Rolf Dollevoet
Professor Railway Engineering, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands

Presentation title:
“Technical skills and rail knowledge is the foundation to innovation power in practice as a spin off from rail courses TU Delft”.

“System approach in Railways will result in efficiency of maintenance costs via smart innovations and proven technology. This system knowledge is missing in railway organisations and young engineers. Smart, safe, proven technology and innovation on railways.”

Smart, safe, proven technology and innovation on railways.

Starting one step ahead on railways to build up a better, safer train systems is not based just on a good technical idea. The idea must be supported by research, balanced business case and a stakeholder analysis in order to get a green light to continue technological innovation that can be tested and implemented. Most people think only of the technology behind this, but railways are much more complicated and it takes time to develop, prove and implement new ideas in general. The focus on a better rail transport starts with understanding of the basics and to understand the relationship between many assets in the railway system.

Master students  will work on actual practical problems of operations today. Our Railway Engineering group will guide to find a scientifically based answer to solve such problems during your education and bring this knowledge into practice. This is unique in academic education environment because TU Delft own laboratory and international running train laboratory of TU Delft are ready to use. These unique tools will facilitate students and companies to bring out the best creative and innovative new techniques to bring the railway system to a higher and better level for society.

The need for well educated engineers is very high; per year there are more than 40 rail engineers vacancies on university level in Holland. Therefore system knowledge on the full rail system is needed. The courses will add this special needs for innovative success. Skills and education are related via uniques blended courses TU Delft annotation Railway Systems. Are your ready to start this exploration rail journey by yourself?

Rolf Dollevoet studied Mechanical Engineering at TU Eindhoven. He developed an R&D department at Bosch Rexroth Hydraudyne , where he also designed several test machines for hydraulic cylinders and systems. He continued his research work in the railway sector at ProRail. He was awarded his PhD in 2010 at the University of Twente for his rail research on Rolling Contact Fatigue. In addition to his appointment at TU Delft, Dollevoet also works at ProRail as a Railway System Expert. In this role, he is responsible for all the scientific research and innovation for the civil engineering division of ProRail Asset Management. In addition to the many challenges in the railway sector, ProRail itself faces numerous challenging scientific issues relating to safety, reliability, accessibility and sustainability. All of these issues can be tackled by the Railway Engineering group. Dollevoet will do his utmost to ensure that work on these issues comes to TU Delft.

In the past, Dollevoet has worked in close cooperation on various projects with other technical universities in the Netherlands in addition to the Railway Engineering group and has excellent contacts with staff, PhD candidates and students.

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