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RISSB Rail Safety Conference

How Safe is Safe Enough?

27 – 28 October 2020 | Virtually Delivered Event

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Returning for its 20th year, the revered RISSB Rail Safety Conference will be delivered virtually on 27 – 28 October 2020 to explore the theme, ‘How Safe is Safe Enough?’.

Rail continues to carry the nation’s ambitious infrastructure boom, with both state and federal governments pouring record investment into projects ranging from Inland Rail to Sydney’s Metro. With such accelerated growth, ensuring the safety of all working and using rail requires innovation, collaboration and leadership.

Rail Safety will showcase the industry’s range and depth of capabilities by featuring a new, interdisciplinary and interactive format. As part of this revitalisation, attendees will hear from experts and safety professionals from across the Australian and international rail sectors in a comprehensive program featuring case studies, best practice insights and innovative risk management strategies.

Access the same thought-provoking sessions, hear from leading experts and network with speakers, delegates and event partners, all from the safety and comfort of your own home or workplace.

Keynote Speaker: Captain David Evans

Captain David Evans has more than 40years’ flying experience and accumulated in excess of 23,000 hours in the air. For 25 of those years David has been a Check and Training Captain with Qantas on the international fleet and he has qualified in “Air Accident Investigation” and “Human Factors”. In 2010 he was the Check Captain on board the Qantas QF32 during an “uncontained engine failure” resulting in serious damage to the almost brand new A380. Captain David Evans will share the real value of human factors in helping us to make the right decisions when things go wrong.

Partners

agenda

9:00 am

Welcome from RISSB

Deborah Spring, Chair, RISSB

9:10 am

Overview of the Day

Michelle Nation, General Manager Zero Harm and Rail Safety, Transport and Infrastructure, Downer Group

9:15 am

Keynote

Allan Spence, Head of Corporate Passenger and Public Safety, Network Rail

10:00 am

Rail Safety Opportunities on Major Projects

John Langron, Rail Safety Manager, Sydney Metro

Beyond the Norm

Sandra Wilson-Ryke, SQE Director, Keolis Downer

Leadership BS and Safety

Dr Tim Kuypers, Principal, Walbrook Partners

11:00 am

Morning Tea – Networking and Refreshment Break

11:30 am

Safety Leaders Panel

Damien White, Executive General Manager – Inland Rail Integration, Australian Rail Track Corporation

Steve Jones, Executive Director, Safety, Sustainability and Environment, Sydney Metro, Transport for New South Wales

Scott Cornish, Executive General Manager, Safety, Risk and Assurance, Queensland Rail

Catherine Baxter, Chief Operating Officer, Metro Trains Melbourne

12:30 pm

The Benefits of National Harmonisation

Carolyn Walsh, Chair, National Transport Commission (NTC) and Chief Commissioner, ATSB

1:00 pm

Lunch

2:00 pm

Chair || Stream: Track Worker Safety

Graham Bradshaw, Director of Special Projects, Transport for NSW

ONRSR’s Priorities and Observations: Is there a mismatch between the Perception and Reality of What Actually Happens || Stream: Track Worker Safety

Peter Doggett, Chief Operating Officer, ONRSR

JHG PO Uplift Program || Stream: Track Worker Safety

Jamie Dean, Assurance & Improvement Manager Country Regional Network, John Holland

Enforceable Voluntary Undertaking || Stream: Track Worker Safety

Daniel Upton, Manager Continuous Improvement | Zero Harm, Metro Trains Melbourne

Chair || Stream: Data and Information

Lyndal Gibbs, Group Manager Health Safety & Environment, VicTrack

National Rail Safety Data Strategy || Stream: Data and Information

Julie Bullas, Executive Director, Policy, Reform and Stakeholder Engagement, ONRSR

Safety Benefits of Digital Engineering: A Catalyst for Transforming Project Delivery || Stream: Data and Information

