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

Interactive Workshops: Monday, 29 April 2019

Workshop A

9:00 am - 11:00 am Managing Contractors, Employees, Resourcing and Skills Planning for Successful Delivery and Construction of Major Rail Infrastructure Projects

Dominic Luddy - Manager, Communication and Stakeholder Engagement, Aurecon
Kate Myers - Head of Skills, Employment and Education, High Speed Two (HS2)
Major rail infrastructure projects often take strategic management with contractors, employees and overall resourcing. 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. This workshop will focus on developing a clear path for the progression of delivering an constructing major freight rail infrastructure projects and how to get your people on board.

What will the workshop cover?

  • Why partnerships with councils, clients and suppliers are essential to bringing the right skills and expertise into each project at the right time to be future freight ready
  • Investigating strategies to encourage regional skills development and workforce growth and how to engage, retain and assist with the transition
  • Creating palatable steps and programs that enable skill building and support during the construction timeline and once operational
  • 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

Dominic Luddy

Manager, Communication and Stakeholder Engagement


Kate Myers

Head of Skills, Employment and Education
High Speed Two (HS2)

Workshop B

12:00 pm - 2:30 pm Overcoming Complex Construction Challenges by Upholding Freight Rail Safety Responsibilities and Risk Management Strategies

Adnan Pal - Risk Manager, Transport for NSW
The Inland Rail is made up of routes faced with challenging geological conditions. This can be particularly dangerous, especially when engineers do not know what structures they may potentially come across during construction. This workshop will explore the safety responsibilities, risk management strategies and upholding up to date construction methods to allow for safe construction through mixed and complex conditions.

What will the workshop cover?

  • Identifying a safety vision and safety management approach to ensure operators and workers comply with instructions to mitigate risks
  • Exploring future safety challenges to be faced across freight and other multi-modal integrated transport systems
  • Using multi-forum risk sharing and transparent risk documentation processes, shared with the client, to improve the sophistication of risk controls, enhance shared analysis of risks, and improve identification of education requirements
  • Insights into the measures that are used in regards to risk-based geotechnical investigations

Adnan Pal

Risk Manager
Transport for NSW

Workshop C

3:00 pm - 5:30 pm Developing a Strategy to Utilise Big Data for Predictive Maintenance to Improve Freight Rail Services

Gerald Schinagl - Digital Innovation Manager, OBB (Austrian Federal Railways)
Big Data and digital systems are opening up a wide range of possibilities for freight railway infrastructure, resulting in faster transmission, greater storage capacity and where channelling the data can assist in the way organisations can manage assets. Yet such success involves getting the right interfaces and strategy in place internally and gaining buy-in for investment of systems to unlock real productivity. With learnings from OBB’s strategy, you will have the opportunity to understand how to better manage data and embrace it as a valuable asset to maintaining freight rail infrastructure and improve future services.

What will the workshop cover?

  • Best practice strategies and approaches for utilising mass data generated and turning it into meaningful information for business development to meet freight user needs
  • What data, analytics and models will also deliver input for security functions on communications and signalling systems on rail infrastructure
  • Improvement of quality through transparency: Utilising digital applications for infrastructure and track maintenance to improve services
  • Developing strong engineering support and data management to provide real-time, predictable services to maximise efficiency

Gerald Schinagl

Digital Innovation Manager
OBB (Austrian Federal Railways)