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


Workshops A: Tuesday, 31 July 2018

7:00 am - 9:00 am Operating of The Worlds Oldest Metro System – Creating the Daily Miracle

Nigel Holness, Director of Network Operations,London Underground (UK)
Nigel Holness has a wide range of experience in the public and private sectors of the UK and international rail industry. He currentlyleads theoperation of worlds oldest metro system the London Underground carrying c4M passengers each day. In this workshop Nigel willbe able to set out and discuss some of the challenges currently facing the organisation and discuss how these are being tackled through a range of strategies to address issues such as affordability, safety and reliability and customer service.

  • Strategies to improve the productivity of modern metro stations taken from London Underground case studies
  • Exploring the best strategies to maintain assets, tunnels and station infrastructure
  • Minimizing disruption during station upgrades while allowing the station to remain open


Nigel Holness

Director of Network Operations
London Underground (UK)

Workshops B: Wednesday, 1 August 2018

7:00 am - 9:00 am Overcoming Challenging Geological Conditions using Modern Tunneling Methods

Tunneling through challenging geological conditions can be dangerous, especially when engineers do not know what structures they could come across while tunneling. This workshop will explore the most up to date and effective tunneling methods and strategies to allow for tunneling through mixed conditions.

  • Strategies to successfully construct through a range of conditions and how to test them
  • Exploring the strengths and weaknesses of different tunneling techniques and technologies such as TBM, cut and cover and blasting that are available
  • How different techniques and technologies respond to different project requirements
  • How to overcome the challenges of constricting through existing underground utilities and structures
  • Exploring how developers deal with excavated rock from tunnel construction