Pre-conference workshop


Monday 9th March 2015
15:30 - 17:30
Olympia Hilton, London

CBTC and High Performance Railways

With increasing urbanisation and soaring passenger numbers, city railways are undergoing a transition from mid density commuter railways to high capacity metro systems. It is important to understand and treat the railway as a holistic system and appreciate the role that in-cab signalling such as CBTC can play for utilising capacity reserves of the existing rail infrastructure, saving significant costs compared to building additional railway lines.

Attendants of this workshop will be taken through a case study for transport planning that helps them applying CBTC in a wider operational context by means of several instructive practical exercises.

The workshop will cover:

  • Transport planning case study “Percity”
  • The “decision tree” for operational planning
  • Technology selection – CBTC or ETCS
  • Train fleet deployment considerations
  • CBTC rollout planning


How you will benefit:

  • Learn a structured process for transport planning
  • Understand planning complexity while keeping a clear focus
  • Apply the 3C formula for in-cab signalling technology selection
  • Appreciate that it is all about running trains
  • Develop a CBTC rollout plan in under two hours

Workshop Facilitator
“Doc Frank” Heibel is a leading Australian expert for high performance signalling who holds key roles for CBTC planning and application in Perth and Sydney. He is Project Manager ATC for Perth Metro and Technical Advisor CBTC for Sydney North West Rail Link.
He specifically developed this workshop based on his experiences and teachings over the last 18 months, and the result is a transformational eye-opener for anyone serious about next generation signalling.

Doc Frank Heibel


Co-located with AirRail 2015:

  • MetroRail 2015
  • Light Rail World Europe
  • RailTel Europe 2015
  • Rail Power 2015