This month, I’d like to take a moment to reflect on the importance of safety. This week is Rail Safety Week and we as an industry must continue to encourage people to think and act safely in and around the rail network. It's great to see so many of the rail industry organising activities for their employees and the public to bring safety around trains to the front of everybody's mind. During this week, RISSB will be attending events and working with members and governments to drive the message of safety.
It’s no coincedence that safety is a top priority at RISSB. With the word safety in our name, we
live and breathe the safety ethos and make sure that our employees return home safely every day. We deliver products and services that drive safety and harmonisation throughout rail across the nation. And we help our members better manage their risks by providing the right tools in the form of standards, guidelines, codes of practice and of course Australia's own Rail Risk Model (ARRM).
Perhaps the biggest risk facing organisations comes from their increasing reliance on new technology to drive efficiency and improve productivity. Future-proofing a business can often mean a significant investment in new systems and automation.
So, what does the future hold for the rail industry? Perhaps the hardest thing about future-proofing any organisation is trying to figure out
what’s coming next, how to prepare for it, or even how to capitalise on it. Over the next month, RISSB’s focus is well and truly on the future with two events that are guaranteed to have broad appeal.
The development of a transit system that can propel people and cargo in pods at more than 1,000 kilometres per hour sounds more like science fiction than a concept that is gaining traction across a broad audience. So, we’re very pleased to welcome Zac McClelland, VicHyper’s Project Director, to speak at our very first industry networking breakfast in August.
Each quarter we’ll be holding a breakfast in an Australian capital city and inviting industry to connect with senior leaders, academics and employees from government agencies as well as RISSB staff
and board members. With a focus on the future, we’ll be discussing trends, initiatives and opportunities in each area of the rail industry. This month, we’ll be hearing from Dr Todd Bentley, RISSB’s Industry Director – Passenger Operations as well as RISSB’s Chair, Deb Spring. The Melbourne breakfast has been well supported and RISSB is pleased with the number of people who RSVP'd to attend the event.
Our next event will be held in Sydney in November. Please keep checking your emails for details about this breakfast event. And, if you see an event in your capital city, I encourage you to come along. It’s your chance to talk with RISSB, discover what products will be developed over the coming year, and get your tough questions answered by RISSB employees.
Next month we’ll continue to explore how the fourth industrial revolution is affecting the rail industry during our second annual Rail Cyber Security Conference. Featuring 20 speakers, immersive breakout sessions and two full days of world-class discussions, this event will provide conference delegates with a unique opportunity to hear from employees of Queensland Police, the Australian Cyber Security Centre and Tobruk Security.
On a final note, I will leave you with these words - a cyber security risk is a safety risk.
Until next month.
Paul Daly RISSB CEO
RISSB Industry Networking Breakfast Oversubscribed
RISSB’s industry networking breakfast was scheduled for Collins Square on Tuesday, 21 August but has moved to a new venue to accommodate the large number of people who registered to attend the event.
Close to 120 people signed up to hear from RISSB (and our guest speaker) and rather than turn people away, we accepted all registrations.
So, if you received a confirmation email today, please note the address of the new venue:
328 Flinders Street
Melbourne Vic 3000
If, for whatever reason, you are unable to attend the event, please contact RISSB on 07 3724 0000.
A big thanks to Laing O'Rourke for hosting the two-day forum in Brisbane.
Laing O'Rourke acts as thought leaders to support the development of stimulating education and training programmes that inspire and equip the next generation to be more radical in advancing our innovation agenda. In addition to building Laing O'Rourke's existing platforms, it also supports internal talent development programmes.
Horizons Program Brisbane Forum Taking Shape
Shaping the Technical Future of Rail
The first two-day forum for RISSB's Horizons Program will be held in Brisbane on the 13th and 14th of September. The initial forum will include:
Futurist Steve Sammartino who will workshop innovation and technology that is shaping the world
A panel of Industry leaders who will outline their thoughts on how new ideas can be applied to the challenges and opportunities facing the rail industry
Discussions on the participants' enneagram (personality testing) results and what this means for them in the
A workshop with the key rail industry professional associations (IRSE, PWI, RTAA, and RTSA) taking participants through the industry's key issues from their perspective
Presentations on key disruptive technologies.
RISSB Working with Standards Australia
On 7 August 2018, RISSB (represented by General Manager Safety and Innovation, Jesse Baker) attended the Standards Australia MS-012 committee meeting. High on the agenda was the revision to AS 1742.7 Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices Railway Crossings for which RISSB is the drafting leader.
This important standard sets the requirements for indications to road users at level crossings, a critical aspect of railway safety. These most recent changes will help to make those indications more visible to drivers, especially on curved approaches.
Industry Gathers to Share Learnings from Investigations
Around 25 people from across the rail industry attended the first Shared Learnings from Investigations forum held in Melbourne recently. The forum heard from prominent industry members and developed a range of key learnings. These learnings will be shared amongst those who attended before further discussions at the upcoming Safety Managers Group meeting in Perth on 3 and 4 October. ATSB attended the latter part of the forum to discuss industry feedback and how ATSB approaches system investigations. Feedback from those who attended the forum was very positive with further forums to be planned
2018 RISSB's Rail Cyber Security Conference
11-12 September 2018
Hotel Jen, Brisbane
Rail Safety Week is a good time to remind everyone that a cyber security risk is a safety risk.
Rail cyber security attacks can threaten passenger safety, disrupt services and cause severe economic damage. Just this year, the Danish rail network was the target of a cyber-attack. Two years ago, San Francisco's rail network was disrupted as the result of a crypto ransomware attack. Rail cyber security threats are becoming more prevalent in the rail industry, so there are real consequences of ignoring them. Are you adequately prepared to deal with a cyber-attack on your organisation? This September, we're inviting academics, government and industry leaders to discuss threats and opportunities of a digital railway.
If you'd like to find out what you can do to mitigate the risk of a rail cyber-attack, register to attend this year's Rail Cyber Security Conference and walk away with tools and insights that will help you manage
cyber security risks.
Are you encouraging people to think and act safely in and around the rail network this week? We're driving the safety agenda all year round through:
Involvement in the Safety Managers Group
Management of the Australian Rail Risk Model
Participation in the National Track Worker Safety Forum
Development of industry-leading Guidelines such as Good Practice in the Management of Rail Driver Health & Wellness.
SPAD Investigation Tools and Techniques Guidance Material
The SPAD Working Group has completed work on guidance material on SPAD investigation tools and techniques. Led by Shane Murphy from MTM, a small sub-group has developed information based on industry practices. The material will be distributed to SPAD Working Group members shortly and will be placed on RISSB's website.
The material will also inform the RISSB SPAD Management Guideline when it is reviewed.
Environmental Management in Rail Construction Code of Practice
A Code of Practice on Environmental Management in Rail Construction is progressing with Development Group members providing comment on a second draft back to the authors (SNC-Lavalin Atkins). A draft will be made available for public consultation in September 2018.
Building Information Modelling Code of Practice
The first meeting of the Building Information Modelling (BIM) Code of Practice (CoP) Development Group was held on Thursday, 9 August at RISSB's Brisbane office. The aim of the BIM CoP is to provide the rail industry with a guide on how best to use information management standards and technology to manage projects which are currently characterised by time delays, materials waste and cost overruns.
National Rail Safety Investigation Course
3-7 September 2018 Event details
Rail Cyber Security Conference
11-12 September 2018 Event details