2018 PWI NSW Annual Convention
Friday 9 November 2018
International Convention Centre

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2018 PWI NSW Annual Convention.

The programme can be found Here

This year's Annual Journal can be found Here

Convention and Networking Event Photos can be found Here

The theme for the 2018 PWI Annual Convention is “The Multimodal Perspective”

The 2018 Annual PWI NSW Convention is fast approaching! This year’s convention “The Multimodal Perspective” will be at the International Convention Centre, Darling Harbour on Friday 9th November. With the opportunity to further network at the Watershed Hotel, Darling Harbour thanks to WSP.

Keynote speaker John Lee – CEO of Australian Sailing, Board Member for Cross River Rail Delivery Authority and former Director General for NSW Transport, is leading a stellar line up with papers on Newcastle’s multi-mode transport system (Keolis Downer), managing an integrated network of transport assets (Transport for NSW), Inland Rail from a stakeholder’s perspective (Gilgandra Council), and land value capture for rail corridors (E3 Advisory).

The 2018 PWI NSW Convention will continue the tradition of recognising outstanding performers in the industry and will be presenting the PWI Young Achiever Award, Welders Award, Alan Barham Maintenance Award, Ken Erickson Innovation Award and the Steve Maxwell Platelaying Awards.

We look forward to bringing you another successful Annual Convention.

2018 PWI Annual Convention Networking Event

This year's PWI post convention networking event will be held after the Annual Convention in the Watershed at Darling Harbour

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PWI NSW Annual Convention
Held on Friday 27th October 2017
International Convention Centre

2017 PWI NSW Annual Convention.

The Convention flyer can be found Here

The programme can be found Here

This year's Annual Journal can be found Here

Convention and Networking Event Photos can be found Here

The theme for 2017 is “BOOM TIME! - But now what?!?”

On Friday 27th October, PWI NSW hosted over 400 rail industry delegates at the 2017 Annual Convention held at the International Convention Centre Sydney. The theme of the convention was ‘Boom Time! But Now What?!?’ which acknowledged that the NSW rail industry is one of the big winners from the capital investment portfolio funded by the State and Federal governments, and questioned how the industry was going to deliver this record level of infrastructure.

The day’s proceedings were opened by then Secretary of Transport for NSW, Tim Reardon (who commenced in the role of Secretary of Premier and Cabinet on 18th November 2017). Tim spoke about the significant program of works that Transport for NSW was undertaking, including Sydney Metro Northwest, Sydney Metro City & Southwest, CBD and South East Light Rail, Newcastle Light Rail, Parramatta Light Rail, new rolling stock including the New Intercity Fleet, Sydney Growth Trains and the Regional Rail Replacement program and other non-rail projects such as B-Line and the six new Inner Harbour ferries.

The first paper of the day was presented by Ravi Ravitharan, Director, Institute of Railway Technology Monash University, Australia on Stretching the Maintenance Dollar Using State-of-the-Art Automated In-Service Vehicle-Track Condition Monitoring. He spoke about the use of instrumented revenue vehicles (IRV) to provide faster and more regular feedback on track condition, and reduce the potential risks to railway operations. By using IRV technology, track conditions and the corresponding vehicle dynamic behaviour can be measured which can be used to implement proactive evidence based track maintenance strategies.

Peter Winder, EGM Interstate Division, ARTC presented on the challenges and opportunities of Building Inland Rail in a Boom Time for Infrastructure. He provided an outline of the $10.7 billion nation-building project, and spoke of the challenges of constructing the mega project and containing costs during a booming infrastructure climate.

David Spiteri, General Manager, Asset Management and Assurance, Transport for NSW presented on a topic that is often not considered upfront in the planning, design and construction of projects – Maintaining the Assets Beyond the Boom. He spoke of the substantial value of assets that Transport for NSW currently manage, which is set to grow significantly over the next 10 years. With this comes the challenge of building such a large program of works whilst maintaining value for money, as well as finding the funding to provide ongoing stewardship of the assets. He pointed to the Shift2Rail Joint Undertaking, a new public-private partnership in the European rail sector with aggressive targets of delivering projects for 50% less, reducing maintenance costs by 50% and increasing reliability by 50%.

Marg Prendergast, Coordinator General, Transport for NSW presented a very topical paper on Keeping Sydney Moving. Marg provided an overview of the work of the Transport for NSW Sydney Coordination Office which ensures that Sydney keeps moving in amongst significant construction works. The Sydney Coordination Office takes a threefold approach to travel demand management; through capacity creation projects, real-time network creation and long-term sustainable behaviour change, such as the successful Travel Choices program.

The final session of the day was an exciting panel session with Clare Gardiner Barnes, Deputy Secretary, Freight, Strategy and Planning at Transport for NSW; Naomi Frauenfelder, Executive Director of the TrackSAFE Foundation; Marg Prendergast, Coordinator General, Transport for NSW; and Susannah Le Bron, Executive Director Customer Service at Sydney Trains; with guest MC, Jean Kittson. The panel discussed a range of topics around the Boom Time including resourcing the boom and attracting the best skilled and competent people, keeping transport networks moving efficiently in the midst of disruptive construction works, and maintaining safety at the forefront while the industry is under pressure.

Throughout the day, delegates saw the high quality of work, dedication and innovation evident in the rail industry with all of the entries for the PWI NSW Annual Awards. Congratulations to all our award winners!
 PWI Young Achiever Award – Rebecca Coffey, Lycopodium
 Welders Award – Will Stapley, MP Rail
 Alan Barham Maintenance Award – Coffs Harbour Provisioning Centre, ARTC
 Ken Erickson Innovation Award – Multi Purpose Platform, Speno
 Steve Maxwell Platelaying Award (Minor Category) – Central 628AB Turnout Renewal, Sydney Trains
 Steve Maxwell Platelaying Award (Major Category) – Port Botany Rail Line Upgrade Contract Area 4, John Holland









The day was capped off with a networking event sponsored by Transport for NSW Asset Standards Authority where delegates could catch up with old friends and make new ones.




Thank you to all of our corporate and enhanced corporate members, particularly our platinum corporate members CPB Contractors, John Holland, Laing O’Rourke and Lendlease, for their continued support and helping the PWI NSW make this one of the best-value one-day conferences around. Thank you also to our presenters and session chairs for making the day such a great success.


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