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

Conference Day Two: Wednesday, 1 August 2018

7:00 am - 9:00 am Workshop B

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 INTERNATIONAL KEYNOTE CASE STUDY: Modernising the Tube – Upgrading and Developing the Worlds Oldest Metro

Nigel Holness, Director of Network Operations,London Underground (UK)
The London Underground is the world’s oldest underground railway and has been operational since 1863. From 2016-2017 the system catered for 1.4 billion passengers playing an integral part in ‘keeping London moving’.  This session will explore:

·         The role of the system supporting the wider transport system and London as a world city
·         Programmes being delivered to drive increased capacity and performance of the existing system
·         How the system is growing in response to demand in support of the economic development of London 

Nigel Holness

Director of Network Operations
London Underground (UK)

10:10 am - 10:40 am Thought Leadership Session


This is your chance to make your conference experience truly interactive and collaborative. Each IDG is set in a roundtable format and will be facilitated by an expert practitioner in the space. In two rotations, each IDG will last for 20 minutes, allowing you to pick the two top mind topics you wish to discuss and solve.

Interactive Discussion Group (IDGs)


11:10 am - 11:50 am How do you ensure your underground rail construction is integrated with existing structures
  • Strategies for the long term maintenance and renewal of metro systems
  • How can metro systems be better integrated with existing utilities


11:10 am - 11:50 am Strategies to prioritize the maintenance and renewal of ageing assets to improve service delivery of underground tunnels and stations
  • Exploring the long term maintenance and care requirements of tunnels


11:10 am - 11:50 am How do you safely tunnel through mixed geological conditions and existing underground utilities?
  • Exploring the best practices for tunneling through live environments
  • Ensuring maximum safety for commuters during the construction phase

11:50 am - 12:30 pm CASE STUDY: How Developers of Melbourne's Metro Tunnel will Increase Network Capacity and Functionality through Modern Tunneling Techniques

Paul Thomas, Deputy Director, Tunneling & Underground Stations,Melbourne Metro Rail Authority
The Melbourne Metro tunnel project will offer five new underground stations which will provide much needed relief to congested networks. The aim is to move towards a metro style network that allowed commuters to simply turn up and go.

  • Why Melbourne needs this tunnel
  • How developers plan to tunnel through challenging conditions and what methods will be use
  • Exploring strategies to mitigate risks and ensure for safe tunnelling practises

Paul Thomas

Deputy Director, Tunneling & Underground Stations
Melbourne Metro Rail Authority

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm NETWORKING LUNCH

1:30 pm - 2:10 pm INTERNATIONAL KEYNOTE CASE STUDY: Overcoming the Tunnelling Challenges of the C800 Project through Geotechnical Investigations

Reza Kiaei, Tunnel Engineer,Shair & Partners Lebanon
Reza Kiei has a wide range of experience in underground structures working with Iranian railway and highway tunnel construction. This session will explore the biggest tunnel project in Lebanon the 1 billion USD Conveyor 800 (C800) project which consists of a series of tunnels, pipelines and canals and aims to deliver water to over 90 villages.

  • The use of different methods of constructing multiple underground shafts
  • Strategies that were used to asses rock conditions
  • Strategies that were used to create ideal ground conditions for different structures

Reza Kiaei

Tunnel Engineer
Shair & Partners Lebanon

2:10 pm - 3:00 pm PANEL DISCUSSION: Achieving Overground and Underground Station Integration through Design and Intermodal Connectivity

Mikel Alonso, Global Service Leader Rail,Aurecon Pravin Pasare, Engineer,Land Transport Authority SIngapore
Underground stations are about to change the way Australia travels, however how they can work together with existing networks to achieve seamless station integration to cope with the increased demand for public transport. In this panel discussion you will hear experts discuss:

  • Strategies to integrate underground rail construction with existing structures Strategies for development above these stations
  • How can underground stations minimise disruption to existing overground structures and the community

Mikel Alonso

Global Service Leader Rail

Pravin Pasare

Land Transport Authority SIngapore


3:30 pm - 4:10 pm CASE STUDY: How Developers of Perths $2 billion Forrestfield Airport Link will Overcome Contamination and Challenging Ground Conditions through Geotechnical Investigation

Jo Carles, Environment & Sustainability Manager,Salini Impreglio NRW
The $2 billion Forrestfield Airport Link will deliver a new rail service to Perth’s Eastern suburbs, featuring three new stations- Redcliffe, Airport Central and Forrestfield. This project will add 8.5km to the rail network and generate an extra 20 000 passenger trips each day by 2021. This session will explore:

  • Strategies to review ground conditions and geotechnical information throughout the projects delivery
  • How developers aim to enable the treatment and reuse of rock that is excavated from tunnelling
  • The best approaches to processing geotechnical and contamination information

Jo Carles

Environment & Sustainability Manager
Salini Impreglio NRW

4:10 pm - 4:50 pm CASE STUDY: How to Encourage More Users to Choose Public Transport through Innovative and User Friendly Design

Cameron Ritter, Principal,Grimshaw
Across Australia, major investment in infrastructure, such as Sydney’s new Light Rail System and Melbourne’s Metro Tunnel, underlines the aspirations of state governments to get millions more people using public transport. This session will explore how to encourage more commuters to choose public transport:

  • Cameron Ritter, Principal of Grimshaw, will look at the practice’s work globally and discuss how humanising the journey can dramatically improve passenger experience and encourage the use of public transport.
  • Examples covered in this session will include the redevelopment of London Bridge Station, the line wide identity for London’s new Elizabeth Line, and the Fulton Center in New York.

Cameron Ritter


4:50 pm - 5:30 pm How Sydney Metro Northwest reached a world production record of 1700 segments per week through Building Information Modelling

Jac McLaurin-Lloyd, TBM Quality Advisor,John Holland CPB Contractors Ghella
Innovation drove the success of the CPB John Holland Dragados Joint Venture. The Sydney Metro Northwest was the first project where the NSW Government saw the potential and mandated the use of Building Information Modelling (BIM) innovation. Using BIM modelling, Sydney Metro Northwest was able to streamline workflows and improve efficiency. Out on site, the Precast Yard produced segments until October 2015 in order to achieve the 98184 pieces necessary for completion with full traceability. Innovative production methods meant that Sydney Metro Northwest reached a world production record with 1700 segments produced per week, an average production of more than 300 segments per day and a maximum of 380 segments produced in one day. This session will explore:

  • How issues could be resolved in minutes with BIM that would have been easy to miss in a 2D as built process as clashes are visible in the 3D interface.
  • How BIM was able to deliver both cost and timesaving during construction along with maintenance advantages over the life of the asset.
  • The use of an anchored gasket in the production of segments to remove the time consuming task of gluing on gaskets after they are cast.

Jac McLaurin-Lloyd

TBM Quality Advisor
John Holland CPB Contractors Ghella