As we come to the end of the first quarter for 2017, April promises to be one of the busiest months of the year for RISSB.
As you should all be aware, we’re currently in the middle of the new and improved RISSB Priority Planning Forum for 2017. RISSB has received a raft of projects from its Standing Committees, Members and Stakeholders and if you haven’t done
so already, I urge you to visit the Priority Planning Page on the RISSB website.
Under the tab ‘PPF Project Summary’, you will find a complete list of all the proposed projects that you will soon be able to rank in your order of priority. Moreover, detailed information relating to the scope, hazard identification and the benefits of each of the proposed projects is provided to assist in determining which should be prioritised for the following 12 months.
In addition, we have also included a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) section. It contains the relevant information on the process for the 2017 forum and how the ranking will take place.
Most importantly, the transition from a one-day conference to an online platform will not prevent you from being able to have direct
contact with the relevant Project Managers.
We have included a section entitled ‘Ask a PM’ should you wish to obtain further information about any of the proposed projects. Once you submit your enquiry the respective project manager will soon be in touch with the information that you require.
The four week voting period will commence next Monday 3rd April 2017 and we are confident that the new format will determine a list of priority projects for the next 12 months that are more reflective of the rail industry’s needs.
The voting portal on the website will open on April 3 at which point RISSB will communicate to all of you the relevant information on how to cast your vote and rank the proposed projects for 2017/18.
2017 RISSB Rail Safety Conference
Next week RISSB will be holding our 17th annual Rail Safety Conference at the Pullman Hotel in Brisbane on April 4 and 5.
As previously mentioned, the central theme for the 2017 Conference is ‘Enhancing Safety through collaboration’. It is with great excitement that we look forward to
hearing a range of speakers from across the industry as they share their case studies and safety insights.
Collaboration is of vital important because we operate in a co-regulatory system, where industry is responsible for its own level of safety which is then assessed by the regulator. Hence, in order to harmonise the industry, RISSB needs buy-in from the relevant rail stakeholders to enable us to write standards that adequately address the safety issues confronting the rail industry.
RISSB prides itself on our ability to listen and collate
the information we receive from industry and to turn that into a format that we deem a standard. By collaborating effectively with industry, RISSB is able to produce standards that are not only cost-effective and efficient, but that increase safety levels within the rail industry.
The 2017 RISSB Conference will also provide attendees with the opportunity to ‘ask the regulator’. This is a fantastic initiative because not only does it give the industry the chance to talk directly with the regulator, but also the senior executive team. This session will provide invaluable insight into what the regulator has on their agenda for the next 12 months. It’s vital that the rail industry regulator is
as accessible as possible so that they can outline first-hand the things they are seeking to address and how they intend to go about it.
It promises to be a productive two days and we are confident that all who attend will obtain valuable insights into how RISSB will continue to enhance safety standards via collaboration.
Call For Development Group Members
The Rail Industry Safety and Standards Board is seeking nominations from people to join a group to develop a RISSB Code of Practice – Building Information Modelling (BIM).
The aim of this CoP is to provide the rail industry with a guide to the use of information management standards and technology which would enable the rail industry to better manage projects which are currently characterised by time delays, materials waste and cost overruns during the ongoing operations and maintenance stages of the asset lifecycle.