Enhancing sector collaboration for operational improvement
Conference Date
22nd & 23rd February 2017
Novotel Sydney Central
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Featuring international insights & case studies from the new projects & operational tunnels; NorthConnex, WestConnex, Melbourne Metro, the Cross River Rail, Clem 7, Legacy Way & Airport Link.

With tunnels being constructed across Australia now is the time for the sector to gather and discuss how to improve tunnel operations. This highly interactive agenda features case studies, international speakers and key thought leaders who will provide practical advice on how the sector can collaborate to improve tunnel operations, maintenance & safety processes from design to operation.

This conference will focus on:

  • Implementing operation & maintenance (O&M) needs in the design
  • Methods to improve operational processes
  • Working with emergency services to improve response & disaster recovery
  • New tunnel technology solutions for reduced operational cost

Who will attend?

Leaders with responsibility for:

  • Tunnel operations & maintenance
  • Infrastructure design
  • Fire safety
  • Tunnel construction
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Attend to learn:

  • Enhance operational processes for a more efficient tunnel

  • Implement operational insights in tunnel design

  • Improve collaboration with emergency services

  • Learn about new innovative tunnel technology

Key Speakers

Ed Taylor
Engineering Manager, John Holland
President, Australian Tunnelling Society
Chris Dulake
Major Projects Portfolio Director
Mott MacDonald, UK
Chris Dickinson
Rail Operations
Modus Operandi Rail
Arnold Dix
Court Appointed Tunnel Safety Expert Scientist & Lawyer
Tunnel Risk Expert


What People Are Saying

  • “After attending the 2016 Tunnel Safety & Fire Protection conference I found that I had established sound and sincere compadres that either worked or assessed tunnel construction and/or operations. Well worth my attendance as the return will prove invaluable.”

    Peter Mitchison
    BFSO, Department of Fire & Emergency Services WA
  • “Excellent blend of construction, operational and life safety topics with engaging presenters.”

    Mark Harrington
    Team Leader – Operations, Venita, attendee at Tunnel Safety & Fire Protection Conference 2016


  • Date: 15 Nov 2016  By: Brett Simpson

    The CLEM7 was the first road tunnel in Australia to use Virtual Emergency Simulation Training (VEST). Using a controlled virtual environment and simulation activities, VEST provides for immersive and participatory adult learning. With a unique realistic quality, participants can be tested in real time with visual and auditory stressors in a safe manner. VEST can …

  • Date: 12 Nov 2015  By: Mark Reilly

    Open and transparent dialogue with Fire & Rescue Services is essential to tunnel development being completed in time and on budget, according to Mark Reilly of the Fire Safety Assessment Unit, Fire & Rescue NSW. “The sooner you can engage representatives from the Fire Rescue Service, the better,” he says. “Be open and transparent so …

  • Date: 16 Sep 2014  By: Samuel Clist

    On Thursday the 21st of August 2014 a truck caught on fire after passing through the Burnley Tunnel near the Southbank in Melbourne. The fire caused all lanes to shut down for around thirty minutes but there were no casualties and all lanes were up and running within the hour. Usually this story would struggle …

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