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Augmented Usage of Track by Optimisation of Maintenance, Allocation and Inspection of railway Networks

Objective

Rail traffic has increased much in the last decade. This development and the need for model shift from road to rail to decrease CO2 emission, creates a challenge for the railway industry to improve capacity in the network while the need of capacity for maintenance also increases.
The challenge of the project is to do more effective inspection and maintenance in less time.
Therefore the project focus is to optimise and automate maintenance & inspection where possible, also to introduce new planning & scheduling tools and methodology. The project aims to reduce the possession time around 40%.
To achieve this five objectives are set:
1: adopting best practice from other industries in maintenance optimisation (e.g. highways, aerospace).2: developing novel track inspection approaches for freight routes with a scope on in-train measuring and self inspecting switch. 3: researching and assessing innovations that can improve the effectiveness and efficiency of large scale inspection & maintenance processes with a scope on track and switch maintenance, track inspection; 4: further developing of key technologies that will drive the development of modular infrastructure design. 5: developing a new maintenance planning and scheduling tool that is able to optimise the maintenance activities, taking account of the benefits brought about by other improvements in this project.
To achieve these objectives, the project will be organised into 8 Work Packages (WP): WP1: benchmark & evaluation criteria; WP2: improvement specifications for WP3 : improve inspection; WP4:improve maintenance; WP5:improve planning & scheduling and WP6: demonstration. WP7 manages dissemination, exploitation and training. WP8 manages the project.
The Consortiums’ composition covers the whole railway maintenance and inspection field: infrastructure managers, contractors, train operating companies, railway component industry, research organisations, SME’s and railway industry interest organisations.

Call for proposal

FP7-SST-2010-RTD-1
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

PRORAIL BV
Address
Moreelsepark 3
3511 EP Utrecht
Netherlands
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 260 468
Administrative Contact
Henri Olink (Mr.)

Participants (17)

NETWORK RAIL INFRASTRUCTURE LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 49 692
Address
1 Eversholt Street
NW1 2DN London
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Jonathan Paragreen (Dr.)
DEUTSCHE BAHN AG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 217 568
Address
Potsdamer Platz 2
10785 Berlin
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Andrea Schaer (Ms.)
SOCIETE NATIONALE SNCF
France
EU contribution
€ 166 001
Address
2 Place Aux Etoiles
93200 St Denis
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Francis Sourd (Dr.)
TRAFIKVERKET - TRV
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 95 412
Address
Roda Vagen 1
781 89 Borlange
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Per-Olof Larsson-Kraik
STRUKTON RAIL BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 110 352
Address
Westkanaaldijk 2
3542 DA Utrecht
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Nick Oversier (Mr.)
EURO DECISION
France
EU contribution
€ 162 636
Address
Rue De La Porte De Buc 9
78000 Versailles
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Raja Rebai (Dr.)
KM&T Limited
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 56 556
Address
The Techno Centre, Coventry Univ. Puma Way
CV1 2TT Coventry
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Andrew Kitchen (Mr.)
Damill AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 73 204
Address
Storgatan 11
SE97238 Lulea
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Dan Larsson (Mr.)
THE UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 279 571
Address
Edgbaston
B15 2TT Birmingham
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Robert Fekete (Mr.)
LULEA TEKNISKA UNIVERSITET
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 287 772
Address
Universitetsomradet Porson
971 87 Lulea
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Uday Kumar (Prof.)
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET BRAUNSCHWEIG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 135 529
Address
Universitaetsplatz 2
38106 Braunschweig
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Eckehard Schnieder (Prof.)
DEUTSCHES ZENTRUM FUR LUFT - UND RAUMFAHRT EV
Germany
EU contribution
€ 196 254
Address
Linder Hohe
51147 Koln
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Katja Gutsche (Dr.)
MER MEC SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 109 281
Address
Via Oberdan 70
70043 Monopoli
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Antonella Semerano (Mrs.)
VOSSLOH COGIFER
France
EU contribution
€ 87 678
Address
23 Rue Francois Jacob
92500 Rueil Malmaison
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Christophe Muller (Mr.)
EUROPEAN FEDERATION OF RAILWAYS TRACKWORKS CONTRACTORS
Luxembourg
EU contribution
€ 62 364
Address
Rue Eucosider 2
4714 Petange
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Imrich Korpanec (Dr.)
UNION INTERNATIONALE DES CHEMINS DE FER
France
EU contribution
€ 77 269
Address
Rue Jean Rey 16
75015 Paris
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Dennis Schut (Mr.)
UNION DES INDUSTRIES FERROVIAIRES EUROPEENNES - UNIFE
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 72 364
Address
Avenue Louise 221
1050 Bruxelles
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Michael Bayley (Mr.)