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“Big Data” in Railroad Maintenance Planning

December 13-14, 2018
University of Delaware
Newark Campus

Converting the “Mountain” of Data Collected by Railway Systems into Effective Maintenance Planning Information with a Focus on Railway Needs and Practical Applications

Organized by: 
Railroad Engineering & Safety Program
Big Data Center
Professional Engineering Outreach
at the University of Delaware

About the Conference

Modern Railways are making increasing use of new generation track inspection and operating technology to obtain more and more data on the condition of the track and equipment. This extensive amount of data, which includes data of increasing complexity as well as volume, has led to a condition known as “Big Data”, where the volume of data is such that traditional analysis techniques are no longer viable to efficiently make use of all of this large volume of data. Thus, important information is often buried in this “mountain” of data.  Since railways need to convert this data into useable information to help them plan their capital maintenance programs, there is a need for the application of new and improved analysis techniques to make this conversion from data into information. One such area of improved data analysis is the use of “Big Data” statistical analysis techniques. Others include improved engineering modeling and more traditional statistical analysis techniques.

The 2018 conference is intended to expand on previous years’ conferences and introduce these new and emerging analysis techniques and to show how they can be applied to the large volume of inspection data collected by railways to improve their planning of the critical capital and maintenance programs. This year’s conference focuses on the railway’s specific needs and practical applications to date of “Big Data” analytics to include both infrastructure and rolling stock maintenance planning. Due to the tremendous success of the previous Big Data in Railroad Engineering conferences, the program for 2018 will continue the 1 ½ day format with a full day on Thursday December 13, 2018 and a half day on December 14, 2018 with a reception the evening of December 13, 2018.

Registration

Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, registration is free. Registration is required by December 5, 2018.

Accommodations & Transportation

Participants are responsible for making their own housing and transportation arrangements. Air transportation should be arranged to either Philadelphia or Baltimore airport. Amtrak runs through Wilmington, DE and also has limited stops in Newark, DE.

Call early and ask if the University of Delaware affiliated hotel rates are available for the dates you are requesting from the following hotels:
Courtyard by Marriott– UD Campus Hotel – 400 David Hollowell Drive, Newark, DE, 1-302-737-0900
Embassy Suites, Newark – 654 S. College Ave., Newark, DE. 1-302-368-8000
Homewood Suites – 640 S. College Ave., Newark, DE, 1-855-605-0320

Sponsors

If you are interested in being a Reception or General Sponsor please e-mail Dr. Allan M Zarembski; Professor and Director of the Railroad Engineering and Safety Program, University of Delaware at dramz@udel.edu by August 15, 2018. Sponsorship checks are due by September 30, 2018.

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Conference organized by:
University of Delaware’s Railroad Engineering and Safety Program
University of Delaware’s Big Data Center
University of Delaware Professional Engineering Outreach