19 - 20 February 2018 | Novotel Sydney Central

Conference Day One: Monday, 19th February 2018

7:00 am - 9:00 am Workshop A: The Future of People and Automation: Managing Contractors and Employees in the Transition and Implementation of ATC

Mike Palmer - Chief Operation Officer Toronto Transit Commission
Transitioning to new operational systems takes buy-in and management with both contractors and employees. For some, this is a new working environment, so it is important to develop consistency across your organisation and set up the expectations for what needs to be achieved internally and externally with automation. This workshop will focus on developing a clearer path for the progression of new systems for the future by first exploring how to get your people on board.

What will the workshop cover?
  • How to encourage buy-in from staff to better manage early adoption of technologies
  • Creating palatable steps and programs that enable skill building and support for transition
  • Innovation and partnerships: What should you be communicating with contractors to ensure the implementation of systems are aligned to customer and staff expectations
  • Evaluating current restrictions and rules and its affect on the future of ATC: What are the responsibilities for contractors and staff in this time of change?

Mike Palmer

Chief Operation Officer
Toronto Transit Commission

9:00 am - 12:00 am Conference Registration and Welcome Coffee

9:20 am - 9:30 am Opening Remarks by the Conference Chair

9:30 am - 10:10 am Brownfield CBTC – Examining the Lessons Learned from TTC and What it Means for Australia’s Operational Networks

Mike Palmer - Chief Operation Officer Toronto Transit Commission
The Toronto Transit Commission is in the midst of re-signalling the Yonge-University-Spadina subway line to improve reliability and capacity on Canada’s busiest subway system. Getting the system installed and operational on a brownfield network is like any other, a perfectly long process, resulting in weekend subway shutdowns along the line. With this in mind, Mike will discuss the challenges of brownfield CBTC, drawing on some insights from TTC’s upgrade, and what Australia can learn in their brownfield overlays.
  • Understanding the importance of operational integration and laying out operational requirements to ensure you meet the project criteria and maintain consistency
  • Efficiently managing trial operations and identifying the areas for improvement
  • Managing customer expectations during work progress to ensure minimal disruption as possible

Mike Palmer

Chief Operation Officer
Toronto Transit Commission

10:10 am - 12:00 am Embrace Innovation While Maintaining Long Term Operational Stability

Norman Frisch - Marketing Director, Enterprise Business Group and Transport Sector Huawei
Ever increasing demands on Rail services call for continuous innovation and elasticity of the underlying ICT infrastructure. At the same time rail operational communication expects stability and reliability of telecommunication networks which are subject to quick innovation cycles.
With the right strategy on standardization, migration concepts and an holistic approach on rail requirements rapidly innovating ICT technology can serve rail operator’s ICT demands throughout the lifetime of their infrastructure.

Norman Frisch

Marketing Director, Enterprise Business Group and Transport Sector

10:40 am - 12:00 am Speed Networking Session

An effective structured interactive session designed to help expand your network through one-to-one focused conversations. Bring your business cards!


11:40 am - 12:20 pm Sydney Trains new Rail Operations Centre (ROC) – The Big Leap Forward

Stuart Middleton - Deputy Executive Director, Network Operations Sydney Trains
At Sydney Trains we put the customer at the heart of everything we do. Each weekday, Sydney Trains caters for more than one million customer journeys and patronage continues to grow. From late 2017, 2,500 extra weekly train services are being introduced. By 2021, it is expected there will be 21 per cent more customers on weekdays and 120 per cent more on weekends. By 2024 one million extra people are forecast to be living in Sydney. With the increase in train services and the adding of more capacity to the network, Sydney Trains is modernising its processes, tools and infrastructure to support the future needs of a modern and growing city. This includes investing in a purpose-built, world class Rail Operations Centre (ROC). The ROC will be the nerve centre managing one of the most complex rail networks in the world.

