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Heavy Haul Rail

Future readiness for Heavy Haul Rail

13-14 March 2024 | Crown Perth

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The Australian heavy haul rail industry, boasting some the heaviest and longest trains, continues to lead the world in operations and innovation.

Bringing together key decision makers, the agenda will showcase the best in local and international project expertise, giving attendees an understanding of the strategic directions of major players together with critical industry and market updates to ensure efficient, safe and reliable operations.

Mark your calendars today and join us in March 2024 to connect with the heavy haul rail industry at the only dedicated heavy haul rail conference in Australia.

Speakers

Hon Catherine King MP

Minister for infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government

Hon Rita Saffioti MLA

Deputy Premier; Treasurer; Minister for Transport; Tourism

Dr Natalie Pelham

Chief Executive, ONRSR

Antonio Merheb

Chairman, IHHA

Vivek Dhar

Director - Mining and Energy Economist, Commonwealth Bank Australia

Wendy McMillan

Senior Regional Vice President (ANZ and SEA), Wabtec Corporation

Lily Meneghel

GM Integrated Remote Operations Centre, Roy Hill

Warren Wellbeloved

General Manager, Rail | WA Iron Ore, BHP

Georgia Nicholls

General Manager – Rail Freight & Heavy Haul, Australasian Railway Association

Candis Rhodes

Manager Sustainability, Rail Strategy, Rio Tinto

Roger Buckley

Fleet Decarbonisation Manager, Asset Management and Strategy, Aurizon

Shunturi Govender

Senior Rail Civil Engineer, Arup

Janis Emolins

Systems Manager - Engineering, Rail Electrification, Siemens Mobility

Carina O’Brien

Head of Strategy, Siemens Mobility

Mark Wood

Chief Technology Officer, 4AI Systems & General Manager, Communications & Electronics, 4Tel

Saad Khan

Co-Founder & Director, Future Maintenance Technologies

Charlotte Moss

Superintendent Delivery Rail Systems – Sustaining Capital Rail, Rio Tinto

Ash Athukoralalage

Wheel/Rail Interface Engineer, Speno Rail Maintenance

John Deppen

Director Engineering, Amsted Rail

Ksenija Stanic-Colic

Manager Engineering Civil & Mechanical, Roy Hill

Ethan Scott

VR Instructional Designer, Nexefy

Megan McCracken

Chair, Freight and Logistics Council WA, & Leadership Coach, Pleiades Consulting, & Non-Executive Director, Pacific Energy Limited

Agnes Kang

Superintendent Reliability Engineering Rail, Royhill

Brett Elkington

Manager Autonomous Road Trains, Hexagon

Cat Peppler

Group Executive Corporate, Aurizon

Tamara Mahes

Director Operations and Maintenance, Curtin University

Anthony Sacca

General Manager - Composite Sleepers, Unipart Rail

Brian Ross

WA/SA Operations Manager, DT Infrastructure

Richard Cohen

Managing Director Port, Rail & Core Services, Rio Tinto Iron Ore

Jasmine Veaney

Superintendent Asset Integrity, BHP

Professor Ravi Ravitharan

Director, Monash Institute of Railway Technology, Monash University

Mark White

Business Development Manager, Speno Rail Maintenance

Tomas Austen

Senior Transport Safety Investigator, ATSB

Debra Watson

Managing Director, Satarla Australia

Anita Payne

Executive Coach, Team & Culture Coach, Facilitator, Grow Communications

Renee Hakendorf

National Lead, CORE Innovation Hub

Chris Warner

Senior Leader Coach, BHP & Author, ‘Flick The Switch’ & ‘Why Care’

