International Sustainability and Transport Planning Consultant Joins SYSTRA ANZ

After commencing with SYSTRA in 2014 at the group’s headquarters in Paris, Romain has spent the last three years in Hong Kong, the largest of our offices in Asia.

With 10+ years’ experience, Romain brings a unique set of skills and knowledge to add to our growing ANZ team. He is a certified BREEAM Infrastructure Assessor – one of the world’s leading science-based sustainability assessment methods that is used to masterplan projects, infrastructure, and buildings. He is also aiming to become accredited by the Infrastructure Sustainability Council.

Although Romain has been based in Hong Kong, he is well known to many of our clients locally, having already worked on the Waitemata Harbour Crossing in Auckland.

Since starting his career, Romain has worked on a variety of city-shaping projects. He has developed brownfield transport plans in Africa, Asia, and Eastern Europe and megaprojects in the Middle East. More recently, thanks to his time in Asia he has worked heavily in sustainable compact development and urbanism where he has been able to broaden his understanding to the range of possibilities that exist, particularly important as the ANZ region looks to densify.

He adds, “The varied nature of these projects has helped me to learn about the intricacies of the local markets. Whatever the solution, it needs to make sense, have a positive impact on our clients, the community, and their environment.”

More about ESG at SYSTRA

At SYSTRA ANZ, we believe our role extends far beyond designing and engineering excellent infrastructure solutions, it’s also about ensuring a better, more sustainable, and resilient future.

A commitment to ESG resonates deeply with our values and aspirations of where we want to go as an organisation. In collaboration with our people, partners, and clients; we are dedicated to creating a sustainable future that leaves the communities we operate in better off than before. We also hold ourselves to the highest ethical standards and seek diversity, equity, and inclusivity in all we do.

To learn more about our commitments, please click here.

Sandra Lang appointed to BuildingSmart Board

bSA is part of the international BuildingSMART programme that has representation across the UK, Europe, North America, the Middle East and Far East. They are a leading association whose vision is to have a building and construction industry that collaboratively shares and maintains information about facilities and infrastructure in a manner that optimises the quality and economy of regulatory approval, design, construction and operation of the built environment.

“I am excited to be on the board, collaborating with likeminded professionals about a cause I am deeply passionate about. I’ve been working within the digital engineering and innovation space for the past three decades and genuinely want to help advance the purpose of bSA because I see the value open BIM can bring.”

Sandra Lang, Director – Digital Engineering

bSA is advancing the industry by developing standards, tools and training to drive the adoption of openBIM – sharable project information that supports seamless collaboration for all project participants. It is helping to make building and infrastructure cheaper, greener, and more efficient, reducing risk and waste.

As part of her role on the working board, Sandra will provide her years of experience and leadership to help define initiatives, working groups around certain topics, training programs and events. In 2023, she was part of a working group and worked with existing board members on the development of an Asset Operations Handover Framework a project defining a standardised, but flexible, modular framework for documenting handover requirements for all facilities.

Sandra will be part of the BuildingSMART Australasia board for a period of 12-months ending in late 2024. She holds a Masters in global BIM Management with a Master Thesis that had a focus on openBIM management.

SYSTRA continues its ambitious growth trajectory across ANZ with the acquisition of Rail Systems Australia 

SYSTRA has signed an agreement to acquire Rail Systems Australia, an Australian company specialising in engineering, signalling and telecommunications in the rail sector. 

Rail Systems Australia was founded in 2017 in Perth and employs 130 people across offices in Perth, Sydney, Brisbane, and Melbourne. It specialises in rail signalling, rail telecommunications, asset management and systems engineering. 

This acquisition will enable SYSTRA to complete its range of services, not only for SYSTRA Australia and New Zealand (SYSTRA ANZ), but also for the Group as a whole. 

Australia is one of the most dynamic economies in the world, with a strong growth rate in transport infrastructure construction. In expanding skills and numbers in the systems integration space, at a time where the need for efficient, reliable, and adaptable infrastructure projects has never been greater, SYSTRA has reinforced its position as a key player in the sector, able to meet the needs of the region’s fast-growing rail market.   

SYSTRA is currently contributing to several major projects in Australia and New Zealand, including the Sydney Metro, the Queensland Train Manufacturing Program (QTMP), NorthConnex, Newcastle Light Rail and Cross River Rail.   

As the infrastructure market continues to evolve, moving away from mega projects and placing increased focus on asset management, operations and maintenance, digital system upgrades and integration to futureproof our networks, SYSTRA ANZ is now poised to bring an expanded local team, backed by global best practice to deliver better, more sustainable and integrated public transport networks to the region. 

