Conference Day One: Wednesday, 16th August 2017

8:30 AM - 9:00 AM Registration and Welcome Coffee

9:00 AM - 9:10 AM Opening Remarks from IQPC and the Conference Chair

David Bainbridge, President, Rail Track Association Australia

David Bainbridge

Rail Track Association Australia

9:10 AM - 9:50 AM Managing Stakeholders During Asset Delivery and Management

Sudath Amaratunga, Technical Manager, Transport for New South Wales

Sudath Amaratunga

Technical Manager
Transport for New South Wales

9:50 AM - 10:30 AM Collaborative Transport Asset Management – Delivering Long Term Benefits in New Infrastructure Projects

Brian Brennan, Managing Director, Sydney Light Rail, Transdev
When transport infrastructure projects are being delivered, there is a whole team involved, from government and asset owners to contractors. Challenges arise with managing the consistency of work structures and employee capabilities and responsibilities, new systems and data against older methods and managing services against community expectations. Developing the right collaborative approach in the maintenance of assets will ensure you find consistency and meet your organisational objectives in the long run. This session will focus on maintaining consistency in your organisation to achieve better asset management plans for the future.
· Flow from the top: ensuring your executive has a comprehensive understanding of your asset management system to ensure safety and asset skillsets from top down
· Ensuring systems and information is set up with the right data to enable the right communication with stakeholders to ensure maintenance and operation of assets
· Breaking down of inter-departmental silos and engaging the community to achieve maintenance improvements

Brian Brennan

Managing Director, Sydney Light Rail

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM Thought Leadership Session


A structured interactive session designed to help you expand your network through one-on-one focused conversations. Bring your business cards!


12:00 PM - 12:40 PM Case Study: Investigating Data Analytics in Asset Management to Minimise CBD Road Congestion

Chen Cai, Senior Researcher, Transport Analytics, DATA61 CSIRO
Maximising the service life of a heavily congested network is crucial to ensure problems are fixed before users are affected. The Sydney Harbour Bridge is one example of a transport asset that requires continuous monitoring without the need of significant increase in expenditure for renewals. This session will explore a DATA61 case study on the work completed on Sydney Harbour Bridge through monitoring sensors and predictive analytics to extend the bridge’s life cycle and manage road congestion.
· Data fusion and data sets – understanding key capabilities around using information to develop better decisions
· Utilising censors and machine learning around congestion to recognise when structural assistance is needed
· Building better operating decisions on managing congestion and its impact on asset road network and management frameworks

Chen Cai

Senior Researcher, Transport Analytics

12:40 PM - 1:20 PM Case Study: The Gravel Road – Gwydir Shire Council’s Plan to Maintain Road Asset Life Cycle

Richard Jane, Director, Technical Services, Gwydir Shire Council
As a rural council, Gwydir Shire Council maintains over 2000km of sealed and unsealed roads. Within 10 years, the council also looks to provide transport services including three new bridges and five new box culverts. But with the heavy agribusiness within the region, the council is focused on adapting their road structures to the changing nature of the business, ensuring that they uphold and facilitate the right transport needs for the community. This session will explore how a rural council is managing a ten year transport asset plan, particularly around road asset management, to not only extend its lifecycle but meet the expectations of their community.
· Developing a road condition survey to create a program that enables to resealing and rehabilitation of road assets
· Insights into the challenges with providing access to roads and facilitating transportation needs while still ensuring reliability and services to agribusiness in the region
· Understanding the importance of cost-benefit analysis to determine financial and economic benefits of materials, construction and to maintain the standards of infrastructure assets

Richard Jane

Director, Technical Services
Gwydir Shire Council


2:20 PM - 3:15 PM Interactive Discussion Groups (IDGs)

This is your chance to make your conference experience truly interactive and collaborative. Each IDG is set in a roundtable format and will be facilitated by an expert practitioner in the space. In two rotations, each IDG will last for 30 minutes, allowing you to pick the two top of mind topics you wish to discuss and solve.