Simon Vaux, Director, Digital Engineering, Transport for NSW

RLX Portal || Stream: Data and Information

Julie Bullas, Executive Director, Policy, Reform and Stakeholder Engagement, ONRSR

Update on RISSB’s ARRM, ALCAM & Safety Culture || Stream: Data and Information

Jesse Baker, General Manager - Safety & Innovation, Rail Industry Safety & Standards Board

Chair || Stream: Railway Level Crossings

Dean Matthews, Executive General Manager - Safety and Environment, V/Line

Learnings from the UIC European Level Crossing Forum || Stream: Railway Level Crossings

Allan Spence, Head of Corporate Passenger and Public Safety, Network Rail

ACRI’s Cost-effective Solutions || Stream: Railway Level Crossings

Paul Murray, Project Manager, ACRI

“..But the upgrade project was supposed to fix that crossings!..” A Systems Approach to Level Crossings that Don’t Obey the Conventional Rules || Stream: Railway Level Crossings

Alex McGrath, Group Manager, Signals Track & Power & Group Manager, Innovation Technology, VicTrack and Darren Quinlivan, General Manager Risk, Metro Trains Melbourne

Rail Suicide Prevention, Level Crossing Safety and Trauma Awareness: TrackSAFE Update || Stream: Railway Level Crossings

Alexandra Culloden, Corporate Affairs & Projects Manager, TrackSAFE Foundation

Chair || Stream: System Safety Assurance

Mike Aviet, General Manager, Rail Programs, RISSB

The Canberra Metro Experience || Stream: System Safety Assurance

Tilo Franz, General Manager, Operations & Maintenance, Canberra Metro Operations (CMET)

How Many Safety Assurance Engineers Does it Take to Change a Railway Light Bulb? || Stream: System Safety Assurance

Paul Nheu, Systems Assurance Manager, Digital Systems Program, Transport for NSW

Whose Risk is it Anyway? || Stream: System Safety Assurance

Celeste Young, Research Fellow, Victoria institute of Strategic Economic Studies, Victoria University

3:30 pm

Afternoon tea

4:00 pm

Chair || Stream: Track Worker Safety

David Bainbridge, General Manager Risk Safety & Environment, Australian Rail Track Corporation

Toolbox Spotter: The Benefits of an Artificial Intelligence Computer Vision Safety System || Stream: Track Worker Safety

Kieran MacKenzie, CEO, Innovation Engineer, Laing O’Rourke

Track Worker Safety Initiatives || Stream: Track Worker Safety

Ryan Mort, Senior Manager Rail Safety & Accreditation, Queensland Rail

‘Mind the Gap’ – Incident Investigations || Stream: Sharing Investigations

Rachel Wood, Lead Investigator - Rail Safety, Transdev Auckland Andy Strivens, Operations Standards Manager, Transdev Auckland

Chair || Stream: System Safety Assurance

Jonathan Carroll, Manager Safety, Aurizon

System Safety, Standards and SFAIRP || Stream: System Safety Assurance

Tim Procter, Senior Consultant, Indec Consulting

Are Risk Matrices Valid in a SFAIRP Environment || Stream: System Safety Assurance

Russell McMullan, General Manager (Acting) – Operations and Assets, City Rail Link Project

A New Look at an Old Challenge: Rail Human and Systems Risk || Stream: System Safety Assurance

Ryan Martin, Principal Driver, Metro Trains Melbourne & Joey Anca, Human Risk Manager Metro Trains Melbourne

A Comparative Analysis of the SFAIRP Test (UK v NZ) || Stream: System Safety Assurance

Guy Widdowson, Compliance & Investigations Manager Safer Rail, New Zealand Rail Safety Regulator, Waka Kotahi New Zealand Transport Agency

5:00 pm

End of conference day one

6:00 pm

Conference Dinner at Australian National Maritime Museum, Darling Harbour

8:50 am

Welcome from RISSB

Graham Jackson, Director, Safety, Transport for NSW

9:00 am

Technology and Regulation

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

9:20 am

Ask the Regulator Panel

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

Peter Doggett, Chief Operating Officer, ONRSR

Julie Bullas, Executive Director, Policy, Reform and Stakeholder Engagement, ONRSR

