Rail research collaboration in Europe



          Professor Mark Robinson
                  NewRail


         CRC – Part...
Contents

RRUK

UIC Coordination Strategy

ERRAC and the ERRAC ROADMAP Project

ERRAC Evaluation working group and researc...
NewRail
           1994               2004




Vehicles   Infrastructure   Systems   Freight &
                           ...
What is RRUK?
RRUK’s mission
– To support the UK railway industry by providing a focal point for
  world-class, university...
Management Structure



     AGRRI
Advisory Group for
  Rail Research
    Innovation
Interface management
UIC Research Coordination Group
         (RCG)/ERRAC
The communication between ERRAC and UIC (through RCG) is developing as a
                    continuous information exchan...
What is needed for the interface
                RCG/ERRAC?
Ensure a timely and well-functioning information exchange betw...
How to put life to the interface
RCG appoints an "interface manager" for each of the ERRAC WPs.
This person will take the ...
Your contacts for the ERRAC/UIC (RCG)
                     interface management
                                          ...
European Railway Research
                          ERRAC

 ERRAC – European Rail Research Advisory Council

  ERRAC was s...
European Railway Research
                      ERRAC
2001 Joint Strategy for European Rail – Strategic Railways Vision 20...
Re-launching ERRAC- ERRAC ROADMAPS
The ERRAC - Roadmap project

ACCEPTED!

– Submitted to the European Commission on May 2008
– Evaluation received on Octobe...
Re-launching ERRAC, ERRAC-Roadmaps project the
starting point
  Openness and transparency of the work in the ERRAC-Roadmap...
Re-launching ERRAC, ERRAC-Roadmaps project the
starting point
 ERRAC associations work is fully inline with ERRAC-Roadmaps...
ERRAC Roadmap EWG-WP06

Market uptake, Evaluation and database
The Evaluation Work Group (EWG) is part of Work Package 6 (WP06) in the
                     ERRAC ROADMAP Project :



  ...
The Objective of the EWG
     EWG Objectives within ERRAC activity                                                        ...
Status update of EWG-WP06 activity
Up to date 48 projects (from a total of 138 listed projects) have been analysed and 39
...
The Roadmap EWG WP06 evaluations
                             Uptake of Evaluated Projects
  WP05                         ...
The Roadmap EWG WP06 evaluations
     Lessons learnt from Strong market up-take projects
Projects aimed at solving issues ...
The Roadmap EWG WP06 evaluations
                        Recommendations

1.  Clearly defined scope, inputs and deliverabl...
http://www.feast.org/




Building the European-Australian Research Community



   FEAST (Forum for European-Australian S...
Australia in FP7
Can I participate in FP7 if I am based in Australia?
The short answer is ‘yes’.
Can I coordinate a FP7 pr...
Get funding from the EU: limited exceptions
     Marie Curie Individual Fellowships
            Evaluators for FP7

  Beco...
ERRAC PROPOSALS FOR THE 4TH CALL OF FP7 –
                               Feb 2010
                              Topic titl...
Mitigation measures and good practice to reduce human fatalities and
disruption of services resulting from trespasses on r...
Sustainable materials for the infrastructure
–   It expected that this project would aim to find a viable alternative to c...
Effective bridges (also road bridges, to be considered together with
ERTRAC)
–   The project Effective Bridges addresses b...
OTHERS:

SUPPORTED by ERRAC and to be presented together with EIRAC:
   –   Create an intermodal possibilities/network/fac...
Contact Details
Prof Mark Robinson

Professor of Rail Systems Engineering

Director - NewRail Railway Research Centre

Ass...
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Rail research collaboration in Europe

