Maintenance of West Australian railways

Firstly I must thank the PWI organisers for the opportunity to speak to this very knowledgeable and distinguished group of railway personnel. In 1986, I was invited to give a paper to this same convention regarding the contracting out of civil works, circumstances changed and I missed that opportunity. However, some 10 years later Westrail have made a major step in this regard and the rest of the industry stands ready to make some very great structural changes. In this context it is worthwhile looking at the theme of the conference "Maintaining Excellence". What do we mean by this theme? More importantly what does it say to the industry and the competitors to our industry? Are we looking for excellence in maintenance, excellence in engineering in general, or maintaining excellence in what we do at all levels? I hope that the latter interpretation is the majority view so that the concept of quality and "maintenance for purpose" are the overriding objectives of our industry. When the subject of my paper was suggested as "Maintenance of the West Australian Railways" I was acutely aware of both the need to consider the context of a contractor being asked to speak on the subject and the fact that we are still only 3 months into a 5 year contract. With this in mind I propose to speak upon the following: (i) The very major changes in business strategy that Westrail have made by the decision to outsource maintenance. (ii) A brief view of the tender process. (iii) Examination of the scope and nature of the works to be undertaken by John Holland Construction & Engineering Pty Ltd. Basically, what is the contract. (iv) The problems and responses made during the mobilisation period. (v) Current contractual status and the future.

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  • Pagination: 9p. ; PDF
  • Monograph Title: Permanent Way Institution (PWI) NSW, 1996 annual convention

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  • Accession Number: 01711424
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: ATRI
  • Created Date: Jul 19 2019 2:24PM