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

Pre-Conference Workshops: Wednesday, 19 February 2020

Workshop A

9:00 am - 11:30 am Analysing the German ETCS Migration Strategy: Implementing Digital Solutions to Enhance Train Control and Signalling

Joern Schlichting - Head of ETCS Programme, Deutsche Bahn (Germany)
Germany is currently planning to deliver a complete replacement of their existing signalling technology. They are harnessing digitalization and new technologies to increase capacity, make more efficient use of railway infrastructure, save costs, tackle demographic challenges and maintain the railway’s competitiveness in the longer term. This workshop delves into this journey and discusses key challenges with implementation.

What will this workshop cover?
  • Specifying the case study of ETCS migration and challenges that must be overcome to improve signalling and optimize train networks
  • Navigating the continuous improvement of the network and the lessons learnt
  • Creating a framework for implementation through process and procedure, and how to track your progress


Joern Schlichting

Head of ETCS Programme
Deutsche Bahn (Germany)

Workshop B

11:30 am - 2:00 pm Crossrail: Applying Automation, ETCS and CBTC to the Elizabeth Line without Compromising the User Experience to Provide a World Class Railway and £42bn benefit to the UK

Steve Kaul - Project Manager Signaling & Platform Screen Doors, Crossrail (UK)
Crossrail have been dedicated to bringing a world class railway to London with the Elizabeth line, a railway with 42 kilometres of new tunnels, 10 new stations, over 50 kilometres of new track, integration of three signalling systems and upgrades across existing infrastructure. This workshop explores the case study of implementing their three new signalling systems in London’s rail networks. Participants will gain an understanding on how this project will successfully implement signalling and train control to run high frequency trains every 2 and a half minutes, as well as the challenges behind this. They will also discuss how the line is driving capacity through advancing signalling and improving people flow, how to continuously maintain this network after its been successfully set up and how to future proof yourself and scale effectively.

What will this workshop cover?
  • Implementing ETCS and CBTC with a focus on the customer
  • Discussing the key challenges behind implementation on multiple systems
  • How to continuously maintain and improve networks into the future focus, with a focus on scalability and standardization

Steve Kaul

Project Manager Signaling & Platform Screen Doors
Crossrail (UK)

FREE Workshop

2:30 pm - 4:30 pm Complementary Site Tour Visit Sydney Train’s New Rail Operations Centre

The new Sydney Trains Rail Operations Centre, The ROC, commenced operations in early 2019.

This exclusive site visit provides conference delegates with an opportunity to see the new building and control room. It also gives delegates the opportunity to meet some of the ROC Program Infrastructure building team and to understand some of the building and fit-out design principles and considerations.

This tour will have limited numbers, which will be confirmed closer to the tour date.

Places are limited, so make sure you book your place now!