Reporting
  

The UIC Talent and Expertise Development Platform is taking place from 29 – 30 October 2018 in Riga, Latvia

The UIC Talent and Expertise Development Platform, organised by SJSC “Latvijas dzelzceļš”, Latvian Railways (LDz), in cooperation with UIC, is being held in Riga, Latvia from 29 – 30 October 2018.

The first day, 29 October, was an international conference organised for the first time addressing the topic “How to attract new staff in a situation of growing competition and opening-up markets” and was held at Riga Technical University. It brought together 200 representatives of the railway industry from 25 countries from Asia, Europe and Africa.

The second day, 30 October, dedicated to the Talent & Expertise Development work programme and activities, is being held at LDz headquarters.
The UIC Talent Project deals with the need of the rail sector to better attract and retain the best talents in the job market.

In view of the several human resources challenges facing the railway industry (demographic challenge and skills shortage, automation of jobs, technological changes, artificial intelligence and robotics impacting skills, loss of corporate knowledge, lack of attractiveness, diversity and generational changes ,…), UIC believes that it has an important role to play by engaging at the international level an active dialogue and support staff to make a career in the railways and retaining them.

At the core of the project is the development of a powerful international network of railway talents aiming to prepare a new generation of railway talents working on domestic and international challenges, with a deep understanding of business approaches, multi-language and intercultural skills, well-known and recognised by the international railway community.

  • Mrs Džineta Innusa, Ministry of Transport Deputy State Secretary, gave her welcome speech: “I am honoured to be here and to represent the Minister. It brings many participants from Europe and other countries. New professionals are trained.
  • For companies, the main issues are:
  • Companies’ ability to attract talents
  • Companies’ ability to retain talents
  • Companies’ ability to motivate talents
  • For employee knowledges, State join companies pay more attention to education. To succeed, we need relentless work. Talent needs time to be transformed into mastery. The world is changing more quickly and innovation has a leading role."

Mr Edvīns Bērziņš, LDz President expressed his honour to open this international conference.

He highlighted: “Influenced by new technologies and automation, the business world is currently changing at a rapid pace, and the railway sector is not excluded. New requirements for cross-border cooperation have appeared in everyday work, as well as the ability to use current communication technologies and large data volumes. Therefore, talent management and development of skills is at the basis of advance management of human resources.

By using the new technologies, I just mentioned, I have the opportunity to welcome participants and guests of the conference. Today you will discuss the needs of the industry in the labour market, possibilities of various age groups and development of individual careers in a work environment. On behalf of “Latvijas dzelzceļš” I express my heartfelt gratitude to the Director General of UIC, Mr Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, for an opportunity to host a conference jointly in Latvia on such a relevant topic. I would also like to thank the lecturers of the conference who have covered a long distance to come to Latvia, teaching staff of the higher education institutions and professionals of the industry who will surely provide valuable advice and recommendations for attraction of the new talents.

The main force of each company is its personnel. Even with the best equipment, systems and processes implemented in the company, it needs people that not only ensure everyday operation but are also able to see opportunities for creation and development of new goods and services in order to maintain the competitiveness of the company in future as well. The personnel must be the main asset of each company, and search, testing and hiring of employees should be one of the main duties of a company because it will be difficult to achieve the company’s objectives without talented people.”

Mr Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, UIC Director General, gave an introduction of the UIC Talent Project.
Besides the general objective of the project to attract, retain and benefit from the brightest talents, the project was aiming at:

Guiding and connecting talents within and beyond the railway industry
Helping Rail People and Companies Learn, Transmit and Develop
Promoting Innovation and Careers in the Railway Sector

He mentioned an important initiative within the frame of the project – the setting up of Rail Uni Net (Network of Railway Universities) currently evolving into a more powerful Board TrainRail including education and training organisations as well as industry partners. TrainRail was officially launched during the meeting of the Talent Expertise Platform Day on 30 October.

He also added: “Among the missions of UIC, the transmission of knowledge is one of our fundamental values. In our 21st century our railway sector must turn to the outside world and attract the new generation to promote its values for society, and for socio economic development.
They will bridge our traditions of the past with their vision of the future, making railways a backbone of a Sustainable Integrated Connected International chain of mobility”.

The second part of the International Conference gave the opportunity to railway speakers to discuss about attracting new staff now and in the future from Italy, Russia, Belarus and Latvia.

