Mark Pearse

Technical Director - Rail, WSP
Mark Pearse

I am a senior manager with over 28 years experience of railway project engineering and project management operating in both consultant and contractor environments in the United Kingdom and Australia. I am a railway engineer with extensive experience in all aspects of railway engineering and have a thorough understanding of the interfaces between each of the engineering disciplines.

I have proven business, project and design management skills, having managed a standalone business unit within a large multinational business, large multidisciplinary railway infrastructure improvement projects and construction projects. I have acted as contractor’s engineering manager and responsible engineer for permanent way, civil engineering and design interface management on several projects in the United Kingdom.

I am currently Technical Director and Design Manager on the Gawler Rail Electrification Project in South Australia, Technical Advisor to Link Alliance on City Rail Link in Auckland, Technical Advisor to Level Crossing Removal Project Southern Programme Alliance in Melbourne and various advisory and verification roles (Metro Tunnel, Inland Rail, etc.)

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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).