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 - AGM


Progress Rail

14 November 2019



Next Technical-Networking Meeting
Thursday 15 August 2019 @ 5pm

Venue: Sydney Masonic Centre, 66 Goulburn Street, Sydney

Proudly sponsored by
Progress Rail


Annual General Meeting - Documents

Form of Appointment of Proxy
Committee Nominations 2019


Presentation 1

Challenges and Development of Rail Crossings

Presenters from Progress Rail :
Peter Dawson, Plant Manager
Kenneth Blomqvist, Director of Engineering
Progress Rail operates across Passenger and Heavy Haul rail sectors around the globe. The special needs and requirements for small axle loads and low usage sidings to fast, heavy and high volume turnouts provides unique challenges and solutions. This presentation will outline the special considerations and unique design solutions developed across all of these applications to provide reliable, long life and low maintenance solutions. These include a specialized Lift Frog for low volume sidings that provides continuous mainline rail speeds through to Heavy Haul Swing Nose Crossings operating the highest axle load mining applications in the world.

Presentation 2

Sydney Trains Rail Technology Campus

Presenter from Sydney Trains:
Rick Naylor, Director Rail Technology Campus
The industry is facing a critical skills shortage that is becoming increasingly apparent with every new rail project. The talent pool within Australia is not large enough to deliver the scope of planned works ahead in NSW. As this crisis deepens, it will result in significant increases to project delivery costs, delays to delivery, and risks to safety. The level of investment in infrastructure and rollingstock demands a step change to our approach to training future rail industry workers.
We are also working towards a digital railway to increase the capacity of the network to meet the dramatic growth in customer demand for rail services. Introducing new technologies to a live operating environment is not without risk, and to test it under the current configuration requires a line closure which causes disruption to our customers.
The Rail Technology Campus is an opportunity to create a purpose-built testing, training and innovation facility for the rail industry. It provides a unique but necessary environment to partner with industry to develop solutions to help us meet the challenges in our near future


Previous Technical-Networking Meeting

Thursday 13 June 2019

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!






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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