For further information please contact Nathalie Amirault, Head of Unit Expertise Development:

amirault@uic.org

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UIC supports SEESARI

Seesari was born from discussions within UIC on boosting development of the railway sector in the central European and Balkan countries.
UIC will continue to champion the initiative’s future development in support of projects aimed at developing corridors, interoperability, training and services.

For more information please click here:

https://www.uic.org/com/IMG/pdf/seesari__presentation.pdf

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UIC participated in Railway Days – Club Feroviar Investment Summit from 16 – 17 October 2018 in Bucharest, Romania

In the context of the Club Feroviar Investment Summit 2018 in Bucharest dedicated to infrastructure, Mr Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, UIC Director General was invited to be a keynote speaker. In his speech he reminded the audience of UIC’s contribution since its creation to the development of interoperable infrastructure.

Romanian railways were a founding member of UIC and have also worked in this direction.
Among the many challenges of capacity, safety, security, electrification and signalling, the railways in this 21st century must develop and take advantage of the digital revolution, which can have an impact on its productivity in operations and maintenance, its security and services.

We are witnessing an evolution of transport towards more complementarity of modes, to optimise all advantages of each, and in every new project of renovation or construction, the management of interfaces between modes should be given more importance to improve a more efficient chain of mobility.

UIC is working on all these issues and will bring its support to the many projects that must take place in Romania to boost passenger, freight, domestic and international links.

This development of maximising the importance of infrastructures and their investment is also an important positive sign at the moment when Romania will take over the presidency of Europe.

For further information please contact Teodor Gradinariu, UIC Senior Technical Advisor:

gradinariu@uic.org

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Reporting
  

MERITS Time Table Expert Group (TTEG) meeting held from 18 – 19 October 2018 in Frankfurt

The MERITS Time Table Expert Group (TTEG) meeting was held from 18 – 19 October 2018 in Frankfurt at the kind invitation of DB Vertrieb.
The TTEG is the community of Railway Undertakings that publishes consolidated timetables, services and station data (MERITS data) to be used by railway undertakings in information systems to support journey planners and booking activities.

22 participants representing 12 railway companies were present.
UIC was represented by Marc Guigon, Director of the UIC passenger Department, Fabrice Setta, Senior Advisor Passenger Transport, Kardelen Karatas, Junior Advisor within the Passenger Department and Joachim Baars, Timetable Expert.
Mr Robert Jurisch presented the overview of DB sales and timetables.

Angelina Rotolo-Piazza (DB Vertrieb, as data manager) reported on the MERITS data management activity and proposed improvements to enhance MERITS data quality.
Olivier Roy described a user case for the use of the reservation system code within the MERITS data exchanges.

Fabrice Setta presented the MERITS Steering Board activity and outcomes for the opening of MERITS data to third parties focusing on the principles, legal framework and price policy.

During the second part of the meeting, Frank Martini (HaCon) reminded the meeting of the main modifications concerning the next version of MERITS tool.
Joachim Baars (UIC) presented some issues concerning the quality of data.
Marc Guigon presented general information concerning the UIC Passenger Department.

The next meeting will be held from 8 and 9 March 2019 in Luxembourg at the kind invitation of CFL.

For further information please contact Fabrice Setta, Senior Advisor Passenger Transport:

setta@uic.org

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Reporting
  

The NRT (Non-Integrated Reservation Tickets), IRT and NT commercial groups met in Warsaw from 2 – 4 October 2018 for a series of meetings hosted by PKP-IC

Mr Krzyszt of Krasowski, Pricing & Tariff Director for PKP-IC, opened the IRT (Integrated Reservation Tickets) meeting with a presentation of PKP-IC’s offer and the rail market situation in Poland.

Mr Christian Mund then explained how the question of Yield Management was addressed by ÖBB, and the software choices and new practices that were put in place on that basis to improve business efficiency and flexibility.

This presentation was later completed by a description of the THELLO offer, given by Mr Fabrice Toledano, Sales & Marketing Director. All these presentations gave the group many opportunities to discuss commercial issues in the current context of deregulation.

The group also worked on common topical questions, such as the implementation of GDPR at European level, or the growing trend for e-ticketing, which will lead to modifications of the regulatory SCIC document under the responsibility of the IRT group.

