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Virtual Event: A Digital Approach to Developing a Heavy Rail Network – A Systems Engineering Victorian Case Study

Tuesday, October 6, 2020 from 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


The Victorian heavy rail network is being significantly updated, with $57 billion of transport capability improvement projects already underway and more investment to come. Running parallel projects which involve multiple government agencies and private operators requires a high level of communication to ensure everyone has the same understanding of the changing network configurations.

This risk is highlighted in VDAS, the Office of Project Victoria Digital Asset Strategy (VDAS) which aims to achieve an efficient and sustainable physical asset delivery and improve whole-of-life management across Victoria.

The Department of Transport Systems Engineering team was an early actor in transitioning the engineering effort from textual form to data to help with the consistency issue and to ensure program/project benefits realisation, assess the impact of change, and improve risk management and ensure the integrity of the network.

The architecture developed in that effect uses model-based systems engineering technics to describe and link the heavy rail system layers of concerns from goals, to objectives, levels of service and performance parameters. Network Configuration baselines substantiate key parameters allowing the allocation of capability increases to specific projects. This novel approach based on strong data structure and management, automatic requirements generation and coupled with tailored visualisations greatly eases the development of the Heavy Rail network.

This webinar, presented by the Systems Engineering Society of Australia Transport Working Group, will showcase this new methodology and describe how the Victorian Department of Transport developed it internally and with external partners. Learn more about this unusual railway model, including its benefits and challenges, further developments and future next steps such as:

  • standards requirements elicitation
  • heavy rail strategies generation
  • simulation models data configuration.


Fabrice Lestideau

Fabrice Lestideau: Principal Engineer – Systems Architecture, Department of Transport, Victoria

Over the last 16 years, Fabrice has been involved in the development of complex critical systems such as electronic warfare (C4I + EW), maritime patrol, air traffic control and heavy rail systems. In his roles as Systems Engineering Manager and Systems Architect, he has specialised in model-based systems engineering and providing training in the use of the ARCADIA methodology. Now working for the Victorian Department of Transport in charge of the development of a transport Network Architecture, he is also co leading the development of a commercial telecommunication model for the INCOSE Telecommunication Working Group.

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Tuesday, October 6, 2020
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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