Unlocking Our Digital Rail Future at AusRail Plus 2019

This week in Sydney, WSP speakers Georgina Hartwell, Associate Rail Systems Engineer, and John Gude, Principal Rail and Digital Engineer are taking to the stage at AusRail PLUS to talk about how the evolution of digital tools and technologies are unlocking rail projects in Australia.

Georgina, who is also the current vice chair of the Institute of Railway Signal Engineers Australasia, will share her learnings on the Thameslink project in the United Kingdom, and the steps Australia can take to become a global leader in rail automation. Thameslink became a global landmark project earlier this year for its implementation of Automatic Train Operation over European Train Control Systems ETCS, helping to deliver high capacity rail for London and delivering safer and more efficient train operations.


John will be exploring the digital divide in rail, looking at the rapid evolution of digital technologies in the industry and some of the key considerations required moving forward to bring new-age tools and traditional engineering into greater alignment.


Jansen Stewart, WSP Client Director Rail says, “While we have a lot to learn from global digital innovation in rail, there is a wealth of local developments and solutions that are supporting better project outcomes closer to home. Leveraging these global learnings enables us to question the status quo when it comes to planning and design locally.


“It has also given us a solid base to develop our own digital tools and approaches in areas such as signalling and systems, digital engineering, visualisation and data analytics and automation.


“These tools are transforming rail projects from the way we engage with project and community stakeholders, to improving efficiency and reliability of operations.


“Together all these digital technologies are helping us to prepare for a rapidly changing future in rail.”


The biennial AusRail PLUS welcomed over 7000 rail industry professionals to Sydney this year to hear from leaders in the industry on some of the key themes shaping the future of rail in Australasia. This year’s conference theme centered around ‘Delivering Growth; Creating Opportunity; Embracing Technology’.


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