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What does it mean to be ‘technology ready’ in rail – and why does it matter?

The global rail technology market is currently valued at 116 billion euros and is expected to reach 126 billion by 2025. In the face of this growth, the term ‘technology readiness’ has become one of the rail industry’s most prominent buzzwords. But what exactly does it mean and why is it credited with so much…

24 Apr 2024, by Amy Sarcevic

Occupational Health & Safety | Technology | Transport & Logistics

The safety program making significant savings for Downer Group

Since becoming Head of HSEQ for Downer Group, Nick Mountford - who investigated the 2003 Waterfall train incident and played a pivotal role in establishing the ITSRR - has taken a zero-tolerance approach towards rail safety. His recently implemented Rail Safety Improvement Program has already seen incidents nosedive from 23 in the 2020-21 financial year,…

11 Apr 2024, by Amy Sarcevic

Transport & Logistics

Rethinking what is acceptable – Rio Tinto’s approach to greater safety around rail

With numerous intersections between people and high speed vehicles, business-as-usual risks in rail are among the highest of any industry. Like many operators, Rio Tinto has always managed these risks in line with the ‘So Far As Is Reasonably Practicable’ (SFAIRP) standard, required by Rail Safety National Law. More recently, however, it has begun to…

29 Feb 2024, by Amy Sarcevic

Technology | Transport & Logistics

Monitoring track assets in their natural state – how Vossloh is changing the game for rail maintenance

Intricate track components, like switches and point machines, can be a challenge to monitor under actual operating conditions. Allow maintenance crews on the ballast while trains are running, and there are often unacceptable safety risks. Don’t allow them, and it becomes hard to assess the true condition of the asset under its real load. With…

28 Feb 2024, by Amy Sarcevic

Technology | Transport & Logistics

Prolonging the life of a rail turnout

Bearing enormous tonnage, and withstanding extremes of weather and temperature, life as a rail turnout is often tough in Australia. However, as John Smith of voestalpine Railway Systems points out, a turnout can maintain good health and reach an impressive life span if cared for appropriately. He says advances in sensors and data-based applications now…

16 Feb 2024, by Amy Sarcevic

Transport & Logistics

How to develop a solid asset management strategy for rail turnouts

Specialist domain knowledge in rail asset maintenance and engineering has been increasingly difficult to come by in recent years. But, with skills in data science and technology on the rise, how can network managers refine their strategies and get more life from assets? Lisa Allsopp, Technical Executive at WSP believes good asset management comes when…

14 Feb 2024, by Amy Sarcevic

Technology | Transport & Logistics

How RISSB is improving the safety and effectiveness of rail turnouts

Turnouts are an integral piece of equipment when it comes to rail safety and efficiency, which is why they have always been a key focus for the Rail Industry Safety and Standards Board (RISSB). This year is no exception, as the organisation continues its work with industry to ensure turnout technologies are working optimally. RISSB’s…

22 Jan 2024, by Amy Sarcevic

Transport & Logistics

What does ONRSR have in store for rail safety regulation in 2024?

Recently appointed Chief Executive for ONRSR, Dr Natalie Pelham, is on a mission to improve the efficiency of national rail safety regulation. As part of this work, she has been on a ‘listen and learn tour’ for the last six weeks, meeting with colleagues, government and industry to hear more about the regulatory environment and…

18 Jan 2024, by Amy Sarcevic

Transport & Logistics

Pipeline resilience – the answer to all of rail’s problems?

The pipeline of rail work in New Zealand has fluctuated in recent decades; along with it, the supply of specialised workers needed to fulfil it. Despite the increasing popularity of rail, shifting political priorities have created a ‘stop and go’ industry, often with large gaps in between major projects. In turn, talent has frequently departed…

28 Nov 2023, by Amy Sarcevic

Technology | Transport & Logistics

How Siemens Mobility is improving the emissions, safety and security profile of rail

Climate change, cybercrime, and safety in the rail industry are not easy problems to solve, but thanks to the efforts of Siemens Mobility, they are becoming much easier. In recognition of the enormous role rail plays in our clean energy future, the technology vendor has designed a range of solutions to make transport options cleaner…

6 Nov 2023, by Amy Sarcevic
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