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ARA announces finalists for Young Rail Professionals Innovation Pitching Competition

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The Australasian Railway Association has announced five finalists who will pitch their innovative concept to CEOs at AusRAIL 2016 in Adelaide later this month.

Finalists for the Young Rail Professionals Innovation Pitching Competition were announced this week as follows:

Alexandra Baranksi, Graduate Engineer (Electrical), Aurizon
Title: CBD Solar Light Rail

Jason Bridgman, Systems Development and Support, Train Planning, Operations Planning, Operations, Sydney Trains
Title: A Smarter Rail Way – Intelligent Monitoring of Assets

James Donovan, Graduate Engineer, Metro Trains Melbourne
Title: The use of passive soundwave interpretation along rails to detect and predict rail defects, lubrication quality and thermal factors

Michelle Doolan, Civil & Environmental Engineer, Aurecon / MMRA
Title: Delightful diversion? – Generating public excitement for rail infrastructure

Ben Mason, Economist, Arup
Title: Revisiting economic appraisal for rail projects.

ARA boss Danny Broad said industry judges were impressed and inspired by the high calibre of submissions received from Australia and abroad with the topics covering social, economic, technical, engineering and marketing ideas that could dramatically enhance rail in Australia.

“We are extremely excited for the launch of the inaugural Young Rail Professionals Innovation Pitching Competition which will take place at AusRAIL on day 2 of the conference,” Broad said. “The bar has certainly been set high so don’t miss it.”

The winner of the Pitching Competition will be announced at the AusRAIL Gala Dinner.

AusRAIL bookings can be made on the official website.

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