WHO SHOULD ATTEND

Meet Senior Decison Makers From


  • Transit Agencies
  • Metro Operators
  • Intercity Rail Operators
  • Light Rail Operators
  • Streetcar Operators
  • Commuter Rail Operators
  • Heavy Rail Operators
  • Monorail Operators
  • Freight Rail Operators
  • Passenger Rail Associations
  • Federal & State Transport Departments

With The Following Job Titles


COOs, VPs, Directors, Managers, Team Leads & Chiefs Of...

  • Director/Heads of:
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Engineering
  • Maintenance & Planning
  • Engineering and Fleet Vehicles
  • Rail Maintenance
  • Rolling Stock
  • Operations
  • Asset Management
  • Data Analytics
  • Fleet Maintenance/Management
  • Rolling Stock Condition Monitoring
  • Rail Systems
  • Rolling Stock Reliability
  • Network Operations
  • Intelligent Transport Systems
  • Wayside diagnostics

Plus...


  • Rolling Stock Manufacturers
  • Rolling Stock Maintenance Services
  • Controls, Electro-Mechanical Equipment and Drives
  • Overhaul, Maintenance, Repair & Refurbishment
  • Wireless Networks
  • Rail Equipment - Suspension, Wheels,Avis
  • Infrastructure Engineering & Maintenance
  • Engineering, Test & testing Equipment
  • IIoT, Cloud & Big Data Analytics
  • Motion And Fluid Control Technology
  • CBM Technologies And Services
  • Sub Contractors
  • Fleet Management Services
  • Manufacturers of Wheels, Axels, Gear Boxes, Traction Motors, Bearings
  • Life-Cycle Extension Technologies
  • Diagnostic Systems
  • Automation Technology
  • Maintenance Facility Design, Engineering and Construction Companies
  • Asset Management Services

Agenda - Day One

DAY ONE - Tuesday April 27

"BE MORE LEAN & DO MORE WITH LESS RESOURCES"
Smart Maintenance Strategies For Improving Fleet Reliability And Safety
At Reduced Cost & Cost Effectively
Handling Obsolescence And Replacement Components

07:30 Virtual Event Platform Opens. Login and familiarize yourself with the platform features and introduce yourself to other participants

08:30 Chair's Welcome And Introduction

OPTIMIZING YOUR SYSTEMS AND PROCESSES IN A DOING MORE WITH LESS OPERATING ENVIRONMENT

KEYNOTE ENGINEERING LEADERS PANEL:

08:45 Strategic Level Perspectives On Smart Resource Utilisation & Taking Full Advantage Of The Technology & Systems That You Already Have To Cost Effectively Improve Fleet Reliability & Performance

The aim of this panel is to explore and discuss the smart approaches to fleet maintenance that you can embrace during this period of reduced ridership across our passenger rail infrastructure. We'll discuss the opportunities to evaluate your current systems and better use the resources that you have to ensure that you are reaping the full benefits of the new technologies you have invested in.  We'll explore how the how good application of maintenance best practice can be used to control costs and drive long-term business benefits. We'll examine the role of regulators in enabling the easy adoption of innovative new tech, and we'll identify the new automated tools and solutions that you should consider investing in that can reduce your maintenance intervals and extend vehicle life expectancy.  

"What are you're doing today, what can you do better, what do you need to do, and what can you take advantage of?"

Mini Case Study 1: Using Covid As A Catalyst To Drive Innovative Approaches To Maintenance And Achieve Immediate Financial Savings Across Your Rail Operations

Marvin L. Hurt, Director Fleet Engineering - Operations,Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART)

Mini Case Study 2: Exploring How You Can Better Utilize Your Current Resources To Deliver Value For Money And Long-Term Cost Benefits

Frank Palmeri, CRE, PMP, PE, Vice President - Reliability Engineering & Asset Management, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority

Mini Case Study 3 : Examining Your Current Systems - Communication Networks, Onboard Monitoring, Brake Systems Etc, What Are The Opportunities To Understand Performance And Drive Smart Maintenance Approaches?

Vernon G. Hartsock, PMP, Acting Project Director - Transit Development and Delivery, Maryland Transit Authority

Mini Case Study 4: How Can Our Regulatory Bodies Help Drive The Faster Adoption & Integration Of Innovative New Maintenance Software And Solutions?

