ASCI offers discounted registration to ASCI2021

With coronavirus (COVID-19) representing one of the largest disruptions to supply chains the world has faced since the era of globalisation, taking an informed view to the future of local and international trade will be key for the decades ahead.

The Australasian Supply Chain Institute (ASCI) is focusing its 2021 conference and awards on these long term challenges, under the theme of the United Nations’ Decade for Action.

Taking stock of the task that supply chain organisations and managers have faced since the beginning of 2020, the conference, to be held on Tuesday 23 and Wednesday 24 February at the William Inglis Hotel in Sydney, will take a look back at a tumultuous 2020, and see what challenges lie ahead.

With international trade already beginning to rebound, especially for countries trading with China and other East Asian countries, being ahead of the trends in the sector will be key. Furthermore, the re-routing of international supply chains has seen rail take on an expanded role, with continental rail services competing with shipping and air cargo.

At the same time, the ongoing challenges of climate change, resilience, and building a circular economy, will continue to have an impact on the way that goods are exchanged across Australia and New Zealand and around the world.

Until July 31, ASCI is offering a discount on standard registration, with a saving of up to $400. This covers access to the conference and its speakers’ depth of expertise, as well as networking opportunities. At the conference, ASCI will also present the industry awards for supply chain excellence at a gala dinner.

There is also the opportunity to get an insight into the smart supply chians of the future, with a tour and a moderated panel discussion focusing on the opportunities that Western Sydney Airport will bring to the Sydney Basin and wider region. This will be held on February 25.

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Get on board with RISSB’s bold new rail safety conference program

Australia’s premier safety conference for the rail industry, RISSB’s Rail Safety Conference, returns to Sydney at the end of March with a bold new program and even greater opportunities to learn from the best.

The 2020 event promises greater interactivity, more topics that are timely and relevant, and sessions that will provide a completely new perspective on how the industry operates. With so much to choose from now’s the time to get on board.

From panel discussions to networking, plenary presentations to technical streams, the new and improved format truly has something for everyone.

New in 2020

  • A 2-day supercharged program featuring more than 40 Australian and international speakers
  • Concurrent technical streams on the afternoon of Day 1 focused on issues that matter most to today’s rail transport operators – track worker safety, data and information, rail level crossings, system safety assurance, contractor management and sharing investigations
  • Safety leaders panel
  • A night at the museum (Australian National Maritime Museum) conference dinner
  • A choice of site tours.

Two keynote speakers (one internationally recognised) join an already impressive speaker line-up of industry leaders who are ready to challenge conventional thinking and deliver actionable insights during two jam-packed days.

RISSB’s stellar speaker line-up includes:

  • Sue McCarrey, Chief Executive, ONRSR
  • Carolyn Walsh, Chair, National Transport Commission and Chief Commission ATSB.
  • Sandra Wilson-Ryke, SQE Director, Keolis Downer
  • Tilo Franz, General Manager, Operations & Maintenance, CMET
  • Kieran MacKenzie, CEO, Presien and Innovation Engineer, Laing O’Rourke
  • Scott Cornish, Executive General Manager, Safety, Risk and Assurance, Queensland Rail
  • John Langron, Rail Safety Manager, Sydney Metro
  • Rachel Wood, Lead Investigator – Rail Safety, Transdev Auckland
  • Associate professor Anjum Naweed, CQU University
  • Simon Vaux, Director, Digital Engineering, Transport for NSW
  • Stewart Haycock, Project Manager, Operations Services, Australian Rail Track Corporation
  • Tim Proctor, Senior Consultant, Indec Consulting
  • David McMah, General Manager Train Service Delivery, Queensland Rail
  • Daniel Upton, Manager Continuous Improvement Zero Harm, Metro Trains Melbourne
  • Neil Robinson, Consultant and Director, RGB Assurance
  • Bill Palazzi, Director, Palazzirail
  • Guy Widdowson, Compliance and Investigations Manager Safer Rail, New Zealand Rail Safety Regulator, Waka Kotahi New Zealand Transport Agency
  • Jamie Dean, Assurance & Improvement Manager Country Regional Network, John Holland
  • Paul Nheu, Systems Assurance Manager, Digital Systems Program, Transport for NSW
  • Celeste Young, Research Fellow, Victoria Institute of Strategic Economic Studies, Victoria University
  • Lindsay Holt, Rail Safety & Compliance Manager, Laing O’Rourke
  • Nafiseh Esmaeeli, University of Alberta, Canada
  • Craig Dance, General Manager – Safety Risk and Assurance, V/Line
  • Russell McMullan, General Manager – CRL Assurance and Integration, City Rail Link Project NZ
  • Sudha Niles, G&R Lead – Compliance and HSE, Arc Infrastructure.

