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RISSB Rail Safety Conference

New ideas, new perspectives and new directions

11-12 May 2021 | Swissotel Sydney

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overview

RISSB’s Rail Safety Conference will return to Sydney in May 2021 as a face-to-face event with virtual attendance options.

Building on the success of our 2020 Rail Safety Conference, the 2021 event will be just as engaging with a 2-day program featuring international and local keynotes, 2 panels of renowned rail industry experts, concurrent streams, workshops, our popular ‘Ask the Regulator’ panel, an exclusive networking event, site visits and much, much more.

Confirmed keynote speakers include:


IAN JEFFRIES, President and Chief Executive Officer, Association of American Railroads



GEORGE BEARFIELD, Health, Safety and Cyber Security Director, Rock Rail (UK)



Suzanne Holden, A/Chief Executive, Sydney Trains



SUE MCCARREY, Chief Executive, Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator



Greg Hood, Chief Commissioner and CEO, Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB)



Dr Natalie Pelham, CEO & Chief Investigator, Office of Transport Safety Investigations (OTSI)


To be joined by industry experts including:


Helen Williams, Executive General Manager Speciality Engineering, SYSTRA Scott Lister



Dr Kate Branford, Senior Human Factors Specialist, Vline Corporation



Peter Doggett, Chief Operating Officer, ONRSR



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



Simon Foster, Executive Director, Technical, ONRSR



Chadi Chaloub, A/Executive Director, Safety Environment Quality Risk, Sydney Trains



Sandra Wilson-Ryke, HSQE Director, Keolis Downer



Graham Jackson, Director Safety, Safety, Environment & Regulation Division, Transport for NSW



Dr Tim Kuypers, Principal, Walbrook Partners



Andrew Barry, A/Director Safety Delivery Train Crewing, Sydney Trains & RISSB Horizons Graduate



Oliver Lake, ATP Test & Commissioning Engineer Onboard, Network Growth Portfolio, Sydney Trains & RISSB Horizons Graduate



Nathan Hines Human Factors and Fatigue SME, Sydney Trains & RISSB Horizons Graduate



Lam-Thien Vu, Systems Engineer, ARTC & RISSB Horizons Graduate



Catherine Baxter, Chief Operating Officer, Metro Trains Melbourne



Stephen Lemon, Program Director Network Futures, Transport for NSW



Brett Bonshore, Safety Advisor, Fortescue Metals Group



Kenelm Wong, Senior Engineer, Fleet Mechanical Systems, Transport for NSW & RISSB Horizons Graduate



Greg Williams, Director Engineering & Asset Management, Keolis Downer Rail



Christopher Cashman, Head of HSQE, Torrens Connect



Graham Hjort, General Manager – Control Systems, 4Tel



Stacey Vorwerk, Chartered Engineer, Department of Transport, Victoria



Tim Procter, Senior Consultant, Indec Consulting



Julia Gibney, Consultant, JVAT



Tony Repaci, Account Director – Rail and Industrial Sectors, GS1 Australia



Klaus Clemens, Consultant, RMAus



Sue Rose, Senior Requirements Engineer, Next Generation Tram, Department of Transport, Victoria & RISSB Horizons Graduate


CALL FOR PAPERS: Presenters will be notified of acceptance in the week beginning Monday, 15 March 2021.


Networking Drinks – 11 May 2021

The Networking Drinks will provide delegates, speakers and guests the opportunity to continue the day’s discussion, share learnings and network in a relaxed, convivial setting. This function is currently available for sponsorship – please email Sarah Ingram for more information about this hosting opportunity.


Thanks again to everyone who made 2020 such a success, proving that COVID-19 and the tyranny of distance is not a barrier to a great conference experience and effective communication. Themed ‘How Safe Is Safe Enough?’ the conference set new attendance records attracting more than 220 delegates/speakers representing government, regulators, operators, network managers, safety leaders, and suppliers from right across Australia and overseas – the most people at a RISSB rail safety conference in a decade!

More than 50 industry experts highlighted the need to maintain safety vigilance in our new normal and encouraged conference attendees to challenge the status quo in their organisation. The conference included 6 keynote presentations, 9 streams focused on industry’s most pressing safety concerns, two panel discussions and what is believed to be the world’s first virtual site tour – attendees were given a sneak peek at works underway to deliver platforms and a pedestrian concourse under Sydney’s busiest train station. With presentations ranging from safety leadership and SPAD management, risk management of operators, train control and SFAIRP, to incident investigations, the range of topics and presenters reflected the diverse needs and interests of those attending the conference.

