RISSB's Board of Directors met recently at RISSB's Spring Hill office, including both a Board meeting and a strategy day. The latter provided an opportunity to discuss a range of key initiatives for RISSB going forward. These are aimed to address issues raised in our Impact Survey conducted earlier this year, along with discussions held between RISSB and CEOs and senior executives of our members.
The issues are broadly focused on:
At the Board meeting, more “”business as usual” matters were discussed including progress of RISSB’s work plan of developing Standards, Codes of Practice and Guidelines; training courses, ARRM and the National Rules project. There was also a discussion centred around RISSB’s involvement in the NTC led National Rail Action Plan and particularly the potential to improve the safety and productivity of Australia’s
rail system by continuing a range of harmonisation and interoperability projects.
We are working diligently behind the scenes to help RISSB thrive and grow and we look forward to your continued support.
Executive Chair and Chief Executive Officer
RISSB Partners with Industry to Identify Emerging Technologies and Systems
The second pillar (Technology and Innovation) of RISSB’s Strategic Plan commits that:
We will develop an agile and flexible framework with Industry to identify emerging technologies and systems, including automation, requiring RISSB products and services to support timely and safe implementation.
RISSB recently completed a significant piece of work with Monash University’s Institute of Railway
Technology (IRT) to:
Create a high-level inventory of where current innovative efforts (especially technological) are being made within Australia’s, and international railways.
Compile a map of the significant trends that will be relevant to Australia’s railways over the mid to long term.
As Australia’s Railway Standards Development Organisation, RISSB is all too aware of the apparent tension between Standards and innovation, but we firmly believe that a good Standards regime need not be an insurmountable barrier to innovation, rather, a good Standards regime can help support innovation.
To that end, on the back of the IRT work the RISSB Board has called for a review of our internal processes to make sure that our Standards support the emerging technologies in our industry, and further to that we’re inviting YOU to let us know if you have found one of our documents, or even just particular clauses / sections within our documents, to be a particular impediment to innovation.
Each of the documents available on our website has a feature to allow people to log a ‘Change Request’; we’d be very grateful to hear from you!
RISSB's Chair and Industry Networking Breakfast
12 November 2019
Horizons Program Forum 1
The final forum of the inaugural Horizons Program will be held at Rio Tinto in Perth on Sunday 13 October. The forum will feature group presentations on innovative ideas for rail. The winning group will present to IRSC delegates later in the day. The forum will also include presentations, panels and workshops.
Horizons 2 Kicking Off on 22 October 2019
Horizons 2, with 50 participants, will hold its first forum at Arup Melbourne on 22 and 23 October. The jam-packed program features presentations from CEOs and senior executives, panels, interactive workshops and group work. Four participants come from New Zealand and the rest hail from all parts of Australia. A great group, keen and eager to go.
Every fortnight we'll be introducing our new Horizons 2 participants to you. This week say hello to Lilangie Jayasuriya, Stephen Endicott, and Luke Cain.
I’m Stephen Endicott and I am the Communications Superintendent at the Public Transport Authority of WA (PTA). I manage a maintenance team of 25 communications technicians, maintainers, mechanical fitters and apprentices to ensure that the communications infrastructure for the network is maintained, reliable and up to the highest technological standards.
I am looking forward to bringing the new 4G network and MPLS backbone at the PTA into operation and developing my staff to be ready for the technology shift ahead.
My name is Luke Cain and I am a Qualified Civil Engineer with 9 years’ experience on a range of projects in the Railway Industry. I work at Aurecon as an Overhead Wiring Design Engineer.
My job is always interesting. As an OLE design engineer, I am responsible for the design and documentation of the overhead wiring solutions related to specific project requirements. I also enjoy mentoring our younger team members on all aspects of OLE design and providing guidance on their career progression.
I enjoy the challenge of working
closely with multiple disciplines to develop integrated solutions to better connect our community. I love trying to understand how the details will come together.
My name is Lilangie Jayasuriya and I’m a Senior Substation Engineer at Metro Trains Melbourne. In my role I am responsible for standardizing the AC protection relays and applications used at Metro substations.
I joined the Horizons program as I am new to the rail industry I am interested in gaining an overall understanding of how all the components of the industry work together.
Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my husband and two children.
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