Daniel O’Connell

Even with a long career in Rail, Metro Tunnel Project (MTP) Dynamic Testing Manager Danny O’Connell still gets excited when whiteboard concepts become a reality. The London-born engineer has gained a wealth of international experience from diverse and prestigious roles. Starting his career on London Underground, he has worked in the various UK and European jobs assignments as a Project Engineer. A move to the Middle East beckoned as Testing and Commissioning Manager on the Dubai & Mecca Metro projects and Dubai Airport C3. Home soon came calling with the challenge of realising Crossrail’s grand plan of delivering the brand-new Elizabeth line as Dynamic Testing Manager and then head of Rail Commissioning.

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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).