VIP Conference Day 2

08:45

Chair's opening remarks

08:49

RAIL (R)EVOLUTION

09:00

The African freight rail opportunity: Connecting the unconnected

  •     The economy, trends and disruptive forces 
  •     Infrastructure development and ROI 
  •     Meeting required capacity demands 
  •     Overcoming funding hurdles 
  •     Market dynamics and keeping up with the competition 
09:20

Africa’s city explosion and what we can do about transport demand

  • How we fund and build urban transit solutions
  • The role of rail in the bigger picture
  • Affordable, appropriate
  • Using apps and disruptive technologies to drive intermodality
  • Global lessons that can be applied
  • Where to next for Africa?
 
Argent Chuula
09:40

How to plan, develop and build an intermodal and integrated African transport network

  • A closer look at economic and trade route benefits
  • Challenges and policies
  • Implications for cargo owners and operators
  • Capitalising the needs of the changing rail industry
  • Where we are, where we are going and how we will get there
 
10:00

RESERVED FOR PLATINUM SPONSOR

10:20

Speed networking

10:40

Morning refreshments, exhibition viewing and networking

11:19

CONSTRUCTION AND DEVELOPMENT

11:19

DEVELOPING PASSENGER RAIL

11:19

REGULATION

11:19

WOMEN IN RAIL

Track 1
11:20

Case study: Constructing a $1.2bn mega project with 150 bridges including the world's tallest railway bridge

  • Unique challenges 
  • Innovative design methods 
  • Modern construction techniques 
  • Sustainability measures
  • Value engineering 
Track 2
11:20

Passenger rail in Africa: Identifying the opportunities

  • Upcoming projects and time lines
  • Collaboration opportunities and business potential
  • How will all this development be funded?
  • Ensuring timely delivery
  • Challenges around project implementation in megacities 
  • Supporting future expansion plans
 
Track 4
11:20

Women in rail: Localisation and skills optimisation

  • Recruitment - Understanding local female candidates and their potential
  • Retaining women in rail - making them feel valued
  • The role of government departments and agencies in providing training and experience
  • Creating avenues for knowledge transfer
  • It’s about making the talent pie bigger
 
Track 1
11:40

How to practically deliver on a first-class passenger rail service

  • Demands and expectations of the modern day passenger
  • Settings goals, tracking progress
  • Developing the network 
  • How quickly can all of this be funded and developed across Africa?
 
Track 2
11:40

Planning large-scale urban infrastructure networks

  • The challenges around planning and construction
  • Where will the money come from?
  • A vision for developing freight and passenger networks in urban areas
  • Minimising the impact on the urban environment
  • Successfully integrating new lines into existing networks
  • Opportunities for collaboration
 
Track 3
11:40

Critical variables when compiling national policies

  •     Enhancing the expansion of trade and investment
  •     Using the market to resolve the economic decisions 
  •     Strategies to develop export-oriented sectors 
  •     Creating an efficient, reliable and sustainable national industry
  •     Maintaining of the regulatory framework
Track 4
11:40

Panel discussion: The power of women in rail: Furthering the success of women in rail

  •     Generating opportunities and promoting women
  •     Challenges women face when considering a career in rail
  •     Women in leadership – using merit as a primary base  
  •     Diversifying the rail workplace 
  •     Changing mind-sets and competing with tradition
Louise Jacobus, Country Division Control: Mobility, Siemens Southern & Eastern Africa, Siemens
Track 1
12:00

RESERVED FOR GOLD SPONSOR

Track 2
12:00

Improving the end-to-end passenger experience

  • Successfully deploying high performance connectivity
  • Strategies for appealing to a new generation of passenger
  • What are the potential applications of big data and analytics?
  • Maintaining station functionality while executing renovation projects
  • The role of tech in delivering a seamless customer journey
  • Communicating with customers when things go wrong
  • How to harness apps to improve passenger communication
 
Track 3
12:00

The regulatory challenges of operating rolling stock across borders

  •     Defining the policy objectives
  •     Challenges for government
  •     Issues for private sector stakeholders
  •     Looking for solutions
12:19

ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION SESSION

12:20

How can operators get more out of their communications infrastructure?

Dr Angus Hay, General Manager, Neotel
12:20

How private companies can help public companies create a mutual African railway norm

Pieter Du Plessis, Group Executive Chairman, Naledi Inhlanganiso
12:20

Turning rapid urbanisation into an opportunity for African transport

12:20

Using data insights to grow rail freight revenue

William Oberkramer, Alstom Global Solutions Director - Freight & Mining, Alstom
13:00

Lunch, networking and exhibition viewing

14:19

ASSET MANAGEMENT AND MAINTENANCE

14:19

COUNTRY STORIES - WEST

14:19

REVENUE MANAGEMENT

14:19

SKILLS DEVELOPMENT

Track 1
14:20

Reinventing asset management – strategies every operator should know

  • Overcoming business models under duress
  • Repairing the investment engine
  • New techniques to manage risk
  • Technology – friend or foe?
  • Using forecasting trends for predictive maintenance of rail assets
  • Regulatory changes: From supervision to transformation  
 
Track 3
14:20

Railways in Africa – what makes for projects with a real ROI?

