Members are critical to RISSB and I am pleased to say we are approaching 60 members with Theta International joining us recently.
With representatives from passenger operators, freight operators, network managers / owners, and suppliers and contractors and consultants, RISSB's growing membership base continues to reflect all sectors of the rail industry and is testament to the level of interest in our products and services.
Much has been done during the past few weeks. We helped the National Track Worker Safety Forum and the Rolling Stock Standing Committee, Train Control Systems Standing Committee, Operations Standing Committee, and Safety Standing Committee meetings deliver great outcomes. Additionally, we provided secretariat services to the Safety Managers Group in the first week of November and the SPAD Group last week.
With discussions well underway, all is on track for our much-awaited Rail Safety Conference 2020. We've started to receive suggestions for papers and we are building a new look agenda, to make sure we will have the best safety conference ever.
RISSB has numerous activities planned for 2020 including new courses, the delivery of the National Rules project, new forums and Horizons 3; great opportunities for engagement for all members. You can expect to hear more about these activities in the coming months.
I'd like to remind our members that this year's AGM will be held at held at Sydney's International Convention Centre on Monday, 2 December 2019. All RISSB members are invited to attend.
It's no coincidence that this meeting will be held just prior to the start of Australasia's largest railway conference and exhibition. So,if we don't see you at our AGM, please visit RISSB's stand #307 at AusRAIL and say hello.
Executive Chair and Chief Executive Officer
Pacific National Launches New Logistics Terminal in Parkes
Pacific National launched its new logistics terminal in Parkes on 30 October.
RISSB (Phil Allan) attended along with a bumper crowd to hear from the Deputy Prime Minister, Michael McCormack, Pacific National's Board Executive Chair Russell Smith, Pacific National's CEO Dean Dalla Valle, the New South Wales Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole and the Mayor of Parkes, Ken Keith.
The line-up of speakers highlighted the involvement of all levels of government and Pacific National in this major development.
Parkes is a growing freight hub with both the east-west (Sydney – Perth) and Inland Rail (north-south) line passing through Parkes.
RISSB Meets with the Institute of Railway Operators (IRO)
The IRO is London-based and its purpose is to advance and promote the safe, reliable and efficient operation of the railways, by improving the technical and general skills, knowledge and competence of those engaged in the operation of the railways.
IRO provided a comprehensive presentation on the organisation with a view to strengthening the relationship between itself and RISSB.
RISSB will continue to work with IRO to explore options for collaboration in training and learning.
Reissued Call for Development Group Members – AS 7659 Point Locking and Point Detection
We are seeking s seeking nominations from people to join a Development Group to develop a new Australian Standard – AS 7659 Point Locking and Point Detection. All previous applicants are asked to reapply and confirm their nomination via email.
The new Standard will define:
• Establishment of design principles for when locking and detection is and isn’t required
• Establishing practices for when points are being installed or removed from the network as part of a staging process
• Documenting the different drive and locking mechanisms currently in use
• The minimum locking and detection requirements.
Feedback from Horizons 2 attendees about the first Horizons 2.0 Forum was fantastic!
Participants heard from nearly 30 presenters, including CEOs, senior executives and a participant from the Horizons 1 program, Ronan McInerney, from MTM, who spoke about what he gained from the Horizons Program.
PwC has joined with RISSB to offer a hackathon during the Brisbane Horizons 2.0 Forum on 28th November. The 49 participants on the Horizons 2.0 Program will be joined by PwC staff to work through a rail-relevant issue and develop solutions.
On day 1 of the Horizons 2.0 Program (27th November) participants will present their ideas for attracting and retaining young people in rail to a judging panel of the technical associations (RTSA, RTAA, IRSE and PWI), as well as having the opportunity to hear from industry leaders and senior executives.
Every fortnight we'll be introducing our new Horizons 2 participants to you. This week say hello to Andrew Oliver, Nathan Hines and Kershan Pilla.
My name is Nathan Hines and I’m a Human Factors advisor for Sydney Trains. My role is to oversee Human Factors system integration and identify and develop Human Factors initiatives in projects to achieve improved safety outcomes and an improved safety culture for our organisation.
I have been working in the rail industry for almost 15 years and I am interested in all aspects of rail operations and safety.
In 5 years’ time I’d like to still be continuing work in the field of Human Factors and promoting the
benefits of human centred design.
My name is Andrew Oliver and I’m a Rolling Stock Engineer for DPTI in Adelaide.
My role is to provide technical support for the AMPRN Heavy/Light Rail fleets through development and review of documentation including technical specifications, test plans and reports, change/stakeholder management, audits for standards compliance, root cause analysis, condition-based monitoring and reliability management, and testing and commissioning activities.
Rail interests me because it involves many disciplines of engineering coming together, both
rolling stock and infrastructure, to work towards a single goal of providing a safe, and efficient means of transporting passengers.
In five years I would still like to be working within Rail as a Senior Engineer striving towards a future leadership role.
I’m Kershan Pillai and I’m a Consultant in SNC-Lavalin’s Consulting & Advisory team, based in Sydney. As an Electrical Engineer, I undertake quite a diverse range of assignments. During the past three years at SNC-Lavalin, I have worked on major rolling stock delivery projects. I have supported clients in design, testing and commissioning, product introduction, stakeholder engagement and project management.
I’m interested in rail due to the tangible nature of the vast majority of projects that are undertaken – the output is something you can point at, or take a journey on, and say ‘I built this’.
In five years’ time, I’d like to be in a senior engineering position on a major project delivery team.
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