Post-Summit Workshop: Wednesday, 27 January 2016

THE CONSTRUCTION AND MAINTENANCE OF THE RAILWAY TRACK AIMING AT HIGH PERFORMANCE

12:00 PM - 11:59 PM Led by Konstantinos Tzanakakis, Railway Expert and Author of “The Railway Track and its Long Term Behaviour”

Konstantinos Tzanakakis,, Senior Railway Expert,, Oman
Trains have to run on time, and a basic condition is that the quality of the track is sufficient. The aim of the Infrastructure Manager (IM) is to design, construct and maintain an expensive asset, as it is the railway track, in a cost effective way, to assure its high performance during its service life. The only way to achieve this target is included in the word “Quality”. If the IM can construct a new track with quality at front of mind and then maintain it with the optimum maintenance strategies, he will be able to manage a track with low costs and a high efficiency.

After attending this workshop, you will be able to understand:
  • The external environment for the IM
  • How to design, construct and maintain the track in a cost effective way, to assure its high performance during its service life
  • The track degradation mechanism (the deterioration of the track components, the subgrade degradation) “Track quality” (relation between quality and safety, the importance of high initial quality, mathematical models for predicting the track quality, parameters affecting the track quality over time)
  • Maintain the track using best maintenance strategies:
    • The various maintenance strategies and their impact on the service life of the track
    • The rational maintenance
    • Tools for planning a rational maintenance (RAMS, LCC analysis: which is the best way to maintain the track?
    • How can it be ensured that over time the current maintenance practice is the most effective one?)
  • Recognise guiding principles for an effective track
  • The impact of various investment and budgeting decisions

Konstantinos Tzanakakis,

Senior Railway Expert,
Oman