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

Conference Day Two: Friday, 21 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

9:20 am - 10:00 am KEYNOTE INTERNATIONAL CASE STUDY: Insights into Train Throughput Expectations at Crossrail

Steve Kaul - Project Manager Signaling & Platform Screen Doors, Crossrail (UK)
The journey on Crossrail id expected to cut travel time by half, and by its completion, will promise a train every two and half minutes at peak time at central London stations. To accommodate the planned throughput of trains, Crossrail has three sections using different signalling systems. The central operating section comprises all new railway signalling and technology, utilising CBTC and on the western end, the utilisation of ETCS L2. In this session, Chris will explore:

  • Building consistency with systems and technologies between the new signalling centre and train operations
  • Insights into the plan and strategy development for determining the right technology and systems to implement
  • Determining a strategy for effective testing and the static tests required to turn on systems and integrated testing in a controlled fashion

Steve Kaul

Project Manager Signaling & Platform Screen Doors
Crossrail (UK)

10:00 am - 10:40 am Understanding the Transport for NSW Operational Blueprint to optimise Sydney’s train network

Nikolai Prince - Director Rail Service Planning, Transport for NSW
In this session you will gain an understanding of how Transport for NSW are translating a 10 year rail plan into strategic and targeted upgrades to the network. Uncover exactly how these upgrades will build the network of the future, meet growing demand and deliver on transformational goals.

  • Understanding how TfNSW will create a metro style global city through the More Trains, More Services program
  • Implementing ETCS Level 2 into the network to increase capacity and improve customer outcomes
  • Strategising for the future and taking customer experience to the next level through network optimisation, and delivery of a digital railway.

Nikolai Prince

Director Rail Service Planning
Transport for NSW


11:10 am - 11:50 am Revolutionising Sydney’s Train Network Through the Newly Opened State of the Art Rail Operations Centre

Stuart Middleton - Deputy Executive Director, Network Operations, Sydney Trains
Sydney Trains have recently opened their state of the art Rail Operations Centre that drives excellence and efficiency across their entire operations. This case study will share their story of how they have improved management of train operations and delivery of rail services to safely move over 1.3 million people every day.

  • Exceeding customer expectations by placing their needs at the centre of business strategies including with TCMS and operations
  • Reviewing the ROC project now that it is complete and the benefits of working with the newest systems, as well as some of the challenges they have overcome
  • Strategising for the future to raise the passenger experience to the next level and optimise networks
  • New ways of working that will be delivered in this centre

Stuart Middleton

Deputy Executive Director, Network Operations
Sydney Trains

11:50 am - 12:30 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

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm NETWORKING LUNCH

1:30 pm - 2:10 pm Implementation of ARTC’s Advanced Train Management System (ATMS) to Improve Network Capacity and Reliability

Paul Mitchell - Project Director, ATMS, Australian Rail Track Corporation
The ATMS will provide significantly upgraded capabilities to the rail industry of Australia through improving rail network capacity, operational flexibility, train service availability and system reliability. ARTCs projects are expected to increase potential utilization of the track from 65% to a target of 75%. This system will explore:

  • The support of the project from real time data feeds across organisations and the capacity to manage disruption through optimised scenario testing
  • How the projects will create efficient train management and Increased visibility and integration between above rail, network control, terminal operations and asset delivery teams
  • Enabling improved utilisation of the available track capacity, reduced cycle times and a supply chain which is more responsive to customers’ dynamic needs

Paul Mitchell

Project Director, ATMS
Australian Rail Track Corporation

2:10 pm - 2:50 pm Understanding the Strategic Implementation and Upgrades to Telecommunications Infrastructure to Support Train Control

Rodrigo Alvarez - Senior Project Engineer Major Projects, Public Transport Authority of Western Australia
The Digital Train Radio System (DTRS) based on GSM-R technology is facing serious obsolescence in the next decade as technology continues to evolve rapidly. It is therefore essential for organisations to understand how to develop a refined strategy for transitioning from existing to new radio technology, and understanding the risks and benefits of operating on such an integrated system.

This session will look at:
  • How future telecommunications upgrades need to be designed to support train control systems and rail operations
  • The key aspects to keep in mind when designing new train control systems and their interfaces with future telecommunications networks
  • How to transition between telecommunication technologies with minimal impact to TCMS operations.

Rodrigo Alvarez

Senior Project Engineer Major Projects
Public Transport Authority of Western Australia


3:20 pm - 4:00 pm Creating an Effective Change Management Strategy to Support the Workforce and Maximise the Impact of Digital Rail

Fiona Love - Associate Director Engineering & Digital Program, Learning & Development, People & Culture, Transport for NSW
Creating an Effective Learning Strategy to Support the transformation of Workforce competence and Maximize the Impact of Digital Rail on customer experience
It is clear that in order to alleviate the challenge of processing growing passenger numbers through existing infrastructure, the transport industry requires fundamental change. While the industry is undergoing significant technological change through the implementation of ETCS technology, there also has to be a focus on learning and up skilling for staff.
- Preparing the workforce for the range of train service delivery roles that will change as a result of TCMS
- Manage the introduction of new skills within rail to be able to implement digital and automation assets and ways of working
- Innovative technology being used for learning, such as VR, AR and simulation

Fiona Love

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

4:00 pm - 4:40 pm Panel: Future Proofing & Maximising the Impact of Train Control Systems in Australia

Clearly, Automatic Train Operation is here to stay. This panel discussion will bring together the experts from freight and passenger rail to discuss how its ongoing application will affect Australia’s railways into the future. Exploring the:

  • Potential for driverless train services to extend to other cities
  • Potential to integrated automated services with other automated transport modes
  • Overcoming the key challenges of ETCS level 2 integration in Australia

4:40 pm - 4:40 pm Closing Remarks from the Conference Chair and Main Conference Close