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Heavy Haul Rail 2012

Ken Devencorn

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.

Aurecon is also one of the world’s leading engineering and specialist consultancies on mining infrastructure and bulk material facilities and has an outstanding track record in ports and coastal design.

“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.

Ken DevencornAbout 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.

Alex PeyAbout 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.

Ahsan KhanAbout 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. 

Find out more about our expertise in rail.

If you would like to arrange a meeting with Aurecon during the conference, or learn more about the papers we are presenting you can also contact Ken, Alex or Ahsan directly on the details below:

Ken Devencorn
Rail Leader
T +61 7 3173 8632
M +61 412 523 094

Alex Pey
Heavy Haul Rail Leader
T +61 7 3173 8456
M +61 437 401 128

Ahsan Khan
Senior Mechanical Engineer
T +61 7 3173 8688

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