Thematic Cluster 1: Rail Logistics and Multimodal

The purpose of this thematic cluster is to introduce and contribute to the wider concepts of logistics by rail and multimodal transport as a whole.

Increasingly, rail services have been used as part of door-to-door multimodal transport services. The efficiency of such transport concepts largely relies on the streamlining of multiple flows (e.g.: physical, logical or financial) across transport providers and modes of transport. Such understanding implies a sound knowledge about the fundamental variables and the mechanisms that rule the integration of multimodal transport chains. Also, the key technical and operational properties of the various modes of transport (road, sea, inland waterways and air transport) that are influential to integration fall within the scope of this cluster.

Understanding the role of multimodal transport in logistic chains is another objective of this thematic cluster. Logistics can be understood as a business activity that deals with the movement and storage of goods, and related support information, between production points along a supply chain. Therefore, transport-related choices are normally subordinated, or at least influenced, by the other logistics functions. We develop expertise for understanding of the complexity of logistics functions in order to be able to emphasise and promote the correct transport –related choices according to the current and future market and business needs.

Within this cluster we discuss logistics by rail and multimodal transport chains, key functional and operational properties of the various modes of transport as well as on the logistics functions and their properties.

Our Team: IST, Almaviva, UNEW, DICEA, SUT, Thales, IZBE, UZ, TruckTrains, UFBA, UNIZG FTTS, MU

Organisation full name:
Instituto Superior Tecnico (IST)
Newcastle University (UNEW)
Sapienza, University of Rome (DICEA)
Silesian University of Technology (SUT)
Thales Portugal S.A.
Innovationszentrum Bahntechnik Europa e. V. (IZBE)
AlmavivA – The Italian Innovation Company S.p.A. (Almaviva)
UZ - University of Žilina
TruckTrain® Developments Ltd
Universidade Federal da Bahia (UFBA)
University of Zagreb Faculty of Transport and Traffic Sciences (UNIZG FTTS)
Mahidol University (MU)

Our Courses:
Freight Transport and Logistics (IST) ("https://fenix.tecnico.ulisboa.pt/disciplinas/TML851113/2015-2016/2-semestre")
Freight Transport Logistics, UNEW (http://www.ncl.ac.uk/newrail/education/ftlcpd.htm)
Multimodal Transport Policy and Practice, UNEW (http://www.ncl.ac.uk/newrail/education/mtppcpd.htm)
Freight Transport and Logistics, DICEA (http://www.didatticaingegneria.it/view_info_didattica.php?id=1906&anno=2...)
Transport Policies and Terminals Design, DICEA (http://www.didatticaingegneria.it/view_info_didattica.php?id=1908&anno=2...)
Maritime Transport, DICEA (http://www.didatticaingegneria.it/view_info_didattica.php?id=1902&anno=2...)

Transport Logistics, SUT

Railway Freight Transport, UNIZG FTTS
http://www.fpz.unizg.hr/oms/?page_id=1145&variable=28
(on this page you can download the Syllabus)

Freight Rail Transport and Logistics, MU (under development)
Railroads (for Civil Engineering graduation), UFBA (https://alunoweb.ufba.br/SiacWWW/ExibirEmentaPublico.do?cdDisciplina=ENG...)

 


Thematic Cluster 2: Railway Infrastructure

Railway Infrastructure constitutes a complex system, which needs to be viewed as an entity as well as in combination with other disciplines, such as rail operations for instance. It consists of constructional infrastructure (railway superstructure and substructure), energy supply, and defense electronics. Apart from constructional aspects, the increasing importance of efficient maintenance needs to be considered.

Main issues concerning knowledge, education, and learning methods associated with rail infrastructure are concentrated on the need for real facilities for hands-on training. A gap to be considered in the area of Rail Infrastructure training relates to the lack of international joint-training programs. Having instituted an international joint-degree program with Erfurt UAS (Germany) and the Zuricher School of Engineering (Switzerland), StPölten UAS offers a best-practice example of innovation in this area. Further requests for cooperation have been expressed by rail study programs from various countries, such as Serbia, Kazakhstan, and Russia.

