of the systems

Stephen Lemon

Director of Digital Systems
Transport for NSW


Warwick Talbot

Deputy Executive Director, Engineering and System Integrity
Sydney Trains

2:40 pm - 3:20 pm Roy Hill’s Commitment to Building a Culture of Innovation: Delivering a Train Control Solution in a Start-Up Railway Utilising Today’s Technology

Trevor Nunn - Superintendent Train Control, Roy Hill
Roy Hill is a world-class iron ore mining, rail and port operation in the Pilbara, delivering 55 million tonnes per annum through an integrated systems approach to operations. Roy Hill has a unique position as the youngest heavy haul railway in Australia and so built their networks from the ground up, including their train control management systems. This session explores their implementation of the latest ETCS systemsincluding an exploration into the innovations own challenges, including how Roy Hill adapted a European system to work within the Pilbara environment based on a different climate and operational environment.

  • How Roy Hill delivered ERTS Moving Block as a Positive Train Control solution, the first in Australia, into the Pilbara Based heavy-haul environment;
  • What Roy Hill learnt during this journey; and
  • What’s in the innovation pipeline to further improve safety and efficiency.

Trevor Nunn

Superintendent Train Control
Roy Hill

3:20 pm - 3:50 pm AFTERNOON TEA

3:50 pm - 4:30 pm Creating an Effective Change Management Strategy through Collaborating People and Technology to Maximise the Impacts of Digital Rail

Fiona Love - Director, Engineering and Operations Programs, Transport for NSW
Creating a true change management strategy that is effective is difficult to achieve. Often these strategies do not go beyond hiring a cultural change consultant and training employees. Fiona is passionate about creating culture change that is actually effective, but it requires sufficiently considering your people and your citizens.

  • Looking at the relationship of com-ops to sufficiently consider you people and the outcome for citizens with a well defined strategy
  • Focusing on systems engineering to become central to the organisation and ensuring you address continuous improvement of systems maintenance
  • Bringing in new stakeholders to the industry including education to ensure we can effectively manage the skills gap within rail to be able to implement digital and automation
  • Discussing Transport for NSW’s approach to these strategies with the rail Technology Campus and a partnership with the University of Sydney’s Engineering faculty.

Fiona Love

Director, Engineering and Operations Programs
Transport for NSW

Champagne Roundtable:

4:30 pm - 5:10 pm Managing the TCMs Revolution From Silo to Operational Transformation

Helen Williams - Director, Rail Systems Development Infrastructure and Services, Transport for NSW
This is a discussion based session in which you will be able to chat about how TCMS is changing from a siloed project to an innovation that affects many different parts of a rail organisation, all over a glass of champagne. Helen, a driver of transformation, will facilitate the discussion and provide her expert guidance, as she touches many different initiatives throughout TfNSW.


Helen Williams

Director, Rail Systems Development Infrastructure and Services
Transport for NSW

5:10 pm - 5:20 pm Closing Remarks from Chairperson

5:20 pm - 6:20 pm NETWORKING DRINKS

6:20 pm - 6:20 pm Close of Conference Day One