A joint-session for NRT and IRT members then allowed partner organisations to present their current work. The following topics were discussed:

  • The revision of PRR and updates on the AIV, topics that were presented by CIT
  • CER explained their importance in being the ‘voice’ of the railway-undertakings, safeguarding a balanced approach between customer-benefits and the efforts and obligations of undertakings
  • The rather outdated definitions of IRT vs. NRT are updated, since the distinction between ‘integrated reservation tickets’ and ‘non-integrated reservation tickets’ continues to fade
  • This common meeting was also an opportunity for participants to consider the future of the UIC commercial and technical group cooperation, a question that will also be addressed at the next PSG meeting to be held in Rome on 6 November

The exclusive NRT meeting on the last day of this series of meetings dealt with the revision of the “Special Conditions of Carriage for NRT-tickets” document.

Mr Clemens Gantert presented the results of the dedicated working group, finding ways of dealing with online-check in and inspection of NRT tickets.

Since UIC wishes to launch a tender for a ‘revised PRIFIS application, members were invited to discuss the commercial and technical requirements.

Thanks to the flawless organisation of PKP IC, this was a successful first joint meeting of the IRT/NT/NRT working groups. The next session will take place in Stockholm at the beginning of April 2019.

For further information please contact Fabrice Setta, Senior Advisor Passenger Transport:

setta@uic.org

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Reporting
  

The Statistics Steering Committee held its autumn meeting from 24 – 25 October 2018 in Prague, Czech Republic

The Statistics Steering Committee held its autumn meeting in Prague, Czech Republic, on 24 – 25 October 2018 at the invitation of Czech infrastructure manager SŽDC.

The Committee is an executive body of the Statistics group, which develops appropriate methodologies and terminology for the harmonisation of railway statistics and collects data from member companies, calculates basic indicators and disseminates such data. These harmonisation efforts facilitate availability and international comparability of comprehensive and reliable railway statistics.

The Chairman of the Statistics group gave a welcome speech, which included information on the historical evolution of railways in the country, the reform of both the rail market and state railway company and a chronological time series of key indicators.

The Committee assessed and evaluated the pre-production phase of the key project “Improvement of RAILISA” (Rail Information System and Analysis). A further important element of the meeting involved brainstorming on the UIC Economic Footprint study developed by UIC’s Data, Economics and Statistics unit. The project will underline the societal importance of the railways.

The Committee revised and updated both financial and non-financial indicators used for benchmarking of member companies based on the statistical data gathered. It noted good progress in relation to a project to upload the Statistics Glossary (former UIC Code 390-1) into RailLexic. RailLexic is UIC’s terminology database and the leading reference in the field of multilingual railway terminology. The database contains approximately 16,000 terms in 23 languages. This project is a further contribution to harmonisation of terminology within UIC.

The Committee co-operates with statistical experts within other international organisations. During the meeting, it assessed the progress of the work of UNECE on the revision of the UNECE/ITF/Eurostat Glossary for Transport Statistics.

Within the scope of initiatives to harmonise reporting within the railway sector, the Committee discussed the “Key Performance Indicators for performance benchmarking” project developed by PRIME (Platform of Railway Infrastructure Managers in Europe).

The Committee also proposed, discussed and approved the agenda of the forthcoming plenary meeting of the Statistics group to be held at UIC premises on 22 November 2018.

As a complement to the meeting, SŽDC organised an excursion to the unique central dispatching centre in Prague for the Committee members. The centre was constructed for remote traffic management on 2,200 km of line in Bohemia and currently dispatches trains on 300 km of main lines.

For information on Railisa, please visit http://uic-stats.uic.org/ and send any comments to stat@uic.org

UIC members are invited to continue to provide data using our online tool: http://stats.uic.org/

For further information please see uic.org/statistics or contact stat@uic.org

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Promoting
  

UIC Conference on Standardisation to be held on 6 November 2018 at Paris UIC headquarters

How does Standardisation facilitate the innovative rail system of tomorrow?

Last chance to register!

https://events.uic.org/standardisation-conference

Rail being the inherently systemic network that it is, needs to be able to work in seamless harmony with a wide range of stakeholders so that trains are able to operate with the minimum of fuss and with maximum efficiency.

UIC has been in the business of supporting the railway sector in achieving these objectives ever since its first ‘UIC Leaflet’ was published in 1928.

Evolving the railway system to ensure that this multi-modal objective is achievable in the digital era, is important to this. Understanding the role that standards can play in contributing to this innovative evolution will be the topic of the standardisation event that UIC is hosting at its Paris HQ on 6 November.

With an overview of the role that the UIC has in this activity and with the contributions of a variety of speakers from the operating community, standards bodies and innovation programmes, the event will seek to answer the question.