Sue McCarrey

CEO, NOPSEMA

Cameron Wylde

People Manager, Northen Hub, Fortescue

Kari Gonzales

President & CEO, MxV Rail

Rob Ramsden

Principal Energy, & Climate Change Capability, Rio Tinto

Agenda

7:30 am

YOUNG RAIL PROFESSIONAL’S BREAKFAST

8:00 am

REGISTRATION & WELCOME COFFEE

8:40 am

Welcome to Country

8:50 am

Admin and safety briefing

8:55 am

Opening remarks from the chair

Megan McCracken, Chair, Freight and Logistics Council WA, & Leadership Coach, Pleiades Consulting, & Non-Executive Director, Pacific Energy Limited

9:00 am

FEDERAL GOVERNMENT ADDRESS

Hon Catherine King MP, Minister for infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government

REGULATION

9:10 am

KEYNOTE ADDRESS | The regulator’s perspective

Dr Natalie Pelham, Chief Executive, ONRSR

INNOVATION

9:40 am

KEYNOTE ADDRESS | The innovation and technology driving heavy haul sustainability

Wendy McMillan, Senior Regional Vice President (ANZ and SEA), Wabtec Corporation

FREIGHT

10:10 am

The future of freight

Georgia Nicholls, General Manager – Rail Freight & Heavy Haul, Australasian Railway Association

10:40 am

Networking & refreshment break

FUTURE OUTLOOK

11:10 am

How the economy and energy transition is shaping HHR

Vivek Dhar, Director - Mining and Energy Economist, Commonwealth Bank Australia

11:40 am

Advantages of rail in supporting decarbonisation and the energy transition

Cat Peppler, Group Executive Corporate, Aurizon

12:10 pm

KEYNOTE ADDRESS

Richard Cohen, Managing Director Port, Rail & Core Services, Rio Tinto Iron Ore

12:40 pm

Accelerating innovation and transformation to ensure future readiness for heavy haul rail

Renee Hakendorf, National Lead, CORE Innovation Hub

1:00 pm

Networking & lunch break

2:10 pm

Welcome from Chair || Stream: TRACK 1: DECARBONISATION

Candis Rhodes, Manager Sustainability, Rail Strategy, Rio Tinto

Welcome from Chair || Stream: TRACK 2: MAINTENANCE

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

2:15 pm

PANEL DISCUSSION| Incremental change opportunities for decarbonisation as we head towards 2050 || Stream: TRACK 1: DECARBONISATION

Moderated by: Candis Rhodes, Manager Sustainability, Rail Strategy, Rio Tinto

Roger Buckley, Fleet Decarbonisation Manager, Asset Management and Strategy, Aurizon

Georgia Nicholls, General Manager – Rail Freight & Heavy Haul, Australasian Railway Association

Carina O’Brien, Head of Strategy, Siemens Mobility

Recent developments in applying artificial intelligence to the rail industry || Stream: TRACK 2: MAINTENANCE

Mark Wood, Chief Technology Officer, 4AI Systems & General Manager, Communications & Electronics, 4Tel

3:00 pm

Innovative modelling and simulation techniques for improved heavy haul freight operations || Stream: TRACK 1: DECARBONISATION

John Deppen, Director Engineering, Amsted Rail

2:45 pm

The next frontier in automation for heavy haul railways: maintenance robotics || Stream: TRACK 2: MAINTENANCE

Saad Khan, Co-Founder & Director, Future Maintenance Technologies

3:30 pm

Global case studies in decarbonising railway track || Stream: TRACK 1: DECARBONISATION

Anthony Sacca, General Manager - Composite Sleepers, Unipart Rail

3:15 pm

Beyond wear and tear: Advanced rail grinding for optimal productivity and sustainability in Australian heavy haul railways || Stream: TRACK 2: MAINTENANCE

Ash Athukoralalage, Wheel/Rail Interface Engineer, Speno Rail Maintenance

Mark White, Business Development Manager, Speno Rail Maintenance

4:00 pm

Networking, stretch & refreshment break

4:25 pm

Lithium batteries in your fleet – An idling retrospective || Stream: TRACK 3: GREEN TECHNOLOGY

