Rail Infrastructure Asset Management Summit

Using Digital Technologies to Reduce the Costs of Maintaining & Operating New & Existing Railways

6th September 2022, Hybrid Event: London, UK

In-Person, On-line & On-Demand


7:50 am


Integrating The Whole Rail System Built Around The Trains, Signaling, Power, Tracks, Screen Doors, Passenger Information System On-Board And In The Stations Measured In Million Kilometers Between A Service Affecting Failure

“You write the vision statement; you need to tie that vision statement to something that's already of a strategic importance. So, within our organisation, we had this vision statement, putting the customer first, what does that really mean within infrastructure projects? How can we put the customer first in our infrastructure projects? So again, we wrote our strategy around that, on top of that, around the digital journey that a customer should have, and therefore where’s that digital information coming from? How can we make sure we deliver what the customer is after, reliability first and foremost, they need to know when they're going to set off on the train, they're going to arrive at a particular time, they're not going to be late The key things are how do we use digital to make sure things are more reliable?”

• How can the railway drive a modal shift Back to the railway, making the argument for rail being more attractive and greener than alternative transport modes to increase demand in freight and passengers?
• Putting the end customer first: Can owners adopt a more holistic view on system reliability schedule adherence & performance, avoiding unplanned delays to deliver increased reliability and punctuality
• Examples of existing lines using technology to optimize schedule adherence in peak time
• Having a better understanding of the key dependencies between some of these asset classes like the communication between interlocking and crossings

9:30 Audience Q&A


8:40 am


How Are Owners Using Technology to Demonstrate their Investment Regime is Functioning Well & Delivering the Intended Benefits, Understanding the Optimal Lifecycle for Each Asset?

“We're publicly funded and so we need to be accountable for what's been spent and where it's been delivering the right benefit, but we also need the government or whoever is funding the railway to have confidence that our projections are accurate. So to plan your budget it is important to have a good asset management system and understanding of your asset so that you have confidence when you say bridges is whatever cost, it's going to be, that they have confidence that you are going to deliver at that cost and you know your accuracy and your costing models, you have that confidence in them, and you need to build that relationship so that they have an understanding that the railways can deliver.”

• The importance of having a clear process map in rail organizations to reduce cost in operations, maintenance and to help guide your technology selection
• Using technology to forecast and model the impact and deliverables of digital investment in the network to optimize value and incentivize more spend in Rail
• What are owner and undertakers doing to ensure the lowest asset lifecycle costs and not just the lowest construction costs
• What asset management systems are owners implementing to better understand the life cycle of each individual asset to help planning and reduce cost through preventative measure
• How is the data from condition-based maintenance being integrated into existing asset management platforms to drive efficiencies in maintenance scheduling?
• New digital innovations to help railways manage their asset inventories, understanding the real-time health of your network

10:00 Audience Q&A


9:10 am

Best Practice in Reintegrating New Assets and Renewals into Existing Asset Management Systems, Keeping Assets Records up to Date in Response to Renewals & Enhancement Projects

“Managing asset data and information about assets is a big deal. We're a big infrastructure, asset management company, we should have details of our assets and their inspection regimes, maintenance details and everything about them through to renewal, but we do change our assets, and I do still think there's a major challenge in when we do change assets, how quickly we can reintegrate that new asset into our existing systems.”

• How quickly can owners reintegrate new assets and renewals into existing asset management systems to improve operational processes and inspection regimes
• Working with suppliers to agree a standard format for the provision of project and asset records in a form that can be easily utilized by the asset owner
• Best practice on keeping assets records up to date in in response to renewals and enhancement projects to improve knowledge around scheduling asset inspections
• What new railway project management methodologies are owners introducing to reduce time & cost new asset renewals and enhancement projects


9:30 am

Morning Networking Break


10:00 am


Design with a Focus on Quantity for the Planning of Infrastructure Projects, Classifying the 3D Design Process

“Digital twins in design, digital twins in build, digital twins in operations and maintenance or so-called performance digital twin, which you use in the operations and maintenance phase. There are a lot of examples, the holy grail is to align these three. So, start with a design digital twin, have it pass the data on to the build twin, which is more about asset configuration, then pass that data on to a performance twin, where you have your KPIs and your health status and your alarms. If you can align those three twins and avoid reinventing them from scratch each time but build on them as the project progresses”

• Starting with the fundamentals, understanding the key criteria for every new project, is it buildable and what is the optimal design
• What are owners doing to improve design with a focus on the quantity for the planning, quality of 3D designs and classifying the asset design process to eliminate the drawing production
• Using computer generated models to build and construct new railway assets, moving away from paper drawing to improve asset classification
• Examine how moving from drawing production to Model Driven Design can limit the cost for the contractors, eliminating additional project cost due to expensive design flaws and changes
• Using parametric design to change any design attribute whilst ensuring the change is automatically recalculated including the fabrication drawings in your digital twin


