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
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
President, Australian Tunnelling Society
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.
Mott MacDonald, UK
Chris is a Civil Engineer, a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers. He has worked in the construction industry for 31 years and is currently Major Projects Portfolio Director at Mott MacDonald.
In this role he guides and supports MM’s Project Directors for major projects in the UK and international transport sector from a base in MM’s London, Fleet Place office. He is also Global Practice Lead for Metros.
Chris was previously Engineering Director for HS2 Phase 1, having moved from the role of Chief Engineer for the Crossrail Programme, where he provided functional leadership to HS2 Phase 1 engineers and was Lead Engineer for the project.
On Crossrail he acted as the engineering technical authority providing technical leadership for the programme. He joined the project in 2008 acting as Client for all the underground works and for two stations at Canary Wharf and Woolwich stations. Chris was heavily involved in establishing the Tunnelling and Underground Construction Academy, contract procurement strategy, delivering safety through innovation and design and establishing early essential project controls.
He is a strong advocate for efficiency and quality in design and construction through the use of collaborative working, efficient application of current technologies, shared risk management, streamlined assurance and informed project management.
Modus Operandi Rail
FIRO, CMIOSH, CMILT, MIIRSM FRSA.
Chris DICKINSON is a Rail Operations and safety professional of 44 years. An ex British Rail (BR) Management trainee he graduated in Business Studies in 1978.
He has held senior management Ops.posts in England /Scotland and has wide experience as a Traincrew manager, Freight and Passenger Commercial Manager, Rail Terminals Manager, Project Manager, Maintenance Manager and Contracts Manager.
He later moved into Safety Management was Head of Safety Audit, BR, and led the new UK Rule Book Project before moving into Railway Consultancy from 2004 to 2014.
He worked as Operations and Maintenance Manager for UK Channel Tunnel Rail Link and as an Operations consultant to Transnet in SA and Auckland Transport. Other RAIL tunnel ops experience includes Denmark (DSB), London Underground and London Docklands Light Railway.
Tunnel Risk Expert
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 recognized 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”.
HBW Lighting are road an tunnel lighting specialists within the Australian market and are the Australian distributors for AEC Illuminazione, In 2008 AEC developed their first LED tunnel light and have continued to research and develop the products to keep on trend with LED technology. With over 15,000 LED tunnel luminaires already installed around the world to date, AEC are a market leader in this field offering real life experience.
The team at HBW Lighting have in depth experience in tunnel lighting design and have worked on tunnel lighting installations across the globe. Partnering with HBW Lighting gives access to an experienced and dedicated tunnel lighting team and the highest quality in tunnel lighting technology offering excellent performance and reliability.
Promat is a global leader in the dynamic business of sophisticated fire science technologies. It is a proactive link in the worldwide network of the Etex Group, whose consolidated turnover closed financial 2013 in excess of €3 billion. The Group’s presence is deeply rooted in 45 countries, 119 production sites and it employs more than 17,000 professionals dedicated to making the increasingly complex built environment a better place for all to live, work and prosper.
Promat is synonymous international quality. Its tried, tested and proven products and systems are nowadays effectively at work throughout many different types of tunnel applications and underground structures.
Only Promat offers the kind of in-depth expertise that comes from six decades of cutting edge R&D…it’s an unrivalled Knowledge Centre second to none in protecting precious human life and expensive property against the ravages of uncontrolled fire, smoke and fumes, and heat.
Promat have multiple business segments and one of those is the tunnel segment. Promat have been involved with the design and supply of over 300 tunnels throughout the globe dating back to 1962! Some recent local projects include Legacy Way, Airport Link, Perth City Busport Tunnel, Waterview. Currently supplying 300,000m2 of structural protection to Hong Kong Macau Bridge Tunnel project.
Fire Protection Technologies
Fire Protection Technologies is the largest independent supplier of product, design and engineering services in Australia, New Zealand and Asia Pacific. In conjunction with our ‘whole of life’ approach to our product range, technical support, design and engineering solutions available throughout all stages of a project from development to delivery, we will continue to provide ongoing support for the life of the product. Wholly Australian owned and operated we have a team dedicated to customer support, complete with 350+ years combined practical experience in delivery and engineering of special hazards projects. Being the sole distributor in this region for some of the world’s largest and technically advanced product manufacturers, together with our technical capabilities enables us to provide the highest quality products including technical and product support.
J1-LED is an Australian owned leader in LED Signage for Intelligent Transport Systems and Traffic products.
Designed and manufactured in Australia (not just assembled!) we deliver custom client solutions to meet operational, regulatory and environmental benchmarks. Delivering ITS projects of single signs, to road management in regional areas, volume sign manufacture (2000+) and multiple special projects including tunnels and new technology deployments in signal management, J1-LED has the capability to meet client and end-user needs.
