Technical Program

The IRSE technical program presents peer-reviewed papers that are relevant and current. 

The papers give a broad range of subjects and views from respected and capable speakers.


All the technical papers are published on this web site and are accessible after the meeting.

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Day One: Friday, 14th July 2017

Technical Meeting - Boulevard Room, Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre

"Signalling Byte by Byte"




Conference Registration

Coffee & Tea




Networking Luncheon and Exhibition Viewing




Chairman's opening remarks and introduction

Glenn Miller
Chair, IRSE Australasian Section



Paper 5 - Migration Methodologies for CBTC and ERTMS
• three examples from metro and mainline projects currently being undertaken in Europe
• migration processes in transforming a legacy signalling system to CBTC or ERTMS.

Federico Nardi & Howard Revell
Ansaldo STS (Australia) Pty Ltd



Keynote Address

Mr N Easy

CEO Queensland Rail




Paper 6 - Electronic Virtual Trainstops
• Dealing with unfitted legacy trains in the world of communications based technology.
• Is there is an alternative to banning non fitted trains?

Peter Burns
PYB Consulting



Paper 1 - Queensland Rail: AWS to ETCS
• Train protection for the metropolitan area has been the Automatic Warning system (AWS).
• Two ATP systems have been used in regional areas
• Queensland Rail now looks to the future  – ETCS

Brett Baker
Queensland Rail




Afternoon Refreshments and Networking Exhibitions




Paper 2 - Byting Railway Interlocking Requirements Specification
A innovative strategy for the engineering process to reduce design uncertainty, optimise asset usage, and reduce operational cots

Jacek Mocki, Shane Curtin & Yulan Liu
Motzky Pty Ltd & Aurizon




Paper 7 - Monologue of a Byte by Byte Traveller
• Introduction of new technology challenging exercise.
• Signalling - High impact and low visibility.

Somnath Banerjee



Morning Refreshments and Networking Exhibitions





Panel Session
Can we possibly protect signalling safety systems from hackers?
• Panel members include Paul Bates (WSB  London), until recently the Project Director, Thameslink, UK
• An opportunity for the audience to raise issues of significance regarding signalling system safety



Presidential Address

Peter Symons

IRSE President




Presentations and closing remarks from the Chair




Paper 3 - Presidential Programme Paper
An Engineer’s journey to becoming consciously competent

• Requirements and challenges faced when entering the Australasian rail signalling industry

• The skill gap from graduate engineer to rail signalling systems engineer, and the attainment of competency

Cassandra Gash
Melbourne Metro Rail Authority




Close of Day 1




Paper 4 - Cyber Security in a Heavy Haul Railway
• Cyber security inf Aurizon’s  Signalling & Telecoms and Wayside systems are explained

• Interfacing with the Corporate IT environment

Jeff Wimberley




Conference Dinner
Sky Room, Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, Grey Street, Brisbane


Dress: Business Attire

Day Two: Saturday, 15th July 2017

Technical  Site Visit


PPE Requirements (mandatory): Safety boots, Long Pants/Trouser, Long-sleeved Shirt/Blouse, Safety vest and hat (for sun protection - hard hat not necessary) to be worn when entering Queensland Rail property (excludes the RMC).

Note: Attendees of the Technical Visit will need to bring their own PPE.


8:00     Meet at Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre (BCEC)


8:15     Depart for Site Inspection of Rail Management Centre (RMC) Mayne


8:35     Arrive at Bowen Hills, walk to RMC, Sign-in and safety induction


9:00     RMC Tour


10:10    Board bus and Depart Bowen Hills for Petrie


11:05    Morning Tea


11:20    Tour of Petrie station, Redcliffe Peninsula Line Junction & relay room


12:05    Board bus and depart Petrie for lunch at Moreton Bay Boat Club


14:30    Board bus for Rothwell Sub Station


15:00    Tour of Rothwell Sub Station


15:40    Board bus and depart Rothwell


16:30    Bus arrives at Brisbane Airport


17:00    Return to BCEC/Hotels