28 - 29 May, 2018 | Pullman Brisbane King George Square, Brisbane, QLD

Yogendra Sharma

President, Rail
Adani Mines and Power

7:00 AM Accommodating Double Stacking, Roll Off Roll On and Enhanced Travel Speed – Implementing Innovative Construction Solutions to Increase Capacity on Dedicated Freight Corridors

Freight trains create major challenges for India’s Railways. On the existing network, more than 3.2 million tonnes of cargo and 9500 freight trains are operated and carried every day. Like Australian railways, passenger trains are prioritised, creating a need to develop more innovative solutions in order to accommodate increased capacity, availability and speed for freight services. On India’s DFCs, some innovations adopted include facilitating movement of double stacked container trains under wire, broad gauge electrified double lines and automatic signalling. In addition to this, close coordination with key players has assisted in the development of good freight rail to meet these expectations. In this international speaker facilitated workshop, delegates will explore what is expected to ensure the Inland Rail is constructed in a way that meets its future requirements, including system engineering, stakeholder engagement and management of assets.

What will the workshop cover?

Utilising big data such as BIM and GIS to deliver a functional and maintainable railway
Geotechnical investigations and delivering efficient rail formation designs to inform train reliability requirements and operational strategy
Improving system engineering and rail systems such as signalling to ensure service availability and safety
Experimenting with ‘roll on - roll off’ and the role of key industry players to construct and invest in innovative solutions for first and last mile connectivity


9:55 AM INTERNATIONAL CASE STUDY: Establishing Last Mile Rail Connectivity Through PPP on Indian Railways to Attract Freight Business Back on Rail

Indian Railways are among the five countries in the world, which carry more than 1 Billion tonnes of freight annually. The challenge is such freight trains use the same rail network where passengers trains have priority over freight trains. Also on Indian Railways, approximately 16 per cent of the network carries over 55 per cent, causing constraints on the passenger network and capacity. As a result, two dedicated freight corridors of more than 3000 kms are under construction and to be commissioned by Decembe 2019. In addition, four more DFCs of 5000km are being planned. In order to provide the First and Last mile connectivity to major freight lines, including DFCs, India Railways which has lost significant market share to road for various bulk and break bulk commodities have adopted innovative PPP models to attracting freight back onto the rail business and relieve congestion on the current passenger network. With reference to the innovative technologies and business case for such financial modeling, Yogendra will discuss:

  • Analyzing the importance for PPP to deliver infrastructure assets through proper risk management, innovative design solutions and efficient construction methodologies
  • Designing appropriate PPP models to attract private investors according to local conditions to bring shareholders value
  • Engaging early with legal, commercial and financial, probity and technical advisors and develop an effective procurement strategy and design Expression of Interest
  • Building innovative model for cost effective maintenance to increase throughput

Check out the incredible speaker line-up to see who will be joining Yogendra.

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