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ARA Heavy Haul Rail

Delivering future growth by driving innovation and collaboration

29-30 October 2019 | Newcastle City Hall

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overview

The Australasian Railway Association and Informa are pleased to be bringing our 9th Heavy Haul Rail Conference back to Newcastle. The conference will take place at the Newcastle City Hall on the 29 and 30 October 2019.

The Australian heavy haul rail industry, boasting some the heaviest and longest trains, continues to lead the world in operations and innovation. With commodity markets regaining confidence, becoming an even more efficient supply chain for the export of coal and iron ore is fundamental to Australia’s productivity. The agenda will showcase the best in local and international project expertise and will give attendees an understanding of the strategic directions of the major industry players together with an update on developments in equipment, technology and maintenance to ensure efficient, safe and reliable operations.

Over the coming months, ARA and Informa will announce confirmed speakers from the public and private sectors, which will include high level executives from Australian mining and rail companies as well as senior members of government. These speakers will complement technical presentations which will be delivered by a wide range of industry experts.

Topics will include:

  • Market outlook for Australia
  • Heavy haul operations across Australia
  • Infrastructure and investment
  • Future technology, communications systems, cybersecurity and data capture and analysis
  • Role of ports and port automation in successful heavy haul supply chains
  • Rolling stock technology, innovation and maintenance
  • Improving weld performance and the implementation of advanced simulation techniques for wheel/rail wear
  • Software solutions for improved efficiency and optimisation of assets
  • Workforce development and diversity

EXTENDED FOR 2019! Young Professionals rate (Under 35)* The ARA is delighted to offer reduced registration fees to young rail professionals, aged 35 years old and under on 29 October 2019, to attend this year’s ARA Heavy Haul Rail conference.

For more information, contact
Tina Karas, General Manager on (+61) 2 9080 4408 or at tina.karas@informa.com.au
Sarah Ingram, Sponsorship & Exhibitions Manager on +61 406 530 043 or at Sarah.Ingram@informa.com

sponsors

exhibitors

agenda

8:30 am

Registration and welcome coffee

9:00 am

Administration and safety briefing

9:05 am

ARA Welcome and opening

Danny Broad, Chief Executive Officer, Australasian Railway Association

WELCOME TO NEWCASTLE

9:15 am

Industry and transport’s role in growing regional centres

MARKET OUTLOOK

9:35 am

The global demand for Australia’s resources

Vivek Dhar, Associate Director, Mining and Energy Commodites Research, Commonwealth Bank of Australia

FEDERAL GOVERNMENT ADDRESS

10:05 am

The National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy and National Action Plan

10:35 am

Morning networking break

HEAVY HAUL RAIL OPERATIONS IN AUSTRALIA

11:00 am

ARTC’s Hunter Valley Corridor Capacity Strategy

Jonathan Vandervoort, Group Executive Hunter Valley Network, ARTC

11:30 am

Developing Efficient Supply Chains and Critical Freight Infrastructure for Regional Growth

Brendan Sellens, Manager of Transformation – Coal, Pacific National

12:00 pm

Growing with Customers to Deliver an End to End Supply Chain

Ed McKeiver, Group Executive, Coal, Aurizon

12:30 pm

Lunch networking break

Session chair:

Tyler Plowright, Rolling Stock Engineer – ECP & WDP, Pacific National

1:30 pm

Innovation in Increasing Heavy Haul Efficiency and Productivity

Warren Wellbeloved, Rail General Manager, BHP Iron Ore

2:00 pm

Growth in Digital Capacity: Automation at Rio Tinto

Lido Costa, Principal AutoHaul®, Rio Tinto Projects, Growth & Innovation

2:30 pm

The Role of Ports in Delivering Safe, Sustainable and Efficient Logistics

Senior Representative, Port of Newcastle,

3:00 pm

Afternoon networking break

RAIL SAFETY

3:30 pm

The National Rail Safety Regulator’s Guidelines on safety critical rail assets

Sue McCarrey, Chief Executive, Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator (ONRSR)

4:00 pm

Keeping Our People Safe from Pit to Port

Naomi Frauenfelder, Executive Director, TrackSAFE Foundation

4:30 pm

INDUSTRY PANEL | WORKFORCE SAFETY, DIVERSITY AND SUSTAINABILITY

Shannon Roma, Head of HR – Coal, Pacific National

Michael Charlesworth, HSEQ Manager, Speno Rail Maintenance Australia

Matthew Clifford-Jones, HR Leadership, Aurizon

Lido Costa, Principal AutoHaul®, Rio Tinto Projects, Growth & Innovation

5:10 pm

Close of Day One

7:00 pm

Starting with pre-dinner drinks at 6.30pm, the conference dinner at the Fort Scratchley Historic Site provides you with the perfect opportunity to continue networking and connecting with peers in a relaxed and convivial atmosphere.