Feedback included:

The speakers were engaging and informative. The different streams allowed me to select the topics that I believed were most beneficial to my business, while having access to the presentations post conference will allow me to revisit those that I wish to see again and watch those that I missed.

Excellent speakers. Given the current circumstances we all find ourselves, the conference provided the opportunity to obtain the latest safety implementations being made across the Nation and even globally.

Good range of topics, and good to see industry-wide idea sharing and general direction of the industry. Obviously, given the current situation the only way to meet is virtually, but naturally it would be more value to have this type of event in a live environment.

speakers

Sandra Wilson-Ryke

SQE Director, Keolis Downer

Ian Jeffries

President and CEO, AAR (USA)

Helen Williams

Executive General Manager Speciality Engineering, SYSTRA Scott Lister

Scott Cornish

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

David Bainbridge

Project Director – Safe Work Improvement Program, Australian Rail Track Corporation

Suzanne Holden

A/Chief Executive, Sydney Trains

Chadi Chaloub

A/Executive Director, Safety Environment Quality Risk, Sydney Trains

Dr Kate Branford

Senior Human Factors Specialist, Vline Corporation

Andrew Barry

A/Director Safety Delivery Train Crewing, Sydney Trains & RISSB Horizons Graduate

Oliver Lake

ATP Test & Commissioning Engineer Onboard, Network Growth Portfolio, Sydney Trains & RISSB Horizons Graduate

Jesse Baker

General Manager, Innovation & Major Projects, RISSB

Mike Aviet

General Manager, Rail Programs, RISSB

Tim Procter

Senior Consultant, Indec Consulting

Stacey Vorwerk

Chartered Engineer, Department of Transport, Victoria

Kenelm Wong

Senior Engineer, Fleet Mechanical Systems, Transport for NSW & RISSB Horizons Graduate

Klaus Clemens

Consultant, RMAus

Catherine Baxter

Chief Operating Officer, Metro Trains Melbourne

Stephen Lemon

Program Director Network Futures, Transport for NSW

Nathan Hines

Human Factors and Fatigue SME, Sydney Trains & RISSB Horizons Graduate

Sue Rose

Senior Requirements Engineer, Next Generation Tram, Department of Transport, Victoria & RISSB Horizons Graduate

Prof Drew Dawson

Director Research Development, CQ University

Tony Repaci

Account Director - Rail and Industrial Sectors, GS1 Australia

Brett Bonshore

Safety Advisor, Fortescue Metals Group

Greg Williams

Director Engineering & Asset Management, Keolis Downer Rail

George Bearfield

Director of Health, Safety and Cyber Security, Rock Rail Holdings (UK)

Graham Jackson

Director Safety, Safety, Environment & Regulation Division, Transport for NSW

Greg Hood

Chief Commissioner, Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB)

Dr Natalie Pelham

CEO & Chief Investigator, Office of Transport Safety Investigations (OTSI)

Sue McCarrey

Chief Executive, Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator

Dr Tim Kuypers

Principal, Walbrook Partners

Peter Doggett

Chief Operating Officer, ONRSR

Julie Bullas

Executive Director, Policy, Reform and Stakeholder Engagement, ONRSR

Simon Foster

Executive Director, Technical, ONRSR

Lam-Thien Vu

Systems Engineer, ARTC & RISSB Horizons Graduate

Chelsea Winskill

Regulatory Data Analyst, ONRSR & RISSB Horizons Graduate

Risharda Robertson

Standards Development Manager, RISSB

Associate Professor Anjum Naweed

CQUniversity

Graham Hjort

General Manager – Control Systems, 4Tel

Kieran MacKenzie

CEO, Innovation Engineer, Laing O’Rourke

Christopher Cashman

Head of HSQE, Torrens Connect

Richard Clark

SWIP Project Manager - Program Delivery, Australian Rail Track Corporation

Alice Plett

Project Manager Solution Delivery, Australian Rail Track Corporation

Julia Gibney

Consultant, JVAT

agenda

8:50 am

OPENING | Chair Welcome

Sandra Wilson-Ryke, SQE Director, Keolis Downer

SAFETY LEADERSHIP

9:00 am

INTERNATIONAL KEYNOTE ADDRESS | Safety Moving People, Goods and the Economy

Ian Jeffries, President and CEO, AAR (USA)

9:40 am

PANEL DISCUSSION | Safety Leaders Panel: New Perspectives

Helen Williams, Executive General Manager Speciality Engineering, SYSTRA Scott Lister

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

David Bainbridge, Project Director – Safe Work Improvement Program, Australian Rail Track Corporation

