Thinking by Expertise - Rail

Enhanced transportation to usher in Africa’s economic revival

A picture of a map of Africa

Abbas Jamie's latest column for Transport World Africa focuses on how cross-border infrastructure development in Africa has been identified as a key driver for economic development on the continent.

Markets: Transport
Expertise: Rail, Roads, Ports and coastal, Airports

Impact of freight transportation on our cities

Freight train with cargo containers

Alex Pey of Aurecon discusses the potential impact of poor population growth planning on Australian capital cities and suggests major rail freight tunnels could be the answer to freight logistics problems.

Markets: Resources , Transport, Freight, logistics and infrastructure, Urban transport
Expertise: Urbanisation, Rail, Environmental and community planning

Rail signalling: Q&A

In this roundtable, four of our leading rail signalling experts in both passenger and heavy haul rail networks, talk about the issues facing the industry.

Markets: Transport
Expertise: Rail

When new meets old: buildings and tunnels

Our cities are continually undergoing renewal, which can mean big changes in the built environment.  A proposal to drive a new tunnel is the catalyst for owners of buildings and other structures in the vicinity to become conc...

Markets: Transport, Urban transport
Expertise: Rail, Ground engineering

High speed rail: one size doesn’t fit all

Increased urbanisation, environmental impact, passenger expectations and cost of system delivery all influence the shape of future rail networks. Stuart Littlewood, Aurecon's Metros Leader - Asia, discusses why high speed, safety, reliability and comfort are at the core of future rail systems.

Markets: Transport
Expertise: Rail

Looking for clues – geotechnical investigation

The objective of any ground and groundwater investigation is to reduce risk to a project. In theory, the more investigations that are undertaken, the lower the risk of geotechnical and/or hydrogeological issues affecting excavatio...

Markets: Transport, Urban transport
Expertise: Rail, Ground engineering

Keep it moving: construction phase transport planning

In 1950 one in four people lived in cities, it is currently over two in four and in just 20 years it will be close to three in four. Solving urbanisation and transport challenges is critical for the future of governments, communit...

Markets: Transport, Urban transport
Expertise: Rail

People profile: Jane McTaggart

Jane McTaggart

Jane has over 24 years of experience in community and stakeholder consultation and public policy development, and social and human services development.

Markets: Transport, Urban transport
Expertise: Rail

People profile: Steven Mok

Steven is a Chartered Engineer with experience covering the design and commissioning of various passenger rolling stock types, including light rail vehicles, metro, driverless and high speed trains.

Markets: Transport, Urban transport
Expertise: Rail

People profile: Charlie Shackell

Charlie Shackell

Based in Sydney, Charlie's 20 year career spans major civil and geotechnical engineering projects involving investigation, design and construction in Australia, South Africa, West Africa, and the United Kingdom.

Markets: Transport, Urban transport
Expertise: Ground engineering, Rail

Alternative Traction Power Distribution Systems within the Urban Environment

In this article, Ralph Moulang, Aurecon's Principal Overhead Wiring Engineer, discusses how cities can integrate new and existing light rail systems into the urban environment, while meeting the requirement for continuous uninterrupted tractive power supply for electrified rail systems.

Markets: Transport, Urban transport
Expertise: Rail

People profile: Steve Liew

Steve is Country Leader Manager for Aurecon Singapore. He has considerable experience in directing major projects in the infrastructure sector, including design and construction support of transport projects throughout Asia and Europe.

Markets: Transport, Urban transport
Expertise: Rail

Rail control room integration: risk and reward

Railway Control room integration can be an emotive topic. John Cranley, Technical Director - Transport Services, shares his experiences and lessons learned from these often complex projects over his 20 year career.

Markets: Transport, Urban transport
Expertise: Rail

People profile: Eva Wood

Eva Wood

Eva Wood is a Technical Director, Transport Services, in Aurecon’s Brisbane, Australia office. She is currently Project Leader on the Gold Coast Light Rail Stage 2 Reference Design in Queensland, Australia.

Markets: Transport, Urban transport
Expertise: Rail

Improving accessibility of light rail - CAMS in the Gold Coast Rapid Transit project

Ben Vardon, a senior transport planner based in Brisbane, Australia, and Ashley Stevenson, a civil engineer based in eThekwini, South Africa, look at the process used during planning to improve accessibility to the 16 stations included in Phase 1 of the Gold Coast Rapid Transit (GCRT) project.

