Pre-conference Interactive Workshops: Monday, 27 February 2017


08:30 AM - 11:30 AM Strategies for Integrating ETCS into Existing Networks

Nick Terry, Director, Shard Group
This work shop is appropriate for any rail operator and track owner that is considering or currently in the process of installing, or about to install automatic traincontrol within their network. It will also provide key strategies for operating, maintaining and auditing these networks once they’ve been upgraded. It will include, but not be limited to: —
  • Troubleshooting the main barriers and challenges to upgrading networks to decrease the likelihood of occurring —
  • Utilising predictive data to schedule maintenance and save on operating costs —
  • Installing new systems using the Zero Closures methodology to reduce interruptions to passenger lines —
  • How ETCS fits into a broader system of train operations that can be integrated into a single Operations Centre

Nick Terry

Shard Group


11:30 AM - 1:00 PM Sydney Trains Rail Management Centre and the Infrastructure Control Centre (ICON) at Central Terminal

Andrew Constantinou, Rail Operations Centre Infrastructure Business Manager, Sydney Trains
The Rail Management Centre (RMC) monitors train services covering the greater Sydney area, co-ordinates over 36 signal boxes; 1,700 kilometres of track; 2,800 passenger and 300 freight train movements per day, including all metropolitan stations and staff information systems. The Infrastructure Control Centre (ICON) is responsible for the management of the Sydney and NSW Trains electrical power distribution network, and the coordination of responses to asset failures and operational incidents in the Control Centre.

Andrew Constantinou

Rail Operations Centre Infrastructure Business Manager
Sydney Trains


1:00 PM - 11:59 PM Change Management Strategies for Employers to Improve Acceptance of Automation among Employees

Frank Heibel, Founder & Director, Doc Frank
Resistance to change from both Control Centre operators and train drivers is a huge challenge when implementing new train control operational systems. By providing opportunities for staff re-education and listening to their concerns, Operations managers can ensure that the transition to automation will run more smoothly.
It will include, but not be limited to: —
  • Reviewing the types of culture changes that should take place before the organization even begins to undergo these projects
  • Encouraging staff buy-in by creating platforms to communicate queries and concerns —
  • Encouraging early adoption by providing incentives to staff who are successful at transitioning —
  • Providing opportunities to improve operating skills through classroom training


Frank Heibel

Founder & Director
Doc Frank