Improving rail operational performance with smart systems

This paper discusses international trends and Australian examples where improvements in efficiency and effectiveness of the three core operational systems - planning and scheduling, train control and asset management - can be achieved through the application of adaptive and close coupled systems. Traditionally, rail operators have built slack into train schedules as well as additional storage or network capacity as a buffer. Today with the availability and integration capability of smart planning, control and management systems, operators have much greater choice and control over the sustained delivery of rail services. Such an approach will also enable managers to take greater ownership of the strategic direction that rail operational systems should take, leading to significantly improved performance and greater resilience to equipment faults, human errors, traffic perturbations and external affects. Rail end-users can now specify high performance integrated systems that are both adaptive to the business requirements and resilient to cope with day-to-day perturbations. This together with a move to international standards and greater vendor independence is challenging the traditional approach of non-integrated and highly customised systems.

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  • Pagination: 13p. ; PDF
  • Monograph Title: AusRAIL PLUS 2015, doing it smarter. People, power, performance, 24-26 November 2015, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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  • Accession Number: 01601968
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: ATRI
  • Created Date: Jun 17 2016 9:47AM