The Rail Safety Conference will be held at Aerial UTS Function Centre in Ultimo on March 31 and April 1, 2020.  For more information or to register to attend the conference, go to

Light Rail 2020 agenda to engage with current project pipeline

With one week left until Light Rail 2020, the conference agenda and proceedings are firming up, with light rail projects around the country passing milestones and announcing major components of their delivery.

Newcastle Light Rail recently celebrated its one-year anniversary, after carrying its one millionth passenger in December, 2019. In Sydney, the CBD to Randwick line carried two million passengers in just two months, with the spur to Kensington expected to open in March.

In the ACT, the government has announced that trams will travel along wire free tracks to preserve heritage vistas, and will travel over grassed sections, further committing the project to sustainable outcomes, having already sourced its power from renewable energy.

In Melbourne, an upgraded tram terminus opened to serve the city’s expanding fleet of new vehicles.

With these announcements occurring in the lead up to Light Rail 2020, the conference will be the forum for the discussion of the variety of operational approaches, and the appetite for Australian governments and transit authorities to continue to invest in the transport mode.

Confirmed sessions include seminars on data, integration, and customer service; safety and accessibility; corridor design to reduce collisions; on-board energy storage; and updates on key projects.

As these projects move into operational stages, the next generation of rail professionals will be needed to ensure their longevity, and young rail professionals under 35 receive a 50 per cent discount on registration.

Key sessions are:

  • Data, integration and customer service;
  • Modernising safety; operational excellence and accessibility: Adapting to melbourne’s growing needs;
  • Global safety developments and innovation in light rail;
  • Tram corridor design, configuration and strategies to minimise tram collisions;
  • Sustainable innovation in power and automation: On-board energy storage systems (OESS) in light rail;
  • Light rail and rejuvenation industry panel;
  • Parramatta Light Rail: The contract model and key learnings to date;
  • Sydney Light Rail;
  • Successfully delivering technology to the Sydney Light Rail project;
  • Canberra spotlight;
  • Canberra’s light rail network: Lessons learnt, stage 2 and beyond; and
  • Benefits of early collaboration and system integration.

To register, click here.

The future of train control systems: Reliability, throughput and passenger experience

IQPC Australia is proud to present the 9th annual Train Control Management Systems Summit (TCMS) held in Sydney from February 19 to 21 at the Novotel Sydney Central. Over the years TCMS, Australia’s largest and longest running train control event, has emerged as the annual meeting place for leaders in the rail industry.

Developed in collaboration with the TCMS 2020 Advisory Board, comprising Transport for NSW, the ARTC, Aurizon, as well as global leader Deutsche Bahn, In 2020 TCMS is back with an agenda that has been carefully curated to deliver professionals and organisations comprehensive insights into how to increase throughput, optimise network operations, and deliver superior passenger experiences.

With populations in our urban hubs rapidly growing, pressures are mounting on transport operators to meet current and future capacity needs. As such many Australian states have announced billions in transport infrastructure investment.

While populations are growing, simultaneously customer expectations are changing. Today customers demand flexibility, real-time travel information, omni-channel ticketing options, and transparency from their rail operators. Train Control Systems, while not being strictly ‘customer facing,’ are moving beyond their traditional functions and have an important role to play in the delivery of these superior experiences.

Speaking ahead of the summit Nikolai Prince, director of rail service planning at Transport for NSW said; “Certainly the biggest challenge we’re facing across NSW has been the unprecedented population growth over the last three to four years. To combat the challenge we’re working to develop a detailed understanding of how customers move around the rail network by leveraging data and harnessing this to inform decision making.”

Nikolai is one of over 16 train control, network optimisation, and digital rail experts speaking at this year’s event, which also brings together CEOs, executive directors and heads of ETCS from the likes of Sydney Trains, Pacific National, The ARTC, Public Transport WA, and Rio Tinto.

To learn more about the event, be sure to grab a copy of the event guide for more info.