For more information please contact Mouna Bennouna, Programme Coordinator Passenger & Freight, Standardisation Unit:

standardisation@uic.org

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Promoting
  

Register now for the “Global Debate on Mobility Challenges for Future Society” from 15 – 16 November 2018 in Warsaw

Register here:

https://events.uic.org/global-debate-on-mobility-challenges-for-future-society

The UIC International Rail Research Board (IRRB) and Instytut Kolejnictwa – the Polish Railway Research Institute (IK) are jointly organising an international event entitled “Global Debate on Mobility Challenges for Future Society” to be held from 15 – 16 November 2018, at the Intercontinental Hotel, Warsaw City Centre, Poland.

The International Railway Research Board (IRRB) is one of UIC’s working bodies in which UIC members from all over the world participate along with renowned research institutes and academia. One of the key elements and primary goals of the IRRB activities has been the development of a high-level document, “A Global Vision for Railway Development” – or in short the “GVRD”. This GVRD will be updated and published by the end of 2019.

Each year, a substantial number of conferences and other events are being organised in the area of rail transport. Those dealing with research mainly consist of presenting the results of previous and ongoing research. The IRRB has taken the initiative to plan and organise this future oriented event: the “Global Debate on Mobility Challenges for Future Society”.

The aim of this event is to stimulate an “out-of-the-box” discussion on transport needs and the ideal transport system in 2050 and the role of railways/guided transport systems therein.

The Debate will focus on the following areas:

  • New mobility system concepts
  • Towards an integrated transport system
  • IT – new opportunities and threats
  • Competitiveness of transport stakeholders
  • Sustainability and resilience of the transport system

The Global Debate will be launched by an opening ceremony, featuring presentations by Mr Jean-Pierre Loubinoux – UIC Director General, Prof Boris Lapidus – IRRB Chairman (RZD) and Dr Andrzej Żurkowski – IRRB Vice-Chairman and Director of IK.

Following the official opening, five keynote speeches will be given, linked to each of the five areas mentioned above. The afternoon session will be split into five thematic parallel debates focused on these areas.

At the beginning of the second day, the conclusions of these parallel debates will be presented by their moderators. It will be followed by the general debate, the main element of the event. The conclusions of this final main debate will be summarised by Prof. Boris Lapidus, IRRB Chairman.
Plenary sessions will be simultaneously interpreted into English, Russian and Polish. Five parallel thematic sessions will be held in English only.

It is our expectation that the outcome from this Global Debate, using a wide range of transport research results as well as multifaceted insights from around the world, will also constitute a crucial input in to the update of the Global Vision for Railway Development document.

For further information please contact Dennis Schut, UIC Research Manager:

schut@uic.org

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Cooperation Promoting
  

UIC 1st door-to-door solutions workshop: Business-to-business opportunities for a sustainable urban mobility

14 November 2018 in Warsaw

Register here

https://events.uic.org/uic-1st-door-to-door-solutions-workshop

This event will be an opportunity for railways to discuss business opportunities for the first and last mile solutions, with a strong focus on sustainable solutions. UIC Members are encouraged to register and to actively contribute to the event.

The goal of the workshop is to open a dialogue between railway companies and urban mobility providers for a new mobility offer to exchange best practices and stimulate partnerships and cooperation, in the frame of the new UIC project “Door-to-door solutions” (2018 – 2020) that will be presented during the workshop.

Car sharing, car-pooling, bike sharing, scooter sharing, stations as hubs, MaaS – mobility as a Service – tools, journey planners, integration with public transport, electric vehicles facilities and integrated offer: these are areas in which railway companies are engaging with passion. New forms of business can be created for the benefits of customers, citizens and environment.

Participants and speakers will bring together UIC Members and key stakeholders from the door-to-door economy..

This event is recognised as contributing to the UNFCCC Talanoa Dialogue.

PROGRAMME

9:30 - 10:20 - Introduction

Welcome speech 9.30 - 09.50

  • Jerzy Wisniewski, Director Fundamental Values - Coordinator Middle-Eastern Region, UIC (10 minutes)
  • Andrzej Żurkowski, Director of Railway Research Institute (IK) Poland
    The UIC door-to-door project 9.50 - 10.20
  • Carole Escolan, Head of the UIC Sustainable Development Unit,
  • Raimondo Orsini, Director of Sustainable Development Foundation

10:20 - 11:00 Session 1: Opening session

International overview: International stakeholders and organisations bringing insights at worldwide level: sharing mobility projects, door-to-door projects, world urban mobility, etc.