  •     Why rail, generically, struggles to generate a ROI
  •     Why some elements of the rail sector still generate a ROI
  •     Some lessons from Africa’s largest general freight railway
  •     Characteristics of projects with uncertain rail ROIs
  •     Characteristics of projects with encouraging rail ROIs
Track 4
14:20

Priorities: Overcoming the business critical gap in talent and skills

  •     How to enhance the skills base 
  •     Putting learning and development first 
  •     Competency programs to boost operational and maintenance staff 
  •     Moving away from traditional models 
  •     Tailoring your workforce plan
Track 1
14:40

Maximising the performance of existing assets

  • Improving performance and getting more productivity out of existing operations
  • Setting up an effective asset management plan
  • Asset life extension: Identifying the right time for maintenance
  • The risks of keeping redundant assets in the mix
  • The debate of refurbish or buy new
  • Smart maintenance technology and its impact on infrastructure
 
Track 3
14:40

Effective revenue management for passenger rail operators

  • Developing a sales and revenue strategy for rail
  • What’s the formula for success?
  • Customising ticket sales and distribution strategies based on customer needs
  • Staying in the know: The rapid evolution of rail revenue management and pricing
  • Maximising inventory to generate profit
 
Track 4
14:40

Skills and training: Developing human capital across the industry

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  •     Identifying industry best practice in management and development
  •     Investing in millennials to overcome the impacts of an ageing workforce
  •     Going digital: How to quickly and accurately upskill the workforce of the future 
  •     Utilising 3D and virtual reality equipment in training
  •     Taking knowledge building to a new level – enabling staff to meet the demands of a high-tech transport industry 
Track 1
15:00

Asset management gets sophisticated

  • Why we need data: Avoiding overinvestment, duplication and redundancy
  • Mitigate risk, enhance revenue and increase efficiency
  • How technology is forcing operators to reassess operating processes to support new strategies
  • How this market shift will impact the labour force
  • New challenges, new answers
 
Track 2
15:00

The hottest projects in Chad and what is being done to open the door for investment.

Desire Gapili, Head of Urban Transport, Chad Ministry of Transport
Track 3
15:00

New rail revenue strategies

  •     Rail properties as a revenue stream 
  •     Stations as retail hubs: Capitalising on customer shopping habits and requirements 
  •     Multimodal ticketing and how this attracts new customer to rail 
  •     Collaboration opportunities between operators and commercial partners 
  •     Growing your customer base: Strategically targeting industries that don’t typically use freight rail ​
     
Gaurav Agarwal, Director of Corporate Co-ordination, Ministry Of Railways, India
15:19

SAFETY AND EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT

15:19

COUNTRY STORIES - WEST

15:19

PROJECT MANAGEMENT

15:19

COUNTRY STORIES – NORTH & CENTAL

Track 1
15:20

A shared commitment to railway safety – getting everyone involved

  • The importance of a “safety culture”
  • Safety concerns and trends from across the continent
  • Getting all stakeholders involved
  • Incorporating tech to help improve rail safety
  • The role of the railway regulator
  • Recruitment, training and retention
 
Track 3
15:20

Successful end-to-end project delivery: Can this be done?

  • Building the right project team with the expertise to deliver megaprojects on time
  • How to streamline permitting and land acquisition
  • Having an agile project management approach
  • Excellence in tenders, contracts and partnerships
  • Learning from the best in the world
 
15:39

SAFETY AND EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT

15:39

POWER AND ENERGY

15:39

PROJECT MANAGEMENT

15:39

COUNTRY STORIES – NORTH & CENTAL

Track 1
15:40

How to minimise the human influence in rail incidents

  • Understanding fatigue management and working together to enhance safety
  • Strategic foresight: The right leadership with the right skills
  • Empower with rigorous and ongoing training
  • Incorporating tech into everyday operations
 
Abdur-Rahman Abdullah, Vice President, Faculty of Engineering, Cairo University
Track 2
15:40

The benefits of electrifying a major route

  • How electrification is reducing ongoing operational and maintenance costs
  • A focus on cleaner, more reliable travel
  • Key timelines and rollout requirements
  • Challenges encountered in the testing phase
  • Practical advice
RESERVED FOR GOLD SPONSOR
 
Track 3
15:40

Approaches to project management efficiency

  • Understanding the project development process
  • How to focus your efforts on continuously improving project performance
  • Keeping an eye on contracts and deliverables
  • Understanding and monitoring the cost-determining factors
  • Knowing your maintenance and operational requirements
 
Yassir Hida, Head of Service Operations, Moroccan National Railways ONCF
Track 1
16:00

Accelerating safety using predictive analytics

  • Making your case to invest in technology
  • Preventing breakdowns and derailments with real-time information
  • Identifying track maintenance asset health management needs beforehand
  • Costs and operational benefits for employment
 
Track 2
16:00

Achieving cost savings through energy and carbon efficient trains

  •     Implementing energy saving initiatives to reduce costs
  •     A must have: Energy saving technology in new rolling stock 
  •     Adopting a holistic approach to efficiency and savings 
  •     How to evaluate the effectiveness of existing strategies 
  •     How will these initiatives translate into long term savings?
Track 3
16:00

Getting your feasibility study right

  • Decision making factors for evaluating and choosing projects
  • Practical methods for prioritising realistic and feasible projects
  • Costs benefits and financial sustainability
  • Providing timely reporting on progress relative to budgets and timelines
 
16:20

Chair's closing remarks and close of conference

last published: 26/Apr/17 14:45 GMT
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