Discover the Intelligent Infrastructure Stream of Rail Live! 2019


Intelligent Infrastructure, Tuesday 5 March 2019


Welcoming Lunch


Intelligent Infrastructure

Chair's welcome

Eugenio Fedeli
Intelligent Infrastructure

Ultra-Light vehicle with Artificial Intelligence perception for autonomous inspection on railway lines

  • Building an autonomous inspection vehicle fit for inspection at up to 100 kilometres per hour with 20 km of autonomy
  • Developing 2D/3D laser scanners and radars dedicated to measuring the loading gauge and obstacle detection.
  • Leveraging Artificial Intelligence anomaly detection, with technology specifically adapted to the extremes of railway infrastructure
Intelligent Infrastructure

The advance of drone inspection in the railway industry

  • Incorporating geo-spatial data and rapid data analysis for smooth maintenance
  • The regulatory challenges faced by drone operation and how we are overcoming this.
  • What are the potential future uses of drones in the railway sector?
Intelligent Infrastructure

Bridging the gap to the automated systems of the future

  • How can we combine automated inspection with the predictive algorithms that are transforming maintenance?
  • What steps do we need to take to convert automated drone operations into the status quo
  • What impact is this having on operations around the world?
Panel discussion
Intelligent Infrastructure

PANEL: The rise of automation in infrastructure inspection.

    What role can drones play in the future of inspection?How can we managevast data streams and combinethem with the humans that use them?How can we use smart infrastructure to feed into inspection and vice versa?

Afternoon networking break

Cédric Cecotti
Intelligent Infrastructure

How have Infrabel modernised their inspection programme using drones, smart infrastructure and computer vision?

  • How the entire rail sector can benefit from accessible, up-to-date and complete track data
  • Driving innovation internally and externally using the test digital technology
  • A broader vision of open data throughout Europe and beyond
Intelligent Infrastructure

Roundtable discussions

Combining Business Intelligence and Advanced analytics
Developing Train Management Centres as the brain of operations for infrastructure managers
IoT in infrastructure maintenance for accurate measurements
Using sensors in pantograph maintenance
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Intelligent Infrastructure, Wednesday 6 March 2019




Official Welcome

Panel discussion

Host Keynotes Panel

The Basque Government will welcome a panel of leaders from across the world to discuss their vision of the railway sector with the introduction of key policies such as the 4th Railway package and the increasing liberalisation of the sector.

Rail 5.0 and Digital Mobility

Brian Kelly

Keynote Interview: Brian Kelly, CEO, California High Speed Railway Authority

The California High Speed Rail Authority have started construction of one of the world’s largest high-speed rail programs. The landmark US high-speed project represents a watershed moment for the US market as high-speed rail continues to grow. CEO Brian Kelly will sit down to discuss the key technologies CHSRA are looking at using to bring about momentous change in West Coast pubic transport and beyond.

Keynote Interview: Nigel Holness, Managing Director, London Undergound

Nigel Holness will sit down to discuss the future of rail technology in the world’s oldest underground system. TfL oversees one of the outstanding urban rail networks in the world with over 1.5 billion journeys per year. Nigel will share London's strategy for future growth and their drive for deeper digitalisation as London continues to capitalise on digital innovaiton that is profoundly changing the face of transport.
Panel discussion

Keynote Digital Rail Panel: How can the rail industry adapt to the rapid changes that come with digital technology and embrace the digital revolution?

  • With the rise of IoT, sensors and automation, what are the priorities of the future of public transport?
  • What is the role of public transport operators in the future of door to door travel?
  • How can we use Artificial Intelligence in a sustainable way to ensure reliability and cost-effective maintenance?
  • Where will the next generation of disruptors in the transport industry come from and how can we prepare our organisations?

