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News in Brief – February 27th 2013

<span class="" id="parent-fieldname-description"> Deadline: AusRAIL PLUS 2013 call for papers RISSB Project Priorities Workshop RRA to showcase at Rail Track field days. </span> <p><strong>Deadline: AusRAIL PLUS 2013 call for papers</strong><br />The AusRAIL PLUS 2013 technical committee is making a final call for papers to be presented during the technical sessions at Australia’s premier rail industry event in November.</p><p>Authors are invited to submit a 400-600 word abstract of their proposed paper in their area of rail industry expertise. The conference theme in 2013 will be “Driving the costs out of rail” and papers must look to address this theme from their chosen direction.</p><p>Abstracts are <strong>due by this Friday 1 March 2013</strong> – Authors will be notified of acceptance on 3rd May 2013.</p><p>Abstracts should be forwarded to: <a href=""></a> or if you have any queries, please <strong>contact Tim Bostridge </strong>at Informa on <strong>02 9080 4318</strong></p><p><strong>RISSB Project Priorities Workshop </strong><br />The Rail Industry Safety and Standards Board (RISSB) will be convening a workshop in Melbourne on 7 March 2013 to determine RISSB project priorities for FY13-14. The workshop will be run from 13.30 until 17.00 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel following the Rail Safety 2013 national conference that runs from 5-7 March.</p><p>In the past RISSB project priorities have been determined by RISSB’s six Standing Committees following input from stakeholders, with a priority list established and passed to government for endorsement before RISSB Board approval.</p><p>Unfortunately this process has not attracted other stakeholder input (including governments and regulators) and as a consequence there was little debate on project priorities.<br />With a view towards establishing a better method for determining priorities and following consultation with stakeholders, including the Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator (ONRSR), RISSB has decided on the workshop option.</p><p>Anyone, or organization, with an interest in RISSB’s project priorities should attend this workshop. Places are limited (40 seats) and attendees will be accepted on a first come first serve basis.</p><p>To attend contact Vivienne Goudman on (02) 6270 4523 or email <a href=""></a> <strong>by 4 March 2013.</strong></p><p><strong>RRA to showcase at Rail Track field days </strong><br />Rail infrastructure specialist, Rhomberg Rail Australia (RRA), will showcase three of its sophisticated, high-performance rail maintenance solutions at the Rail Track Association (RTAA)/Railcorp Field Days being held in Sydney this week on 27/28 February.</p><p>The two-day event at the Clyde rail yards will see members of the Australian rail industry display the very latest in infrastructure, construction and maintenance equipment.</p><p>RRA, a gold sponsor of the event, will showcase three examples of its innovative rail maintenance machines currently being utilised across the Australian rail network, including its 09-3X Dynamic Tamping Express, SSP305 Ballast Regulator, and Plasma Surveying System.</p><p>The latter is a unique mobile, track recording trolley developed by RRA’s European company, Rhomberg Sersa Rail Group providing precise measurements for the delivery of continuous, high quality track geometry information.</p><p>RRA’s Project Manager, Henrik Vocks, will make a presentation on the key success factors and required installation methods to maximize the benefits of track slab solutions based on best practice European examples.</p><p>RRA’s principal track design engineer, Graham Watson, will also present on how RRA’s innovative approach to track design was applied to the concept and detailed design on three on 120km of track across the Adelaide Metro network in the lead up to electrification.</p>