10:20 am

Safety stretches and networking break

10:50 am

KEYNOTE SPEAKER | Sharing learnings from other industries

Suzanne Holden, A/Chief Executive, Sydney Trains

11:20 am

PANEL DISCUSSION | Safety Leaders Panel: New Ideas

Chadi Chaloub, A/Executive Director, Safety Environment Quality Risk, Sydney Trains

Dr Kate Branford, Senior Human Factors Specialist, Vline Corporation

12:00 pm

Safety stretches and networking break

1:00 pm

SAFETY ISSUES IN FOCUS

CHAIR || Stream: Safety Innovation

Andrew Barry, A/Director Safety Delivery Train Crewing, Sydney Trains & RISSB Horizons Graduate

CHAIR || Stream: Safety Harmonisation and Interoperability

Oliver Lake, ATP Test & Commissioning Engineer Onboard, Network Growth Portfolio, Sydney Trains & RISSB Horizons Graduate

RISSB’s Innovation Agenda || Stream: Safety Innovation

Jesse Baker, General Manager, Innovation & Major Projects, RISSB

RISSB’s Harmonisation and Interoperability Agenda || Stream: Safety Harmonisation and Interoperability

Mike Aviet, General Manager, Rail Programs, RISSB

1:10 pm

Two Approaches Become One: Safety Assurance Best Practice || Stream: Safety Innovation

Tim Procter, Senior Consultant, Indec Consulting

Stacey Vorwerk, Chartered Engineer, Department of Transport, Victoria

Finding the vigilance timing cycle for interoperable trains || Stream: Safety Harmonisation and Interoperability

Kenelm Wong, Senior Engineer, Fleet Mechanical Systems, Transport for NSW & RISSB Horizons Graduate

1:35 pm

Train Control Automation using AI || Stream: Safety Innovation

Klaus Clemens, Consultant, RMAus

National Rules || Stream: Safety Harmonisation and Interoperability

2:00 pm

Driver Safety Predictor Tool || Stream: Safety Innovation

Catherine Baxter, Chief Operating Officer, Metro Trains Melbourne

Signalling & Train Control Interoperability || Stream: Safety Harmonisation and Interoperability

Stephen Lemon, Program Director Network Futures, Transport for NSW

2:25 pm

Virtual Reality Training and Safety – a Human Factors Perspective || Stream: Safety Innovation

The National Rail Action Plan: Driving Harmonisation and Interoperability || Stream: Safety Harmonisation and Interoperability

2:50 pm

Key takeaways: Wrap up summary sessions

3:55 pm

Safety stretches and networking break

3:25 pm

SAFETY ISSUES IN FOCUS

CHAIR || Stream: Fatigue

Nathan Hines, Human Factors and Fatigue SME, Sydney Trains & RISSB Horizons Graduate

CHAIR || Stream: Asset Management

Sue Rose, Senior Requirements Engineer, Next Generation Tram, Department of Transport, Victoria & RISSB Horizons Graduate

RISSB’s Fatigue Agenda || Stream: Fatigue

Mike Aviet, General Manager, Rail Programs, RISSB

RISSB’s Asset Management Agenda || Stream: Asset Management

Jesse Baker, General Manager, Innovation & Major Projects, RISSB

3:35 pm

Recent Advances in Fatigue Management || Stream: Fatigue

Prof Drew Dawson, Director Research Development, CQ University

What do you Really Know About the Assets you Own and Manage? || Stream: Asset Management

Tony Repaci, Account Director - Rail and Industrial Sectors, GS1 Australia

4:00 pm

SmartCaps: Fatigue Technology || Stream: Fatigue

Brett Bonshore, Safety Advisor, Fortescue Metals Group

An IMS for Rail System Engineers || Stream: Asset Management

Greg Williams, Director Engineering & Asset Management, Keolis Downer Rail

4:25 pm

International Case Study || Stream: Fatigue

Reducing the Need to Access the Danger Zone || Stream: Asset Management

4:50 pm

Key takeaways: Wrap up summary sessions

4:55 pm

INTERNATIONAL KEYNOTE ADDRESS |Rail Safety and the 4th Industrial Revolution

George Bearfield, Director of Health, Safety and Cyber Security, Rock Rail Holdings (UK)

5:35 pm

End of Conference Day One | Networking Drinks

8:50 am

OPENING | Opening remarks from the Chair

Graham Jackson, Director Safety, Safety, Environment & Regulation Division, Transport for NSW

9:00 am

KEYNOTE PRESENTATION | Investigation Update and the ATSB/OTSI Partnership to Improve Rail Safety

Greg Hood, Chief Commissioner, Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB)

