Review Wheel Detection Forum 2015

With over 200 participants from 34 countries, the 3rd Wheel Detection Forum has proven to be really at the heart of the railway industry. More experts than ever before took the opportunity to exchange on “Visions and Trends in Train Detection”.

New research findings and valuable insights into highly topical knowledge were provided by 18 speakers from all around the globe. They stimulated vital discussions and networking that were framed by exciting side events, e.g. in the inspiring atmosphere of the Vienna Technical Museum.

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Participants Statements

Hark Braren

BNSF Railway, United States

“I find this forum very valuable in terms of benchmarking my counterparts in the field in terms of how they apply wheel counting technology to improve the performance of the systems they manage.”

Max Schubert

DB Netz AG, Germany

“Due to this platform we have the chance to connect to people from all over the world from railway business and get an insight on their railways and perspectives and do some networking to companies as well, which is just amazing and very interesting.”

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Phil Blacker

Atkins Global, United Kingdom

“The WDF is an important event: it brings together both system operators and system integrators for a general discussion around wheel detection and the problems affecting modern railways. It has a wide variety of topics – which come together and challenge people to generate ideas allowing them to discuss and transfer approaches and technologies from one area to another.”

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Sanjay Singh

Mumbai Railway Vikas Corporation Ltd. (MRVC), India

“The WDF is a very good forum for exchanging our experiences; various practices being followed by various railways and companies. And it helps us in grasping about new technology which helps us in improving our system back at home.”

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Stewart Rendell

John Holland Rail Pty Ltd, Australia

“It’s been a very interesting couple of days listening to very similar problems that we have at home. And it’s been a great opportunity to speak to other people with similar problems and with completely different problems as well from all around the world, so it’s been a very good event.”

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Vennie Dyavanapalli

Loram Maintenance of Way Inc., United States

“This forum for me is one of the most interesting because it takes a very small topic and really puts a lot of light into it, because I don’t think that wheel detectors get enough attention in a wider perspective in other venues.”

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Railway Technology Gotthard Base Tunnel: Multi Disciplines Project

Lars Dietrich

Head of Engineering

Railway Technology Gotthard Base Tunnel: Multi Disciplines Project

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Transtec Gotthard Zürich/Balfour Beatty Rail GmbH | SWITZERLAND

Train Detection Technical Aspects for Turkish Railways as a Bridge between Europe and Asia

Murat Yesiloglu, PhD

Asst. Prof. Dr.

Train Detection Technical Aspects for Turkish Railways as a Bridge between Europe and Asia

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Istanbul Technical University | TURKEY

Axle Counters in Australia and New Zealand – History and Outlook

Dwayne Allan

Consultancy Services Manager

Axle Counters in Australia and New Zealand – History and Outlook

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Wabtec Control Systems | AUSTRALIA

Fiber Optic Sensing – Revolution in the Railway Sector?

Max Schubert

Head of technology management

Fiber Optic Sensing – Revolution in the Railway Sector?

High Availability: Right Engineering for Axle Counting Systems

Sanjay Singh

General Manager Signal & Telecom

High Availability: Right Engineering for Axle Counting Systems

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Mumbai Railway Vikas Corporation Ltd. | INDIA

The Operational Impact of Counting Head Control and Supervisory Sections

Phil Blacker

Principal Engineer

The Operational Impact of Counting Head Control and Supervisory Sections

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Atkins Global | UNITED KINGDOM

Maintaining Axle Counters in a Tropical Environment

Anthony A. Darama Rajan

Signalling Manager

Maintaining Axle Counters in a Tropical Environment

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ERL Maintenance Support Sdn. Bhd. | MALAYSIA

When Security meets Safety – Chances and Challenges

Thomas Störtkuhl

Team Leader Industrial IT Security

When Security meets Safety – Chances and Challenges

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TÜV SÜD Rail GmbH | GERMANY

Axle Counter using Radio Block Communication in Remote Regions of Australia

Stewart Rendell

Principal Signal Engineer

Axle Counter using Radio Block Communication in Remote Regions of Australia

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John Holland Rail Pty Ltd | AUSTRALIA

Safe Software-based Communication in Signalling

Neil Popplewell

Principal Signalling Engineer

Safe Software-based Communication in Signalling

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Rail Control Systems Australia Pty Ltd | AUSTRALIA

Emerging Trend in Wheel Detection: International Projects in Level Crossing

Petchimuthu Gopalakrishnan

Managing Director

Emerging Trend in Wheel Detection: International Projects in Level Crossing

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TVM Signalling and Transportation Systems Private Ltd. | INDIA

Increased Availability in Level Crossings with Axle Counting Technology

Jose Fonseca

Product Manager Level Crossing

Increased Availability in Level Crossings with Axle Counting Technology

Level Crossing Protection 4.0

Laurenz Trunner

General Manager

Level Crossing Protection 4.0

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EBE Solutions GmbH | AUSTRIA

Using Trackside Equipment to Monitor Performance and Reliability

Hark Braren

Senior Manager Mechanical Condition Based Maintenance

Using Trackside Equipment to Monitor Performance and Reliability

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BNSF Railway | UNITED STATES

Wheel Sensor Integration in Hot Box Detection Systems

Michael Osterkamp

Head of Sales & Marketing

Wheel Sensor Integration in Hot Box Detection Systems

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Progress Rail Inspection & Information Systems GmbH | GERMANY

The Wheel Sensor indispensable for Wheelset Diagnostic System ARGUS®

Peter Neumann

Electrical Engineer

The Wheel Sensor indispensable for Wheelset Diagnostic System ARGUS®

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Hegenscheidt-MDF GmbH | GERMANY

Use of Wheel Detectors in Lubrication Systems in North America

Vennie Dyavanapalli

Product Line Manager

Use of Wheel Detectors in Lubrication Systems in North America

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Loram Maintenance of Way Inc. | UNITED STATES

Press review

Wheel counting in Vienna

Railway track experiences all the climatic extremes the planet can throw at it. It is also subject to heavy loads, vibration, pollution and electromagnetic interference. This is not the ideal environment for an exposed electrical circuit that is a safety-critical element of the signalling system...

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  • Magazine: Rail Engineer
  • Issue: December 2015
  • Author: David Shirres

Experts gather in Vienna

204 railway experts from 34 different countries got together in Vienna from September 30 to October 2, to take part in the third Wheel Detection Forum. (...) Day one of the conference featured four keynote presentations by speakers from Switzerland, Turkey, Australia and Germany...

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  • Magazine: Rail Express
  • Issue: AusRAIL 2015