Technical-Networking Meetings

PWI NSW holds five Technical-Networking Meetings per year to provide members with a technical focus, enhance knowledge sharing and encourage regular networking amongst members.

Meetings are held at the Sydney Masonic Centre, 66 Goulburn St, Sydney.

Technical Meeting Sponsors for 2018 are:

22 February 2018



18 April 2018 (Wednesday)


Sydney Trains

21 June 2018



16 August 2018


WSP (Guest)

15 November 2018



Next Technical-Networking Meeting
Thursday 16th J 2018 @ 5pm

Guest of the PWI - WSP




Design automation and data analysis

Practical applications on rail projects

The design of modern transport infrastructure is a highly iterative process, with many options needing to be designed and tested to ensure the optimal customer outcome. In such an environment, parametric design tools that can compute key metrics about the functionality and efficiency of a design and automatically test the viability of different options and allow for more optioneering in less time, with greater confidence and evidence that the right design decision has been made. This talk will discuss a number of the tools and methodologies that were used by WSP on recent project to rapidly design and test different rail design options. These tools include: • A 3D approach to tunnel space-proofing allowing rapid clash detection and adjustment • Measuring customer connectivity to employment / education and health services • Selecting optimal locations for station entrances and interchange facilities to ensure access for mobility impaired customers




Previous Technical-Networking Meeting
Joint meeting with IRSE
Thursday 21st June 2018 @ 5pm

Proudly sponsored by WSP



WSP, in conjunction with ARTC, will present the lessons learnt from the detailed design work on the Parkes to Narromine section of Inland Rail, including the technical aspects of the perway design as well as the signalling design and level crossing requirements for the 1700 km project.

Designing Inland Rail

IAustralian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) is delivering the Inland Rail project to establish an efficient standard gauge freight linkbetween Melbourne and Brisbane which will support travel times of less than 24 hours between Melbourne and Brisbane. The1700 km line is Australia’s largest freight rail infrastructure project and is the key to unlocking regional Australia’s economicpotential.
In 2017 WSP (in Joint Venture with Mott MacDonald) was engaged by ARTC to provide the detailed design work for theupgrade of 107 km of the existing rail corridor between Parkes and Narromine and, in a separate engagement, 186 km fromNarrabri to North Star. The scope of work includes survey, geotechnical, hydrology/hydraulics, formation, track design, over400 culverts and 20 underbridges, over 150 level crossings, signalling and almost 800 utility crossings. In 2018 the WSP/MottMacDonald team was also awarded the Feasibility Phase design for the Illabo to Stockinbingal section of the Inland Rail project, a 37 km long greenfield alignment.
The presentation for both the PWI and IRSE will be jointlydelivered by WSP and ARTC and will cover the lessons learntfrom the detailed design work on Parkes to Narromine. ARTCwill provide an overview of the project, with WSP coveringtechnical aspects of the Perway design, including how factorssuch as hydrology, geotechnical conditions, existing sidings,and level crossings have influenced the design.The IRSE presentation will be delivered by Brett Hillcoat, WSP’sProject Manager for the Illabo to Stockinbingal project andmanager for site investigations on Parkes to Narromine. Brettwill cover signalling design and level crossing requirements forInland Rail. Brett leads WSP’s Newcastle Rail team and is oneof WSP’s Senior Project Managers, with more than 30 years’ experience delivering major works, including Phase 1 Inland Rail work in Victoria and NSW.




Technical-Networking Meeting Sponsorship

Sponsorship opportunities for the Technical Meetings are opened and sought from the AGM in August each year. Alternatively companies can make a nomination to sponsor a meeting by emailing the PWI meetings sub-committee on meetings@pwinsw.org.au

Sponsorship of 2019 Technical Meetings will be opened at the 2018 AGM (16th August).


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