This is the second acquisition for this year, with SYSTRA ANZ acquiring Bamser, an Australian-based infrastructure consultancy renowned for its excellence in underground engineering in March. 

“The year 2023 got off to a good start with the acquisition of Bamser, which specialises in tunnel and underground infrastructure engineering, and is ending on a high note with the agreement signed with Rail Systems Australia. The integration of Rail Systems Australia into SYSTRA makes complete sense: we work in the same buoyant sector of railway engineering, and our skills naturally complement each other to offer a comprehensive service to our clients to meet their current and future challenges. More than ever, we are committed to strong growth in the Australian and New Zealand markets, and I would like to take this opportunity to thank our clients and partners, with whom we are moving forward with confidence. We look forward to welcoming new talent to Rail Systems Australia to continue the adventure together!” 

Alana Newbrook, Managing Director, SYSTRA Australia & New Zealand,

“We are delighted to announce this agreement with the SYSTRA Group, which has been our benchmark in the transport and mobility sector. This is a major step in our development and our combined expertise will serve the country’s ambitions in terms of transport: to promote safe and sustainable mobility for all.” 

Tom Warner, Managing Director of Rail Systems Australia

About Rail Systems Australia 

Rail Systems Australia is an independent rail engineering practice focussed on the integration of telecommunications, signalling and train control systems to deliver safer, more efficient, more reliable and more sustainable rail operations.  Rail Systems Australia works with rail operators across Australia and New Zealand in planning for the future and developing solutions to help navigate technological change. Rail Systems Australia’s talented engineers all share the company’s vision to make rail the preferred method of transportation. 

About SYSTRA 

SYSTRA is one of the world’s leading engineering and consultancy groups specialising in public transport and mobility solutions. For more than 65 years, the Group has been committed to helping cities and territories to contribute to their development by creating, improving, and modernising their transport infrastructures. With its 10,600 employees, the Group’s mission is to make travel more fluid throughout the world in order to bring populations closer together and facilitate access to employment, education and leisure. The signature team for transport solutions, SYSTRA supports its partners and clients throughout the lifecycle of their projects.  

After completing its first project in Australia almost 20 years ago, SYSTRA opened its first permanent office in New Zealand in 2022 and continues to grow in both geography and headcount. 

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The Evolving Workforce and how interoperability will help

People play a crucial role in achieving interoperability. They are the users, designers, developers and decision-makers who work with each other to manage the network. They are the ones who must use the available data and technology to provide outcomes. However, to ensure the right outcomes, people must be given the relevant skills and then empowered to make decisions.

As data and technology continue to change the way we work, traditional skills will need to adapt. Each role will need to be analysed and optimised. To overcome the ongoing digital skills gap and to cover a projected 83% increase in demand for digital roles in the coming years1), stakeholders must upskill their people to broaden the talent pool. This applies to roles in front-line operations and maintenance and equally to those needed to design, develop, and implement new data-driven solutions.

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Different technologies, data sets and ways of working between organisations increase the complexity of skills required by the workforce. Additionally, decisions made by one organisation may have interoperability implications for another. Any differences in technology, rules and processes between organisations perpetuate this complexity. Consistent technologies and operating rules will prevent technology locks and improve the overall efficiency of the industry. For example, a single system would reduce workforce training requirements, lower operational costs, and facilitate labour mobility. To achieve this will require a clearly articulated pathway forward and collaboration between stakeholders.

It is essential to take a human-centered approach to interoperability because it addresses the way people interact with and use data, systems and technology. The aim is to ensure the system and user are optimally aligned – whether this is by designing the system to fit the user or designing the organisation to fit the technology. If a system is designed without considering usability, or if multiple systems are required to be used in different contexts, it can lead to errors, frustration and reduced productivity. By taking a people-focused approach, the system (software, equipment, rules, and processes) can be designed so they are easy to use, error-tolerant and more likely to be adopted, championed and used effectively.

Success lies in bringing together stakeholders early in the design process, prioritising communication, and collaboration throughout the development lifecycle, ensuring diverse and user-friendly solutions are created. As the transport sector becomes increasingly connected, a human-centered approach is critical to ensure interoperability.


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In this publication, we delve into the benefits and challenges that will come with interoperability, and focus on the critical role data, technology and people will play in ensuring the journey is as smooth as possible. We also explore a selection of compelling case studies, provide insight into some of the long-term opportunities interoperable rail networks will present, and offer practical guidance on the best way to make a common platform a reality.

