I am writing to remind you that ranking for RISSB's annual Priority Planning Forum will commence this Monday, 18 March 2019.
If you haven’t done so already, please visit the Priority Planning Page (PPF) on RISSB's website and familiarise yourself with each product proposal that we are asking you to rank.
The process for ranking is simple. Once you
have accessed the 'Ranking' page and logged in, you will note a ‘Source Column’ with all 35 proposed products listed in alphabetical order and adjacent to this a ‘Ranking Column’ with 35 blank spaces.
To rank the proposed products, simply drag and drop products from the source column to the ranking column in desired order of importance. The project with rank 1 is considered the most important, while the one with rank 35 is considered to be the least important.
Once you have ranked all 35 projects, simply hit the ‘Submit Ranking’ button at the bottom of the page to complete the process.
As I've said before, we set our work plan based on what industry needs. The Priority Planning Forum is your
time to ensure that RISSB is serving its members and producing products the industry needs.
While we are seeking participation from our members, anyone with an interest in the Australian rail industry can rank proposed products in order of importance.
I am looking forward to seeing the results of this consultation and letting industry know what has been included in our 2019 /20 work plan.
RISSB's 2019 Rail Safety Conference Program Now Available
RISSB's Rail Safety Conference program is now online and available for you to download.
Themed Safety in a Growth industry, you will hear from more than 20 senior safety professionals from Australia and overseas and have the opportunity to network with representatives from government bodies, rail transport operators, engineers, project managers, industry experts and stakeholders.
RISSB has a full agenda including presentations that will address:
Safety and systems assurance across major projects and stakeholders
RISSB’s General Manager Safety and Innovation, Jesse Baker, attended the Light Rail Conference in Melbourne and shared how RISSB is working with the sector to ensure that it is safe, efficient and sustainable.
RISSB is developing a Light Rail Urban Design Safety Guideline and in December, it hosted a workshop for light rail stakeholders. Key priorities that emerged during discussions include the need for:
A Standard/Code of Practice/Guideline covering various interface issues such as:
Track geometry and its interaction with surrounding roadways or pedestrian
Good practice in the interaction with road traffic on light rail networks
Interacting with pedestrian traffic in the light rail corridor.
Management of 3rd parties and their infrastructure
Safe working rules including interaction with road traffic rules
Interface agreements with roads authorities / heavy rail.
Two of the 35 new product development proposals put forward in this year’s Priority Planning Forum are geared towards the light rail sector.
If you have an interest in the light rail sector, you can show your support by ranking a proposed light rail product or becoming a RISSB funding member.
Light rail will play a significant role in cities of the future, so let us help industry write Standards that meet future needs. After all, our priorities are your priorities.
Brisbane Chair and Industry Networking Breakfast
Pictured from left to right: Mr Andrew Powell MP; Shadow Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning; Mr Paul Daly, RISSB'S CEO; Deb Spring, RISSB'S Chair; Tim Ryan, RISSB's Special Advisor and RISSB's newest board member, Mr Mark Carling, Industry Director – Suppliers and Contractors.
This week it was Brisbane's turn to host RISSB's Chair and Industry Networking Breakfast.
A crowd of more than 50 people gathered at the Novotel Brisbane to hear from three guest speakers including keynote speaker Mr Andrew Powell MP, Shadow Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning.
The Shadow Minister talked broadly about the opportunities within the industry, including the many future rail projects in the pipeline to meet the growing demands in population and freight.
Guests also heard from RISSB Chair, Deb Spring, who reported on RISSB's achievements against its strategic plan and RISSB’s Special Advisor, Tim Ryan, who presented a potted history of RISSB and reminded attendees that RISSB is in fact older than Facebook.
Thank you to all who came to the breakfast yesterday.
These breakfast events provide opportunities for our members to build their professional networks and industry knowledge as well as increase their awareness of RISSB initiatives.
Check our online events calendarto see what activities (including breakfasts) are occurring in a capital city near you.
Stephen Marich Annual Lecture in Railway Engineering
Pictured from left to right: Professor Hannes Gräbe from the University of Pretoria, Phil Allan from RISSB and Ravi Ravitharan from the Institute of Railway Technology
RISSB regularly attends the Stephen Marich Annual Lecture in Railway Engineering organised by the Institute of Railway Technology and this year was no exception. Representing RISSB, Strategic Relations Manager, Mr Phil Allan, joined a crowd of more than 100 delegates who listened to a keynote speech delivered by Hannes Gräbe from University of Pretoria.
Thanks for hosting us, Ravi.
Collision Avoidance and Proximity Warning for Track Maintenance Vehicles Standard
A large and active Development Group met in Adelaide (thank you to Lendlease for hosting us) on 26 February 2019 to work through a draft Standard aimed at helping to prevent vehicle to vehicle and vehicle to track worker collisions. The Standard will cover the broad aspects of this technology as well as operational requirements and its application in the rail environment.