The primary objective of the cluster on Rail Infrastructure is to develop methods, material and expertise which will support and complement current and rail infrastructure study programmes.
Our approach involves a handbook, ICT, modern media, and innovative methods of teaching and learning, working with delegates with different regional and cultural background etc.

Our team:
IST, PUB, DICEA, T&T PLC, UNEW, ZU, NTNU, UFBA

Organization Full Name:
Instituto Superior Tecnico (IST)
Politecnica University of Bucharest (PUB)
Sapienza, University of Rome (DICEA)
Turner & Townsend PLC (via subsidiary Turner & Townsend Cost Management Ltd.)
Newcastle University (UNEW)
Zagazig University (ZU)
Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)
Universidade Federal da Bahia (UFBA)

Our Courses:
Rail Infrastructure, UNEW (http://www.ncl.ac.uk/newrail/education/ricpd.htm )
Railway Engineering (IST)
Railway Engineering, DICEA (https://sites.google.com/a/uniroma1.it/stefanoricci/attivita-1)
Basic Railway Engineering, NTNU (http://www.ntnu.edu/studies/courses/TBA4225#tab=omEmnet)
Advanced Railway Design, NTNU (http://www.ntnu.edu/studies/courses/TBA4222/2016/1#tab=omEmnet)
Railway Engineering, Specialization Project, NTNU (http://www.ntnu.edu/studies/courses/TBA4590/2016/1#tab=omEmnet)

Railroads, UFBA (https://alunoweb.ufba.br/SiacWWW/ExibirEmentaPublico.do?cdDisciplina=ENG...)

 

Thematic Cluster 3: Railway Vehicle
A railway vehicle is a complex product. A number of competencies are needed to design a whole vehicle. The basis of a rail vehicle engineer is usually within mechanical engineering. However, some basic knowledge also from electrical and civil engineering is essential to understand the whole system and to make design decisions. Railways are integrated systems, i.e. specialist knowledge in one area has to be paired with broad system knowledge. This influences how the curriculum for a rail vehicle engineer should be built up.
An important task of this cluster is to define what a rail vehicle engineer should learn to for example be employable by a rail vehicle supplier and how it should be learned.
In most cases demonstrations with real vehicles on track would be needed. Small demonstrators improving the learning outcomes would be desirable.
We are also looking at a curriculum for teaching rail vehicle technology in the core of which is the dynamic vehicle track interaction.

Our Team: KTH, SUT, UNEW, St Polten UAS, Bombardier, ZU, TruckTrains, DICEA, VTU

Organization Full Name:
Newcastle University (UNEW)
KTH Royal Institute of Technology (KTH)
Silesian University of Technology (SUT)
Bombardier Transportation (BT)
Zagazig University (ZU)
TruckTrain® Developments Ltd
Sapienza, University of Rome (DICEA)
Todor Kableshkov University of Transport, (VTU)

Our Courses:
Rail Vehicle, UNEW (http://www.ncl.ac.uk/newrail/education/rvcpd.htm )
Railway Engineering, DICEA (https://sites.google.com/a/uniroma1.it/stefanoricci/attivita-1)
Exploitation of Railway Transport, SUT
Vehicle Safety: Investigation and Analysis of Road Accidents, VTU

 

Thematic Cluster 4: Rail Operations
This cluster focuses on rail operations and educational aspects related to this topic. The main objective is to define an innovative set of educational instruments in rail operation. For this objective three important steps are needed:
- Identification of existing approaches in education in the domain of rail operation;
- User needs - collection of needs from industry and research;
- A set of educational instruments.

