by Katharina Gerstmann, Conference Organising Chair, CORE2018

Join us at the 11th RTSA Conference on Railway Excellence (CORE) and Exhibition. CORE is the premier technical event in the Australian rail conference market, delivering high-quality papers covering a wide range of rail engineering, operations, planning and management topics.

CORE2018 will be celebrating 20 years of RTSA and will be the first CORE conference to be held in Sydney at the International Convention Centre from 30 April to 2 May.

The conference will give participants a platform to exchange ideas, discover novel opportunities, reacquaint with colleagues, meet new friends, and broaden their knowledge. Our keynote speakers come from around the world, representing the very best in their field including Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, Director-General of the UIC, and Leslie Woo, Chief Planning Officer at Metrolinx, Ontario Canada with our Master of Ceremonies, US-based Sally Dominguez.

Joining our international keynote speakers will be the Hon. Andrew Constance MP, Minister for Transport and Infrastructure, NSW who will officially open CORE2018, and Ms Lucy Turnbull AO Chief Commissioner, Greater Sydney Commission who will deliver the closing keynote address about planning for the growth of cities and how it defines the need for growth of passenger mass transit.

What to expect for 2018

The conference program will deliver over 80 technical papers regarding the solutions and challenges for the way we plan and deliver rail services and infrastructure in Australia and overseas. There will be presentations on project management, infrastructure advances, infrastructure track design and electrical automation, as well as many more technical and informative presentations.

There is also an exciting site tour program to be held pre and post CORE2018 including site visits to metro and light rail operations, including the new Sydney Trains Operation Centre at Green Square, as well as some heavy haul operations at Newcastle and Hunter Valley.

The success of a conference is due to many people and organisations, so we’d like to thank our Host Partner, Transport for NSW, our platinum sponsors, ARTC, Aurizon and Sydney Trains, as well as WSP, SNC Lavalin, Speno, Comsteel, Institute of Railway Technology, Pandrol and Geofabrics, as well as our Media Partner Infrastructure Magazine and Supporting Partner, Railway Gazette.

The Australasian Centre for Rail Innovation will again be providing the “Knowledge Zone” for delegates to update their skills and knowledge. We are also having a shared plenary session and technical stream with our colleagues from the System Engineering Society (SESA) and their conference SETE2018.

I encourage you to register now to be in the best location to hear from industry experts and leaders in the rail industry, network with industry representatives and be part of the next generation rail industry leaders.

There is something of interest to everybody in the industry and I look forward to seeing you at CORE2018.

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