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Registration and welcome drink

Keynote speakers: Trends and visions


Networking evening

Thursday, 5 October 2017

New concepts for train tracking

Networking lunch

Innovations with Distributed Acoustic Sensing

Wheel Detection TALK (Networking dinner)

Panel discussion

Best practices in wheel detection and axle counting

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)