Roger Buckley, Fleet Decarbonisation Manager, Asset Management and Strategy, Aurizon

In it for the long haul — The case for virtual reality and digital training twins as a dynamic, long-term asset to help combat labour market shortages || Stream: TRACK 4: INNOVATION

Ethan Scott, VR Instructional Designer, Nexefy

4:55 pm

Electrifying Australia's heavy haul rail networks || Stream: TRACK 3: GREEN TECHNOLOGY

Janis Emolins, Systems Manager - Engineering, Rail Electrification, Siemens Mobility

Improving the sustainability of heavy haul rail infrastructure - Learnings from South African heavy haul railways || Stream: TRACK 4: INNOVATION

Shunturi Govender, Senior Rail Civil Engineer, Arup

5:25 pm

Closing remarks from the Chair

8:30 am

Admin and safety briefing

8:35 am

Welcome from the chair

Tamara Mahes, Director Operations and Maintenance, Curtin University

8:40 am

INTERNATIONAL KEYNOTE ADDRESS| Highlights from North America’s research program

Kari Gonzales, President & CEO, MxV Rail

9:10 am

INTERNATIONAL KEYNOTE ADDRESS| On track for success - Key elements in heavy haul infrastructure maintenance and track construction

Antonio Merheb, Chairman, IHHA

SAFETY

9:40 am

KEYNOTE ADDRESS| Thinking differently about rail safety

Warren Wellbeloved, General Manager, Rail | WA Iron Ore, BHP

10:10 am

PANEL DISCUSSION| What is your psychosocial safety culture? How are we continuing to evolve as an industry?

Moderated by: Tamara Mahes, Director Operations and Maintenance, Curtin University

Anita Payne, Executive Coach, Team & Culture Coach, Facilitator, Grow Communications

Debra Watson, Managing Director, Satarla Australia

Chris Warner, Senior Leader Coach, BHP & Author, ‘Flick The Switch’ & ‘Why Care’

Sue McCarrey, CEO, NOPSEMA

10:55 am

It all begins with culture

Brian Ross, WA/SA Operations Manager, DT Infrastructure

11:15 am

Networking, stretch & refreshment break

PEOPLE & SKILLS

11:45 am

PANEL DISCUSSION| Workforce planning & tackling labour market shortages

Moderated by: Lily Meneghel, GM Integrated Remote Operations Centre, Roy Hill

Jasmine Veaney, Superintendent Asset Integrity, BHP

Agnes Kang, Superintendent Reliability Engineering Rail, Royhill

Cameron Wylde, People Manager, Northen Hub, Fortescue

Rob Ramsden, Principal Energy, & Climate Change Capability, Rio Tinto

GOVERNMENT UPDATE

12:30 pm

STATE MINISTERIAL ADDRESS

Hon Rita Saffioti MLA, Deputy Premier; Treasurer; Minister for Transport; Tourism

1:00 pm

Networking & lunch break

CYBER SECURITY & AI

2:55 pm

Lessons from the collision between freight trains 7MP5 and 2K66 at Jumperkine

Tomas Austen, Senior Transport Safety Investigator, ATSB

3:25 pm

AusRRIN: Framework to Strengthen Research and Innovation to Shape the Future of Australian Railways Details

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

3:55 pm

Closing remarks from the chair

4:00 pm

End of conference

7:00 pm

Proudly sponsored by Amsted Rail

Commencing with pre-dinner drinks at 6.30pm

The Heavy Haul Rail Conference dinner takes place on the evening of the 14 March at the Crown Perth. Join us for this unique networking function which includes pre-dinner drinks and presentation to our Next Generation Conference Scholarships. Attendees must register to attend the conference as well.

