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Conference Day Two: Thursday, 17th August 2017

9:00 AM - NaN:NaN AM Registration and Welcome Coffee

9:30 AM - 9:40 AM Opening Remarks from the Conference Chair

David Bainbridge, President, Rail Track Association Australia

David Bainbridge

President
Rail Track Association Australia

9:40 AM - 10:20 AM Managing Public Demand and Network Planning to Deliver a Proactive Asset Maintenance Plan

Trenton Fithall, Manager, Infrastructure & Environment, Northern Grampians Shire Council
Part of having a proactive asset management plan is understanding what can be done to deliver cost-beneficial upgrades and renewals, while reassuring your community that these plans are of good standard to extend asset life cycle. This session will explore how to engage with the community and enable transparency to better balance decisions on asset renewal and upgrades.
· Developing engagement tools to involve communities on a tangible level and pinpoint areas on networks in need of maintenance
· Effectively shifting the mindsets of asset management from maintenance and engineering to a customer-centric focus to improve resourcing for reviewing of plans
· Embracing transparency and accountability in allocation of funds for projects and maintenance to build customer and stakeholder confidence

Trenton Fithall

Manager, Infrastructure & Environment
Northern Grampians Shire Council

10:20 AM - 11:00 AM Digital Engineering Framework - Asset Classification and Location Referencing Studies

Simon Vaux, Director, Digital Engineering, Transport for NSW Rouzbeh Pourazim, Strategic Asset Management Team Leader, AECOM
As the industry moves towards increasingly information-rich and data-based applications, the need for comprehensive and consistent asset classification and location referencing concepts across all transport sectors and stakeholders with differing needs over the asset life cycle becomes increasingly imperative.
This session will explore TfNSW’s direction, framework and implementation approach for asset classification and location referencing within the context of the overall Digital Engineering Framework. These frameworks and concepts are fundamental to digital engineering and aim to enable a paradigm shift in the way transport related asset information is managed across industry.

Simon Vaux

Director, Digital Engineering
Transport for NSW

Rouzbeh Pourazim

Strategic Asset Management Team Leader
AECOM

11:00 AM - NaN:NaN AM MORNING TEA AND NETWORKING BREAK

11:30 AM - 12:10 PM National Railroad Problems – Maintenance and Construction Challenges Across Australia

Cholachat Rujikiatkamjorn, Associate Professor, Centre of Excellence in Geotechnical Engineering, University of Wollongong
One of the biggest problems within railroads is that track assets are becoming degraded and damaged. Soil conditions are not suitable and there is a mismatch between what rolling stock engineers plan to do and what the Australian conditions enable. The University of Wollongong is one of the leading institutions specializing in track asset management and best practices for track upgrading. This session will address the problems in Australia’s railroad infrastructure and the best practices for dealing with complications to build better resilience for track and rail assets.
· An overview of track conditions across passenger rail and heavy haul to analyse the damages of track assets over the years
· Insights into the importance of improving the ground and determining soil conditions to maintain stability of track assets and investment into the right construction materials
· Investigating the demands of the public of transport structures, and it’s impact on economic growth and management strategy of assets


Cholachat Rujikiatkamjorn

Associate Professor, Centre of Excellence in Geotechnical Engineering
University of Wollongong

12:10 PM - NaN:NaN AM Solutions Clinic

Choose one of the following topics to further identify, benchmark, and analyse the key issues and challenges around asset management with your fellow delegates! Pick a note taker and representative from the table who will share the solutions after 20 minutes of discussion.
Topic 1:Best Approaches to Secure Investment Initiatives For Long Term Asset Management Plans

Topic 2: Best Practices for Collecting and Analysing Data to Improve Asset Health and Maintainability

12:40 PM - 1:40 PM NETWORKING LUNCH


Bijan Samali

Director, Centre for Infrastructure Engineering
Western Sydney University

3:40 PM - 4:20 PM Closing Safety Address: Establishing Consistency and Complying with Regulatory Requirements on Asset Management Standards

Andy Webb, Senior Manager, Major Projects, Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator
Though each organisation develops their own strategic asset management plan, complying with regulatory requirements is key. This is not just for good guidance to ‘good asset management’ but Is essential for ensuring the safety of processes, service operations and most importantly, your staff. This session will be delivered by one of Australia’s transport regulators to address the importance of consistency and compliance with requirements to ensure the safe operability and maintenance of assets.

Andy Webb

Senior Manager, Major Projects
Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator

3:00 PM - 3:00 PM AFTERNOON TEA AND MAIN CONFERENCE CLOSE