Chartered Engineer at Network Rail, Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers and Member of the Institution of Asset management and Association of Project Management.
Intelligent Infrastructure –Network Rail operational experience
In the last five years the UK rail network has seen an expansion of wayside monitoring of infrastructure with over 60,000 assets now monitored through various configurations. This fixed monitoring supplements data collected from an established fleet of specific measurement trains and vehicles. The paper explores the lessons learned in the managing the business processes associated with rapid expansion of infrastructure monitoring in the main line railways of the UK, using field examples to illustrate success and improvements. These are then taken forward in a discussion of plans for the next ten years starting with the expansion of data as certain high speed routes take advantage of high volume and high velocity data streams from new train fleets. The architecture of the analytics platforms and data sharing is explored, particularly where multiple operators collect and use data on to understand and monitor the key contractual interfaces between pantograph and OLE and wheel to rail. The impact of data on asset management is examined – how much of the data is an enabler in the ISO 55000 lifecycle and how do we make intelligent use of the information contained within?
Paul Barnes is a Chartered Engineer, Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers and Member of the Institution of Asset management and Association of Project Management. His experience with Contractors, Consultants and now Network Rail covers design, construction and delivery of many projects across the operational railway asset base with a particular interest in the railway as a system. His current role is developing the Intelligent Infrastructure portfolio for Network Rail, expanding the successes of recent years to more operational assets with a particular interest in application of train borne equipment to maintenance activity.