High Performing Railways
5 major institutions and the Railway Industry Association bring together expert speakers from across engineering and operational disciplines
Pre-released talks available in advance and on demand followed by a live Q&A 13th October and 3rd November at 9.00 - 10.30am.
The need to provide high performance railway systems has never been greater. While the outlook for the rail sector is bright, it faces many real threats in the post COVID era. This autumn, 5 major institutions and the Railway Industry Association bring together expert speakers from across engineering and operational disciplines to present a vision of “High Performing Flexible Railway Systems for the Future” The seminar will cover factors spanning the operational and engineering disciplines, focusing on how they contribute to increasing capacity, reliability, flexibility and resilience, while delivering the high quality of service that customers demand. Watch 17+ pre-recorded presentations from international industry experts in advance of two live 90-minute seminar sessions, each including an interactive Q & A with speakers.
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13 Oct 2021
9:00am - 10:30am
Reasons to attend
5 major institutions and the Railway Industry Association bring together expert speakers from across engineering and operational disciplines to present a vision of “High Performing Flexible Railway Systems for the Future”
Cover factors spanning the operational and engineering disciplines, focusing on how they contribute to increasing capacity, reliability, flexibility and resilience, while delivering the high quality of service that customers demand.
How technical solutions can empower operators to deliver a resilient service and provide them with the data needed to respond optimally to issues and changes, cascading live information to those who need it
How systems are designed to maximise the capacity and reliability of our infrastructure
Tools to predict and prevent failures before impacting operations
How railways respond to urgent challenges such as the drive to decarbonise and to radically reduce the exposure of railway infrastructure workers to hazards while at the same time shifting to 7-day operations
On-demand presentations for 1st Session released
13 October 2021
First live Q&A session
Live Q&A 09:00 to 10:30am (UTC+1)
Covering the pre-release materials for “System Capacity & Operations” above
Keynote - System Capacity, Dyan Crowther & Prof Felix Schmid - Dyan and Felix jointly explore how HS1 successfully operates an international high-speed service and a commuter service while also accommodating a freight service. They discuss optimising system reliability, the challenge of decarbonisation and opportunities for future productivity gains.
Using Systems Engineering to Deliver High Performing Flexible Transportation Systems, Anne O’Neil and Bruce Elliott - Anne and Bruce will draw on their international knowledge of current railway systems engineering practice and identify trends, including a move towards procuring outcomes rather than assets. They will illustrate their findings with real-life case studies and propose lessons to be learned.
Predicting and Managing Performance, Stephen Brown
Every Second Counts, Charles Horsey - In the mid-1990s the Victoria Line set a vision and stretch target for a 40tph service. Fast-forward to 2017 and the line successfully achieves 36tph on daily basis. Charles investigates how the vision was turned to reality and why a whole system approach is required to consistently deliver this level of high performance.
Track train interface influence on brake rates and hence capacity, Dr Daniel Woodland - Daniel investigates train braking and the wheel/rail interface from the perspective of a signalling and control systems engineering. He explores the limitations of train braking; techniques to reliably enable higher braking rates; and how brake rates impact on capacity. Daniel demonstrates it will require a truly multi-disciplinary approach to safely utilise the techniques and achieve optimal capacity.
Flexible Power for Future Systems, Dr Dela Sharifi - Electrification is key to achieving a sustainable railway, however, current systems have remained unchanged for decades. Dela investigates how Static Frequency Converters (SFCs) could be used to provide a more a highly interconnected electrification solution that could provide greater control, increased operational flexibility and system robustness.
Optimised sander configurations to unlock network capacity in low adhesion, Liam Purcell, Andrew Lightoller - Andrew and Liam provide an overview of the problem associated with low adhesion rail head conditions and how sand can be used to improve braking performance. They set out the benefits of the different sanding configurations and suggest an optimum sander configuration for the future which will help to unlock network capacity improvements.
Predicting and managing performance, Steve Brown - For all railways poor operational performance costs money. Steve explores how we can use simulation and modelling to forecast performance, often models will have flaws, but Steve examines how even a wrong model can be useful. He will also cover the subject of planning resources for performance, including some examples of how not to do it.
The role of reliability engineering in the achievement of high performing railways, Nigel Best - Nigel provides an over of the tools and process adopted by Network Rail to improve asset reliability and performance. He looks at the role Reliability Engineering has in delivering high performance and identifies common themes from recent examples across the different rail modes.
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