Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Channel Ten Brisbane covers AusRAIL PLUS 2011

One of the topics discussed at AusRAIL PLUS 2011 was the future of transport, led by the release of Siemens latest research paper entitled ‘Picture the Future’.

This video is a courtesy of Channel Ten network - www.ten.com.au

Monday, November 28, 2011

AusRAIL PLUS 2011 in the news

AusRAIL PLUS 2011 was very successful with the plenary sessions filled with announcements of changes about many items, for example the restructure at QR National, the launch of the TrackSafe Foundation and Siemens asking us to picture the future of rail with them. AusRAIL PLUS 2011 also became a central event to launch products and services by UGL and GE Transportation amongst others.

To give you a gist of some of the key releases at AusRAIL PLUS 2011, here they are in the news:

AusRAIL conference themes 'timely reminders' to industry

Keeping our people safe

Momentum builds for high-speed rail

Australian rail industry launches TrackSafe Foundation

TrackSAFE Foundation to address rail safety challenges

Australia celebrates National Rail Day

UK talent heads to Brisbane for AusRAIL

UGL & GE Transportation celebrate Australian launch of PowerHaul Series locomotive

UGL and GE launch new narrow-gauge PowerHaul at AusRail

Australasian Railway Association, visitors invited to witness future of rail

Queensland Rail chief executive Paul Scurrah quits to work for QR National

QR National announces structural reform

Leighton and Swietelsky launch track maintenance JV

Public Transport Authority Adopts Mincom’s Next-Generation Solution for Enterprise Asset Management and Enterprise Resource Planning

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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Public Transport Authority Adopts Mincom’s Next-Generation Solution for Enterprise Asset Management and Enterprise Resource Planning

Public transport provider continues to support reliability, safety and productivity of its buses, ferries and trains with Mincom Ellipse 8 solution for asset, work management and field enablement.

Mincom Transit Forum, AusRAIL Plus 2011, Brisbane, Australia — Mincom, now part of ABB and a leading global provider of software and services to asset-intensive industries, today announced a significant new contract with the Public Transport Authority (PTA) of Western Australia.

Under the agreement, Mincom will support a substantial upgrade of the asset-management processes of the PTA, which provides integrated road, rail and ferry services in the greater metropolitan area of Perth (the State capital), as well as rail and coach services throughout regional Western Australia.

By upgrading to Mincom Ellipse 8, one of the industry’s most modern, mobile-enabled Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solutions for asset-intensive businesses, the PTA can optimize its asset-management processes, which will help to minimize asset failures and improve productivity.

Mincom Ellipse 8 will also integrate with PTA’s Geographical Information System (GIS), delivering full geospatial visibility of its assets and significantly enhancing decision-making capabilities. By geo-tagging assets and events in order to detect patterns and dispatch resources, conditions observed in the field can be quickly and reliably shared, enabling the organization to respond more quickly to delays and interruptions, and bring services back online quickly.

“With thousands of people relying on our assets every day to get them to their destinations safely, it is essential we adopt powerful asset-management technology based on modern best practices,” said Kevin Kirk, executive director, finance and contracts at the PTA. “Upgrading to Mincom Ellipse 8 enables us to further improve our administrative processes, capital spending and project budgeting by consolidating data to achieve a single source of information about our assets.”

The PTA’s asset-management processes will be further enhanced through its adoption of the Mincom Mobility field-enablement solution, which extends asset management and business processes into the field, where the work is being performed. By implementing mobile applications, such as Mincom Mobile Inspector and Mobile Worker, as well as the Mincom Permit to Work safety solution, PTA can connect its asset maintenance workers directly to critical business systems in the field using mobile devices such as laptops, tablets and PDAs.

“With more than 30 years of experience serving asset-intensive industries, Mincom understands the critical nature of transit businesses responsible for managing many different types of assets across multiple modes of transport – from fixed assets and equipment to buses, ferries, trains and railway infrastructure,” said John Moran, Mincom’s regional vice president of public infrastructure. “We’re pleased to expand upon our 20-year partnership with the PTA to ensure the agency continues to leverage best practices, maximizing the value of its assets while ensuring the safety of its passengers and workers.”

Mincom Ellipse is one of the most comprehensive EAM and ERP solutions designed expressly for industries with asset-intensive operating environments, such as transportation. Mincom Ellipse provides companies in asset-heavy industries with a fully integrated and mobile-enabled suite of business-critical applications that improves return on assets, while also addressing the challenges inherent in remote and geographically dispersed operations that distinguish these industries from corporate-office environments.

