YTP 8th Annual Barefoot Bowls

Disclaimer: No lawn bowls were injured during the course of this event.

Young Transport hosted its 8th Annual Barefoot Bowls Event on Thursday 3 March, and it was a great night of networking and healthy competition.

After beginning the night with conversations, cold drinks and pizza, the barefoot bowls commenced. With a crash course on the rules and teams settled, everyone was ready to let the good times “bowl”.

Young Transport Professionals would like to thank everyone who attended the event. We look forward to seeing everyone at the next event – stay tuned!

President’s Address: April 2022 Newsletter

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!  

A Day in Life of: Courtney Dunn, Project Engineer at MTR

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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
  1. 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.

  1. 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
  1. 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 😊!

President’s Letter – December 2021

Hello members and welcome to this quarter’s YTP Newsletter. On behalf of the committee, I would also like to extend our thanks to our industry partners, the Aurecon Jacobs Mott Macdonald (AJM) Joint Venture, Metro Trains Melbourne (MTM) and the Victorian Department of Transport (DoT) for their continued support.  The support we receive from these major organisations is crucial, as it has enabled the committee to continually organise events and provide networking and learning opportunities to our members for free!

Firstly, I would like to provide a short introduction about myself as I join YTP’s committee for the first time.  I am currently a Systems Assurance Engineer at John Holland working on the Rail Infrastructure Alliance since 2019. Prior to joining RIA, I was working as a graduate site engineer in transport and renewables projects and have come to enjoy the diversity of experiences in not only rail, but the wider transport industry.

Of course, we cannot do this without a strong team and have the privilege of leading some of the brightest mind’s in the industry. Our committee this year come from a diverse range of backgrounds, skills and world class organisations including Yarra Trams, Advisian, AECOM, ARTC and Turner & Townsend and invite you to get to know them.

This quarter, we held our Annual General Meeting and it has certainly been a busy month as we are working through the new committee transition and coming together to work through the vision, purpose and outcomes of what we want to achieve in the year ahead. It has been an unprecedented and challenging couple of years across the country, and we could have never foreseen what was ahead of us when the rapid transition began to remote working and virtual events. Please be assured that we will be working hard to take the opportunities to bring people together in a safe manner in the year ahead, but we will also use the lessons and innovations developed over this time to also expand our opportunities for members in other cities to participate.

YTP was honoured to to conclude the 2021 year with ‘The Road to Zero Emissions’ Networking Event, hosted in collaboration with Siemens. The event was a continuation from the Road to Zero Emission panel discussion hosted in July, centred around sustainable transport and what initiatives are required to reach net zero, with an emphasis on electrification of the bus network.

We have also been running our final virtual coffee catchups for the year through December and have invited our members to grab your fresh cup of coffee and participate in this 30-minute networking event  and connect with other members from around Australia working in the transport industry. YTP will continue to run these throughout the new year, so stay tuned for sessions coming up.

Rounding out this quarter (and the year!), we bring you an interview with Michelle Doolan from AECOM to bring you a glimpse into a day in the life of Senior Track Engineer and her career working in transport.

I am genuinely excited about the opportunity to lead this year’s committee and am grateful for the support of our members. 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!

A day in the life with: Michelle Doolan –Senior Track and Civil Engineer with AECOM

1. Who are you and what is your role, and what is the project you are currently working on?

 Michelle Doolan – Senior Track and Civil Engineer – AECOM.  I am currently working for AECOM as the Track Design Lead for a major rail project bid in Melbourne. More recently I was the package lead for the Caulfield Junction Stage 1 Rationalisation Project and Western Portal Alignment and Formation works (as part of the broader Metro Tunnel Project). Around this period, I also worked across Rail Systems for Construction Phase Services to see our design works through to completion

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CORE 2021 Conference Review 

The Railway Technical Society of Australasia (RTSA) hosted the 15th edition of the Conference on Railway Excellence (CORE) 2021 at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre in Western Australia. The conference was held over the week of 21st June till the 23rd of June 2021. The theme of CORE 2021 revolved around Collaborating to Master Complexity. The event was enabled by key sponsorships from the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) and Public Transport Authority (PTA). 

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A day in the life with: Bruno Da Silva – Deputy Integration Manager at Rail Systems Alliance

Who are you and what is your role, and what is the project you are working on?

I am Bruno DA SILVA, RSA’s deputy integration manager. My role consists in ensuring that the overall RSA System is technically sound and delivers the adequate level of functionalities to the end users.

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