+ CEO Message + Rail Safety Week 2023 + Release for Public Consultation – AS 7739.2 Digital Engineering For Fixed Rail Infrastructure – Part 2 – Technical Requirements + ARA launches strategy to increase women in rail + Don’t forget to register for today's RISSB MasterClass Webinar
There’s been lots of great media articles this week highlighting the potential risks associated with level crossings and other rail interfaces – especially if road users and pedestrians ignore the risks or are distracted. Particularly in regional locations across Australia, trains might be seen to be operating infrequently – which is why these media campaigns are so important.
“Expect the Unexpected” is a great message. It’s likely that most of us in the rail industry understand the risks and respect the
environment. But as we know all too well, not all road users and pedestrians respect the potential risks.
I’ve included three short videos below – please take the opportunity to share them to your colleagues and family members outside of the rail industry – I’m confident that these messages can make a difference.
This week is Rail Safety Week, and it's a time for us to reflect on the safety of our community and what we can do to keep ourselves and each other safe around our rail networks.
Rail Safety Week is an annual community awareness week held in Australia & New Zealand, designed to engage the community in safe rail practices.
At RISSB, our mission is to work in partnership to create a safe, efficient and effective rail industry, by providing products and services that enhance safety and efficiency.
Level crossings are a critical aspect of railway safety; RISSB provides for the industry:
AS 7531 Lighting and Visibility (currently being updated)
AS 7658 - Level crossings – rail industry requirements
AS 1085.21 Railway track material Part 21: Turnouts, switches and crossings
ANRP 2016 - Protecting Active Control Level Crossings
Guideline - Consolidation of public level crossings
Code of Practice - Rail
Traffic Train Horn Use
We engage with road authorities through the Standards Australia MS-012 committee who ‘owns’ AS 1742.7 which covers signage for road users at crossings
We manage ALCAM (the Australian Level Crossing Assessment Model) on behalf of the national committee
And we lead / support industry level crossing research / initiatives / strategy.
Find out more information about Rail Safety Week here.
Don’t forget to register for today's RISSB MasterClass Webinar
Today at 12pm (AEST) is our second RISSB MasterClass Webinar in recognition of Rail Safety Week, to help raise awareness of the importance of rail safety.
We will be hearing from Evan Lutey, the Chair of the National Australian Level Crossing Assessment Model (ALCAM) Committee about ALCAM's history, as well as the information collected as part of an ALCAM assessment, the outputs from the model and the future developments of the LXM system.
Make sure to register using
the button below, We look forward to seeing you there!
Release for Public Consultation – AS 7739.2 Digital Engineering For Fixed Rail Infrastructure – Part 2 – Technical Requirements
RISSB, in discussions with various stakeholders through the RISSB Major Projects portfolio, identified a requirement to provide a standardised approach to the procurement, management and exchange of digital project deliverables, improving digital collaboration and accelerating digital transformation of the Australian Rail Sector.
AS 7739 Part 1 “Concepts and Principles” was published in January 2023 and provides digital engineering (DE) guidance whilst introducing key concepts
and principles for data management.
AS 7739 Part 2 “Technical Requirements” is now ready for release for Public Consultation and provides detailed technical requirements (including specifications and procedures) for the procurement and management of DE project deliverables to assist users with uptake and application of DE.
This new draft Standard includes the business improvements required prior to procurement and implementation of DE on rail infrastructure projects; activities required for DE scoping and specification in project contracts, to inform procurement of DE services; and activities required for successful delivery of DE services for rail infrastructure projects.
To access the draft Standard, please download it here.
RISSB looks forward to receiving public comments on AS7739.2 over the coming weeks.
ARA launches strategy to increase women in rail
The Australasian Railway Association (ARA) yesterday released their three-year Women in Rail Strategy, with the aim of increasing female participation in the rail industry.
Female participation in the industry increased to 24 per cent in 2021-22, up from 17 per cent in 2014, according to ARA research.
There are many opportunities for women to build rewarding careers in rail, and we need to continue to foster equality in the sector at every level of industry.