RISSB's Technology and Innovation Conference Wrap Up
RISSB kicked off its first Technology and Innovation Conference in Sydney on 19 June.
This multidisciplinary event brought together researchers, rail industry professionals and suppliers, all with an interest in innovation in the rail industry.
The conference theme Developing innovative technology in the rail industry focused on the engineering and technology underlying a digital age railway. The jam-packed program brought together inspirational keynotes and more than 20 speakers from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines who shared their experiences, research and knowledge with attendees.
The 2019 conference was a fantastic learning and networking opportunity, affording rail professionals the opportunity to broaden their professional networks and at the same time gain a better understanding of what technology is currently available to the rail
industry and how it can be introduced into a multitude of work environments.
Thank you to all who took the time to attend our event in Sydney.
New Published Products
The following products submitted to and approved by RISSB's Board on 21 June 2019 are on rissb.com.au
RISSB met with Canberra Light Rail on 24 June to see their operations and discuss development of light rail standards. Great to see the sparkly new trams and hear that passenger numbers are impressive.
RISSB Board Approves 2019/20 Work Plan
On the 21st June, our Board approved RISSB’s work plan for the next financial year. It’s another significant program of work, and we’re looking forward to your continued support in producing these Standards / Codes of Practice / Guidelines. This is an exciting program that spans some really high priority areas for our industry so with your help, we will deliver these valuable documents that will reduce costs, improve safety/performance and interoperability, and solve some real problems for the railway.
The new products that we’ve brought in to our workplan are the ones that attracted the most support during our Priority Planning Forum (PPF).
View the complete list of Standards / Codes of Practice / Guidelines RISSB is working on, here.
RISSB Briefed on National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy
RISSB and the ARA met with the Commonwealth Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development on 24 June to be briefed on the National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy. The strategy is proposing to focus on key areas – investment, operations, planning, data and community acceptance. Actions with a national focus for each area will be highlighted and industry engagement forums will be established.
Horizons Sydney Forum Hits the Mark
Feedback from Horizons Participants ranked the Sydney Forum as the best of the three held so far (albeit by a small margin over the previous two forums). Thanks to Sydney Metro for hosting – what a spectacular room! And thanks to SNC Lavalin Atkins for supporting the networking function.
Technology, turning ideas into action, innovation and design thinking were all topics discussed during the one day forum.
Group presentations on doubling the capacity of the network was a highlight of the event. Team presentations were all excellent and Group 8 (Ian Garrad - SNC Lavalin Atkins, Bryan Lai - Downer, Lucy McCormack - QR, Oliver Lake - Sydney Trains, Liam Sands - KiwiRAIL and Luke Rutter - BHP) was deemed to be the winning group. Well done to all.
The final Horizons Program forum will be held in Perth on Sunday, 13 October at Rio Tinto.
RISSB Delivers Another Bumper Crop of Standards / Codes of Practice / Guidelines
Over the 2018/19 financial year, RISSB has coordinated another vast cross-industry program of work resulting in 23 publications. As always, these documents represent the consolidated view of contemporary good practice, and we commend them to you for your use.
Thank you for all that you give to the RISSB process.
If you want to know more about these documents, or anything else about RISSB, don’t hesitate to get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Introducing the Chair of the Safety Managers Group
RISSB is delighted to introduce the new Chair of the Safety Managers Group (SMG) - Michelle Nation, General Manager Zero Harm and Rail Safety at Downer. Michelle is a safety professional of almost 20 years, most of which has been in the rail industry. She has worked in construction - on level crossing removals, tunnels, infrastructure; she’s worked with a public transport operator, transporting the public; and most recently worked with a manufacturer, building and maintaining rolling stock.
We’re delighted to have Michelle at the helm of this important
industry group for sharing good practice, and advancing whole system safety issues.
Safety Critical Communications Course
Brisbane I 6-7 August 2019
The Safety Critical Communications course is intended for anyone (particularly rail safety workers) who, in the course of their duties, is required to identify and respond to operational information as part of their role.
Every fortnight, we'll be introducing you to Horizons Program participants. This week say hello to Lauren Lee and Daniel Heaney.
My name is Lauren Lee, and I am a Systems Assurance Engineer working for Transport for New South Wales (TfNSW).
At TfNSW, my role is to be deployed to different projects to support assurance activities. This involves developing assurance plans, completing independent reviews of projects’ systems engineering and safety deliverables, and giving guidance on how to navigate configuration control gate processes. I have been working for TfNSW for two years. Previously I worked for Sydney Trains, and Xstrata/Glencore.
Outside of work, I like
spending time with my dog and family, and bouldering.
My name is Daniel Heaney and I am a Project Engineer at ARTC. I have worked within the railway industry for 3 years. I started as an Undergraduate Engineer in 2016, I was then appointed to Project Engineer in 2017 and completed my degree in Civil Engineering in 2018, whilst working full time. As a Project Engineer I am responsible for managing and delivering projects from the annual works plan throughout the Melbourne -Serviceton & Albury Corridor across a variety of disciplines including track, civil, structural and signalling projects.
Through the Horizons program I hope to refine my technical skills and learn from leaders within the railway
My other interests include tennis, camping and agriculture.
RISSB's Chair and Industry Networking Breakfast
31 July 2019