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Decision Support Tool for Rail Infrastructure Managers



ZAG will be responsible for the development of the DESTination RAIL website which should also operate as an Intranet site for the project

Report on demonstration projects

A report on the two major pilot projects undertaken in the Destination Rail project The first will involve instrumentation using vibration monitors of a fullbridge the Boyne Viaduct in Ireland Task 15 and 23 The second will involve the construction of an embankment using marginal fill materials on a live railway line in Slovenia

Report on Decision Support Tool

A Decision Support Tool DST will be developed which will help infrastructure managers in the decision making process in the context of dealing with a number of previously identified and ranked risks Decision Support Tool will be developed to ensure that outputs of WP1 inspection and monitoring WP2 modeling and WP 4 WLCA and traffic flow model are practically integrated and used under specific process workflows and modules

Guidelines on the use of novel construction and maintenance techniques within the operational railway environment

Techniques to increase the design life of track earthworks and bridges will be reviewed largescale laboratory tests will be performed to investigate the performance of certain method which will be supported by finite element analyses

Report on monitoring Switches and Crossings

NTNU and TUM will use the simulation tool developed in WP2 to select suitable data acquisition components and integrate these into the chosen architecture Sensors Communication wired and possibly wireless depending on sensor location They will develop and install a data analysis and storage system and communication system to transfer data in real time and mount the sensors in track infrastructure that can communicate with a train and test the system in lab environment and demonstrate the inbuilt technology at a test site in NorwayTUM will report on methods to improve track recording train data analysis of actual measurement procedures to achieve highest accuracy concerning accurate rail seat referencing and to gain this data as input for modelling work or for model calibration

Report on the use of remote monitoring for slope stability assessments

UZ will report on the development of a drone small helicopter which can perform rapid assessment of slopes UZ and GDG will use the imagery from the drone to provide crucial temporal data on variations in boundary conditions which might affect slope stability eg change of land use at slope crest poorly maintainedblocked drains etc NGI will provide expertise in the use of satellite remote sensing for detection of movement and perform insitu testing including MASW and CPTGDG and NTNU will work together to implement a sensor type which is capable of providing the most accurate data which can be transmitted remotely by drone and will use stability models to determine the optimum location of the sensors in a demonstration project to consider the effect of rainfall on an Irish Rail slope

Report on Traffic Flow Model

A microscopic model for railway traffic flow will be developed using innovative graph theorybased mathematical techniques and incorporating the ability to dynamically optimise operations in particular during times of d