Infrarail 2018

Feature Areas & Associated Events

Jon Shaw, the Chief Engineer for Network Rail, opened Infrarail 2018

Jon Shaw, the Chief Engineer for Network Rail, officially opened Infrarail 2018. Having started his career as a British Rail S&T maintenance trainee in the early 90’s he “re-joined” Network Rail in 2015 from Bombardier where he was VP Engineering responsible for the design development and maintenance engineering of Bombardier’s trains across Europe, Middle East and Africa.

Jon’s previous roles also include Global VP Engineering for Ansaldo STS based in Genoa and 7 years working for Hitachi on the development and introduction of the Javelin trains onto HS1. A chartered engineer, Jon is a Fellow of both the IRSE and IET and following the award of a gold scholarship holds an MBA with distinction from the University of Manchester.

Jon discussed the importance of innovation and technology to the railway’s future before inviting the audience to meet the industry gathered together once again at Infrarail, which was first staged in 1994. He joined Darren Caplan, Chief Executive at the Railway Industry Association, and Mack Brooks' Chairman, Stephen Brooks, at the Official Show Opening Ceremony, which took place in the Seminar Theatre on the show floor at 10:30am on May 1st.

Darren Caplan joined the Railway Industry Association (RIA) as its Chief Executive in January 2017, where his objectives are to ensure RIA plays its part in promoting rail supply sector growth, increase RIA’s visibility amongst political and stakeholder decision makers and influencers, and ensure RIA is the best trade association it can be for its members. Prior to RIA, Darren was for six years Chief Executive of the Airport Operators Association (AOA), the trade association for UK airports and the sector’s suppliers, where he led award-winning campaigns targeting airport sector growth and fairer levels of aviation tax. And in 2016 he won the Trade Association Forum’s ‘Association Leadership’ Award. Before the AOA, Darren worked for 14 years in communications, politics and public affairs across a number of sectors, including infrastructure, planning and technology. He has also stood (unsuccessfully!) for Parliament in 2010, and is a long-suffering supporter of Crystal Palace FC.

For the first time, Infrarail offered CPD accreditation for its extensive educational programme. Attendees were scanned into our free sessions on a wide array of topics and could then claim points towards their Continuing Professional Development.

Keynote Speakers

Tuesday 1st May 2018, 11:50 am, Seminar Theatre

Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP
Secretary of State for Transport

Chris Grayling was appointed as Secretary of State for Transport on 14 July 2016. He was elected Conservative MP for Epsom and Ewell in 2001. Chris was educated at The Royal Grammar School, High Wycombe and Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, where he studied history.

Chris served as Minister of State at the Department for Work and Pensions from May 2010 until September 2012. He was Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice from September 2012 until May 2015, and Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons from May 2015 until 14 July 2016. He also held a number of shadow front bench posts, including Shadow Home Secretary and Shadow Secretary of State for Transport. The Secretary of State has overall responsibility for the policies of the Department for Transport.

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Tuesday 1st May 2018, 13:50 pm, Knowledge Hub

David Waboso
Managing Director of Digital Railway, Network Rail

David is an internationally renowned engineer and project manager who has worked for some of the world’s most prestigious engineering and consulting firms on infrastructure programmes in the UK and internationally. A Chartered Engineer, he is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers, a Fellow of the Institution of Railway Signal Engineers, a Fellow of the Association for Project Management, and also holds a Fellowship to the City and Guilds Institute.

David is currently Managing Director, Group Digital Railway at Network Rail, where he has accountability for leading the industry’s Digital Railway programme - a rail industry initiative to accelerate the deployment of digital signalling and train control to improve capacity, reliability and provide better connections for customers. David also oversees Network Rail’s Asset Information services and transformation programme (ORBIS), as well as its telecoms function, which provides critical enabling services to Network Rail and to the Digital Railway programme.

He has a passion for the training and education of engineers and project managers as well as the communication of the wider importance of infrastructure to human advancement. He has served on committees for the teaching of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) subjects in our schools, speaks and writes regularly on these matters, and promotes opportunities for people of all backgrounds to realise their full potential. He was recently awarded a CBE for services to transport in London and was named as Leader of the Year in the Manufacturing and Infrastructure section of the Black British Business Awards on 2 October 2014.

In 2015 David accepted the role of President of the Association for Project Management (APM), the largest professional body of its kind in Europe, where he will champion the APM’s commitment to advance project and programme management across the country.

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Wednesday 2nd May 2018, 10:30 am, Seminar Theatre

Mark Bullock
Director of Balfour Beatty’s Rail, Power Transmission & Distribution and Gas & Water Businesses

Having worked at board level in regulated infrastructure businesses since 1999, and with Balfour Beatty since 2012, Mark has seen the rail industry from both the client and contractor perspective. He therefore has an unmatched insight into the challenges and opportunities of the infrastructure sector in general and rail in particular, and will be able to comment on the changes that will impact the industry over the next few years. His thoughts and predictions on what the rail supply chain will have to face in the future will make for an interesting speech.