10:30 am

The Importance Of Structured Information To Underpin Your Performance Digital Twin, Integrating Dynamic Data From Sensors With Static Data To Improve The Predictive Modeling Of The Performance Digital Twin

• Setting the requirements for your performance twin, building your data models and your BIM models based on those requirements
• Using technology to capture your data in a digital format to make it easier to integrate 3D models and improve verification
• Creating a data platform between operators and infrastructure owners to increase the frequency of infrastructure data from on-board monitoring on trains
• Assigning a production catalogue for each component to increase efficiencies in maintenance processes using a performance digital twin


10:50 am

Applying New Standards for Railway Construction, Examine How Infrastructure Owners Are Applying the International Data Model for Digital Twin to Build a Brand-New Railway Line

• Best practice in using the international data model for digital twin to build a brand-new railway line to reduce cost in build, operations, and maintenance
• Optimal attributes required for each asset class to deliver a successful digital twin, setting up asset classifications, asset hierarchies and implementing system breakdown structures
• What new technologies and solutions are owners using to support new projects using the ISO international data model standards for digital twin
• What have been the challenges encountered in delivering projects thus far and do they outweigh the benefits?

12:10 Extended Audience Q&A


11:25 am

Future-Proofing Railway Infrastructure Asset Management with SAP

Building and maintaining rail infrastructure is an increasingly challenging endeavor due to global population growth, environmental impact, stakeholder requirements and activism and limited resources. Investment in infrastructure is likely to grow significantly in the near future to meet productivity and safety requirements. This session will explain how SAP can help you digitalise rail infrastructure asset management

12:50 Audience Q&A


0:00 pm

Lunch Break


1:00 pm


ROUNDTABLE 1- How Can Rail Support Net Zero to Reduce Carbon in New Railway Construction, Operations and Maintenance, Promoting Sustainability and Material Usability in Rail

“How can rail support net zero? So obviously, part of that is by modal shift, part of that will be by being more carbon efficient. So how do you move to materials with lower carbon? Synthetic sleepers for examples? They're all big hot topics at the moment, a big focus on construction and specification, all those elements. I think people are now moving slowly moving to battery powered diggers, etc. and then concrete is obviously massive in terms of embedded carbon. So how can you get away reducing the carbon in concrete.”

• How can rail reduce the embodied carbon and use alternative sustainable materials
• Using BIM to visualize and record emissions from railway construction projects, impact of cutting trees, construction, and potential relocation of clean energy
• Integrating static data with dynamic data to improve carbon monitoring in engineering projects
• Reducing the cost of electrification schemes to deliver a greener source of power generation for trains
• Using sustainable materials in building and constructions that can be reused like steel in railway construction projects to increase sustainability
• Optimizing designs and modelling to understand the embodied carbon in new railway construction projects
• What new technologies are owners using to identify the optimal worksite to reduce transportation of material, movement of equipment to and from work site
• Monitoring and Tweaking traffic management system to reduce carbon in train operations


1:01 pm

ROUNDTABLE 2 - Building a Data Sharing Model Between Operators and Infrastructure Owners to Leverage More Data for Infrastructure and Train Maintenance

• Building the mechanisms to share data, trains monitoring infrastructure, infrastructure, monitoring trains
• Reducing the cost of infrastructure monitoring, using on-board equipment on trains to monitor the condition of the infrastructure to increase the frequency of monitoring and detects faults earlier
• Examples of cross industry collaboration jointly utilizing data by infrastructure managers and train operators, using on train borne data to improve infrastructure maintenance
• How can the industry improve on-board systems to digitize what the train driver sees so owners are able to, in event of lineside asset failure, assess the causes and identify the best intervention?


1:02 pm

ROUNDTABLE 3 - Overcoming the Challenge of Creating a Harmonized Database with All Assets to Help Owners and Suppliers Exchange Asset Data Safely and Securely

• What are the challenges owners have in implementing digital technologies versus the challenges of the suppliers, collaboration on standard interfaces and sharing of critical data?
• Creating a central database to automatically manager the transfer of data from assets, data from the project to the maintenance team, increasing the lifecycle of assets
• Improving localization of assets on the network, using measurement trains and passenger trains with on-board sensors to identify and digitally classify more asset
• Building a team within the central data department to manage all data trends across the rail organization
• Upgrading obsolete asset management platforms, what new data platforms are operators using to manage their asset data


1:20 pm



1:30 pm


How are Infrastructure Owners Using Digital Applications to Enhance and Assist with Rail Infrastructure Inspections, Improving Accuracy and Safety by Taking Boots Off Ballast

“we're on a journey, I suppose of improving our condition monitoring knowledge. Our systems that we've used historically has involved a lot of manual work, guys going out looking at inspections, I have a team of nine staff and that's what they do, they do the technical inspections on the asset checks and surveys, there's a lot of technological aids and benefits that are coming on stream that would help us get better records and help us do those inspections more efficiently and the net benefit is we have better asset information and knowledge as a result..”