Exhibition Opening Ceremony


Networking refreshment break

round tables

Technology and Strategy Roundtables

With rising passenger expectations and rapidly-changing technology, how can we as an industry evolve to meet these challenges?Our round tables are hosted by senior level topic specialists.Participants are asked to introduce themselves to the table, and then as a group, they brainstorm and produce their suggestions on what technology would work best for them.After 30 minutes, there is one rotation, so participants can join two tables during the session.
Are you ready for automation in rail – opportunities and challenges
Karsten Oberle

Karsten Oberle, Global Practice Lead - Railway, Nokia

Designing a Metro to facilitate mobility of the future
End-to-End connections in railway transport
Marc Giesen

Marc Giesen, Executive Director, DB Engineering & Consulting

How can an ERTMS transformation be managed step by step on a national scale?
Esmé Kalshoven

Esmé Kalshoven, ERTMS Program Director, NS

How rail operators can benefit from the latest telecommunication technologies
Felipe Sanjuan

Felipe Sanjuan, Transport Business Development Director, Teltronic

Opportunities for women through digitisation in the railway sector
Susanne Wolf-Eberl

Susanne Wolf-Eberl, Chairwoman, WIMEN

Technological challenges in traction systems
Iván Larzabal

Iván Larzabal, R&D Project Manager, CAF Power & Automation

Chris Verstegen
Intelligent Infrastructure

The missing link: Constructing large-scale sensory platforms for predictive asset management

  • How can we use vast numbers of sensors to build a clearer picture of our railway network?
  • Our vision of data science labs: the missing link to deep insight into railway infrastructure
  • Incorporating data at every level of maintenance for truly proactive and predictive maintenance programming
Intelligent Infrastructure

The impact of mobile technology and enhanced connectivity on infrastructure maintenance

  • The traditional challenges of connectivity on the rail network and its impact on asset management
  • How we overcame the problems presented by connectivity to build a mobile-ready platform for our asset managers
  • What is the impact of this culture change in the heart of traditional companies like rail organisations?

Networking Lunch and Exhibition viewing

Carel Jonckheere
Intelligent Infrastructure

How Infrabel is maximising the availability of data and using BIM for seamless workflow with stakeholders

  • The challenges of tracking projects through their entire journey.
  • Using BIM to join project design with development.
  • Tracking data through a variety of stakeholders for smooth handover and project management
Stefan Huber
Intelligent Infrastructure

How can Fibre Optic Sensing (FOS) enable extensive condition based track maintenance strategies?

  • Continuous real-time monitoring of wheel-rail interaction
  • Detection of wheel and rail defects at a very early stage
  • Effective planning and controlling of maintenance tasks
Intelligent Infrastructure

How can we ensure a synchronised condition based maintenance programme for hugely demanding high speed network.

Sonia Zahiroddiny
Intelligent Infrastructure

Exploring digital transformation with BIM to support life cycle management for infrastructure management

  • Why has focus has traditionally been on digitization instead of digital transformation
  • The danger of too many systems and databases being developed with conflicting standards and governance
  • What are difficulties in using data in advanced analytics – especially across divisions

Afternoon networking break and exhibition viewing

Panel discussion

How can we invest in billion-euro projects and be sure that they will ready for future passenger demands?

  • Where are the key touch points for operators and infrastructure managers when looking to future proof megaprojects
  • What are thetechnologies we should be looking into regarding innovation in mobility?
  • What are the benefits of open data and what role can it play in these projects?
  • How can we be sure to integrate this innovation across our entire system and company?
  • How can we regulate and invest intechnologies for a smooth introduction of disruptors?

End of Day

Please join us for an evening drinks reception at the iconic San Mamés Stadium – the home of Athletic Bilbao FC
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Intelligent Infrastructure, Thursday 7 March 2019




Networking refreshment break in the exhibition hall

round tables

Global Project Roundtables

With the ever increasing need for new transport infrastructure and smart technology, how are organisations around the world rising to meet this demand?Our roundtables are hosted by senior level projects specialists from across the world.Participants are asked to introduce themselves to the table, and then as a group, they brainstorm and produce their suggestions on what technology would work best for them.After 30 minutes, there is one rotation, so participants can join two tables during the session.
Automation in Vienna: discussing the operational challenges of a conversion project
Nikolaus Panzera

Nikolaus Panzera, Operation Manager For The Implementation Of Uto, Wiener Linien

Evaluating the future train energy mix: hydrail, battery, diesel hybrid & electrification
Rory Dickerson

