Conference Day One: Monday, 19th February 2018

9:00 AM - 9:30 AM Conference Registration and Welcome Coffee

9:30 AM - 9:40 AM Opening Remarks by the Conference Chair

9:40 AM - 10:20 AM Sydney Trains new Rail Operations Centre (ROC) – The Big Leap Forward

Tony Eid, Executive Director of Future Networks, Sydney Trains


Tony Eid

Executive Director of Future Networks
Sydney Trains

10:20 AM - 10:50 AM Thought Leadership Session

10:50 AM - 11:20 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!


11:50 AM - 1:20 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 30 minutes, allowing you to pick the two top of mind topics you wish to discuss and solve.

Topic One

11:50 AM - 1:20 PM Strategies for Encouraging Next-Generation Train Controllers

Topic Two

11:50 AM - 1:20 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. As the Adviser for the Sydney Metro Project, Kang Kuen will discuss the differences and similarities of automation and integration of 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 Three

11:50 AM - 1:20 PM Defining Requirements for Suppliers and Installation of Systems and its Effect on Safety and Network Performance

Trevor Moore, Signalling Standards Engineer, Australian Rail Track Corporation
Developing the approval and safety assessment of new technology for seamless construction and installation has been an important aspect of ARTC’s project on low cost level crossing protection systems, Going back to the basics, Trevor will discuss the ARTC project and how their decisions and requirements on suppliers and installation will affect safety and network performance and how it can assist in your organisation getting that high capacity for your network.


Trevor Moore

Signalling Standards Engineer
Australian Rail Track Corporation


2:20 PM - 3:30 PM Case Study: Implementing High-Capacity Signalling at Melbourne Metro Tunnel to Increase Train Throughput

Adam Morison, Senior Project Manager, Rail Systems, Metro Trains Melbourne
Melbourne Metro’s rail tunnel will see the installation of high-capacity signalling technology on the Pakenham/Cranbourne and Sunbury lines. Due for connection by 2026, the technology system is said to increase train throughput and enable trains to run as little as two minutes apart. This session will discuss:
  • Managing technology trials and determining what needs to be achieved for a complex task in an existing network
  • What it means for Victoria: Building a better public service network by running trains safely closer together and more often
  • Working with government and contractors to integrate seamlessly, meet operational requirements and improve network performance


Adam Morison

Senior Project Manager, Rail Systems
Metro Trains Melbourne

3:30 PM - 4:10 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

5:20 PM - 6:00 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

6:00 PM - 6:00 PM End of Day One and Networking Drinks