Conference Day One: Tuesday, 28 February 2017

08:30 AM - 09:00 AM Conference Registration and Arrival Coffee

09:00 AM - 09:10 AM Opening Remarks by IQPC Australia and the Conference Chair

Andrew McCusker, Director Rail Logistics, SMART Facility University of Wollongong

Andrew McCusker

Director Rail Logistics
SMART Facility University of Wollongong

09:10 AM - 09:50 AM Sydney Trains' Control System Support for Future Growth

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To Conclude TCMS 2017, George Gadzuric will discuss the broader Transport for NSW strategic goals and rail traffic management system roadmap. The Sydney Trains direction is to expand the Advanced Train Running Information Control System (ATRICS) coverage across the network to enable a common control platform and migration path opportunities for the future. Leveraging existing investment and infrastructure, ATRICS has been enhanced to support Automatic Route Setting (ARS) and Absolute Signal Block (ASB) Worksite Protection.
This session will cover:
· An overview of the ATRICS System
· An overview of ARS capabilities that increase throughput
· An overview of ASB Worksite protection capabilities and how it facilitates safety for the worksites established using it.
· The change management challenges and strategies used to introduce the new ASB Worksite protection functionality and associated network rule change to employees.

09:50 AM - 10:30 AM CASE STUDY: Sydney Metro North-West Rail Link: Australia’s First Automated Rail System

Oliver Fried, Director, Sydney Metro
The Sydney Metro North-West rail link is being built to service a predicted population of 60000 between Rouse Hill and Chatswood. During peak hours, trains are expected to run every four minutes thereby removing the need for timetable scheduling. This will require a very sophisticated system of CBTC. This session will:
  • Provide an overview of the rail-links construction so far as well as key learning points —
  • How the CBTC system has been tailor-made to suit the needs of the line —
  • Discuss how the metro plans to integrate the train controls of a high-throughput line into Sydney’s rail network


Oliver Fried

Sydney Metro

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM Migration from Legacy Signalling to a CBTC Signalling System

Vikram Chimalgi, Associate Vice President Transportation, Cyient
Cyient has provided design services for a mass transit project, resulting in a capacity increase of 30% and a reduction of delays by 18%. The objective of the project was to upgrade the existing legacy signalling system to the latest CBTC signalling system while ensuring minimal disruption to existing traffic, 45% of which was going through tunnels.
This session will discuss:
• How existing signalling systems can be migrated to the CBTC signalling system
• Early demonstration of technical solution – Typical design
• Key learning points & best practices

Vikram Chimalgi

Associate Vice President Transportation


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


11:50 AM - 12:30 PM General Trend Analysis of Telecoms for Train Control and its Potential to be an Integrated System

Rodrigo Alvarez, Titan ICT, working for PublicTransport Authority WA
Currently, Train Control systems typically use purpose-built dedicated Telecommunications infrastructure. However, as the industry moves more towards automation, we can expect different approach to be more appropriate. Just as smart phones don’t require its users to change networks to make different apps work, nor should rail operators focus too much on specifying the networks for Train Control. This general trend analysis will review: —
  • How future train control systems could be more integrated into telecommunications infrastructure with other rail operations. —
  • The risks and benefits of operating on such an integrated system —
  • The key aspects to keep in mind when designing new train control systems and their interfaces with telecommunications networks

Rodrigo Alvarez

Titan ICT
working for PublicTransport Authority WA
This session will give attendees the opportunity to vote on questions that they feel are the most pertinent to our overseas speaker panel. This will be done through a live-polling tool available on smartphones.
These questions will revolve around: —
  • Common mistakes that are made during longterm automation projects —
  • Preparing for trouble-shooting issues with signaling and communications —
  • Benchmark indicators of improvement or areas that may require it

Yogendra Sharma

Rail Director
Adani Mining

Andrew McCusker

Director Rail Logistics
SMART Facility University of Wollongong

Tony Lee

Chief of Operations Engineering
Hong Kong MTR

1:10 PM - 2:10 PM Networking Lunch Break

2:10 PM - 2:50 PM The Future of ETCS – Will it Replace CBTC?

