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.

Technical Meeting Sponsors for 2018 are:

21 February 2019


Middleton Group

11 April 2019


NorthWest Rapid Transport

13 June 2019



15 August 2019



14 November 2019



Next Technical-Networking Meeting
Thursday 11 April 2019 @ 5pm

Venue: Castlereagh Boutique Hotel, 169 Castlereagh Street, Sydney

Proudly sponsored by
Northwest Rapid transport


Northwest Rapid Transit (NRT) is designing and delivering Sydney’s new generation rapid transit trains; building new stations and car parks; and installing tracks, signalling, mechanical and electrical systems. NRT is also upgrading and converting the railway between Epping to Chatswood to metro standards. NRT combines the experience of the world’s number one commercial mass transit operator MTR with Australia’s most experienced railway contractors; CPB Contractors and John Holland.

In a combined presentation, members of the Northwest Rapid Transit team will present the innovations, challenges and successes of the two signature elements: Abdul Jamal and Simon Tibbett will focus on the twin 15 km tunnels, and Oliver Kundigraber and Jarod Wakefield will present on the 4 km viaduct and trackform.

Northwest Rapid Transit - innovations for the ‘World’s Best Metro’

As we move into the exciting new world of Metro systems, the Permanent Way community is experiencing a resurgence, which is not only made up of rail experts who bring with them decades of knowledge and various experience, but also colleagues who are new to the rail industry and bring with them nontraditional skills that are contributing to the successful completion of projects.

The NRT viaduct and tunnel presentations will showcase some of the great work and new knowledge that has come out of Australia’s first automated railway system, highlighting the benefits of the viaduct, trackform and tunnel design and how the challenges overcome will lead to ongoing benefits within the rail industry.

The Sydney Metro Northwest project will be the world’s best Metro system when it opens to customers in May 2019 and the philosophy of ‘Customer is at the Centre’ was a value the project focussed on throughout the design delivery and construction stages. The design of Permanent Way has led to a successful project outcome due to the innovations in trackform and tunnel design and construction, delivery of the required train frequency, quality of service and the minimisation of disruption to customers and residents within close proximity to the project.


Previous Technical-Networking Meeting

Thursday 21 February 2019 @ 5pm

Proudly sponsored by Middleton Group


Electrolysis, EMC, Earthing and Bonding - how the dark magic keeps us safe

From being almost an afterthought in recent years, Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC), Electrolysis, and Earthing & Bonding have emerged as critical issues within the railway network. The shift in focus has been caused by a number of drivers.
Safety is a key factor as one of the major challenges with EMC is for projects to meet medical guidelines and international railway standards while also keeping Sensitive Receivers (SR) within the manufacturer’s permissible DC magnetic field limits.
This presentation will provide an overview of EMC, Electrolysis, and Earthing & Bonding in traction railway systems before delving into the practical considerations of mitigation techniques and strategies. Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to hear from internationally recognised experts as they uncover the dark magic and how we can all stay safe.
Stephen Goh has 32 years of railway experience spanning all modes of rail systems in all facets of design. He is a specialist in traction power systems including modelling/ design, earthing, bonding & electrolysis, and electromagnetic compatibility (EMC). He is currently the Principal Consultant & Traction Power Lead for Middleton Group.
Keith Middleton is a specialist power engineering consultant with 23 years’ experience providing consultancy services to the rail, power, water, airports and heavy industrial markets. Keith has worked with a number of rail sector clients, including Metro Trains Melbourne, Yarra Trams and Transport for NSW to plan, design and deliver critical power infrastructure to support various upgrades to train and tram networks.




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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