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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.

Proposed Program:
8.30 Registration

8.50 Welcome from Workshop Chair
Opening Address Tino Ferrero Lendlease

9.00 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. She holds degrees in Science, Engineering and Occupational Hygiene. Named as one of the Top 100 Women of Influence by the Australian Financial Review and a 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.


9.45 Optimising Functional Tunnel Operations and Maintenance in the Sydney Harbour Tunnel

Bob Allen – Sydney Harbour Tunnel Operations

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.

10.30 Morning Tea

11.15 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 government an semi government bodies, 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 this he was the tunnel systems design manager on Westgate Tunnel in Melbourne and the Westconex Tunnel Sydney preceding that.

Prior to working on road and rail tunnels, Chris worked on tunnels in the mining industry focusing on services design and gained construction and commission experience.

12.15 Ventilation and Cooling System Design Underground
Leon Van den Berg – BBE Consulting

Leon is Chartered Professional Engineer and MD of BBE’s Australasian division. BBE is a  global consulting firm specialising in underground environment engineering.  He has over 15 years experience primarily on mine ventilation and tunnel ventilation projects.  His expertise include ventilation and cooling system design aimed at reducing occupational health and safety risk of the u/g environment.  Leon serves as a committee member in the AusIMM mine ventilation conference organising committee.

13.00 Lunch

14.00 Operational Readiness for Tunnels 
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.  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.

14.45 TBC

15.30 Afternoon Tea

16.00 Moving Tunnel Systems into the 21st Century: Seamless integration and the IoT

Matthew Taylor Ieng FIET TFIEAust MILP FS Eng

Matthew has over 30 years of experience within the electrical, mechanical, control & 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 in particular; 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.

17.10 Closing Address Chair Tino Ferrero Lendlease

Followed by Evening Networking function hosted by ATS Young Members

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

Date: Thursday 18th July 2019

Time: 8.30am arrival & registration

Venue: Novotel Brisbane

Cost: $110 for Members/$60 for Students/$175 for Non-Members

Session Contact: memberservices@engineersaustralia.org.au

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