Pricing

Packages Price
Package (Heavy Haul)$2695+GST
Package (Heavy Haul + Rail Turnouts)$3495+GST
Virtual Pass (Heavy Haul)$1295+GST
Virtual Pass (Heavy Haul + Rail Turnouts)$1,861.50+GST
Extras Price
Dinner $250+GST
Dinner - Table of 10 $2500+GST
Streamly Access Pass $495+GST
Packages Price
Package (Heavy Haul)$1395+GST
Package (Heavy Haul + Rail Turnouts)$1795+GST
Virtual Pass (Heavy Haul)$795+GST
Virtual Pass (Heavy Haul + Rail Turnouts)$1139+GST
Extras Price
Dinner $250+GST
Dinner - Table of 10 $2500+GST
Streamly Access Pass $495+GST
Networking Breakfast Included in package

*Young Rail Professionals rate eligibility – Reduced registration fees are available to young rail professionals, aged 35 years old and under on 12 March 2024 to attend this year’s Heavy Haul Rail Conference.

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

Acceleration Allies

NEW TO 2024 | Count Her In: Achieve a minimum 30% female representation to join our ‘Acceleration Allies’ program

To celebrate the 2024 theme of International Women’s Day, ‘Count Her In: Accelerating Gender Equality Through Economic Empowerment’ Informa Australia will be showcasing the organisations who achieve a minimum of 30% female representation at Heavy Haul Rail & Rail Turnouts with special acknowledgements as ‘Acceleration Allies’. This representation will include speakers, delegates, sponsors and delegates. Join the movement to ‘Count her in’ and enjoy special recognition at the event.

Networking Breakfast

NEW TO 2024: Young Rail Professionals Networking Breakfast

Proudly sponsored by Speno Rail Maintenance Australia

When: 7.30am-8.40am on 13 March 2024
Where: Crown Perth

Free and open to all young rail professionals who are registered to attend the Heavy Haul Rail conference.

If you are under 35, join us to meet and network with other young rail professionals at this important and relaxed event. RSVPs are essential. RSVP when registering to attend the Heavy Haul Rail 2024 conference.

Heavy Haul Rail Dinner

14 March 2024 | Crown Perth | 7:00pm – 10:30pm

Proudly sponsored by

Come together to celebrate and reflect on the learnings and industry achievements showcased at this exciting event. Commencing with pre-dinner drinks at 6.30pm, the Heavy Haul Rail Conference dinner takes place on the evening of the 14th March at the Crown Perth and includes our guest speaker plus the presentation to our Next Generation Conference Scholarships. Attendees must register to attend the conference as well.

Dinner Guest Speaker: Laureate Professor Veena Sahajwalla
Professor Veena Sahajwalla is an internationally recognised materials scientist, engineer, and pioneer revolutionising recycling science. Amongst her many achievements, she is the inventor of polymer injection technology, known as green steel, an eco-friendly process for using recycled tyres in steel production at the UNSW Sustainable Materials Research and Technology (SMaRT) Centre, where she is Founding Director. She is also renowned for her passion in having research work in collaboration with industry to ensure new recycling science is translated into real world environmental and economic benefits. Most recently, in 2023, Veena launched The ARC Research Hub for Microrecycling of Battery and Consumer Wastes.

Next Generation Conference Scholarships

Sponsored by Speno

Congratulations to the winners of the Next Generation Conference Scholarship for the Heavy Haul Rail Conference 2024

Kelsey D’Rozario, Communications Advisor, DT Infrastructure

Su-Yeon Chung, Graduate Mechanical Engineer, Aurizon

Andie Gell, Mechanical Engineer, Rio Tinto

Will Penrose, Technical Sales Engineer, Vossloh Australia

Aiden Yap, Graduate Engineer, SYSTRA ANZ

Xutong Zhang, Intern, WSP

Jessica Mitchell, Graduate Control Systems Engineer, Rio Tinto

Daniel Watchorn, Engineer, Rail, WSP

Karthik Thilakan, Graduate Mechanical Engineer, Aurizon

Matthew Edwards, Graduate, Systra ANZ

Darren Lau, Engineering Cadet, Transport for NSW (Sydney Trains)

We’re delighted to be supporting the winners’ professional development and sharing their innovative ideas on how to disrupt, improve or positively impact the future of heavy haul rail.

