28 February - 2 March, 2017 | Dockside Group, Sydney, NSW


08:30 - 09:00 Registration and Welcome Coffee

09:00 - 09:10 Opening Remarks from IQPC and the Conference Chair

09:10 - 09:50 International Case Study: How the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority is Optimising Maintenance Facility Efficiency to Accommodate New Fleets

This international case study will focus on the current projects of the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority in the refurbishing and modernisation of railway yards and depots. An overlook of the projects will give insight into the sustainability initiatives set up by MARTA, the costs of refurbishing existing depots or relocating and the maintenance facilities and support equipment that hope to be inline with the prospect of accommodating new, modernised fleet. These insights will develop opportunities and lessons for the direction of depot upgrades in Australia.

  • Reviewing MARTA's maintenance practises and facilities and its affect on predicative and condition-based monitoring, as well as possibilities for underground servicing
  • Investigating space requirements in depot upgrade designs by weighing options in refurbishing or relocating to determine the optimal practise for queuing inspections and maintenance
  • Insights into access requirements for fleet and equipment and how to effectively incorporate this into the design and space limitations of the depot

09:50 - 10:30 Keynote Presentation: Investigating the Current State of Australia’s Technology Innovations and the Impact on Depot Design and Development

The opening keynote address will set the tone for the focus of the conference, analysing the driving factors for why depot upgrades and workshop modernisation is important. Routine maintenance and current manual inspections in depots can create unnecessary downtime as well as unexpected accidents and damage during operations. As a result, there is a rising demand for automated and innovative technology when upgrading depots to guarantee not only the efficiency of maintenance operations but also the safety of staff. This session will explore the current state of Australia's technology innovations in the rail industry in comparison to the rest of the world and how these innovations will impact the future design and development of existing rail depots.

  • Investigating the current and future challenges in rail technology and how it can influence manufacturing of equipment, congestion and constraints on depot capacity and employee skillsets
  • How new developments can influence the nurturing of equipment and maintenance staff to retain depot and workshop turn around times as short as possible, and the future expectations of modernisation
  • Exploring where Australia sits on the worldwide scale of technology developments and what we can learn from international innovations


A structured interactive session designed to help you expand your network through one-on-one focused conversations. Bring your business cards!


11:30 - 12:10 Case Study: An International Overview on Redesigning Existing Depots to Drive Improvements in Rolling Stock

Redesigning the existing layouts, use, operations and technology of a depot can directly drive improvements in the reliability and availability of rolling stock. This case study will explore the Australian and international perspective of how to refine and enhance existing maintenance solutions and strategies to further benefit your organisation’s outlook on increasing performance and improving efficiency of rolling stock.

  • How to increase access and flexibility to maintenance equipment by installing equipment and technology on all maintenance roads to improve reliability of rolling stock
  • Understanding the current state of depot capabilities and constructing a vision for long term future plans and state of desired depot capabilities to accommodate future changes in fleet
  • Refining plans and arrangements in depot layout for existing fleet to widen space and increase capacity for enhanced maintenance operations

12:10 - 12:50 Investigating the Visual Management and Open Plan Approach to Depot Upgrades

When developing or upgrading your depot, a common challenge many face is analysing the benefits of visualisation. Continuous improvement for depot and rolling stock maintenance not only comes from developing a more open plan within the depot, but adopting effective visual management that will impact the availability and reliability of your rolling stock.
  • Exploring the requirements for ensuring your visual management centre and approach is inline with the proposed depot upgrades and how this will effect your continuous improvement
  • Overcoming limitations and restrictions on budgets to effectively accommodate growing fleet by correctly implementing the right expansion plan
  • Why correctly aligning and developing such an approach can benefit the low operational costs, better equipment availability and safer working

12:50 - 13:50 NETWORKING LUNCH

13:50 - 14:30 Maximising Performance – Aligning Rolling Stock Technology and Maintenance Centres and Systems

Advances in new rolling stock means depot upgrades must be aligned with the technology and systems of the fleet. This session will delve into ensuring your equipment is consistent and compatible, and the requirements for effective planning and transitioning to ensure a modernised standard across all areas of the depot and fleet.

  • Determination of the requirements of a depot for maintenance of modern rolling stock considering the need to maximise the operational performance, the cost effectiveness of the maintenance and the management of the fleet information
  • Comparison of the maintenance systems between the older fleet and the latest fleet while working on the compatibility of the maintenance systems across the total fleet
  • Utilising technology and condition monitoring systems to pre-plan maintenance operations and allow the operator to maximise availability and reliability of the fleet

    14:30 - 15:10 Enacting Safety Management Systems to Create a Risk Adverse Maintenance Environment

    Safety Management Systems are an operator’s primary means for identifying any hazards and risks in the environment. Implementing an appropriate system is not only a legislative requirement, but is beneficial for operators to detail how risks are monitored and managed. This session explores the considerations that need to be taken in updating Safety Management Systems once a new depot environment is developed.

    • How to build safety mechanisms into the design development of depots to ensure hazards and risks are minimised in the environment
    • Considering safety perspective of operational scenarios for further development and assessment of safety improvements such as traffic management
    • Composing plans for systems and supplies that segregate staff from high risk maintenance and analysing how to start and develop the plan before moving forward into the new environment


    15:40 - 16:20 Transitioning from Manual to Automatic: The Benefits of New Depot Technologies on Safe Operations

    One of the main priorities of maintenance operations is ensuring the safety of staff, yet with an environment that is heavily reliant on manual operations, safety records can often be affected. This session will expand on how the transition from manual to automatic operations should be carefully considered in depot modernisation to ensure the present and future safety of maintenance staff.

    • Elaborating on the new technologies and systems that can be implemented in depot upgrades to minimise and reduce the amount of manual labour required for maintenance
    • Minimising and segregating staff from rolling stock and how to transition into automatic operations to achieve safety operation outcomes
    • Developing a workplace culture focusing on reducing exposure of harm to staff and the benefits of investment planning on advanced equipment, schedule maintenance, out-sourcing and in-housing to achieve this outcome

    16:20 - 17:00 Champagne Roundtable

    This champagne roundtable will encourage you to further identify, benchmark, and analyse the key issues and challenges in Australia’s Depots Upgrades landscape. Delegates will choose a topic that they wish to discuss and one member of the roundtable will present back to the group with their findings. Grab a glass of bubbly and discuss the issues whilst forming relationships with influential experts.

    • Table 1: The Importance of Depot Security and Protection
    • Table 2: Maintenance Scheduling and its Impact on Operator Safety
    • Table 3: Overcoming Spatial Boundaries and Constraints to Increase Capacity

    17:00 - 23:59 End of Day One & Networking Drinks