Simulation systems for
training, validating and
design optimisation –
a traffic management
case study
Tim Gray
29th April ...
Content
• Introduction
• TRE & Hitachi
• Evolution of signaller training
• High fidelity training simulators
• Signalling ...
Introduction to TRE & Hitachi
• TRE background
• Work in Scandinavia
• Hitachi acquisition
• Hitachi activity in Europe
• ...
Evolution of signaller training (1)
4
• Use of model railways and layouts
• Training by ‘shadowing’ experienced staff
• He...
Evolution of signaller training (2)
5
• Mandated in UK following Ladbroke Grove
• Training, assessment, competence check
•...
EMROC Simulator
6
TREsim Block Diagram
7
Interlocking Simulation
Timetable Generator / Editor
Train Movement Simulator
Faulting and Scenario...
Trainer / Assessor Interface
8
Additional Assessor Tools
9
Stockholm Prototype system
10
Combined driving/signalling simulation
11
12
NJSK Norway Simulator
KB/Sydac Cab SimulatorsTRE Traffic Simulators
Validation, Design & Optimisation
In Addition to Training and Competence Management;
• Design verification – new/upgrade s...
Validation Process
Business
Case
Concept
Operations
Work
Station
Evaluation /
Human
Factors
Scheme
Optioneering
Final
Desi...
Case Study - Traffic Management System
• NR implementing a UK national
Traffic Management System
• Key benefits
• NR plan ...
Tranista Hitachi’s Traffic Management System
• Based on over 40 years experience in operation
• Continued development, in ...
Tranista Model Office
17
Tranista for Network Rail
• Provide “One Version of the Truth” to all users
• Has the ability to control anything from any...
Tranista for Network Rail
19
Benefits (1)
• Extensively tested by NR operators, controllers and TOC staff
during the evaluation period.
• Successfully ...
Benefits (2)
21
• Use of simulation as part of the Traffic Management
System evaluation was well received
• Enabled extens...
Summary
• Signaller/dispatcher training is a positive benefit to
performance and safety
• High fidelity simulation allows ...
23
Thank you/Contact
Tim Gray MSc, BSc, CEng, MIET
Sales & Marketing Director
T +44 (0) 1225 860 140 E tim.gray@trerail.co...
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  1. 1. Simulation systems for training, validating and design optimisation – a traffic management case study Tim Gray 29th April 2014
  2. 2. Content • Introduction • TRE & Hitachi • Evolution of signaller training • High fidelity training simulators • Signalling and operations design validation • Next generation Traffic Management requirements • Project and operational risk reduction • Conclusions 2
  3. 3. Introduction to TRE & Hitachi • TRE background • Work in Scandinavia • Hitachi acquisition • Hitachi activity in Europe • UK Scenario and challenges • Application to Scandinavia 3
  4. 4. Evolution of signaller training (1) 4 • Use of model railways and layouts • Training by ‘shadowing’ experienced staff • Heavy focus on knowledge of “The Rule Book”
  5. 5. Evolution of signaller training (2) 5 • Mandated in UK following Ladbroke Grove • Training, assessment, competence check • High fidelity is important • 100% replica, safe off-line environment • Practice response to disruption/emergency • c.140 TREsims now installed in NR • > 90% of VDU signalling systems simulated • Multi-vendor Product Acceptance granted • Accurate model of interlocking • Modelling and decision support….
  6. 6. EMROC Simulator 6
  7. 7. TREsim Block Diagram 7 Interlocking Simulation Timetable Generator / Editor Train Movement Simulator Faulting and Scenarios Duplicate Dispatcher Display & Controls Communications Level Crossing Control Signaller / Trainee Workstation Trainer / Assessor Workstation
  8. 8. Trainer / Assessor Interface 8
  9. 9. Additional Assessor Tools 9
  10. 10. Stockholm Prototype system 10
  11. 11. Combined driving/signalling simulation 11
  12. 12. 12 NJSK Norway Simulator KB/Sydac Cab SimulatorsTRE Traffic Simulators
  13. 13. Validation, Design & Optimisation In Addition to Training and Competence Management; • Design verification – new/upgrade schemes – infrastructure layout – signalling – operations • Construction programme evaluation • Timetable testing • Service reliability & performance analysis • For mainline and depot infrastructure • In fact, simulate throughout the life cycle 13
  14. 14. Validation Process Business Case Concept Operations Work Station Evaluation / Human Factors Scheme Optioneering Final Design / Data Test Pre- Commissioning Training Operational Phase Future Change 14
  15. 15. Case Study - Traffic Management System • NR implementing a UK national Traffic Management System • Key benefits • NR plan first deployment, then roll out in ROCs • Three prototype suppliers • TREsim used to evaluate • Joined existing simulations • Virtual area test bed • 4 workstation areas/24hr timetable/c.1600 trains 15
  16. 16. Tranista Hitachi’s Traffic Management System • Based on over 40 years experience in operation • Continued development, in collaboration with users • 100% Automatic Route Setting, with no manual route setting interface on some Japanese systems • Can be customised to provide the “look and feel” required by different railway administrations • Strong desire to implement in Europe • Positive feedback from trials in model office 16
  17. 17. Tranista Model Office 17
  18. 18. Tranista for Network Rail • Provide “One Version of the Truth” to all users • Has the ability to control anything from anywhere • Routes all trains according to the plan: – Conflict detection and resolution – Short-term changes to the plan – Long-term changes to the plan – Stock & crew allocation • Can work with existing/legacy control systems • Demonstrated using real data from the Leeds area – Over 1560 trains per day (Inter-City, Commuter and Freight) – 35 Stations 18
  19. 19. Tranista for Network Rail 19
  20. 20. Benefits (1) • Extensively tested by NR operators, controllers and TOC staff during the evaluation period. • Successfully performed wide range of operational scenarios. • Worked well with the simulated railway environment • De-risking real railway implementation • Well-received by the evaluation teams. – Initially some resistance to the “everything according to the plan” interface, as operators were used to setting routes, but this was soon overcome. • Consistently delivered high levels of performance • and enabled pro-active action to address operational problems and recover the timetable. 20
  21. 21. Benefits (2) 21 • Use of simulation as part of the Traffic Management System evaluation was well received • Enabled extensive project de-risking and stakeholder engagement • Can demonstrate performance aspects of the TMS • Will be used in first deployment projects for similar validation prior to roll out • Then an on-going tool for operator training, competence management, scenario modelling • And future changes to infrastructure and operations
  22. 22. Summary • Signaller/dispatcher training is a positive benefit to performance and safety • High fidelity simulation allows normal and extreme situations to be modelled and trained • Positive project and programme benefits via early modelling • Staff and system readiness can be evaluated prior to live use • Traffic Management Systems bring enhanced timetable delivery and many other benefits • Use of simulation in TMS (and other) projects is encouraged • To yield positive reduction in project, implementation and operational risk • Please speak to TRE and Hitachi colleagues in the audience. 22
  23. 23. 23 Thank you/Contact Tim Gray MSc, BSc, CEng, MIET Sales & Marketing Director T +44 (0) 1225 860 140 E tim.gray@trerail.co.uk F +44 (0) 1225 867 698 W www.trerail.co.uk M +44 (0) 7725 203 382 A Manvers House, Kingston Road, Bradford-on-Avon, Wiltshire, BA15 1AB, UK
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