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7:00 AM


7:05 AM


8:00 AM


Keynote Presentation: AI and Railways: Taking Rolling Stock Performance to New Heights

“AI holds transformative potential for the railway industry, offering improvements across various domains. One domain ripe for AI-enabled transformation is rail asset management. With the right mix of insight, expertise, and tools, their use of AI can become incredibly transformative – building a foundation that will reshape rail asset management. Learn how Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) uses cameras to visually inspect critical components and AI to gauge wear and tear. This helps SBB minimize unplanned maintenance outages, so passengers get where they want to go on time and safely.”

Francesco de Toma, Industry Advisor for Construction, Real Estate, Travel and Transportation, SAP
Alicia Gutierrez, Global Senior Solution Manager, Rail transportation, Travel and Transportation IBU, SAP

8:40 AM

Developing the Capabilities to Bring Digital and Automated Systems into A Single Linear View to Increase Visibility and Speed of Decision Making in Rail Operations

• Are there any asset management systems that allow operators to have one single view of all their fleets regardless of manufacturer age, or type.
• Making the business case for buying or developing internal systems to deliver a single systems view of your asset in rail. Improving transparency, decision-making, cost of ownership and reducing life cycle cost in rail
• What are the economics involved in investing in external asset management systems, are the cost involved viable for smaller operators and what is the expected pay back from such an investment?
• How are producers of asset management solutions bringing their experience in the broader market into the rail sphere, what are the opportunities to further optimize the integration of these solutions within rail?
• Can advancements in asset management systems help operators deliver efficiencies and improve forecasting for when assets are going to fail or go outside of their operational parameters in train operations?

9:00 AM

Rolling Stock Manufacturer View on The Maintenance Regime of The Future, Including Predictive Maintenance and Potential Impacts to Current Installed Maintenance Facilities

• What do train manufacturers regard as their best predictive maintenance regime for their new platform of trains, comparing performance in kilometers between interventions or downtimes?
• How do the manufacturer’s suggested predictive maintenance regimes affect the lifetime of maintenance operations over the course of maintenance operations for the life cycle of the fleet?
• Implementing predictive maintenance on the installed base as well as on new trains, what can operators learn from manufacturers in improving their own maintenance strategies?
• Understanding the cost implications of upgrading the current installed base for maintenance facilities to meet new predictive maintenance regimes.
• How are manufacturers combining their operational experience in building and maintaining trains with feedback from suppliers and end clients to further optimize developments in rolling stock and maintenance?

9:30 AM


30 minutes networking break and refreshments in the main networking and exhibition space of the summit.

10:00 AM

Innovative Tools to Optimize Planning and Scheduling in Rail, Delivering Benefits in Maintenance, Data Collection and Rolling Stock Operations

• Application of digital twin in fleet maintenance, what type of sensors and evaluation of real time data do operators require for predictive maintenance and examples of comprehensive rollouts.
• What technologies are operators buying or developing internally to assist in rolling stock maintenance, how is technology helping to reduce the cost of ownership?
• Constructing the internal processes to manage and interpret the data from new digital systems, developing new internal structures and upskilling the workforce to maximise your investments.
• Making the step from proof of concepts to actual full-scale implementation, delivering end to end of implementation of new technologies related to maintenance.

10:20 AM

Fireside Chat: Utilizing the Current Information Streams Within Rail Systems, linking legacy Data with Algorithms, Enabling Condition Monitoring Based Maintenance Without Further Investments in New Systems

• Understanding what data streams we have, what is currently available within the industry, how do we collect, analyse, and manipulate data to use for an intervention or a prevention.
• Taking advantage of the granularity of information and frequency of data sources within current systems, developing further insights to improve reliability and availability in maintenance.
• implementing low-cost strategies to collect and analyse legacy data for current rail assets how are operators delivering improvements in operations without further investment in technology.
• What are the limitations on collecting data from legacy assets operators currently operate, inherent constructional challenges with the design of the fleet and cost of processing data.

10:50 AM

Case Study: What Are the key Factors Operators Must Consider in Maintaining Operational Performance in Legacy Fleets Towards the Last 10 Years of Their Operating Lifetime

• Contribution of the maintenance organization to the operational performance of the train, does the maintainer have the best competence or access to the train to deliver the right intervention.
• Understanding the limitations and challenges the inherent constructional quality and design of the train might provide in restricting improvements in performance and reliability in older fleets.
• Collaborating with suppliers and other operators to find new strategies and approaches to improve availability and reliability during lifetime operations.
• What components are operators exchanging to deliver an additional 10-15 years of reliability in older fleets, delivering customer satisfaction and improved performance on legacy trains?
• How can operators better organize their maintenance organization to allow engineers more time to make change requests and maintenance modifications without bypassing safety regulations?
• Improving forecasting for obsolete computer and software parts on-board rolling stock, reducing the operator vulnerability of trains being put of service for a lack of parts.