The role of data and technology in unlocking interoperability

In many of its use cases, achieving interoperability will require data, technology and people working together to achieve outcomes.

Data and technology can help bring together disparate systems, but creating a common platform is more complex. For systems to become interoperable, data and technology need to be successfully managed, protected, structured and available to the various user groups. Each step will come with its own challenges and risks.

Successfully Managing Data

Successful data management means collecting, cleaning, aggregating, structuring and anonymising organisational data. It involves key steps such as:

  1. Data governance
  2. Data quality management
  3. Data integration
  4. Security and privacy
  5. Data storage
  6. Analytics and insights
  7. Continuous monitoring and improvement.

Effective data management will unlock the immediate benefits of interoperability, such as smarter real-time decision-making, streamlined information sharing, asset tracking and resource management. It will assist those who interact with, manage, and maintain the complex networks of today and in the future.

Moreover, as each organisation opens, shares and integrates data into the broader IoT ecosystem, this will empower the entire transport industry to achieve its full potential. We will see further innovations and technological advancements, including new services to improve customer journeys, modern asset-management practices—such as predictive maintenance, improved planning, responses to disruptions— and giving greater transparency and consistency over network operations. This, in turn, will improve safety.

Navigating Emerging Cyber Security Risks

With data and technology integral to interoperability, the ever-growing number of IoT-powered devices will leave organisations vulnerable to cyber threats. Navigating cyber risk in critical infrastructure will be essential to safeguarding the integrity of vital systems and protecting the privacy and safety of customers.

To counter risks, organisations will need to build many layers of protection and detection into the design and operations of their various systems and will need to utilise a wide selection of products and services developed by a range of different cyber security suppliers.

Organisations will need to implement a cyber security and data protection strategy that covers people, process, and technology. Such a strategy will help provide multiple levels of protection across:

  • Security: infrastructure, network, application, information, and cloud.
  • Employee awareness and security training.
  • Disaster recovery and business continuity plans.

To implement a successful cyber strategy, organisations should consider bringing in subject matter experts to establish processes and provide ongoing assistance.

In addition, organisations must also comply with several industry and international cyber security standards. These include ISO27001 & IEC62443 and state and federal legislation such as the Security of Critical Infrastructure Act 2018 (SOCI Act) and relevant privacy legislation.

Want to learn more about Interoperability?

The Fast Track to a seamless, safer railway system

In this publication, we delve into the benefits and challenges that will come with interoperability, and focus on the critical role data, technology and people will play in ensuring the journey is as smooth as possible. We also explore a selection of compelling case studies, provide insight into some of the long-term opportunities interoperable rail networks will present, and offer practical guidance on the best way to make a common platform a reality.

Chris Hurst joins IAQ Board

The elected Board is comprised of senior leaders from across the infrastructure sector and is responsible for setting the overall strategic direction of the Association.

This in an exciting time to join the IAQ board. They play an important role in strengthening the partnerships between public and private sectors needed to deliver the record levels of investment in Queensland. Leading up to and beyond the 2032 Olympics as we continue to provide the critical infrastructure needed for our rapidly growing State this partnership is going to be important.

I look forward to collaborating with a group of diverse and yet like-minded professionals helping to create the best places in Queensland for our communities to succeed.”

Chris Hurst, Executive General Manager – Major Projects, SYSTRA ANZ

With over two-decades of experience and leading SYSTRA’s team delivering major projects across Australia and New Zealand as well as being a member of the SYSTRA’s Global Management Team, Chris will be able to provide insights into some of the most significant transport projects happening in Australia and abroad.

He adds, “Effectively delivering our existing and upcoming pipeline of projects will pave the way for Queenslanders to move far more seamlessly around their communities for many years to come. Having been on the inside of these projects, I can offer the IAQ on the ground expertise and knowledge that will help guide future decisions.”

About IAQ

The Infrastructure Association of Queensland Inc (IAQ) is the peak body representing the infrastructure industry in Queensland – we were formed in 1994 to foster private sector investment in infrastructure and provide a deeper understanding between the public and private sectors. We are an independent, evidence based, non partisan association influencing better outcomes for our members with timely engagement across policy issues. We work hard to create pathways to deliver on the economic enabling infrastructure the State needs to build a thriving future for Queenslanders.

SYSTRA ANZ and the NTC Partner to Boost Rail Interoperability

The MoC has been developed as part of the NTC’s National Rail Action Plan for the industry, operators and governments to consider interoperability when investing in the rail network, directly addressing long-standing legacy issues that continue to impact productivity and safety. 