Devin Rouse, P.E. Executive Officer - Office of Railroad Systems, Technology & Automation, Federal  Railroad Administration

Mini Case Study 5 : Delivering Cost Efficiencies, Reduced Rolling Stock Downtime & Managing Risk Effectively Through A Reliability Maintenance Approach

Bob Spadafora, Senior Executive Officer- Rail Fleet Services, LA Metro

09:45 Extended Q&A

10:30 Morning Networking Break: During the refreshment break, we give delegates the opportunity to hear from and question some of the leading vendors and services providers on some of the new technologies and applications being developed across the rail maintenance operating environment

STRATEGIES AND SOLUTIONS FOR HANDLING OBSOLESCENCE OF COMPONENT PARTS

With an expected lifecycle of 30-40 years for today's rail fleets, and the majority of manufacturers focusing on the production of their next generation rolling stock, supply chain management and obsolescence is a major challenge facing engineers across the rail industry. In this section of the program we will hear from both sides of the equation - kicking off with a rail operators panel that will deep dive into tech specific cases of obsolescence and supply chain management, followed by a case study presentation from one of the worlds leading manufacturers, who will share how they are mitigating the risk and cost impact of obsolescence for rail operators.

SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT AND OBSOLESCENCE PANEL:

11:00 IN A FAST EVOLVING TECHNOLOGICAL OPERATING ENVIRONMENT, WHAT ARE THE STRATEGIES & SOLUTIONS YOU NEED TO CONSIDER TO ENSURE SUPPLY OF REPLACEMENT COMPONENTS & OVERCOME THE CHALLENGE OF OBSOLESCENCE?

The aim of this panel is to explore and discuss through mini case study presentations the technology and component specific approaches to obsolescence and supply chain management. We'll discuss the opportunities to develop inhouse reengineering capability, examine how rail operators have worked with their OEM to ensure continuous supply of component parts, and experiences of utilizing a 3rd party reengineering supplier, one of the fastest growing sub-sectors in the industry.  

"So when we get 10-years into the life of a vehicle and we find that several key suppliers have either gone out of business or have simply chosen not to provide that tech anymore. It affects our ability to maintain the fleet"

Mini Case Study 1: Working With Our OEM To Ensure A Proactive Not Reactive Response To Overcome The Challenge Of Obsolescence Of Brake Control Units, Propulsion Systems & Traction Components

Mark Thompson, Sr. Engineer/Supervisor, Rail Equipment, RTD Light Rail Operations Facility, Denver

Mini Case Study 2 : Examining The Opportunities To Develop Inhouse Reengineering Capability for Electronics & Software Systems

Bob Spadafor, Senior Executive Officer, Rail Fleet Services, LA Metro

Mini Case Study 3 : Ensuring A Continuous Rail Supply Chain In A Covid-19 Operating Environment & Solutions To Overcoming Obsolescence of Component Parts For Our 20-Year Old Driverless Trains In Copenhagen

Max Vibaek, Discipline Manager - Rolling Stock, Metroselskabet I/S

11:45 Extended Q&A

12:30 Case Study: Working In Partnership With Our Rolling Stock OEM To Develop A Proactive Obsolescence Management Strategy To Reduce Risk & Ensure Continuous Supply Of Component Parts

  • The development of an obsolescence management service to protect critical systems in a fast-evolving technological operating environment
  • Ensuring the avoidance of high-cost re-design and reverse engineering scenarios through proactive early-stage obsolescence awareness
  • Increasing awareness of legacy systems across our workforce to understand limitations and future obsolescence challenges
  • Working with our OEM to ensure that 'Last Time Buy' opportunities are flagged when components are entering final production
  • Trending what faults are occurring on our rolling stock to be more proactive in our response to systems and parts failures

13:00 Q&A

13:15 Networking Lunch : During the refreshment break, we give delegates the opportunity to hear from and question some of the leading vendors and services providers on some of the new technologies and applications being developed across the rail maintenance operating environment

DEVELOPING A DIGITIZATION ROADMAP TO REALIZE COST AND OPERATIONAL BENEFITS

The impact of Covid is having dramatic impact on ridership numbers and revenue generation. However, this has created an opportunity for rail engineers to transition and implement new digital maintenance practices and solutions that will enable operational efficiency once things return to normal.

