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5th Harmotrack Project Plenary Meeting

Organised by SNCF Réseau and the UIC, with the support of Network Rail and the University of Birmingham, the fifth edition of the Harmotrack Project Plenary Meeting aims to spotlight the success of international collaboration among railway experts engaging to reach the goals of the Harmotrack project.

5th Harmotrack Project Plenary Meeting

13-14 June 2022, University of Birmingham - Online (hybrid event)

Bringing together more than 75 member companies and institutions with more than 200 international railway experts. It is present in more than 40 countries from 6 continents all around the globe. The Harmotrack Project aims to define future international technical specifications or recommendations on the use of dynamic measurements, mainly on accelerations, for track monitoring and maintenance cost reduction.

The fifth plenary meeting will highlight roundtable discussions, technical sessions with Harmotrack experts, and technical visits led by Network Rail and the University of Birmingham. This year's roundtable discussion will feature high-level speakers coming from major global regions to tackle the challenges of railway operations, R&D, and innovation.

Roundtable 1 - How Research, Development and Innovation is changing maintenance activities and regimes

Challenges in safety and safe systems of work implementation, as a result of reduced access to maintain the network is leading to research and development into automated inspection and repair techniques. How is automation and data analysis is improving the maintenance regime, to improve safety and reduce service affecting failures.

· Yann Bezin, Professor and Head of Research of the Institute for Railway Research (IRR) at University of Huddersfield – UK;
· Martin Brennan, Special Advisor on Research and Innovation at UIC - International;
· Anup Chalisey, Professional Head of Infrastructure at RSSB – UK;
· Dingqing Li, Executive Director, Engineering Infrastructure Group at MxV Rail (formerly TTCI) – USA.

Roundtable 2 - The importance of technology implementation in enhancing the operational railway

The introduction of technology into the rail industry has fell behind other industries. How important is the introduction of technology to enable significant improvements in passenger and freight experience? The has been a focus change in the usage of the rail as a result of the pandemic, with reduced commuting, but increased leisure use, how can technology be deployed to support these changes and enhance the passenger experience.

· Robert Ampomah, Chief Technology Officer at Network Rail – UK;
· Marco Gallini, Head of the Mobile Diagnostics and Maintenance Vehicles Department at RFI - Italy;
· Thomas Joindot, Technical Director at SNCF Réseau – France.

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