|Objective 1: To adopt best practice from other
industries in inspection and maintenance optimisation (e.g., highways,
aerospace...). The project will demonstrate how the benchmark possession
time for key maintenance tasks can be reduced by up to 50%;
Objective 2: To develop novel track inspection approaches for freight and mixed traffic routes. The project will demonstrate how the benchmark for possession time for track inspection can be reduced by up to 75%;
Objective 3: To research and assess innovations that have the potential to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of large scale maintenance processes (e.g., grinding and tamping). The project will undertake simulations to show how these technologies can reduce the benchmark possession time by up to 25%;
Objective 4: To develop further key technologies that will drive the development of modular infrastructure design. It will be demonstrated during the project that these technologies can reduce the benchmark possession time for installation, maintenance and inspection during the life of the asset by at least 50%;
Objective 5: To develop a new maintenance planning and scheduling tool that is able to optimise the programme of required maintenance activities, taking account of the benefits brought about by other improvements in the AUTOMAIN project. The tool, together with the other individual subsystem level improvements will reduce the overall benchmark possession time by 40%.