Raymond Soeters

Arjen Boersma

Presentation title
RailData at your fingertips

From 1999 onwards all kinds of initiatives have taken place to feed the logistical- and asset management chain with reliable data about our rail infrastructure. Despite all the efforts with moderate success. The quality of the data remained insufficient.

But times have changed. The pressure on reliable data has never been so high. Reliable data about the infrastructure can make the difference between a reasonable performance of the rail infrastructure and an excellent performance. How to establish a situation in which RailData is regarded as the accepted basis for a safe, reliable, punctual and durable rail network? A state in which the maintenance engineer, the train driver, the rail system engineer and rail traffic control can fully rely on accurate and actual data.

The ProRail program of RailData gives the answer. After a thorough analysis of the problem several measures have been taken. We are halfway now. In the meantime several results have been brought into practice. Today Raymond and Arjen will present you the top 3 measures. Some of these measures, originate in innovation labs. Examples are models for predictive maintenance, digital Inspections with high speed cameras and different aspects of sensoring for data gathering.

Measures every asset organization should take into consideration. Unless you don’t face any problems with your data…


Raymond Soeters is currently working as the Program Manager of the RailData program within the Asset Management division of ProRail, a government task organization maintaining the railway network infrastructure of the Netherlands. A program that aims to feed the users in the logistical- and asset management chain with reliable data about the Dutch rail infrastructure. Before becoming a Program Manager, he was a Business Information Manager responsible for translating business requirements of the asset management chain to suitable Information- and ICT solutions. Raymond holds a degree in Economics from the Erasmus University Rotterdam.

Arjen Boersma is manager Office of the CIO with the main responsibility to give guidance to all IT and technology solutions for ProRail, the Dutch railway infrastructure manager. Arjen is working at ProRail for 10 years now in different IT functions always with a focus on IT strategy, Enterprise Architecture, Innovation and Corporate Information Management. Arjen just finished a short track on Innovation Leadership at Stanford University.

The RailTech Europe 2017 Conference will explore the following three themes: