Bulk Handling Review May-June digital edition released

Features on dust control and pneumatics, powder handling and food are just some of the highlights in the latest print issue of Rail Express sister publication, the Australian Bulk Handling Review, which is now available in its digital, true-to-print format.

Dust control is an important consideration in and around bulk handling infrastructure across multiple industries. Increased environmental awareness in recent decades has driven stricter obligations for operators, while improved suppression of product can also result in a healthy uptick in operational efficiency.

This issue’s feature on dust control includes new technologies, and an ‘Ask an Engineer’ column from Jenike & Johanson’s Eric Maynard on the United States’ new Dust Hazard Analysis protocol.

The May-June issue of ABHR is, notably, the last edition edited by Charles Macdonald, who recently left Mohi Media after editing the magazine for 13 years.

“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my 13 years at Australian Bulk Handling Review and I have made some good friends in the industry,” Charles writes in his editorial column. “I’d like to wish all the best to my colleagues at ABHR and I’m sure that readers will continue to enjoy the magazine under its new editor.”

Click here to view the digital edition of ABHR May-June.

Work to begin on new Frankston Station

Work on the new Frankston Station is begin this month, with construction to get underway by the middle of the year.

The works – to be carried out by an alliance led by John Holland and KBR – are part of the Victorian government’s $63 million program to redevelop the Frankston station precinct, which acts as the terminus of, and interchange between, the Frankston and Stony Point railway lines, in Melbourne’s south.

Genton Architecture’s station design was selected from 39 competitors last year. It has since been refined and is to include a very contemporary canopy and station buildings, with upgrades to the entrance and subway access.

Station platforms will be raised to reduce the gap between the train and the platform, while new new public plazas and walkways are to be constructed.

“This new station will be bigger and better than before. It will be a community centre Frankston can be proud of,” state transport minister Jacinta Allan said.

Federal member for Frankston, Paul Edbrooke, said that the new station was long overdue.

“Our community is so excited for this new station,” Edbrooke said. “For too long Frankston has been neglected – we’re righting that wrong with this new station, which will create a more accessible, inviting area to live, work and visit.

“It will be a true gateway to the peninsula and a place our community can be proud of – something we’ve been looking forward to for over 40 years.”

The project is being overseen by the Level Crossing Removal Authority, who will co-ordinate work with Skye/Overton Road level crossing removal project to minimise disruption.

Utility service relocation and technical surveys begin this month and will be followed in the middle of the year by major construction works and a temporary station closure. During the demolition and reconstruction phase, buses will replace trains along the line.

Winners revealed for inaugural Next Generation Conference Scholarship

The AusRAIL PLUS 2017 organising committee were delighted with the quality of entries for the inaugural Next Generation Conference Scholarship. We were looking for innovative ideas, from recent or current graduates 25 years and under, on how to market and promote the rail industry in a positive and impactful way, as well as educating the broader community’s perception of the benefits of rail. Congratulations to the winners!

Alice Jordan-Baird, Project Advisor, Corporate Affairs & Communications, Transdev
Idea: Reinventing the face of transport

“Millennials, like myself, don’t think of transport as an appealing industry when leaving school, TAFE or university – and that presents a huge problem. Our greatest challenge as an industry is that we are unknown, perceived to be old fashioned, tradition and unionised.

The need to diversify and promote the rail industry is gaining some momentum, with operator, industry and government coming together in support of promoting transport as a viable career option to the younger generation. To do this, we need to meet the next generation where they’re at.

I believe we should focus on targeting classrooms, hosting workshops and promoting our industry in lecture halls through industry partnerships with schools, TAFE and universities. With a focus on targeting STEM and coding programs.

Like most industries we are being disrupted and it is an exciting time to be part of an industry that is driving innovative changes through the introduction of on demand transport, autonomous vehicles and electric buses. Promoting public transport through this lens will attract millennials to the industry.”

Nicola Chung, Rail Network Analyst, Transport for NSW
Idea: Picking up where Thomas the Tank Engine left off

“Every time I commute by train, there is always a toddler with their noses pressed up onto the glass, eyes wide and hypnotised by the never ending track going past. Evidently, an appreciation for the railways existed. How did this love and awareness for the railways turn into distaste as experienced by the youth and adults of the general community today? Unfortunately, the cartoon Thomas the Tank Engine resonates the most with the younger members of the community and once they grow pass that stage, their only experience of the railways consist of the delays and frustration from their journeys on trains.

My idea that can innovate the way the rail industry is marketed and promoted thus educating the broader community’s perception of rail. This is through extending the interest of the railways experienced by toddlers through to their late teenaged years. Once children grow past the age for watching cartoons, they are engrossed in mobile apps and games. Where Thomas the Tank Engine has left off, the mobile game can continue to build that appreciation. My proposed idea is to create a game in the form of a mobile app where the player is in charge of leading a train through a set of challenges such as a fallen tree on tracks, oncoming rail traffic, speed limits and ultimately they still should be able to get their passengers to their destinations on time.

Further information can be provided in different segments of the game such as what is a track machine and how they maintain the tracks. The player will then understand the multitude of challenges involved in operating the railways and thus educating the broader community’s perception of the benefits of rail.”

Asimina Vanderwert, Graduate Engineer, Metro Trains Melbourne
Idea: Encouraging diversity within the industry

“The next 10 to 20 years will be a busy time within the railways, with massive investment taking place in Australia’s rail infrastructure. This is the perfect time to promote the rail industry within the community, especially with the variety of work and opportunities.

A diverse culture is also critical to achieve this, as it allows for better solutions and ideas for the future. Within the railway, there is still an imbalance between the amount of men and women working within the industry. Encouraging gender balance not only improves the efficiency of the work, but allows new initiatives to be explored and developed for the benefit of the community.

We need to promote the rail industry to young members of the community, as they are more likely to decide their future whilst finishing school. This means presenting at schools, especially female only schools, where students are completing their final year of studies or placements. Exposing the variety of jobs that the rail industry can provide, including technical work, project managing, customer service and train services, will encourage young women to see the railways in a different and more appealing light. This will lead to a better outcome for the communities.

Encouraging young women to start thinking of a career in rail earlier on will allow them to develop the right skills and mindset to ensure they come into the railway eager and determined to continuously provide a safe and growing public transport network.”

Maxim Karpyn, Instrumentation Engineer, Bombardier Transportation Australia
Idea: The feeling of better trains

“He entered the train. The clean smell of it always reminding him the hotels he stays at when he’s on a business trip. He looked at his watch, another twenty minutes. It had already been five years since the government releveled the tracks and now it would only take him another twenty minutes to get to Gembrook. He liked it. He could live in a less crowded country side and work in the busy frenzy of the CBD. He relaxed in his seat as the train drove away from the city. The wifi had already connected to his phone and he figured he just had enough time to watch short TV episode.

A ding, arose his attention. The State-of-the-art screen showed the train slowing down from 200km/h to arrive to Box Hill. Box Hill had grown to become a central hub of the eastern suburbs. The large train could take the new passengers with only a few having to stand up. The train sped up again, soon approaching Ringwood. The Eastern Freeway was jammed as usual. Good god he had plenty of battery. Worse-come-to-worse he could plug in to the train and recharge his battery. The train quickly cut through the Dandenong Ranges and he could see the vineyards of Yarra Valley. He made a note that it was about time to pay them a visit. He almost forgot about the stream when, “The next station is… Gembrook.” He was there. He nodded at the PSOs doing their rounds. They nodded back with a smile. He was home.”

Jase Berry, Graduate Engineer, Shoal Engineering
Lam-Thien Vu, Systems Engineer, Shoal Engineering
Idea: Community focused social media video series

“A social media video series campaign will showcase the rail industry’s positive and impactful benefits to multiple areas of the community. This campaign will highlight rail’s leading-edge technologies, sustainability benefits, and superior user experience offerings. Dissemination of these videos on social media will have the potential to reach a large population. The target audiences are: daily commuters; industry influencers and parliamentarians; and business owners and investors.

The tailored short video series (2-3 mins each) will focus on the benefits (not features) of rail for each target audience. Each series will cover the following benefits: economic; social; career opportunities; safety; and sustainability.

The videos will demonstrate how the rail industry impacts their personal and professional life by presenting it through storytelling of “the day in the life” of someone similar to the target audience. Each video will be focused, relatable, and engaging, and as a collective campaign the breadth of the community’s interests will be addressed. The series will engage the viewer’s emotion through relatable storytelling, and their logic through demonstration of benefits to the person. Furthermore, each video should be produced by different people within the community, such as students or start-up media businesses. This will kick start discussions on the benefits of the rail industry within the community, facilitate collaboration, and encourage young people to work within the rail industry. This is similar to this conference scholarship competition, which has provoked many entrants to think more about rail and seek opportunities to improve the industry. We have seen this collaborative benefit in our brainstorming and discussions process in submitting this response as a team. Through thoughtful and targeted marketing, this campaign will effectively re-brand rail in Australia as the ideal industry with positive impacts and benefits, while bringing the community together in promoting rail.”


Limited space remaining in AusRAIL PLUS 2017 edition of Rail Express

If you haven’t booked your place in the official publication of the largest rail event in the southern hemisphere yet, not only is your time is running out. Only limited places remain for those looking to take advantage of Rail Express’ biggest marketing and branding opportunity of the year. To see the rate card, please click here.

The AusRAIL PLUS 2017 edition will reach well over 30,000 unique eyeballs in the Australasian rail sector. It lands to the full Rail Express print circulation and 13,000 Rail Express newswire readers just one week before the event starts. It is also distributed in all delegate and speaker packs at AusRAIL PLUS 2017, as well as distributed to all visitors attending the exhibition, offering an unparalleled audience of rail industry specific leaders, buyers, decision makers and influencers.

We have had a lot of support not only from exhibitors looking to promote their stands, but also businesses not attending AusRAIL who wish to still have a presence” said Rail Express head of marketing Daniel Macias.

If anyone has been considering an advertisement and hasn’t reached out, I urge them to do it soon. The final deadline for the edition is November 3rd”, he added.

For those exhibiting: did you know that 81.7% of people decide what stands they’re visiting before they arrive at a trade show? Before they’ve even walked through the door, most people have decided who they’re visiting while they’re at a trade show. Of course they’ll still walk around, but why risk your investment being the subject of chance when you can reach the entire Rail Express circulation just one week before AusRAIL PLUS 2017, ensuring people know where you are and what you’re exhibiting?

For those not exhibiting: Rail Express AusRAIL PLUS 2017 is distributed to all speakers, delegates and visitors attending AusRAIL PLUS 2017. Advertising in this edition gives you the opportunity to showcase your product, brand or service to those attending the largest rail conference and exhibition in the southern hemisphere. Leverage the Rail Express circulation to your advantage: our unparalleled reach pre-event and during the conference and exhibition gives you the perfect platform to achieve a marketing presence at AusRAIL PLUS 2017, even if you can’t be there yourself.

To learn more about advertising, please click here to visit the information page. Alternatively, please call Daniel Macias on 0427 270 774.

Mohi Media – Sales opportunity

Publisher of Australian Bulk Handling Review and Rail Express Mohi Media is currently expanding its main titles, with the introduction of new products across all platforms.

We are looking for a very special salesperson, one who is interested in the product we currently produce and someone who can see the possibilities which we already have. The position is full time and an appropriate remuneration package will be based on what you have to offer.

If you can relate to the Mohi Media portfolio, feel you have something to contribute and would like to become part of a well established team, we would like to hear from you.

Express your interest in a sales role directly to Mohi Media managing director, Michael Mohi: Michael.Mohi@mohimedia.com

ATSB opens Oakey derailment probe

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau has opened a safety investigation after the derailment of a coal train near Oakey, in Queensland’s Darling Downs region.

According to a report filing summary from the Bureau, Aurizon coal train 9869 derailed near Oakey, 160 kilometres west of Brisbane, at around 4pm on June 21.

No injuries were reported in the incident, but 18 of the train’s 41 wagons derailed, resulting in “significant track damage”.

The incident occurred at an occupational level crossing roughly 38 track kilometres north west of Toowoomba, according to the Bureau.

The track operator is Queensland Rail.

As part of its function to improve safety and public confidence in air, rail, and sea transport, the ATSB conducts independent investigations like this one, into transport accidents and other safety occurrences.

It said it expects to finalise a report into the Oakey derailment by July next year.

Photo: DP World

DP World launches intermodal business

Major stevedoring company DP World has established DP World Logistics, to deliver intermodal port and rail services, in a move it described as creating “a new force in Australia’s transport network”.

The announcement represents a push into the landside logistics sector for DP World, the Dubai-based global ports group which has terminals in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Brisbane.

DP World Logistics Australia will also see new business Botany Intermodal housed within it.

Connected to the Southern Sydney Freight Line and covering 15.3 hectares, DP World says Botany Intermodal will be Port Botany’s only fully-integrated container logistics park.

The global stevedore said the move into landside logistics was part of a long-term strategy to move beyond the port gate, offering efficiencies to customers and other stakeholders in the supply chain.

“As a critical link in the cargo logistics chain, we’re growing our Australian business in a way that makes sense,” DP World chief executive Paul Scurrah said on Tuesday. “This new intermodal business aligns with our plans to develop operations that complement DP World Australia’s stevedoring business.”

Mark Hulme will run DP World Logistics Australia, as chief operating officer logistics.

“DP World Logistics Australia will offer fast and efficient container coordination, movement, cleaning, repairs, refurbishment and storage services to customers who are transiting container freight into and out of the terminals,” Hulme said.

“Botany Intermodal is connected to the Southern Sydney Freight Line, which will drive improved rail efficiency and speed of service for adjacent stevedoring operations. This opens the opportunity for rail operators to load empties within the port precinct.

“As the nation’s largest container stevedore, we are confident we can further develop our strong stakeholder relationships and continue to build value for DP World Australia’s customers.”

Botany Intermodal will operate out of two locations: Park 1, at 1890 Botany Road (formerly known as Sydney Haulage) and Park 2, at Bumborah Point (also formerly known as Smith Brothers).

Services will include loading and unloading rail freight, container washing, preparation, repair and upgrade, and container storage.

Deadline coming up for submissions to freight supply chain inquiry

The federal government is calling on members of Australia’s supply chain to submit their ideas on the Inquiry into National Freight and Supply Chain Priorities discussion paper before July 28.

The inquiry has been purposed to help the development of the government’s National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy, which is being designed to position the country to meet national freight demands into the future.

Federal transport and infrastructure minister, Darren Chester, said that stakeholder feedback was crucial to help develop plans that will take advantage of the growing freight task in Australia.

“This inquiry, which will feed into the National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy, will ensure Australia can meet the needs of consumers, businesses, and domestic and international markets and realise the opportunities to produce more local goods,” Chester said.

“Our freight task will grow by 50 per cent over the next two decades as our nation’s population increases, creating additional demands on our transport network.”

Chester last week hosted a Freight and Supply Chain Strategy roundtable with agribusiness stakeholders in Melbourne, where he linked the government’s infrastructure spending priorities with the long-term strategy of improving freight supply.