Simon Foster, Executive Director, Technical, ONRSR

10:00 am

Training the Train Controllers and Improving Rail Safety through Teamwork || Stream: SPADs

Associate Professor Anjum Naweed, CQUniversity

SPAD Prevention at Queensland Rail || Stream: SPADs

David McMah, General Manager Train Service Delivery, Queensland Rail

V/Line SPAD Reduction || Stream: SPADs

Craig Dance, General Manager – Safety Risk and Assurance, V/Line

Advanced Train Control Systems: Achieving Interoperability over our Diverse National Network || Stream: TECHNOLOGY

Bill Palazzi, Director, Palazzirail

e-TAP || Stream: TECHNOLOGY

Stewart Haycock, Business Improvement Officer, Australian Rail Track Corporation

An Archaic Hierarchy: Is the Hierarchy of Controls always valid in the age of Software Systems? || Stream: TECHNOLOGY

Dr Neil Robinson, Consultant and Director, RGB Assurance

11:00 am

Morning Tea – Networking and Refreshment Break

11:30 am

Keynote Speaker | Captain David Evans - Check and Training Captain Airbus A380

12:30 pm

Lunch – Networking and Refreshment Break

1:30 pm

Sydney Light Rail Randwick Stabling Yard Operational Control Centre (OCC)
The Randwick Stabling Yard house Sydney’s fleet of 60 new light rail vehicles. After a day’s service, the fleet undergoes daily light maintenance works such as cleaning, sandbox servicing and vehicle inspections at the yard.

Capacity: 20 attendees
PPE: Enclosed shoes and long sleeve garments

1.30 Depart UTS for Lilyfield
2.00 Arrive at Maintenance Facility
3.00 Depart facility


Sydney Light Rail Heavy Maintenance Facility, Lilyfield
Delegates will visit the new maintenance facility in Lilyfield – an important part of the light rail network that will keep the light rail vehicles in working order. Up to six light rail vehicles will be able to be serviced at one time in the Lilyfield depot with wheel repairs and replacements, structural and mechanical repairs carried out as needed.

Capacity: 20 attendees
PPE: Enclosed shoes and long sleeve garments

1.30 Depart UTS for Lilyfield
2.00 Arrive at Maintenance Facility
3.00 Depart facility


Metro Trains Sydney – Maintenance Facility and Control Room
Sydney Metro delivers a new generation of fast, safe and reliable train services and attendees will have the opportunity for a guided visit the Metro maintenance facility and control room at Tallawong.

Capacity: 20 attendees
PPE: Enclosed shoes and long sleeve garments

12.45 Depart Central Station/UTS for Tallawong
1.45 Arrive at Tallawong
3.30 Depart Tallawong


Central Station Metro – New Platforms
Delegates will have the opportunity to visit the works underway as part of the Central Station Metro $955 million contract awarded to Laing O’Rourke to deliver the new Sydney Metro platforms under Central Station as well as the landmark Central Walk – a new underground pedestrian concourse to help customers get around Sydney’s busiest railway station.

Capacity: 20 attendees
PPE: Enclosed shoes and long sleeve garments

1.30 Depart UTS for Central Station
1.50 Arrive at Northern Concourse, outside 20-28 Chalmers Street, ESR and suburban platforms
2.50 Depart tour


Sydney Trains Rail Operations Centre (ROC)
Delegates will enjoy a tour of Sydney Trains’ state-of-the-art Rail Operations Centre (ROC). The ROC has modernised how Sydney’s rail network is controlled by incorporating dozens of different systems into a single location and changing our approach to managing trains.

