27 February - 1 March, 2017 | Dockside, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Conference Day Two: Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Day 3

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9:00 AM Opening Remarks by IQPC Australia and the Conference Chair

Andrew McCusker , Director Rail Logistics, SMART Facility University of Wollongong

Andrew McCusker
Director Rail Logistics
SMART Facility University of Wollongong

9:10 AM CASE STUDY: Hong Kong MTR: Updating the Signaling System of the East Rail Line in 2 Hour Nightly Intervals

Philip Wong , Chief Singal Engineer (Operations), Hong Kong MTR

Hong Kong’s MTR serves nine lines which intersect Hong Kong Island, Kowloon and the New Territories. It’s most recent upgrades to the East Rail Line involve laying approximately 2000km of cable. In doing so, this signaling upgrade should ensure greater train throughput than it is currently capable of. Moreover, it is achieving this task in only nightly intervals of two hours. This session will discuss: — 
  • A review of the reasons behind why it chose to upgrade the signals along the East Rail Line — 
  • How it is coordinating the upgrades with rail operations 
  • Strategies for time management and task prioritization to ensure the most can be completed in a two-hour interval
 Philip Wong
Philip Wong
Chief Singal Engineer (Operations)
Hong Kong MTR

9:50 AM CASE STUDY: Transport for NSW’s Advanced Train Control System Current Implementation and Roadmap to the Future

Pascal Labouze , Executive Director of Operational Systems, Transport for NSW

Advanced Train Control systems and technologies are currently being implemented on the Sydney Trains network in a number of phases that will be discussed in this session: — 
  • A summary of how the Automatic Train Protection (ATP) system has been designed to suit TfNSW’s specific needs on the Sydney Trains network in delivering cost-effective and rapid deployment of safety improvements based on ETCS Level 1 technology, and also providing a clear migration path for future ETCS Level 2 deployment. — 
  • A summary of how a Digital Train Radio System (DTRS) has been deployed across the same Sydney Trains network using GSM-R technology, and also provides a clear migration path for future ETCS Level 2 deployment. — 
  • A discussion of current plans to begin the deployment of ETCS Level 2 on the Sydney Trains network, and the expected improvements in safety, reliability, capacity and lifecycle costs that this will bring.
 Pascal Labouze
Pascal Labouze
Executive Director of Operational Systems
Transport for NSW

11:00 AM PANEL DISCUSSION: Assessing the Different Varieties of Railway Communications in Complex Networks

Andrew McCusker , Director Rail Logistics, SMART Facility University of Wollongong

Pascal Labouze , Executive Director of Operational Systems, Transport for NSW

Trevor Moore , Signalling Standards Engineer, Australian Rail Track Corporation

Arthur Stamatoudis , General Manager, Queensland Rail

The key challenge of transferring Network operations to CBTC is ensuring that the connectivity between Control Centers, Stations, Trains and Track is highly reliable. While there are many options to choose from, this panel discussion will provide an in-depth analysis of: — 
  • The benefits and challenges of using GSM-R, Broadband Wireless, MSTP or other communications systems — 
  • Troubleshooting strategies for resolving communications failures — 
  • Scheduling and logistical solutions for routine maintenance
 Pascal Labouze
Pascal Labouze
Executive Director of Operational Systems
Transport for NSW
 Trevor Moore
Trevor Moore
Signalling Standards Engineer
Australian Rail Track Corporation
Arthur Stamatoudis
General Manager
Queensland Rail

Moderated By:

Andrew McCusker
Director Rail Logistics
SMART Facility University of Wollongong

11:40 PM CASE STUDY: Strategies for Co-Coordinating and Updating India’s Vast Rail Network

Yogendra Sharma , President of Rail, Adani Power and Mines India

Indian Railways is one of the largest rail networks in the world. It consists of 91 000 km of track, 1.4 million employees, and carries 22.55 million passengers and 1.1 billion tonnes of freight daily. For the past three decades Indian railways has invested in a significant level of automation to alleviate congestion and improve throughput. 
This session will discuss — 
  • The implementation of Passenger Trains Operations Systems — 
  • Strategies for using real-time data to coordinate freight and commuter trains — 
  • The challenges of coordinating train control and optimizing infrastructure with such a vast rail network
 Yogendra Sharma
Yogendra Sharma
President of Rail
Adani Power and Mines India

1:20 PM CASE STUDY: Cross River Rail: Transforming South East Queensland

Vincent Scarcella , Executive Director (Commercial), Cross River Rail

Arthur Stamatoudis , General Manager, Queensland Rail

The Queensland Government’s number one infrastructure priority is Cross River Rail, the natural and necessary next step to transform south east Queensland. Cross River Rail will deliver a new 10.2 kilometer rail line between Dutton Park and Bowen Hills, with 5.9 kilometers in tunnel under the Brisbane River and the CBD. 
This session will discuss: — 
  • How this project will prepare for south-east Queensland’s future — 
  • How it is implementing ETCS level2 into current infrastructure — 
  • How the current project will ease congestion and add capacity
 Vincent Scarcella
Vincent Scarcella
Executive Director (Commercial)
Cross River Rail
Arthur Stamatoudis
General Manager
Queensland Rail

2:00 PM Defining Operations Requirements to Optimise Network Performance

Trevor Moore , Signalling Standards Engineer, Australian Rail Track Corporation

The performance of Signaling and Train Control Systems are judged after implementation on how well they manage the safety, performance and reliability of train operations. In the live run context these criteria will vary day to day. 
This session will discuss: — 
  • A rigorous and detailed approach to documenting operations requirements to ensure that the correct design is being implemented. — 
  • Mini case studies of situations where the underlying operations requirements were not evaluated leading to limits on performance and safety. — 
  • A Guide to issues to be considered to demonstrate the breadth of requirements to be evaluated.
 Trevor Moore
Trevor Moore
Signalling Standards Engineer
Australian Rail Track Corporation

3:10 PM Facilitating and Supporting Innovation in Train Control

Andy Webb , Senior Manager of Major Projects, Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator

Established in 2013, the successful evolution of the Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator is an important contribution to the ongoing safety and prosperity of Australia’s rail industry. By overseeing and enforcing a national co-regulatory rail safety regime, we are able to deliver a consistent approach to regulation. A major focus for ONRSR is the proactive engagement with proponents of major rail projects to ensure rail safety is addressed throughout their lifecycle. 
This session will look at: — 
  • ONRSR’s approach to major rail projects — 
  • Safety assurance expectations for innovative technologies — 
  • The importance of thorough system integration
 Andy Webb
Andy Webb
Senior Manager of Major Projects
Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator
The room will split into tables, where each table member will share their biggest challenge, before collectively deciding which issue to investigate in more detail. The table then elects a note taker the topic, it’s challenges and solutions during group discussion.
After 40 minutes, the facilitator of each table will then report back to the rest of the audience their problem and potential solutions.