Implementing innovative solutions to transform rail operations
As railway networks around the world continue to cope with increasing loads and ageing infrastructure, it is important for the industry to explore new ways of working and adopt modern technology to ensure that the railways are fit for the future.
Railway operators and infrastructure managers are looking for new solutions that can reduce asset inspection time and maintenance costs, decrease train delays and improve workforce safety.
This webinar brought together Thomas Böhm, Chief Data Scientist from KONUX and Annelies Stevens, Manager of Switches at Infrabel, to highlight how innovative solutions are already helping to improve rail operations, but also to delve deeper into the challenges faced and how much further modern technology can be pushed to unlock its full potential for rail. Up for discussion was:
- What are Infrabel’s key challenges when it comes to capacity and reliability?
- What is Infrabel’s approach/vision when it comes to the role of digitalisation in solving these
- What steps/project/examples have Infrabel started.
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Webinar Speaker: Thomas Böhm, Chief Data Scientist, KONUX
Switches and crossings (S&Cs) are responsible for 20 to 30 per cent of infrastructure-related delays, making them one of the most important assets in the railway infrastructure. Globally, over €12 billion is spent each year on maintaining and replacing S&Cs.
For infrastructure asset owners, it is hugely advantageous to know not only what their asset health is today, but also how it will develop in the future, which maintenance actions yielded the best results and how network traffic, as a whole, has deviated from the plan.
In this webinar, we will share case studies of how KONUX is applying artificial intelligence to help infrastructure managers in several countries switch to Predictive and Prescriptive Maintenance to improve network capacity, reliability and cost-efficiency.
Webinar Speaker: Annelies Stevens, Manager of Switches, Infrabel
Annelies graduated in 1999 as a civil engineer in materials science at the University of Ghent. After her studies, she joined the national railway company as team lead of the mechanical department in the materials laboratory. Besides routine mechanical testing, Annelies studied different types of failures on all sorts of components for trains and railway infrastructure. In 2010, Annelies started to work in Infrabel’s Inspection Department, responsible for the quality assessment of the important suppliers of railway infrastructure components such as rails, sleepers, frogs and much more. In 2015, she became the Manager of Switches at Infrabel, responsible for the design and maintenance rules for turnouts. Since her arrival, the priority is the industrialisation of turnouts on concrete sleepers and reducing the maintenance costs.