30 September - 01 October, 2019 | Bayview Eden, Melbourne, VIC

Conference Day Two: Tuesday, 1st October 2019

8:30 am - 9:00 am Conference Registration and Welcome Coffee

9:00 am - 9:10 am Opening Remarks by the Conference Chair

Robert Baird, Country Vice President at IRSE Australasia

Robert Baird

Country Vice President
IRSE Australasia

9:10 am - 9:50 am Cross Industry Case Study: Creating an Effective Driver Training and Change Strategy to Improve Operational Efficiencies During Network Changes

As the Superintendent for Training in Victoria, Russell oversees the training of over 150 train drivers across Pacific National’s bulk and line haul divisions. Drivers in some situations have to cope with up to 11 safe working systems, this puts emphasis on the need to improve training strategies and methods as new train control systems are introduced for the future and drivers need to be skilled and experienced to adopt to these changes. Drawing on Pacific National’s unique operations and journey to date, Russell will discuss:   

  • Marrying knowledge and experience and bridging the generation gap: Why it’s essential to bring balance between the use of new technology and having practical experience to back it up
  • Creating consistencies with training between different divisions as an opportunity to upskill and reskill drivers, particularly when there are sudden changes to the network or operating environment
  • How staff can flow from and be prepared for new train control systems that introduce more standardization and improvements on the network

Russell Kompos, Superintendent of Training Victoria at Pacific National

Russell Kompos

Superintendent of Training Victoria
Pacific National

9:50 am - 10:20 am Thought Leadership Session


Interactive Discussion Groups (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 discuss both topics in the time allocated.

Topic One

10:50 am - 12:00 pm Smart Rail and Systems Thinking: Delivering a High Performing Rail Network
  • Understanding the management of technology legacy systems and creating harmony with existing systems
  • What is systems thinking? Exploring the tools, analysis and methodologies
  • Why data is essential for identifying initiatives with controls and networks to deliver high performance 

Douglas Creighton, Deputy Director, Institute for Intelligent Systems Research and Innovation at Deakin University

Douglas Creighton

Deputy Director, Institute for Intelligent Systems Research and Innovation
Deakin University

Topic Two

10:50 am - 12:00 pm Defining Requirements Needed for Control Centres and Systems to Meet Future Network Performance
  • Building consistency with systems and technologies between the new signalling centres and train operations
  • Understanding the needs of customers to determine network capacity and systems for increased throughput
  • Coping with the operational impact of new systems and being prepared for unforeseen challenges

Kuldip Johal, Technical Head of Network Operations at Metro Trains Melbourne

Kuldip Johal

Technical Head of Network Operations
Metro Trains Melbourne

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm NETWORKING LUNCH

1:00 pm - 1:40 pm Case Study: Transport for NSW’s Digital Systems Program Principles: How the Principles are Being Deployed and Why they are Key to Effective Delivery of Sustainable Innovation and Change

Digital Systems is a major Transport for NSW program that will use world class technology to create high capacity turn up and go rail services to meet Sydney’s growing public transport demand. The Program will replace legacy signalling and train control technologies with modern, internationally proven, intelligent systems based around European Train Control System (ETCS) Level 2 technology. Digital Systems is underpinned by seven key Program Principles that provide ongoing guidance and direction to everyone involved in the Program, helping to ensure the project successfully meets its requirements and achieves its strategic benefits.

In this session, Mark will discuss the Digital Systems Program, referencing the development and deployment of the Program Principles to
support the effective delivery of lasting innovation across the Sydney rail network.

Mark Smith, Director Technology Strategy & Assurance, Digital Systems at Transport for NSW

Mark Smith

Director Technology Strategy & Assurance, Digital Systems
Transport for NSW

1:40 pm - 2:20 pm Understanding the Strategic Implementation and Upgrades to Telecommunications Infrastructure to Support Train Control

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, Rail Systems Consultant at Working for Public Transport Authority WA

Rodrigo Alvarez

Rail Systems Consultant
Working for Public Transport Authority WA


2:50 pm - 3:30 pm Case Study: How V/Line Continues to Deliver SPAD Reduction During Growth and Change on the Network

In the FY18/19, V/Line have successfully reduced their Signals Passed at Danger (SPAD) from 23 down to 10. V/Line attributes this improvement due to stringent focus on engagement, training, safety, profiling and assessments to ensure all train drivers can respond effectively and safely. When assets or infrastructure change, particularly signaling and network changes, this can impact a driver’s response when approaching a signal. Drawing on their learnings in the past year, Rob and Holly will discuss:

  • Key considerations for asset changes and the importance of engaging stakeholders early and supporting quality training
  • Using employee engagement to reduce distraction (an engaged workforce who feel it is safe to speak up)
  • Quality investigations and remedial action plans to address org factors and support the workforce

Rob Hill, General Manager, Train Services at V/Line

Rob Hill

General Manager, Train Services

3:30 pm - 4:10 pm Case Study: Supporting Future Track Capacity at the ARTC Through the Implementation of Advanced Train Management Systems

The ARTC is working through the implementation of Advanced Train Management Systems (ATMS) that will help to provide significant upgraded capabilities across the rail network. The success of this project will involve a mix of integration and interoperability with existing networks, development of greenfield networks, working closely and communicating with various stakeholders and analyzing the skillsets and resources needed to ensure that ATMS can be integrated into all networks in the future. 

  • Insights into the initial deployment and trials between Port Augusta and Whyalla and how it has provided opportunities for feedback to assist deployment to larger networks
  • How the system will improve rail network capacity, operational flexibility, train service availability and safety and system reliability
  • How the ARTC is working through the interface with different systems and ensure interoperability with different requirements on the network

Paul Mitchell, Project Director, ATMS at Australian Rail Track Corporation

Paul Mitchell

Project Director, ATMS
Australian Rail Track Corporation

4:10 pm - 4:10 pm Closing Remarks from the Conference Chair and Main Conference Close