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President's Welcome - Thomas Kerr

Hello RTAA followers, Thomas here to welcome you to the July edition of the RTAA Engauge newsletter.



The RTAA recently held the first of a planned series of RTAA webinars. The purpose of the inaugural webinar was to outline who the Rail Track Association (RTAA) is and what we do. The intent was also to allow RTAA to increase its understanding of its members and the rail industry, whilst enhancing its value proposition to members and the rail community.

RTAA members and non-members were welcomed to register, and audience participation was highly encouraged. We had over 50 participants on the day and we received questions beforehand as well as during the session. 

Our Meet and Greet Panel include: 

Over 76% of our attendees indicated that they would recommend a future RTAA webinar so we look forward to welcoming you along to our next event.

To see what was discussed at the meet and greet click here

Member spotlight - Aleu Dekuek


Aleu Dekuek wears multiple hats. For the last few years, he has been working with; 
Transdev Sydney, the Operator and Maintainer of the Sydney Light Rail, as the Engineering Manager and responsible for engineering and maintenance standards and configuration management.

He has also been a member of the RTAA in since 2017 and sits on two RTAA sub-committees namely the Young Professional Award Committee and the Technical Review Committee.

In this month's member spotlight, we delve into how Aleu has forged his career in rail.

Why did you pursue a career in the rail industry?
Getting into rail as a graduate engineer almost 10 years ago, just happened. When I graduated, I started with a Geotechnical Consultancy as a Graduate Geotechnical Engineer, 6 months later, I took a role with Rio Tinto as a Graduate Civil Engineer with their Rail Division in the Pilbara, Western Australia. At the time, moving on to work for Rio Tinto was just my next job. My university studies did not particularly prepare me for a career in rail and I believe this is the case with engineering graduates across Australia. At the time I did not have rail exposure from organisations like the RTAA or ARA at the time. Instead, I learnt on the job and rail has since formed my career path.
What is the most challenging project or innovation that you have been involved in, in your career and what did you learn?
I have recently been involved in the transition of the new Sydney Light Rail (CSELR) into operation and maintenance. This was an exciting period for us to be able to see the Light Rail through George Street commencing operations and taking first passengers. The lead up was challenging, but also a rewarding experience to be part of. For me, the key lesson is the value of leadership and teamwork especially in such a multidisciplinary environment with different stakeholders and expectations. Everyone did their best and all the pieces finally came together and the CSELR is now in operation.
What advice would you give to others in a similar position in about being successful or forging a good career in rail?
I would say to those who have already started their careers in rail or those looking to pursue a career in rail; collaborate and participate in key industry events, stay connected with the industry. Organisations such as the RTAA are great resources for collaboration and provide a platform for meeting like-minded professionals. Through engaging with such organisations, you will meet professionals who have been in the industry for decades and have a wealth of knowledge and experiences gained over the years they could share with you.

What do you see as the biggest opportunity for rail in the future and how can the RTAA support that? 
The rail industry will continue to provide opportunities for jobs and as a mobility solution both in rapid and mass transportation. The Australian government has seen the value in the opportunities the rail infrastructure can provide to the country and the current level of investment into the sector speaks to this. There are still more opportunities to invest further in the industry into the future and rail will continue to drive job opportunities for both the existing workforce in rail and young professionals starting out in the industry. The RTAA will add value to these future opportunities by playing a key role in knowledge sharing, networking, and promoting rail as a career option.

Industry opportunities 

For more information on how you can become involved in the next Field day please see below.
We are working to put together the next RTAA Rail Industry Field Day and we need your help. If you are keen to  a part of  the  Field Day  Organising Committee and support the delivery of the largest outdoor rail exhibition in the Southern Hemisphere please contact Jonathan Barnes at to express your interest.
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Industry events and professional development 

For more information on external railway industry events and professional development in the industry please see below.
On 3 June 2020, the NSW Parliament passed the Design and Building Practitioners Bill. The new Act introduces a requirement for professional engineers to be registered to practice without supervision. It will initially apply to five areas of practice: civil, structural, mechanical, electrical and fire safety engineering (more areas of practice can be added through Regulation). Find out more here and here and in relation to Victoria click here 

Railway Forum Digital Edition

SAVE-THE-DATE September 22, 2020

The digital conference connects decision makers from the global railway industry in times of Corona. More than 1000 attendees will listen to more than 35 thought leaders from around the globe in 2 tracks. The conference welcomes attendess from rail operators, manufacturer and suppliers (rolling stock & infrastructure), infrastructure managers, EU and national politics, associations and digital newcomers. 

Register free of charge until 31.07.2020!

Inland rail from Melbourne to Brisbane among the projects that have been given priority status by the Federal Government under their JobMaker plan in a bid to fast track the creation of jobs on major infrastructure works post Covid. 
The AusRAIL 2020 technical streams have been released, with an exceptional line up of industry leaders confirmed as speakers. Dedicated streams will feature content specific to rail suppliers, the Rail Track Association of Australia (RTAA), Institution of Railway Signal Engineers (IRSE), Railway Technical Society of Australasia (RTSA) and the Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator (ONRSR). Check out the featured presenters here and book your tickets now.

RISSB's Rail Safety Conference 2020

This year’s jam-packed Rail Safety Conference will be held from 27 – 28 October 2020.

The 2020 event promises greater interactivity, more timely and relevant topics, and sessions that will provide a completely new perspective on how the industry operates. From panel discussions to networking, plenary presentations to technical streams, the new and improved format truly has something for everyone with a new 2-day format, close to 40 presenters and multiple site visits.

Join the RTAA 

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Membership renewal 2020/2021

It is membership renewal time. Our new association management system Membes will soon be active with an updated website to enable us to to streamline the process for members and you will receive details soon. 

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