Source: Mincom

National rail safety body

Plans to form a new national rail safety body are being discussed in Brisbane.

Discussions are taking place at the AusRail PLUS conference being held at Brisbane’s Convention Centre.

Brian Nye is CEO of the Australasian Railway Association and joined the program to talk on the issue.

Listen to the audio file here.

Source: ABC Brisbane

UGL and GE Transportation launch PowerHaul Series Locomotive at AusRAIL PLUS 2011

UGL and GE Transportation Celebrate the Australian Launch of the PowerHaul Series Locomotive at AusRail

Sydney: UGL Limited (ASX: UGL) and GE Transportation, a unit of General Electric
Company (NYSE: GE), today introduced its new PowerHaul Series locomotive
(PH37ACmai) at AusRail Plus 2011 in Brisbane, Australia. AusRail is the largest rail
exhibition in the southern hemisphere attracting more than 4,000 attendees and over 300

The 3700HP AC locomotive is designed to be UGL and GE’s most fuel-efficient and
emissions capable diesel-electric freight locomotive. The locomotive’s technical specification
will meet both heavy haul and high speed freight requirements across the Queensland and
Western Australian narrow gauge rail networks.

UGL Managing Director & CEO Richard Leupen said: “We have undertaken significant
investment, along with GE, to develop a narrow gauge locomotive product that represents a
considerable advancement in locomotive power technology. The PowerHaul Series
locomotive will provide customers with substantial improvements in haulage capability,
emissions, fuel-efficiency, power and reliability.”

“Even before the announcement of the carbon tax in Australia, meeting emissions
requirements was a critical consideration in the locomotive design process and was driven
by the increasing focus of emissions and new regulatory requirements from other parts of
the world” added Mr Leupen.

The PowerHaul Series has been designed to meet the emissions requirements stipulated by
EU Stage IIIA and can be adapted to meet Stage IIIB. The PowerHaul Series reduces CO2
emissions by up to 6% compared to current operating fleet averages. The locomotive can
also deliver a 6% reduction in fuel consumption compared to current operating fleet
averages in its class.

GE Transportation has successfully delivered PowerHaul Series locomotives to the UK for
Freightliner who labelled it the Class 70. The UK version of the PowerHaul is somewhat
different in appearance to the PH37ACmai to be built by UGL in their Australian based
manufacturing facilities, though the technology employed “under the skin” is the same. The
deployment of the Class 70 has enabled Freightliner to haul longer trains with quicker
running times for both coal and intermodal freight operations in the UK.

The PowerHaul Series will be the second locomotive available to the Australian rail market
from UGL’s portfolio of freight rolling stock products to be GE ecomagination qualified.

William (Mickey) Kovacs, GE Transportation’s Managing Director ANZ & Asia Pacific,
explains: “Ecomagination is a GE-wide commitment to developing technology designed to
help customers satisfy environmental challenges, to maximize performance and reduce

“GE has developed a wide variety of rail-specific, environmentally capable technologies
which are ecomagination qualified and available through UGL in Australia. These include
among others the Evolution Series locomotive, and now, the PowerHaul Series locomotive.”

Since 2008, UGL and GE have delivered close to seventy advanced heavy haul Evolution
Series locomotives to Rio Tinto Iron Ore who recently ordered an additional thirteen to
support its mining operations in Australia’s Pilbara region.

Mr Leupen said: “The introduction of the PowerHaul Series locomotive is another example of
UGL’s commitment to provide customers with cleaner, more efficient rail technologies in the
Australian resources and freight industries and is testament to our longstanding partnership
with GE which provides customers with access to the latest technological advancements.

Rolling stock specialists join Aurecon

22 November 2011 - Aurecon, has appointed Chris Hoskin and Ahsan Khan to help develop its rolling stock capability across Australia, New Zealand, Africa, the Middle East and Asia.

Aurecon’s Transport Services Leader, David Ness said, “Aurecon has one of the largest and most experienced rail design teams in Australia and a very strong and proven capability designing and supporting the delivery of major fixed rail infrastructure. Developing our rolling stock capability strengthens our service offering in the rail market and allows us to provide our clients with total, integrated rail engineering capability.”

Chris Hoskin has a broad range of experience in vehicle procurement, product design and development. He works actively with customers and has led new train procurement evaluation teams, and design projects, both in the modern and heritage rail industry. He holds particular expertise in passenger rolling stock strategy and redesign and holds extensive global rail experience having worked on rail projects in Asia Pacific, the UK, Europe and the USA.

