Digital Infrastructure assisting Asset Management

Join the Asset Management Council Sydney Chapter for a technical session on implementing predictive analytics on one of Australia's largest rail fleets. 

Sydney’s Waratah Train fleet consists of 78 trains that are connected to ICT Shore Systems – producing over 330 Million data points everyday.

In 2017, Downer embarked on a program to use that data to perform predictive analytics as well as a wider transition towards condition based maintenance. The result was TrainDNA and an Integration Operations Centre.

This presentation will cover the components of work and capability brought together to build and implement this capability, the creation of a standardised 10-step approach for other organisations on the Asset Condition Management journey and how it being applied in other domains through the Downer Defence Systems business.

Date:  Wednesday, 16 June 2021
Time: 6pm - 7pm AEST
Place: Online, register to be sent your link
Cost: Free for AMCouncil members, otherwise $30
Earn: 1 CPD point
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  • Saad Khan, Director of Solutions Consulting at Downer Defence Systems, Downer
  • Dr Owen Plagens, Capability & Asset Management Senior Consultant at Downer Defence Systems, Downer
  • Ben McKelvey, Capability & Asset Management Lead at Downer Defence Systems, Downer


Saad is the Director of Solutions Consulting at Downer Defence Systems. He has a Bachelor of Aerospace Avionics Engineering and has completed his Masters of Engineering in Political Risk Management on Large Infrastructure Projects from the Queensland University of Technology. His experience spans multiple industries (Oil & Gas, Rail & Defence) and academia (including National ICT Australia, CSIRO and DSTO) allowing him to lead and see-through - from development to execution – business operational systems that successfully integrate disruptive technologies. In 2019, Saad was selected as one of the Top 30 Most Innovative Engineers in Australia by Engineers Australia.


Owen Plagens is a passionate asset management expert who enjoys learning and applying critical thinking to new tools, technology and systems to solve complex open-ended problems at various levels within organisations. He has hands-on experience shaping an organisation’s asset management and strategic asset management practices from within the organisation and as an external consultant. This includes achieving ISO55001 certification, developing business and technology strategy, working with top management to implement asset management principles and instil supportive culture, assessing asset management maturity, and applying data analytics that are directly linked to achieving organisational objectives.

Owen has primarily worked in the rail and defence industries, and has been exposed to a range of industries through the collaborative work within Downer’s Asset and Data Management Office (ADMO). Owen is currently working for Downer Defence contracting to Defence regarding asset management in Maritime.


Ben McKelvey has been driving asset strategy through various industry sectors and with roles in private and public sectors within Australia and Europe. Drawing this expertise from asset operators, asset owners and professional services, he has been active in delivering strategy and performance to Critical Infrastructure, Defence and Transport assets and the advancing the transport and maintenance industry including ISO55001 certification for Sydney’s Waratah Trains. As the Capability & Asset Management Lead at Downer Defence Systems he is developing asset management strategy, business transformation and integrating step-change innovations for future business operations.



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