Thanks again to everyone who submitted abstracts for inclusion in the Technical Streams at AusRAIL 2016!
From Moscow to Maroochydore and Nottingham to North Ryde, we received over 70 abstracts from a great range of local and international representatives that spanned geographic regions and management, operational and consultant roles across the rail industry.
There will be a total of 24 sessions at this year’s AusRAIL in Adelaide and the great calibre of papers again made the selection process for the Papers Committee quite difficult.
Papers to be presented will address a range of technical, operational and commercial issues including:

  • Modernising light rail infrastructure to meet the demands of a growing city
  • Infrastructure security
  • A global view of rolling stock fire safety
  • Next generation of high performance turnout renewals
  • A glimpse into the future of hydraulic tamping
  • Integration of multi-mode passenger information for regional train and coach operations
  • The performance of SC 47kg/m rail in ARTC’s Interstate Network
  • Mastering last minute changes: Rail planning and scheduling for passenger and freight operations
  • Building a business case for an Energy Storage System (ESS) in a rail network
  • Challenges in developing an efficient bridge design for the ETTT Viaduct
  • The Waratah Train PPP – 10 years on, and going strong
Technical stream at AusRAIL PLUS 2015 Technical stream at AusRAIL PLUS 2015

Our gratitude is extended to the Papers Committee who recently finalised their selection and our congratulations to all the authors who were accepted to present, including those placed on ‘standby’.
The authors, who will be working both as part of a larger team in need of internal approvals or in the solitude of this ‘extra curricular’ research will spend the next few months preparing drafts, reviewing comments and incorporating feedback in time to finalise papers and presentations well in advance of November.
Here’s an advance preview list (in alphabetical company order) of the speakers to date (this list will be growing in the coming weeks):

  • Mark Wood, General Manager Communications – Electronics, 4Tel
  • Tony Crosby, General Manager – Services, 4Tel
  • Caroline Phillips, Area Sales Manager – Transportation, ABB Australia
  • David Kite, Principal Engineer, Rail Asset Management, AECOM
  • Daniel Dunoyé, Business Development Expert, System & Infrastructure, Alstom Asia Pacific
  • Nick Petticrew, Rail Performance Manager, Interstate Network, ARTC
  • Todd Clarke, Sales Engineer, Elasto Plastic Concrete
  • Mike Ford, Senior Track & Civil Design Engineer, Jacobs
  • Roger Grossniklaus, Marketing and Sales Director, MATISA Materiel Industriel
  • Lachlan Henderson, Fire Engineer, Metro Trains Melbourne
  • Cameron Collie, National Program Manager – Rail, Quintiq
  • Henrik Vocks, Manager Technical Services, Rhomberg Rail Australia
  • Simon Miller, Specialist Civil Engineer, Rail Engineering, Rio Tinto
  • Matthew Benn, Business Development Manager, Selectlok Australia
  • Matthias Mannhart, Director Rhomberg Sersa Technology, Sersa Maschineller Gleisbau
  • Simon Thomas, Application Engineer, Speno Rail Maintenance Australia
  • Sam Botterill, Managing Director, System7 Australia
  • Dr Philip Laird, Honorary Principal Fellow, University of Wollongong
  • Penny Campbell, Structural Engineer, WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff
  • Les Kulesza, Principal Advisor, Network Development, Yarra Trams

Visit the technical speakers’ profile page on the website for more details on the ‘who’s who’ of this year’s technical streams!
Of course, keep an eye out for accessing the Technical Papers from AusRAIL PLUS 2015 via the Rail Knowledge Bank in the coming months and start preparing for the ‘Call for Papers’ for the AusRAIL PLUS 2017 program which will be released during in Adelaide during this year’s event!