The main issues within this cluster with regard to knowledge, education and learning methods are:

- Operation in stations (interlocking);
- Railroad operations (blocking) - European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS), European Train Control System (ETCS) and Global System for Mobile Communications – Rail (GSM-R)
- Consolidation (missed connections, operating cost);
- Train dispatching;
- Optimization of rail operations (rail capacity, rail vehicle rostering, staff rostering);
- Rail operations in crisis and critical situations (disruptions);
- Operating Plan Integrity (scheduled vs flexible operation and software tools for planning);
- Operating Safety and security - general aspects and particular approaches (essence and elements of safety management systems, approaches and methods for analysing operating safety, accident investigation, etc.). Security of Passengers, Staff and Assets as well as emergency systems.

To point out a few gaps and areas for innovation:
- Horizontal approach – between various types of rail networks (urban, interurban, high speed etc.);
- Vertical approach from infrastructure and rolling stock to operation via signalling and interlocking;
- Integrated approach: education - research – industry.

In general the cluster aims to define new and innovative teaching activities and materials in the field of railway operations. Specifically, it will provide an understanding of the existing teaching activities and practices in railway operation, identification of the main gaps in providing innovative education in railway operations, the measures to bridge the gaps, implementation of the measures and materials and publications to support the measures and implementation of the results.

Our Team: PUB, DICEA, Multitel, UNEW, KTH, TUD, VTU, Bombardier, T&T PLC, UZ, TruckTrains, StPolten, SUT, UNIZG FTTS, MU, UFBA

Organization Full Name:
St. Pölten University of Applied Sciences (StPolten UAS)
Newcastle University (UNEW)
KTH Royal Institute of Technology (KTH)
Politecnica University of Bucharest (PUB)
Technische Universität Dresden/Technical University of Dresden (TUD)
Sapienza, University of Rome (DICEA)
Todor Kableshkov University of Transport (VTU)
Multitel
Turner & Townsend PLC (via subsidiary Turner & Townsend Cost Management Ltd.)
UZ - University of Žilina
TruckTrain® Developments Ltd
Silesian University of Technology (SUT)
University of Zagreb Faculty of Transport and Traffic Sciences (UNIZG FTTS)
Mahidol University (MU)
Universidade Federal da Bahia (UFBA)

Our Courses:

Rail Freight Operations and Management, UNEW (http://www.ncl.ac.uk/newrail/education/rfomcpd.htm )

Transport Engineering, TUD (Diplom) (https://tu-dresden.de/bu/verkehr/studium/studienangebot/dipl_viw/dip_mod_vi)

Master of Railway System Engineering, TUD (https://tu-dresden.de/bu/verkehr/studium/studienangebot/master-studienga...)

Railway Engineering, DICEA (https://sites.google.com/a/uniroma1.it/stefanoricci/attivita-1)

Bachelor programme: Rail Technology and Mobility, (St Poelten UAS)
(https://www.fhstp.ac.at/en/academic-studies-continuing-education/rail-te...)

European Railway Systems (St Poelten UAS)
(https://www.fhstp.ac.at/en/academic-studies-continuing-education/rail-te... )

Modelling of Transport Processes, SUT http://www.polsl.pl/Wydzialy/RT/Documents/English/mk2_7_2012_ENG2015.pdf

Theory of Reliability and Safety, SUT
http://www.polsl.pl/Wydzialy/RT/Documents/English/mk2_9_2012_ENG2015.pdf

Organization of Railway Transport, UNIZG FTTS
http://www.fpz.unizg.hr/oms/?page_id=1145&variable=44
(on this page you can download the Syllabus)

Railway Signalling and Operations, MU (under development)
Applied Statistics and Simulation for Railway System Planning, MU (under development)

Rail Transport (for Land Transport Management graduation), UFBA

Fundamentals of Reliability Theory, VTU
Transport Technical Operation and Safety, VTU
Reliability and Safety of Systems, VTU
Occupational Safety and Health in Transport, VTU