11:20 AM

Panel Presentations: Maintenance Optimization, Implementing Sustainable Maintenance Practices, Extending Component Lifecycles, Improving Standardization and Obsolescence to Reduce Cost in Maintenance

• How are operators finding innovative ways to do condition assessment of their components to ensure they are still fit for purpose, building proactive maintenance strategies to enhance reliability?
• Strategies for optimizing maintenance plans to extend the maintenance regimes of all components and reduce material usage and cost in maintenance.
• What is the impact of digitalization of supply chain processes on sustainability in fleet maintenance? How are operators using data and digital tools to drive improvements and reduce waste in the supply chain?
• Improving obsolescence and the lack of standardization, working with supplier and OEMs to standardize platforms and parts in every generation of train platforms to reduce cost in rail.

Shakil Ismail, Head of Fleet, Eversholt Rail Group
Sophie Verbeek, Senior Manager leading digitalisation rolling stock & maintenance, NS

12:00 PM


1 hour networking break including lunch and refreshments in the main networking and exhibition space of the summit.

1:00 PM


Audience Roundtable Discussion: Exercising Greater Cost Control to Reduce Cost of Fleet Maintenance Operations, Implementing Condition Monitoring to Reduce Demand on the Supply Chain and Expenditure on Materials

• How are operators adapting to a new operating environment and the pressure to exercise even greater cost control, reducing overheads in maintenance to deliver value for the taxpayers?
• How do suppliers ensure their new solutions and technologies reduce the cost of ownership, creates value for customers or improves safety for employees to meet the needs of operators
• Improving obsolescence and the lack of standardization of spare parts to reduce the impact on the supply chain, stock keeping and administration.
• Implementing condition monitoring and using information from these systems to replace components and assemblies based on condition as opposed to set mileage or set time intervals, reducing material demand in rail.
• Using digital twins to improve co-operation between operators, ROSCO’s, manufacturers and the component supplier, optimising information flows and moving to a condition replacement-based maintenance schedule.
• Understand the environment’s assets are working to avoid over maintaining or over utilising some component based on the environment your trains route operations.

1:40 PM

Getting the Information Required to Operate Safely and Legally, Navigating the Potential Conflicts Between Commercial and Safety Interests of Third Party or Outsourced Maintenance?

• What are the practical challenges by either third party or outsource maintenance, and how best can the industry resolve these issues, examining the operator and maintainer point of view?
• Improving collaboration and the contractual processes to meet operators’ priorities and obligations and ensure operators have the required information needed to operate safely and legally.
• Planning to succeed, making sure third-party maintenance agreements are meeting the goal of ensuring a train that’s fit for the customer.
• Best practice between operators and maintainers to improve visibility of the full defect status of a fleet presented for service, building confidence in the relationship to drive maintenance growth

Sutopa Paul, Head of Fleet Contracted Maintenance, South Western Railway

2:00 PM

Leverage Relationships with Startups and Academia to Bring Down Cost of Processing and Analyzing Data, Increasing Engagement with SMEs And Universities to Develop Strategic Approaches to Data

• Examine why closer engagement and sharing of data with academia and SME’s benefits not just the rail industry but also research, academia, and has a wider impact to the education system?
• Working with academia to improve cost benefit analysis of digital projects in rail, understanding the challenges and developing strategic approaches to realizing the return on investment.
• Creating an industry data sharing platform with suppliers to share challenges, directing suppliers where they should focus their innovation, moving towards addressing more challenges.
• How do suppliers validate new solutions and technologies reduce the cost of ownership, creating value for customers or improving safety for employees to meet basic requirements
• What are the challenges for suppliers interfacing with multiple stakeholders to deliver solutions for rolling stock, who makes the investment in terms of digital services for the future?

Gareth Tucker, Professor of Railway Systems Engineering, Institute of Railway Research, University of Huddersfield

2:30 PM


Panel Discussion: What Is the Industry Doing to Address the Challenge of The Engineering Skills Shortage in Rail Maintenance

• Addressing the skills shortage in the industry, what are the short-term challenges to maintaining the current levels of maintenance.
• How do you encourage young people to come into the industry, what skills do they need when they come into rail and can they develop a clear career path in rail
• Balancing the requirements of digitally skilled engineers with the need for mechanically skilled engineers, how do operators cater for all the requirements within their engineering teams.
• How do you ensure your workforce is sufficiently trained and skilled to work with contemporary technology
• Using digitalization to address the organizational challenge of succession planning.to improve knowledge retention in rail maintenance.

3:15 PM


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