Programme

15:00
Registration and welcome drink

16:30
Keynote speakers: Trends and visions

19:00
Dinner

20:30
Networking evening

Thursday, 5 October 2017

09:00
New concepts for train tracking

12:30
Networking lunch

14:00
Innovations with Distributed Acoustic Sensing

19:00
Wheel Detection TALK (Networking dinner)

08:30
Panel discussion

09:00
Best practices in wheel detection and axle counting

12:30
Networking lunch

Thursday Schedule

09:00 | New concepts for train tracking


What will digitisation bring for train detection?

Marc Antoni | UIC | FR

  • Digitisation in the detection of railway traffic
  • Axle counter: New opportunities
  • Detection of track circuits
  • Satellite locations, SATLOC, SOTCHI, ERSAT
  • Location via optical fibre

Satellite and railway – game changer in train positioning

Barbara Brunetti | Ansaldo STS | IT

  • ERTMS enhancements
  • Train position and virtual balises
  • Requirements for interoperability

Universal HUMS Enterprise Solution

 Yeo Woo Yee | Singapore Technologies Kinetics Ltd | SG

  • Challenges of Health and Usage Monitoring System (HUMS) implementation
  • Universal HUMS for data harvesting
  • Hyper-Domain Data Analytics Soutions (HDDAS) for Big Data analytics

10:30 | Coffee break


COMPASS Degraded Mode Working System

Mike Greenan | Altran | UK

  • Altran and Network Rail are collaboratively developing COMPASS DMWS (Degraded Mode Working System)
  • Combining outputs from multiple sensors to reliably determine train location
  • Using existing channels for safe and secure communication of authorities to move

Alternative and innovative approach for train tracking technology

Monish Sengupta | Ricardo Rail | UK

  • New and innovative approach with significant findings, highlighting the potential for introducing alternative methods to train positioning
  • Reduction of trackside location correction balises, leading to huge reduction in maintenance activity and provide more flexibility in future track design
  • Sensor fusion algorithm and intelligent sensor selection methodology
  • Similar techniques for software based train control as for aviation, satellite, submarine and other navigation systems

A novel fibre optic sensing system for weighing in motion and wheel flat detection

Antonio Iele | University of Sannio | IT

  • Recent efforts to implement a novel fibre optic sensing system for weighing in motion, wheel flat detection, and train tracking in railway assets
  • The capability of FBG sensors with regard to train tracking and counting axles
  • Main features of the developed system, with the results obtained in real scenarios

12:30 | Networking lunch


14:00 | Innovations with Distributed Acoustic Sensing


Developmental update: North American Fibre Optic Sensing efforts

Hark Braren | BNSF Railway | US

  • Current state: North American wayside detection efforts
  • Exploring possibilities: Potential of Fibre Optic Sensing (FOS) in the freight rail industry
  • Ongoing development: Algorithm use cases, fibre installation and data sharing standards

Fibre Optic Sensing – game changer in maintenance and operation

Max Schubert | DB Netz AG | DE

  • Development of Fibre Optic Sensing (FOS) in railways since first test in 2012
  • Test of several applications and proof of usage in live operation – focus on train tracking and security
  • FOS is just about to get a substitute for different techniques and will soon add new features to the operation and maintenance process

Trial towards simple and informative wayside equipment in East Japan Railway

Akimasa Okada | East Japan Railway Company | JP

  • Expectations to DAS
  • Informative one optic fibre cable: Experiences towards train detection and disaster prevention
  • Future prospects of researches regarding DAS

15:30 | Coffee break


FOAD technology in North American railroads

Matthew Holcomb | Transportation Technolgy Center Inc. (TTCI) | US
Kane Sutton | Transportation Technology Center Inc. (TTCI) | US

  • Fibre Optic Acoustic Detection (FOAD) in the North American freight railroad industry
  • Identification of FOAD technology applications of the railroads as well as guide future application development strategies
  • Development of a draft FOAD fibre cable installation guideline document as well as a FOAD Interface Control Document (ICD)

Localisation of short circuits in the overhead contact line network of ÖBB using optical fibres

Klaus Leithner | ÖBB Infrastruktur AG | AT

  • No accurate detection of the location of the short circuit with conventional technologies
  • Research on short circuit localisation using an optical fibre installed parallel to the line
  • Initial results show that short circuits can be localized accurately to 10 m

Distributed Acoustic Sensing: Visions and benefits in the railway

Michael Thiel | Frauscher Sensor Technology | AT

  • Status quo of DAS capabilities
  • Lessons learnt from 10 installations around the globe
  • Approaches how to harness this promising technology for specific railway applications

19:00 | Wheel Detection TALK (Networking dinner)