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

Post Conference Interactive Workshops: Wednesday, 2nd October 2019

9:00 am - 11:30 am Workshop A: Creating a Clear Plan and Managing Stakeholders for the Successful Delivery and Construction of Major Signalling and Train Control Projects

Major signalling projects often take strategic management with various stakeholders from contractors, suppliers, employees and regulatory bodies. For some, this is a new working environment, so it is important to develop consistency across your organisation and set up the expectations for what needs to be achieve internally and externally to ensure the project is delivered on time and within expectations. If you’re looking to develop a clearer plan for project delivery and take on better management of working with various stakeholders, this workshop will help you in your progression and develop ways to get people on board to meet expectations.

How will you benefit from attending this workshop?

  • Discussing the intricacies of creating a partnership, rather than just building a project
  • Innovation and partnerships: What should you be communicating with contractors to ensure the right resources and skills are identified to ensure it aligns with project delivery expectations
  • Ensuring the network continues to meet reliability targets and customer expectations by fostering long-term relationships with engineers and equipment manufacturers
  • How to resume responsibility for the project coordination and how to manage split opinions and decisions for the project


12:00 pm - 2:30 pm Workshop B: Strategies for Overcoming Barriers to Integrating New Systems into Existing, Legacy Systems to Achieve a High Performing Railway

This workshop is appropriate for any rail operator and track owner that is considering or currently in the process of installing or integrating new systems within their network. One of the biggest challenges with rolling out new systems is coping with potential disruption that may occur and dealing with potential unforeseen circumstances. Therefore, learning how to effectively integrate new systems despite the boundaries of legacy systems is not just to assist with future proofing, but will pave the way to understanding what the future holds in terms of increasing demand and how to ensure that the network continues to deliver efficient, frequent and safe services.

How will you benefit from attending this workshop?

  • Getting communication between systems right: Ensuring the right information is used to get the new items onto the system
  • Developing a clear and precise plan to align new systems with future projections and goals
  • Evaluating the potential impact of new systems on maintenance and operations and preparing for the change
  • Working closely and effectively with suppliers and vendors to develop an effective system for your network and how you can collectively address the transformation process

Dr Frank Heibel, Founder and Director at Doc Frank Rail Services

Dr Frank Heibel

Founder and Director
Doc Frank Rail Services

3:00 pm - 5:30 pm Workshop C: Change Management and Resource Planning Strategies for Employers to Improve Staff Transition to New Systems and Network Change

Resistance to change from both operators and train drivers is a huge challenge when implementing new train control operational systems. By providing opportunities for staff re-education and listening to their concerns, managers can ensure that the transition towards new systems will run more smoothly. V/Line were able to significantly reduce their Signals Passed at Danger by just over 50% through focusing on training, safety and improving the transition of their staff to prepare for changes when they occur. If you’re looking to develop a better change management strategy and develop better support for staff to prepare for new systems and network change, then this workshop will dive deep to provide tangible outcomes for your organisation.

How will you benefit from attending this workshop?

  • Reviewing the types of culture changes that should take place before the organization even begins to undergo these projects
  • Encouraging staff buy-in by creating platforms to communicate queries and concerns
  • Creating palatable steps and programs that enable skill building and support for transition into newer technologies
  • Improving the collaboration and partnerships in the industry to support additional work and upskilling of internal and external workforces to meet future service demands

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

Rob Hill

General Manager, Train Services