Recognising 40 years of railway innovation
Australia's premier applied research centre in railway technology last week celebrated four decades of innovative solutions in mining and commuter rail systems.
A Celebration of 40 Years of Railway Research and Technology was held last Thursday at the Park Hyatt, Melbourne, to celebrate the 40 years of railway research and technology by Monash University's Institute of Railway Technology (IRT).
Originally part of research activities undertaken for the companies now known as BHP Billiton Iron Ore and Rio Tinto Iron Ore, IRT is now an applied research centre at Monash University. It provides technical assistance to the world’s three biggest iron ore producers, BHP Billiton, Rio Tinto and Vale (Brazil), and more than 90 other railway entities, including leading commuter rail authorities.
IRT, which has clients in several countries, specialises in providing comprehensive solutions to technical issues in existing rail systems, whether they transport iron ore, freight or commuters. IRT is also a leader in remotely monitoring tracks and rolling stock using cutting-edge technology to detect faults before catastrophic failures occur.
Monash University's senior deputy vice-chancellor and deputy vice-chancellor (research) Professor Edwina Cornish, congratulated IRT on leading the Australian railway technology field for four decades.
"The Institute of Railway Technology is a great example of how universities and industry can collaborate to develop solutions that drive technology forward," Prof Cornish said.
"IRT was born out of industry need and now real-world problems continue to drive its agenda."
Director of IRT, Ravi Ravitharan, said the institute was set to build on its success.
"IRT is continuously developing new technologies to support increasing productivity and safety requirements of the rail industry," Ravitharan said.
"Being part of Australia's largest university, IRT is well-placed to continue to lead the railway research and technology needs of the rejuvenated railway industry."
The Victorian minister for public transport Terry Mulder, delivered the keynote address at the gala dinner and general manager of infrastructure at the Hong Kong rail authority MTR, Richard Keefe, and rail engineering manager at Rio Tinto Iron Ore, Leland LeBreton, both long term clients of IRT, also spoke at the event.
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