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RTSA WA Event – Rail alignment re-baselining: a way to improve track maintenance effectiveness

November 14, 2019 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm UTC+10

In the recent years, increase in the axle load is one of the key contributors in the freight rail transport throughput. However, accelerated deterioration in the track geometry parameters is inevitable as a result. Rail alignment on heavy haul railways has undergone long term unintended changes due to increase in axle load and throughput such that the existing alignment significantly varies from the as built alignment several years ago.

Track geometry elements and parameters are critical determinants of reliability and maintainability of track assets. The designated geometry and geometry parameters are used as the target during track maintenance. Quality and effectiveness of track maintenance is compromised, and the risk of incidents is enhanced if the track geometry and parameters continue in degraded condition for prolonged periods. A fresh ‘as existing’ survey facilitates re-baselining the design alignment as the reference for the track maintenance in the future, to improve effectiveness of track maintenance.

This presentation is based on a recent project undertaken by BHP Rail Engineering and AECOM.

About the speakers:

Ksenija Stanic-Colic, Superintendent Governance & Technical Stewardship, Rail Engineering/WAIO, BHP

Ksenija is a qualified Track and Civil Engineer who has over 25 years of practical experience in rail and mining industry, regional and metro based.  She started her professional career with Croatian Railways where she was working in track maintenance area and managing smaller size upgrade projects.  During her professional career in Australia for the last 20 years she was working in capacity of Senior and Lead Railway/Track and Civil Engineer and Technical Lead on the major mining and metro railway projects in Western Australia.

She is currently working in BHP Western Australia Iron Ore Rail engineering department in Superintendent Governance and Technical Stewardship role where she leads, coaches and mentors team members to ensure technical support, compliance to the standards and statutory legislation. She embraces and leads introduction of new technologies for the further improvements and betterment of the network assets.  Ksenija is passionate about sharing her experiences and learnings with the broader rail industry through Engineers Australia and globally. She proud herself in providing support and leadership to graduate engineers across Engineering team in BHP.

Maneesh Gupta, Technical Director – Rail, AECOM

Maneesh a Technical Director at AECOM in Perth. He is a business leader, a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of Engineers Australia with over 25 years’ experience in the transit and freight rail industries. He is also an MBA from Manchester business School, UK.  Maneesh has a solid track record as a rail industry engineering specialist. Through his career, he has worked for rail owner operators, governments, construction contractors and consultants. In his various roles including senior leadership roles, he has delivered operations, maintenance and asst renewal outcomes for operational railways as well as a diverse range of rail projects. The latter includes large, complex, multidisciplinary projects as well as specialist projects requiring in-depth technical expertise. He has over 18 publications in international and national conferences and journals some of which have been acclaimed for breakthrough innovations.

Maneesh is the current ANZ Executive Chair of the Railway Technical Society of Australasia within Engineers Australia. He has been actively involved in voluntary professional activities throughout his career and is passionate about the railway industry and the rail profession.


Engineers Australia WA Auditorium
712 Murray St


Railway Technical Society of Australasia
1300 653 113