Markets: Transport, Urban transport
Expertise: Rail

Making connections – A Q&A on effective public transport links between cities and airports

Land use and patronage are core principles when evaluating and planning any additions to a public transport system. Here we talk with Stuart Littlewood, Aurecon’s Metros Leader, Asia about his experience of successful airport rail connections in the region.

Markets: Transport, Urban transport
Expertise: Rail

Project in focus: South Island Line (East) (SIL(E)) Contract 901 - Admiralty Integrated Station and SCL Enabling Works

The South Island Line (East) (SIL(E)) is a 7 km medium capacity railway extension connecting the Southern District of Hong Kong to the existing MTR network at Admiralty Station (ADM).

Markets: Transport, Urban transport
Expertise: Rail, Urbanisation

Breathing space: optimising ventilation in metro projects

Mikel Alonso looks at how balancing the key functions of a ventilation system in order to maximise both safety and cost efficiencies for an underground metro or railway system.

Markets: Transport
Expertise: Ground engineering, Rail

Going underground: saving surface buildings while tunnelling

Anthony Bennett, Aurecon’s tunnels leader, looks at proven approaches to saving the building while developing underground rail infrastructure.

Markets: Transport, Urban transport
Expertise: Ground engineering, Rail

Metro station construction in congested environments

Warren Dou talks about the effective risk management and innovative technical solutions that address the challenges of constructing underground stations in urban environments.

Markets: Transport
Expertise: Rail, Urbanisation, Ground engineering

Light rail that works - plan, integrate and optimise

In this article Bill Guy looks at the challenges of introducing or extending a Light Rail Transit system and identifies some effective approaches to addressing them.

Markets: Transport, Urban transport
Expertise: Rail, Urbanisation

Rail boom: how to maximise supply chain efficiency

Aurizon coal train

Rail is becoming bigger, longer, faster and more costly as complex mining provinces are developed in remote locations. Mike Foley spoke to Aurecon’s Ken Devencorn who said supply chain integration and automation are key to facilitating development.

Markets: Resources , Transport
Expertise: Rail

Optimising your bulk minerals export chain

Aurecon's John Leech provides an introduction to some of the typical interactions that exist between the components of a mine to ship bulk export chain. The discussion focuses on the characteristics of two key operating modes along with the relative benefits and the situations where these different modes are best applied.

Markets: Resources
Expertise: Ports and coastal, Rail

360° Magazine - Transforming transport

In this issue of Aurecon’s 360° magazine, Transforming Transport looks at the complex issues around moving people and resources in a world experiencing massive population growth and urbanisation.

Markets: Property, Transport, Government
Expertise: Airports, Building sciences, Expertise, Building structures, Environmental and community planning, Land infrastructure, Programme and project delivery, Rail

Rail boom: how to maximise supply chain efficiency

Aurizon coal train

Rail is becoming bigger, longer, faster and more costly as complex mining provinces are developed in remote locations. Mike Foley spoke to Aurecon’s Ken Devencorn who said supply chain integration and automation are key to facilitating development.

Markets: Resources , Transport
Expertise: Rail

Hands-on approach drives operational cost efficiencies for train positioner replacement

East Intercourse Island train positioner replacement project

A hands-on collaborative approach to D&C equipment supply drove the best end result for reliability, operability, maintainability and safety.

Markets: Resources , Transport, Freight, logistics and infrastructure
Expertise: Rail, Bulk material facilities

Optimising your bulk minerals export chain

Aurecon's John Leech provides an introduction to some of the typical interactions that exist between the components of a mine to ship bulk export chain. The discussion focuses on the characteristics of two key operating modes along with the relative benefits and the situations where these different modes are best applied.

Markets: Resources
Expertise: Ports and coastal, Rail

Innovations in heavy haul operations

Full ore wagons being unloaded through tippler rail

Rail Express talks to Ken Devencorn, Aurecon’s Technical Director, Resources & Manufacturing Services about efficient planning and development of remote heavy-haul rail operations.

Markets: Transport, Resources
Expertise: Mining infrastructure, Rail

A new era of crucial focus on achieving increased sustainability

A new era of crucial focus on achieving increased sustainability

In this article, Jeff Robinson highlights a few of the emerging trends he believes have the potential to driver greener ways of going about our everyday lives.

Markets: Property, Transport, Energy, Water
Expertise: Building sciences, Rail