+CEO message +RISSB has published AS 7739.2 Digital engineering for fixed rail infrastructure - Part 2 Technical Requirements +An update on AS 7503 Rail vehicle identification and markings +An update on AS 7451 Train integrity +The first Code of Practice for train visibility in Australia + Improving data management with Australian Standard 7739.2 +Member Spotlight
Our current year’s work program is now delivering some valuable new and updated products (see new product releases below).
Our new Work Plan development process launched last year, is designed to ensure our work is focused on the most important issues for the industry, and the new releases reflect the industry transformation opportunities (Digital Engineering), and creating a pathway towards a more streamlined rolling stock registration process (Vehicle Identification).
We’re also taking the
opportunity to rationalise and consolidate our portfolio of products to improve our internal efficiencies and to make our products more user friendly. As we start to rollout our new strategy, we will be introducing a suite of implementation tools and options whenever we publish new products, designed to help our members realise and imbed the benefits into their operations – keep a lookout!
If you have any suggestions on further opportunities to improve the adoption and benefit realisation of RISSB products, please write to us via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Damien White RISSB CEO
RISSB has published AS 7739.2 Digital engineering for fixed rail infrastructure - Part 2 Technical Requirements
In conjunction with an industry Development Group, RISSB is excited to announce the release of the new Standard, AS 7739.2 Digital engineering for fixed rail infrastructure - Part 2 Technical Requirements.
The Standard follows the release of AS 7739 Digital engineering for fixed rail infrastructure Part 1: Concepts and principles, which was published in January 2023.
AS 7739.2provides detailed technical requirements (including
specifications and procedures) for the procurement and management of digital engineering project deliverables. The Standard also includes a Common Data Dictionary (CDD).
The AS 7739 Standards present significant opportunities for the Australian and New Zealand rail infrastructure sector, to improve data management and promote sector wide digital transformation.
By adopting this Standard, all parties throughout the value chain will be able to communicate reliably using a common digital language. It will drive significant efficiencies across the rail industry, by avoiding data loss, automating manual processes, and minimising the need for information to be re-assured or recreated repeatedly over each lifecycle stage.
This standard has now been published on the RISSB website, and can be viewed here.
To support the release of AS 7739.2, RISSB has developed a Frequently Asked Questions document which can be accessed by clicking on the button below.
An update on AS 7503 Rail vehicle identification and markings
In conjunction with an industry Development Group, RISSB has completed a review and update of AS 7503 Rail vehicle identification and markings, which has been merged into a single Standard.
AS 7503 was originally published in 2014 as four separate Standards (AS 7503.1, AS 7503.2, AS 7503.3 and AS 7503.4). RISSB takes the opportunity to rationalise our portfolio of products, to improve efficiencies and make our
products easier to use. These previously published Standards were titled Train Identification and Integrity Parts 1to 4, and have now been withdrawn.
This Standard is a critical step in streamlining the rollingstock registration process.
The purpose of AS 7503 is to maintain consistency in the identification of rolling stock, including the location and programming of Automatic Equipment Identification (AEI) tags on Australian rail networks.
Watch this space for more updates over the coming weeks.
An update on AS 7451 Train integrity
RISSB has recently completed a review and update of AS 7503.6 Train Identification and Integrity Part 6: Whole of Train which was originally published in 2014.
This update of AS 7503.6 has been renumbered AS 7451 and AS 7503.6 has been withdrawn.
The purpose of this Standard is to describe train integrity requirements for Australian operations. It includes minimum requirements for train inspection and carding requirements for vehicles requiring repair.
Watch this space for more updates over the coming weeks.
The first Code of Practice for train visibility in Australia
The Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator (ONRSR) has recently announced they are developing the first Code of Practice for train visibility in Australia. The new Code will assist rail transport operators to strengthen the overall safety management systems that underpin their operations where trains interact with people, drivers, and vehicles.
ONRSR Chief Executive, Dr. Natalie Pelham said the Code "will facilitate a particular emphasis on identifying the suite of tailored risk controls for train visibility, encouraging consideration of the illumination of
rolling stock along with things like surrounding vegetation and approaches to crossings."
ONRSR is currently engaging with a range of stakeholders to inform development of the Code, including those with lived experience of rail collisions, industry representatives, unions, governments, and other subject matter experts.
Aurecon is an Australian design, engineering and advisory company, and has been a participating member of RISSB since 2021.
Recently Aurecon has been working on Stage 1 of the Paramatta Light Rail, one of the New South Wales Government’s major infrastructure projects being delivered to serve a growing Sydney.
Aurecon and joint venture partner WSP provided all design services for infrastructure contractor Parramatta Connect, which was led by CPB Contractors. Stage 1 of the project is the 12 kilometre alignment from Westmead to Carlingford, via the Parramatta CBD and Camellia, with a mix of on-street and dedicated corridor tracks.
Stage 1 of Parramatta Light Rail is due to
open in mid-2024. By 2026, it is estimated that up to 28,000 people will use Parramatta Light Rail every day and an estimated 130,000 people will be living within walking distance of light rail stops.