The Queensland Branch of the Australian Tunnelling Society invites members and guests to join us for a one-day Tunnel Systems workshop. The speakers will present industry experience in the areas of Safety, Design, Construction and operations and maintenance for tunnel systems from recent projects.
8.30am | Registration
8.50am | Welcome from Workshop Chair
Opening Address Tino Ferrero Lendlease
9.00am | Industry Collaboration on Silica Dust Control
Kate Cole – ATS Clean Air Working Group
Kate is an Engineer & Certified Occupational Hygienist who has worked in the construction industry for almost two decades on projects in Australia and internationally, and holds degrees in Science, Engineering and Occupational Hygiene.
Named as one of the Top 100 Women of Influence by the Australian Financial Review and as Winston Churchill Fellow, Kate is a passionate advocate for preserving the health of Australian construction workers and addressing of silica dust exposure in the construction industry. Kate is currently supporting Sydney Metro as the Occupational Health and Hygiene Manager.
9.45am | Optimising Functional Tunnel Operations and Maintenance in the Sydney Harbour Tunnel
Bob Allen – Sydney Harbour Tunnel Operations
Bob joined the Sydney Harbour Tunnel project as Tunnel Controller in May of 1992 to help develop operational procedures and operate the control room when the tunnel opened in later that same year. Progressing to Operations Manager, a position he held for almost six years, Bob became General Manager in 1999 where he was 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.
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 before retired from the Navy in October 1988.
10.30am | Morning Tea
11.15am | Moving People Underground Safely (Tunnel Service)
Derek Edwards – Tunnel M&E Design Aurecon
Derek Edwards is a Technical Director in the tunnel services group of Aurecon with almost 30 years' general professional experience of which more than 20 years has included tunnel ventilation and tunnel services. During this time, Derek has carried out technical advisor roles to the government and semi-government bodies, and detail design roles on a variety of projects including:
- The three Brisbane road tunnels (Clem 7, Airport Link and Legacy Way) from pre-feasibility through Environmental approval, reference design and tender and detailed design review
- Waterview Connection (SH20) in Auckland, value engineering, tender and detailed design review
- Mt Victoria and Lyttleton tunnels refurbishment assessment
- Westconnex New M5 detailed design
- Westgate tunnel detailed design
- Melbourne Metro reference design
- City Rail Link (Auckland) reference design
Chris Baker – Tunnel Systems Discipline Lead Aurecon
Chris is an engineering design manager with Aurecon and works within the Brisbane tunnelling team designing road and rail tunnels within Australia. Currently, Chris is leading the tunnel systems discipline on the reference design for the Inland Rail Freight tunnels for Australia Track Rail Commission (ARTC). Prior this he was the tunnel systems design manager on Westgate Tunnel in Melbourne and the Westconex Tunnel Sydney preceding that.
Chris' experience also includes time spent working on tunnels in the mining industry, focusing on services design and gained construction and commission experience.
12.15pm | Ventilation and Cooling System Design Underground
Leon Van den Berg – BBE Consulting
Leon is a Chartered Professional Engineer and MD of global underground environment engineering specialist consulting firm, BBE (Australasian division). With over 15 years' experience primarily on mine ventilation and tunnel ventilation projects, Leon's expertise includes ventilation and cooling system design aimed at reducing occupational health and safety risk of the underground environment.
Additionally, Leon serves as a committee member in the AusIMM mine ventilation conference organising committee.
1.00pm | Lunch
2.00pm | Operational Readiness for Tunnels
Dr Conrad Stacey – Stacey Agnew
Conrad is respected globally in the tunnel vent community for both his breadth of understanding and his detailed insights. He is on two international tunnel safety conference technical committees and a PIARC Working Group, all by invitation. As a committee member, he drafted important parts of the Australian Standard for Tunnel Fire Safety. Stacey Agnew Pty Ltd, is arguably the leading tunnel ventilation and fire safety consulting company in Australasia. He has advanced the governance of fire safety risk, particularly around tunnel refurbishment.