  • Francisco Furtado, International Transport Forum, OECD
    Presentation on door-to door/sharing mobility projects
  • Maas Alliance
    World urban mobility and examples from cities
  • Michel Arnd, Polis Network
    European overview on innovative transport solutions

11:00 - 12:30 Session 2: Best practices

Speakers from different urban transport sectors will give an overview about several solutions and their experiences in the field of mobility as a service, integrated urban mobility, sharing/pooling, electric charging.

Urban mobility providers invited:

  • Gianni Martino, Managing Director Italy/Spain & Country Manager Europe South, Car2go
  • TBD, DriveNow GmbH & Co. KG
  • Torben Bursinski, Product Tribe Lead Strategy, MyTaxi
  • Derrien Gauthier, Head Europe, Lime
  • De Feo Mirko, Head of Business Development, Free2move
  • Emiliano Saurin, Founder Urbi
  • Alessandro Felici, Ceo Evolnet - Mobike
  • Maurizio Pompili, Italy country Manager, eCooltra
  • TBD, Clearchannel
  • Markewitz Victoria, Business Development Principal, Via
  • Pietro Peyron, Business Development Manager Italy, Nextbike

Open debate between UIC members and urban mobility providers
Open debate: Q&A session

12:30 - 14:00 Networking lunch

This moment gives UIC members and urban mobility providers the opportunity to share ideas and create relationships and strategic alliances.

14:00 - 15:30 Session 3: Business examples and cooperation models

The challenges introduced by the new mobility require rail companies to adopt a systemic door-to-door approach and propose travel offers capable of providing the final customer with easy solutions to run the first and last mile (home-rail station; rail station-final destination) in a sustainable, efficient and comfortable way.
Some EU rail companies have already taken steps in this direction, while others are now starting to focus on this important aspect of co-modality. The session will present an overview of door-to-door models already in place as well as new plans to come, providing information on challenges and opportunities in the set up of partnership with urban mobility providers.

The following companies will be represented:

  • SBB Swiss Federal Railways - Switzerland
  • FS - Italian State Railways - Italy
  • DB - Deutsche Bahn - Germany
  • NSB - Norway railways - Norway
  • Bane Nor - Norway
  • Gares&Connexions, SNCF - France
  • ADIF - Spain
  • Slovenian Railway - Slovenia
  • Sustainability Affairs, CER
  • NUGO
  • Warsaw transport authority
  • UIC Station Managers Global Group (SMGG)

Open debate with UIC members motivated to launch door-to-door partnerships

15:30 - 16:00 Conclusions and next steps

  • Raimondo Orsini, Director of Sustainable Development Foundation (10 minutes)
  • Wrapping up
  • Carole Escolan, Head of the UIC Sustainable Development Unit (10 minutes)
  • Next steps

PRACTICAL INFORMATION

Registration

To register, please follow this link: https://events.uic.org/uic-1st-door-to-door-solutions-workshop

Note that the event is free of charge. Travel and accommodation expenses are the responsibility of the participant.

Following this event, the UIC event Global debate on mobility challenges for future society will take place on 15 and 16 November at the same venue. All participants of the door-to-door workshop are welcome to join this event for free. You are invited to register – registration for the door-to-door workshop does not automatically register participants for the Global Debate – and to learn more about this event following this link: https://events.uic.org/global-debate-on-mobility-challenges-for-future-society

For further information please contact Marie-Luz Philippe, Advisor for Sustainable Development & UIC Middle-East Region:

philippe@uic.org

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News from UIC members
  

United States: High-Speed Rail Authority Board of Directors approves alignment within Fresno to Bakersfield Project Section

On October 16, 2018 the California High-Speed Rail Authority (Authority) Board of Directors certified the Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Report (Final Supplemental EIR) for the Fresno to Bakersfield Project Section and approved a high-speed rail alignment between Poplar Avenue in Kern County and the F Street station location in downtown Bakersfield. This allows the Authority to take additional steps toward advancing major work on the project.

“Today’s decision by the Board of Directors reflects the successful partnership between the Authority and our regional partners to find a path forward in bringing high-speed rail to Bakersfield,” said Board Chair Dan Richard.

“Having a high-speed rail station in Bakersfield will spur new economic activities and development in the region, and tie the Central Valley to Northern and Southern California like never before.”

