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

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 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

$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

Duncan Latham

Information Manager, Development & Delivery
Melbourne Metro Rail Authority


David Radcliffe

Project Director
Sydney Metro Northwest

James Sutherland Assistant Director Transaction & Procurement

Assistant Director Transaction & Procurement
Melbourne Metro Rail Authority


11:20 am - 12:00 pm Anticipating Customer Needs During the Design Phase

12:40 pm - 1:20 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


1:20 pm - 2:20 pm NETWORKING LUNCH

2:20 pm - 3:00 pm Working with Operators to Achieve Great Engineering Outcomes

3:00 pm - 3:40 pm Use of Building Information Modelling (BIM) and Innovative Precast Design at Sydney Metro to Streamline Processes and Cut Production Time

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

3:40 pm - 4:20 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