Focussed on developing product that is robust, sleek, easy to deploy and low maintenance, J1-LED routinely upgrade their installed product to incorporate new standards, technology and best practice. Our signs have a long service life, but we never want them to age!
J1-LED Traffic and Portable offer road maintenance and traffic control providers the same leading technology with high quality vehicle and trailer fitted products, not limited to lighting and signage. Our team design and custom build from the chassis up to deliver the full spectrum of client solutions under the one roof. As Australian / New Zealand distributor for Verdegro products, we also offer the leading European TMA, for a whole of vehicle fit out service.
Combining the best in technology and product innovation, superior Australian production and supported by our service and installation team, J1-LED are the only Australian business offering the full spectrum of LED solutions.
NLT – Northern Light Technologies
Northern Light Technologies (NLT) is a proud industry expert in the design and installation of flexible networking, data, communication, tracking and monitoring systems for the tunnelling industry.
On construction and maintenance projects like roadways, subways, railways, hydro, and service/utility tunnels, NLT solutions have enabled our clients globally to effectively increase operational production, safety and awareness.
NLT’s specialised tunnelling solutions include:
- High Speed Underground and Surface Data Networking
- High Speed Underground and Surface Wi-Fi connectivity
- 2-way Radio Communications
- Personnel, Vehicle and Asset Tracking
- Cordless Cap Lamps (incl. built in tracking tags) and Industrial LED Area Lighting
- Ventilation, Environmental and Gas monitoring and control, DPM (Diesel Particulate Matter) and Geotechnical Monitoring
- Site Access Control and Security – Boom gates and Turnstiles, Security/CCTV, Site Access Induction Stations, Employee Access Cards, etc.
- Production/Vehicle Monitoring
- All integration and automation requirements
Our engineers will work with you to design a solution that’s based on your individual needs and requirements. NLT’s solutions are designed specially to work to any configuration or scale – providing a completely flexible, tailored and cost effective system.
Whether it’s the implementation of voice communication, video monitoring or surveillance, automated ventilation controls, emergency evacuation technology, or simply underground internet capability…NLT’s industry leading technologies enable our clients with solutions specific to their needs, backed by NLT proven expertise and support.
Xtralis + Honeywell
Xtralis (now part of Honeywell) is the leading global provider of powerful solutions for the early and reliable detection and remote visual verification of fire, gas and security threats.
Our technologies prevent disasters by giving users time to respond before life, critical infrastructure or business continuity is compromised. We protect over 250,000 sites in 100+ countries, including high-value and irreplaceable assets belonging to the world’s top governments and businesses.
Xtralis has been a pioneer in life safety and security for more than 30 years. We are the world’s largest manufacturer of very early warning aspirating smoke detection (ASD) systems, including VESDA, the world’s No. 1 ASD brand.
Grosvenor Engineering Group
Grosvenor Engineering Group are a specialist provider of HVAC, Fire and Electrical services to tunnels across Australia. With a ‘Safety First’ culture and focus, we provide customised service solutions by intimately understanding your maintenance and asset management requirements. We do this using smart analytics, processes, and people that help your business achieve its goals. Our ‘Data – Knowledge – Pro-active Action’ approach is the basis for everything we do – by utilising specialist software to simplify asset audit, maintenance, inspection and testing, and repairs/refurbishment we help underpin superior results for your business at the lowest possible cost. This has specific relevance for tunnels due our ability to proactively reduce breakdowns over a relatively short period of time.
We see ourselves as your Technology partners. We see innovation for its own sake as irrelevant unless it delivers real business outcomes to you and your business. For that reason we are always evaluating, adapting and integrating new or emerging technologies into our service delivery ecosystem to make buildings and infrastructure safer, more productive and energy efficient. No matter the size of your business, we can help you significantly reduce costs, manage technical assets, ensure compliance and lower risk.
Our unwavering commitment to delivering you customised solutions and services is backed by a $2.5 million annual investment in research and development, focused on delivering better ways to assist you achieve your asset management goals. We are constantly seeking opportunities for continuous improvement in compliance reporting, service provision and cost reduction as we look to help you enhance productivity, lower risk and add value to you and your organisation.
You are invited to discover for yourself the ways that we can assist your business. Please visit www.gegroup.com.au or contact us on 1300 255 247.
Philips Lighting is leading the industry transformation from traditional lighting to energy efficient lighting solutions including LED. We provide lighting solutions for interiors and also for outdoor applications, including the exterior of the Adelaide Entertainment Center.
We are aligned to offer value in specific lighting segments – Homes, Offices, Public and Outdoor, Industry, Retail, Hospitality, Entertainment, and Healthcare. In this way, we ensure that we are truly focused on the customers we serve. We want to offer a better, simpler experience for all customers – architects, lighting designers, installers, mayors, CEOs and consumers.
We have a long and sustained history of bringing innovations to life, and no other company has the breadth and depth of expertise in all aspects of the lighting industry. We have a complete lighting portfolio- from lamps, lighting electronics and LED components and modules, to professional and consumer luminaires- which means we can deliver solutions that address the real needs of people.