2:20 PM - 3:15 PM Topic 1: Alignment in Asset Methodologies and Process to Address Growing Needs of Cities

Christine Crawshaw, Senior Asset and Maintenance Engineer, Transurban
Consistency in assessment and monitoring of physical assets is essential as road and transport infrastructure management is influenced by the rapid changes in technology. When new technology and systems are used, new challenges can arise in the way data is used for analysis, how to meet and track KPIs and how the decisions from these processes can affect the funding of infrastructure and maintenance in the future. In this discussion, Christine will explore the direction Transurban is taking to ensure consistency across all regions, and the strategies embedded to ensure data-driven decision making to meet future use of transport infrastructure.

Christine Crawshaw

Senior Asset and Maintenance Engineer

2:20 PM - 3:15 PM Topic 2: Big Data Approaches and Sensor Integration for Condition Based Monitoring

Dr Stuart Thomson, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, Rail Manufacturing Cooperative Research Centre

Dr Stuart Thomson

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director
Rail Manufacturing Cooperative Research Centre

2:20 PM - 3:15 PM Topic 3: Embedding Risk Management to Enhance Resilience and Safety in Asset Management Planning

Greg Williams, Work Stream Lead, Assets and Projects, Yarra Trams
Understanding the importance of embedding risk management practices is essential to combat the unpredictability of emergency and weather disasters. When looking at assets from a wider perspective, it’s important to develop a risk profile of ageing assets and link it with other asset management pillars. In this discussion, Greg will explore how risk management can influence the reactive and proactive approach to asset management to ensure the right funding and resources are allocated.

Greg Williams

Work Stream Lead, Assets and Projects
Yarra Trams

2:20 PM - 3:15 PM Topic 4: Integrating BIM to Enhance Whole-Of-Life Transport Asset Management

Building Information Modeling is becoming more frequently used to efficiently plan, design and construct infrastructure. The asset management lifecycle is not just post-project, and for transport assets, BIM throughout and in the early stages can assist in documentation, detailed cost-benefit analyses and simplified information to assist with stakeholder engagement. This discussion group will focus on the benefits of incorporating BIM in Transport Asset Management and why it should be widely accepted.


3:40 PM - 4:20 PM Managing Employee Capability Gaps in Developing Asset Management Frameworks

Mina Gerguis, Asset Program Manager, VicTrack
Training and development for asset management staff is just as important as developing a framework. As asset management begins to broaden to encapsulate both engineering and strategy, it is important to ensure you have the right staff on board with the right skills to be engaged with your framework. This session will look at closing the gaps to better manage your organisation’s future asset plans.
· Training in-house to enhance experiences of the team in driving the right decisions for strategies and plans
· Marrying the ideas of technical experts and consultants with the business – how to ensure skills and knowledge are aligned to ultimately meet business objectives in managing assets
· Growing talent by finding the right blend of employees who are able to communicate the asset management story and move away from a standard engineering function

Mina Gerguis

Asset Program Manager

4:20 PM - 5:00 PM International Case Study: Lessons Learned in Achieving ISO 55000 at London Underground

Richard Moore, Head of Asset Management Development, Transport for London
The London Underground has been an integral part of Transport for London’s network for 150 years, and became the first rail authority in Europe to achieve the international standard. In harnessing the standard, not only has the organisation achieved better resourcing and maintenance for the renewing of assets, but has achieved a 40% improvement in reliability. Through this international case study, Richard will draw on the lessons learned from the London Underground to discuss how to develop a better understanding of the standards to meet passenger demand, service reliability and extended asset life cycle.
· Why the ISO? – how to secure executive management on board to see the ISO as a journey rather than just a qualification
· Digital railways and new technology - Maintaining the maturity of your asset management framework in times of change
· Insights into LU’s best practices and advancements into asset management to drive better decision making

Richard Moore

Head of Asset Management Development
Transport for London

5:00 PM - 5:30 PM Champagne Solutions Clinic

This champagne solutions clinic will encourage you to further identify, benchmark, and analyse the key issues and challenges around asset management in Australia’s utility services. Delegates will discuss their most pressing challenges and one member of the roundtable will present back to the group with their findings. Grab a glass of bubbly and discuss the issues whilst forming relationships with influential experts.

5:30 PM - 5:30 PM End of Day One and Networking Drinks