Over 130 delegates including CEOs, GMs and business managers from national transport infrastructure and asset management, senior civil and geotechnical engineers across the country, highly excited PhD students and their supervisors and full time researchers. Stewart Mills, Executive Director Engineering & Maintenance at Transport Sydney Train, Clare Gardiner-Barns, Deputy Secretary, Freight, Strategy and Planning at Transport for New South Wales, and Distinguished Professor Buddhima Indraratna delivered opening speeches.
The 1.5 day invited talks by directors from rail and road authorities, professors who made significant impact in geotechnical research field from USA, UK, China and Australia, and senior leaders from civil engineering practices, and a panel discussion on Challenges of Australian Transport Infrastructure, were positively received by the NTIW – 2019 delegates, many of whom were also very impressed with UOW’s National Facility for Cyclic Testing of High-speed Rail at Russel Vale, an integral part of the ITTC Rail headed by Professor Indraratna.
The Workshop also featured a banquet, accompanied by Baker Boys and hosted by ITTC Rail’s two young researchers. The delegates will carry on three way collaborations between academia, industry and government agencies in 2019. Just like the high impact research carried out at ITTC Rail, the NTIW – 2019 Organising Committee delivered excellent logistics ensuring the Workshop was enjoyable and productive.