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Organization
2016/2017 Civil Engineering and Geosciences Master Civiele Techniek
CIE4872
Railway Operations and Control
ECTS: 4
Responsible Instructor
Name E-mail
Dr.R.M.P.Goverde    R.M.P.Goverde@tudelft.nl
Instructor
Name E-mail
Drs.D.M.van deVelde    D.M.vandeVelde@tudelft.nl
Contact Hours / Week x/x/x/x
0/0/0/4
Education Period
4
Start Education
4
Exam Period
4
5
Course Language
English
Required for
MSc students who aim for an Annotation Rail
Course Contents
This course provides a fundamental understanding of railway operations and control. The focus is on the interaction of the various systems elements (actors, trains, tracks, signalling, etc.) and the fundamentals of railway safety and signalling, which have a major impact on the design and performance of railway operations. Railway operations depend heavily on the integration of various technical and organizational systems with constraints and objectives largely influenced by policy and (safety) legislation. A rail sector value chain is applied to analyse the various system elements and the choices that could be made for their coordination at various time horizons and their overall consistency from planning to operation. Safety is the main factor that shaped railway operations from the beginning and a good understanding of the railway safety principles is required to design safe, efficient and reliable railway operations. Starting from these principles, the course provides a fundament to design and analyse safety and signalling systems, including train detection, train separation (block systems), interlocking systems, automatic train protection, and automatic train operation. The characteristics and performance of various signalling systems are analysed, including the European Train Control System (ETCS), Positive Train Control (PTC) and Communication Based Train Control (CBTC).
Study Goals
After successfully completing the course, a student is able to
Investigate railway sector value chains
Judge signalling migration strategies
Analyse and design block signalling systems
Analyse and design simple interlocking systems
Evaluate and compare train protection systems, incl. ETCS, PTC, CBTC
Discuss railway safety principles
Explain the fundamentals of railway operations
Understand how railways are organized and what the main (policy) options are
Get insight into the relationship between technical systems, railway organization and rail sector efficiency
Understand what is specific about railways compared to other transport systems
Education Method
This course uses Blended Learning with a mixture of videos, lectures, reading, guest lectures, discussions, and group assignments
Assessment
Written exam and written assignments
Elective
Yes
Tags
Group work
Information & Communication
Modelling
Policy Analysis
Rail & Road Engineering / Planning
Technology
Transport & Logistics
Expected prior Knowledge
-
Academic Skills
Reading proficiency, writing reports, critical thinking, team work
Literature & Study Materials
Papers, book chapters, and videos (available on Blackboard)
Judgement
Weighted average of written exam (2/5) and three assignments (3/5)
Permitted Materials during Exam
None
Collegerama
No