Conference Day Two: Friday, 21 February 2020

9:10 am - 9:20 am Opening Remarks by IQPC and the Conference Chair

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

9:20 am - 10:00 am Understanding the Transport for NSW Operational Blueprint to optimise Sydney’s train network

Nikolai Prince - Director Rail Service Planning, Transport for NSW
Understanding the Transport for NSW Operational
Blueprint to optimise Sydney’s train network
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.
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Nikolai Prince

Director Rail Service Planning
Transport for NSW

10:00 am - 10:40 am 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
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Rodrigo Alvarez

Senior Project Engineer Major Projects
Public Transport Authority of Western Australia

10:40 am - 11:10 am MORNING TEA AND NETWORKING BREAK

11:10 am - 11:50 am Sydney Trains’ State of the Art New Rail Operations Centre: Driving Excellence and Efficiency Across Entire Operations

Andrew Constantinou - A/Deputy Executive Director, Digital Systems Business Integration (DSBI), Sydney Trains
Meeting the NSW government’s expectations
of a customer-centric railway requires effective
and efficient management of the metropolitan
rail network. Better coordination, communication
and management is required to deliver a step
change in incident management and customer
information. In this presentation Andrew will
explore:
 Why centralised was seen as the preferred
option to achieve the needed step change
 How do you go about getting the right
information to design a highly complex
integrated Rail Operations Centre
 What has been done to ensure that the new
Rail Operations Centre is achieving its design
objectives and delivering the envisaged
benefits
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Andrew Constantinou

A/Deputy Executive Director, Digital Systems Business Integration (DSBI)
Sydney Trains

11:50 am - 12:30 pm Implementation of ARTC’s Advanced Train Management System (ATMS) to Improve Network Capacity and Reliability

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

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm NETWORKING LUNCH

1:30 pm - 2:10 pm Safety Regulator Response: Facilitating and Supporting Innovation in Train Control and the Safety Responsibilities in Commissioning New Systems

2:10 pm - 2:50 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
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Fiona Love

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

2:50 pm - 2:50 pm Closing Remarks from the Conference Chair and Main Conference Close