+ Pro Formas For SPAD And LRTAE Investigations Finalised
+ Safety Critical Information Work Progresses
+ AS 7638 Railway Earthworks Update
+ AS 7739 Digital Engineering Update
+ Code of Practice – Use of Train Horns Update
+ Open Calls For Public Consultation
+ Open Calls for Development Group Members
+ Spotlight On The National Rail Action Plan
+ MasterClass Webinars Until November
Pro Formas For SPAD And LRTAE Investigations Finalised
An industry driven project to develop SPAD and LRTAE investigation pro formas has successfully concluded and the forms are now available to download from RISSB’s website.
The two separate pro formas (one for heavy rail SPADs and one for light rail LRTAEs) can be found in the Grand
Central (RISSB’s dedicated resource hub for industry) area of RISSB’s website. Just look for the 'Helpful Resources' section. Industry is encouraged to download and use these forms as they have been developed to ensure they capture the information necessary to assist rail organisations to learn from SPAD or LRTAE incidents.
The SPAD Investigation Pro Forma and LRTAE Investigation Pro Forma were developed by a group of
representatives from the rail industry, led by A/Prof Anjum Naweed at CQU and his team. Later this year, RISSB will work with CQU to enhance and adapt these forms into a dynamic app for use in the field. The app will consider feedback from industry in the use of the forms.
Thank you to the rail organisations involved.
For SPADs, organisations involved were: Arc Infrastructure, Aurizon, Keolis Downer Adelaide, KiwiRAIL, Queensland Rail, Metro Trains Melbourne, Pacific National, PTAWA, Rio Tinto, Sydney Trains, TasRAIL, TfNSW, Transdev Auckland, Transdev Wellington and V/Line.
For LRTAEs, organisations involved were: ALTRAC Light Rail, Aurizon, Gold Coast Light Rail, Transdev Sydney and Yarra Trams.
Note that as part of the National Data Strategy, the term “LRTAE” will be discontinued after 1 July 2022. We will update the terminology in the LRTAE Pro forma after this date.
Safety Critical Information Work Progresses
Last week RISSB facilitated a meeting of senior railway professionals to further discuss safety critical information. After two fantastic presentations by Transport for NSW and ARTC, the group discussed what safety critical information means, and how RISSB could help drive harmonisation through development of a Code of Practice.
On a slightly separate note, a group of RISSB Horizons Program graduates met to discuss safety critical
information and whether there were any ‘left field’ ideas as to how we could improve collection, collation, distribution and confirmation. The graduates split into two groups, one looking at process and the other at technologies. The current plan is to report back in early October, then present to the Safety Critical Information group mentioned above.
AS 7638 Railway Earthworks Update
The Development Group is working hard to address all of the feedback received during the public consultation phase. Currently meeting weekly, a number of changes have been made that will improve the readability of this important Standard. It is expected this work will conclude in late
AS 7739 Digital Engineering Update
The first draft of this new Standard was issued to the Development Group this week. Covering matters such as databases and structuring with metadata, Uniclass 2015, and semantic interoperability, this Standard will help drive interoperability and harmonisation in the engineering discipline.
Code of Practice – Use of Train Horns Update
The first full draft of this new Code was issued to the Development Group last week. This Code seeks to
help industry standardise the use of train horns, with the aim of minimising the use of train horns whilst maintaining safety So Far As Is Reasonably Practicable.
A number of recommendations are made throughout this Code which will drive a change in the way we use train horns around Australia and New Zealand.
During the week, Governments came together for the latest instalment of NRAP’s Harmonisation Steering Committee, co-chaired by the Victorian Department of Transport’s Head of Rolling Stock Development
Ben Phyland, and RISSB CEO Deb Spring.
RISSB presented progress against its 3-year NRAP plan spanning a range of projects including Standards, Codes of Practice and a National Rolling Stock Register (watch this space for a major announcement on that!).
Activity across the jurisdictions was also discussed as well as an update from ARA. It’s exciting to see industry come together and make such great progress on these issues of national importance. If you want to know more, contact RISSB GM Innovation and Major Projects Jesse Baker at email@example.com
EVENTS AND PROGRAMS
MasterClass Webinars Until November
As the calendar year is coming to a close, we'd like to remind you that we have some fantastic speakers to see us through the remainder of the year and we're working on securing one more.
Our speaker-line up includes:
Dr Michael Cholette, Senior Lecturer Faculty of Engineering, QUT
Derel Wust, Founder, 4Tel
Dr Natalie Pelham, CEO and Chief Investigator, OTSI
If you'd like to attend one of our upcoming webinars, please visit our webinars page and register to attend.