 

Thematic Cluster 5: Telematics
The cluster specialises in the railway orientated educational programmes in the field of telematics. Railway telematics covers the research, development, operation and evaluation of technical systems to support the railway operation with collecting information and data, evaluating them and grade up this data and finally distributing the information and data to all the stakeholders in railway operation process, like operators, infrastructure managers, train drivers, service staff, maintenance workers, passengers and others. With the upgraded data fundamental decisions in operation and management can be made and supported.
Examples for telematics systems are:
- Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS);
- Rail Traffic Management and Real Time Control;
- Driving Assistant Systems and Driving Advisory Systems;
- Automatic Train Control;
- Rail Operation Simulation and Simulators;
- Energy Efficient Driving and Energy Saving Rescheduling;
- Technical Systems for Intermodality in Passenger Transport: Connection of Information between Rail and Light Rail / Bus and other public transport;
- Passenger Information Systems.

Specifically the cluster looks:
- to revisit current programmes and courses in railway telematics;
- to revisit the therefore current used teaching and learning methods;
- to identify gaps and areas of innovation;
- to identify technology trends in Rail Telematics relevant for Rail education;
- to find out measures to close the gaps;
- to develop new curricula, taking the outcomes in account;
- to set up a handbook of good practice.

Our team: TUD, THALES, PUB, DICEA, Thales, Almaviva

Organisation full name:
Politecnica University of Bucharest (PUB)
Technische Universität Dresden/Technical University of Dresden (TUD)
Sapienza, University of Rome (DICEA)
Thales Portugal S.A.
AlmavivA – The Italian Innovation Company S.p.A. (Almaviva)

Our Courses:

Geomatics and ITS, DICEA (http://www.didatticaingegneria.it/view_info_didattica.php?id=1894&anno=2...)

Transport Engineering, TUD (Diplom) (https://tu-dresden.de/bu/verkehr/studium/studienangebot/dipl_viw/dip_mod_vi)

Master of Railway System Engineering, TUD (https://tu-dresden.de/bu/verkehr/studium/studienangebot/master-studienga...)

 

Thematic Cluster 6: Rail Economics, Policy and Sustainability

Sustainability is a key requirement for any economic activities and, in a strict sense, includes also the economic viewpoint in combination with environmental and social-cultural ones.
Rail knowledge in this field is progressively reflecting the innovative approach that the sustainability concept introduced in the approach to classic engineering and economic problems.

Since some years, the main research results have been consolidated into more robust disciplines and the migration of these concepts towards the education programmes is ongoing.
Education modules on transport systems following a top-down approach have progressively incorporated the sustainability requirements, which describe a wide field including typical viewpoints of Society, as well as of operators (Infrastructures Managers and Railway Undertaking) and the final customer itself.

Innovative knowledge pillars as the externalities management, the environmental capacity, etc., typically require a multidisciplinary vision and transversal perspective, both for learning and teaching attitudes, mind opening and learning methods, based on rigorous process of knowledge transfer and competence development.

A preliminary identification of sets of concerned topics includes:

- Demand and supply theory applied to railway transport sector (individual and aggregated demand, demand and supply elasticity, demand-supply interaction, production functions, short and long term production costs, market equilibrium under concurrency and monopole)
- Generalised transport costs from final user viewpoint (general expressions, quantification problems, costs of money, time, risk and discomfort);
- Production costs of transport services from RU viewpoint (fixed and variable costs typologies, affecting operational parameters, accounting by train, line or station)
- Infrastructure management cost from IM viewpoint (areas, substructures, intersections, building, bridges, viaducts and tunnels, superstructure, signalling systems, power plants, information systems, maintenance plants)
- Externalities and external costs from Society viewpoint (definitions, internalisation of externalities, externalities and external costs categories, external costs quantification, synthetic indicators)
- Evaluation of railway projects (selection of alternatives, Cost-Benefit analysis indicators, Cost-Benefit analysis limits and role of value judgements, economic efficiency of public and private investments, multi-criteria analysis)
- Regulation tools in railway transport (Principle of regulation, Impact to the competitiveness of RU on the transport market)

On this basis, the main objectives of the cluster are related to building up of a consolidated regular panel of education-related activities in rail economics, sustainability policies and principles for companies, public bodies, railway operators (IM and RU), railway manufacturers and consultancies.

