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Paul Swift

Paul Swift
Address: Rail Planning Services – 702, 91 Phillip Street, Parramatta NSW 2150
E-Mail: paul.swift@railplanning.net
Phone: 0459 812 018

With more than 25 years’ experience working within the various Australian Rail Networks, Paul is a highly motivated Project manager who has worked on a range of major rail developments in the Sydney metropolitan area, SA Heavy and light rail systems, QLD Freight Systems (Aurizon). Paul has a strong track record of working in live rail environments and has extensive knowledge and understanding of the construction, maintenance and asset management requirements of the rail infrastructure, including OHW, transmission/cabling, traction and none traction substations, HV and LV installations, signalling, civil structural and track.
Paul also has extensive knowledge and understanding of the construction, maintenance and asset management requirements of the rail electrical infrastructure and extensive knowledge around not only technical challenges / evaluations but also requirements around systems and processes (e.g. Isolations / switching and asset registers and requirements of the Sydney Trains Maintenance teams.


• Significant electrified rail network knowledge
• Stakeholder Management
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills
• Problem solving skills and ability to identify and act on issues
• Proven ability to establish and maintain strong positive working relationships
Laing O’Rourke
Construction Manager – Bauhinia Electrification Project 2012 – 2015
Responsible for the Tendering, Concept Development, Design, Procurement, Construction and Commissioning of all associated Power Systems assets including 132kV Switch Yard, Feeder Station, Track Sectioning Yard, 9 Auto Transformer Locations, communications and 5.2km of Duel Circuit 132kV Transmission Line. This included the introduction of first principles power modelling to determine load requirements for set operational performance criteria and determining the required configuration of the network. The introduction of Static Frequency Converters (SFC) as a traction power quality solution for the first time in Australia and a first worldwide for a 50 hertz direct to OHW system solution. The introduction of 3 position motorised isolators with remote earthing capability, incorporating duel detection systems and real time CCTV monitoring which was a first for Aurizon and any rail network in the country.
Responsible for ensuring a safe design and delivery method (SiD) was employed through implementing best practices including Safety in Design workshops, detailed management plans and safe work procedures across the project all to Aurizon requirements and specifications.
Construction Manager 2011 – 2012
Novo Rail is an alliance comprised of RailCorp, Laing O’Rourke, Aurecon and O’Donnell Griffin. Responsible for safely delivering a range of Substation, overhead wiring (OHW) and transmission Line works to meet RailCorp’s specifications.
Electrical Manager 2010 – 2011
Managed Laing O’Rourke Rail capability across NSW delivering a substantial programme of infrastructure works across Sydney’s rail network. Responsible for safely delivering a range of Substation, LV installations, Transmission Line and overhead wiring (OHW), track and signalling works to meet various client requirements.
During this period was part of the successful bid team for the Auburn Stabling Project and went on to manage the successful delivery of all electrical packages including Substations, Transmission Line works, HV & LV cabling, lighting and power LV services, Signalling power supplies, Over Head Wiring System.
Integration Manager, Electrical 2009 – 2010
Cronulla Line Duplication – Responsible for mediating and applying relevant knowledge for the design review processes for electrical packages and other related interface packages. Monitored the implementation and construction of approved designs, managed RailCorp resources (isolations, supervision, specialist roles, commissioning and handover), facilitated RailCorp’s operational and asset acceptance and handover of electrical systems, identified defects and managed the defects close out. His team was responsible for the reconfiguration and commissioning of the OHW and HV transmission systems with no issues or defects.
Integration Manager, Electrical 2008 – 2009
Epping to Chatswood Rail Line – Responsible for facilitating RailCorp’s operational and asset acceptance and eventual handover of electrical systems and ensuring electrical assets were fit for purpose and appropriately certified and commissioned. Identified defects and closely monitored the defects close out, ensured relevant processes were in place for RailCorp to meet statutory and regulatory requirements and devised training development programs for new infrastructure and facilitated effective asset and operational handover to the client including relevant configuration management, training and defect management on schedule while successfully managing the interfaces and integration of the new assets into the existing RailCorp network.
Asset/Project Manager – Major Periodic Maintenance 2001 – 2008
Responsible for major periodic maintenance projects such as substation upgrades and rebuilds, OHW rebuilds and renewals, transmission line construction and upgrades, Value Management Studies, interfaces for external party projects impacting on rail.
Electrical Maintenance Engineer – Infrastructure Maintenance Division 2007 – 2008
Responsible for managing the electrical routine maintenance budget in the order of $4 million, developing future routine maintenance plans and budgets, monitoring capital and clearways projects in excess of $20 million and attend regular Maintenance engineer forums with site of improved consistency across the metropolitan and develop lessons learnt. Facilitated regular team briefings providing up to date feedback on team performance and business goals and focus and set targets and goals for direct reports and formalise through a PDP.
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Electrical Asset Engineer – Infrastructure Maintenance Division 2002 – 2007
Responsible for developing, maintaining and implementing long term asset management plans to ensure reliability and performance in accordance with current and future operational requirements in a financially responsible manner. Carried out project delivery, practical completion and hand over acceptance in confirmation of work being completed to specified programs and scopes. Identified project deliverables (key milestones) and monitored and reported progress against them.
Infrastructure Maintenance Engineer 2001 – 2002
Responsible for all aspects of routine maintenance for the Illawarra contract including Electrical, Signal and Civil disciplines as well as all maintenance staff related issues. Manage the full range of routine infrastructure maintenance operations and emergency response services, spanning the Electrical, Signals and Civil disciplines.
Liaise with clients to ensure customer requirements are accurately interpreted and customer service meets or exceeds expectations. Instigate corrective action when required to ensure customers are satisfied with delivered services. Identify and develop innovative techniques and solutions with respect to maintenance work methods and processes to improve efficiency and reduce costs. Coordinate and liaise with internal and external specialist to deliver an integrated and responsive maintenance service to chart requirements.

Graduate Diploma Engineering (Maintenance Management)
Diploma in Electrical Engineering
Advance Certificate in Applied Industrial Electronics
Qualified Supervisors Electrical Licence