Rail Industry looks to youth for new ideas

2016 November 22 | 12:00pm


Five Young Rail Professionals will present their ideas to improve Australia’s rail industry as part of an inaugural competition in Adelaide on Wednesday to engage the younger generation and promote innovation.    

Coordinated through the Australasian Railway Association (ARA), rail employees aged 30 and under were invited to help rail unlock its potential by submitting their concept, large or small.  

ARA CEO Danny Broad said with an ageing workforce, the rail industry is actively engaging its youth to continue modernising and improving rail’s service offering.

“Rail has a retiring workforce. We see the Young Professionals competition as a way to engage the youth and future of our industry,” he said.

The challenge was set for young rail professionals to submit concepts that could increase rail safety, improve engineering or maintenance practices, better rail’s performance records or could ultimately offer freight or passenger customers an improved service.  

Five finalists have been selected to present their ideas at the rail industry’s annual conference, AusRAIL.

“Concepts rolled in from around Australia and overseas covering all areas of rail - technical and engineering, customer service, strategic business planning, marketing and technological improvements,” Mr Broad continued.  

“The session promises to be a highlight of our annual conference with the five finalists capturing an array of topics from solar light rail to using virtual reality to create public excitement for transport infrastructure projects,” he said.

The five finalists are:

-        Alexandra Baranksi, Graduate Engineer (Electrical), Aurizon
CBD Solar light rail

-        Jason Bridgman, Systems Development & Support, Train & Operations Planning, Operations, Sydney Trains
A smarter rail way – Intelligent monitoring assets

-        James Donovan, Graduate Engineer, Metro Trains Melbourne
Passive soundwave interpretation to detect and predict rail defects, lubrication quality and thermal factors

-        Michelle Doolan, Civil & Environmental Engineer, Aurecon
Delightful diversion? Generating public excitement for rail infrastructure

-        Ben Mason, Economist, Arup
Revisiting economic appraisal for rail projects

The finalists will present on Wednesday 23 November at 1125 in the Adelaide Exhibition Ground Floor, Auditorium L. The winner will be selected through audience and judge votes and announced at the conference Gala Dinner.

For more information or for the conference program, please visit the conference website: www.ausrail.com
For media passes, please contact Anthony Anemogiannis via 0402 418 356.

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