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Workshop Day One, 17th August 2016

7:45 Registration & Coffee

8:30 Facilitators' Address

  • Introduction to the course
  • Industry setting - the reason for creating the workshop
  • Desired outcomes of the workshop
  • Setting the scene - introducing style and structure of the workshop
  • Introducing ‘The Project Case Study'
  • Introduction of the presenters and each of their roles within the project
  • Guidelines as to how the audience may contribute in an effective, productive way

Katharina Gerstmann, Market Segment Manager Rail, Beca & Board Member, College of Leadership Management, Engineers Australia
Ian Connolly, Partner, Tactix Group

8:45 Keynote Presentation | Rail Project Management Best Practice

A unique look into the myriad of planning, development, approvals and hurdles that have to be considered, approved and actioned over the life of a project.
Speaker to be confirmed

9:15 Discipline Sessions | How each presenter will approach their session

Representatives from each discipline in a rail project each presenter will outline the technical aspects of their specific job/project role and also;

  • Describe in detail their job/discipline and their responsibilities
  • When in the project asset lifecycle they are involved and how they contribute
  • Who they rely on for information/data to do their job effectively?
  • Explain the tools they would use
  • Discuss the issues, options and opportunities within their discipline, giving practical examples
  • Identify the interfaces with other disciplines
  • Issues and challenges relating to interfacing with other disciplines
  • Examples of where it all worked, and where it didn't. Was the result due to culture or process?
  • Discuss what they would like the other disciplines to know/understand about their roles that will help in delivering their project outcomes better
  • Apply how they would approach ‘The Project Case Study'

Rail Project Discipline No 1:
Systems Engineering

As a practice, systems engineering is concerned with the big picture: how a system functions and behaves overall, how it interfaces with its users and other systems, how its subsystems interact, and how to unite various engineering disciplines and operational practices so that they work together to deliver an integrated, solution.

This presentation is an introduction to the systems engineering approach and the opportunities this framework creates for project optimisation and innovation.

  • Embracing the complexity
  • System engineering principles
  • Overview of system engineering activities and tools
  • Using systems engineering to de-risk projects
  • Using systems engineering to optimise and innovate

Cherie Lee, Manager LXRA Value Engineering, Level Crossing Removal Authority

Rail Project Discipline No 2:
Civil & structural engineering

An experienced civil engineer and an experienced structural engineer will present their approach to rail projects from a civil and structural perspective, including:

  • Earthworks - cuttings and embankments
  • The formation
  • Drainage - cross and longitudinal drainage
  • Over and under bridges
  • Access roads
  • General requirements for associated structures such as public utility services

Vince Scolaro, Technical Director, Civil Structures, Beca

Rail Project Discipline No 3:
Permanent way, track design

An experienced track engineer/designer will present their approach to the rail project from a track design discipline, including:

  • Track alignment requirements - grades, curves
  • Track structures - rail, sleepers, fastenings
  • Support options (ballasted vs. slab track)
  • Switches and crossings
  • Guard rails and check rails
  • Clearances - the kinematic envelope

John Paff, Lead Engineer Track, Transport NSW

Rail Project Discipline No 4:
Safety and system assurance

An experienced safety and system assurance manager will present their approach to rail projects, including:

  • Roles and responsibilities
  • Requirements management
  • Demonstrating risks are managed so far as is reasonably practicable through the project life cycle
  • Providing assurance and gaining acceptance from who will be accountable for operations and maintenance
  • Managing residual risks
  • Rail Safety Accreditation and the ONRSR Major Projects Guideline

Darren Quinlivan, Risk & Human Factors Manager, Metro Trains

12:30 Lunch

1:30 Discipline Sessions Contd

Rail Project Discipline No 5:
Operational requirements

An experienced operations manager will present their approach to rail projects from an operations discipline, including:

  • Developing a concept of operations
  • The need to understand how railway infrastructure will be operated
  • Frequency and service patterns (metro vs suburban)
  • Planning for growth - capacity requirements
  • Layout - one track or two?
  • Timetabling services
  • Performance requirements
  • Stabling requirements
  • Degraded and emergency operational requirements
  • Control centre requirements

Stephen Scott, General Manager Operations Planning, Sydney Trains

Rail Project Discipline No 6:
Signalling, train protection, telecommunication and control systems

An experienced signal design and construction engineer will present their approach to rail projects from a signalling and control discipline, including:

  • How the signalling, train protection and control system designs support the operational requirements and contribute to overall performance
  • Signalling system - components and the whole
  • Train protection - the options for a modern railway
  • Control systems - functionality provided by modern systems


  • Fixed - fibre optic vs. copper
  • The network - backbone and redundant links
  • Radio - voice and data, technical options
  • Other communication options

Andrew Collins, Rail Capability Executive - ANZ, WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff

Rail Project Discipline No 7:
Rolling stock

An experienced rolling stock engineer will present their approach to rail projects from a rolling stock perspective, including:

  • How to determine the specifications for rolling stock - the design choices
  • Performance options
  • Crash-worthiness requirements
  • Dynamics - track loading and vehicle movement
  • Managing EMC
  • Manufacturing options

Matt Hinchliff, Director Rail Business, Indec

Rail Project Discipline No 8:
Commissioning & Operational Readiness

An experienced commissioning manager will present their approach to the rail project from a commissioning perspective, including:

  • Ensuring the assets are ready to operate
  • The role of systems integration
  • How the various systems are brought together into a working railway
  • What are the things people forget when delivering a project?
  • Planning for operation
  • Planning for maintenance
  • How the systems and the people are brought together into an operating railway

James Frost, Senior Project Manager - Operational Integration, Rail Planning Services

5:45 Close of Day One & Networking Drinks

7:00 Informal Networking Dinner
Arrangements to be made on the day

Workshop Day Two, 18th August, 2016

8:30 Morning Review from the Facilitators

Katharina Gerstmann, Market Segment Manager Rail, Beca & Board Member, College of Leadership Management, Engineers Australia
Ian Connolly, Partner, Tactix Group

8:45 Discipline Sessions Contd

Rail Project Discipline No 9:
Electrical engineering, earthing and bonding

An experienced electrical project engineer will present their approach to the rail project from an electrical engineering perspective, including:

  • Traction requirements - 1500VDC vs. 25kVAC
  • Overhead wiring
  • Feeders
  • Substations and supplies
  • Earthing and bonding
  • Stray currents

James Goffey, Senior Electrical Assets Engineer, Aurizon Network

Rail Project Discipline No 10:

This session will provide insight from an engineering project manager from a construction contractor, who is responsible for managing a team of engineers. He will discuss the contractors view and how they interface with disciplines from the planning phase right through to construction and closeout of contracts. It will cover the myriad of skills needed and how they are applied for optimal project management, including

  • Coordination skills
  • Interface skills
  • Order skills
  • Constructability skills

The session will include success stories and war stories and what we can learn from them.
Phil Hockley, Senior Engineering Manager, Sydney Metro North West – Operations Trains & Systems (OTS)

The Sydney Light Rail Project

  • The goal of this ‘workshop' component is to explore and put into practice the insights from the project discipline sessions, particularly the interfaces between the disciplines and the reliance of one discipline on another
  • This session will be facilitated and interactive
  • The session will be structured around a complex case study of The Sydney Light Rail Project. It will allocate certain challenges and problems that will be tackled by each group
  • The participants will be split into groups to work more effectively on this project case study

Katharina Gerstmann, Market Segment Manager Rail, Beca & Board Member, College of Leadership Management, Engineers Australia
Ian Connolly, Partner, Tactix Group

5:00 Facilitator Round Up & Close of Workshop

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