The Philips Lighting Australia team has a wealth of experience in the local lighting industry. We provide a range of services including lighting assessment, lighting design, financial modelling, and project management for installation and commissioning. We can also provide full turnkey solutions across the range of services to take projects from the drawing board and turn them into reality.
Philips Project Services offer the complete range of design, control and coordination activities necessary to take a lighting solution from the drawing board and turn it into reality. Our Project Management services cover the complete range of control and coordination activities necessary – including system design and system engineering. If desired, individual and specific aspects of project management can be delivered in consultation with customers. But you get maximum benefit in terms of streamlined processes and costs – as well as hassle-free peace of mind – in a turnkey partnership that encompasses the complete project from beginning to end.
Lighting projects can encompass a wide variety of activities, but installation is arguably the most crucial. Everything that takes place before is to prepare for it, and everything that comes after is to ensure the new system will work exactly as it should. There are many good companies capable of sound installation work, but we know better than any the fine points of properly installing Philips products. That’s why we also offer separate installation partnerships for lighting projects of all kinds. And should you happen to already have a relationship with a preferred installation contractor, we can also provide professional and friendly supervision.
Certain types of lighting projects have more unusual needs and requirements that fall outside of standard project activities. Interface Engineering, for instance, when certain subsystems or components need to be integrated; or the creation and programming of tailor-made software when it has not been provided by the equipment manufacturer. Philips Lighting Project Services offers expert support to customers in these specialized fields as well.
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.”BFSO, Department of Fire & Emergency Services WA
“Excellent blend of construction, operational and life safety topics with engaging presenters.”Team Leader – Operations, Venita, attendee at Tunnel Safety & Fire Protection Conference 2016
Date: 15 Nov 2016 By: Brett SimpsonThe 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 ReillyOpen 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 ClistOn 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 …
Endorsers & Media Partners
Australian Tunnelling Society
The Australasian Tunnelling Society (ATS) is a Technical Society of Engineers Australia (EA) and affiliated with Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AusIMM), the Institute of Professional Engineers New Zealand (IPENZ) and the International Tunnelling Association (ITA).
The ATS has active groups in NSW, Victoria, Queensland, Western Australia and New Zealand, organizing technical presentations, courses, conferences, and providing input into local and national tunnelling initiatives, and promoting an interest in tunnelling for young engineers. The ATS is also an active member of the International Tunnelling Association (ITA) participating in a number of working groups to identify world’s best practice in various areas of tunnelling.
The ATS also organises tunnel courses and conferences. A Tunnelling Course was held in Melbourne in September 2012 with over 150 attendees. The course was held over three days covering all aspects of tunnel planning, design and construction. The 15th Australasian Tunnelling Congress will be held in Sydney in September 2014.
In the last year ATS has provided input to the Guide for Tunnelling Work being prepared by Safe Work Australia. ATS were heavily involved in the preparation of the original NSW Code of Practice (COP) in 2006 which was subsequently also adopted by Queensland. In particular ATS wanted to make sure that a National Tunnelling COP was applicable to all forms of tunnel construction and to ensure that the interests of the tunnelling industry were being considered. As such the ATS have been asked to review and comment on the Guide for Tunnelling Work at each stage of its preparation.
ATS also provided a submission to the Pike River Enquiry in New Zealand. The ATS was concerned that potential significant changes to legislation or mining regulation that may eventuate from the findings of the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the Pike River Accident could be applied globally across all underground work and that there were likely to be aspects that are not applicable to civil tunnel construction, and these could result in perverse outcomes for the civil engineering and tunnelling industry.
The ATS has had a representative attend the Austroad Tunnel Guidelines committee meetings this year as was previously done in 2011.
The ATS also has a number of publications. The ATS journal is published twice a year providing news and technical information on tunnelling and underground mining projects in Australia, New Zealand and around the world. The latest winner of the ATS David Sugden Award was published in the ATS Journal in February and has won a trip to the ITA Conference in Geneva, Switzerland. The 2013 contest is now open with a chance to win a trip to the 2014 ITA World Tunnel Congress at Iguassu Falls, Brazil.
Membership of the ATS is open for individuals or companies and details can be found on our website.
Asia Pacific Fire Magazine
Asia Pacific Fire Magazine is the only fire industry magazine to focus its entire attention on just the Asia Pacific region. It is invaluable to readers and advertisers alike in that it covers every aspect of fire fighting, fire protection and rescue in a single title. Although published in the UK, APF is a truly Asia Pacific title. The Editor, Neil Bibby ASFM, FAICD, MIFireE is based in Australia. Neil provides APF with a unique perspective on the Asia Pacific fire market. With 37 years in the fire industry he is able to tailor the editorial of each issue to the ever growing and diversifying demands of the region.