Joining us as we enjoy a guest talk by Jason Clarke, who as founder of Minds at Work, has been opening minds since the end of the last century. His vision? A future that works. Jason is the Co-founder of the Centre for Sustainability Leadership, now at Monash University and Course designer and lecturer in Innovation, Logic and Problem Solving at Melbourne Business School.

8:30 am

Registration and welcome coffee

9:00 am

Administration and safety briefing

9:05 am

Opening remarks from the chair

DEVELOPMENTS IN AUTOMATION AND AI

9:10 am

Project i-TRACE: Building Digital Capabilities for Data Collection and Maintenance

Bonnie Ryan, Senior Manager - Trade, Transport & Heavy Industry, GS1 Australia

9:40 am

The Value Proposition for Industry and Individuals of Commercial Collaboration

Phil Campbell OAM, General Manager, Technical Standards, ARTC

10:10 am

Improving Effectiveness of Track Maintenance by Redefining Design Alignment on Operational Rail Networks

Maneesh Gupta, Technical Director and Team Leader – Rail, AECOM

10:40 am

Morning networking break

11:00 am

Proximity Reminders for the Hunter Heavy Haul Network

Tony Crosby, General Manager of Services, 4Tel

11:30 am

Application of Artificial and Visual Intelligence to Enhance Train Operations and Safety

David Semple, Director, Wi-Tronix

12:00 pm

The Benefits of the Advanced Train Management System (ATMS)

Gary Evans, Operational Readiness Manager, Interstate Network, ARTC

12:30 pm

Close of conference and lunch

1:20 pm

Concurrent site tours

1:25 pm

Tours depart from the Newcastle City Hall and groups will return to the venue by 4pm

pricing

Packages Price
Package(Two Days)$2095+GSTEarly Bird
Dinner$200+GSTEarly Bird
Dinner - Table of 10$2000+GSTEarly Bird
Extras Price
Dinner (Non Member) - Single Ticket $200+GST
Dinner (Non Member) - Table of 10 $2000+GST
Dinner (ARA Member) - Single Ticket $160+GST
Dinner (ARA Member) - Table of 10 $1600+GST
Packages Price
Package(Two Days)$1676+GSTEarly Bird
Dinner ARA Member Rate$160+GSTEarly Bird
Dinner Table of 10 ARA Member Rate$1600+GSTEarly Bird
Extras Price
Dinner (Non Member) - Single Ticket $200+GST
Dinner (Non Member) - Table of 10 $2000+GST
Dinner (ARA Member) - Single Ticket $160+GST
Dinner (ARA Member) - Table of 10 $1600+GST
Packages Price
Package(Two Days)$1,047.50+GSTEarly Bird
Dinner$200+GSTEarly Bird
Dinner - Table of 10$2000+GSTEarly Bird
Extras Price
Dinner (Non Member) - Single Ticket $200+GST
Dinner (Non Member) - Table of 10 $2000+GST
Dinner (ARA Member) - Single Ticket $160+GST
Dinner (ARA Member) - Table of 10 $1600+GST
Packages Price
Package(Two Days)$838+GSTEarly Bird
Dinner ARA Member Rate$160+GSTEarly Bird
Dinner Table of 10 ARA Member Rate$1600+GSTEarly Bird
Extras Price
Dinner (Non Member) - Single Ticket $200+GST
Dinner (Non Member) - Table of 10 $2000+GST
Dinner (ARA Member) - Single Ticket $160+GST
Dinner (ARA Member) - Table of 10 $1600+GST

Young Professionals rate (Under 35)*
ARA Members & Non-Members

The ARA is delighted to offer reduced registration fees to young rail professionals, aged 35 years old and under on 16 October 2018, to attend this year’s ARA Heavy Haul Rail conference.

*To receive the Young Professionals discounted rate, you must be aged 35 years or younger.

Note: You will be required to provide ID on the day of the event.

Eligible for the ARA Members Rate? Visit the directory here.

speakers

Danny Broad

Chief Executive Officer, Australasian Railway Association

Vivek Dhar

Associate Director, Mining and Energy Commodites Research, Commonwealth Bank of Australia

Jonathan Vandervoort

Group Executive Hunter Valley Network, ARTC

Brendan Sellens

Manager of Transformation – Coal, Pacific National

Ed McKeiver

Group Executive, Coal, Aurizon

Tyler Plowright

Rolling Stock Engineer – ECP & WDP, Pacific National

Warren Wellbeloved

Rail General Manager, BHP Iron Ore

Lido Costa

Principal AutoHaul®, Rio Tinto Projects, Growth & Innovation

Senior Representative, Port of Newcastle

Sue McCarrey

Chief Executive, Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator (ONRSR)