Our team: DICEA, UNEW, IZBE, IST, StPolten, KTH, UZ, TUD, UFBA, UNIZG FTTS, MU

Organisation full name:
Newcastle University (UNEW)
Instituto Superior Tecnico (IST)
St. Pölten University of Applied Sciences (StPolten UAS)
KTH Royal Institute of Technology (KTH)
Sapienza, University of Rome (DICEA)
Innovationszentrum Bahntechnik Europa e. V. (IZBE)
UZ - University of Žilina
Technische Universität Dresden/Technical University of Dresden (TUD)
Universidade Federal da Bahia (UFBA)
University of Zagreb Faculty of Transport and Traffic Sciences (UNIZG FTTS)
Mahidol University (MU)

Our Courses:
Rail Management, Economics and Planning, UNEW (http://www.ncl.ac.uk/undergraduate/modules/ceg8408/)
Rail Energy and Environment, UNEW
(http://www.ncl.ac.uk/newrail/education/reecpd.htm)

Transport Policy and Financing (IST), (https://fenix.tecnico.ulisboa.pt/disciplinas/PFT25179/2016-2017/1-semestre)

Transport Economics (IST) (https://fenix.tecnico.ulisboa.pt/disciplinas/ET25179/2016-2017/1-semestre)
Bachelor of Transport Economics, TUD (https://tu-dresden.de/bu/verkehr/studium/studienangebot/bachelor-studien...)

Master of Transport Economics, TUD (https://tu-dresden.de/bu/verkehr/studium/studienangebot/master-studienga...)

Transport Policies and Terminals Design, DICEA (http://www.didatticaingegneria.it/view_info_didattica.php?id=1908&anno=2...)

Master programme: Rail Technology and Management of Railway Systems (St Poelten UAS) (https://www.fhstp.ac.at/en/academic-studies-continuing-education/rail-te... )

Railway Transport Management, UNIZG FTTS
http://www.fpz.unizg.hr/oms/?page_id=1145&variable=29
(on this page you can download the Syllabus)

Organizing Railway Passenger Transport, UNIZG FTTS
Web site and syllabus will be available soon.

Infrastructure Charges Fees – Track Access Charges, UNIZG FTTS
This courses was made for SIAFI programme

Railway Transport Economics, MU (under development)
Sustainable Transportation, MU (under development)
Travel Behaviour and Demand Analysis, MU (under development)

 

Thematic Cluster 7: Rail Marketing and Public Engagement

The objective of this cluster is to investigate rail marketing and public engagement activities within the railway sector in order to better understand policies and practices adapted by the railway industry and their effectiveness. This understanding will help to assess the current state of play and suggest areas for improvement, with the aim of facilitating benefits for both railway clients and companies. We collect and analyse a number of European and non-European case studies (success stories and failures) on rail marketing and public engagement teaching and learning by sharing our experience and hence contribute to the case study collection process.

Other activities include design and validation of a curriculum for new programmes (university module) on rail marketing and public engagement and a good practice guide on curriculum implementation and practical significance.

Our team: UNEW, VTU, MU

Organisation full name:
Newcastle University (UNEW)
Todor Kableshkov University of Transport (VTU)
Mahidol University (MU)

Our Courses:
Rail Marketing and Public Engagement, UNEW
(http://www.ncl.ac.uk/newrail/education/RailMarketingandPublicEngagement.htm )

Other:
Rail outreach activities, MU (school visits, career talks, etc.)