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 - Joint IRSE



15 August 2019



14 November 2019



Next Technical-Networking Meeting
Thursday 13 June 2019 @ 5pm

Venue: Sydney Masonic Centre, 66 Goulburn Street, Sydney

Proudly sponsored by
Northwest Rapid transport


WSP is one of the world’s leading engineering professional services consulting firms. In the rail space, they have a national team of approximately 230 rail specialists, project managers and digital professionals. In Sydney, the team of 75 are currently involved in the design and delivery of city shaping projects including Sydney Metro City and Southwest, Sydney Metro West, Parramatta Light Rail, Regional Rail and of course, Faster Rail.

WSP, will present on international best practice in track and signalling design that can be brought to Australia in the development of faster and high speed rail corridors, and Transport for NSW will provide an introduction to the Fast Rail vision for NSW.

On track towards a faster future

High speed rail is more likely than ever to be coming to Australia. With growing pressures on housing and employment in Sydney, the focus turns to unlocking the potential in our regional centres and satellite cities through providing new and upgraded fast rail links. Many regional areas in NSW have room to grow and are keen to draw in more investment, generate job opportunities and attract skilled workers.

Graham Nelmes, Acting Director of Strategic Rail Transport at Transport for NSW will introduce the vision and strategy for Faster Rail in NSW, and Melissa Jovic, Associate Director at Transport for NSW will address the technical approach of the program.
Following this, Tom Mitchell, Permanent Way Engineer, and David Ashby, Principal Signalling Engineerat WSP will discuss the international best practice that can be brought to Australia in the development of high speed rail corridors.

Tom will present on his recent experience working on the High Speed 2 project in the UK, including some of the unique track design requirements and specifications, transit space considerations, trackform, tunnelling, bridge and earthworks design as well as the challenges and lessons learnt on the project.

David will discuss high speed signalling and train control solutions, sharing his experiences from Europe and Asia. He will explore why high speed rail signalling is so special and present alternative products and standards that could be applied to a new Australian high speed rail system drawing on international examples. Finally, David will discuss the considerations in accommodating a mix of signalling regimes and how interoperability could be achieved. You’ll learn a new language and have the chance to win a prize too!


Previous Technical-Networking Meeting

Thursday 11 April 2019 @ 5pm

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.





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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