Dr Stacey’s insight is built on past technical roles in a wide variety of fields. Besides the hypersonics research of his PhD, he has worked as a design and plant engineer in underground mining and smelting, modelled floods and tides in major rivers and estuaries, worked on managing livestock heat stress risk and, for the last 20 years, primarily on ventilation and fire life safety in underground infrastructure. His underground infrastructure work has taken him to Bangkok, Delhi, Santiago, and the World Trade Center rebuilding in Manhattan.
Conrad’s current involvements include owner’s and government advisor on WestConnex, design for Cross River Rail in Brisbane and City Rail Link in Auckland, and developing a risk assessment method for dangerous goods in Australasian tunnels for Austroads. He is also auditing ventilation on the livestock export fleet to ensure the integrity of heat stress risk assessments.
2.45pm | Heat Recovery use on HS2 Project UK
Mark Gilbey – WSP
Mark Gilbey is WSP’s Technical Discipline Lead for tunnel ventilation in Europe and has been with the firm for over 20 years. He started with the firm in Hong Kong, worked for several years in New York and is now based in the UK, specialising in rail projects for both heat management and fire life safety.
Notable projects include London Underground’s Cooling the Tube Programme where he was the Development Engineer responsible for setting thermal criterion, ventilation and cooling modelling, developing and co-ordinating cooling concepts and developing business cases.
Since 2012, Mark has been the engineering lead for the Tunnel Systems on High Speed 2 tasked with developing ventilation analysis and designs and helping to get the ventilation works integrated with the civil designs.
Mark’s presentation will be on heat recovery from tunnels; He will talk about where heat comes from in tunnels and what temperatures might be expected, the potential for any recovered heat and ways in which the heat may be recovered.
3.30pm | Afternoon Tea
4.00pm | Moving Tunnel Systems into the 21st Century: Seamless integration and the IoT
Matthew has over 30 years' experience within the electrical, mechanical, control, and fire life safety systems engineering fields spanning the road and rail, transport, and water infrastructure industries.
A recognised expert in the design, installation, testing, commissioning and the ongoing operation and maintenance of control, communication, ITS and fire life safety systems associated with road tunnels and underground rail facilities, Matthew has played pivotal roles in the delivery of several of Australia and New Zealand’s largest underground transport infrastructure projects since his migration from the UK in 1997. As a keen proponent of technical innovation to mitigate long-term ownership cost whilst maximising traveller safety, Matthew consistently challenges the accepted norm.
Since December 2015, Matthew has been contracted to provide design review and assessment services to the FultonHogan Egis O&M Joint Venture and the Sydney Motorway Corporation on the AU$16Bn WestConnex Project in NSW. During this period, Matthew has also been engaged with South Australian Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure, providing technical advice on the upgrading and refitting of the Heysen tunnel and previously in the delivery of DPTI’s O-Bahn City Access Project.
Matthew is registered with the UK Engineering Council as an Incorporated Engineer and is a Fellow of both the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) and The Institute of Engineers Australia and has recently achieved registration with the German TUV as a Functional Safety Engineer.
5.10pm | Closing Address Chair Tino Ferrero Lendlease
Followed by Evening Networking function hosted by ATS Young Members
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Sponsorship Opportunities Available
- Platinum Sponsor: $2000 Includes 2 registrations, prominent marketing opportunity including banner and logo on mailouts
- Gold Sponsor: $1000 Includes 1 registration, prominent marketing opportunity including banner and logo on mail outs
- Post-workshop Evening Networking Sponsor X2 $500 each Banners & brief speaking opportunity
- All sponsors will have acknowledgement at the event and in the ATS journal
- Corporate merchandise welcome
- Member Rate: $110.00 ($100.00 excl. GST)
- Society Member Rate: $175.00 ($159.09 excl. GST)
- Student Member Rate: $60.01 ($54.55 excl. GST)
- Non-Member Rate: $175.00 ($159.09 excl. GST)
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