Date: 06-Apr-2018

Event Details

Our April Presentation is on Railway Power Supply and Distribution (PS&D) Systems by Dr Ling from Malaysia

Railway engineering is a multi-faceted engineering discipline dealing with the design, construction and operation of all types of railway systems. It encompasses a wide range of engineering disciplines and sub-disciplines.

Urban rail transit is an all-encompassing term for various types of rail systems providing passenger service within and around urban or suburban areas. Rapid transit, underground, subway, tube, elevated, metro or Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) system is a railway—usually in an urban area—with high passenger capacities and frequency of service, and usually full grade separation from other traffic including other rail traffic. It is often known as "heavy rail" to distinguish it from light rail and bus rapid transit.

A light rail system is a rail-based transit system that has higher capacity and speed than a tram, usually by operation in an exclusive right-of-way separated from automobile traffic. Light rail also generally operates with multiple unit trains emerging as an evolution of trams/streetcars. Light rail systems can vary significantly in terms of speed and capacity.

A monorail is a railway in which the track consists of a single rail, as opposed to the traditional track with two parallel rails.

Rail transport generally comprises heavy rail (including commuter rail), light rapid transit (LRT), monorail and airport rail link. Heavy rail is mostly used for intercity passenger and freight transport as well as some urban public transport, while LRT’s are used for intra-city urban public transport. High-speed rail (HSR) is a type of rail transport that operates significantly faster than traditional rail traffic, using an integrated system of specialized rolling stock and dedicated tracks.

While there is no single standard that applies worldwide, new lines in excess of 250 kilometres per hour are considered to be high-speed. The first such system began operations in Japan in 1964 and was widely known as the Bullet Train. Many countries have developed high-speed rail to connect major cities, including Austria, Belgium, China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Poland, Portugal, Russia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States and Uzbekistan. In Europe, the HSR cross international borders. China has 22,000 kilometres of HSR as of December 2016, accounting for two-thirds of the world's total.

This technical talk will focus on the configurations of the PS&D of a railway system with the technical expertise and worldwide project experiences of an established Japanese equipment manufacturer and system integrator (Meidensha Corporation, Japan) shared for this talk.


Dr Ling Chen Hoe
Senior GM & Director, Meiden Malaysia

Dr Ling has 28 years’ experience working for Meiden Malaysia, a company in the electrical engineering and construction industry. The company is a subsidiary of Meidensha Corporation, Japan, a manufacturer of electrical equipment and provider of electrical engineering equipment, products and services to both the private and public sectors.

Dr Ling is a committee Member of Engineers Australia Malaysia Chapter (EAMC). He also works part-time in various universities’ post-graduate MBA/DBA programs and supervises final year engineering students’ research projects. Dr Ling seeks to share knowledge to bridge the gap between industry and practice and to inspire others to realise their full potential.

06 / 04 / 2018 - 12:00 - 2:00pm Lunch time presentation

Registration Closes
06 / 04 / 2018 - 12:00pm


Engineers Australia Victoria
Level 31, 600 Bourke street
Melbourne, Victoria, 3000

EA and RTSA Member Rate: $10.00 ($9.09 excl. GST)
Other Society Member Rate: $40.00 ($36.36 excl. GST)
Student Member Rate: $10.00 ($9.09 excl. GST)
Non-Member Rate: $40.00 ($36.36 excl. GST)

Railway Technical Society of Australasia
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