On Tuesday, the Board of Directors heard a staff presentation and took public comments on the Fresno to Bakersfield Final Supplemental EIR. After deliberations, the Board of Directors voted unanimously to certify the document under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), approve the project and alignment between Poplar Avenue in Kern County and the F Street station location in downtown Bakersfield and adopt documents required under CEQA.

“We are pleased with the Board’s decision today, which reflects our ongoing commitment to working with our stakeholders to make high-speed rail a reality,” said Central Valley Regional Director Diana Gomez. “With this decision, we are another step closer to making sure our major cities in the Central Valley see the benefits of highspeed rail.”

The Final Supplemental EIR evaluates what is known as the Locally Generated Alternative, which extends from Shafter east towards State Route 99 and the existing Union Pacific Railroad tracks, then southward into Bakersfield, ending at a station location on F Street in downtown Bakersfield. The document then compares the Locally Generated Alternative to the alignment in the area previously studied in 2014.

In the next step, the Federal Railroad Administration would issue a Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (Final Supplemental EIS) under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), and then would consider approving the project and issuing a Record of Decision under NEPA.

The Final Supplemental EIR and associated documents are available online at the Authority’s website at:
http://hsr.ca.gov/Programs/Environmental_Planning/final_supplemental_fresno_bakersfield.html

(Source: CHSRA)

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News from UIC members
  

Russia: RZD Holding exports modern high-speed technology to Serbia

Alexander Misharin, First Deputy Managing Director of OJSC Russian Railways, has paid a working visit to Serbia.

During his time there, he met with Zorana Mihajlovich, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Construction, Transport and Infrastructure of the Republic of Serbia.
The two parties discussed the progress of construction and reconstruction work on the Stara Pazova - Novi Sad section and promising new projects, including the joint servicing of Serbia’s railway infrastructure, continuing the reconstruction of the Belgrade - Bar line and the project to create a Unified Train Control Centre.

The improvement of train management processes is one of the important aspects in the modernisation of Serbia’s railways. In August 2018, representatives from the Ministry of Construction, Transport and Infrastructure and the company Infrastructure of Serbian Railways became acquainted with the work of the traffic control centres at Russian Railways in Moscow, Yaroslavl and Rostov-on-Don.
The creation of such a Unified Dispatch Centre in Serbia will ensure the introduction of new technologies to manage the transportation process and enable constant monitoring of train traffic and, as a result, increase the capacity of the railway line, optimize operating costs and improve traffic safety.

During his time in Serbia, Alexander Misharin also visited the construction site of the Russian Railways holding on the Stara Pazova - Novi Sad section of the Belgrade-Budapest line, where the Company is carrying work involving the erection of railway facilities which are unique in Serbia, namely the Chortanovci tunnel and the viaduct on the Danube flood plain. Also being reconstructed there is the existing two-track railway line designed to handle trains speeds of 200 kph.

(Source: RZD)

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Average rating: 3.33 / 5

News from UIC members
  

Germany: DB Schenker trains logistics personnel with 3D technology and virtual reality

A team comprised of experts from the Fraunhofer Institute and DB Schenker has developed an innovative employee training programme in the team’s joint Enterprise Lab for Logistics and Digitalisation. The programme focuses on packaging and order-picking processes and is the first to launch as part of this initiative.

The training programme is built around six exercises that teach the participants about the processes from start to finish by encouraging playful learning. The employee training course is currently available in German and English, and additional languages can easily be added.

A virtual reality (VR) version of the exercises is also in the works. Deutsche Bahn leads Germany in the use of VR for training purposes, since opportunities to train with real equipment during ongoing operations are frequently limited. In virtual environments, employees can be trained to complete tasks such as opening nose covers and operating wheelchair lifts on ICE 4 trains. Now DB Schenker is drawing on this technology, too: its employees can don 3D glasses to step into a virtual world where they can interact with the training environment and even learn movement sequences. This makes it considerably easier for employees to navigate the transition from the virtual environment to the real one. The technology offers employees an opportunity to perform extensive testing on logistics processes that are still in the implementation phase before they advance to the next phase. In addition, training in a virtual environment increases the efficiency, quality and speed of training.

The training programme was recently launched and is currently being used to train employees at DB Schenker’s site in Leipzig. There are plans to expand the programme to other contract logistics sites.

