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2016/2017 Civil Engineering and Geosciences Master Civiele Techniek
Railway Asset Management
Responsible Instructor
Name E-mail
Dr.A.A.Nunez Vicencio    A.A.NunezVicencio@tudelft.nl
Contact Hours / Week x/x/x/x

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Course Contents
Railway assets, both infrastructure and rolling stock, can have a long life expectation if properly managed. By avoiding premature termination of life cycles of the components and (sub-) systems, the life span of railway assets can be greatly extended. As a consequence, an overall improvement of the reliability, availability, maintainability and safety of the railway system can be reached, and at the same time a positive impact on the environment. In railway networks of nowadays, the improvement of the economic viability and its robust competitiveness with other transport modes are essential issues that can be strengthened with adequate railway asset management. This course is designed to give a systematic and in-depth training on management of railway assets, so to reach the best performance of the whole system.
Study Goals
Main objective: understand and be able to design “asset management” techniques to different railway infrastructure and rolling stock (sub-) systems.
After successfully completing the course, a student is able to:
* Describe the importance of asset management and applications in railways. Give examples of asset management methods in the Dutch railways.
* Explain the concepts of maintenance policy and maintenance planning.
* Describe interaction between infra manager, operators and contractors and give examples of management of interest conflict, whole system performance and RAMSHE.
* Describe Economical aspects of design, construction, maintenance and renewal of railway assets, contracting of construction, maintenance and renewal, degradation and measurement methods.
* Explain differences between condition-based maintenance, preventive maintenance, predictive maintenance and reactive maintenance.
* Explain how intelligent disturbance handling and avoidance work, and be able to formulate condition monitoring for intelligent railway systems, and intelligent maintenance and renewal strategies.
* Explain and compare the general principles of risk-based decision making and management.
* Define risk analysis, data-information-decision-performance evaluation chain and information system, and discuss their importance in a railway decision support system.
* Describe performance indicators for design, performance management and life cycle management.
* Understand how the ProRail LCM software operates, and perform case study of LCM analysis.
* Compare current practice and discuss future challenges of railway asset management.
* Implement and apply the above concepts to describe a railway track example case (assignment).
Education Method
Lectures and one assignment
Written exam, closed book.
Exam constitute 60% of the final mark.
Assignment constitute 40% of the final mark.

A mini-symposium is organized in order for the students to present the results of the assignment.
Expected prior Knowledge
Permitted Materials during Exam
Written exam, closed book.