Joint Rail Conference

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

April 18 - 20, 2018


Program - Seminars & Workshop



Title: Introduction to Positive Train Control via a Hosted Server Application
Date: Friday, April 20, 2018
Time:12:00pm - 1:30pm
Cost: $30.00

This seminar is intended to give an introduction to Positive Train Control (PTC) as mandated by the Rail Safety Improvement Act of 2008 for a Hosted Server. For transit agencies and regional railroads the cost and implementation of I-ETMS PTC is a daunting task. This is particularly true for the Office Segment that includes one or more Back Office Servers (BOS), key exchange servers, other management system as well as the railroad dispatch systems, and interface to other railroad backs office systems or applications. The Office Segment translates the operating data provided by a particular railroad’s dispatching and information systems into industry standard formatted messages for exchange over an interoperable interface with the Locomotive Segment. This seminar discusses what is required to plan and implement a functioning Office Segment for ITC type Positive Train Control Systems as either a Host or Tenant. 

Title: Big Data and Analytics for Signaling
Date: Friday, April 20, 2018
Time: 2:45pm - 4:45pm
Cost: $30.00

This session will explore important fundamentals and best practices to observe when installing or migrating a railroad signaling system to a connected railroad signaling system. Topics include why do signaling systems need connected technology, lifecycle considerations related to connected technology in a signaling system, insights into signaling system analytics, and segmentation of processing from sensor to cloud.


RailEval Workshop
Date: Friday, April 20, 2018
Time: 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Cost: $30.00

RailEval is a web-based tool for rail system evaluation, integrating FRA's General Train Movement Simulator (GTMS). RailEval analyses support planning and informed decision-making for operations and infrastructure improvements. One of RailEval's intended modes of usage is the feasibility screening of proposed new passenger rail services in existing freight or shared-use corridors. RailEval may also be used for other capacity and operational analyses. Note: If you intend to use RailEval to develop corridor planning analyses for submittal to the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) for approval, you should follow the corridor planning guidance published on the FRA website.

RailEval features include:

  • A visual, interactive tool for rail infrastructure data management.
  • Ability to manage, share and manipulate data representing: a railroad’s physical plant; trains and their consists; and railroad operating schedules.
  • Ability to accommodate multiple simulation scenarios.
  • Simulated operations with time, speed and position replicated with precision while accounting for resistive forces, locomotive power, braking forces, train handling, terrain and track geometry for explicitly defined trains.
  • Animation of simulations.
  • Import of data from I-ETMS subdivision file.
  • Simulated dispatching that prioritizes train movements; makes routing decisions; prevents train deadlock; and effects the safe separation of trains.
  • A "conflict identifier" mode that supports new infrastructure location decisions.
  • A system database that stores both input and results data, including time-speed-position of trains, and authorization status of traffic control blocks.
  • An array of operating plan options including: regular timetable operations; General Code of Operating Rules (GCOR) Forms A and B (speed restrictions and work zones). A set of tables and charts for reporting results and enabling the analysis of simulations.

Types of analyses supported by RailEval:

Planning – Use RailEval to test sufficiency of current and prospective infrastructure to support planned rail service.

Validation – Validate the effectiveness of proposed capacity enhancements.

Feasibility screening - test whether planned new services and associated improvements have merit and warrant further consideration.

The RailEval Workshop will cover the following:

  • Core features of RailEval for rail planning including track chart tool, simulation and outputs
  • Review of some basic use scenarios
  • New, advanced features:
    • Animation
    • Territory data development by importing I-ETMS Subdivision file
  • Getting started with RailEval