Mark’s past responsibilities have included asset management of 26% of the UK electricity distribution networks, Heathrow airport, major rail electrification schemes and a number of business transformations. He is a non-executive director of the Railway Industry Association and chair of the Rail Contractors Safety Forum.

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Wednesday 2nd May 2018, 14:30 pm, Knowledge Hub

Alex Burrows
Director, Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education (BCRRE), University of Birmingham

Alex has recently joined BCRRE as the Director responsible for leading the Commercial and Professional Services team at Europe's largest rail research and education institution. He has previously held senior roles at Alstom, Atkins, the Transport Systems Catapult and Centro (the West Midlands Transport Authority). Alex has played a central role in driving the development of the UK Rail Research and Innovation Network, is supporting the development of the proposed Rail Sector Deal and was one of the authors of the Rail Supply Group Sector Strategy. He is currently also researching for a PhD in public policy and railway strategy development and implementation at BCRRE.

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Thursday 3rd May, 10:30 am, Seminar Theatre

Lorna Pimlott
Director of Phase Two Policy & Sponsorship (HS2)

Lorna joined HS2 in April 2017 as the Director of Phase Two Policy & Sponsorship and is responsible for the sponsorship and policy advice across Phase 2a and Phase 2b. She leads the interfaces with DfT Sponsors and Senior Stakeholder relationships, to ensure the delivery and safeguarding of the HS2 business cases and the optimisation and protection of their benefits.

An Architect by profession, Lorna has over 20 years’ experience in both the public and private sector and has sat at all sides of the table in major infrastructure schemes. Lorna joins HS2 from a specialist transformation consultancy where she was Transport Sector Leader, most recently leading engagements with Manchester, Birmingham and Heathrow Airports. Previous to that role she was the Short-Haul Programmes Director for British Airways and also spent six years at Ernst & Young, where she led engagements on some of the largest and most complex programmes across the UK, including the London Olympics, Glasgow Commonwealth Games and Nuclear Decommissioning.


Thursday 3rd May, 13:10 pm, Knowledge Hub

Paul Plummer
Chief Executive, Rail Delivery Group (RDG)

Paul took up his role as Chief Executive of the Rail Delivery Group (RDG) in November 2015. He began working in the railway sector in 1999 when he became Chief Economist and Director of Economics and Finance at the Office of Rail Regulation. He went on to join Network Rail in 2002, and in 2008 he was appointed to the Network Rail Board as an Executive Director and Group Strategy Director at Network Rail Infrastructure Limited. In 2011, he became one of two Network Rail members of the RDG.

Knowledge Hub

For the first time at Infrarail, there was a Knowledge Hub on the show floor - a dedicated educational theatre offering a busy programme of Project Updates and Industry Briefings throughout the exhibition, hosted by the Railway Industry Association.

The Knowledge Hub featured a daily Keynote Address by an industry-leading speaker as well as a panel discussion dealing with pressing issues concerning the wider industry.

Tuesday 1st May

11:10 am

Opening the Elizabeth Line - Crossrail Project Update

Chris Binns, Chief Engineer, Crossrail

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12:30 pm

Working Towards the Rail Sector Deal

Anna Delvecchio, Commercial Account Director, Amey and Rail Sector Deal Bid Director, Amey / Rail Delivery Group

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13:10 pm

WiFi as a weapon: How customer communication networks can be used to take over trains

Ken Munro, Security Consultant, Pen Test Partners

13:50 pm

Keynote

David Waboso, Managing Director of Digital Railway at Network Rail

14:30 pm

Women in Rail: Working together to bridge the skills gap in UK rail

Adeline Ginn, General Counsel at Angel Trains / Founder of Women in Rail

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15:10 pm

Innovation and Professionalism

Steve Featherstone, President, Permanent Way Institution
Brian Counter, Technical Director, Permanent Way Institution

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Wednesday 2nd May

11:10 am

Showcasing the role played by SMEs in the rail industry

Simon Babes, Managing Director, Movement Strategies

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11:50 am

How does CEEQUAL assist in designing and constructing your sustainable infrastructure?

