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Railway Engineering: Real-time Operations

Learn how a systems approach to railway operations can help you to structure, align and optimize the various transport modes, and manage the planning and phases of complex railway systems in a real-time environment.

This course will enhance your decision-making abilities and provide you with strategies to ensure greater reliability in ever-changing situations. You will also learn how to optimize the operation and capacity of your railway network.

Dealing with railway issues today

The automatization and digitalization of railway systems, including the adoption of new technologies, presents new challenges for all aspects of railway operations. They require new types of problem-solving and optimization at a time when the use of railway networks is increasing every year.

As networks become more complex, more people and aspects are involved, which all relate to and influence each other. As a rail professional, understanding and anticipating the outcomes of these interactions is essential to ensure the optimal use of the whole system.

After taking this course, you will be able to:

  • Make decisions to reduce the impact of operations on the whole railway system.
  • Analyze the main components of traffic management, including the role of stakeholders, within the supply chain of real time traffic management.
  • Balance and optimize scheduling decisions, both for daily use and complex situations, taking the needs and demands of the different stakeholders into account.
  • Apply tools and techniques to design and improve reliable and robust train scheduling that can respond more effectively to unforeseen circumstances and unexpected situations.
  • Develop strategies to optimize the use of the railway network by recognizing infra-capacity, availability of rolling stock, deployment of staff, communication methods and new technologies.
  • Create a robust railway system, ensuring comfort, reliability and safety, while making the best possible use of the existing (or potentially new) infrastructure.

Knowing how to anticipate unforeseen situations is essential to keep customer inconvenience to a minimum and to support railway professionals to make informed decisions when facing complex dilemmas. This course will give you a framework so you can take into account travellers’ needs, different stakeholders’ positions and overall governance, while daring to question the current system and (re)evaluate priorities.