2017 Jason Johnston and Andrew Chan
Railway Engineering Student Thesis Award 2017
THERE ARE TWO RECIPIENTS OF THE 2017 RAILWAY ENGINEERING STUDENT THESIS AWARD, BEING: MR. JASON JOHNSTON AND MR. ANDRW CHAN
2017 Railway Engineering Student Thesis Award
Mr. Jason Johnston
Thesis: Feasibility design of transom using composite fibre technology for Sydney harbour bridge
Place of Study: Western Sydney University (Bachelor of Civil Engineering)
Principal Supervisor: Dr. Olivia Mirza
Jason’s thesis noted composite fibre material is under development and is promising for use in transoms in rail tracks. His thesis presented two theoretical panel design solutions using Wagners Composite Fibre Technology. Finite element analysis and experimental results demonstrated that a composite panel design is to be preferred over conventional panels for use as a transom on the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
Mr. Andrew Chan
Thesis: Signal processing for rail tracks monitoring and signalling
Place of Study: University of New South Wales (Bachelor of Electrical Engineering
Principal Supervisor Dr Elias Aboutanios
Andrew’s thesis examined in detail audio frequency track circuits as used by Sydney Trains with attention to track occupancy and intermittent fault detection. Through the pre-processing of data and with the use of supervised machine learning to predict faults, a model was developed that will allow for improved fault finding and predictive maintenance.