Ian Nicholson, Commercial Director, CEEQUAL

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12:30 pm

CEEQUAL - AWARDS

13:00 pm

Crossrail - Transforming Travel Across London

Jeremy Long, CEO, European Business, MTR Corporation

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13:50 pm

Rail Baltica: A greenfield megaproject aspiring to attract world-class expertise to develop a new Northern economic corridor

Kaspars Briškens, Business Development Manager, RailBaltica

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14:30 pm

Keynote

Alex Burrows, Director, Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education

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15:10 pm

The New Policy for Market-Led Rail Proposals

George Bathurst, Managing Director, Windsor Link Railway

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15:50 pm

HS2: A 10 year pipeline of opportunity

Robin Lapish, Supply Chain Manager, Rolling Stock, HS2

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Thursday 3rd May

11:10 am

Supply chain assurance for today and for the future

Graeme Cox and Richard Sharp, RSSB Head of Supplier Assurance and RISQS Scheme Manager, RSSB

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11:50 am

The political issues facing rail

Darren Caplan, Chief Executive, Railway Industry Association

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12:30 pm

The Future of Electrification Control

Dr Paul Hodgson, Engineering Manager, SCADA at telent Technology Services Ltd.

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13:10 pm

Keynote

Paul Plummer, Chief Executive, Rail Delivery Group (RDG)

13:50 pm

Egypt's opportunities in the rail sector

Radwa Sultan, Department for International Trade, Egypt
Alfred Assil, CEO, Mina Rail Consultancy Company
Dr Amr Shaat, Adviser to the Egyptian Minister of Transport, Rail

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14:30 pm

A new model for financing main line rail infrastructure

Graham Cross, Executive Director, Heathrow Southern Railway Limited

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Seminar Theatre

The Rail Engineer hosted a programme of keynote addresses by leading influential figures as well as seminars by representatives of companies taking part in Infrarail, highlighting recent developments and innovations in technology.

Tuesday 1st May

10:30 am

Opening Ceremony

Jon Shaw, Chief Engineer, Network Rail
Darren Caplan, Chief Executive, Railway Industry Association
Stephen Brooks, Chariman, Mack Brooks

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11:10 am

Condition-Based Supply Chain

Dr David McGorman, Managing Director, Instrumentel

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11:50 am

Keynote: Increased investment for the railway of the future

Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP, Secretary of State for Transport

12:30 pm

RILA – mobile survey at linespeed. Too good to be true?

Trevor Burton, UK Programme Manager, Fugro

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13:10 pm

FFU synthetic wood technology

Patrick Childs, UK Sales Manager, Sekisui Chemical

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13:50 pm

Asset Management: Performance Improvements and Maintenance Reviews

Mark Whiteaway, Leading Consultant & Quality Assurance Manager, BMT

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14:30 pm

Wireless communication: An essential building block for Railway 4.0

Ian Poulett, Head of Sales, Siemens

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15:10 pm

Corrosion protection of steel by hot dip gavanising

Iqbal Johal, Marketing Manager, Galvanisers Association

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Wednesday 2nd May

10:30 am

Keynote

Mark Bullock, Managing Director of Balfour Beatty’s Rail, Power Transmission & Distribution and Gas & Water businesses

11:10 am

The changing role of data and the impact of measurement techniques for design, planning and construction

Trevor Moore, Head of Infrastructure, Murphy Surveys

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11:50 am

A technical approach to product innovation and development: benefits for the customer

Dr. Julia McDaid, Director of Technical & Product Development, Cubis Systems

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12:30 pm

Use of  rail milling technology to extend rail life and eliminate defects

Elvis Kozica, International Sales Manager, Linsinger

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13:10 pm

Electromagnetic compatibility for infrastructure and products: What do you have to do?

Dr. Rob Armstrong, Consultancy & Training Manager, York EMC Services – Eurofins York

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13:50 pm

VMS compact colour light signal combined alphanumeric route indicator

Mark Johnson, Technical Sales Manager, Variable Message Signs

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14:30 pm

Efficient digitisation of the rail network environment

Raphael Goudard, Mobile Mapping Segment Manager, Hexagon Geosystems

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15:10 pm

Network Rail & Dura Composites Collaborate on Fire Testing Standards

Stuart Burns, Managing Director, Dura Composites

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Thursday 3rd May

10:30 am

Keynote: HS2 - A lasting legacy

Lorna Pimlott, Phase Two Sponsorship Director, HS2

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11:10 am

Geosynthetics: What are they and what is their relevance in Rail Engineering?

Dave Woods, Chief Civil Engineer, Low and Bonar

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11:50 am

Technical Expertise for Building Stronger Railways

Stephen Lewis, Consultant, Rail Technologies, British Steel

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12:30 pm

Advances in rail surveying using digital image processing

Phil Storr, Director, MRL (Aerialtronics)

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13:10 pm

Modelling of rail traction and power distribution systems

Derek Smith, Business Development Director, ETAP Automation

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The CITE Hub

Companies specialising in products and services for the civil infrastructure technology sector extending beyond and interconnected with rail exhibited in a dedicated area within Infrarail – the CITE Hub. The CITE Hub featured companies supplying construction products and services, contracting skills, geotechnical expertise, tunnelling, and road infrastructure requirements plus the equipment, materials and products needed to complete large projects.