Capacity: 15 attendees
PPE: Enclosed shoes and long sleeve garments

1.30 Depart Central Station/UTS for Green Square Train Station
2.00 Arrive at ROC
3.00 Depart ROC

pricing

Packages Price
Virtual Pass$1495+GST
Packages Price
Virtual Pass$745+GST
Packages Price
Virtual Pass$965+GST
Packages Price
Virtual Pass$515+GST
  • Package(Two Days): Delegates attending the event virtually

 
Your Virtual Registration provides you with unlimited access to the RISSB Rail Safety 2020 Event Platform. This will be our all-in-one venue to access:

  • 50+ presentations and panel sessions – LIVE and ON-DEMAND for 3 months
  • 60+ Expert Speakers
  • The Virtual Exhibition, including technical information and demos
  • Pre and post event networking sessions
  • All approved papers, abstracts and technical content (available for download)

 
Important • Virtual Pass bookings

For virtual pass bookings, please read below before proceeding:

  • All delegate registrations must use their own email address to ensure each delegate receives a unique password to join the digital event. You cannot use one email for multiple profiles.
  • If your company is not based in Australia, check the GST box on the next page as you are not required to pay GST.
* RISSB is delighted to offer reduced registration fees to all young rail professionals aged 35 years or under.

speakers

Deborah Spring

Chair, RISSB

Michelle Nation

General Manager Zero Harm and Rail Safety, Transport and Infrastructure, Downer Group

Allan Spence

Head of Corporate Passenger and Public Safety, Network Rail

John Langron

Rail Safety Manager, Sydney Metro

Sandra Wilson-Ryke

SQE Director, Keolis Downer

Dr Tim Kuypers

Principal, Walbrook Partners

Damien White

Executive General Manager – Inland Rail Integration, Australian Rail Track Corporation

Steve Jones

Executive Director, Safety, Sustainability and Environment, Sydney Metro, Transport for New South Wales

Scott Cornish

Executive General Manager, Safety, Risk and Assurance, Queensland Rail

Catherine Baxter

Chief Operating Officer, Metro Trains Melbourne

Carolyn Walsh

Chair, National Transport Commission (NTC) and Chief Commissioner, ATSB

Graham Bradshaw

Director of Special Projects, Transport for NSW

Peter Doggett

Chief Operating Officer, ONRSR

Jamie Dean

Assurance & Improvement Manager Country Regional Network, John Holland

Daniel Upton

Manager Continuous Improvement | Zero Harm, Metro Trains Melbourne

Lyndal Gibbs

Group Manager Health Safety & Environment, VicTrack

Julie Bullas

Executive Director, Policy, Reform and Stakeholder Engagement, ONRSR

Simon Vaux

Director, Digital Engineering, Transport for NSW

Jesse Baker

General Manager - Safety & Innovation, Rail Industry Safety & Standards Board

Dean Matthews

Executive General Manager - Safety and Environment, V/Line

Paul Murray

Project Manager, ACRI

Alex McGrath

Group Manager, Signals Track & Power & Group Manager, Innovation Technology, VicTrack and Darren Quinlivan, General Manager Risk, Metro Trains Melbourne

Alexandra Culloden

Corporate Affairs & Projects Manager, TrackSAFE Foundation

Mike Aviet

General Manager, Rail Programs, RISSB

Tilo Franz

General Manager, Operations & Maintenance, Canberra Metro Operations (CMET)

Paul Nheu

Systems Assurance Manager, Digital Systems Program, Transport for NSW

Celeste Young

Research Fellow, Victoria institute of Strategic Economic Studies, Victoria University

David Bainbridge

General Manager Risk Safety & Environment, Australian Rail Track Corporation

Kieran MacKenzie

CEO, Innovation Engineer, Laing O’Rourke

Ryan Mort

Senior Manager Rail Safety & Accreditation, Queensland Rail

Rachel Wood

Lead Investigator - Rail Safety, Transdev Auckland Andy Strivens, Operations Standards Manager, Transdev Auckland

