+ National Rolling Stock Register Project Update
+ Chief Medical Officers Focus On Harmonisation
+ Review Of The National Standard For Health Assessment Of Rail Safety Workers
+ The HydroFLEX Project MasterClass Webinar Tuesday, 6 April 4PM (AEST)
+ Open Calls For Public Consultation
+ Welcome 2 Newest Members
+ Happy Easter
+ Next OnBoarding Webinar Reminder
+ Meet The Next Generation Of Leaders
National Rolling Stock Register Project Update
One of the important projects in RISSB’s Major Projects portfolio is the creation of a National Rolling Stock Register. Interfaces between adjoining RIMs often present challenges, both for the RIMs themselves and for the operators that move across them.
Registering vehicles that move like this can be difficult and inefficient. This project will seek to create a national overlay that will allow existing systems to talk to each other, thereby supporting interoperability. This project is reaching a critical milestone as we near the completion of our procurement activity.
If you’re interested in providing technical expertise to this project, please contact Sudha Niles at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chief Medical Officers Focus On Harmonisation
The Chief Medical Officers Council met on Wednesday, 31 March 2021 and canvassed a number of matters where national consistency may be desirable. These included clarification of when and how national blocks and suspensions are applied and an associated appeals process, standardised forms such as Fit Slips and Disclosure Forms and colour vision requirements across industry. The Chief Medical Officers Council also developed an audit process for authorised
Review Of The National Standard For Health Assessment Of Rail Safety Workers
Both the Chief Medical Officers Council and industry attendees at an Occupational Health in Rail Forum this week began to explore possible changes to the National Standard for Health Assessment of Rail Safety Workers. Initial areas that may be explored include sleep apnoea testing, information around various aspects related to authorised health professionals, aspects of drug and alcohol testing and allowing some flexibility in application of the Standard during extraordinary events (such as COVID).
The National Transport Commission has advised the review will commence at the beginning of 2022 and take 18 months to complete. The revised Standard is likely to be in place in early 2024.
EVENTS AND PROGRAMS
The HydroFLEX Project MasterClass Webinar Tuesday, 6 April 4PM (AEST)
Dr Stuart Hillmansen from the University of Birmingham (UK) will be joining us next Tuesday to talk about the groundbreaking 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 and there are some exciting recent developments.
Register to attend if you'd like to understand how the HydroFLEX train operates and learn about hydrogen and fuel cells and how they can be applied in the railway.
To secure your spot, click on the blue 'Register to Attend' button below this story.
A warm welcome to two of our newest RISSB members.
SYSTRA SCOTT LISTER
SYSTRA Scott Lister is a world leading consulting and engineering firm specialising in transportation, infrastructure and technology. We are part of the SYSTRA Group, which has operated globally since 1957. SYSTRA Scott Lister is the footprint of SYSTRA in Australia & New Zealand as well as being a provider of Systems Consulting & Technology services worldwide. www.systra.com.au/en/
STRATEGIC CONNECTIONS GROUP
Founded 10 years ago, with the vision that people + industry knowledge + agility is the key formula to address complex Public-Private Partnerships projects.
At Strategic Connections Group we provide a unique service with the goal to be relevant to our client needs. Engineering and Business Support expert knowledge is activated through a precise and nimble process. www.strategicconnectionsgroup.com
From our RISSB family to yours, have a happy and safe holiday break. We'll see you on the other side of Easter.
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.
Each week we'll introduce you to the future leaders attending Horizons Program 3.0. This week, we'd like you to meet Scott, Maythee and Frank .
Scott Hukins | Rail Systems Engineer - Transport Projects
I grew up in Dubbo and after high school, I completed an electrical apprenticeship before moving to Melbourne to study electrical engineering at RMIT. While studying, I started working as a system engineer for Hawk-Eye Innovations which took me to many sporting events in Australia and abroad over four years. Currently, I am two years into my rail systems engineering career where I’m enjoying working for Downer as a member of the Melbourne TrackDNA
Maythee Varayudej| Master Program Manager
Maythee Varayudej is the Master Program Manager at Sydney Trains, coordinating critical construction, design and trackwork resources to best deliver the annual $1.5bil maintenance and capital works programs.
In 2017, Maythee won the acclaimed Australasian Rail Industry Awards’ Innovation & Technology Award. Maythee and his team continue to look for new ways to innovate and are committed to
improving safety and efficiency. More recently, they have worked on the practical use of augmented reality to improve track worker safety.
Frank Scheurich| Consultant
Hi, my name is Frank Scheurich and I am a Consultant for JVAT, a risk and assurance consultancy firm based in Brisbane. I have been working as a Functional Safety Manager and Team Leader for the last 10 years, mostly in the German Automotive Industry.
Since I migrated to Australia back in October 2019, I am working in the Safety and Design Assurance area with our Rail clients.
I am especially interested in the safety of HMIs, where I apply state-of-the-art System Safety Thinking and analysis techniques just as STAMP / STPA.
I joined the Horizon 3 Program to further deepen my knowledge of Rail Safety and to expand my Rail Industry Network with likeminded people.