- Enhancing design & construction for improved tunnel operations
- Developing incident response & maintaining safe traffic flow
- Improving safety & fire protection procedures
- A real focus on operator need, with SEVEN operational tunnels on the agenda
- An international case study from Serco Hong Kong who operate the Tsing Sha Control Area, which is a total of 4 tunnels and 1 bridge
- The Waterview Tunnel and the O-Bahn City Access Tunnel will be showcasing their experiences operating a new tunnel and providing information on design to operation handover
- Case studies from the NEW Australian tunnels to show you how the future tunnels are being designed to improve their operations
- Incident and emergency response
- New control room practices
- Scheduling maintenance work to reduce operational impact
- Collaboration with emergency services
- Training procedures to prepare for an accident
- Tunnel operations & maintenance
- Fire safety & emergency planning
- Tunnel engineering & construction
Attend to learn:
- Practical operational insights & procedures
- Case studies on preparing your emergency response procedures
- Translate operational insights into tunnel design
- New technology to improve tunnel operations & reduce costs
Sydney Harbour Tunnel Company, NSW
Bob Allen joined the Sydney Harbour Tunnel project as Tunnel Controller in May 1992 to help develop operational procedures and operate the control room when the tunnel opened in August 1992. He was promoted to Operations Manager in August 1993, a position he held for almost six years before being appointed as General Manager in April 1999; responsible for all aspects of tunnel operations.
Prior to joining the Sydney Harbour Tunnel team, Bob worked for the Sydney Monorail as a Systems Manager at TNT Harbourlink from 1988 to 1992. Bob’s background in operations management was gained throughout a career in the Royal Navy and in the Royal Australian Navy, spanning almost 18 years. He spent 13 years of this time in the Submarine Service, serving on both Nuclear and Diesel submarines, and retired from the Navy in October 1988.
Professor Arnold Dix is an accomplished lawyer and scientist (Geology) who is recognised internationally for his expertise in subsurface infrastructure. He is recently appointed to the Executive Committee of the International Tunnelling Association (UN affiliate) and was the Chairman of their Contractual Practices Group for the past 15 years; sat as a Committee Member of PIARC (Australian Governments representative) for the past 17 years and currently sits on both the subsurface rail and subsurface road standards bodies in the USA (NFPA 130 & 502); he is a former Professor of Engineering and Professor of Medicine – Mental Health, Science and Diversity at UWS; Arnold is a visiting Professor at Tokyo City University and currently 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 is also a current nominee for the 2017 world anti corruption awards ( innovation – construction engineering ).
His 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”.
Serco Group Hong Kong
William Cheung is the Operations Director for Serco Group Hong Kong with responsibility for a range of service contracts across the transportation and healthcare sectors. In the transportation sector this includes the management, operation and maintenance of the Tsing Sha Control Area comprising four road tunnels and the Stonecutters Bridge, the world’s 3rd longest span cable stay bridge. William will offer insights from his wealth of operational and services management experience gained during 35 year career with roles including the Head of Service Operations with the Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car Company, Operations Manager with Hong Kong Disney, Traffic Manager at the Hong Kong Western Harbour Tunnel Company Limited, and Chief Controller of the Mass Transit Railway Corporation’s operations control room.
Transurban, Citylink Tunnel
Andrew Eckersley is CityLink Road Operations Manager for Transurban, Australias busiest toll road with over 3000,000 trips each day. Andrew is responsible for the framework that ensures effective real time management of accidents and incidents on the network to minimise any impacts via utilisation of the Intelligent Transportation Systems and incident response crews.
Andrew has spent the last decade of his engineering career in real time traffic operations in both the government and private sectors. His experience includes:
- Route reviews through tuning and reprogramming of signalised intersections
- Real time network management through Intelligent Transportation Systems
- Freeway Management Systems operations and guidelines
- Effective management and utilisation of on road incident response\
Andrew had a key role in the operational requirements of the VicRoads state guidelines for Managed Freeways handbook that provide the principles and standards for active freeway traffic management tools relating to lane use, variable speed limits and on-road information to motorists.
Andrew was responsible for the roll out of the new safe clearance model of the incident management fleet for CityLink. This change has not only significantly increased the safety of all those involved but has drastically decreased the time to clear incidents.
Andrew strives to ensure continual improvement of all aspects of real time operation to ensure a safe effective framework exists to create a safe, resilient and reliable network.
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.
Stephen Grubits & Associates (SGA)
Stephen Grubits & Associates (SGA) is a Fire Safety Engineering consultancy, providing specialised
input to infrastructure and innovative construction projects. SGA’s reputation is built on a respected
track record achieved through a comprehensive understanding of the fire phenomena, building codes
and fire-safety engineering methodologies. This understanding together with state-of- the-art
computational methods, enable SGA to provide sound and reliable cost-effective performance-based
analysis, as well as contribute to design and construction optimisation within infrastructure, tunneling
and building works.
The SGA team of engineers operates from Sydney providing expert input to projects anywhere in
Australasia and South-East Asia. The areas of expertise include:
- Fire-safety engineering for buildings and infrastructure projects
- Fire scenario analysis
- Building Codes, regulations and fire-related standards
- Fire dynamics and smoke flow behaviour
- Computational modelling of pedestrian movement and emergency egress
- Fire resistance and behaviour of structures in fire
- Material properties and reaction to fire
- Fire testing methodologies and results
- Assessment of risk
- Expert input to litigation in relation to fire
A deep understanding of fire science based on many years of research by SGA principals enables the
team to apply that understanding to the resolution of most complex fire-safety issues.
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.
Beele Engineering has been in the Passive Fire prevention business for over 40 years and has been heavily involved in a number of tunnel projects around the globe.
We have provided gas , smoke and water sealing solutions for cabling and pipework and concrete gaps.
Our solutions are utilized across many industry sectors including Offshore oil rigs , Utilities and Naval vessels throughout the world as their product of choice.
Beele Engineering has one of the most modern R & D test facilities in Europe.
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.
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.
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.
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.
What People Are Saying
“Thanks to Criterion for a well organised tunnel O&M conference”Australian Tunneling Society Attendee at Tunnel Operations & Maintenance 2017
“A good conference that provides operators and maintainers a direction and issues they must be aware of.”Public Transport Authority West Australia, Attendee at Tunnel Operations & Maintenance 2017
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 …
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.
Roads & Infrastructure Australia
Roads & Civil Works Australia is the country’s leading specialist road management, construction and civil works magazine.
The magazine is distributed to over 5500 key decision makers in the $100 billion + roads and infrastructure industry, as a central tool used in making purchasing decisions.
Key Magazine Facts
Pass on Reader Rate*: 2.5
Total readers*: 13,862
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Roads & Civil Works Australia magazine is a leading resource within the Roads and Civil Engineering professions in local and state government sectors, as well as consultants and contractors within the private sector. These industry professionals play a key role in many areas, including road construction, road safety, asset management, water and stormwater, parks and gardens.
The magazine is also read by Civil Engineers across Australia, who are involved in decisions about plant hire, workplace safety, streetscapes, lighting, road maintenance and wastewater.