19 - 20 February 2018 | Novotel Sydney Central

Conference Day Two: Tuesday, 20th February 2018

8:30 am - 9:00 am Conference Registration and Welcome Coffee

9:00 am - 9:10 am Opening Remarks by the Conference Chair

9:10 am - 9:50 am Low Cost Level Crossing Protection Systems and its Effect on Safety and Network Performance

Trevor Moore, Signalling Standards Engineer,Australian Rail Track Corporation
The Australian Rail Track Corporation is undergoing a project that focuses on low cost level crossing protection systems, resulting in up to 50% savings of the traditional cost and enables its use in a broader range of simple level crossing systems. Going back to the basics, Trevor will discuss the ARTC project and how their decisions on suppliers and installation will affect safety and network performance.
• Reviewing the range of traditional and new technology that is now being applied to level crossing active protection systems
• Developing the approval and safety assessment of new technology to meet the required safety outcomes
• The importance of construction and installation to achieving performance and cost objectives
• The critical information required to assess new technology for application in the rail safety space
• An overview of level crossings active protection and the issues to be addressed for simple to complex installations

Trevor Moore

Signalling Standards Engineer
Australian Rail Track Corporation

9:50 am - 10:30 am Case Study: KiwiRail’s ETCS Journey and Enhancing Network Resilience through the New Auckland Control Centre

Colin Vickery, Control Services Manager, National Train Control Centre,KiwiRail
Although KiwiRail’s ETCS rollout is relatively new, the implementation of automation and new systems has sparked a new Train Control Centre in Auckland. While KiwiRail continues to balance and switch between manual and automatic route signalling at different times of the day, this will impact the overall design and future operations of the control centre. With a focus on enhancing resilience, Colin will discuss:
  • The duplication of control centres to provide contingency, resilience and increase capacity in controlling Auckland and Wellington separately
  • Insights into how KiwiRail assisted control room staff and train controllers in the transition into automatic route signalling
  • Control Centre Planning: Assessing the areas for upgrades to improve disaster recovery 

Colin Vickery

Control Services Manager, National Train Control Centre

10:30 am - 11:00 am UK Rail Traffic Management – Lessons Learnt from Implementation of the First Deployments of TMS in UK

David Taylor, Mainline Rail Account Director, Ground Transportation Systems,Thales

David Taylor

Mainline Rail Account Director, Ground Transportation Systems


11:30 am - 12:10 pm Case Study: Sydney Metro: Embracing the Future of Automation at Australia’s First Fully Automated Rail System

Hugh Lawson, Sydney Metro City & Southwest Deputy Project Director,Sydney Metro
Sydney Metro is Australia’s biggest public transport project. Services on Stage 1 – the $8.3 billion Sydney Metro Northwest project – start in the first half of next year. In 2024, Sydney’s new metro rail system will be extended under Sydney Harbour, into the CBD and beyond to Bankstown – delivering 31 metro stations and 66km of new metro rail. The session will explore:
  • A construction update, including progress in the Sydney CBD and the upgrade of the existing Bankstown Line to the Sydney Metro system
  • How this new fully-automated metro will make it faster and easier to get around Australia’s only global city
  • Transport planning for Sydney’s future

Hugh Lawson

Sydney Metro City & Southwest Deputy Project Director
Sydney Metro

12:10 pm - 12:50 pm Introducing Technology in Rail Freight – What the Future Will Mean for Employees, Stakeholders and Safety

Julie Loveridge, Project Manager, Strategic Assets and Engineering,Pacific National
Like most train operators, the rail freight industry is embracing new train systems and technology, particularly when it comes to providing tools to assist drivers “in cab” to improve safety and efficiency. This requires effective stakeholder engagement activities and detailed change management planning and execution – ensuring that the focus on safety is always the first consideration. In this session, Julie will discuss:
  • Challenging the “status quo” of a long serving workforce and traditional manual environment, to introduce new systems to improve safety and efficiency
  • Establishing and maintaining relationships with all stakeholders to collectively improve safety, integrate technology and improve interoperability
  • Navigating the complexity of human factors – the importance of the tools within the environment of the train cab

Julie Loveridge

Project Manager, Strategic Assets and Engineering
Pacific National

12:50 pm - 1:50 pm NETWORKING LUNCH

1:50 pm - 2:30 pm Global Signalling Technology in Australia: The Approach and Trends for the Future of Rail

Dr. Frank Heibel, Founder & Director,Doc Frank
Recent findings reveal that the global market for train control management and systems will forecast to grow and be worth US$5.01bn by 2024. The investments in Australia are already apparent, but will involve new approaches to implementing the new technology and project a successful future for rail in Australia. In this session, Frank will deliver an overview on global trends and the impact it will have in Australia in the next five to ten years.

  • Shared lessons on systems architecture: Working together to handle interoperability of train control systems interstate
  • Higher degrees of automation: Bringing new systems into services and avoiding massive disruptions
  • The future of ETCS and CBTC: What will become of the technology?

Dr. Frank Heibel

Founder & Director
Doc Frank

2:30 pm - 12:00 am Managing Capability and Competency Frameworks in the Context of Increasing Digital Literacy for Train Control Staff

Fiona Love, Director, Engineering and Operations Programs,Transport for New South Wales
  • Understanding your business readiness for new technology and systems and how to develop frameworks to sustain future skill set requirements
  • How to ensure consistency with development of control rooms and ensuring support from staff with new changes to technology
  • Identifying the training and expectations for developing employees to be competent and confident with handling new systems

Fiona Love

Director, Engineering and Operations Programs
Transport for New South Wales


3:40 pm - 4:20 pm Case Study: Impact of Telecommunications Failure on TCMS

Rodrigo Alvarez, Rail Systems Consultant,PublicTransport Authority WA
This Case Study will analyse the impact that a failure in the telecommunications components of a TCMS system would have on railway operations, and some of the countermeasures that can be put in place to minimise that impact.

Rodrigo Alvarez

Rail Systems Consultant
PublicTransport Authority WA

Part of the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure’s motivation for implementing ERTMS came down to increasing overall network safety. With the safety component prioritised, DPTI will see changes to their train throughputs and increased network usage. This
session will explore the future outlook on the South Australian network and exploring the how they safely operated on an existing network.
• Changing approaches to bringing systems into services to deliver what is needed
• Overcoming infrastructure limitations and coordinating consistency when different lines use different technologies
• How DPTI tested and operated the systems in the existing network without disrupting throughput and maintaining high standards of safety

Oluwole Odusanya

Team Leader, Signals and Control System Engineering
Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure SA

5:00 pm - 5:00 pm Closing Remarks from the Conference Chair and Main Conference Close