Allister Maskery, Senior Design Manager, Rail
Allister Maskery was happily working as a civil engineer in New Zealand, when the rail project of a lifetime came calling.
It was the mid-90s, and the Mass Transit Railway Corporation was building a new line to the Hong Kong International Airport. Completed in 1998, the Airport Express carries almost 50,000 passengers a day, at speeds of up to 180km an hour.
As part of the $5 billion project, Allister was based at the new Tsing Yi Station...
He looked after the rail-designated contractors including the platform screen doors, the automated train control, permanent way, overhead wiring, and other line-wide services.
The scale of the build was immense.
“It had 12, 40-storey apartments on top, so it was very big. The station itself was six storeys high, and it had the equivalent of a Westfield inside,” he recalls.
Allister has focused on rail projects ever since, and recently joined the Aurecon Rail team. He is currently working on the tendering of the multiple More Trains, More Services packages, and assisting as Zone Manager Depots on the Sydney Metro City and Southwest Line-wide project.
He says Aurecon’s digital-first approach to design is a step-change for the industry, and unlocks new opportunities to bring stakeholders along for the journey.
“I’m really enjoying working with the digital models, and looking at the way we communicate, manage requirements, and achieve compliance.
“There's still old-fashioned engineering required, but the increasing digital dimensions help people to understand what's going on.
“Many years ago it was not that simple. We used to have to put that 3D picture together in our minds, by looking at cross-sections and long sections. It was very hard to describe things to people before, whereas now digital engineering has allowed us to better engage with stakeholders.”
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Dream travel experience: A family trip to Hawaii or Disneyland in Los Angeles
Get in touch: Allister.Maskery@aurecongroup.com