Conference Day Two: Tuesday, 20th February 2018

9:00 AM - 9:20 AM Conference Registration and Welcome Coffee

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

9:30 AM - 10:10 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

10:10 AM - 10:50 AM Case Study: Sydney Metro: Embracing the Future of Automation at Australia’s First Automated Rail System

Hugh Lawson, Sydney Metro City & Southwest Deputy Project Director, Sydney Metro
With the Sydney Metro North-West rail link predicted to be completed by 2019, high hopes are in place for its extension into the south west to build a ‘metro city’. It’s predicted that together with signalling and infrastructure upgrades, capacity for train services will increase from 120 an hour today to 200 services beyond 2024, resulting in a 60% capacity increase across the network. This session will explore:
  • Insights into the current construction and key findings that will benefit the extension to South-West
  • Sydney Metro’s CBTC system and how the extension will help maintain consistent throughput along the network
  • Understanding the needs of customers and forecasting future direction of transport to determine network capacity and systems for increased throughput


Hugh Lawson

Sydney Metro City & Southwest Deputy Project Director
Sydney Metro


11:20 AM - 12:00 PM Thought Leadership Session

12:00 PM - 12:40 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


1:40 PM - 2:20 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

2:20 PM - 2:50 PM 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


3:20 PM - 4:00 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

4:00 PM - 4:40 PM Case Study from the SA Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure

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


Oluwole Odusanya

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

4:40 PM - 4:40 PM Closing Remarks from the Conference Chair and Main Conference Close