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Wednesday 24 August 2016

Day One | Day Two

8:30      Registration and Welcome Coffee

8:50      Administration and Safety Briefing

8:55      Remarks from the Chair

Ravi Ravitharan, Director, Institute of Railway Technology, Monash University 


9:00      OPENING | Official Conference Welcome 

Cr Greg Williamson, Mayor, Mackay Regional Council


9:15      Heavy Haul Rail in Australia

Danny Broad, Chief Executive Officer, Australasian Railway Association

9:45      Market Outlook for Australia

Adrian Hart, Senior Manager, Infrastructure and Mining, BIS Shrapnel Pty Ltd

10:25      Morning Tea and Networking

10:50      Heavy Haul Operations at Aurizon - Integrated Solutions for Efficiency

Michael Carter, Executive Vice President, Operations, Aurizon

11:25    Heavy Haul Network Health - Using Technology and Innovation to Drive Efficiencies

  • Maintenance practices to move more trains
  • US6 - The Multi-Purpose Platform (MMP) collecting network health data
  • Benefits to the network owner: Improved productivity, reduced costs and improved productivity, improved safety performance

Bazil Miller, General Manager, Speno Rail


12:00      Lunch

13:00      Role of Ports in Successful Heavy Haul Supply Chains

Steve Lewis, Chief Executive Officer, North Queensland Bulk Ports Corporation

13:35      Building a Sustainable Future for the Australian Freight Industry

Gus Aguilar, Programme Delivery Manager Inland Rail, ARTC

14:10      Effective Management of Railway Assets using State of the Art Technologies

Ravi Ravitharan, Director, Institute of Railway Technology, Monash University 

14:40      Afternoon Tea and Networking


15:00      RaVeM – An Innovative Approach to Fleet Management

  • Reduced maintenance costs
  • Real time condition monitoring
  • Integrated trend analysis

Sam Botterill, Managing Director, System 7 Australia 

15:35      Delivering Heavy Haul Efficiency through Innovative Railway Planning and Operational Software

  • Deployment of IT projects
  • The adaptability of planning and operational software
  • The development process

Tom Forbes, Chief Executive Officer, Biarri Rail

16:10      Innovation with EcoRun

  • Data Handling
  • Smart Algorithms
  • Neural Networks

David McCabe, Product Manager Locomotives, Rail & Defence, UGL Limited

16:45      CLOSING | Closing remarks from the Chair and end of day 1


Networking Dinner - Clarion Hotel Mackay Marina

Conference attendees are invited to attend the official conference dinner at the Clarion Hotel Mackay Marina on the evening of the 24th August. Welcome drinks will be served from 18:30 and dinner will commence at 19:00. Transport to and from the dinner venue will be provided. 

The dinner is separately bookable through the conference website so make sure to reserve your seat today!


Thursday 25 August 2016

Day One | Day Two

8:30     Registration and Welcome Coffee

9:00     Administration and Safety Briefing

9:05      OPENING | Opening remarks from the Chair

Danny Broad, Chief Executive Officer, Australasian Railway Association


9:10      Implementation of Advanced Simulation Techniques for Wheel/ Rail Wear Studies on Heavy Haul Routes

  • A best practice modelling approach for studying train and locomotive dynamics on specific routes
  • Includes modelling of an AC traction locomotive as a complex mechatronic system
  • Considers wheel/rail contact modelling techniques to assess the influence of locomotive adhesion on rolling contact fatigue and wear processes

Associate Professor Maksym Spiryagin, Deputy Director, Centre for Railway Engineering, CQUniversity

9:40      Understanding and Optimising Wheel Wear by the Use of Wayside Detectors in the Roy Hill Railway

Bruce Brymer, Manager Rolling Stock Maintenance, Roy Hill

Kris Kilian, CEO & Director, Lynx Engineering Consultants Pty Ltd

10:10      Realisation of Benefits from Investment in Condition Monitoring and Predictive Maintenance

  • Maturing from reactive to preventative to predictive maintenance
  • Managing change relating to efficient use of decision support data
  • Challenges and experiences of organisations attempting to maximise benefits

Derek Thomson, Director, ATI Solutions Group
Penny Brown, Senior Consultant, ATI Solutions Group

10:40     Morning Tea

11:15      Improving Weld Performance in Heavy Haul Railways

  • Influence of rail grade on welding requirements
  • Deterioration and failures modes at welds
  • Standards and specifications; do they address the critical performance aspects
  • Key aspects of flashbutt and aluminothermic welding processes that impact on weld performance
Dr John Cookson, Team Leader, Rail Materials, Institute of Railway Technology

11:45    Delivering Efficiency through Strategic Rail Freight Networks

Brett Lynch, General Manager Queensland, Pacific National

12:15      Independent Professional Review - A Value Preservation Postulate

  • The difference between value adding and value preservation - where and how is it achieved
  • Safety disappears through gaps at interfaces - the longer the supply chain, the more interfaces - the greater is the need for IPR
  • International Engineering Safety Management view of IRP

Greg Newman, Principal Consultant, SNC Lavalin Rail & Transit
Candice Augur, Principal Consultant, SNC Lavalin Rail & Transit

Key Considerations to ensure Long-term Stability of the Queensland Resources Sector

Andrew Barger, Director, Infrastructure and Economics, Queensland Resources Council

13:15      CLOSING | Closing remarks from the Chair

13:20      Lunch


13:30 - 16:45    

(Timing includes transfers to and from the Mackay Convention & Exhibition Centre)

DBCT Management will host a site tour on the afternoon of the 25th August of their Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal (DBCT) which is located at the Port of Hay Point. DBCT is supplied by an electrified rail system from the Bowen Basin coalfields and is Queensland’s largest coal export terminal being the only privately owned and operated terminal in Queensland that offers multiple third party access.

All attendees will be required to bring along PPE and places are strictly limited to 20 attendees. Make sure you register for the conference early to reserve your spot. Look forward to seeing you there!

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