Brendan Cassels

Brendan is a chartered civil and structural engineer and an Arup Associate. He acts as Arup’s subject matter expert in Trackslab design for Australasia undertaking design and client advice roles on projects such as Gold Coast Light Rail, Cross River Rail, Sydney Metro, Melbourne Metro, Inland Rail and the Integrated Train Testing Facility in Singapore.  

Brendan also serves as the rail team leader for Arup in Queensland and holds project leadership roles on projects such as Beerburrum to Nambour duplication project and Beerwah to Maroochydore Rail Extension preliminary evaluation.

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AusRAIL Custom Stand Venue guidelines

All temporary structures will be professionally designed, structurally sound and will contain reasonable provision for:

  • Safety of persons to be accommodated in the event of fire including means of egress
  • Prevention of fire
  • Suppression of fire
  • Patrons must give consideration for wheelchair access to the Stand (NCC – Section D3.3) The reduction of the existing level of fire protection is not permissible.

Designers and builders have an obligation to design and construct to these principles and any relevant standards or legislation while meeting the special needs of their client. Parts of these principles include:

  • Stands over 18m2 where roofing is fitted must have a “Smoke Detection Device” and have a fire extinguisher installed. The recommended material for the roofing is “shark tooth” type material that allows water penetration from sprinklers and fire cannon.
  • Audience chairs within a temporary structure must be secured in groups of not less than 4 and not more than 16. Maximum seats in each row must not exceed 8 where there is an aisle at one end only or 16 where there are aisles on both sides of the row. (NCC NSW H101.11.1).