The Rail Alliance Hub

Members of the Rail Alliance exhibited within the dedicated RA Hub at Infrarail 2018. Exhibiting companies included:

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ABG Geosynthetics

Stand C67

At ABG we design, manufacture and supply advanced geosynthetics into applications across Rail civils works, ranging from embankment construction and protection to tunnel and structural drainage. We provide PI covered value engineered design and support wordwide from our manufacturing facility in West Yorkshire.

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Anderton Concrete Products Ltd

Stand C61

Anderton Concrete Products Ltd, part of the Ibstock plc, is a market leading manufacturer of concrete rail products, fencing materials and retaining wall systems with an unrivalled reputation for quality, design and innovation. The company supplies a vast range of sustainable precast products to the construction industry.

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DW Windsor

Stand D70

DW Windsor is a British designer and manufacturer of lighting solutions. We are at the forefront of lighting Britains rail infrastructure with safe, durable, energy-efficient products that perform. Visit us on stand D70 to discuss how we can assist you in achieving your goals.

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Hytorc Unex Ltd

Stand C65

HYTORC makes industrial bolting safer and simpler. With over 50 years of experience focused entirely on developing the highest quality industrial bolting systems, HYTORC is the most trusted name in the industry. We offer a full line of superior torque and tension tools that feature the most advanced technology available.

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iLECSYS Rail Ltd

Stand D66

iLECSYS Rail are pioneering the integration of earth free signalling power supplies and composite structures onto the UK Rail Infrastructure. Our product portfolio includes: DITA's, Power Block FSP's, GFRP Dis Boxes, Location Cabinets, GFRP structures, Class II REB's and Annexe FSP's to name a few.

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Keyline Civils & Drainage

Stand E70

Keyline is a RISQS/Link-up approved supplier to the rail industry. With unrivalled rail expertise we can provide complete solutions for all station and track requirements. We offer support by utilising our nationwide network and supply chain infrastructure, supplying products to the right place at the right time.

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Pennant International PLC

Stand C71

For over 45 years Pennant has undertaken major rail contracts. Products and services include electrical and mechanical trainers, E-learning, Virtual Reality, Emulation, Interactive Technical Documentation and Media Services and many more related skills and products. The Group celebrates 60 years of trading this year during which time it has exported its range of technical training solutions around the world to train the next generation of engineers in defence and regulated civilian sectors.

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Rail Alliance

Stand D61

The Rail Alliance is the UK’s largest business-to-business rail networking membership organisation and sits at the very heart of the UK rail supply chain. With a membership base of over 400 organisations across the supply chain (UK and overseas), the Rail Alliance is the network in rail.

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Silver Fox Limited

Stand E74

Silver Fox presents Fox-in-a-Box® thermal labelling solutions using one printer, one ribbon, one software for Fox-Flo® UV stable LS0H tie-on cable labels: regular and LS0H heat-shrink tubing; Legend™ non-shrink and 2-part wire-marking; Fox® Tie-on; Prolab® laser Wrap-around and Optical Fibre Flag labels; Endurance® Laser Engraved and Stainless Steel Labels StandE74

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Track Access Services Ltd

Stand C71

Track Access Services are specialist suppliers to the rail industry, producing digital route learning content to enhance railway safety and reduce operational costs by supplying laser surveying, rail simulation and driver training services. Current projects include; operational surveys, CAD modelling, route learning videos and maps, signal sighting simulations and media production services.

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Urban Control

Stand D70

urbancontrol work closely with their customers, helping to harness the power of SMART-city technology, connect the dots and drive improved efficiencies. Interested in reaping the benefits of a truly connected and living network of urban assets? Visit stand D70

The Track

Sponsored by British Steel, our Track display area allowed exhibitors to showcase their track products in-situ.

The Track included displays from:

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British Steel

Stand C45

British Steel is a new company with a long history. We’ve been providing premium rail solutions worldwide for 150 years, helping to build stronger futures for high speed, heavy duty, mixed traffic, metro and tramway networks. Our products are designed to provide solutions to a wide range of industry issues.

Dual Inventive Ltd

Stand B2

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Lindapter International

Stand C41

Connect steel faster without drilling or welding Lindapter’s easy-to-install steelwork fixings are suitable for securing steel beams, hollow section, building services, steel flooring and low speed railway lines. Key benefits: - Save time and labour costs - Steelwork and coatings are not damaged. - On-site adjustability - Independent product approvals

Sperry Rail International Ltd

Stand B36

Since 1928, Sperry’s been inspecting railway track for flaws with specialised test equipment using Sperry’s technology and data management. Innovations in flaw detection continually reduces the risk of derailments. The largest provider of rail flaw detection in the world, working with railways in Europe, North and South America, Australia and Asia.

The Plant & Machinery Zone

Exhibitors wishing to display heavy plant and machinery at Infrarail 2018 could do so at a preferential rate for bigger areas within the Plant & Machinery Zone.

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