Jonathan Carroll

Manager Safety, Aurizon

Tim Procter

Senior Consultant, Indec Consulting

Russell McMullan

General Manager (Acting) – Operations and Assets, City Rail Link Project

Ryan Martin

Principal Driver, Metro Trains Melbourne & Joey Anca, Human Risk Manager Metro Trains Melbourne

Guy Widdowson

Compliance & Investigations Manager Safer Rail, New Zealand Rail Safety Regulator, Waka Kotahi New Zealand Transport Agency

Graham Jackson

Director, Safety, Transport for NSW

Sue McCarrey

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

Simon Foster

Executive Director, Technical, ONRSR

Associate Professor Anjum Naweed

CQUniversity

David McMah

General Manager Train Service Delivery, Queensland Rail

Craig Dance

General Manager – Safety Risk and Assurance, V/Line

Bill Palazzi

Director, Palazzirail

Stewart Haycock

Business Improvement Officer, Australian Rail Track Corporation

Dr Neil Robinson

Consultant and Director, RGB Assurance

Benefits of Attending Virtually

Why attend RISSB Rail Safety Conference Virtually?


Content is King: Enjoy Curated Content
With two days of expert sessions and industry leading speakers, delve into expertly curated content that you won’t find anywhere else.


Accessible from your devices
Learning and networking is now at your fingertips – the conferences and matchmaking platform is accessible from your laptop, tablets or mobile devices


Time Efficient and Cost Saving
Save on travelling time and accommodation costs while getting in touch with industry professionals without geographical boundaries


Business Matchmaking Live
Connect and meet with fellow attendees from all over the world by taking advantage of the AI powered matchmaking within the virtual platform.


Live and On-Demand
Wherever you are in the world, view the presentations at your leisure – either live or on-demand you’ll never miss a session.


Engage with our expert speakers
Make the most of your virtual experience by keeping updated with the latest insights and discussions, all while engaging with speakers through live polls, Q&A and more!

 

Check out a preview of our virtual delegate experience

Event images

View images taken on Day One of the RISSB Rail Safety Conference 2018

RISSB Rail Safety Conference 2018-29

Sponsorship & Exhibition Opportunities

The 2020 RISSB Rail Safety Conference will bring together government bodies, railway operators, engineers, project managers and industry experts and stakeholders from across the rail safety spectrum.

To showcase your services, expertise and product to the rail safety professionals and decision makers to this established industry gathering, contact Sarah Ingram, Sponsorship & Exhibition Sales Manager, Sarah.Ingram@informa.com or +61 406 530 043.

Blog articles

The role of safety in delivering New Zealand’s largest infrastructure project
Auckland’s rail network is undergoing a significant upgrade, to accommodate exponential population growth. The City Rail Link (CRL) is New Zealand’s largest transport infrastructure project and will transform the way people travel, live and work in the country’s biggest city… Read more >>

How the ATSB is improving rail safety for the general public
Derailments, signals passed at danger, level crossings incidents, and track workers coming into conflict or potential conflict with trains represent serious concerns to the rail industry… Read more >>

Asset leasing in rail – what are the safety concerns?
“Power by the hour” deals have long been used in aviation, due to their perceived financial attractiveness. Unlike traditional time and material-based models, these long term service agreements (LTSAs) rid transport owners of weighty overheads, by linking engineering and maintenance costs to required activity. Read more >>

Mixed signals: SPAD-risk management and mitigation from the Network Controller perspective
The term ‘SPAD’ (signal passed at danger) is often considered the ‘Voldemort’ of the rail industry. It represents one of the sector’s most ominous safety concerns, given the potential for high consequence accidents, loss of life, and severe reputational damage to the offending organisation. SPAD violations have been attributed to… Read more >>

FAQs

Q1: I’m an already registered attendee for Rail Safety 2020, what happens with my registration?

Your existing conference registration ticket will automatically be carried over to our 100% virtual event. You do not need to re-register.

Additionally, to thank you for your loyalty, all existing bookings are entitled to invite one additional colleague to attend the virtual conference & exhibition at no additional charge (see Q8 below for details).

