+ The HydroFLEX Project Webinar - 4PM (AEST) Tuesday, 6 April 2021
+ Horizons 3.0 Program Forum 21 April
+ MasterClass BlockChain Webinar Now Available To Stream
+ RISSB Online Training Programs Near Finalisation
+ AS 7460 Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems – Operational Requirements Development Group Update
+ AS 7638 Railway Earthworks Development Group Update
+ AS 7540 Rail Systems Interoperability Update
+ Four Organisations Become RISSB Members
+ Next OnBoarding Webinar + Meet The Next Generation Of Leaders
The HydroFLEX Project Webinar - 4PM (AEST) Tuesday, 6 April 2021
We're absolutely thrilled to share that our next MasterClass webinar will be on the HydroFLEX project.
The HydroFLEX project, a partnership between Porterbrook and the Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education (BCRRE), aims to explore how hydrogen could be deployed across the UK’s rail network. The team was recently one of several projects to be awarded new funding from the InnovateUK’s First of a Kind (FOAK) Programme to further advance the design towards full service introduction, and there are some exciting recent developments.
Dr Stuart Hillmansen from the BCRRE will be joining us live to introduce the latest updates on the HydoFLEX project and outline the plans for the future and how hydrogen can be applied to global railways.
The next forum for the H3.0 Program will be delivered virtually on 21 April. The program for the day will include technical presentations, a professional development workshop and input from industry leaders.
MasterClass BlockChain Webinar Now Available To Stream
application in rail was the focus of this week's technology-focused MasterClass webinar. Simon Blyth, founder and CEO of the LX Group, discussed how the internet of things and blockchain could be used in the rail industry, and provided potential applications and use cases in rail outside the supply chain.
If you would like to see a recording of this webinar for free, please go to www.rissb.com.au/home/webinars/ and click on the 'Watch' link near the title of Simon's presentation.
AS 7460 Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems – Operational Requirements Development Group Update
This exciting new Standard was approved for publication by the RISSB Board this week and will be available to our members within the next week. The Standard will also be available through external providers such as SAI Global within the next two weeks.
AS 7638 Railway Earthworks
Development Group Update
The Development Group met several times over the past month to thoroughly review this Standard. The current focus is on updating several sections and aligning content with other Standards such as the AS 1726 series.
AS 7540 Rail Systems Interoperability Development Group Update
The Standard has been thoroughly reviewed and a number of changes were made to reflect current thinking around interoperability and what it means to the rail industry. The Development Group will meet again next week to close out a number of comments and progress the Standard to the public consultation
Four Organisations Become RISSB Members
A warm welcome to our four newest members - Pichi Richi Railway Preservation Society, ARUP, Keolis Downer Adelaide and Plan Safe.
Arup is an independent firm of designers, planners, engineers, architects, consultants and technical specialists, working across every aspect of today’s built environment. Together we help our clients solve their most complex challenges – turning exciting ideas into tangible reality as we strive to find a better way and shape a better world. www.arup.com
KEOLIS DOWNER ADELAIDE
Keolis Downer Adelaide employs approximately 500 staff and operates and maintains the Adelaide rail network. The contract with the South Australian government is for an 8-year initial term with an option for a 4-year extension. www.keolisdowneradelaide.com.au
We specialise in design safety. Designing safety systems for major defence, aviation, transport and infrastructure projects requires definitive expertise and experience. Plan Safe is the trusted name in safety.
Plan Safe consultants have spent their career working for renowned organisations such as Air Services Australia, SKM-Jacobs, Rio Tinto, Forgacs and Downer, and are responsible for delivering some of Australia’s largest infrastructure, transport and marine and defence projects. www.plansafe.com.au
PICHI RICHI RAILWAY PRESERVATION SOCIETY
In 1878, construction commenced on the Port Augusta and Government Gums (now known as Farina, which is north of the Flinders Ranges) Railway. The line was extended to Oodnadatta in 1891 and further to Alice Springs (771 miles or 1241 km) in 1929, establishing an important rail link to Central Australia. Since 1973, volunteers of the Pichi Richi Railway Preservation Society continue to proudly restore and run the railway. www.pichirichirailway.org.au
Next OnBoarding Webinar
Our next members only onboarding webinar will be held on Wednesday, 14 April at 12PM (AEST).
Hosted by Jesse Baker and Phil Allan, we’ll be taking attendees on a walkthrough/talk through of our site and we'll introduce the full suite of tools (Australian Standards and other industry leading publications) available to download and use and let people know what discounts are available to RISSB members.
If you are an employee of a member, and you would like to register to attend the April event or any future one, please click on the blue 'Register Now' button below this story.
Each week we'll introduce you to the future leaders attending Horizons Program 3.0. This week, we'd like you to meet Pawan, Zoe and OBrien.
Pawan Birbal | Senior Systems Assurance Engineer
My name is Pawan Birbal and I am a Senior Systems and Safety Assurance Engineer from RGB Assurance.
My responsibilities include assessment of safety assurance documentation and evidence for safety critical railway signalling systems from a variety of technology providers. These include new and innovative solutions such as satellite location determination, automatic train protection and automatic
train operation systems.
I have a keen interest in system functional safety and would like to be involved in further innovations in this field. Through the Horizons 3.0 programme I aim to meet like-minded engineers and both share my knowledge and gain further insights from them.
My personal hobbies include gaming and reading fantasy / sci-fi novels and spending time with my young children.
Zoe Tsalanidis | Consultant Engineer
I am an Aerospace Engineer with over four years of combined experience in research, manufacturing, computer-aided design modelling, data analytics, asset management consulting, team management and aircraft safety systems. I graduated from Monash University with a Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts. I am currently employed at JVAT as a consultant engineer and have previously worked at Jetstar Airways, KPMG and Boeing Aerostructures
Australia. I am passionate about collaboration and innovation, which I believe are key factors to successful project delivery.
OBrien DeVilliers | Technical Specialist Bulk
I am a Technical Specialist for Aurizon rail (10 Months). I focus on locomotives as well as wagons mostly providing engineering support as well as being the onsite contact to coordinate work between the central engineering hub and WA depots. Before Aurizon I worked for Bombardier Transportation for 17 years in various roles, as well as fleets in the UK and Australia. All of my work with Bombardier was in passenger rail. I
worked mostly in the service division of the company where we were responsible for the delivery of new rollingstock as well as the maintenance and engineering support for existing fleets. I worked on a range of fleets from underground to suburban rail and also higher speed intercity trains. I also worked for Transnet in South Africa where I was part of a team manufacturing new rollingstock for passenger rail.