Rory Dickerson, Senior Engineer: Traction And Rolling Stock, Network Rail

Exploring Financial models for urban systems
Hans Cruse

Hans Cruse, Director, Spårvagnsstäderna

Getting the basics of cybersecurity right: how can transport foster a new way of thinking?
Maz Mirza Bin Mohd Aminurashid

Maz Mirza Bin Mohd Aminurashid, Head, Information Technology, Mass Rapid Transit Corporation Sdn Bhd

How can an existing metro line be automated without traffic disruption?
Amandine Moutte

Amandine Moutte, Assistant Project Manager, Line 4 Automation Project, RATP

How can operators overcome the complexities of managing stakeholder relationships and mega-project coordination on a regional scale?
Richard Sendi

Richard Sendi, Head, Planning And Strategy Sgr Project, Ministry of Works and Transport, Uganda

How can rail operators ensure sustainability is a priority across the company?
Margrethe Sagevik

Margrethe Sagevik, Environmental Manager, NSB

How can rail transform network operations with ETCS and other new technologies on the horizon?
Christine Kraft

Christine Kraft, Project Manager Etcs, DB Kommunikationstechnik

How can RFID automation technology contribute to the optimisation of rolling stock maintenance
Tanmay Mehta

Tanmay Mehta, General Manager, Rfid, Centre For Railway Information Systems, Indian Railways

Investing in the right suppliers to optimise the future of our network
Camilla Ahston

Camilla Ahston, Senior International Strategist, Purchasing And Logistics, Trafikverket

Navigating the challenges of implementing ETCS on a surface-running network
Paul Booth

Paul Booth, Principal Engineer, Network Rail

Overcoming the challenges of combining big data in operations and infrastructure to streamline traffic management services
Marleen Verheyen

Marleen Verheyen, Advisor Traffic Management Services, Infrabel Sa

Sourcing future refrigerants for existing and new air conditioning systems in railway vehicle
Tobias Fischer

Tobias Fischer, Head Of Rolling Stock Technology, Deutsche Bahn AG

Understanding the potential of GNSS for rail
Juliette Marais

Juliette Marais, Research Fellow, IFSTAR

Update on the German Hydrail project: the results of our operations
Dr Holger Busch

Dr Holger Busch, Scientific Advisor, Fraktion Bündnis 90 / Die Grünen

What is IOTA’s vision for blockchain and distributed ledger technology in the world of mobility?
Alisa Maas

Alisa Maas, Lead Mobility Track, IOTA Foundation

Intelligent Infrastructure

How we are planning to develop a constantly evolving, live status of our track infrastructure

  • Maintaining capacity: the effect of inspection trains
  • Is wayside sensor deployment the key to managing rail infrastructure?
  • Next steps: Building towards the convergent railway
Nick Kingsley
Intelligent Infrastructure

PANEL: How can infrastructure managers use digital technology and innovation to combat the rise and rise of capacity demands?

  • Digital technology is revolutionising infrastructure management but is it sophisticated enough to deal with the rising demand for capacity?
  • Is there a “silver-bullet” that will make the difference?
  • How can we ensure that technology is being trialled and implemented fast enough in an extremely restricted safety environment?
  • Is there a way to make rail more agile as an industry?

Networking lunch in the exhibition hall


Daniel Kindler
Intelligent Infrastructure

How will blockchain technology radically change the future of railway infrastructure?

  • How we are using distributed ledger technology to deliver operational use cases for Deutsche Bahn?
  • What is the future of machine to machine communication in the rail industry?
  • With the combination of blockchain technology, IoT and hyper fast connectivity, what is the automated future of rail?
Stuart Calvert
Intelligent Infrastructure

Fostering innovation through SME partnerships in Digital Railway

  • Stakeholder alignment in complex multipartner projects
  • Identifying bottlenecks in the procurement process for SMEs
  • How we ultimately lower barriers to entry from SMEs to drive innovation in our rail network

Close of Conference – See you next year!


Welcoming drinks in Torre BEC

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