Frank Heibel, Founder & Director, Doc Frank
There are lots of discussions about two ‘hot topics’ - the elusive ETCS Level 3 being bound to achieve the same performance as CBTC, and convergence that will merge ETCS and CBTC into one super-technology. What are the drivers for those desires, how likely are they to become reality, and when?
This session will offer views on: —
  • What railway operators really want when calling for ETCS Level 3 or ETCS-CBTC convergence —
  • What will they get from either of those two novelties? —
  • What drives the supply industry to deliver? —
  • The most likely scenario for future development of ETCS


Frank Heibel

Founder & Director
Doc Frank

2:50 PM - 3:30 PM CASE STUDY: Brookfield Rail’s Use of Customer Feedback to Improve Train Throughput

Joel Trouchet, Service Delivery Manager, Brookfield
Brookfield Rail has a strong focus on working collaboratively with its customers and above rail operators to safely maximise freight throughput and timely passenger arrivals on rail network in the southern Western Australia.
This has been achieved by: —
  • Increasing transparency on operational performance amongst all parties; —
  • Working collaboratively on operational change initiatives that will result in cost savings, more robust schedules, maximising available rolling stock, and increasing network capacity; and —
  • Alignment of major network outages with mine and/or port shuts to reduce impacts on customers.


Joel Trouchet

Service Delivery Manager

3:30 PM - 4:00 PM Afternoon Tea and Networking Break

4:00 PM - 4:40 PM CLOSING KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Sydney Trains’ new Rail Operation Centre

Tony Eid, Executive Director of Future Networks, Sydney Trains
Sydney Trains is delivering a significant program of work to build the rail network to cater for future growth and increasing demand. The challenge is to safely run more trains on time without reducing the service experience for customers. To do this Sydney Trains is introducing new technologies, new ways of working and cultural change. This session will take you on a journey looking back in time and forward to the future and will cover some of the major programs underway necessary to cater for the future growth including building a multi-million dollar state of the art Rail Operations Centre to minimise delays to ensure when incidents do occur on the rail network, incidents are dealt with swiftly and customers receive better and aster accurate information.

Tony Eid

Executive Director of Future Networks
Sydney Trains

4:40 PM - 4:45 PM Champagne Solutions Clinic for Change Management during Digital Transformation

Each table will spend 10 minutes generating solutions to a key issue with a moderator, who will record the main points of discussion. Each table will focus on a separate issue related to change management during digital transformation. As the groups rotate, the table moderator will give a brief summary of the points raised so far, allowing the new group to pick up where the previous group left off. Following three rounds of discussions, the key points from each table will be updated to the main screen on-stage so that everyone can see the solutions that have been generated. Afterwards, attendees will also be able to access the solutions collected on the day.

Table 1

4:45 PM - 5:20 PM Looking at the Types of Workplace Cultures that are More Likely to Accept Digitisation

Rodrigo Alvarez, Titan ICT, working for PublicTransport Authority WA
  • What kinds of cultures are most likely to resist automation? —
  • What kind of culture accepts digitisation? —
  • What can employers do change the workplace from a culture of resistance to one of acceptance? —
  • How can the shared experiences of the workplace be used for the benefit of change management?

Rodrigo Alvarez

Titan ICT
working for PublicTransport Authority WA

Table 2

4:45 PM - 5:20 PM Incentives that would Encourage Stakeholder Buy-In

Oliver Fried, Director, Sydney Metro
  • How can stakeholder buy-in lead to effective digital transformation? —
  • What kinds of results would incentivize manager buy-in? —
  • What kinds of incentives are appealing to employees, and would be powerful enough to prompt buy-in? —
  • How can managers effectively listen to queries and concerns?


Oliver Fried

Sydney Metro

Table 3

4:45 PM - 5:20 PM Providing opportunities to Improve Skills through Classroom Training

Frank Heibel, Founder & Director, Doc Frank
  • What kind of training can be provided to employees who may need to be taught new skills? —
  • What are some of the legacy systems that are going to be most difficult to change and might require training? —
  • What kinds of new skills will employees need to develop in order to feel confident in their new workplaces? —
  • How should employers choose the right training?


Frank Heibel

Founder & Director
Doc Frank

5:20 PM - 11:59 PM End of Day One & Networking Drinks for all Attendees