+ Open Calls For Public Consultation
+ Open Calls For Development Group Members
+ AS 7702 Rail Equipment Type Approval Development Group Update
+ Sustainability Study Update
+ Abstracts Invited for RISSB's 2022 Technology and Innovation Conference
+ Derailment Investigation and Analysis Workshop In Sydney
+ International Railway Safety Council Conference 2022
+ Introducing Our Horizons Program Participants
AS 7702 Rail Equipment Type Approval Development Group Update
The Development Group for AS 7702 Rail Equipment Type Approval had had two meetings so far with another one planned for the end of this month.
The Development Group have extended an invitation to the Major Transport Infrastructure Authority's Signalling Task Force and Victrack/Department of Transport's Rail Crossing Technical Group to also participate in the Development Group.
These two additional stakeholders round out an impressive Development Group membership that includes members from Transport for New South Wales who are also working on a project to harmonise and streamline type approval in NSW, as well as manufacturers/suppliers and subject matter experts in the field of type approval.
Sustainability Study Update
Earlier this year, RISSB initiated a sustainability study to bring together the carbon footprints of our major railways into an overall carbon footprint for our industry. We were delighted to engage Cress Consulting, a specialist environmental consultancy based in Sydney, to undertake the task. The purpose of the study is to quantitatively show rail’s importance within the broader transport sector, especially as we move towards nett zero by 2050.
The study has quantified scope 1 and 2 emissions (there will be no surprises that the greatest contributor to our carbon footprint is in traction), and is highlighting key carbon emissions reduction opportunities where RISSB can write Standards, Codes of Practice and other publications to support industry in its ongoing decarbonisation efforts. These downstream Standards and Codes of Practice will be prioritised, agreed to, and the content will be developed hand-in-hand with industry itself.
This seminal report will be delivered to RISSB by the end of this month. Watch this space for announcements of when this will be publicly available and don’t hesitate to get in touch at email@example.com if you want to know more.
Abstracts Invited for RISSB's 2022 Technology and Innovation Conference
Abstracts are invited for RISSB's 2nd Technology and Innovation Conference taking place in-person in Sydney from 9-10 November 2022.
We are accepting abstracts on the conference themeTechnology and Innovation: Now or Never and at least one of nine topics that we will be focusing conference discussions on:
* Internet of things
* Asset management and monitoring
* Digital technologies
* Customer experience
* Artificial intelligence
* Big data
* Augmented and virtual reality.
Derailment Investigation and Analysis Workshop In Sydney
Our next Derailment Investigation and Analysis Workshop will be held in Sydney on 18-20 July.
Among other things, this 3-day course will cover:
* Investigation processes
* Theories of derailment
* Regulatory requirements
* Derailment report submissions
* The true cost of derailments to an organisation
* Infrastructure derailment triggers
* Operations derailment triggers
* How human factors contributes to derailments
* Track construction maintenance and measurements
* Wheel rail interface issues
* Turnout and yard derailments.
This week we're delighted to introduce Tara, Guy, Sophie and Tim.
Tara Andrews |ARTC
My name is Tara Andrews and I am the Area Manager of the Rutherford Provisioning Centre in the Hunter Valley for ARTC. I lead maintenance teams that conduct track and civil works, signalling, weighbridge and electrical asset maintenance across the Hunter Valley.
I started with ARTC 5 years ago while finishing my Civil Engineering degree. I am excited to be a part of the program to expand my knowledge, skills and contribute to increasing diversity, sustainability, and innovation in the rail industry.
Guy Johnston | Systra Scott Lister
I am a Senior Human Factors Consultant working for Systra Scott Lister.
I am from the UK where I studied BSc Ergonomics (Human Factors Design) at Loughborough University. Following my graduation, I worked for a consultancy in a number of high-hazard industries including rail, nuclear (power, reactors, waste, submarines) and oil & gas across the UK and France. I moved to Sydney in 2020 where I have been working on large scale projects, including Brisbane ETCS and Melbourne HCS/HCMT.
Sophie Tan | Aurizon
I’ve been in the rail industry for almost 5 years and have enjoyed learning about so different aspects to it! I started off as a graduate mechanical engineer and so far I’ve been able to gain experience in rollingstock asset management, train performance engineering, commercial logistics supply chain and most recently operational front line leadership.
The RISSB Horizons program has been eye-opening so far with a diversity of passionate speakers and opportunity to meet other young professionals in rail.
Outside of work, I enjoy playing social netball, bouldering and have recently been getting into Drive to Survive!
Tim Neill| Transport for New South Wales
My Name is Timothy Neill, and I work as the Quality Assurance Manager for Customer Relations at Sydney Trains.
I have a background in IT and customer service, with education in product design. I started with Sydney Trains in 2014 at Town Hall Station, before being involved in several customer-first projects which has led me to my current role. I now work with our stakeholders to lead my team’s development and improvement of business processes to achieve the best possible outcomes for customers, business, and our
In my downtime, I’ll be playing guitar, taking photos, or tinkering with tech.