Institute of Railway Technology

Overview of Services

The Monash Institute of Railway Technology (IRT) at Monash University is the premier track and vehicle railway research centre in Australia, and enjoys an international reputation for excellence in railway research. Monash IRT is one of the main technology service providers to heavy haul railway operations and leading mass transit railway systems, and provides a "one-stop" technology access point for the international railway industry. Monash IRT evolved from BHP's Melbourne Research Laboratories (MRL) in January 2000, and together with its predecessor has been advancing the railway industry through technology for over 50 years.

The institute has an established track record in solving railway related technical issues, and its solutions have been adopted by railway systems throughout the world. The institute's comprehensive and systematic approach to problem solving using its team of experienced technical specialists has led to significant savings to its customers' operating and capital costs, surpassing all expectations and providing value added environmental benefits.

The Monash Institute of Railway Technology is continuously developing new technologies to support increasing productivity and safety requirements at the same time as reducing risks and costs, ultimately improving the bottom line for their clients.

This iLab core contains scheduling for:

  • User accessible, small fatigue testing equipment (subject to inductions, please contact directly)
  • Large fatigue testing equipment (operated by Monash IRT)
  • Access to Monash IRT staff for student supervision and professional services


Prof (Practice) Ravi Ravitharan Rob Lambert
Director Senior Business Manager
+614 09 556 811 +614 29 624 577

Location and hours of operation

Hours Location

Monday - Friday

8am - 6pm

17 College Walk

Clayton, VIC 3191

Links and Resources



Name Role Phone Email Location
Rob Lambert
Senior Business Manager
+61 429 624 577
G26a, 17 College Walk, Clayton
Ravi Ravitharan
+61 409 556 811
G33, 17 College Walk, Clayton