Keeping you informed of our activities is a priority for RISSB. The Whistle Board is a key method we use to summarise key documents, events and programs. Through our website, you can (if a RISSB member) gain access to our 200 Australian Standards, Codes of Practice, Guidelines as well as many other publications such as RISSB’s 2019 / 20 Work
Plan or our 2018 – 2019 Annual Report. Any draft public consultations and call for development group members are promoted through Linkedin, Twitter and of course through email campaigns. We receive many submissions throughout the year and we take your input into consideration before making final decisions about what is published.
For most of this week, I am in Sydney with our team at AusRAIL. Our exhibition booth is another tool we use to keep you informed. Our display this year highlights our products and activities. So, if you’re attending the conference as a delegate or if you will be visiting the exhibition, don’t forget
to visit our stand #307, say hi to the team and let us know how we can help you and your business. We’d all like to meet you.
Executive Chair and Chief Executive Officer
The industry-led SPAD Group met in Brisbane on 14 November 2019. Topics discussed ranged from SPAD research projects currently being run by Central Queensland University (Train the Train Controller, SPAD Pre-cursor Behaviour and Relieving Drivers) and SPAD categorisation, to future potential discussion topics and projects for the SPAD group.
The group also noted SPAD occurrence data provided by ONRSR.
The National Rail Action Plan was triggered by the Transport and Infrastructure Council (TIC - the twice yearly meeting of Transport and Infrastructure Ministers) at their last meeting.
The National Rail Action Plan covers a range of actions relevant to skills in the rail industry and harmonisation / interoperability.
RISSB is playing a lead role in the harmonisation / interoperability actions which include moving forward with projects such as train control interoperability, national rules and rolling stock Standards as well as potential new projects.
Ministers discussed the proposed actions at their meeting on 22 November 2019 and asked for projects to be progressed.
RISSB attends Rail Manufacturing CRC Participants Forum
The Rail Manufacturing CRCran a Participants Forum in Sydney on 21 November with presentations highlighting research into Dwell Track (integrated passenger behaviour), axle bearing maintenance, Train DNA and supercapacitors / batteries.
The forum also included a presentation entitled Innovation Survivor – How to Outthink, Outsmart and Outlast Your Competitors and a panel discussion about what is next for rail research and development.
The 49 young professionals who make up the Horizons 2.0 program met in Brisbane at Aurecon on 27 and 28 November.
Highlights from the two-day forum included:
Hearing from industry leaders about challenges and opportunities in rail
Group presentations on attracting and retaining young people in rail
A future-focused virtual reality presentation
A PwC-led hackathon / problem solving exercise
A presentation from a UK visitor on Innovations in the era of Industry 4.0
The National Rail Safety Regulator, Sue McCarrey presenting on technology, innovation and regulation.
Every fortnight we'll be introducing our new Horizons 2 participants to you. This week say hello to Sophie Rayner, Scott Lavis and Karim Kobrosly
My name is Sophie Rayner and I am a Network Control Officer at Queensland Rail. I play an integral part in the day to day operations of the Brisbane suburban network by controlling, managing and monitoring the movement of various rail traffic and infrastructure personal in accordance with safety standards and procedures.
I joined the Horizons program to give me the opportunity to collaborate with like-minded people and obtain a more in-depth knowledge of the industry. I hope to use this to eventually become a Train Control Leader.
My name is Scott Lavis and I’m the Track Maintenance Engineer at Genesee & Wyoming Australia, based out of Adelaide.
I am tasked with general technical aspects of infrastructure maintenance, as well as managing annual projects such as tamping programs, geometry and ultrasonic car inspections between Tarcoola and Darwin.
I have enrolled in the Horizons Program to hopefully compliment my existing knowledge base, whilst also growing a greater understanding of the broader industry. The ongoing technological advancements and growth in the
rail space will have in increasing impact on our operations and I would like to see what the future holds.
When away from work, my free time is usually spent outdoors hiking, biking, playing hockey or travelling when possible.
My name is Karim Kobrosly and I am an Overhead Wiring Engineer working for Metro Trains Melbourne.
My role provides various challenges every single day. One day I might be responding to technical queries and another day, I might be on an elevated platform inspecting the overhead wiring of the Melbourne metropolitan train network.
What I look forward to the most from the Horizons Program is gaining the insight on how the different disciplines from the rail industry work together and overcome the many challenges they face.
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