Naomi Frauenfelder

Executive Director, TrackSAFE Foundation

Shannon Roma

Head of HR – Coal, Pacific National

Michael Charlesworth

HSEQ Manager, Speno Rail Maintenance Australia

Matthew Clifford-Jones

HR Leadership, Aurizon

Jason Clarke

Innovation Leadership and Embracing Change

Bonnie Ryan

Senior Manager - Trade, Transport & Heavy Industry, GS1 Australia

Phil Campbell OAM

General Manager, Technical Standards, ARTC

Maneesh Gupta

Technical Director and Team Leader – Rail, AECOM

Tony Crosby

General Manager of Services, 4Tel

David Semple

Director, Wi-Tronix

Gary Evans

Operational Readiness Manager, Interstate Network, ARTC

Sponsorship Opportunities

The 2019 ARA Heavy Haul Rail conference will bring together senior government representatives and key decision-makers from Australia’s rail and resource industries, offering a unique profiling platform for sponsors and exhibitors.

Contact Sarah Ingram for a copy of the Sponsorship & Exhibition Prospectus, which includes detailed information on past attendees and a copy of the exhibition floor plan.

Sarah Ingram
Sponsorship & Exhibition Sales Manager
Phone: +61 406 530 043
Email: Sarah.Ingram@informa.com

Site Tour

30 October 2019

On Wednesday 30 October, attendees will be provided with the option to choose between two technical site tours, each focusing on unique but connected aspects of Heavy Haul Rail operations in Hunter Valley, Australia’s largest regional economy.

Site Tour of Pacific National’s Greta Train Support Facility *This tour is now at capacity*
Pacific National’s Coal business transports coal from mines to ports, power stations and steelworks, 24 hours a day, seven days a week and attendees will visit Pacific National’s state-of-the-art train servicing facility at Greta, which was built to help in response to the expanding operational needs in the Hunter Valley. The Greta Facility encompasses best practice engineering and design to provide innovative solutions and systems to improve safety and operational efficiencies not yet seen in the Australian rail industry.

 


John Holland Country Regional Network (CRN) Control Centre
This is a unique opportunity to gain insight into the technology used and operational procedures applied for managing Transport for NSW’s Country Regional Network (CRN). The CRN is operated and maintained under contract to Transport for NSW by John Holland Rail via its Network Control Centre in Mayfield, Newcastle. Covering 2,386 route kilometres of operational passenger and freight rail lines and 3,139 route kilometres of non-operational lines, the CRN links broad areas of regional NSW to interstate and metropolitan rail systems, supporting customers, transporting coal, grain, cotton, minerals and containerised freight to domestic and export markets.

 


Site Tour of Port of Newcastle
With a deepwater shipping channel and berthside connections to the heavy rail network, the Port of Newcastle is the largest port on the East Coast of Australia.

Times and further details to be confirmed shortly.

Event Images

Below are images from day one of the ARA Heavy Haul Rail event.

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Official Conference Dinner

Guest Dinner Speaker: Jason Clarke | Innovation, Leadership and Embracing Change
Starting with pre-dinner drinks at 6.30pm, the conference dinner at the Fort Scratchley Historic Site provides you with the perfect opportunity to continue networking and connecting with peers in a relaxed and convivial atmosphere.

Attendees will enjoy a guest presentation by Jason Clarke, who as founder of Minds at Work, has been opening minds since the end of the last century. His vision? A future that works. Jason is the co-founder of the Centre for Sustainability Leadership, now at Monash University and course designer and lecturer in Innovation, Logic and Problem-Solving at Melbourne Business School.

Dinner Venue:
Fort Scratchley
1-3 Nobbys Rd
Newcastle East NSW 2300
www.fortscratchleyevents.com.au

The dinner is only available to conference speakers, delegates and their guests. For additional dinner tickets please see the ‘Pricing’ section for details.

when & where

29 - 30 Oct 2019

Newcastle City Hall
290 King Street
Newcastle NSW 2300
+ 61 (2) 4974 2166
www.newcastle.nsw.gov.au/CityHall

SPECIAL ACCOMMODATION RATE
Rydges Newcastle is pleased to offer accommodation at a special event rate of $270* per room per night, including breakfast for one, for conference attendees for the nights of the 28-29 October 2019 inclusive.

To book this rate, click here.

* Room availability and rates are subject to availability and valid until Friday 4th October 2019, unless sold out prior.

Newcastle Rydges
Cnr Merewether Street & Wharf Road
Main Beach QLD 4217 Newcastle NSW 2300
Tel: 02 4907 5000

contact

Still have a question?

Tina Karas
General Manager
+61 2 9080 4408
Tina.Karas@informa.com.au

Sarah Ingram
Sponsorship Manager
+61 406 530 043
Sarah.Ingram@informa.com

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NOTE: The Site Tour of the PN facilities at Greta, the Port of Newcastle Tour and the CRN Operations Centre are being held at the same time.
Conference delegates can only attend one of these.
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