RTSA awards

2013 Jennifer Aiton

Railway Engineering Student Thesis Award Winner 2013

Improving the Intermediate Operational Performance to Perth’s Joondalup and Mandurah Rail Lines under the Current Scenario using Micro-Simulation.

Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) and Bachelor of Commerce
Place of Study: University of Western Australia

The objective of the thesis is to simulate the current passenger and train movements on the Joondalup and Madurah railways in Perth, using heuristic search techniques and drawing upon smart card ticket data, in order to assess passenger waiting times at peak periods. A number of short-term scenarios designed to introduce improved service were developed and trialed. Particular attention was given to passenger wait times and pass-up volumes at selected stations during the morning peak.

Jennifer Aiton accepting the Railway Engineering Student Thesis Award in 2013


2013 Runners Up: Dale Filewood and Mitchell Lees

Dale Filewood
Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical and Materials)
Thesis: Investigations of Rail Stud Initiation by Predicting Wheel Slip using Multibody Dynamics
Place of Study: University of Queensland.

Dale Filewood accepting the Railway Engineering Student Thesis Runner-Up Award in 2013


Mitchell Lees
Bachelor of Civil Engineering
Thesis: Rail Stress Analysis: An investigation into monitoring stresses in continuously welded rails through stress free temperature.
Place of Study: Central Queensland University.

Mitchell Lees accepting the Railway Engineering Student Thesis Runner-Up Award in 2013 from Alex Howie