Main Conference: 20th - 21st February 2020
Pre-Event Workshops: 19th February 2020
Novotel, Sydney Central 

Conference Day One: Thursday, 20 February 2020

8:45 am - 9:15 am Conference Registration and Welcome Coffee

9:15 am - 9:20 am Opening Remarks by IQPC and the Conference Chair

Helen Williams - Director Transport Integrated Systems Capabilities, Transport for NSW

Helen Williams

Director Transport Integrated Systems Capabilities
Transport for NSW

9:30 am - 10:00 am KEYNOTE INTERNATIONAL CASE STUDY: Understanding the $30billion EU Migration Strategy for ETCS Track Equipment in Germany

Joern Schlichting - Head of ETCS Programme, Deutsche Bahn (Germany)
The migration of European Train Control System is in progress throughout Europe. The aim is to replace the diversity of train control systems used in Europe and introduce a uniform, interoperable European standard.

The German approach goes even further by replacing not only legacy train control systems with ETCS but also all existing interlockings with Digital Interlockings, introducing new control centres and exploring the field of rail operation automation. This session will provide an in-depth view into the journey so far for this project and discuss key learnings applicable to the industry in Australia.

  • Look into the complex business case for this project
  • Discussion of the European Deployment Plan (EDP), the German approach and exploring the change management process of transitioning from old to new systems
  • Digitising old systems and ensuring interoperability between remaining and new systems

Joern Schlichting

Head of ETCS Programme
Deutsche Bahn (Germany)

10:00 am - 10:30 am Thought Leadership Session

10:30 am - 11:00 am Speed Networking Session

An effective structured interactive session designed to help expand your network through one-to-one focused conversations. Bring your business cards!


11:30 am - 12:10 pm Aurizon Track Access System: Improving Safety & Productivity on the Network

Ghajan Sivanathan - Senior Engineer Operational Systems Network Asset Management - Control Systems Network, Aurizon
Aurizon operates and manages Australia’s largest export coal rail network, the Central Queensland Coal Network. One of the key challenges was the reliance on solely administrative controls used by track workers to obtain possession of track. This session will explore introduction of the Track Access System over the past three years, challenges faced and plans for further development. Key discussion points:

  • Introduction of Aurizon’s Track Access System
  • Change management associated with transitioning from paper to digital and challenges associated with operating in regional and remote locations
  • Continual system enhancements associated with the Safeworking simplification project that is part of the company’s optimization program
  • Future enhancements to improve and automate location verification, R3 supervision and integration of isolation/lockout

Ghajan Sivanathan

Senior Engineer Operational Systems Network Asset Management - Control Systems Network

12:10 pm - 12:50 pm Safety Regulator Response: Facilitating and Supporting Innovation in Train Control and the Safety Responsibilities in Commissioning New Systems

Sue McCarrey - Chief Executive Officer, Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator
By overseeing and enforcing a national coregulatory rail safety regime, the Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator is able to deliver a consistent approach to regulation. A major focus for ONRSR is the proactive engagement with proponents of major rail projects to ensure rail safety is addressed throughout their lifecycle. This session will look at:

  • The critical information required to assess new technology for application in the rail safety space
  • Safety assurance expectations for innovative technologies
  • The importance of thorough system integration

Sue McCarrey

Chief Executive Officer
Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator

12:50 pm - 1:50 pm NETWORKING LUNCH

This panel discussion will examine the necessary reform needed to the training sector to meet demand for workers

  • Better cooperation between state governments, the training sector and rail operators
  • Understanding the new rail technologies that will require a new approach to training
  • New measures to promote awareness and attraction of rail related jobs

Mark Betts

Director Project Management & Continuous Improvement
Level Crossings Removal Authority


Fiona Love

Associate Director Engineering & Digital Program, Learning & Development, People & Culture
Transport for NSW


Russell Kompos

Superintendent of Training Victoria
Pacific National

2:30 pm - 3:10 pm INTERACTIVE PANEL DISCUSSION: Integrating Digital into Existing Systems at Transport for NSW to Improve Signalling and Train Control Systems to Meet Future Demand

Warwick Talbot - Deputy Executive Director Engineering & System Integrity, Sydney Trains
By 2056, it is predicted that NSW will have more than 12 million residents and the networks will need to handle 28 million trips and double the current metropolitan freight loads. In this session, Stephen explores how digital has been integrated into our current rail systems, the impacts it has made on optimising the rail networks and the future focus of how it can be used as Sydney evolves.

  • Delivering the digital network with Cab signalling, Automatic Train Operation and Traffic Management Systems
  • Evolving rail networks to work with digital systems and how to implement it with a Brownfield approach
  • Exemplifying the lessons learned so far in implemented a digital system and where you can avoid pitfalls of the systems

Warwick Talbot

Deputy Executive Director Engineering & System Integrity
Sydney Trains


Interactive Discussion Group (IDGs)
This is your chance to make your conference experience truly interactive and collaborative. Each IDG is set in a roundtable format and will be facilitated by an expert practitioner in the space. In two rotations, each IDG will last for 30 minutes, allowing you to pick the two topics you wish to discuss and solve.

Table One

3:40 pm - 4:40 pm Successfully implementing new technologies such as ETCS, CBTC & Automatic Train Control to optimize Networks

Table Two

3:40 pm - 4:40 pm Ensuring the interoperability of your Train Control Management Systems, especially within existing networks

Table Three

3:40 pm - 4:40 pm Supporting the workforce through changes associated with the delivery TCMS projects

4:40 pm - 4:40 pm Close of Day One