Dr Natalie Pelham, CEO & Chief Investigator, Office of Transport Safety Investigations (OTSI)

9:30 am

KEYNOTE PRESENTATION | New Approaches to Regulation

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

10:00 am

PANEL DISCUSSION | Ask the Regulator Panel

Dr Tim Kuypers, Principal, Walbrook Partners

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

Peter Doggett, Chief Operating Officer, ONRSR

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

Simon Foster, Executive Director, Technical, ONRSR

10:40 am

LAUNCH | Track Worker Safety Report, Safety in the Corridor RISSB/ONRSR CEO

12:45 am

Safety stretches and networking break

11:10 am

SAFETY ISSUES IN FOCUS

CHAIR || Stream: Safety Culture

Lam-Thien Vu, Systems Engineer, ARTC & RISSB Horizons Graduate

CHAIR || Stream: Track Worker Safety

Chelsea Winskill, Regulatory Data Analyst, ONRSR & RISSB Horizons Graduate

RISSB’s Safety Culture Agenda || Stream: Safety Culture

Risharda Robertson, Standards Development Manager, RISSB

RISSB’s Track Worker Safety Agenda || Stream: Track Worker Safety

Jesse Baker, General Manager, Innovation & Major Projects, RISSB

11:20 am

Investigations and Safety Culture || Stream: Safety Culture

Associate Professor Anjum Naweed, CQUniversity

Track Worker Safety Improvements on the NSW Country Regional Network || Stream: Track Worker Safety

Graham Hjort, General Manager – Control Systems, 4Tel

11:45 am

A systematic approach to safety culture || Stream: Safety Culture

Blindsight. Effortlessly Protect People in Dynamic Environments with Artificial Intelligence Vision || Stream: Track Worker Safety

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

12:10 pm

Critical Risk Management – Establishing a Culture for Zero Harm || Stream: Safety Culture

Christopher Cashman, Head of HSQE, Torrens Connect

ARTC’s safe working improvement and EVU || Stream: Track Worker Safety

Richard Clark, SWIP Project Manager - Program Delivery, Australian Rail Track Corporation

Alice Plett, Project Manager Solution Delivery, Australian Rail Track Corporation

12:35 pm

An Analysis of the Impact of Safety Culture on an SMS || Stream: Safety Culture

Julia Gibney, Consultant, JVAT

1:00 pm

Key takeaways: Wrap up summary sessions

1:05 pm

Safety stretches and networking break

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pricing

Packages Price
Two Day Conference$1995+GST
Two day conference - Young Rail Professionals rate (Under 35)*$995+GST
Virtual Pass$1195+GST
Virtual Pass - Young Rail Professionals$695+GST
Extras Price
Attending Metro Trains Sydney Site Tour Included in package
Attending Central Station Metro Site Tour Included in package
Attending UTS Data Arena Site Tour Included in package
Packages Price
Two Day Conference$1195+GST
Two day conference - Young Rail Professionals rate (Under 35)*$595+GST
Virtual Pass$695+GST
Virtual Pass - Young Rail Professionals$395+GST
Extras Price
Attending Metro Trains Sydney Site Tour Included in package
Attending Central Station Metro Site Tour Included in package
Attending UTS Data Arena Site Tour Included in package

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
  • 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.

 

Note: GST is not applicable to non-Australian based companies purchasing a Virtual Pass.
If you’re an international customer purchasing a virtual pass please contact Customer Service on info@informa.com.au.

Technical Site Visits

Delegates will have the option to tailor knowledge with the selection of three concurrent technical site visits.

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 view the control room at 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.


UTS Data Arena

The UTS Data Arena is a powerful immersive facility that can help researchers, business and government simplify complex information. Users in the arena can surround themselves in data to observe, explore, refine, improve, discover and learn.

Times and PPE requirements to be finalised shortly.

Sponsorship & Exhibition Opportunities

The 2021 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 >>

Health & Safety

The health and safety of our speakers, attendees and guests is our top priority.

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All Informa events will be run according to official government and local authority guidance in the first instance, as well as any venue or location-specific regulations.

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when & where

11 - 12 May 2021

Swissotel Sydney
68 Market St, Sydney NSW 2000
+ 61 (2) 9238 8888
swissotelsydney.com.au

Swissotel Sydney Special Accommodation Rate: 10% discount off best available rate at the time of booking. In order to qualify, please call the Reservations Team on 02 9238 8888 between 9:00am – 5:00pm Monday to Friday or email res.sydney@swissotel.com and quote INFORMA

 

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Sarah.Ingram@informa.com

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