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Arnold Dix

Court Appointed Tunnel Safety Expert, Scientist & Lawyer

Tunnel Risk Expert

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Professor Arnold Dix is an accomplished lawyer and scientist (Geology) who is recognised internationally for his expertise in subsurface infrastructure. He is the Chairman of the Contractual Practices Group of the International Tunnelling Association (UN affiliate); Committee Member of PIARC (Australian Governments representative); sits on both the subsurface rail and subsurface road standards bodies in the USA (NFPA 130 & 502); is a former Professor of Engineering and currently a Professor of Medicine – Mental Health, Science and Diversity at UWS; he sits on and gives advice to Dispute Avoidance Boards; and advises governments and Sovereign Funds on investment strategies in Asia and Europe.

 

Professor Dix provides risk mitigation and disaster response advice for road, rail and infrastructure tunnels, for the environment, humans, and buildings in complex technical, scientific and engineering contexts. He is a court appointed expert and recognised as a world authority in these areas.

 

Arnold’s specialist focus is upon providing practical advice for safe and effective subsurface infrastructure. He says, “Safety in the underground environment requires more than simply a sound safety culture – it requires substantive subsurface risk expertise coupled to a willingness and capacity to prioritise recourses and respond to safety issues”.


Speaking On:
Keynote: Reviewing tunnel safety progress on an international stage
Interactive Panel Discussion: What tools are paramount for tunnel safety?
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Ed Taylor

Engineering & Design Manager, Tunnels, John Holland VIC &

President, Australasian Tunnelling Society

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Ed Taylor’s professional engineering experience of over 45 years has been predominately in the construction and project management aspects of major road and water tunnels. He has also held a number of management positions in the retail water industry associated with the planning, design and construction of water supply, sewage and drainage schemes.

 

His tunnelling experience commenced in Melbourne’s sewer and water construction boom period during the early 70’s. This experience lead to a period on the Thomson Dam tunnel works in the early 80’s and then to the Melbourne City Link Project where he was employed in an engineering management role for the contractor.

 

Ed’s subsequent experience on various infrastructure tunnels has enabled him to develop a unique range of technical competencies for which he is well renowned. Over the years Ed has fine-tuned the balance between the technical requirements of large civil infrastructure projects and the practical needs of construction requirements.

 

Ed has been a long term active member of the Australasian Tunnelling society, was chairman of the Victorian group for over 10 years and was elected the Society’s President earlier this year.


Speaking On:
The current state of safety within the Australian tunnelling industry
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Mark Reilly

Manager Fire Safety Assessment Unit

Fire & Rescue NSW

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Superintendent Mark Reilly has served in Fire & Rescue NSW for 32 years and is currently the Manager of the Fire Safety Assessment Unit in the Community Safety Directorate. In this role Mark manages a staff of uniformed fire safety officers and civilian fire engineers who provide timely advice and input into major state infrastructure projects, high rise commercial and residential developments and major hazards facilities to State Government Agencies, local Councils, private industry and the public.

 

Since implementing the successful organisational restructure of the FRNSW Fire Safety Assessment Unit in 2014 Mark has introduced new business and engineering processes for handling the legislated responsibility from the Fire Brigades Act 1989 and the Environmental Planning & Assessment Act 2001. The streamlining of the work flow process ensures the Brigades meet the imposed time limits on handling Clause 144, 152 and 188 applications.

 

Mark is currently the FRNSW fire safety leader on a number of major infrastructure projects that have extensive tunnelling components. In his operational role as the Duty Commander City Mark responded to and assumed command a number of incidents in the underground infrastructure of the CBD and inner city precinct.

 

Mark has completed post graduate degrees in Public Sector Management, Applied Management and Emergency Management as well as fire engineering courses. Mark has extensive experience as a private practitioner in the fire safety industry in fire safety compliance, dangerous goods, engineering design as well as the development of site specific emergency procedures.

 

Mark has been an active member of the Institution of Fire Engineers Australia Branch for over twenty (20) years. He has been the Vice President and President of the Australia Branch, the Leader of the International General Assembly and Chair of the Asia Pacific Forum. Mark is currently serving as an elected Director on the Institutions Board (UK), is a Trustee of the Institutions Charitable Fund (UK) and is the Public Officer of the IFE Australia Branch.

 

For his service in Fire & Rescue NSW Mark was awarded the Australian Fire Service Medal (AFSM) in 2009. Mark is a corporate member of the Institution of Fire Engineers (MIFireE) and was made a Companion of the Institution of Fire Engineers in 2012.


Speaking On:
Interactive Panel Discussion: What tools are paramount for tunnel safety?
Mid Conference Workshop B commences
Australian standards verse fire & rescue requirements
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Geoff McKernan

National Roads Operations Manager

Transurban

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Geoff has been involved in road operations for the majority of his working life and is currently the National Road Operations Manager at Transurban where his focus spans the 11 controls rooms Transurban operates and manages across Australia and the USA.   His remit is to ensure consistency of operations.

 

Prior to Transurban Geoff was the General Manager at Translink Operations, the Operator of CityLink until Transurban brought these functions in house in 2014. Geoff joined CityLink in 1998 and was responsible for establishing, commissioning and ongoing management of the operations and emergency management and the traffic control room functions.

 

Geoff also participated in a number of other projects outside of the CityLink project, including the commissioning and opening of the Dublin Port Tunnel and the emergency exercise at the Mont Blanc tunnel prior to its reopening after the fire. He has also undertaken a number of control room reviews in Australia and New Zealand.

 

Geoff was also a founding member of the Australasian Tunnel Operators Group, an industry group of tunnel Operators whose aim is to provide and promote safe operations. He is also a member of the AustRoads Tunnel Taskforce.

 

Prior to Translink Operations, Geoff spent 18 years at the Road Safety and Traffic Authority in Victoria and then by the various organisations that ultimately became VicRoads. Geoff’s last role at VicRoads was the manager of their Traffic Management Centre


Speaking On:
Interactive Panel Discussion: What tools are paramount for tunnel safety?
Managing control room staff: Operational & WHS

A dangerous space

Enclosed spaces, high speed transportation, flammable materials, and high volumes of human traffic create the opportunity for catastrophe in a tunnel in an emergency situation. With the development, delivery and management of multiple tunnels nationwide, it is an important time for stakeholders in tunnel safety to come together to realign quality standards and best practice in tunnel safety with their operations.


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  • Future-proofing tunnel safety design & delivery

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  • Maintaining safety & quality standards

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  • Maximising emergency response

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  • Featuring case studies from some of the most innovative tunnels in Australia and NZ

Day 1
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Ed Taylor

Engineering & Design Manager, Tunnels, John Holland VIC &

President, Australasian Tunnelling Society

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Arnold Dix

Court Appointed Tunnel Safety Expert, Scientist & Lawyer

Tunnel Risk Expert

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Daniel Clert

Director of Tunnel Construction, NorthConnex

Bouygues Construction

Day 2
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Geoff McKernan

National Roads Operations Manager

Transurban

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Bob Allen

General Manager

Sydney Harbour Tunnel Company NSW

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Brendan Gough

Operations & Maintenance Manager

Airport Link QLD

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Peter Mitchison

Senior Building Safety Officer

Department of Fire & Emergency Services WA

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