Dr. Bennie is Chief Technical Officer for Etion Digitise where he is responsible for guiding railway systems engineering strategy and development within the company and has more than 37 years working experience in the railway systems and signaling arenas.
His recent railway project involvement includes leading the design and specification of the signaling, telecommunication and condition monitoring systems required for the upgrade of the TFR Manganese export line and the Majuba link line. Recently he conducted the assessment of the Western Australian railway strategy for train control and migration to onboard authorisation systems.
He also contributed to the provision of GSM-R communication systems in the South African metropolitan areas and the provision of systems engineering and integration services on the country wide passenger rail re-signaling program.
Experience with on-board electronic systems include a feasibility study of in-cab signaling and protection systems for sub-urban passenger railways, as well as the development of freight rail communication and control systems.
He led the development of integrated railway systems such as rolling stock and infrastructure condition monitoring for TFR. He is also experienced with development of electromagnetic compatibility standards and compliance assessment of most of the rolling stock employed in South Africa.