The Australasian Railway Association and Informa are pleased to be bringing our 10th Heavy Haul Rail Conference back to Perth. The conference will take place at the Hyatt Regency Perth on the 14th and 15th April 2021.
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 2021! 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 23 March 2021, to attend this year’s ARA Heavy Haul Rail conference.
President, Transportation Technology Center (TTCI); Chair: United States of America, International Heavy Haul Association (IHHA)
Rubim De Moura
Port & Rail Engineering Manager, Fortescue Metals Group
Chief Executive, Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator
Rail Engineering Manager, WAIO/Engineering/Rail Engineering, BHP Iron Ore
Rail Construction Manager, Downer
Director, Monash Institute of Railway Technology
CEO, Australasian Railway Association
Operations & Integration Manager – ATMS, ARTC
Principal Engineer – Track, Transnet Freight Rail SA
Research Engineer, Institute of Railway Technology (IRT)
Managing Director Australia, Holland Co
Executive Commercial Leader, Australia and New Zealand, GE Transportation, a Wabtec Company
Technical Director – Rail, Aurecon
Dr Ali Parvizi
National Marketing & Sales, Traction, ABB Australia
General Manager Services, 4Tel Pty Ltd
Transport and Cities Program Director , Grattan Institute
Senior Track Engineer, FMG Rail Track Maintenance
Next Generation Conference Scholarships
Do you have an idea that could disrupt or bring greater awareness of the benefits of rail?
We are excited to launch the inaugural Next Generation Conference Scholarship for Heavy Haul Rail. To support their professional development, scholarship recipients will receive a free pass to the conference and dinner.
Those in the rail industry are aware of the significant contribution rail makes to the region’s economic, social and environmental objectives. However, many people simply do not realise how innovative and large the industry is or how many diverse career opportunities the rail sector oﬀers.
To celebrate and highlight the rail industry’s contribution, we’re inviting all rail sector personnel aged 30yrs and under to submit their innovative ideas on how to market and promote the rail industry in a positive and impactful way, as well as educating the broader community’s perception of the benefits of rail.
In 200-300 words, describe how you would market and promote the benefits of rail to your peers, friends, family, parliamentarians or the general community at large for the opportunity to win 1 of 10 scholarships to attend the 2021 ARA Heavy Haul Rail conference and dinner.
Winners will receive:
- Complimentary attendance to the ARA Heavy Haul Rail conference and dinner, including extended access to the event online networking platform
- The opportunity to display ‘winning ideas’ as posters in the exhibition
- Certificates of acknowledgement at the conference dinner
Entries must be 200-300 words and include their idea/s about how they would promote the benefits of rail to their peers, friends, family members, politicians or the general community at large and include their name/contact details, institution and qualification underway/completed (including completion date). Entry can include multi and/or mixed media.
Eligibility: Recent graduates and young railway professionals
Open to all recent graduates and young railway professionals who are 30yrs or under (as at 15 April 2021)
The Heavy Haul Rail Organising Committee will review entries and select winners on the benefits, quality and relevance their ideas could provide. No feedback will be provided to unsuccessful applicants.
Entries open: 17 December 2020
Competition deadline: 25 February 2021
Winners announced: 2 March 2021
Certificates presented at the Conference Dinner: 14 April 2021