Conference Day One: Tuesday, 6 July 2021

9:00 am - 9:30 am Coffee And Registration

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Roy Unny

Executive Chair
Rail Technical Society of Australasia (RTSA)

9:40 am - 10:20 am A Journey of Hearts and Minds: How Crossrail Delivered Complex Infrastructure Changes To Roll Out & Integrate ETCS L2 Across A Shared Network of Operators, Stakeholders and Legacy Systems

Gary Rogers - ETCS Project Manager, Crossrail (UK)

As of 2021, Gary is proud to have helped the Elizabeth Line in Crossrail (running from Heathrow to Paddington) roll out ETCS L2 signalling which integrates well into the central network using CBTC. Having to overcome challenges with legacy systems on shared lines with Great Western Railways and Heathrow Express services, Gary will take you through the key decisions that enabled a cohesive and united push towards making the role of ETCS a reality in the rail network:

  • Overcoming challenges with integrating CBTC, legacy and ETCS infrastructure and technology used across shared lines sitting on the Western rossrail rail network
  • Taking new approaches to project management to develop a shared vision and understanding of the future of the rail network
  • Leveraging comprehensive simulation capabilities to test ETCS delivery effects across the end-to-end rail operations  from ground staff all the way to the operations centre
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Gary Rogers

ETCS Project Manager
Crossrail (UK)

10:20 am - 11:00 am National Rail Action Plan (NRAP) Update: What Developments Can Rail Operators Expect To Benefit From?

Sandra McKay - Executive Lead – Sustainability, National Transport Commission

The NRAP includes three workstreams designed to improved Australia’s productivity through the rail sector. In this session, Sandra will provide an update on how the NRAP efforts have developed and are helping address the critical challenges uniting the rail sector as it strives to make a high frequency, safe and interoperable train control environment and network a reality to meet future demands. She will cover the work done and lessons learned from the NRAP on 3 key areas:  

  • Making sure the industry has access to the skills and labour it needs now and into the future;
  • Harmonising standards for infrastructure and rolling stock to create greater opportunities for Australian manufacturing;
  • Improving the interoperability of communications, signalling and train control systems to allow for more efficient cross-border travel
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Sandra McKay

Executive Lead – Sustainability
National Transport Commission

11:00 am - 11:20 am Speed Networking

11:20 am - 11:40 am Morning Tea

Interactive Discussion Groups

Roundtable A

11:40 am - 1:00 pm Building Operational Readiness For A High Frequency Rail Network Line

Roundtable B

11:40 am - 1:00 pm Uncovering The Ingredients of A Successful Change Management Plan For Your Network

Roundtable C

11:40 am - 1:00 pm Bridging The Gap Between Procurement and Technical Leadership On Train Control Innovation
Alistair McWhirter - Executive Director, Engineering, Department of Transport (Victoria)

Facilitator:

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Alistair McWhirter

Executive Director
Engineering, Department of Transport (Victoria)

Roundtable D

11:40 am - 1:00 pm How Can We Make Interoperability A Reality For Rail Operations?
Robert Moffat - CEO, Australian Centre for Rail Innovation (ACRI)

Facilitator: 

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Robert Moffat

CEO
Australian Centre for Rail Innovation (ACRI)

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Lunch

2:00 pm - 2:40 pm Panel Discussion: How Will Our Rail Operations Capability, Skills & Processes Transform To Support A Hyper-Automated, High Frequency Rail Network?

Alistair McWhirter - Executive Director, Engineering, Department of Transport (Victoria)
Paul Mitchell - Project Director – ATMS, ARTC
Simon Cook - Project Director ETCS, Cross River Rail

As all operators across the freight and passenger rail networks work towards introducing varying levels of automation and moving towards a digitised and data-driven approach to train signalling and control, the ROC set up of today will no longer be effective. In this session, hear key industry leaders about how they are thinking, planning and implementing changes and what do they expect to see as the foundations for a successful ROC of the future. 

  • How will emerging technologies and automation impact the current ROC set up and the larger cross-departmental rail organisation?
  • How is the role of data being leveraged and elevated in the ROC?
  • What are the key ROC staff will witness significant change and how? What new skills and mindsets will form the ROC staff of the future?
  • What challenges do you anticipate with transforming legacy ROC environments?
  • What lessons from previous projects will you take into the roll of change in the ROC?

Panelists:

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Alistair McWhirter

Executive Director
Engineering, Department of Transport (Victoria)

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Paul Mitchell

Project Director – ATMS
ARTC

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Simon Cook

Project Director ETCS
Cross River Rail

2:40 pm - 3:20 pm Cross River Rail Case Study: Lessons From Creating Operational Readiness For A Future Proof Rail Network Relying On ETCS and Automatic Train Operation Capability

Simon Cook - Project Director ETCS, Cross River Rail

At Cross River Rail, Simon Cook is heading up Qld Government’s efforts that act as the foundation for its intent to modernise its signalling systems and control environments. Through the staged rollout of ETCS which will be complimented by automation and digitisation, a vision for improved safety, productivity and capacity management across Qld Rail is being charted. In this session, Simon will cover experiences and lessons learned from:

  • Analyzing existing operational environment for changes critical to the success in the ETCS environment
  • Learning from international case studies around ATO roll out – dos and don’ts
  • Overcoming challenges with integrating legacy environments and systems with the modern signalling environment
  • Early implications of imminent changes of ETCS roll out to traditional staff skills and roles
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Simon Cook

Project Director ETCS
Cross River Rail

3:20 pm - 3:40 pm Afternoon Tea

3:40 pm - 4:20 pm The Regulator’s Reflections On Recent Projects: Understanding Critical Risks And The Due Diligence Necessary When Transitioning To Automated & Digitised Train Control & Signalling

Sue McCarrey - CEO, Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator (ONRSR)

ONRSR’s goal of ensuring safe railways for Australia while encouraging innovation across Australia’s rail networks has seen it develop a strong understanding of the steps necessary for a successful transition to digital systems like ETCS level 2 and CBTC that make use of automation. As the rail industry embarks on this journey, Sue will present to you her reflections on:

  • A review of design readiness, project governance and the steps necessary for a more automated rail environment 
  • Pitfalls to avoid – learning from challenges and work done with operators over recent years
  • Change management approaches to deliver system upgrades in a safe and sustainable manner, including operations and staff management
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Sue McCarrey

CEO
Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator (ONRSR)

4:20 pm - 5:00 pm How ARTC Is Preparing Standardised Governance, Rules and Capability For The Multi-Region Rollout Of High Capacity Train Control System (ATMS)

Paul Mitchell - Project Director – ATMS, ARTC

ARTC has been working hard to get its systems, procedures and program capability ready for a scaled roll out of the ATMS train control system across Adelaide, Melbourne, Perth and the Inland rail corridor. In this session, hear how the organisation has been working with its stakeholders and customers to move to a standardised approach towards rail control across its freight network by:

  • Looking at the opportunities digital systems create for train control and signalling rules standardization across different government jurisdictions
  • Key aspects and challenges being addressed to prepare for efficient project rollout and delivery 
  • Early concept design around enabling a common system interface – insights from work done with TforNSW on the ETCS & ATMS network integration
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Paul Mitchell

Project Director – ATMS
ARTC

5:00 pm - 5:10 pm Conference Closing

5:10 pm - 5:10 pm Networking Drinks