Manager, Communication and Stakeholder Engagement
9:00 AM Managing Contractors, Employees, Resourcing and Skills Planning for Successful Delivery and Construction of Major Rail Infrastructure Projects
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
12:00 PM Geotechnical Challenges and Sustainable R&D Solutions in Track Design, Construction and Maintenance
There are significant engineering challenges in design, construction and maintenance when tracks are built on low-lying and coastal areas. With increasing numbers of rail projects are planned to be constructed in coming years (e.g. Inland Rail) which will involve 14000 tonnes of steel and a rigorous process for efficient construction that will shed light on the remaining process. In preparation for this, rail owners should adopt innovative and effective methods to improve serviceability and effectiveness, and reduce maintenance and construction costs of rail tracks. This session will address the importance of adopting sustainable solutions in track design, construction and maintenance of resilient tracks catering for heavy freight trains in various ground conditions, including:
- An overview of typical Australian track problems across various passenger, freight and heavy haul to analyse track damages and develop resilience techniques to ensure long term protection of the corridors
- Preserving dedicated corridors which could link to the Inland Rail as a long term necessity to improve the efficiency of future supply chains
- The implications for Inland Rail and freight networks: Optimum heavy haul track design approaches (i.e. testing and computational modelling rigor) for improved track longevity and faster speeds
- State-of-the art geotechnical laboratories at the CGRE including series of large-scales testing facilities for ballasted tracks and iconic national facility for cyclic testing of highspeed rail (ARC-LIEF) recently constructed at the Russell Vale