“Chris’ experience on high profile procurement projects such as Waratah, Matangi and Auckland’s new EMU (Electric Multiple Unit) projects, as well as Transport for NSW, RailCorp 2040, Western Express, and Queensland Rail Traveltrain strategy development projects will bring additional depth of expertise to Aurecon’s team and clients,” said Ness.

Chris is also a Chartered Engineer and Honorary Secretary of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers in New South Wales.

“Ahsan Khan will bring experience in heavy haul rolling stock engineering including project and contract management, rolling stock asset creation and acquisition. He also has experience in regulatory and energy efficiency opportunity laws, assisting clients with energy assessments, opportunity identification and detailed opportunity analysis,” said Ness.

Equipped with a Bachelor of Science and a Masters of Engineering Sciences, Ahsan has spent over six years working within the Queensland rail industry which included major build projects such as acquisition of 5020 and 4400 class locomotives.

“I am excited to further my career with a renowned engineering consultancy and look forward to harnessing and developing my skills to provide rail solutions to Aurecon clients,” said Khan.

Aurecon has a multi-disciplinary and highly skilled team contributing to the efficient movement of freight, goods and people across Australia and globally dedicated to the challenge of moving rail forward and into the future.

“I am looking forward to working with the Aurecon team, to lead and develop the Rolling Stock capability further, engaging with clients, and working alongside them to provide first class solutions to their problems,” said Hoskin.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Downer Bombardier secures contract with Western Australia's Public Transport Authority

Friday, November 18, 2011

Counting down to AusRAIL PLUS 2011

AusRAIL PLUS 2011 commences next Tuesday 22nd Nov at Brisbane's Convention & Exhibition Centre.

Themed Innovation and Customer Relations, AusRAIL PLUS 2011 will be the largest AusRAIL held to date.
- 100 senior and technical rail executives addressing the conference agenda
- Over 330 exhibiting companies filling 15000sqm of the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre
- Over 1000 representatives from across the rail spectrum attending the conference
- Over 3000 trade visitors moving through the exhibition hall

During the three days, speakers from all over the world will deliver presentations on cutting edge developments in customer relations and the very latest innovations essential to the future of rail including:

- Technology and IT
- Engineering
- Signalling and communications
- Environment and sustainability
- Below rail infrastructure and maintenance
- Rolling stock
- R&D
- Safety
- Supply and manufacturing

Highlights of AusRAIL PLUS 2011 include:
- Rail Suppliers CEO Forum
- AusRAIL PLUS 2011 exhibition with over 300 companies
- ARAs AusRAIL PLUS Gala Dinner
- RTAAs AusRAIL PLUS Yellow Tie Dinner

A few quick links:
AusRAIL PLUS 2011 Official Website.

To download the latest AusRAIL PLUS 2011 program (filling in a form required).

To register for AusRAIL PLUS 2011.

To register for a free visitor pass to the exhibition.

To view the exhibition floorplan and exhibitors list.

To view AusRAIL PLUS 2011 Functions.

Subscribe to the AusRAIL e-newsletter.

AusRAIL PLUS 2011 on social media:
AusRAIL on Twitter: @AusRAIL
Follow updates and happenings of AusRAIL with this Twitter hashtag: #AusRAIL

AusRAIL blog: http://ausrail.blogspot.com

AusRAIL’s official group on Linkedin: http://www.ausrail.com/linkedin

If you’d like to contact us for more information, please leave a comment here, email us at ausrail@informa.com.au or call us at +612 9080 4307.

We hope to see you there!

Kind regards
Tim Bostridge
General Manager

Monday, November 14, 2011

Exclusive: ARTC CEO John Fullerton talks about AusRAIL PLUS 2011

John Fullerton, CEO of the Australian Rail Track Corporation joins us this morning. John will be part of the CEO Forum at AusRAIL PLUS 2011 happening on the 22nd to the 24th of November in Brisbane.

1. You have been the head of the ARTC now for 7 months, what do you feel the main challenges are for the future of rail freight in Australia?
2. One of the main themes of AusRAIL PLUS 2011 is Customer Relations - how do you think the Australian rail industry is perceived by the main users of long distance logistics services?
3. What do see as the main challenges rail operators face in driving greater utilisation of rail services in Australia, and how do they better emphasise the benefits of rail to potential customers?
4. The other main theme of AusRAIL PLUS this year is Innovation -- do you believe the industry has a big enough focus on innovation or do you think that there needs to be a greater emphasis on researching the future of rail freight to enable the industry to better plan for that future?
5. Finally AusRAIL PLUS 2011 in Brisbane is set to be the biggest AusRAIL we have seen to date, what do you hope the main outcomes will be from the event?