First signed by Australian Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government, Hon. Catherine King MP, Victoria’s Minister for Transport and Infrastructure, Hon. Jacinta Allan MP and the Australasian Railways Association, the MoC has now been signed by all Australian state and territory governments and many rail operators and industry participants. 

This groundbreaking agreement marks a pivotal moment in the country’s transportation sector, with potential far-reaching implications for the efficiency and sustainability of rail networks. 

The MoC, signed at SYSTRA ANZ’s head office in Sydney, establishes a collaborative framework for the two entities to work together in achieving the shared goal of creating a more seamless and interconnected rail system in Australia. The partnership aims to address critical challenges such as standardisation, data sharing, and regulatory alignment, all of which are essential for the development of a modern, efficient, and sustainable rail network. 

The signing ceremony was attended by Alana Newbrook, CEO, SYSTRA ANZ and the NTC’s Executive Leader Dimi Rigas. 

For more information on the MoC and the NTC’s National Rail Action Plan, please click here. 

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Andrea Edney: Trenchless Woman of the Year

The inaugural award was announced at last weeks No-Dig Down Under event and aims to honour a woman who plays a leading role within the Australian trenchless technology industry. It recognises someone who goes above and beyond their role, strives for excellence, as well as someone who actively advocates for other women within the industry.

Jon Daley, Executive General Manager – Tunnels, says, “We are so proud of Andrea for winning this award. Since starting with SYSTRA Bamser, she has always displayed a dedication to innovation, leadership, and an unwavering passion for trenchless technologies and tunnelling. She is very deserving.”

Andrea says, “I am incredibly grateful for the recognition. As a female leader, I have always encouraged and supported others in the industry, mentoring the next generation and developing great relationships. I am extremely fortunate to have always been surrounded by great teams of strong men and women, and to always have the support of my family.”

During last week’s event, Andrea explored project and industry experiences through the lens of women in the trenchless industry, including a discussion of positive outcomes associated with diversity.

“No Dig is the preeminent event for our industry”, says Andrea. She adds, “Being able to share my insights as an advocate for all women across a diverse range of roles in our industry was a great opportunity. Along with my award, hopefully it helps to make a difference. I would love to see more women in all roles in the industry, and particularly in leadership.”

About Andrea

With over two decades experience, Andrea specialises in underground infrastructure projects spanning large-diameter tunnels, culvert jacking, pipe jacking, micro-tunnelling, and auger-boring. Andrea has successfully navigated all project phases, including conception, completion, and various delivery modes like construct-only, design and construct, and fast-tracked BOOT projects, achieving substantial cost savings. Her exceptional stakeholder management and advocacy for the industry, including women’s participation, have fostered enduring relationships with industry stakeholders and specialists.

To learn more about our expertise in Trenchless Technologies, please click here.

Tereza Barros strengthens Transport Planning in ANZ

Transferring from SYSTRA Brazil, Tereza will bolster our Transport Planning and Sustainability division bringing key skills in sustainability, E-Buses and Bus Rapid Transit

Guillaume Paix, ANZ Transport Planning Lead says, “We’re thrilled to have Tereza join us. She exemplifies SYSTRA’s global reach and the power of our connected teams value.”  

He adds, “As we look to grow our presence in the key markets of New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland and New Zealand, our clients will benefit from her background in both public and private sectors. She brings to the team a key focus on transport demand studies and expertise in assessing the socio-economic viability of transportation projects.” 

“I’ve wanted to move abroad for a few years now and when the opportunity presented itself, I grabbed it with both hands. The ease with which the transfer happened is testament to SYSTRA’s global mobility and commitment to connecting teams.” 


Tereza Barros, Senior Consultant – Transport and Sustainability

Speaking of the opportunity, Tereza explains, “I am extremely passionate about sustainability and the role public transport can play in achieving net zero. I am a firm believer that transportation is more than just urban mobility, it can be an agent for social transformation.  

“Coming from Brazil, I know this to be the case. In a region dominated by bus, I can bring unique experiences to our clients in Australia. Equally, I’m excited to learn more about the Active Transport sector and to develop my skills in data science.”  

Global Experience provides unique insight

Transport Planning in Australia is at a critical junction in time as we transition away from the idea of moving vehicles to moving people.

“We can keep adding lanes of traffic to our streets or we can think about mobility differently. Tereza will provide terrific insight into how other regions have adapted to new ways of thinking. We’re particularly excited about her experience in Bus Rapid Transit, and E-Buses, both of which will become more and more common in Australia.” 

Guillaume Paix

To improve the liveability and sustainability of our communities, active transport modes, and Electric buses are set to change the way people move.  

