26-28 July, 2017 | Rydges Sydney Central, Sydney, NSW

Conference Day One: Wednesday, 26 July 2017

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

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

Mark Carling - Director for Rolling Stock – Infrastructure, SNC-Lavalin Rail & Transit
Conference Chair:

Mark Carling

Director for Rolling Stock – Infrastructure
SNC-Lavalin Rail & Transit

9:10 am - 9:50 am INTERNATIONAL KEYNOTE: Outcomes for the Remote Condition Monitoring Project at Nederland’s Spoorwegen (NS)

NS runs 4,800 scheduled domestic trains a day, and services 1.1 million passengers across 41 000km. This case study will review the introduction of remote condition monitoring on rolling stock fleets operated by NS and maintained by NedTrain. In doing so it aims to reduce the number of failures in traffic by predicting failure modes, lower the amount of disruption when failures do occur and enhance efficiency in the maintenance process. This session will review:
  • The technical aspects of its condition monitoring
  • Current outcomes that have been achieved by implementing remote condition monitoring
  • How the project contributes to the NS 2025 vision

9:50 am - 10:30 am CASE STUDY: Managing the Tangara Doors Replacement at Sydney Trains to Extend Fleet Lifecycle

Sydney Trains recently replaced all of its doors over 447 carriages as part of a $170 million upgrade program for its Tangara fleet.
In replacing the doors, door-opening times have decreased and already reduced delays. This retro-fit is part of a larger technology upgrade program to extend the fleet’s lifecycle. This session will discuss:
  • Program Results: increased door speed, delay reduction and vandal protection
  • An overview of the project delivery: key learning points and successful management outcomes
  • The next steps in Sydney Trains Tangara Technology Upgrade, and a run through of the future automatic train protection system and its passenger announcements

10:30 am - 10:50 am Solution Provider Thought Leader Session

10:50 am - 11:20 am SPEED NETWORKING SESSION


11:50 am - 12:30 pm PANEL DISCUSSION: Building Resilient and Reliable Rolling Stock that can Operate After Equipment Malfunctions

Peter Lindqvist - Rolling Stock Engineer, Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure SA (DPTI)
Colin Cole - Director, Centre for Railway Engineering
Fleet should be able to finish services even in the event of breakdowns by having back-up equipment that enables continued function until it can be repaired. Moreover, when a fault occurs its cause and solution should be easily resolvable through forensic system analysis.
This panel discussion will include:
  • Broad-spectrum user availability for Rolling Stock Engineers
  • Creating back-up functions that can get broken-down Rolling Stock to Depots for repair
  • Improving heat resilience in Rolling Stock to withstand greater temperatures

Peter Lindqvist

Rolling Stock Engineer
Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure SA (DPTI)

Colin Cole

Centre for Railway Engineering

12:30 pm - 1:10 pm CASE STUDY: Extending the Life of Adelaide’s Metropolitan Diesel Electric Fleet

Peter Lindqvist - Rolling Stock Engineer, Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure SA (DPTI)
In recent years, South Australia’s Department of Planning Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI) has invested heavily in revitalising Adelaide’s 130 kilometre heavy rail network. Meanwhile the workhorses of the network, 70 x 1-car Diesel Electric Multiple Units (DEMUs), have received little more than routine maintenance and an internal refurbishment. As these DEMUs approach their intended operational life of 30 years, work has now commenced to enable operation for a further 15 years. This session will look at the work being undertaken to ensure that these assets can be utilised effectively over this period:
  • Car Body Structure: confirm suitability for continuing safe operation
  • Propulsion System: address reliability and obsolescence issues by replacing the heart of the vehicle with a modern equivalent
  • Overhauls and Upgrades: continue to meet performance objectives by renewing bogies, HVAC, event recorders and passenger environment

Peter Lindqvist

Rolling Stock Engineer
Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure SA (DPTI)

1:10 pm - 2:10 pm NETWORKING LUNCH BREAK

2:10 pm - 2:50 pm CASE STUDY: Ensuring Resilience and Reliability in Downer Rail’s Fleets

Terry Sherliker - Executive General Manager for Asset Management and Fleet Performance , Downer Rail
Downer has delivered more than 1,150 passenger cars to Australian customers, including 624 Waratah passenger cars to Sydney Trains, Australia’s largest ever rolling stock project. As their through-life-support service includes a 24 hour Fleet Control Centre, it is crucial that Downer Rolling Stock have high resilience within high capacity networks where any delay can drastically disrupt train through-put. This session will discuss:
  • Current fleet resilience in Downer Rail’s fleets
  • The design and development of future rolling stock to instill greater resilience in fleets
  • Managing Data to ensure that fleet resilience is functioning to the best of its ability

Terry Sherliker

Executive General Manager for Asset Management and Fleet Performance
Downer Rail

2:50 pm - 3:30 pm Case Study: What we can Learn from Freight on Condition Monitoring Through Real-Time Data for Proactive Maintenance

Colin Cole - Director, Centre for Railway Engineering
Condition monitoring on freight trains has developed in certain directions out of necessity. These operators have been able to observe the effects of changes to maintenance quite quickly due to the high utilization of data captured on rail haul networks. The suburban and light rail context offers some different opportunities. Like heavy haul, suburban and light rail offer high utilization of assets, but are often smaller trains, stop frequently, and require passenger comforts. The environment for instruments is also very different, with better bogie suspensions (designed for passenger comfort), systems such as GPS and most importantly there is on-board power. This session will:
  • Discuss current developments in condition monitoring in the freight context
  • Debate opportunities for similar and diverse developments in suburban and light rail monitoring
  • Review the potential of the Internet-of-Things (IoT) and data management

Colin Cole

Centre for Railway Engineering


4:10 pm - 4:50 pm Solution Provider Thought Leader Session

CHAMPAGNE ROUNDTABLE: Strengthening Leadership and Stakeholder Management in Rolling Stock

Topic 1

4:50 pm - 5:50 pm Creating a Culture of Asset Management
Michael Killeen - Asset Manager, NSW TrainLink
Strategies and Solutions for Managers to:
  • Identify areas for improvement in current asset management practises
  • Discuss the benefits of best case use of asset management
  • Decide what a good culture of asset management looks like, and the current barriers and solutions to achieving it

Michael Killeen

Asset Manager
NSW TrainLink

Topic 2

4:50 pm - 5:50 pm Successful Collaboration and Liaison Between Rolling Stock and Infrastructure Projects
Colin Cole - Director, Centre for Railway Engineering
How should managers provide rolling stock advice and input to:
  • Communicate specific maintenance and business requirements to third parties
  • Review the design and development of commissioned plans and testing
  • Provide useful feedback during technical investigations

Colin Cole

Centre for Railway Engineering

Topic 3

4:50 pm - 5:50 pm Developing Strategies and Initiatives for Successful Customer Service Delivery
How Can Managers and Staff Work Together to:
  • Stay up-to-date with emerging trends in service delivery
  • Develop and implement an Infrastructure Services Business Plan
  • Standardise operational and staff policies for consistent service delivery
*Delegates will separate and choose a roundtable to participate in. Each roundtable will have a moderator that will facilitate discussion on the topic. After 15 minutes, the bell will ring and the moderator will move on and begin discussion again with a new table.

5:50 pm - 5:50 pm End of Day One & Networking Drinks Reception for all Attendees