“The Turnbull-Joyce Government is investing over $75 billion toward major infrastructure projects, including the $8.4 billion Inland Rail project between Melbourne and Brisbane, the $10 billion National Rail Program, and upgrades to the Bruce and Pacific Highways, to ensure that Australia’s freight task is met,” the minister said.

“The strategy will ensure the right policy and regulatory settings are in place to optimise long-term infrastructure investments, boost Australia’s prosperity, and meet community expectations for safety, security, and environmental amenity.”

The discussion paper can be accessed on the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development website (https://infrastructure.gov.au/transport/freight/national-strategy.aspx) and submissions can be made to the department by email or post.

After an examination of various regulatory and investment barriers and an assessment of the opportunities available to improve freight capacity and reduce business costs, the Inquiry team will provide a final report to the Minister for Infrastructure and Transport by March 2018.

“Everyone is part of the national supply chain, whether you are a producer competing with domestic and global markets, a freight operator shifting those products to our ports, or a consumer who wants the best value possible,” Chester said.

“With submissions closing on 28 July 2017, I would encourage all interested parties to have their say and help shape Australia’s freight future.”

Vic transport minister travelling China to promote transport investment

Victoria’s minister for public transport, Jacinta Allan, is travelling around China and Hong Kong over the next several days to promote Victoria’s transport projects and share ideas in meetings with government officials and transport industry leaders.

Speaking before her departure, Allan said that “Victoria is leading global thinking in the transport industry,” and that her trip was an opportunity “to exchange valuable ideas, knowledge and experience from across the public and private transport sectors”.

The minister is to meet with representatives from MTR Hong Kong and inspect the expansion projects extending Hong Kong’s railway network.

In Nanjing, Allan will oversee the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the train wheel manufacturer Maanshan Iron and Steel and Monash University, which will allow Victorian transport professionals to travel to Nanjing to exchange knowledge and skills regarding rail infrastructure.

While in the city, she will also inspect works underway on new rail lines for the city’s metro, which carries 720 million people yearly.

Allan will also travel to Changchun to visit CRRC’s state-of-the-art rolling stock factory. The company is the world’s largest rolling stock manufacturer and is also part of the consortium that will design and build 65 new High Capacity Metro trains for Victoria.

Made from 60 per cent Victorian materials, the new trains are to be built in partnership with Downer Rail in Newport and will start servicing rail lines in 2019.

The visit is part of the Andrews Labor government’s China Strategy, which aims at strengthening the state’s economic, cultural and personal ties with the industrial giant.

“This is an opportunity to see state-of-the-art factories and ensure Victoria continues to stay at the forefront of rolling stock manufacturing,” Allan said.

3D virtual model of Adelaide in the works

Adelaide’s CBD and surrounding suburbs are to be digitally mapped to create a 3D model that will assist in city planning, the South Australian government recently announced.

The $2 million-dollar model is to be a highly accurate 3D replica that will allow suburb level, precinct level and individual site level reviews of planning strategy and property development within the city’s inner ring and in suburbs stretching out to the west.

“Traditional developments have been planned and assessed with two-dimensional plans, and engagement with the public has relied on ‘artist impressions’ to visualise the impact,” state planning minister John Rau said.

“3D modelling is used around the world with great success and will allow the public to visualise a proposal and how it will fit with the existing streetscape.”

The 3D model is a response to the government’s 30-Year Plan for Greater Adelaide, which will attempt, over the long-term, to increase urban density in the city, raising it from 15-25 dwellings per hectare to 35 dwellings per hectare in dedicated growth corridors.

Members of the public will be able to access the model online, allowing them to interact with the mapped city and engage with proposed developments.

“A virtual city model builds on the transition to e-planning,” Rau said. “[This] will make our planning system more efficient and accessible.”

The project’s first phase is expected to be completed during the current financial year, and will consist of mapping of the Adelaide’s CBD and other key development corridors. The latter phases of the project, to be carried out over the 2 following years, will see the mapping extend to Adelaide’s inner ring and west towards the coast.