• How are owners using technology to forecast where to spend money, budgeting, planning, understanding the health of your assets
• Using innovative video solution on-board trains to improve frequency of network inspections and safety of workers, benefits of aerial imagery in inspections & surveys
• Drone and robotic inspections and potential for savings in safety and efficiency, solutions for accessing difficult to reach inspections like caves or riverbeds for scour management
• What other technology applications are owners using enhance to inspections and record keeping particularly, progressing inspections with the use of handheld technology


2:00 pm

What Are the Best Applications of Photogrammetry, Lidar, Satellites in Rail Operation

• What are the potential benefits for inspections and maintenance of apply new photogrammetry technologies in rail infrastructure operations?
• How are owners implementing lidar and satellites technologies to monitor bridge strikes, cuttings and embankments and point machines?
• Automating survey data capture, what other opportunities does that bring to increase efficiencies in rail operations
• Using Lidar to automate track design to increase the life cycle of rail tracks, to increase robustness and reduce cost in the infrastructure tamping operations
• Standardisation of the augmentation network to commercialize satellite technology for rail monitoring, how can the industry work quicker to agree common standards on satellite innovation

15:20 Audience Q&A


2:30 pm

Afternoon Networking Break


3:00 pm

Moving the Paradigm From Condition Monitoring Being Seen as Something That Helps You Understand Asset Performance to Something That Helps Owners Understand Asset Safety?

• Examine how infrastructure owner are using remote condition monitoring to replace cyclical maintenance, reducing cost in spare parts, and increasing performance in maintenance regimes
• Latest intelligent monitoring systems to reduce failures or degradation, Improving monitoring of the physical infrastructure, bridges, and earthworks
• Innovative low-cost video inspections systems for infrastructure monitoring, advances in ship to shore video in real time and potential benefits for track safety
• Delivering basic levels of automation to improve fault detection and reduce intervention


3:30 pm

Solving the Supplier and Engineering Challenge of Renewing Digital Interlocking Systems and Using Advanced Technologies to Gain More Maintenance Insights From SIL2 & SIL3 Environments

“There’s a lot of talk about the wayside infrastructure, the more physical infrastructure, getting data from switches and crossings or things like that, but ultimately where the data really hits the fan is if there's a failure in the signaling system in the interlocking and there is now a paradigm shift. The interlocking systems used to be in little grey buildings with steel doors and locked and there was no possibility to get any data out of that. But now, this has really changed thanks to advanced technology with data capture unit data diodes, it's now possible to get data out of a SIL two or SIL three environment in a secure manner.”

• How have owners delivered a smooth transition from replacing old mechanical interlocking systems with new digital interlocking systems, using software to reduce validation and testing
• Implementing a model-based approach for the engineering project cycle from requirements, configuration, software liberation, software and hardware integration, testing, acceptance and final acceptance
• What Opportunities do infrastructure owners now see for cloud-based data analysis of interlocking data
• What new technologies are owners using to retrieve data from sill2 & sill 3 environments to gain more operational and maintenance insights
• Examining the cost and capability implications, understanding the impact to maintenance scheduling
• Which IoT platforms are owners using to analyses the data from their cloud providers


4:00 pm

What Action Can Owners Take to Improve Their Understanding of Track Degradation to Ensure their Actions Increase the Life of the Tracks

“Digital solutions are likely to become an increasingly important method in track asset management, optimizing the decision making of which intervention or combinations of interventions may be most appropriate at a particular location, at a particular time, and being able to predict with a sufficient level of confidence, what various intervention options may give. I’m interested in developments and real-world examples of digital solutions to predict track deterioration and failures, including aiding fault diagnosis”

• How do owners validate the long-term degradation of tamping for ballast and sleepers to be able to build reliable models for track degradation rates and make tamping more cost effective?
• Understanding the connection between the quality from the tamping and the degradation, an overall view of this process including the track lifecycle
• Improving internal communications with undertakers, interpreting documentation to understand the parameters involving the quality of the tamping administered
• Adjusting degradation models to pinpoint the degradation for every track and improve the optimal point of degradation throughout the infrastructure


4:30 pm

Building Asset Resilience, monitoring and remote monitoring, capability of the impact of flooding and landslip, Early Warning Systems for Climate Change

• Weather conditioning monitoring, what systems are owners employing to improve preparedness for adverse weather conditions
• How can you use much more accurate weather forecasts to understand convective rainfall where it's going to impact and take measures accordingly
• What changes are owners making to Veg and tree cutting management to help mitigate some of the effects of climate change
• Implementing solutions to manage intense heat that can cause buckling of the rails and cause possible derailments
• Upgrading legacy drainage systems to new systems that handle larger volumes of rainfall to improve the reliability of operations

17:50 Audience Q&A


5:00 pm

Chair Closing Remarks


5:10 pm


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