Key elements Tony will discuss include:

  • How ROC will help increase the speed with which incidents are managed, get trains more quickly to where customers are, and reduce customers’ journey disruption after an incident
  • The fundamentals of ROC, such as introducing new ways of teams working together, a tool increasing the speed with which incidents are managed and resolved, and an electronic train graph, enabling quicker train rerouting following incidents
  • How ROC represents a cultural shift that truly has Sydney Trains’ focus on the customer – getting trains to where people

Stuart Middleton

Deputy Executive Director, Network Operations
Sydney Trains

12:20 pm - 1:00 pm Interactive Discussion Groups (IDGs)

This is your chance to make your conference experience truly interactive and collaborative. Each IDG is set in a roundtable format and will be facilitated by an expert practitioner in the space. In two rotations, each IDG will last for 20 minutes, allowing you to pick the two top of mind topics you wish to discuss and solve.

Topic One

12:20 pm - 2:00 pm Extending Automation into Brownfield Networks
Kang Kuen Lee - Adviser for Sydney Metro Project Hong Kong MTR
The process of installing or considering installing automatic train control within an existing network takes key strategies in operating, maintaining and auditing these networks once they’ve been upgraded. Based on MTR experience of implementing automatic train control projects in Hong Kong and globally Dr KK Lee will discuss the differences and similarities of automation and integration of CBTC system or ETCS into greenfield and brownfield networks, and what can be learnt to reduce interruptions to passenger lines.

Kang Kuen Lee

Adviser for Sydney Metro Project
Hong Kong MTR

Topic Two

12:20 pm - 2:00 pm Defining Requirements for Suppliers and Installation of Systems and its Effect on Safety and Network Performance
Julian Williams - Group Manager, Engineering VicTrack


Julian Williams

Group Manager, Engineering

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm NETWORKING LUNCH

2:00 pm - 12:00 am Spotlight Presentation from SNC-Lavalin

James Claxton - Director, Rail Control Systems SNC-Lavalin

James Claxton

Director, Rail Control Systems

3:10 pm - 3:50 pm Advanced Train Control Systems Investments to Meet Future Rail Capacity

Pascal Labouze - Executive Director, Operational Systems Transport for New South Wales
NSW railway capacity must be increased significantly to accommodate the growing population in the next five to ten years. In order to do so, careful consideration into performance targets for signal reliability and availability and control centre performance must be prioritized. This session will explore the advanced train control systems investments being implemented by Transport for New South Wales to meet future capacity and secure future ETCS-L2 deployment.

Pascal Labouze

Executive Director, Operational Systems
Transport for New South Wales


The ARTC has currently embarked on a project known as ARTC Network Control Optimisation (ANCO). The ANCO project is ARTC’s initiative to introduce new processes and technology to improve and optimise train network management in the Hunter Valley over the coming years. This project, alongside the Advanced Train Management System (ATMS) initiative, will materially increase the potential utilisation of the track from 65% to a target of 75%. With the aim to deliver a more synergistic and coordinated approach to decision making, this session will look at:
  • The differences and synergies between ARTC’s ATMS and ANCO projects
  • The support of the project from real time data feeds across organisations and the capacity to manage disruption through optimised scenario testing
  • How the projects will create efficient train management and Increased visibility and integration between above rail, network control, terminal operations and asset delivery teams
  • Enabling improved utilisation of the available track capacity, reduced cycle times and a supply chain which is more responsive to customers’ dynamic needs

Brad Moorhouse

Project Director, Advanced Train Management Systems
Australian Rail Track Corporation


Janelle Endacott

Manager, Improvement Program, ANCO
Australian Rail Track Corporation

5:00 pm - 5:40 pm Closing Keynote International Case Study: Signalling on the Elizabeth Line: Insights into Train Throughput Expectations at Crossrail

Chris Binns - Chief Engineer Crossrail UK
The journey on Crossrail has expected to cut travel time by half, and by its completion in 2019, will promise a train every two and half minutes at peak time at central London stations. To accommodate the planned throughput of trains, Crossrail has three sections using different signalling systems. The central operating section comprises all new railway signalling and technology, utilising CBTC and on the western end, the utilisation of ETCS-L2. In this session, Chris will explore:
  • Building consistency with systems and technologies between the new signalling centre and train operations
  • Insights into the plan and strategy development for determining the right technology and systems to implement
  • Determining a strategy for effective testing and the static tests required to turn on systems and integrated testing in a controlled fashion

Chris Binns

Chief Engineer
Crossrail UK

5:40 pm - 5:40 pm End of Day One and Networking Drinks