“We have been successfully collaborating with the Fraunhofer Institute for several years, and we have already jointly developed numerous transport and logistics solutions of the future. This innovative employee training programme marks yet another milestone in the digitalisation of logistics processes and in DB Schenker’s focus on Logistics 4.0,” said Erik Wirsing, Vice President Global Innovation at Schenker AG.

"For us, the outstanding feedback from trainers and trainees on site has been highly gratifying. It was only by fusing research and development with the skills of employees on site and the department for process and efficiency management that we were able to succeed at developing this innovative and motivating learning solution,” said Dr.-Ing. Michael Schmidt of the Intralogistics and IT Planning Department at the Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics.

Photos and a movie are available here: www.deutschebahn.com/mediathek

(Source: DB Schenker)

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Average rating: 4.5 / 5

News from UIC members
  

Finland: Finnish Transport Agency signs the European Railway Safety Culture Declaration

The Finnish Transport Agency is Finland’s national infrastructure manager and is, as such, responsible for the design, construction and maintenance of the rail network as well as traffic control. The European Union Agency for Railways has drawn up a European Railway Safety Culture Declaration, which it hopes will make the European Union the world leader in railway safety.

The Finnish Transport Agency’s Director-General Kari Wihlman signed the European Railway Safety Culture Declaration on 27 September. By signing the declaration, the Finnish Transport Agency wants to show that it regards railway safety as one of its key values and is committed to promoting safety in all aspects of its business and management.

“Signing the European Railway Safety Culture Declaration was a self-evident move for the Finnish Transport Agency. We play an important role in ensuring and improving the safety of our railways. The principles of the European Railway Safety Culture Declaration will also be incorporated into our management and safety management policies”, said Director-General Wihlman.

The Finnish Transport Agency is also asking its partners and suppliers to commit to the principles of the European Railway Safety Culture Declaration. “Ensuring the safety of our railways is a responsibility shared by all rail transport operators.”

(Source: FTA)

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Average rating: 3.75 / 5

Next meetings scheduled

  • 29-30 October 2018 Talent and Expertise Development Platform Riga, Latvia
  • 5 November 2018 UIC Stakeholder Workshop: IRS 90940 - Project SFERA: Communication with DAS UIC Headquarters, Paris
  • 6 November 2018 Passenger Services Group Rome
  • 6 November 2018 UIC Stakeholder Workshop: IRS 90930 - Traction Energy Settlment and Data Exchange UIC Headquarters, Paris
  • 6 November 2018 Standardisation event Paris UIC HQ
  • 7 November 2018 European Management committee Assistants Paris
  • 7 November 2018 TopRail Meeting - Preparation of the forum Rome
  • 7 November 2018 European Group of Assistants Paris
  • 8 November 2018 Preparatory Group 93rd General Assembly Paris
  • 8 November 2018 Freight Forum Rail Cargo Group HQ, Vienna (AT)
  • 13 November 2018 SHERPA Kick-off Meeting Paris, UIC HQ
  • 14 November 2018 UIC Asia-Pacific Freight Corridors Workshop on Interoperability & Standards Bangkok, Thailand
  • 15 November 2018 Safety Platform Plenary meeting UIC HQ PARIS
  • 15-16 November 2018 Global Debate on Mobility Challenges for the Future Society Warsaw, Poland
  • 15 November 2018 UIC Asia-Pacific Freight Corridors Workshop on Interoperability & Standards Bangkok, Thailand
  • 16 November 2018 UIC Asia-Pacific Future Projects Seminar Bangkok, Thailand
  • 16 November 2018 16th Asia-Pacific Management Committee Bangkok, Thailand
  • 16 November 2018 26th UIC Asia-Pacific Regional Assembly Bangkok, Thailand
  • 22-23 November 2018 RSF Steering Board Paris, UIC HQ
  • 22 November 2018 Statistics Plenary Meeting UIC-Paris
  • 5 December 2018 Africa Regional Assembly UIC HA Paris
  • 6 December 2018 4th UIC Digital Conference UIC HQ, Paris
  • 6 December 2018 European Management committee Paris
  • 6 December 2018 27th European Regional Assembly Paris
  • 7 December 2018 Executive Board Paris
  • 7 December 2018 93rd General Assembly Paris
  • 17-19 April 2019 Asset Management Global Conference UIC HQ, Paris
  • 16-18 May 2019 TopRail Forum Naples
  • 9-11 October 2019 5th World Congress on Rail Training Rabat, Morocco

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