AusRAIL 2020 – Call For Papers

The AusRAIL 2020 Technical Papers Committee invites you to submit an abstract of a proposed paper in your area of expertise related to the railway sector.

Abstracts and papers will be reviewed by members of the AusRAIL Steering Committee which is compromised of the key members from the Australasian Railway Association (ARA); Institution of Railway Signal Engineers (IRSE); Railway Technical Society Australasia (RTSA); and the Rail Track Association Australia (RTAA). For more information on each associations’ current projects, unique mix of professional development, networking opportunities, and technical meetings, visit their websites.

The conference theme for 2020 is: ‘20/20 Vision for Rail’

As a guide of the potential themes and topics featured within the various streams, here is a snapshot of the technical papers presented at AusRAIL PLUS 2019.

All approved papers and presentations from AusRAIL are shared with industry at the Rail Knowledge Bank. For topic ideas and further information, please feel free to view past AusRAIL papers



Rail Infrastructure:

  • New Methods of Assessing Stray Current Interference using Simulation Software
  • An Electrical Performance Comparison of 1500V DC and 2x25kV AC Traction Power Systems
  • Decision Support for Traction Power Supply Operation in Real-Time

Rolling Stock and Maintenance:

  • Best Practices for Rolling Stock Mid-life Overhaul
  • Understanding the Impact of High Traction Hybrid Locomotive Designs on Heavy Haul Train Performance
  • Tackling Predictive Maintenance

Regional Rail:

  • Embracing Drone Surveying Technology to Deliver Projects in Regional NSW
  • Introducing the Regional Rail Project
  • Speeding up NSW Main West Transit Times

Light Rail

  • Onboard Energy Storage System
  • How New Technologies can Improve the Melbourne Tram Network
  • Greener and Smarter LRT


Rail Asset Maintenance Developments:

  • Simulated Anneling to Optimise Track Maintenance Scheduling in Railroad Operations
  • Leveraging Machine Learning & Bayesian Analysis: Designing New-age Asset Condition Assessments
  • Adopting Building Information Modeling – Asset Management (BIM-AM) to Enhance Railway Safety in Hong Kong

Track Construction and Operation:

  • Viaduct Track Construction
  • Operational Limits Driving 42t Axle Loads on Heavy Haul Turnouts
  • Challenging ARTC’s Current Network Offering for Over Size and Unique Loads

Turnouts and Safety:

  • The Development of Manganese Steel Laser Additive Welding as a Means of Special Trackwork Repair
  • Progress in Non-Destructive Testing of Manganese Steel Crossings
  • Worksite Protection in an Urban Rail Environment

Rail Head Management

  • Wayside Top of Rail Friction Control
  • Strategic Rail Reprofiling for Squat Mitigation
  • Squats Management


Digital Systems:

  • Digital Train Control and the Fourth Industrial Revolution
  • : The Factors that will Determine how Australia can Lead the Automation Race
  • New ETCS Level 1 Architecture
  • Making a Transformation Possible: Innovations behind the Digital Systems Project
  • Real Time Passenger Demand Based Traffic Regulation for CBTC
  • Increasing Capacity & Efficiency of the Main West Corridor
  • Interface Management
  • BIM enhanced Metro Operations reduce rail operations’ risks, OPEX and CAPEX
  • Considerations for Cybersecurity
  • Improvements in Modelling Electromagnetic Interference between Power and Signalling Systems



  • Integrated Strategic Planning
  • Passenger Experience, Future of Mobility Trends
  • Delivering a High-Speed Line: lessons from the Tours-Bordeaux HSL in France

Asset Management:

  • Sustainability in Mega Infrastructure Projects
  • Management from Design to Deployment

Digital Engineering and Maintenance:

  • Digital Engineering: Beyond the Curve – Rail Design Reimagined
  • Can I Trust Machine Learning Analytics? Downer’s Approach to Predictive Maintenance
  • The Power of Data Analytics for Rail Operations
  • Using Artificial Intelligence and Computer Vision to Automate Corridor Inspections and Predict Rail Maintenance

Deadline for abstracts: 13 March 2020

Key deadlines:
4 May 2020: Authors notified of acceptance
6 July 2020: Due date for first draft of papers
21 September 2020: Due date for finalised papers
16 October 2019: Due date for all PowerPoint Presentations
13 November 2020: Due date for finalised presentations
1-2 December 2020 – AusRAIL 2020 Conference

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