+ RISSB's Rail Safety Conference 2021 Update
+ Welcome New Members
+ Join Us For Webinar 2 of MasterClass Series 2
+ AS 7659 Point Locking, Drives and Detection Development Group Update + Code of Practice – Safety Critical Communications Development Group Update
+ AS 7636 Railway Structures Development Group Update
+ Current Calls For Development Group Members
+ Meet The Next Generation of Leaders
RISSB's Rail Safety Conference 2021 Update
The annual, 2-day RISSB Rail Safety Conference has a reputation for delivering a varied and high-quality program featuring Australian and international speakers and this year is no exception with Ian Jeffries, President and Chief Executive Officer, Association of American Railroads (USA); George Bearfield, Health, Safety and Cyber Security Director, Rock Rail (UK); and Sue McCarrey, Chief Executive, Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator all confirmed as keynote speakers. More speakers will be announced
This year's agenda will cover a broad range of topics, from safety culture and safety interoperability, to asset management and safety innovation, ensuring that all delegates will walk away with tangible takeaways they can implement in their own workplaces. Learn from key industry figures and build on learnings from your industry!
We're still accepting conference abstracts
If you are interested in presenting at this year's conference you have just over one week left to submit an abstract with submissions closing COB Friday, 5 March 2021.
We are looking for best practice, practical and results-driven presentations that thematically relate to our conference theme New ideas, New Perspectives And New Directions and one of six conference streams.
How to nominate
If you would like to put forward a presentation for consideration by our conference team, please click on the blue 'Download Abstract Submission Template' button and submit your completed form before COB Friday, 5 March 2021.
RISSB has approached a new milestone in its history with membership numbers inching closer to 100.
We would like to extend a very special thank you and warm welcome to the seven organisations that have joined RISSB this month:
* CPB Contractors
* Fortescue Metals Group
* Black Ice Systems
* Aldridge ITS
* Frazer Nash Consultancy
February New Member Spotlight
CPB Contractors is a major rail contractor delivering heavy and light rail projects across Australia.
Our specialist rail experience in delivering new and upgraded rail networks, stations, stabling facilities, depots and associated infrastructure is supported by our market-leading expertise in civil works, bridge structures, buildings and tunnelling to provide complete infrastructure solutions.
If you'd like access to a vast library of more than 200 publications and enjoy discounts to RISSB conferences, become a RISSB member today. For a confidential discussion about RISSB membership, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line MEMBERSHIP ACCESS.
EVENTS AND PROGRAMS
Join Us For Webinar 2 of MasterClass Series 2
Jon Lamonte, Chief Executive of the $50bn Sydney Metro program, the largest public transport program in Australia and one of the top projects in the world, will be joining us for the second MasterClass webinar delivered in 2021. Jon will be talking about his career and experiences working on this landmark project.
Register to attend Jon's webinar on Tuesday, 9 March by clicking on the blue 'Register to Attend' button below this story.
week, we kicked off our 2021 MasterClass series of webinars with the Hon. Jacinta Allan, Minister for Transport Infrastructure and Minister for Suburban Rail Loop and Leader of the House (Assembly) Parliament of Victoria.
Minister Allan talked about interoperability, harmonisation and the Victorian Government's Big Build and Rolling Stock Strategy.
Thank you to all who attended our very first MasterClass event for this year.
AS 7659 Point Locking, Drives and Detection Development
The Development Group met this week to review the feedback received during the public consultation period. We received a number of excellent suggestions which will be incorporated into the final draft. A further meeting will be held in March to close out the remaining feedback.
Practice – Safety Critical Communications
The revised draft was sent to the Development Group this week for their consideration. A number of changes in structure and content have been made to ensure that this Code helps all Rail Safety Workers understand the importance of using best practice when communicating safety critical information. Further discussions will be held this week regarding the use of Lead Communicators and how this concept applies to the rail industry.
AS 7636 Railway Structures
A revised draft of this Standard was sent out the Development
Group this week for their consideration. A number of changes have been made to reflect current practices and new methodologies for assessing and maintaining structures. The Development Group will meet again in March to discuss these changes and make further recommendations regarding specific content.
Each week we'll introduce you to the future leaders attending the Horizons Program 3.0. This week, we'd like you to meet Jake, Sacha and Lachlan.
Jake Vanderlinde | Systems Engineer
Hello, I am Jake Vanderlinde and I am a systems engineer Shoal’s Transport team. Prior to joining Shoal two years ago I was a powertrain system engineer in the automotive industry.
At Shoal I have provided system engineering advice on a variety of transport projects including tram depots and rail enabled ferries. I am also leading Shoal’s research efforts in the implementation and assurance of artificial
intelligence (AI) enable systems.
As I am relatively new to the rail industry I joined the Horizons program to meet likeminded innovative peers and grow my network in the rail industry.
Sacha Gosselin | Manager, Service Planning and Operational Performance
Open-minded, ambitious and eager for challenges, I have proven my expertise on problem-solving and continuous improvement projects, driving operational excellence. I am seeking opportunities to further my skills in project management while continuing to empower teams to deliver key performance objectives. “There are no problems, only solutions” is my belief. Since my childhood, I have always been fascinated by
understanding and fixing car engines and had never been afraid of getting my hands dirty.
Lachlan Campbell | Safety Officer
Puffing Billy Railway
My name is Lachlan Campbell. I work as a Safety Officer at Puffing Billy Railway.
In my role, I undertake safety investigations; audits; develop policies and procedures; write reports; and record and analyse data. I also volunteer as a Guard/Signalman, and assist in training and assessing new Rail Safety Workers.
I joined Horizons 3.0 to expand my knowledge of
railway operations, grow my professional network, and develop leadership skills.
During my downtime, I enjoy travelling, pub trivia, walking, and gaming.