The high level aim
of the AUTOMAIN project is to make the movement of freight by rail more dependable (reliable, available, maintainable and safe) through the generation of additional capacity on the existing network. Through the widespread introduction of automation that is designed to improve the Reliability, Availability, Maintainability and Safety (RAMS) of railway infrastructure equipment and systems, it is anticipated that required possession time (downtime) of the railway could be reduced by as much as 40%.
Therefore, the philosophy of the
project team is to maintain infrastructure only when intervention is
needed, instead of the now common schedule driven maintenance
strategies. To achieve a step change, improvements must be made to
railway infrastructure maintenance approaches through:
- Increased reliability - This can be accomplished by means
of more effective maintenance, which is achievable by improving
inspection and monitoring capabilities;
- Increased availability - This can be accomplished by reducing possession times, which is achievable by automating and optimising maintenance planning and scheduling, and also by speeding-up maintenance activities;
- Increased maintainability
- This can be accomplished by reducing the time taken to install and
maintain infrastructure, which is achievable by identifying tasks that
lend themselves to automation and then developing and introducing
- Improved worker safety - This can
be accomplished by reducing the need for track workers to carry out
tasks on or near the line, which is achievable through automated
inspection techniques and the development of modular infrastructure
In order to achieve these goals, the project will meet a series of specific objectives and deliver five key innovations. The work will take place within the framework provided by the project management strategy.
Dissemination sessions: presenting AUTOMAIN results beginning 2014
The AUTOMAIN project is now heading towards its finish Februari 1st 2014.
We very much would like to share our project results with you. These sessions are planned:
Paris, UIC headquarters, France on January 9th 2014. Please contact Andrea Demadonna (UNIFE, Andrea.DEMADONNA@unife.org) for further details.
Milton Keynes, Network Rail headquarters, UK on January 22nd 2014. Please contact Kevin Blacktop (Network Rail, email@example.com )
Braunschweig University, Germany on January 27th. Focus on planning & scheduling. Please contact Frederico Grasso Torro (TUB, firstname.lastname@example.org)
Utrecht, ProRail headquarters, Netherlands on January 30th. Please contact Matthijs Doesburg (ProRail, email@example.com)