WINNERS WILL RECEIVE:

  • Complimentary attendance to the Young Rail Professionals Breakfast hosted by our sponsor, Speno Rail Maintenance Australia
  • Complimentary attendance to the Two-Day Heavy Haul Rail Conference
  • Certificates of acknowledgement – to be presented at the Conference Dinner

Sponsors Profile

Salcef Group is an Italian excellence designing, developing, and producing solutions for sustainable mobility. Serving the market for over 70 years, the Group is now a global leading player providing the railway industry with a comprehensive ecosystem of products and services.

Its 7 operative Business Units and 15 operating companies are a unique combination of specialization and integration, the result of continuous investments in innovation and external growth. The Group has over 2,100 employees, boasts a fleet of more than 1,100 railway machines, and, in 2022, achieved a consolidated turnover of 565 million euros.


Amsted Rail® is a leading global provider of integrated freight wagon component systems, produced with precision, to deliver best-in-class value to our customers for freight, transit and locomotive assets. Amsted Rail is also at the forefront in delivering IoT telematics solutions that track, trace and monitor fleet assets 24/7 virtually anywhere around the globe.

For over a century, Amsted Rail has leveraged the power of innovation to create high performance solutions that are helping reimagine the future of mobility. We’re relentless in our pursuit of new product advances, new engineering technologies and new manufacturing processes to better prepare our customers for the challenges ahead.

Rail Turnouts

Alongside Heavy Haul Rail comes the return of the popular specialist Rail Turnouts Workshop in 2024. To be held on the 12 March 2024 as an intensive one-day focused introduction to the fundamental technical knowledge, the workshop will exchange and transfer knowledge from a range of experts working across rail turnouts.

SPECIAL OFFER: A 15% DISCOUNT WHEN REGISTERING FOR BOTH THE HEAVY HAUL RAIL CONFERENCE AND RAIL TURNOUTS WORKSHOP

Visit the website for more details

Testimonials

Hear what our 2023 attendees had to say:

“Very good turn out with great customer engagement.”

“The networking is very good – the right people attend.”

“It was not a sales pitch conference- it was an industry update.”

“Great representation from all the big heavy haul operators in Australia on the speaking panel and in attendance.”

“For someone new to the industry, this conference is an eye opener. It provide various topics regarding the current state of heavy haul rail and the future that it may lead to. It is a very fascinating experience and all the speakers are very knowledgeable in their field. I learnt a lot.”

ConnectMe + Streamly

ConnectMe • Networking enhanced

All of our events utilise a bespoke dynamic smartphone app, ConnectMe – which guarantees attendees a premium event experience. Logins are sent prior to the conference commencement allowing you to check who’s attending, schedule in meetings and catch ups, participate in live Q+A and interactive polls, and much more. ConnectMe ensures you never miss a beat prior, during and post event.

 

Streamly • On-Demand video vault

Streamly is a new video platform from Informa Connect – hosting hours of session recordings from our events and more. Select the Streamly add-on at the checkout to receive year round access to exclusive On-Demand session recordings from all of our related transport events*. Login information will be sent post event. For more information visit our Streamly page.

* Note: In a minority of cases, speakers may request their sessions to be excluded from Streamly access.

Sustainability

Our Commitment to Sustainability

In Australia, we are committed to running our events in an environmentally and socially responsible way. Across Informa Connect we are focusing on the short and long-term sustainability impacts we have on customers and colleagues alongside the communities we work in.

We recognise that it’s not just about the way we produce our events and products but recognising that we have a role to play in providing a space to work in partnership together with our markets to inspire the sustainable development of the industries we serve.

To read more on our latest sustainability reports and Faster Forward initiatives – click here.

when & where

13 - 14 Mar 2024

Crown Perth
Great Eastern Hwy,
Burswood WA 6100

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