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

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 Digital Systems and Change Management: Supporting The Workforce Through The Transition Associated with TCMS Upgrades

Warwick Talbot - Deputy Executive Director Engineering & System Integrity, Sydney Trains

Warwick Talbot

Deputy Executive Director Engineering & System Integrity
Sydney Trains

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

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

12:10 pm - 12:50 pm Mining Case Study: Generic Rail Control

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

2:40 pm - 3:20 pm Digital Signalling for Regional Fast Rail to Support Regional Development and Strong Metropolitan Growth

Doc Frank Heibel - Founder and Director, Doc Frank Rail Services
Regional Fast Rail is an emerging trend in Australia, becoming an interest to the four biggest cities with substantial support by the Commonwealth government. Regional Fast Rail refers to express railway connections with limited stops between large cities and surrounding regional centres at speeds of 160-250 kilometres per hour. By reducing commuting times to about one hour or less, Regional Fast Rail can ultimately transform regional centres into metropolitan satellites, supporting regional development and strong metropolitan growth alike. This session will look at selecting modern digital signalling technology for Regional Fast Rail and include:

  • Network versus line-by-line considerations
  • How important is interoperability
  • Future-proofing the solution
  • A case study from a surprising place

Doc Frank Heibel

Founder and Director
Doc Frank Rail Services


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

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