Short-term renewal savings today can result in cost rises tomorrow

Swedish train seen from aboveAFRY/Transport Styrelsen

Data-based strategic asset management enables multi-purpose utilisation of data to support decisions at the management level. For example, modelling existing data can lead to high levels of optimisation in current processes and it facilitates answering the relevant questions with clear and concise messages, Christian Blättler, Manager Strategic Asset Management, Technology & Investments at AFRY tells RailTech.com in an interview.

Blättler, who is also a member of the Strategic Asset Management leadership team at engineering, design and advisory firm AFRY, explains that what the company offers is essentially a sense of perspective, an overview that management can use for the sake of comparison or in order to simulate various scenarios. “This way, we – as an external party – support those people within an organisation already working on an issue, and helping him or her to present their justification to higher-ups and initiate change. We offer leverage”.

While AFRY offers a perspective, Blättler says that it is important not to come across as wanting to overshadow existing expertise and experience within an organisation. “There is not one truth, and it is clear that our clients know their network and infrastructure better than we do. We just use their take the data and make sense of it. And in doing so we allow for a fact-driven, differentiated discussion

“By modelling the asset data that the infrastructure manager already generates, further insights can be provided with a focus on the type of result management requires to guide strategic decision making”, Blättler concludes.

Curious about what AFRY has to offer? Join us next month at the Intelligent Rail Summit 2022, where Blättler will highlight this topic in a presentation. Click here for more information and registration.

The entire interview will be included in the special download magazine for the event, which will become available on October 13. 

Author: Nick Augusteijn

Chief Editor, RailTech.com

1 comment op “Short-term renewal savings today can result in cost rises tomorrow”

bönström bönström|12.10.22|10:55

Currently, at railways, Short Time attentions, regrettably, decisively not “can”, but does – and in fact is devastating.
“Optimal Maintenance”, mantra,…, tells about two things:
1. Maintenance has become very costly.
2. A shift is needed.
Even worse, “maintenance” is not relevant, but wrong and misleading, as majority of attending is for repairing…
A shift is needed. “Investments” now made are “cementing” – and paving for even further (now big business…) “optimal maintenance”, etc.

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