The central train station in Konstanz, Germany

Join the discussion about infrastructure monitoring and maintenance at the Intelligent Rail Summit

The central train station in Konstanz, Germany2018, JoachimKohlerBremen / Wikimedia Commons

There are now less than two weeks to go until the Intelligent Rail Summit, which will be held in Konstanz, Germany. On November 16-17, speakers from operators, infrastructure managers, technology companies and the academia will come together to talk about the latest in wayside train monitoring, infrastructure monitoring, asset management and maintenance. Another key element will be the various panel discussions.

it is during such panel discussions that stakeholders speak their mind, also because of the participation of you, the audience. There will be three panel discussions across the 1.5-day conference programme.

The first panel is titled ‘Which should take precedent: Availability or infrastructure condition?’ The European rail infrastructure is heavily used, which often leaves limited time for maintenance. With such initiatives as the Shift2Rail programme, the maintenance window might become even smaller. For a functioning railway system, both the availability and the condition of the infrastructure are essential. How can operators and infrastructure managers find the right balance? Klaus Ulrich Wolter (DB Systemtechnik), Sami Saloheimo (VR FleetCare) and Paul Kootwijk (ProRail) will talk about this dilemma.

On day two of the conference, Anna Oprandi (SBB), Christian Blättler (AFRY) and Christian Aichberger (voestalpine Railway Systems) will discuss spending on assets and innovation. Is it a means to achieve savings or first victim when cost-cutting? The railway sector is trying to cope with the elevated costs of materials in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. This cost issue now exacerbated by the sharp increase in energy costs. Should limited resources now be going towards innovations such as predictive maintenance and the monitoring of energy consumption, in order to achieve more efficiency and thereby reduce cost?

Closing the Intelligent Rail Summit 2022 is a discussion on digital twin in asset management and maintenance. Roel Koehein (GeoNext) and Paul Kootwijk (ProRail) will discuss the human factor in the digital domain. Digital twin is a relatively new phenomenon, yet more and more organisations are discovering the potential digital twins. But how to make the most of this technology? And how do get everyone on board in incorporating digital twins?

Are you interested in joining these discussions? Register for the Intelligent Rail Summit today. For more information about the event, click here. The full programme can be accessed here.

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Author: Nick Augusteijn

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