The remainder of today's program will explore the opportunities to digitize your maintenance function. We will discuss strategy development to enable successful project delivery, the new IoT onboard and wayside technologies that are set to transform access to real time performance data, solutions to the interoperability challenges you will face, and overcoming the most common barriers to adoption.

14:15 Brightline Case Study: Utilizing Fully Integrated Predictive Monitoring Systems & Processes To Enhance Operational Practices & Extend Maintenance Intervals Across Our Fleet

  • Keeping 100% of our rolling stock in service for a 1 ½ year period through progressive and advanced monitoring capability
  • Utilizing remote diagnostic systems on our locomotives and carriages to feedback performance information in real-time
  • Exploring the pilot program to analyse vibration on engine cylinders in a live operating environment
  • Leveraging an MRX system that scans the fleet when it comes into the facility - wheels, undercars, pantograph
  • Working with our OEM to write out nuisance faults in our big data for accurate analysis
  • Utilizing vehicle track interface modules and GPS signalling to report back lateral and vertical track defects
  • Future innovation plans - event download with the ability to see images in real-time and utilizing drones for remote inspections

Tom Rutkowski, VP & Chief Mechanical Officer, Brightline

14:45 Q&A

UTILIZING YOUR ONBOARD DIAGNOSTIC MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS TO
DRIVE SMART MAINTENANCE RESPONSES

15:00 Building A Lean Digital Passenger Rolling Stock Maintenance Ecosystem That Optimizes Systems & Processes for Enhanced Operational Efficiency

  • Exploring lean digital philosophy and concepts
  • Applying Lean Digital methodologies and systems to passenger rolling stock maintenance
  • Customization and Integration of Wayside SMART YARD and On Board Condition Monitoring Technologies
  • Understanding engineering workforce training requirements in a new lean digital operating environment
  • Towards building a lean digital ecosystem - case study experience of Konkan Railway

Dr Deepak Tripathi, Chief Mechanical Engineer & Head of Rolling Stock O&M, KonKan Railway Corporation India

15:30 Q&A

15:45 Afternoon break: During the refreshment break, we give delegates the opportunity to hear from and question some of the leading vendors and services providers on some of the new technologies and applications being developed across the rail maintenance operating environment

INNOVATIVE ONBOARD AND WAYSIDE SOLUTIONS AND OVERCOMING BARRIERS TO ADOPTION

16:15 Exploring The Adoption Of Innovative Onboard And Wayside IoT Solutions & Their Capacity To Transform Your Condition Monitoring Capability & Adjust Service Intervals for Optimization of Lifecycle Management

  • How IoT solutions may help In the new normal operating environment of home working and reduced ridership?
  • Examining the opportunities to operationally and financially optimize your fleet operations through the adoption of IoT solutions
  • Piloting IoT solutions as A starting point in your journey to fully understand the benefits and iron out possible interoperability challenges with legacy systems
  • Utilizing wireless communication networks and technologies  - How do you overcome the challenge Of shared communication networks and ensure data security?
  • What are the next gen wayside technologies that are set to take your remote monitoring capability to the next level?

Guennadi Moussienko, P.Eng, ME1, SE3, Manager - Rail Vehicle Engineering - Subway (Heavy rail) Vehicle Programs, Toronto Transit Commission

16:45 Q&A

17:00 The Development Of A Rail Data Integration & Analytics System (RDIAS) That Intelligently Translates Real World Data Into Accurate Indicators Of System Performance

  • Utilizing the deployment of wayside detectors and online sensors such as instrumented wheelset (IWS)
  • Understanding the performance of railcar fleet and vehicle track systems under varying conditions
  • Presetting an intuitive dashboard to provide rolling stock managers with real-time system performance information
  • Exploring the data collected by wheel profile detectors on TBOGI & L/V sites
  • Demonstrating how data collected on instrumented wheelsets on New York City Transit Line 7 help drive maintenance efficiency and timely response

Yan Liu PhD, Principal Researcher, National Research Council Canada

17:30 Q&A

EXPLORING THE PRO'S AND CON'S OF OUTSOURCING OF YOUR MAINTENANCE FUNCTION

PANEL SESSION:

18:00 EXPLORING THE OPPORTUNITIES TO OUTSOURCE YOUR MAINTENANCE ENGINEERING FUNCTION & THE COST & OPERATIONAL BENEFITS YOU CAN ACHIEVE

In a competitive operating environment of skill shortages where there is constant pressure to cut costs and achieve operational efficiencies, outsourcing the more complex parts of your rail function may be an opportunity to concentrate on your organizations core strengths and gain external expertise.  In this penultimate session of the day, we will explore through mini case study presentations and interactive panel discussion, rail operators experience of outsourcing complex parts of their maintenance function and hear from an OEM on the tactical and financial benefits that can be achieved through an outsourced service model.

