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Agenda - Day One

Day 1 -Tuesday March 27, 2018

Driving The Practical Implementation Of Life Cycle Cost, Asset Management And Condition Based Maintenance Strategies To Ensure Maintenance Of Rolling Stock, Equipment And Maintenance Facilities Can Be Optimally Delivered

08:45 Coffee and Registration

09:15 Chair's Welcome and Introduction

Chair: Keith Abate, Senior Director of Business Development, Perpetuum

09:20 Challenges and Lessons Learned- Implementing a Large Rail Replacement and Upgrade 

CTA has undergone a significant transformation of its rail fleet since 2011.  Almost half the fleet has been replaced with new cars that have substantially different and/or new technology from the previous fleet.  We will discuss the challenges related to implementing a large fleet replacement and discuss lessons learned during the process.   CTA's current rail maintenance and vehicle upgrade/replacement projects will also be presented.

Chris Hegarty, General Manager, Rail Engineering & Technical Services,  Chicago Transit Authority

10:00 Questions & Discussion

Learning From Transit Agencies' Experiences With Data As A Maintenance Tool

10:05 Processing Big Data for Maintenance - What New Technologies Can Be Applied to Rolling Stock in a Cost Effective Manner?

How can agencies ensure they are getting maximum value from their data - collection, storage, processing, and presentation. With systems tracking the activities of maintenance staff, as well as Rolling Stock itself generating data it is essential that all data is captured systematically so it can be compared accurately with previous and future data.  Value can be realized from data outside of the systems that generate and store them.

  • Utilizing real time monitoring - getting data from the source to your database, and then actually using it.
  • How you can crunch the data into useful formats that can be processed in a meaningful and easy to understand way
  • Analyzing and interpreting data and establishing trends
  • Importance of data quality and data as an asset

Mike Nabhan, Asset Management Administrator/Report Developer, Regional Transportation District, Denver

10:45 Questions & Discussion

10:50 Networking Refreshment Break

11:30 From Data To Intelligence - The Role Of Data In Effective Asset Utilization And Maintenance Cost Reduction
The focus of rail asset lifecycle management technology is the automated collection and analysis of data to allow for high performance asset management and planning, allowing train operators to increase utilisation and reduce maintenance costs. The lifeblood of these solutions is actionable intelligence derived from the processing of the abundance of raw data available from sensors onboard and wayside. Drawing on recent project examples from across the European passenger and Australian freight sectors, this presentation will look at the benefits of rail asset lifecycle management and demonstrate how many customers are deriving real value from these solutions.

Lee Braybrooke, Director of Marketing, Trimble Rail

12:00 Questions & Discussion

12:05 Creating the Best Value for the Life of an Asset - Whole Life Costing And Tracking From Rail Car Design Through To Maintenance Shop

  • Reduction of asset downtime as a key performance indicator for transit agencies and operators
  • Factoring train design into a comprehensive maintenance plan and scheme to optimize train maintenance
  • Using data analytics to anticipate and schedule maintenance activities before failures occur
  • Optimizing the cost of the asset over its total life and decreasing operational downtime

Examples using the Avelia Liberty next generation high-speed trainsets for Amtrak and the Avelia Pendolino for Virgin's West Coast Main Line will illustrate these concepts to increase rail asset availability and decrease train immobilization time.

Nicolas Flix, Maintenance Engineering Director, Services, North America - Alstom

12:55 Questions & Discussion

1:00 Lunch in the Networking Exhibition Area


2:00 Linking Maintenance Planning with the Evolution of Your Fleet - Devising Successful Maintenance Strategies for Managing and Modernizing an Ageing Fleet and Transitioning to a New Fleet

  • MTA's Metro Fleet Replacement and Train Control Project
  • Ageing Fleet - Managing Changing Maintenance Needs Over Time
    - Work Orders
    - Trend Analysis - Operational On Time Performance
  • Ageing Fleet - After Market Equipment
  • System Modernization Over the Life of the Fleet
  • Ageing Fleet - Strategically Targeted Overhauls to Increase Fleet Reliability
  • New Fleet - Design/Performance Criteria to Ensure Long-term Maintainability and Lower Life Cycle Costs
  • Stakeholder Input
  • Incorporating Maintenance Lessons Learned
  • New Fleet - Technology Considerations
    - Passenger Enhancements
    - Maintenance Enhancements
  • New Fleet - Decommissioning of Old Fleet and Transitioning to New Fleet
    - Railcar Considerations
    - Wayside Considerations
  • New Fleet - Maintenance Personnel
    - Mechanical to Software  - Assessing the Need for New Positions
    - Recruiting New Employees
  • New Fleet - Manuals and Training to Support a Successful Maintenance Program
  • Manuals
    - Training Maintenance Staff
  • New Fleet - Warranty and Parts Support
  • New Fleet - Monitoring Reliability Targets and Reporting
  • Key Takeaways

Vernon Hartsock, Deputy Chief/Chief Engineer, Maryland Transit Administration

2:40 Questions & Discussion

2:45 NYCT Case Study: Practical Implementation Of Reliability Upgrades on Aged Equipment in Transit Subway Operations to Extend Maintenance and Age Intervals

NYCT has been plagued by a long obsoleted Master Controller on the R46 fleet. This is like no other Master Controller in service in transit. It is a massive electro-pneumatic hybrid which has been one of the top points of vehicle failure specifically on the 8th Avenue lines. In January 2017, NYCT brought in Knorr to remediate the issue. Aesthetically identical to the original early 1980's design but, internally modern and removing the troublesome original 1970 electronic suite. Knorr reduplicated and modernized the original 1970's pneumatic control portions and developed specific new components which will allow the R46 to successfully soldier on for at least another 1-2 decades whilst the new generation cars come on line. Richard's presentation will describe the challenges faced before the live operation started in December 2017 with NYCT:

  • R46: Master Controller Modernization/New design fororiginal legacy Controller
  • R68: Using modern machining techniques to design complete new brake control manifolds in original design envelope/footprint and lower costs by 70% to end user
  • R46,R62,R68. By using modern CMM measuring, to reverse engineer original obsolete cast sub components and change to a 4 axis machined component, which operates exactly the same, in same footprint. No longer will authorities be faced with the challenge of lost and destroyed molds/tooling of legacy components by OEM Manufacturers. Digitizing these components means they last in perpetuity as "code".

Richard Stelmach, Deputy Director, NYCT Programs, Knorr Brake

3:25 Questions & Discussion

3:30 Networking Refreshment Break

4:00 Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) Case Study: Adapting Maintenance Responsibilities to New Rail Car and Regulations

  • TTC - Brief History/TYSEE
  • New TR (Toronto Rocket) train
  • Condition Based Maintenance (CBM)
  • Adapting line specific capacity configuration
  • Adapting to city policies and international social life:
  • Adapting to regulations (overview of open design that allowed to adapt effectively)

Guennadi Moussienko, Assistant Manager, Rail Vehicle Engineering, Toronto Transit Commission

4:35 Questions & Discussion

4:40 Main Aspects To Consider For Organizing And Delivering A Successful Technology Leap Forward For Rolling Stock Maintenance From The Transit Authority's Perspective

  • Focus areas to consider when thinking about a technology leap forward
  • Highest impact shortcomings that ruin technology projects
  • Burying the myth of the Return on Investment on Technology
  • Lessons learned from some Transit Authorities' real experiences (real cases)

Alvaro Zevallos, Chief Business Development Officer, NEM Solutions

5:00 Chair's Conclusion to Day One

5:05  All Attendee Evening Networking Drinks - Sponsored By Perpetuum 

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