News Aug 30, 2021

Rerouting the Future at Asia Pacific Rail 2021

Jacobs’ leaders and subject-matter experts will be sharing their insights and perspectives on the digital transformation of railways and explore the future of rail in Asia at Asia Pacific Rail 2021.

Rerouting the future at Asia Pacific Rail

Asia Pacific Rail will bring operator, authority and technology partner insights to explore the latest innovations in signaling & communications, asset management, passenger experience, rolling stock and new rail projects across the region.

As Gold sponsor, Jacobs will discuss a range of topics on technology and innovation for a digital intermodal future throughout the two-day virtual conference happening on 15 and 16 September. The event will bring together more than 2,000 attendees and 100 speakers including senior executives and rail leaders as well as a virtual exhibition, packed full of networking opportunities, case study presentations across multiple conference channels and tech showcase. Here’s a snapshot of Jacobs speakers and presenters:

The end goal for digitalization in rail, September 15, 10.50 – 11.50a.m SGT

Jacobs’ Technology and Digital Services Director Andrew Bevan will host a panel of transport leaders from SBS Transit, SMRT International,Thales Hong Kong and PT Kereta Api Indonesia for a lively discussion on evolving passenger demands, providing transport backbone for future smart cities and how leveraging data can help drive continuous improvement in customer experience.

Session panelists:

Danny Ho, Head of Rail Projects, SBS Transit

Jean-Francois Chassin, Vice President – Head of Applied Rail Technologies, SMRT International

Nicolas Rabbat, Chief Executive Officer, Thales Hong Kong

Taufikurrahman Taufikurrahman, Executive Vice President, PT Kereta Api Indonesia

Transforming railways through Internet of Things (IoT) and Big Data, September 15,
12.10 -1.10 p.m SGT

Jacobs’ Dr. David Lo Jacono, Technical Director, Advanced Analysis and Testing and Data Sciences will be moderating a panel discussion on the role of Artificial Intelligence, big data and cloud computing in transforming railway operations, potential challenges of implementation as well as investment and deployment strategy.

Session panelists:

Dr. Chang Cheng-Chiou, Deputy Chairman - Intelligent Railway Committee (ITS Taiwan), Department of Rapid Transit Systems Taiwan

Jason Aquilina, General Manager - Strategic Planning and Business Transformation, Metro Trains Sydney

Cyrille Bataille, Head of the Integrated Communications and Supervision Domain, Thales

Mobility as a Service - Creating seamless journeys for all, September 15, 3.10 – 4.10 p.m SGT

Also moderated by Andrew Bevan, this session will explore the importance of public-private stakeholders’ collaboration in bringing together total mobility solutions to facilitate seamless travel. The session will also cover governance and commercial frameworks, coordinated data sharing for integrated ticketing and payment services, as well as streamlined regulation to create a level playing field.

Session panelists:

Cyrille Giraudat, Senior Vice President – Marketing, Digital & Innovation, RATP Dev

Raphaelle Guerineau, CEO – Australia & New Zealand, Siemens Mobility

Kurt Brissett, Executive Director Connected Journeys, Transport for NSW

The digital spine, September 15, 4.10-4.30pm SGT

Take a deep dive into the concept of ‘digital spine’ and discover how to fully harness the power of data throughout the rail infrastructure lifecycle with minimum data loss. Presented by Jacobs Senior Associate Director for Strategic Consulting Young Ji Kim, the presentation will deliver valuable insight on how leveraging a connected ecosystem of tools and processes will enable streamlined data utilisation throughout the lifecycle stages and help owners and operators make evidence-based decisions for optimised outcomes.

Transit-oriented development: a rail-based approach, September 16, 1.20-2.20pm SGT

On day two, Jacobs Principal and Regional Lead, Precinct Development & Planning Kate McCauley will be joining a plenary keynote discussion on designing world-class amenities with riders and visitors in mind, redeveloping existing infrastructure with a transit-oriented development approach as well as understanding the evolving passenger behavior and integrating changing needs into design.

Session panelists:

Nate Chanchareon, Head of Strategic Planning, BTS Group Thailand

Sanjeev Kumar Lohia, Managing Director and CEO, Indian Railway Stations Corporation

Matthew Yates, Head of Projects, Consents & Urban Design, Transport for London

Shams-arida Ariffin, Head of Planning, Prasarana

Developing a preventative maintenance regime, September 16, 10.20 -11.20 a.m SGT

The rail sector is no exception when it comes to disruptive changes through digitization. What will push the shift to digital maintenance? In this session, Jacobs Regional Solutions Director for Rail, Daniel Richter will be moderating a dialogue on the trends for condition-based and predictive maintenance and where are we on the journey with esteemed panelists from Singapore’s Land Transport Authority, Bangkok Expressway and Metro, FS Italian Railways Thailand and MTR Corporation.

Session panelists:

Phuritath Phanitphotjamarn, Division Manager Maintenance & Engineering Division, Bangkok Expressway and Metro

Nino Cingolani, Sole Director, FS Italian Railways Thailand

Simon Tang, Lead Design Manager – Rolling Stock Electrical, MTR Corporation

Early Game: Digital Master Plan and strategy for Transportation Program Development and their Intelligent Transportation Systems

In a world where rail infrastructure is becoming smarter and more connected than ever before, our built environment requires an end-to-end digital master plan to create the right foundation fit for the future. Building on our global experience, Jacobs Senior Director, Program Management and Development  Joseph Ciancimino will take you through the end-to-end implementation of a digital strategy for rail infrastructure development and operations as well as setting up the digital foundations for a more intelligent and connected future in this tech showcase, available on-demand at our virtual booth.

Connect with our rail team at the virtual exhibition

Lastly, don’t forget to pop over to our virtual booth! Connect with our rail team and find out how we’re helping the operators and authorities to connect communities, accelerate sustainability and decarbonization goals, digitize and optimize operations, secure physical and cybersecurity as well as overcome funding and delivery challenges post-pandemic.

To register or learn more about other sessions taking place at Asia Pacific Rail 2021, visit