Tilo Franz

Executive Regional Director Australia & New Zealand (acting)
Tilo Franz

DB Engineering & Consulting GmbH / Part of DB E.C.O. Group

Tilo Franz is the Executive Regional Director of DB Engineering & Consulting for Australia and New Zealand. As part of the global DB Group, DB Engineering & Consulting advises government and industry clients on all aspects of planning, engineering and construction of railway systems as well as their operations and maintenance.

Tilo has more than 30 years of experience designing and operating railways across Europe, Asia and Australia.

Before joining the DB Engineering & Consulting team in Melbourne, Tilo was the General Manager of Canberra Metro Operations and Maintenance, CMET, which is the operator of stage 1 of Canberra’s Light Rail network. Under his leadership the ACT’s first Light Rail system was launched successfully in 2019 and has been running since then at a 99.99% overall reliability level.

Tilo has served as the accredited railway operations manager for several rail systems internationally over his career and has also been a Project Director for the delivery of rail infrastructure projects.

Before Tilo moved to Australia with his family he was Managing Director of an international Railway Engineering & Consulting company with offices in Germany, Greece, Turkey, Singapore, Bangkok and China.

Tilo is a passionate advocate of Australia’s rail development and would particularly like to see the development of a high-speed rail network in Australia. He also sees the Zero Emissions Rail Initiatives as an enabler for our nation’s target to reduce the carbon-dioxide emissions as Australia has recently committed to joining other nations around the globe.

Tilo holds a Masters of Science Degree in Comprehensive Railway Engineering from Germany’s University of Transport “Friedrich List” in Dresden.

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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).