RISSB plays a significant and important part in assisting the Australian rail industry to pursue a goal of a harmonised and interoperable rail industry.
The RISSB product development process has been the catalyst for rail industry stakeholders to come together and work to produce national products that improve rail’s competitiveness in the Australian transport market. These products contribute to the industry realising improved safety outcomes, reduced risks, improved productivity and greater efficiency. These significant outcomes cannot be reached without consensus, collaboration and
At the very core of our product development process is our Priority Planning Forum. This annual consultation provides anyone with an interest in the rail industry, including rail industry professionals, industry, government representatives and the broader community the opportunity to suggest new products for RISSB to deliver in 2019 /20 and then rank those products in order of importance
I am pleased to report that the response to our call for new product ideas has been tremendous, with more than 30 product proposal and prioritisation forms submitted to RISSB. This level of interest bears testament to the fact that RISSB is delivering fit-for-purpose products and that RISSB stakeholders are engaged and supportive of our product development process.
I look forward to the continued support of all stakeholders as we begin to move into the Priority Planning Forum (PPF) Information Period beginning on 4 March 2019.
For more information about the PPF and the Information Period, please visit RISSB's website.
Paul Daly RISSB CEO
New Published Products
The following products submitted to and approved by the RISSB Board are now available on RISSB's website:
RISSB's Chair and Industry Networking Breakfasts Kick Off in Perth
From left to right in the group picture: Paul Lowney, RISSB's Industry Director - Network Managers/Owners; Paul Daly, RISSB's CEO; Richard Sellers, Director General - Transport (WA); Deb Spring, RISSB's Chair.
RISSB launched its 2019 events calendar with an industry networking breakfast in Perth.
More than 60 key stakeholders, representing the broad interests of the Western Australian (WA) rail industry, listened to an insightful talk on WA transport projects delivered by keynote speaker Director General - Transport, Richard Sellers. Guests also heard from RISSB Chair - Deb Spring who reported on RISSB's achievements against its strategic plan. Notable successes include: the signing of a new five year MOU, the launch of the Horizons Program, and the launch of the Australian Rail Risk Model (ARRM).
Thank you to all who attended and contributed to the success of the morning. We look forward to seeing more of you in 2019.
If you're interested in networking with your peers and meeting RISSB Board members, we're taking bookings for our next event right now. Our next breakfast will be held in Brisbane at the Novotel Hotel in Brisbane's CBD on 14 March 2019.
SPAD Working Group to Meet on 27 February 2019
The first meeting for 2019 of the SPAD Working Group will be held in Adelaide on 27 February 2019. The packed agenda for the meeting includes major research projects that are underway and discussions about industry information material relating to SPAD classifications and vulnerability rankings.
Horizons Program Update
Horizons Program Melbourne Taking Shape
The inaugural Horizons Program's second forum will be held at Deakin University (Downtown Campus) on 1 and 2 April 2019. A packed program on 1 April includes: presentations, panels and workshops focussing on technology, professional development, personal development, and lessons from leaders working both in and outside rail.
We have an exciting speaker line-up that will be announced in the coming weeks.
Horizons Program Participants Delivering Great Outputs
Participants in the Horizons Program are working in groups on a number of projects. Each group is preparing a newsletter called Fast Track featuring new technologies and innovations. Three FastTrack editions are on the RISSB website.
Groups have also submitted new product development proposals for RISSB's Priority Planning Forum. They are also preparing a group presentation on how to double the capacity of the network for presentation at the Horizons Program's Sydney Forum in June.
The Horizons Program has 48 participants from 30 rail organisations.
AS 7471Australian Rail PPE Validation Complete
The validation process for AS 7471 Australian Rail PPE has been completed and a final version for RISSB Board approval is being prepared. If all goes to schedule, this standard will be available in April 2019.
This standard covers high visibility outer clothing, protective footwear, protective eyewear and sun protection.
Environmental Management in Rail Construction Code of Practice Nears Completion
RISSB's Code of Practice for Environmental Management in Rail Construction will be released in April 2019. Thank you to all who provided considered feedback and helped shape the final document.
Guideline on Configuration Management for Railway Contractors Taking Shape
The Development Group for the Guideline on Configuration Management (CM) for Railway Contractors met on 6 February 2019 to provide input into a final draft. The draft covers the fundamentals of CM and how these can be applied to a range of contractors.
New Appointment - Welcome Nick Goodey
With 30 years' experience under his belt, Nick has worked in both rolling stock and infrastructure delivery in Australia and Europe. Starting off in rolling stock electrical systems design, Nick has held various technical project management and director positions during his career. Nick now works out of RISSB's Melbourne office as a Standards Development Manager Safety and Victorian Rules.
Welcome to the team, Nick.