Mini Case Study 1:  Jointly Developing A Full-Service Maintenance Solution With Our OEM That Is Designed To Eliminate Expensive, Unplanned Downtime

Tom Rutkowski, VP & Chief Mechanical Officer, Brightline

Mini Case Study 2: Exploring the Operational And Cost Efficiencies Achieved Through The Utilization of External Rolling Stock Reengineering & Design Expertise

Mini Case Study 3: OEM - Examining How We've Utilized Digital Technologies To Simplify & Manage Rail Operator Inventory Management

18:30 Q&A

INTERACTIVE AUDIENCE Q&A:

18:45 Overcoming Barriers To New Technology Adoption

This interactive session will open the floor up to our audience, as we consider the following questions:

  • Selling The Business Case To Senior Management - How do you overcome a risk averse approach to embracing digital maintenance solutions that will outperform current systems at a lower cost?
  • Vendor Management - How do you prioritize your strategic investments strategies in a fast-moving tech operating environment?
  • Strategy - What are the planning considerations you need to make at all stages in your technology implementation journey?
  • Regulation - How can regulatory bodies drive the adoption of new digital technologies and enable the transition to condition-based monitoring?
  • Big Data - What are the back end systems and analytic functions that you need to have in place that can make sense of big data and drive real-time decision making?
  • Interoperability And Obsolescence - In an operating environment of new and legacy systems, how can you ensure that this doesn't impact on your ability to access real time data?
  • Workforce - What are the new skill requirements required from your workforce, how do you attract the right talent and how do you develop the necessary training programs to upskill your current workforce?

19:15 Chair's Closing Remarks And End Of Day One

AGENDA AT A GLANCE

Register For 1, 2 Or 3 Days

Day 1 - Digitization of Maintenance, Procurement And The Obsolescence Challenge, Including:
  • Optimizing Your Systems And Processes In A Doing More With Less Operating Environment
  • Inhouse vs Outsource - Exploring The Opportunities To Outsource Your Maintenance Engineering Function And The Cost And Operational Benefits You Can Achieve
  • Understanding The Solutions Available to Overcome The Challenge Of Obsolescence And Lack Of Supply Of Replacement Components
  • Justifying Budgets To Implement Affordable Digitization & New Technology Initiatives That Prioritize Maintenance Cost Reduction Benefits To Improve Fleet Reliability
  • Exploring The New IoT Technologies That Can Generate Actionable Intelligence To Enhance Your Current Approaches To Maintenance
  • Evaluating The Cost Effective Onboard And Wayside Monitoring Solutions Available That Wont Break The Bank In A Budget Constrained Operating Environment
Day 2 - Workforce, Big Data & Next Gen Technologies, Including:
  • Attracting Talent & Transforming Your Workforce To Engage With The Opportunities Of Digitization
  • Understanding Training Approaches To Ensure Your Workforce Is Efficient and Knowledgeable Across Multiple Hardware And Software Systems
  • How Do you Analyze The Large Amounts Of Big Data That Is Being Generated To Prioritize Actions And Effectively Maintain Your Fleet?
  • Understanding The Analytical And Engineering Skills That Your Current And Future Workforce Will Need To Possess To Operate Effectively In The New Data Rich Maintenance Environment
  • Exploring The Next Generation Technologies & Software Solutions That Are Set To Transform Your Strategic Maintenance Approach
  • Examining The Transformation Of Maintenance Centres With Industry 4.0 Technologies
Day 3 - Interactive Workshop Sessions:
  • Workshop A: Practical Examples Of The Strategies That You Can Put In Place To Ensure The Continuous Supply Of Component Parts And Overcome The Obsolescence Challenges You Face
  • Workshop B: Big Data: How Can You Effectively Utilize Big Data To Enable Condition Based Monitoring and Extend The Recommended Life Of Your Fleet

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