+ Help Us Prioritise Our Priority Planning Process Submissions
+ Open Calls For Public Consultation
+ Open Calls For Development Group Members
+ AS 7486 Railway – Energy Storage Update
+AS 7666 Train Protection And Control Interoperability Update
+ AS 7636 Railway Structures Update
+ Rail's Key Cross-Industry Bodies Collaborate on Level Crossing Safety
+ New Member Welcome
+ Rail Digital Engineering Standard Pre-Release Webinar Next Week
Help Us Prioritise Our Priority Planning Process Submissions
We've listened to your feedback, accepted the great ideas from throughout the industry and would now like to know which project within a list of proposals received during our priority planning process (PPP) is important to you and your organisation.
Next week we will make the proposals available on our website and will invite you to review each proposal and then vote for what you believe to be the most
impactful and beneficial.
A separate announcement will be emailed to everyone on our subscribers list when the voting page officially goes live. So, if you’re interested in participating, please ensure you have a RISSB user account. If you don't have one, you can create one on this page.
The PPP is an important consultation tool for RISSB as it gives everyone a voice and an authentic opportunity to influence RISSB’s work program.
Development of the new Australian Standard AS 7486 Railway – Energy Storage is well underway. The purpose of this Standard is to help rolling stock operators specify and utilise onboard batteries and electric double-layer capacitors for traction purposes (propulsion and braking) so that they are used safely, effectively and reliably in the throughout the life of the energy storage system.
The Development Group is currently reviewing the first full draft and will meet on the ninth of February to discuss the contents of the draft.
AS 7666 Train Protection And Control Interoperability Update
The Development Group met last week to discuss the current draft, and what steps are needed to progress this through to public consultation.
A number of areas were discussed and updates made to the Standard to better reflect its objective. Work continues on the new draft, which will be presented to the group early next week.
AS 7636 Railway Structures Update
The Development Group met several times in December and January to close out the remaining areas of discussion and prepare the Standard for approval.
The Standard will be presented to the Infrastructure Standing Committee next week before final approval is sort from the RISSB Board in late February.
Rail's Key Cross-Industry Bodies Collaborate on Level Crossing Safety
Level crossings are a complex interface, one where there are no easy answers. RISSB, ONRSR, the Freight on Rail Group (FORG), ARA and TrackSAFE have come together through the Australasian Centre for Rail Innovation to explore contemporary possibilities for raising the conspicuity of freight trains; just one of the factors relating to crossing safety.
The report can be accessed onthis page. As an industry we must, and will continue to pursue new technologies, new approaches and new ideas for improving safety at these critical locations on our networks.
New Member Welcome
This week we welcome one of our newest members - Silver Edge Technologies.
Silver Edge offers an industry leading approach to asset management combining engineering knowledge and analytical capability plus Digital Twin technology for rail and other industries through an Asset Management Ecosystem.
Silver Edge is working at the forefront of trackworker safety, improving safety and efficiency while reducing downtime in the rail environment by enabling IoT applications, in partnership with Dual Inventive.
Rail Digital Engineering Standard Pre-Release Webinar Next Week
AS 7739-1:2022 Digital Engineering for Rail – Part 1: Concepts and Principles will be available for public comment on 10 February and just prior to its release, author Simon Vaux and Standards Development Manager Cris Fitzhardinge will be hosting an informative webinar exploring the Standard and discussing how it will drive harmonisation in the rail industry.
We caught up with some of our Horizons Program alumni to find out where their career has taken them. This week we're catching up with Ronan McInerney.
Ronan McInerney | Metro Trains Melbourne
Which Horizons Program were you on? Horizons Program 1
Job title when you joined Human-Machine Interface (HMI) Specialist
Employer at the time you joined Metro Trains Melbourne
Job title now Human-Machine Interface (HMI) Specialist
Employer now Metro Trains Melbourne (currently seconded to Rail Network Alliance)
What your current job entails I’m part of a team delivering the software that will be used to remotely monitor and control the equipment in the new stations and tunnels being built in
Melbourne’s CBD. I work between the operations team and the developers to ensure the software will be safe and intuitive to use.