The end of another busy month for RISSB also brings with it the end of the 2017 Priority Planning Forum (PPF).
I want to take this opportunity to again thank all of you who have contributed to the revamped version throughout the past seven weeks.
The move to an online platform has made the process of ranking projects more straightforward than ever. For those who have not yet had the opportunity to have their say, you can rank all 26 proposed projects
Following this you will be prompted to provide your login details for the RISSB website in order to rank the proposed projects for the next 12 months.
Once you have logged in, you will note a ‘Source Column’ with all 26 proposed projects listed in alphabetical order and adjacent to this a ‘Ranking Column’ with 26 blank spaces.
To rank the proposed projects, simply drag and drop projects from the Source Column to the Ranking Column in desired order of importance. As mentioned previously, the Project with Rank 1 is considered the most important, while the one with Rank 26 the least important.
Once you have ranked all 26 projects simply hit the ‘Submit Ranking’ button at the bottom of the page to complete the process.
We made the decision to completely overhaul the forum in 2017 and it is fantastic that so many of you have embraced the new format with so much enthusiasm.
Although there are still a few days left before the 2017 PPF closes, at this early stage we feel that we can say that the revamped version has been a success.
The premise behind the new ranking system was to ultimately deliver a priority project
list for the coming 12 months that was as reflective of the rail industry as possible and we’re confident that we’re on track to achieve that.
I would like to thank all the Committees who put forward projects and I hope that the new format results in the most meritorious projects receiving high priority.
We welcome any feedback you have from your experience with the new PPF and how you feel it can be improved in the future.
2017 RISSB Rail Safety Conference
At the beginning of the month we held the 17th annual Rail Safety Conference at the Pullman Hotel in Brisbane.
I’m pleased to inform that the feedback we have received has been overwhelmingly positive.
It is our firm belief that the most effective way for rail safety to move forward in Australia is for all stakeholders across the industry to work together. Hence, we thought it appropriate that the theme for the 2017 Conference be ‘Enhancing Safety through Collaboration’
We aimed to provide high quality guest speakers who would give delegates beneficial insights into the workings of the rail industry. Based off the feedback we have received from delegates, it would seem the 2017 speakers didn’t disappoint with the following presentations receiving special mention:
• Ravi Ravitharan, Director, Institute of Railway Technology;
• Focus session with the Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator;
• Sue McCarrey, Chief Executive, ONRSR;
• Naomi Frauenfelder, Executive Director, TrackSAFE Foundation; and
I want to thank all the speakers who presented at the Conference and we hope that the 2018 presentations will be of the same high calibre.
In addition, another objective of the Conference was to facilitate good networking opportunities between stakeholders in the Australian rail industry. If we are to enhance our levels of collaboration across the industry, then it is paramount that we network effectively.
Again, I’m pleased to say that based on the feedback we have received, many of the delegates felt that the Conference provided great networking opportunities which will assist them in the future.
I want to also thank delegates who have provided us with feedback on what they believe to be the key challenges that they will confront over the next 6-12 months.
This is incredibly useful information that will enable RISSB to continue to develop products for the rail industry that adequately address the most pressing issues facing our members.
Thank you again to all those who attended and we hope that next year’s conference will be just as successful.
Public Consultation Callouts
The following RISSB Products have been released for Public Consultation.
Stakeholders are invited to
submit comments on the drafts which are now available for download from the RISSB website:
Electronically Controlled Pneumatic (ECP) Brake Code of Practice.
Overview: Electronically Controlled Pneumatic (ECP) Brake Code of Practice provides guidance and recommended practices for the
configuration and operation of trains that are fitted with electronically controlled pneumatic (ECP) brakes for use in the Australian rail industry.
Overview: AS 7508 Track Forces and Stresses provides the requirements to limit the forces and contact stresses exerted on the track by rolling stock. The main purpose of the requirements is to contain the degradation of the track to economically sustainable levels.