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The railway operators are demanding higher productivity and throughput to meet increasing patronage and changing needs. These coupled with shrinking maintenance windows and tightening of available assets and budgets necessitate responsive strategies to ensure continued safe operations, service reliability whilst at the same time looking at ways to create greater efficiencies. Increasingly, technology and system approaches are being utilised by leading railway organizations to overcome these challenges and to improve their operations. Key technological innovations and associated sophisticated automatic data processing system are providing significant benefit to these railway organizations.
This presentation will outline how the shift from reactive to proactive maintenance and operation using new technological innovations, are providing significant benefits to the railway industry. Through the integration of the various intelligent, automated condition-monitoring tools, into normal everyday operations, the railway industry is proactively managing the railway network to create greater efficiencies, reduce maintenance costs, and to ensure safer operations, as well as extending asset life.
Institute of Railway Technology, Monash University
Ravi Ravitharan has 30 years of experience in railway research. He is the Director of Monash Institute of Railway Technology (IRT) at Monash University in Australia.From 2006 to 2008, Ravi was the National Executive Chairman of Engineers Australia’s Railway Technical Society of Australasia (RTSA). For his outstanding contribution to the Australian and international rail industry, the RTSA Life Membership (2011) and the coveted RTSA Individual Award (2014) were awarded to him.Ravi has also been awarded the prestigious Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE) Clunies Ross Award in 2014 for the application of science and technology for the benefit of Australia.Ravi is a Fellow of Engineers Australia, Chartered Professional Engineer and Engineering Executive.Ravi is an advisory board member of Industrial Transformation Training Centre for Advanced Technologies in Rail Track Infrastructure in Australia and member of Rail Knowledge Bank Advisory Group.
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