30 April - 01 May, 2019 | PARKROYAL Darling Harbour, Sydney, NSW

Conference Day Two: Wednesday, 1 May 2019


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


9:10 am - 9:50 am INTERNATIONAL CASE STUDY: Transforming the Transportation of Goods through the Construction of the World- Class Eastern and Western Dedicated Freight Corridors in India

Ajit Kumar Mishra - Chief Project Manager, Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation of India
Under the Ministry of Railways India, the Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation (DFCC) was established to plan, develop, construct and maintain the operation of the country’s freight corridors. The purpose of the project is to provide a safe and efficient freight transportation system and also drive the establishment of industrial corridors and logistic parks along its alignment. In this session, Ajit will discuss the construction of the 3300km combined Eastern and Western freight corridors and establishing the need for improved freight transport in India.

  • Reducing congestion at various terminals and junctions to provide efficient and fast movement along the corridor
  • Exploring automatic signalling and traffic control communications on the freight corridors and engaging with technical advisors to develop an effective strategy for implementation
  • Increasing capacity, operations and speed to carry higher loads and allow shorter transit times of up to 50 per cent in some routes of the corridor

Ajit Kumar Mishra

Chief Project Manager
Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation of India

9:50 am - 10:30 am INTERNATIONAL CASE STUDY: Digital Innovation at ÖBB to Optimise Freight Operations and Supply Chain Connectivity

Gerald Schinagl - Digital Innovation Manager, OBB (Austrian Federal Railways)
Rail Cargo Group (RCG) is the freight division of ÖBB (Austrian Federal Railways). As leading rail logistics specialists from Europe to Asia, RCG covers nearly 52 million kilometres a year and runs over 518 000 trains a year. Together these two organizational units are delivering digital innovation projects together to implement future-oriented, punctual logistic solutions that will deliver sustainable and efficient supply chain connectivity. Such innovations include IoT, Data Science and Prediction and Optimisation by AI. In this case study, Gerald will focus on these digital innovations that prove to enhance freight operations, discussing:

  • Insights into key projects and prototypes of digital innovation at OBB and what has worked to unlock real productivity for business development in freight rail
  • Identifying the right approaches, suppliers and consultants to deliver the best initiatives that match the capability of the organisation, while still putting the customers and users at the forefront
  • Why digital innovation can create maximum performance quality along the entire logistics and transport chain

Gerald Schinagl

Digital Innovation Manager
OBB (Austrian Federal Railways)



11:00 am - 11:40 am Smart Freight and Railroads: Long Term Communications and Technology Developments to Ensure the Longevity of Freight Rail

Dr Stuart Thomson - Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, Rail Manufacturing Co-operative Research Centre
In a recent study on Smart Rail, Stuart will discuss the next generation of rail technologies that can be integrated, supported and introduced in Australia’s major rail and freight rail projects, in particular telecommunications and smart systems. It will explore how it will enable smart asset management and maintenance and the applications for freight rail and supply chains to inform strategic future planning.

  • Creating a long term strategic framework for digital and communication technologies that can be applied to freight rail construction and ensure longevity of all physical assets
  • Prioritising smart rail initiatives as a means to improve freight customer cost-effective services and on-time delivery
  • How it can create a harmonized and integrated approach with other multimodal transport systems to enable seamless services and journeys

Dr Stuart Thomson

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director
Rail Manufacturing Co-operative Research Centre

11:40 am - 12:20 pm Establishing Consistency and Complying with Regulatory Requirements on Asset Management Standards for Rail Infrastructure

Andy Webb - Senior Manager, Major Projects, Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator
Though each organisation develops their own strategic asset management plan, complying with regulatory requirements is key. This is not just for good guidance to ‘good asset management’ but is essential for ensuring the safety of processes, service operations and most importantly, your staff. This session will be delivered by one of Australia’s transport regulators to address the importance of consistency and compliance with requirements to ensure the safe operability and maintenance of assets during and after construction.

Andy Webb

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

12:20 pm - 1:20 pm NETWORKING LUNCH


1:20 pm - 2:00 pm CASE STUDY: Encouraging Indigenous Procurement for the Inland Rail: Recognising Opportunities from the NSW Aboriginal Land Council

Peter Gibbs - Director, Western Zone, NSW Aboriginal Land Council
The NSW Aboriginal Land Council is committed to ensuring a better future for Indigenous communities by establishing opportunities for employment and economic growth in the community, as well as protection and preservation of culture, identify and heritage. The Inland Rail will present potential growth and opportunities for Indigenous regions and the NSW ALC continue to advocate on behalf of the councils to be engaged with the progress of the Inland Rail and how it can positively impact the Aboriginal community.

  • The NSW ALC’s role in taking leadership and representation to encourage clear visibility on the employment opportunities and investment opportunities for Indigenous workforces in local councils
  • The importance of preservation and protection of Indigenous culture for infrastructure projects, and how the ALC is engaging with the ARTC and other various stakeholders to deliver on commitments
  • Encouraging councils to step up and engage in local consultative meetings to understand the long term benefits and opportunities of the Inland Rail for Indigenous communities

Peter Gibbs

Director, Western Zone
NSW Aboriginal Land Council

2:00 pm - 2:40 pm Leveraging Regional NSW’s Growing Markets and Supporting Connectivity to Domestic and International Markets through Inland Rail

Ian Smith - Director, NSW Office of Regional Economic Development
Regional NSW is home to a third of the state’s population and produces one-fifth of NSW’s gross state product. Diverse opportunities exist across established and emerging sectors, such as thriving agriculture, energy, manufacturing and tourism industries. The Inland Rail will provide opportunities for businesses to invest further in Regional NSW, allowing the NSW Office of Regional Economic Development to assist with establishing, growing and partnering with sectors across the area.

  • How the NSW Office of Regional Economic Development is strategically planning with the Inland Rail and corridor route to establish business cases for locations and sectors to grow, invest and partner with
  • Insights into the Regional Development Framework and how it provides a scaffold for better coordination, decision making and effort on the ground
  • Investment success of Regional NSW: Exploring the proximity and infrastructure, competitive business operating environment and government assistance for future business growth

Ian Smith

NSW Office of Regional Economic Development


3:10 pm - 3:50 pm Case Study from Toowoomba Regional Council

Senior Representative - ., Toowoomba Regional Council
Toowoomba Regional Council will discuss how the Inland Rail will transform and increase global competitiveness within their region. In this session, learn how they are working closely with the ARTC in analysing route options, anticipate complex construction through the Toowoomba range and what it could mean for future economic growth.

Senior Representative

Toowoomba Regional Council

3:50 pm - 4:20 pm Closing Solutions Clinic

Solutions Clinics are designed to give participants strategies and tools to deal with their most pressing challenges and discuss learnings over the two days. 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 will then elect a facilitator/ note taker who will record the topic being explored and the ideas of the table. After 20 minutes of discussion, the facilitator of each table will then report back to the rest of the audience on their problem and the potential solutions.

4:20 pm - 4:20 pm Closing Remarks from the Conference Chair and Main Conference Close