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Beat the clock: Maximising rail crew hours of service

Long hours for rail crew and continuous operations are the norm in the rail industry and especially so in today’s challenging times of unpredictability. The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) estimates fatigue is a contributing factor in 25 per cent of serious train accidents caused by human factors. In addition, contact tracing have become the new normal.

Are you able to ensure the safety of crew members who may have co-located together in a cabin? If a crew member falls sick, will you be able to implement contact tracing quickly?

Download this whitepaper to learn how you can truly get ahead of the competition with an intelligent, integrated planning and optimisation solution that provides complete visibility into the hours-of-service limits and real-time decision support. By adopting an intelligent approach to workforce management can transform your business and give you a competitive edge.

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Fast track your digital advancement for rail and transit

How can you improve insight into your rail asset performance? This e-book shows you how digital advancement helps you gain improved insights into your rail and transit asset performance data and make informed decisions.

You will also see how AssetWise for Asset Performance supports your digitalisation strategy by empowering effective asset management practices and information throughout the lifecycle of the built asset.

Read this e-book to learn how you can advance your asset performance to deliver safe, reliable, compliant, and cost-effective service with AssetWise.

To download the ebook, click here.

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Prime Creative Media surveys business leaders across 15 industries on effects of COVID restrictions and prospects for recovery 

From 28 May to 5 June 2020, Prime Creative Media conducted a survey of more than 2200 business leaders across 15 industries, to capture sentiment as the country began to lift COVID-19 restrictions.

The results paint a relatively positive picture of an industrial landscape experiencing its first recession in almost three decades. Just two-thirds of respondents reported a downturn in business, with almost 10 per cent noting an increase in business. Almost half of all businesses said that they were still looking to invest, a strong sign about the future of Australian industrial sectors. Respondents were also generally supportive of the federal government’s response, with three quarters saying it was either strong or acceptable.

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Webinar: How digital twins support track visibility with linear analytics

On Thursday, June 18, Rail Express hosted a webinar with Bentley Systems on the value digital twins can bring to the rail industry, in particular, the application of digital twins to manage intelligent asset maintenance.

In the following webinar, Andrew Smith, the Solutions Executive responsible for Bentley’s Rail and Transit solution, outlined how rail organisations can harness the explosion of data to provide actionable insights across their rail networks. Smith, using real-world examples, explained that beyond a computer aided design (CAD) or building information modelling (BIM) tool, digital twins are an information rich, real-time representation of a rail asset which can enable rail owners and operators to reach new levels of organisational maturity through the optimisation and predictive forecasting of maintenance and upkeep work.

At their most effective, digital twins can take the potential of big data and apply these benefits using artificial intelligence (AI) or machine learning (ML) to maximise the value of rail assets.

“A digital twin provides capabilities to manage, maintain, analyse, and report against your transportation network,” said Smith.

To download and watch the webinar please fill out the form below:

Goldschmidt

Going for gold

More than a century since the beginning of the Thermit welding process, the family-owned German business has now combined its companies under the Goldschmidt brand.

As a fully owned subsidiary of the Goldschmidt companies, Thermit Australia shares in the 120 year history of the business and is well supported by the innovative and collaborative spirit of over 20 Goldschmidt companies around the world.

Thermit Australia is the Goldschmidt Company responsible for supporting the Oceania and South East Asia regions. Operating from sites just outside of Sydney in NSW and Brisbane in QLD, Thermit Australia is well situated to partner with the local railway industry, providing aluminothermic welding and glued insulated joint supply across the region.

SMART RAIL SOLUTIONS
Goldschmidt is a global market leader for rail joining, modern construction of railway track, and track infrastructure inspection and maintenance. In March this year, Hans-Jürgen Mundinger, CEO of Goldschmidt presented the new brand.

Mundinger said Goldschmidt is in a strong position in the global growth market for future mobility and a leader for digital high-tech products and services for the railways. Through the global network of the Goldschmidt companies, Thermit Australia has formed important partnerships and enabled the Australian business to reliably supply a broader range of quality products to railways and contractors in the region.

“We have grown dynamically over the last 10 years and have taken over numerous companies which kept their brands in a transition stage. Now it is time to grow even closer together under one brand,” Mundinger said.