“As data comes more freely available, new technology solutions are helping planners to make the best possible solutions and will assist us in embedding sustainable mobility options for the community to use,” says Tereza.  

She adds, “Our team have developed many solutions that enable this modal shift. The Victorious Tool (formerly the Bus Disruption Tool) helped streamline disruption planning for a key client in Victoria. We also have our globally renowned CYCLOPS tool which is using open-source data to improve cycling safety and connectivity in our cities.” 

Hands on Experience Reinforces Beliefs

In 2022, Tereza participated to SYSTRA’s Bridges to Prosperity project in Rwanda, a hands-on experience reinforcing her belief in transportation as a positive driver of societal change, aligning perfectly with her view that engineering can make a meaningful difference.

Tereza along with nine others spent two weeks helping to build an 80-metre pedestrian bridge in Mushishiro in Muhanga County.

For more information on our Transport Planning services, please click below.

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SYSTRA AND EGIS JOINT VENTURE, AWARDED INDEPENDENT CERTIFIER ROLE ON QUEENSLAND TRAIN MANUFACTURING PROGRAM

July 18, 2023

As the state’s single largest rail investment, the QTMP will help support the state’s economy and bolster Queensland as a leader in rail manufacturing with long-term jobs and skills development. 

The new state-of-the-art trains will provide passengers with more efficient, reliable and accessible travel across South East Queensland.  

Under a joint venture, SYSTRA and EGIS will be responsible for providing IC services across the entire QTMP, ensuring quality, safety and excellence for the people of Queensland.

Having already partnered in Australia and overseas on some of the most complex rail megaprojects, the team brings together two leading global engineering organisations that specialise in rail; to support the Government on a decade-long journey to deliver this transformational project.

“The selection of EGIS with our partner SYSTRA for the IC services for QTMP further builds on our ambition to be the leading rail professional service providers in Queensland. We are proud to be a part of this significant infrastructure program contributing jobs, growth and sovereign manufacturing capability to the state of Queensland and look forward to working closely with the State, Queensland Rail and Downer to progress this project.”

– Peter Mauracher, Egis Independent Certifier Project Director.

“SYSTRA is continuing to build on our reputation as a trusted independent advisor providing best in class IC services, through our recent engagement with the Queensland Government. Partnering with EGIS, we will help ensure the Government’s election commitment to supply, build and deliver 65 new passenger trains from their Maryborough facility; all in time for the Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The Brisbane-based teams join forces bringing not just local knowledge, but our global might, to ensure this State significant project is delivered on time for the citizens of Queensland.”

– Alana Newbrook, CEO, SYSTRA ANZ.

The QTMP includes:

  • construction of 65 six-car passenger trains
  • construction of a purpose-built manufacturing facility in Maryborough for major manufacturing/assembly works
  • construction of a new rail facility in Ormeau
  • ongoing operation and maintenance of the fleet and rail facility.

Major construction activities on the facilities will commence later this year. The first train is anticipated to be manufactured by 2026, with all trains expected to be in service by 2032. The team look forward to contributing their expertise to this State-shaping program.

About EGIS

EGIS is an international player active in the consulting, construction engineering and mobility service sectors. The Group creates and operates intelligent infrastructure and buildings capable of responding to the climate emergency and helping to achieve more balanced, sustainable, and resilient territorial development.

With operations in 120 countries, EGIS places the expertise of its 16,000 employees at the disposal of its clients and develops cutting-edge innovation accessible to all projects. Through its wide-ranging fields of activity, EGIS is a central player in the collective organisation of society and the living environment of citizens all over the world.

For more information, see www.egis-group.com

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Fanny Rubigny

Brand and Marketing Advisor

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Email: fanny.rubigny@egis-group.com

About SYSTRA 

SYSTRA is one of the world’s leading engineering and consulting groups specialised in public transport and mobility solutions. For more than 65 years, the Group has worked alongside cities and regions, contributing to positive development by creating, improving, and modernising their transport infrastructures.   

The ANZ team is an integral part of the global network, backed by nearly 9,000 experts, providing us the unique ability to be agile with global scale.   


With our first project in Australia almost 20 years ago, in 2022, we opened our first permanent office in New Zealand, and are going from strength to strength, expanding in both geography and head count.  

When a project is complex, high risk and requires deep technical skills and pedigree, SYSTRA ANZ is the signature team.

For more information, visit systra.com/australia, or join the conversation on LinkedIn.

For media enquiries: 

Victoria Black 

Director, Clients, Markets and Engagement 

SYSTRA ANZ 

Tel: 0423844921 

Email: vblack1@systra.com