AS 7479 Collision Avoidance and Proximity Warning on Track Maintenance Vehicles Including Road Rail Vehicles Meeting to be Held on 26 February
The second Development Group meeting will be held in Adelaide on 26 February to consider a second draft of this standard. A large and active Development Group has provided useful and extensive input into the revision of the first draft.
Human Factors Integration Across the Project Lifecycle Guideline Taking Shape
An active and passionate Development Group has shaped a guideline on human factors (HF) integration across the project lifecycle. Using the V lifecycle as the basis for the project lifecycle, the guideline outlines the HF activities and outputs required at each stage and provides case studies and illustrative examples and templates.
This product is scheduled for release in April 2019.
We have received some exciting proposals so far for RISSB's Technology and Innovation Conference in June. If you are interested in presenting a paper, you have until 28 February to submit a 400-600 word abstract.
What to Submit
Please submit an abstract (or 3 minute video) in your area of expertise related to “Developing innovative technology for the rail industry” and the conference sub-themes listed below. All abstracts will be reviewed for relevance, timeliness, and quality. Submissions should contain your full contact details and any commercial affiliations along with a presentation title, theme and main findings, strategy or solution.
Overarching Theme of the Conference
Developing Innovative Technology for the Rail Industry
How to approach and mitigate barriers to implementing innovation and new technology
What impact does technology and innovation have on the rail industry in the short to medium term future?
How is technology driving the future of the rail industry?
Spotlight on innovation and technology recently implemented in the rail industry and their success stories
What are the current trends in innovation and technology and how do we adapt them to the rail
RISSB 2019 Rail Safety Conference Keynote Speakers Announced
The Hon. Melissa Horne MP, Minister for Public Transport and Minister for Ports and Freight, Victoria and Tom Breen, Head of Health and Safety Improvements, Crossrail UK have been announced as this year's keynote speakers at RISSB's 2019 Rail Safety Conference.
This year's conference will bring together experts and safety professionals from across the Australian and international rail sectors in a comprehensive 2-day conference featuring case studies, best practice insights and innovative risk management strategies.
Join us in Melbourne for the largest and most comprehensive conference focused on all aspects of rail safety in Australia.
Visit the conference website to register to attend this landmark event and to find out more about the conference.
Derailments Investigation and Analysis Workshop
11-14 March 2019 I Ipswich
Our Derailments Investigation and Analysis Workshop is a must-attend course that will benefit those who are interested in advancing their knowledge of derailments analysis. The workshop touches on principles covered in the Rail Safety Investigation course.
This course is essential for:
Rail and track regulators
Rail operators and maintenance managers
Train and track engineers
Participants will be taken through the technical process of evidence collection, investigation analysis, types, causal factors, and derailment.
Among other things, this four-day course will cover:
On-scene evidence collection
Terms of reference
Derailment causes (general, above rail and below rail).
Upon successful completion of this course, you will have the skills required to investigate safety incidents, including planning the investigation, collecting and analysing information, and preparing the rail safety incident report.
Why you should attend
Learn in a format that incorporates theory, application, review and assessment
Network and exchange experiences with industry colleagues
Every fortnight, we'll be introducing you to three Horizons Program participants from across Australia. This week say hello to Pesala Kahawita, Ashley Keep and Daniel Kingdom.
Hi, I’m Pesala Kahawita, and I’m the Asset Engineer (Signalling) for Public Transport Victoria. I have held a wide range of positions across multiple businesses and disciplines in my 8 years in the rail industry including project engineering, design, test and commissioning.
My current role is to support the Principal Engineer in performing the technical duties. This has included to advocate asset engineering excellence through review of requirements, RTO standards delivery agency/contractor assurance reports.
I’m very excited to be part of the Horizons program where I could grow my knowledge in understanding new technologies by engaging with the experts in the Australian Rail industry.
I’m Ashley Keep working for Metro Trains Melbourne as Overhead Wiring Engineering Manager.
My team and I provide a number of engineering services including technical assurance, development of standards, design reviews, overhead wiring design and technical support.
Prior to working for MTM, I spent 7 years in the defence industry working on the Collins Class Submarines and Hobart Class Destroyers before starting my career in rail in 2011 working with the 600VDC tram and 25kV train traction power systems in Adelaide. I moved to Melbourne in 2016 with my two young girls.
In my spare time I trade on the stock market and love to hit the tracks in my 4WD.
My name is Daniel Kingdom and I am an electrical engineer with Rail Engineering at BHP.
Our Rail Network is privately owned and links mine sites to our port facility. My responsibilities are wide ranging from electrical design to back office, instrumentation, condition monitoring, on-board and wayside systems.
I have been working with BHP for 14 years residentially, mostly in Port Hedland. Outside of work I enjoy spending time with family enjoying the Pilbara landscape and lifestyle.
Chair and Industry Networking Breakfast
14 March 2019