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


08:30 - 09:00 Registration and Welcome Coffee

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

Chris Bradley - Fleet Director, Bombardier Transportation

Chris Bradley

Fleet Director
Bombardier Transportation

09:10 - 09:50 International Case Study: Development of Maintenance Workshops to the Requirements of SBB Fleet

Werner Kurfess - Senior Project Manager, SBB (Switzerland)

Werner Kurfess

Senior Project Manager
SBB (Switzerland)

09:50 - 10:30 Operator Upskilling: Developing Business Opportunities for Enhanced Skillsets in Testing and Delivering

Frank Vincze - Rail Operations Manager, Metro Trains Melbourne

Alongside upgrading facilities and modernising your environment comes up-skilling and training your staff to understand and further their knowledge of the new systems and technology. Creating opportunities for skill building and ensuring your staff are up-to-date with the changes can enhance efficiency of operations and safety. This session will build on how to up-skill and open up opportunities during the process of upgrading.

  • Investing in maintenance staff capabilities by providing training opportunities to further enhance knowledge of depot equipment and resources
  • The importance of learning management systems and induction programs to assist in improving staff performance and build operator efficiency
  • Monitoring cultural change and investigating the beneficial outcomes of modernising depots while also furthering skillsets to maximise resources

Frank Vincze

Rail Operations Manager
Metro Trains Melbourne


11:00 - 11:40 Design for Maintainability

Building the right rolling stock for maintenance is just as important as building the right depot for effective operations. This consideration ensures that operators can adapt quickly and safely to the environment, as well as ensure external depot factors also meet the design change. This presentation will discuss synergies with depot upgrades to support new, maintainable rolling stock

  • Specifying and building a maintenance friendly rolling stock to yield ongoing operating efficiencies
  • Designing contract mechanisms, such as maintenance demos, that support the outcome
  • Understanding and adapting to external factors, such as measuring track forces, adapting bogie designs accordingly, that impact rolling stock service life

Building safety into the overall design of the depot ensures that safety improvements are there before accidents happen. This expert speaker panel will discuss harnessing safe work practices and how developers are required to put more effort into establishing solutions in the planning stage rather than once the project is completed.

  • Nurturing arising safety culture and standards and aligning these with depot maintenance requirements
  • Overview into utilising and building smart technology solutions to improve safety and protection of staff while maximising maintenance operations
  • How to analyse and outlining points in depot design where modifications can be made to achieve better and safer personnel and equipment contact

Frank Vincze

Rail Operations Manager
Metro Trains Melbourne


Benedict Engsun

Risk & Regulatory Affairs Business Officer - Rail Safety, HS&E
Downer Group

12:20 - 13:20 NETWORKING LUNCH

13:20 - 14:00 Restoring Consistency across Depot Environment and Maintenance Operations in Rail Networks

Standards of maintenance operations can be different throughout each depot, influenced either by the upgrades and modernisation of the depot or the practices established by maintenance staff. Determining the efficiency and productivity of a particular depot can be difficult to conclude without a consistent standard in place across all facilities. This session will look at how to restore consistency in performance and technological improvements to engage staff and standardise operations across all depots.

  • Instigating management practices to define and assess the current standards for further development into the desired state of where operation and workplace environment standards should sit
  • Understanding how to effectively give ownership and engage staff to acquire strengths and skills to adjust to changes in depot equipment and environment
  • Strengthening relationships and link between contractors, project managers and maintenance team to develop consistency and agreement in equipment upgrading and utilisation

14:00 - 14:40 Case Study: Integrating Lean in the Yarra Trams Preston Workshop Redevelopment for Improved Productivity and Efficiency

Solutions clinics are designed to give participants strategies and tools to deal with their most pressing challenges.

The room will split into tables, where each table member will share their biggest challenge, before collectively deciding which issue to investigate in more detail.

The table will then elect a facilitator/note taker who will record the topic being explored and the ideas of the table. After 40 minutes of discussion, the facilitator of each table will then report back to the rest of the audience their problem and potential solutions.

Facilitated by the Conference Chair

Chris Bradley

Fleet Director
Bombardier Transportation