Systems Engineering in Transport – Event Roundup

The YTP kicked off the 2019/2020 financial year with a panel discussion sponsored and hosted by Advisian. Attendees from over 20 companies gathered to network and hear a panel of four subject matter experts discuss systems engineering and its application within major transport projects.

Faciliator David Ramsdale (Advisian) and speakers John Nasr (Advisian), Emma-Rose Tildesley (KPMG), Marcus Chadwick (Rail Projects Victoria) and Alexandra Morey (Rail Projects Victoria) were able to provide insights on the origins of systems engineering methodology – developed by NASA for the Apollo program! – as well as how its principles are applied. A message unanimous across the panel was that systems engineering principles are integral to the success of any project. With the staggering pipeline of major transport projects occurring in Victoria, the panellists agreed that all industries must maintain a systems engineering mindset throughout entire project lifecycles if we are to achieve satisfactory outcomes.

YTP Panel Discussion at Aurecon: Technological Innovation Disrupting the Transport Industry

My name is Jordan Hannagan, and I have recently been nominated to the position of YTP Events Coordinator. Over the next year, my aim is to organise exciting and engaging events for our members, which I hope will create great networking opportunities while also providing insight into the current happenings of the transport industry.

A fortnight ago, we held our first event as a new committee in conjunction with Aurecon. The focus of this panel-style discussion was technological innovation disrupting the transport industry. We were joined by:

  • Aaron Belbasis – Computational Design Specialist from Aurecon
  • Sinead Collins – Principle Structures Engineer and Digital Champion at Rail Projects Victoria
  • Lauren Beattie – Senior Strategic Planner with the City of Melbourne
  • Marcus Morrison, Manager Control Systems Software at Metro Trains Melbourne

Our panellists were led in an insightful discussion by facilitator Mark Roberts, Technical Director at Aurecon.

The panellists highlighted the importance of data, explaining how it should be treated as an asset, how data-driven approaches are streamlining project delivery and how data can be used to monitor and improve the performance of a busy suburban rail network. They also touched on how disruptive technologies are impacting the transport landscape, such as how companies like Uber have changed the way we get around and what impact those changes will have on future transport planning.

As the future leaders of the transport industry, members of YTP will be the driving force for adopting innovative digital strategies, and being ready to embrace exciting new technologies. With such big changes transforming the way the transport industry operates, it’s certainly an exciting time to be in transport.

Special thanks to Nichelle Naluz from Aurecon for her assistance in organising the event, and to our expert panellists for offering their time!

If you are interested in learning more about how new, exciting technology is being used to support a data focused approach to transport, read about how Transport for NSW are applying the Internet of Things to passenger and asset data collection here.

We’re committed to connecting young people in transport, and to help achieve that we’re always planning new events. We’ve got another event coming up shortly with Downer, and we’re in the early stages of organising some exciting events for early next year. Of course, stay tuned for an invite to our annual lawn bowls event, which will kick-off a year of great events. We’re always on the lookout for event speakers and interested to hear about exciting new event formats. If you’d like to hear from a particular expert, have an event idea or would like to provide feedback, please don’t hesitate to get in touch at youngtransportpro@gmail.com

We’ll see you at Downer on Thursday 15 November, otherwise I look forward to meeting you at our next event.

Catching up with Asimina (President of the YTP)

My name is Asimina Vanderwert, and I have recently been nominated as President for the Young Transport Professionals (YTP). I have been a member of the YTP for three years now, and a part of the committee for just over one year as Events Coordinator and now President. Thanks to all of our members for getting their nominations in and a big thank you to our departing Committee – we’ve certainly got some big shoes to fill!

We’re working in an incredibly exciting time in Victoria – we’re experiencing one of the biggest infrastructure booms (if not the biggest) we’ll see in our lifetime, which is incredible for us as young transport professionals. There’s plenty of projects to work on, from rail to road and beyond that will completely transform our city and take us as young transport professionals on an interesting and exciting journey. The opportunities for young people to grow in the industry is endless! Here at the Young Transport Professionals (YTP), we’re excited for what’s coming up in the industry and what we can offer young professionals to help them on their journey.

This year we’re celebrating our fourth year of operation. From what started as a couple of young professionals wanting to connect with young people in industry to now being an incorporated organisation, we’ve come a long way since our first event back in November 2014.

Looking back on the past year, not only has the transport industry grown, but so have we – immensely! The YTP has grown to 576 members and we’ve taken on three new industry partnerships with AJM, Metro Trains Melbourne (Metro) and Downer. We’ve also put on four forums and our beloved annual lawn bowls event throughout the year with the help of our supporters from ARA, Professionals Australia, Aurecon and Advisian. What a year!

Our new Committee is filled with bright and enthusiastic young professionals from different companies and disciplines. We’ve brought in some new roles to help us with our growth, including a new Membership Engagement Coordinator and Digital Coordinator. This year our committee is represented by employees from Jacobs, Metro, Rail Projects Victoria and Advisian. You’ll see us floating around at upcoming events – feel free to tap us on the shoulder for a chat!

Our promise to our members will be to host more events than ever before, and provide more opportunities to network with other people in industry.
A big thank you to our members for your continued participation and enthusiasm throughout the year, and to our fantastic sponsors for their ongoing support. Catch you at our next event!