Should you prefer, you can opt for a refund of the difference between the virtual and regular registration rates.

The Virtual Registration rates are available online

 

VIRTUAL REGISTRATION

Rate (AUD)

GST

TOTAL

Standard

$1,495.00

$149.50

$1,644.50

Young Rail Professionals*

$745.00

$74.50

$819.50

RISSB Members

$965.00

$96.50

$1,061.50

RISSB Members – Young Rail Professionals*

$515.00

$51.50

$566.50

* Applicable to those aged 35 years or younger on 27 October 2020

Your Virtual Registration provides you with unlimited access to the RISSB Rail Safety 2020 Event Platform. This will be our all-in-one venue to access:

  • 50+ presentations and panel sessions – LIVE and ON-DEMAND for 3 months
  • 60+ Expert Speakers
  • The Virtual Exhibition, including technical information and demos
  • Pre and post event networking sessions
  • All approved papers, abstracts and technical content (available for download)

 

Should you have any queries about your registration, please contact our Customer Service Team at info@informa.com

Q2: I am a sponsor/exhibitor, what happens next?

Our number one priority is to deliver you an outstanding virtual experience, resulting in more opportunities for networking, brand visibility and lead generation than ever before.  Over the coming days, your dedicated Sponsorship Manager will reach out to discuss next steps and opportunities. Should you have questions, please contact Sarah Ingram at sarah.ingram@informa.com, or call +61 406 530 043.

Q3: I am a speaker on the agenda, what happens next?

As a speaker on our program, we will soon be contacting you to discuss next steps on how we can incorporate your presentation as part of the RISSB Rail Safety 2020 virtual conference in October.  Should you have questions, please contact Tina Karas at tina.karas@informa.com.au

Q4: How will the presentations be delivered in a virtual format?

All speaker presentations will be accessible from your computer or mobile device with a mix of live and pre-recorded sessions.  Speakers will have scheduled live Q&A built into the agenda.  Attendees will be able to see the video of the speaker, along with their slide deck as they are presenting.  Attendees will also be able to see who else is in the virtual room alongside them, send private or group-wide messages during or after the presentation, or set a time for a 1:1 video meeting on the platform.  Presentations will be available to view on-demand for 30 days post event, allowing you to view presentations at your own convenience.

Q5: What time zone will Rail Safety 2020 accommodate?

While Rail Safety 2020 will be a genuinely international event, the proceedings will follow Australian Eastern Standard times (AEST)

Q6: How will the virtual exhibition look?

Our virtual trade showcase will be accessible alongside the conference presentations to help you to connect with relevant vendors and suppliers. In between conference sessions, we will have dedicated exhibition visiting times to view live product demos with expert on hand to provide additional information and answer any questions that you may have.

Q7: Will I still be able to communicate with attendees, speakers and exhibitors?

Yes, our virtual platform will have a full attendee list published (name, title, company, photo) that can be filtered by topic interests (eg maintenance, rollingstock, project management, regulation, safety, technology, skills etc).

Attendees will be able to send private messages and video call each other through our virtual platform.

Q8: I am already registered. How do I redeem my one free colleague pass?

For all existing conference pass attendees, our Customer Service Team will email you a note asking for your preference in proceeding, along with the practical details for this option, including how to register your free colleague.

Q9: I already booked flights / hotel accommodations, can these be refunded?

Please follow up with the airline / hotel directly to inquire about cancellation policies.

Q10: Can we expect any more changes or announcements?

Maybe. We understand that meeting in person is one of the highlights of participating at the RISSB Rail Safety conference and we have plans in action of how we can safely host social gatherings to meet and network. Given COVIDsafe recommendations and restrictions, specific plans will only be announced closer to the dates.

Stay tuned!

 

Still have questions?

Please contact our Event Marketing Manager Thomas Beauchamp at thomas.beauchamp@informa.com

when & where

27 - 28 Oct 2020

Virtually Delivered Event

contact

Still have a question?

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

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