2013: The year of Collaborative Rail Research

The Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) for Rail Innovation has accelerated into 2013 following a successful year of research and collaboration in 2012.

CEO for the CRC for Rail Innovation, David George says:

2012 was a major year for us and our participants. We held two very successful Showcase events in Brisbane and Melbourne and made a lasting impact at leading industry exhibition events such as the Conference on Railway Engineering (CORE) and AusRAIL. Many research projects reached critical points in their development and our relationships with key industry partners continued globally.

A number of significant research achievements were made in 2012, including the successful progression of projects such as the Fatigue Risk Management Standard project (R2.109), Affordable Level Crossings (R3.111) and Insulated Rail Joints (R3.100).

The Fatigue Risk Management project underpinned the national fatigue guidelines and the development of a draft code-of-practice for the Rail Industry Safety Standards Board (RISSB) in Australia.

Trials were arranged across three Australian states to assess novel affordable level crossing technologies and systems. Also successful testing as part of the Insulated Rail Joints project has led to researchers developing guidelines for revised dimensions and tolerances in manufacturing, installing and maintaining insulated rail joints.

In addition, a number of significant knowledge sharing developments were made including the rapid expansion of the Rail Knowledge Bank with close to 3,000 entries now available online.

Our annual Year in Review document provides a complete overview of all our achievements from the past year. explains Mr George

It also sets out our priorities for 2013 and beyond. Similar to the achievements and successes of last year, we are set to continue to deliver a number of exciting projects and events in 2013.

This includes the much anticipated special CRC for Rail Innovation edition of the Journal of Rail and Rapid Transit, which will be published early in the year; showcasing engineering and safety related research to the international research community.

We’re also preparing for the book launch of ‘A Practical Guide to Evaluating the Human Factors Issues of New Technologies in the Rail Industry’, which was completed in relation to CRC research project Human Factors Analytical Tools (R2.102). adds Mr George

In further international news, the CRC for Rail Innovation has been approved for a group mission to China through the Commonwealth Government’s Australia-China Science and Research fund.
Group missions are visits by Australian research groups to China or vice versa. explains Mr George

The CRC for Rail Innovation group mission will unlock opportunities to enable greater understanding of existing rail linkages and capabilities between Australian and Chinese researchers.
The much anticipated CRC for Rail Innovation Junction 2013 event will be held in Adelaide on July 23. The theme will be Conditions that Facilitate Innovation. The CRC will also be running a Student Showcase in Rockhampton in July.

In addition, the CRC for Rail Innovation is co-hosting (with the Australasian Railway Association) the prestigious 10th World Congress on Railway Research at the Sydney Convention Centre in November 2013.

World Congress on Railway Research will provide the perfect international platform to showcase our research as well as provide a unique opportunity for participants to gain access to the world of international rail research. says Mr George

2013 marks the sixth year out of seven of CRC operations and is predicted to be the defining year of the CRC for Rail Innovation.

It is our priority to work with our participants to ensure our research projects reach completion and the knowledge and tools that are developed are shared with industry and adopted now and into the future. says Mr George

The CRC is also working with the rail industry on a future entity to take over from the CRC in 2014.

CRC for Rail Innovation research achievements and highlights of 2012 and future priorities are outlined in a special Year in Review document, available to download from www.railcrc.net.au.