21 August 2012 - Aurecon will have a strong presence at this year’s Heavy Haul Rail conference from 28–29 August. In-house experts Ken Devencorn, Alex Pey and Ahsan Khan will share insights on the importance of heavy haul rail in mineral development and the potential and proven benefits of automating heavy haul rail operations.
The conference will focus on discussing opportunities for the rail sector on the back of the expected AUD112 billion infrastructure boom to support the thriving coal and iron ore mining sectors within Australia.
“To capitalise on the demand for resources, mining houses are looking for the most efficient ways to increase their mine and port capacity. A perfectly matched combination of infrastructure and operations can help create this efficiency,” Ken Devencorn, Aurecon’s Rail Leader says.
The Aurecon team will present the following papers:
Why automation for heavy haul? Examining the potential and proven benefits of automating heavy haul rail operations. Presented by: Ahsan Khan (during the pre-conference workshop) Monday 27 August 2012 Session time: 1:00 – 4:45pm
Ahsan’s presentation will focus on: • Do driverless trains mean a safer and more efficient means of moving commodities from pit to port? • Recognising the practical challenges of implementing heavy haul automation • Taking an innovative approach to heavy haul rail
Mineral development has less to do with mining than it does with heavy haul rail Presented by: Ken Devencorn and Alex Pey Tuesday 28 August 2012 Time: 10:00am
Through their paper Ken and Alex will seek to provide an understanding of some of the challenges faced within the African context, and how Australian bulk materials handling, bulk ports, and heavy haul rail expertise are collectively providing innovative solutions. The paper also illustrates the significant financial benefit collaboration between miners can provide when developing a rail corridor to service a new coal basin.
The conference, which will take place at the Newcastle City Hall, is the only event in Australia dedicated to the Heavy Haul Rail sector.
With over 30 years of experience as a market leader delivering rail infrastructure design, Aurecon offers the complete range of design services across all phases of the rail project delivery chain.
“An appreciation of the importance of evaluating the supply chain as a whole - not as separate parts - underpins our expertise and any solutions we offer,” adds Ken.
About Ken Devencorn Ken Devencorn is Aurecon’s Rail Leader. He has over twenty five years of experience in business and project management and has occupied a number of senior positions in the public and private sectors over the past 15 years, building a strong reputation for delivering complex and difficult projects on time and on budget. Ken has extensive experience with asset valuation (DORC/ORC), competition reform and competitive access, and rail accreditation including corridor sub-lease.
About Alex Pey Alex Pey is Aurecon’s heavy haul rail leader and has a long history in railway accounting and railway economics. He has an expert understanding of coal rail development in Queensland and the coal logistics chain. He was the author of QR’s Coal Rail Infrastructure Master Plan which contemplates development and growth of the QR coal rail network. Alex has considerable experience in planning, designing and costing rail logistics supply chains.
About Ahsan Khan Ahsan Khan, a senior mechanical engineer based in Aurecon’s Brisbane office has over six years of experience in rolling stock engineering in the Queensland public sector and rail industry. He has worked in technical and project management roles across coal, freight and passenger rail projects. His involvement with rolling stock acquisition projects e.g., 5020 and 4400 class locomotives supports his experience in contract and risk mitigation.