David George - Rail CRC - Overview of CRC Safety research


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David George, CEO, Rail CRC delivered this presentation at the Rail Safety Conference 2014. Rail Safety 2014 brought together the key national decision-makers to deliver new ideas and develop innovative ways to leverage technology for safer outcomes.

For more information, please visit http://www.railsafetyconference.com.au/rs14

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David George - Rail CRC - Overview of CRC Safety research

  1. 1. railcrc.net.au CRC for Rail Innovation Linking Industry with Research David George, CEO
  2. 2.  $113m (initially $101m) research program over 7 years (ending June 30, 2014)  Unique and industry focused endeavour  Collaboration between industry and universities  Fulfilled commitment to help solve challenges of the Australasian Rail Industry CRC for Rail Innovation Linking Industry with Research
  3. 3. Participation Collaborating with Industry and Universities
  4. 4. Safety Research Outcomes Safety research focused on safer level crossings, fatigue, driver learning, DOO, SPADs, human factors and organisational culture
  5. 5. Level Crossing Research  Low Cost Level Crossings  Baseline RLX Video  ITS for Safer level Crossings  Understanding Pedestrian Behaviour
  6. 6. Low Cost Level Crossings  Facilitating a pragmatic path to adoption for low-cost level crossings through a national trial program, the development of a peer-reviewed safety argument and an evaluation of legal / regulatory implications associated with the approach.  Development of low cost warning systems for road users has seen a combination of the adaptation and testing of alternative detection systems though a national pilot trial and the development of a contemporary risk based safety case to allow its use.
  7. 7. R2.119 Baseline RLX Video  Video Analytics for detection of events of interest from forward-facing video footage  Improved understanding, leading to improved reporting of RLX near misses  On-board data collection and post processing software has major potential applications for rail in the future
  8. 8. R2.111 ITS for Safer Level Crossings  45% collisions occur at passive RLXs  Quick, affordable, comprehensive HF assessment of impact of new ITS at level crossings  ITS benefits at passive crossings  Drivers perceive ITS at a passive LX as active protection
  9. 9. R2.120 Understanding Pedestrian Behaviour at RLX Findings :  Breaking crossing rules common within sample (25%)  Deliberate violations (including calculation of risk) more likely than error  Drivers of unsafe crossing behaviours different for younger vs older pedestrians  Sensation seeking / impulsive risk taking were main factors for younger males  Older pedestrians were more likely to make errors  Threat of transit/police officers, CCTV and fines are main deterrents
  10. 10. R2.109 Second Generation FRMS Policy framework and principles developed by CRC Project team made an important contribution to adoption of national risk based fatigue guidelines… leading to a safer and more efficient railway. Unacceptable Risk Standard Hours
  11. 11. R2.110 Next Generation Fatigue Models The CRC research has validated current fatigue models for continuing use with train drivers and expanded use for a range of other occupational classifications.
  12. 12. R2.112 Capturing Driver Strategies and R2.113 Route Knowledge Acquisition As a result of the CRC's simulator project suite, participants will be able to better integrate simulators into their driver learning programs, and tailor simulator-based scenarios to suit the idiosyncrasies of their rail networks to make driver training faster, cheaper, and safer in the face of looming skills shortages.
  13. 13. R2.117 Driver Only Operations (DOO) Single driver operations has enormous potential but it's not going to work everywhere. The CRC has investigated where DOO is likely to be appropriate (safe-working systems, track characteristics, train consists etc) to allow an informed implementation of DOO so that Australia has the maximum capacity to safely move traffic.
  14. 14. R2.116 SPAD Management and Risk Mitigation As a result of the CRC having conversations all around Australia (& NZ), it is apparent that the way SPADs are managed is different in every state and does not rely on evidence-based reporting. There is significant potential for a harmonised, evidence-based approach relying on good human factors practice as a way to manage SPADs.
  15. 15. R2.102 Practical Human Factors Guide A practical guide to evaluating the human factors issues of technologies in the rail industry. It represents a tool-kit of methods and resource for people at all stages of the technology decision making process.
  16. 16. R2.101 Keeping Rail on Track (Organisational Culture) CRC has developed an organisational culture survey as an outcome of this project. It leverages UK and mining experience. It's being simplified, validated and tested for reliability in Australian/NZ rail firms now. Further assistance with validation urgently requested by Verna Blewett.
  17. 17. Safeguarding the CRC legacy
  18. 18. Thank you for your attention David George, CEO