31 July - 01 August, 2018 | Rydges Sydney Central , Sydney, Australia

Conference Day One: Tuesday, 31 July 2018

7:00 am - 9:00 am Workshop A

9:00 am - 9:20 am Conference Registration and Welcome Coffee

9:20 am - 9:30 am Opening Remarks by IQPC and the Conference Chair

Paul Dixon, Senior Project Manager,Melbourne Metro Rail Authority

Paul Dixon

Senior Project Manager
Melbourne Metro Rail Authority

9:30 am - 10:10 am CASE STUDY: Opening Keynote Case Study: Exploring the Design and Construction Challenges Behind the Sydney Metro Northwest Project

Mark Elliott, CEO,Northwest Rapid Transit
Mark Elliott leads the team behind the $8.3 billion Sydney Metro Northwest project, the biggest infrastructure project currently under construction in Australia. It is set to deliver 4000 new commuter car park spaces and upgrade 5 existing station railways to metro status. This session will explore:

  • Exploring the design and construction challenges of delivering Australia’s first fully automated metro network
  • Strategies for the long term maintenance and continued improvement of metro assets
  • Explore how Sydney Metro Northwest will offer an improved and modernised public transport network in order to meet the changing needs and expectations of commuters.

Mark Elliott

Northwest Rapid Transit

10:10 am - 10:40 am Keynote Address from the Lord Mayor of Parramatta

In this session Cr Andrew Wilson will explore the future of Parramatta's transport network and strategies that are Council's focus to ensure an integrated transport hub is created

10:40 am - 11:10 am Speed Networking Session

An effective structured interactive session designed to help expand your network through one-to-one focused conversations. Bring your business cards!


$40 billion is being invested into underground metro rail projects around Australia. However we still see escalations of time and cost for these projects. An effective strategy to ensure the timely delivery of the project is to maintain a high standard of stakeholder communication. In this panel discussion, you will hear leading experts discuss:

  • Analysing key reasons these projects go over time and budget
  • Strategies to ensure project deadlines are met
  • The best approaches to collaborating with stakeholders to achieve long term business objectives and passenger growth

Jarod Wakefield

Project Engineer
John Holland

Mikel Alonso

Global Service Leader Rail

Duncan Latham

Information Manager, Development & Delivery
Melbourne Metro Rail Authority


James Sutherland Assistant Director Transaction & Procurement

Assistant Director Transaction & Procurement
Melbourne Metro Rail Authority


David Radcliffe

Project Director
Sydney Metro Northwest


David Screen

Manager Customer Journey & Station Operations
Metro Trains Sydney

12:20 pm - 1:00 pm CASE STUDY: How Sydney Metro Developers will Safely Deliver Large Scale Infrastructure through Innovative Risk Models and Geotechnical Investigation

Cameron Cox, Director Safety,Sydney Metro
The $20 billion Sydney Metro Project is set to revolutionise the way Australia travels. This session will explore the safety practises used to deliver this milestone project.

  • Sydney Metro’s role as the client to encourage best practice and innovation
  • Analysing Sydney Metros Geotechnical investigations – exploring the measures that are used in regards to risk-based geotechnical investigations
  • Sydney Metro’s Horizon 180 risk model – 6 month time chainage model which maps out the critical risk profile for each works package

Cameron Cox

Director Safety
Sydney Metro

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm NETWORKING LUNCH

2:00 pm - 2:40 pm CASE STUDY: Strategies to Integrate the Cross River Rail Project with Existing Networks and Increase Train Capacity by 33% through Innovations in Design and Modern Tunneling Methods

Jeremy Kruger, Technical Manager, Tunnels & Stations Development,Cross River Rail Authority, Brisbane
The population of South East Queensland is forecast to grow from 3.5 million to 4.9 million in 2036 and demand for rail services is forecast to almost triple by 2036. In response to this, the $5.4 billion Cross River Rail Project will reduce bottleneck by introducing 5.9 km of tunnels and four new underground stations at Boggo Road, Woolloongabba, Albert Street and Roma Street. This project will deliver improved accessibility and services to communities of Queensland. This session will explore:

  • How developers plan to safely tunnel 5.4 km under the Brisbane River and the long term maintenance of these tunnels
  • Exploring how developers intend to integrate this station within existing Brisbane Metro services

Jeremy Kruger

Technical Manager, Tunnels & Stations Development
Cross River Rail Authority, Brisbane

2:40 pm - 3:10 pm CASE STUDY: Delivering Sustainable Transport and Infrastructure Outcomes for the Sydney Metro Northwest Project through Stainability Requirements

Paul Davies, Communication & Sustainability Manager,Northwest Rapid Transit
Northwest Rapid Transit is the major contractor for the design and construction of the Sydney Metro Northwest Project. This session will explore how NRT will deliver key sustainability outcomes during the delivery of the project and its future operations through:

  • Strategies to improve Australia’s approach to sustainable transport
  • Exploring the sustainability requirements and capabilities of the project to its ecology, society and the economy
  • Exploring how these requirements have the power to create socio-economic benefits within the community

Paul Davies

Communication & Sustainability Manager
Northwest Rapid Transit


3:50 pm - 4:30 pm Exploring the Long Terms Benefits of Adding a Metro System to Sydney's Central Station to Cope with Increasing Passenger Demand

Phillip Hockley, Rail Technical Leader,Laing O' Rourke
Laing O’ Rourke was recently awarded the contract to transform Sydney’s Central Station. This $955 million project will see Sydney Central become the gateway for the metro network and allow it to cope with a 55% increase in transport demand by 2038. This session will explore:

  • Strategies to minimise disruption for the commuter during the construction phase of this metro station and ensure the Central can be kept running throughout
  • Exploring the challenges of constructing the tunnel that is 27m below the existing platform level
  • How street level will be accessible through the Central Walk- a 19 meter wide tunnel from Chalmers Street

Phillip Hockley

Rail Technical Leader
Laing O' Rourke

4:30 pm - 5:00 pm CASE STUDY: Transparency in Cross Discipline Risk Management

Stephen Lane, Risk Manager,John Holland CPB Contractors Ghella
Strategic and operational risks are ideally addressed through cross-discipline analysis shared with stakeholders rather than within the silo of operational focus as maintained by a contractor. This session will explore:

  • The benefits to risk management of a transparent approach through joint decisionmaking between contractor and client.
  • How TSE Sydney Metro City & Southwest uses multi-forum risk sharing and transparent risk documentation processes, shared with the client, to improve the sophistication of risk controls, enhance shared analysis of risks, and improve identification of education requirements.
  • Exploring aims of risk management as they are influenced by cross discipline analysis, transparency and tailored education.

Stephen Lane

Risk Manager
John Holland CPB Contractors Ghella


5:10 pm - 5:10 pm

Networking Drinks with Our Expert Speakers You're invited to our complimentary networking drinks after close of day one. This will be your opportunity to ask international speakers the questions that weren't answered during Q+A and get to know the people you weren't partnered with during speed networking.