The YTP Committee had the pleasure of attending the annual Monash Institute of Railway Technology (IRT) Dr Stephen Marich lecture last week. It was a pleasure to meet up with others in the rail industry and hear from Distinguished Professor Buddhima Indraratna about some of the key geotechnical challenges and considerations in the design of track structures in the Australian #rail network.
It was a fascinating event with some key takeaways from the lecture for us including:
– The effect of train speed on the degradation of track structure – The deviation and deterioration of track substructure material properties during operations from what was designed
– Increased axial loads of heavy haul increasing the fluidisation of mud leading to settlement – mud pumping
– Role of coal on ballast fouling and impeding on track drainage
Hi everyone and welcome to another edition of YTP’s quarterly newsletter. I hope you enjoyed learning more about YTP, our Committee members and the wide world of transport and are looking forward to another update! As always, I would like to thank our industry partners, the Aurecon Jacobs and Mott MacDonald Joint Venture, the Victorian Department of Transport (DoT) and Metro Trains Melbourne, for their continued support.
Since our inaugural newsletter release in January, the YTP Committee has been adjusting to a return to face to face events after a disrupted start to the year. It was fantastic to catchup with our members again in person at the 8th Annual Barefoot Bowls in March! Check out this quarter’s events recap to read more about the evening. The committee is busy planning events throughout the rest of the year and a reminder that YTP events are free to attend.
The team also attended the annual Monash Institute of Railway Technology (mIRT) Dr Stephen Marich lecture in Railway Engineering delivered by Prof Buddhima Intharatna on Geotechnical considerations in the railway. It was a fascinating technical event to learn about the research being undertaken in conjunction with the rail industry as there is increased demands in passenger and heavy haul rail.
Also in this edition, in celebration of International Women’s Day this month, the committee brings to you the journey’s and achievements of some fantastic leaders in the transport industry in a quick fire 3 questions feature here. Special thanks to Jo Dougan, Georgina Mahony and Rachel Harding for their time in answering and providing some great advice and leadership lessons for the next generation of female leaders coming through.
For this quarter’s ‘A Day in the life of’ interview, get to know Courtney Dunn from MTR and learn about some of the fascinating work she is doing on Sydney Metro as a Project Engineer.
Finally, I thank our members for their continued support of YTP as without your engagement, we cannot do what we do. Our inbox is always open, so please get in touch if you have any suggestions on how we can improve articles or if you would like to contribute. Happy reading!
Who are you and what is your role, and what is the project you are currently working on?
My name is Courtney and I am a Project Engineer working on Sydney Metro project at Waterloo Station. My role is to manage the coordination of subcontractors installing systems such as Radio, Signalling, Communications, Central Control Systems and Passenger Screen Doors.
Could you tell us a bit about your career journey, how did you get into transport?
I started at John Holland 5 years ago as a Graduate after finishing my degree. I worked in the rail sector on a range of diverse roles in precontracts, delivery, testing and commissioning including roles as a Design Engineer, Site Engineer and Requirements Engineer. Currently as a Systems Engineer, I have specialised in project development and Verification & Validation activities and have spent time working in Operations Control Centre to manage rail operations. In 2021, I moved to working for MTR Australia on the Sydney Metro project managing the installation and testing and commissioning of rail systems at Waterloo Station.
What does a typical day as a Project Engineer look like for you?
Lots of meetings 😊. My day is full of interface meetings with the Station contractor, Line wide contractor who are installing rail throughout the tunnel, designers for each discipline and client meetings with Sydney Metro. The aim of these meetings is to coordinate between all parties to ensure a coordinated design and coordinated schedule of site work activities. I also attend site for inspections and to coordinate site activities when required.
In 2050, what do you think Australian transportation will look like?
In 2050, I believe Australian transportation would look like:
A efficient integrated rail network across Australia in all major cities.
A rail network that is inclusive and accessible to everyone.
Integrated wayfinding at all stations to make it easy for customers
New technologies for transport such as automated car and electrical buses
How have you seen young people uniquely contribute to the projects you have worked on?
The team I work with currently consists of hard-working, enthusiastic young people who contribute positively to the industry. I’ve seen graduate engineers and site engineers that work on the project and work through construction related issues on site with a thorough understanding and practical thinking.
Looking back, what advice do you have for graduates or early career professionals getting started in their careers?
Be confident in yourself
Learn from others
Try different roles within the company from design to testing and commissioning for example
Try different projects
Meet lots of people in the company and within the industry through industry events
Finally, what do you do outside of work to relax and have fun?
I enjoy the beach, playing indoor soccer, yoga classes, travelling and socialising with friends and family 😊!
Get to know a little more about YTP Treasurer Tushar Sen.
Question 1 – How long have you been involved with Young Transport Professionals?
I first came to know about YTP through one of their networking events organised just when I was out of Uni in 2019. I finally mustered the courage to nominate myself for the committee board in 2021 and have been contributing as a treasurer for the team.
Question 2 – What is the most exciting project you have worked on?
I have been working in the major transport industry for the past 3 years now since finishing my master’s in 2019. I have been working with RPV for almost 3 years on the Melbourne Airport Rail. It is the largest single project I have worked on.
Question 3 – What have you enjoyed the most about being on the Young Transport Professionals Committee?
YTP gives me the opportunity to connect with professionals of similar experience in the same sector and learn about the latest trends and project developments being undertaken in Australia. Being on the YTP committee has allowed me to better my skills when I interact with other working professionals in the transport/infrastructure industry. But the learning has gone both ways, I have learnt being part of the committee and the group how to improve my communication skills, on keeping up with the latest techniques and practices followed in other consultancies and company and bring it back to my organisation and create a synergy of data and practices between YTP and my organisation.
Question 4 – What do you do outside of work to relax and have fun?
I like socialising on the weekend and exploring new towns around Victoria. During the weekdays, I go for a run in the morning along the Yarra River and spend my late evenings at the gym doing strength training. I have recently picked up an interest in ancient mythology and have been reading Mahabharat which comes from my own culture.
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