Horizons Program Update
Horizons' Melbourne Forum
An impressive lineup of presenters including CEOs, senior executives and technical/ technology leaders from private and public sector companies, will be a feature of the upcoming two day Horizons forum in Melbourne
Horizons Program participants will have the option of attending streams relating to technology, professional development or leadership. Participants will workshop the art of negotiation and rail technology into the future from a harmonisation / interoperability perspective.
The forum will conclude the following day with a site visit to the Institute of Railway Technology (Monash University), SCT Logistics or Bombardier.
Design Thinking to be a Feature of the Sydney Horizons Forum
Designmoshpit will lead Horizons participants on a journey of design thinking in Sydney. To be held at Sydney Metro on 18 June 2019, program participants will learn how to challenge the norm, look at the familiar with fresh eyes, and stimulate new ideas with the intention of creating new possibilities. Fully armed with new knowledge, attendees will also learn how to apply what they have learnt at work.
Presentations on new technologies and innovations applicable to rail including AI, drones, passenger information systems and track worker safety also feature in the forum's agenda.
New Appointment - Welcome Ian Routcliffe
Ian has a diverse background in the rail industry with nearly 20 years’ experience. Ian started in rolling stock modification / overall projects in the UK, before joining Hitachi in a QA position where he commissioned class 395 high speed trains.
Ian returned to Australia with Hitachi to support the Waratah project in Sydney and working on prototype testing of PPTV, undertaking commissioning activities, establishing a repair facility and providing general project support.
More recently, Ian was employed as a technical specialist for Bombardier and provided in-service support for the NGR fleet.
Leading RISSB’s rolling stock portfolio, Ian is looking forward to contributing to the improvement and harmonisation of the rail industry in Australia and New Zealand.
How will tech shape the future of the rail industry? Find out at RISSB's 2019 Technology and Innovation Conference - Developing Innovative Technology for the Rail Industry.
Move forward with rail innovation and hear from industry experts who will explore one of five conference sub-themes:
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
are the current trends in innovation and technology and how do we adapt them to the rail industry?
From 13-18 October 2019, the world’s rail safety experts will gather in Perth for IRSC 2019 to showcase and explore how innovation and technology is changing the future of rail and how we as an industry have an obligation to keep it safe.
The theme for IRSC 2019 is Innovation and Technology: Changing the Future of Rail Safety.
Industry experts at the plenary sessions will present papers on three sub-themes for the conference:
Ensuring Railway Safety in New Technology and Work Practices
Demonstrating safety in new technology
Competence and skills in a more automated industry
Maintaining Interoperability in Innovation
Interoperability Vs Innovation
Improving your safety profile through innovation
Can Risk Management and Assurance Keep Pace with Technology?
Risk Management and Assurance
Regulation and innovation – performance (systems) based regulation
Operational Demands Vs Financial Constraints “Don’t save yourself into
Call For Papers
The Organising Committee invites you to be involved by submitting a 400-600 word abstract of a paper that addresses the theme of the conference.
This is a great opportunity to put forward ideas, case studies and technical research on innovations that promote safety, security and technological advancements in rail and the technology that is supporting these changes.
The deadline for abstracts is 12 April 2019. For instructions on how to submit an abstract, please visit the 'Call for Papers' page.
Visit the IRSC2019 conference website www.irsc2019.com to find out more information.
Every fortnight, we'll be introducing you to three Horizons Program participants from across Australia. This week say hello to Joshua Webb, Mohamed Awadalla and Joel Forbes.
My name is Joshua Webb, I am the RAMS Modeller (Reliability, Availability, Maintainability, Safety) at Public Transport Victoria (PTV) based in Melbourne.
I develop asset reliability models and rail simulation models (timetable + assets) to assess the impact of significant changes on the rail networks, many of which are upcoming or happening in Victoria!
I joined the Horizons Program to meet and collaborate with like-minded peers to help identify common issues and opportunities shared across the rail industry, and hopefully test some of my own ideas on receptive sounding boards.
I play and develop PC games in my spare time.
My name is Mohamed Awadalla, Currently I occupy the role of Senior Mechanical Engineer at Metro Trains Melbourne. I am based in Melbourne.
My role involves engineering governance and setting engineering standards for the Rolling Stock Engineering delivery team. We are the main SME for Engineering audits, technical investigations and engineering innovations. I joined the Horizons rogram to sharpen my leadership skills and become an influential rail industry leader, promoting safety though innovation which will drive efficiency. It is also a great avenue to meet and network with like-minded people and share knowledge. I have published several journal and conference papers in fluid dynamics and rail dynamics and was a chair for IET South Australia Local Network.
Other spare time interest involves modifying internal combustion engines and vehicle ride dynamics.
I’m Joel Forbes and I work for Downer as a Mechanical Project Engineer, in Through Life Support of the Millennium, Waratah and SGT fleets.
I am responsible for projects such as Bogie Overhaul, Component Change Out programs, and the repair of the 2018 Richmond Crash set. I joined the Horizons Program as a way of broadening my knowledge in the industry, and to establish networks with like-minded nerds! Outside of work I enjoy renovating my house, and playing board games with the family (not at the same time)
RISSB's Rail Safety Conference
2-3 April 2019