27 Jul 2018

Call for Development Group Members – Specification for Alternative Material Sleepers – Timber Replacement (Standard)

The Rail Industry Safety and Standards Board (RISSB) is seeking nominations from people to join a Development Group to develop a new Specification for Alternative Material Sleepers – Timber Replacement (Standard)

This Standard provides the performance-based requirements to allow rail infrastructure managers (RIMS) to select appropriate alternative material sleepers. This Standard will help RIMS decide if a sleeper replacement should be an exact timber replacement, a functional replacement, or an opportunity to upgrade. This decision will guide the application of this Standard.

The Standard describes the likely scenarios that will influence the choice of non-traditional materials.

Scenarios include:
• Individual timber replacement;
• 100 % relay – e.g. deck or transoms or yard road relay; and
• Staged implementation – replacing timber within 1:2 steel pattern.

The Standard does not specify manufacturing process given the diverse and uncertain nature of the materials used.

How to contribute
Stakeholders and interested parties are invited to submit nominations for subject matter experts to join this Development Group to contribute to the overall depth and quality of the Standard.

DG membership is voluntary and requires the support of your organisation to attend and contribute. There will be 4 meetings over the development period – 2 face-to-face (expected in October 2018 and February 2019) and 2 teleconferences (May and July 2019). Further information on the responsibilities of a Development Group member can be obtained from the RISSB website.

All nominations and enquiries are to be submitted to amcdermott@rissb.com.au

As part of your nomination, can you please provide a brief detailing your contact details, your interest in this development (materially affected party, subject matter expert, etc.), and any other information which might support your participation.

Your information will assist us in ensuring a balanced representation from all major interest categories in the development of this document.

Closing date for nominations is Friday, 10 August 2018.