Given the increase in investment in passenger and freight rail transport, there is a healthy demand worldwide for products and services required for the intelligent modernisation of railway infrastructure. Asia has the highest number of large-scale rail projects as China and Japan continue to invest significantly.

“Rail transport has a key role to play in the realisation of environmental targets. Modern railway systems have to run smoothly and require tailor-made predictive maintenance and service. For this purpose, Goldschmidt offers a one-stop shop in all the international growth markets for high quality products and services under one brand,” Mundinger said.

ENGINEERING EXCELLENCE
The spirit of Professor Goldschmidt, the inventor of the Thermit welding process, is still imbued in the company today through the drive to do everything better, to improve existing processes, and develop new ones. Goldschmidt is systematically integrating its products in a digital network. The DARI® (Data Acquisition for Rail Infrastructure) database system developed in-house stores measurement and inspection process data via its cloud system. DARI® integrates the data recorded by the app in the cloud. Customers who use the Goldschmidt digital app have mobile access to all of the digital applications of the company. “The Goldschmidt brand stands for high quality innovative products on six different continents worldwide. This allows our customers to concentrate on the smooth, comfortable and reliable transportation of people and freight,” Mundinger said. Complex infrastructure projects require an intelligent control system which meets the highest requirements. Tools and machines that are integrated into a digital network enable the global coordination of maintenance actions and the collection and analysis of process data is essential in order to guarantee the mobility of the future.

How to optimise your path of construction through advanced work packaging

The best practice of Advanced Work Packaging (AWP) is rapidly gaining momentum in the capital projects industry. This article explains the benefits of an AWP framework and how, when combined with the right digital solutions, it can help establish a constraint-free Path of Construction.

Emerging technologies are enabling organisations in the capital projects industry to achieve their best Path of Construction through an Advanced Work Packaging (AWP) methodology. AWP aligns owners, contractors and engineers and has them working collaboratively to start a plan backwards from a set end goal. Simply stated, AWP gets the right stuff to the right people at the right time. Those who have adopted an AWP philosophy have seen its value through reduced costs, increased productivity and improved predictability. The challenge that remains is deciding which digital tools can best support this breakthrough work methodology.

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Digital twins support big data-driven decisions for track maintenance

Technological advancements and the internet of things (IoT) have had a significant impact on the way rail and transit organisations handle their current day to day operations. Today, railroads rely on autonomous inspection vehicles to provide near real-time monitoring of the track condition.

A significant opportunity of digital twins is leveraging continuous survey data for analysis of the performance digital twin. This digital DNA provides the ability to understand the asset’s condition over time; it’s past, current, and future condition, adding a fourth dimension (4D) of time, against the physical assets in the field.

The need for linear analytics in rail and transit
There also needs to be an understanding that an asset management system isn’t a single solution. Rail and transit requirements with linear assets are a great example as to why there is a need for different tools for different groups in an organisation. Download the whitepaper and read more below.

Webinar: Change the way you perform bridge modelling, analysis and design

Major road and rail projects continue to dominate infrastructure investments across Australia and New Zealand as the population continues to grow. A critical part of such projects is the design and construction of bridges.

Bentley Systems has engaged directly with bridge engineers, designers, and modelers across Australia and New Zealand and listened as they described in detail their biggest challenge facing them today – a dedicated bridge solution with an ability to efficiently and effectively integrate and interoperate within a digital engineering workflow.

Others have developed and deployed solutions attached to convoluted workflows built around non-bridge specific technology. Many of these approaches still struggle to meet the needs and address the productivity challenges of bridge professionals, especially when it comes to adapting to frequent project changes.

At this webinar you will learn:

• How to rapidly create bridge projects by integrating multiple disciplines data within a single bridge solution, Bentley’s OpenBridge;

• How to improve project deliverables and achieve a continuous flow of information from survey through construction;

• How to automate plans production from the 3D physical model, and avoid repetitive work to accommodate project changes.

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If you’d like more information about OpenBridge, please contact Mike Mahdavi: Mike.Mahdavi@bentley.com

The dangers of going dark: Why a strong marketing presence now is key to increasing market share post-COVID-19

Prime Creative Media continues its Engine Room series, offering complimentary resources to companies to help navigate the COVID-19 crisis.

John Murphy, CEO Prime Creative Media, offers this guide on the dangers of ‘going dark’ in times of crisis, and how to drive a strategy to maintain or even increase market share as the economy recovers.