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

Conference Day One: Tuesday, 31 July 2018

8:30 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
Sydney Metro Northwest is delivering eight new railway stations and 4000 commuter car parking spaces
 to Sydney’s growing North West. Trains will run every four minutes in the peak, that's 15 trains an hour. Customers won’t need a timetable, they will just turn up and go.

Sydney Metro Northwest, formerly the North West Rail Link, is the first stage of Sydney Metro and
 will be the first fully-automated metro rail system in Australia. Sydney Metro City & Southwest is the second stage.

Sydney Metro Northwest will deliver, for the first time, a reliable public transport service to a region which has the highest car ownership levels per household in NSW. Over the coming decades, an extra 200,000 people will move into Sydney’s North West, taking its population above 600,000, or twice the size 
of Canberra.

Major construction is underway at the 16 construction sites along the project alignment.

Mark Elliott

Northwest Rapid Transit

10:10 am - 10:50 am What role can council play in shaping the future of transport infrastructure?

Cr Andrew Wilson - Lord Mayor, City of Parramatta
  • Metro West and Parramatta changing transport landscape
  • Responding to the needs and expectations of communities
  • Future plans for a fully connected, integrated transport hub in Sydney's Central City

Cr Andrew Wilson

Lord Mayor
City of Parramatta

10:50 am - 11:20 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!


11:50 am - 12:30 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

12:30 pm - 1:10 pm CASE STUDY: Sydney Metro City & Southwest: Site investigation and ground characterisation for the Sydney Harbour crossing

David Och - Geotechnical Lead, Sydney Metro
Sydney Metro is Australia’s biggest public transport project. This new standalone railway will deliver 31 metro stations and more than 66 kilometres of new metro rail, revolutionising the way Australia’s biggest city travels.
Sydney Metro City & Southwest extends the new metro network from the end of Sydney Metro Northwest at Chatswood, under Sydney Harbour, through the CBD, and west to Bankstown.
This session will explore:
·         The history of tunnelling under the Sydney Harbour
·         Geophysical and geotechnical investigations to facilitate early planning and design work
·         Sydney Metro City & Southwest tunnelling alignment. 

David Och

Geotechnical Lead
Sydney Metro

1:10 pm - 2:10 pm NETWORKING LUNCH

2:10 pm - 2:50 pm CASE STUDY: Strategies to Integrate the Cross River Rail Project with Existing Networks and Increase Train Capacity 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

2:50 pm - 3:30 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


Champagne Round Table

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm Table One: How do you ensure your underground rail construction is integrated with existing structures

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm Table Two: Strategies to prioritize the maintenance and renewal of ageing assets to improve service delivery of underground tunnels and stations

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm Table Three: How do you safely tunnel through mixed geological conditions and existing underground utilities