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Another great RTAA event was held last night in Brisbane.

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Venu Shenoy

Engineering Manager - Signaling at Voestalpine

Venu will focus on light rail projects in Australia.

Venu started his engineering career as Inter Embedded Systems Engineer in 2007 after completing the BE in Electronics & Communication. He completed his Masters in Engineering Electrical & Electronics and kick started his over 8 years railway career. In past 10 years he have developed various engineering and project management skills in the Electrical & Electronics sector which helped him serve the rail sector to his best. In 2013 he joined voestalpine VAE Railways System as the Signalling Development Engineer.

He is PMP® Project Management Professional Certified from Project Management Institute, CPEng of Engineers Australia and RPEQ –Electrical Engineering currently working with voestalpine VAE Railways System Engineering Manager-SIGNALLING responsible for assisting client with introducing new signalling product into their rail network, carry out the type approval process and customer support for the currently installed Signalling products with in Australia and New Zealand.

Lisa McKeown CMIOSH

HS&E Strategy, Best Practice and Innovations Manager at Laing O'Rourke.

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Next Gear introduces a different way of approaching work that is a solution focussed approach empowering people to trust and make decisions based on critical risk.

A Chartered Health and Safety Practitioner with over 15 years’ experience of working in the construction industry across a wide range of sectors and portfolio of projects. A passionate and influential leader who works within teams to build safety resilience and foster a culture based on engagement and trust. Lisa is a highly driven, experienced change and engagement leader practicing safety differently.

Her experience includes designing and implementing engagement change programs and communication strategies. She is currently responsible for developing the strategic HSE goals for the function and the hub in conjunction with the Director and the HSE leaders. Delivering the implementation of the strategy, ensuring that innovative solutions and programs deliver improved performance.

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Sadly, Richard Plicha, Technical Manager at voestalpine VAE Railway Systems Pty Ltd Bathurst, recently lost his battle with an aggressive form of cancer.

Richard came to Bathurst in 1997 with his wife, where they raised three boys. He commenced working for the railways as a Boilermaker/Welder but it didn’t take long for the company to recognize his intelligence and eye for detail, and he soon became part of the management team.  Prior to this, he had served sixteen years in Marine Engineering with the Australian Navy.

Richard became a senior member of voestalpine VAE Railway Systems Pty Ltd in 2015.  He was renowned for providing technical needs to customers and to ensure the best possible outcome was delivered.

For those who didn’t know Richard, he poured his heart and soul into the points and crossings business based in Bathurst and made a huge contribution to what it is today.  He was admired by all, with his great intelligence, wit, and sense of humour.  He had a wonderful ability of turning a bad situation into a good one.  He was a go-to-man for advice.

During his time within the railway Industry, he became a friend, a valued employee, and earned the utmost respect with everyone he dealt. 

He will be sadly missed by many.

After a record number of nominations for the 2018 Frank Franklyn Young Rail Specialist Award we are thrilled to announce the winner is Andrew Kelly of CPB Contractors for his contribution to the Caulfield to Dandenong Level Crossing Removal Project. Andrew’s contribution involved managing the planning, design and construction of temporary works using an elevated rail design. The project set a new industry benchmark for employing novel and innovative solutions within a confined work environment and using methodology which has never been used before in Australia. Andrew’s work in gaining approval for the straddle carried in a live operating environment was considered a feat by the RTAA review panel. Andrew has proven that it is possible to create new infrastructure with minimal impact and disruption to existing rail operations and public safety. Well done Andrew.

Congratulations also go to Shane Peirce of Lendlease as runner up for his commendable contribution to rail projects.