  1. 1. Rail research collaboration in Europe Professor Mark Robinson NewRail CRC – Participant Workshop 16th November 2009 Adelaide
  2. 2. Contents RRUK UIC Coordination Strategy ERRAC and the ERRAC ROADMAP Project ERRAC Evaluation working group and research priorities FEAST Future Collaborative Research Opportunities
  3. 3. NewRail 1994 2004 Vehicles Infrastructure Systems Freight & Logistics
  4. 4. What is RRUK? RRUK’s mission – To support the UK railway industry by providing a focal point for world-class, university based research A virtual centre – Twelve research groups in eight universities Multidisciplinary research – Engineering, Science, Economics, Human Factors EPSRC funding
  5. 5. Management Structure AGRRI Advisory Group for Rail Research Innovation
  6. 6. Interface management UIC Research Coordination Group (RCG)/ERRAC
  7. 7. The communication between ERRAC and UIC (through RCG) is developing as a continuous information exchange 1. Topic collection 2. Identification of topics suitable for EC research 6. RCG/UIC: decision on Communication further actions loop 3. Communication RCG/ERRAC to ERRAC 5. Communication to RCG 4. Discussion and decision within ERRAC
  8. 8. What is needed for the interface RCG/ERRAC? Ensure a timely and well-functioning information exchange between RCG and ERRAC Ensure that RCG interests are represented and advocated professionally in ERRAC to the benefit of the positions agreed within RCG Ensure that ERRAC results are transferred and discussed in RCG Ensure a mutual information transfer and avoid duplication of discussions and counterproductive overlaps
  9. 9. How to put life to the interface RCG appoints an "interface manager" for each of the ERRAC WPs. This person will take the mandate to present and defend RCG's positions and interests within this WP The mandate will be neutral, clearly representing an overall RCG position and not that of a single company/UIC member Administration support to the "interface manager" will be provided by UIC HQ staff
  10. 10. Your contacts for the ERRAC/UIC (RCG) interface management ERRAC WPs WP 1 WP 2 WP 3 WP 4 WP 5 WP 6 The greening of Encouraging Ensuring Improving safety & Strengthening Evaluation & rail surface transport modal shift (long sustainable (sub-) security competitiveness innovation data distance) and urban transport bank decongesting transport corridors Interface Interface Interface Interface Interface Manager: Interface Manager: Manager: Manager: Manager: Manager: Enno Wiebe Dirk Peter Jonathan Christophe UIC Malcolm Oelschläger Gerhardt Chéron Paragreen +33 1 444 92097 Lundgren UIC UIC Network Rail SNCF wiebe@uic.org Banverket +33 1 444 92072 +33 1 444 92127 +44 20 7557 8611 +33 1 53429277 +46 24304405474 oelschlaeger gerhardt@uic.org jonathan.paragreen christophe.cheron malcolm.lundgren @uic.org @networkrail.co.uk @sncf.fr @banverket.se Andrea Lindner DB AG + 49 30 297 56062 andrea.lindner @deutschebahn.com UIC Research Coordination Group (RCG) and all relevant UIC bodies
  11. 11. European Railway Research ERRAC ERRAC – European Rail Research Advisory Council ERRAC was set up in 2001 with the ambitious goal of creating a single European body with both the competence and capability to help revitalise the European rail sector and make it more competitive, by fostering increased innovation and guiding research efforts at European level. The main goal of ERRAC is: Enhancing collaborative European rail research by: –Building consensus among all rail stakeholders –Improving synergies between EU, national and private rail research –Strengthening and re-organizing research and development efforts –Facilitating effective pooling of human and material resources –Launching ambitious co-operative research schemes Advise the European Commission on essential Rail Research for the FP
  12. 12. European Railway Research ERRAC 2001 Joint Strategy for European Rail – Strategic Railways Vision 2020 2002 Strategic Rail Research Agenda – based on the strategic Vision 2020 2002 Technical Annex of the SRRA – Roadmaps for implementation 2002 Rail Business Scenario – “doubling and tripling” 2007 Update of the SRRA – Strategic Rail Research Agenda Implementation Reaching the aims Roadmaps needed!
  13. 13. Re-launching ERRAC- ERRAC ROADMAPS
  14. 14. The ERRAC - Roadmap project ACCEPTED! – Submitted to the European Commission on May 2008 – Evaluation received on October 2008 – Very good score: 13,5 points! – No budget cut: €1,5 millions funded by the European Commission ALREADY RUNNING! – The ERRAC work continued even without funding with the participation in kind of ERRAC Members and associations. – ERRAC-Roadmap process has been defined and work on the FP7 3rd call priorities done through the setup ERRAC-Roadmaps work packages – FP7 4th call priorities and Roadmaps work started
  15. 15. Re-launching ERRAC, ERRAC-Roadmaps project the starting point Openness and transparency of the work in the ERRAC-Roadmaps WPs – Everyone welcomed if active contributor – Focus on the market uptake but openness to valuable « blue-sky» research Focus for the next 3 years on annual detailed and qualified sector Roadmaps that will provide – Input for the future work programme at EU and National level – Input for interoperability at European level – Input for legislative decision inline with the R&D objectives and needs
  16. 16. Re-launching ERRAC, ERRAC-Roadmaps project the starting point ERRAC associations work is fully inline with ERRAC-Roadmaps WPs activities: i.e. for all Sector Members the unique entry point for R&D priorities definition is ERRAC Increased cooperation and interest from the transport sector! – ERRAC-Roadmaps already cooperates in two WPs with ERTRAC – Openness for cooperation – wherever relevant – with other ETPs – ERRAC already cooperate with National Technology Platforms (i.e. Czech Republic and Spanish) – ERRAC formalised its link with the Joint Programme Committee for Rail (JPCR) – Future enhancement of alignment of MS funded research to create synergies and to reduce duplications
  17. 17. ERRAC Roadmap EWG-WP06 Market uptake, Evaluation and database
  18. 18. The Evaluation Work Group (EWG) is part of Work Package 6 (WP06) in the ERRAC ROADMAP Project : WP0 : Management & Support Group WP1 : Greening WP2 : Modal Shift WP3 : Urban Transport WP4 : Safety & Security WP5 : Strengthening Competitiveness WP 6 : Evaluation & Rail Innovation Data Bank WP 7 : Dissemination & Communication
  19. 19. The Objective of the EWG EWG Objectives within ERRAC activity activity is to identify the factors that should be considered in EU Rail research to improve use of economic resources to fulfil and ensure coherence with the planned strategic agenda for the progress of rail operations in Europe to ensure successful project deployment and results to avoid Weak uptake of the results to provide intelligence for input to future FPs to focus on important objectives and gain effective use of resources. Source: Dan Otteborn, Vice-Chairman of ERRAC, ERRAC General Presentation, Innotrans, 19.09.08.
  20. 20. Status update of EWG-WP06 activity Up to date 48 projects (from a total of 138 listed projects) have been analysed and 39 have been evaluated: – 13 of them were found to have a strong market uptake, – 6 medium, and – 20 a weak market uptake. The 13 projects with a strong market uptake are in the domains of – Train Control and Monitoring Systems (TCMS), – Improving Safety and Security and in – Greening of Surface Transport (Design for Environment) The 20 projects with weak market uptake are mostly in the domain of – railway freight operation, while others relate to – signalling and research projects aimed at strengthening competitiveness The 6 projects with medium market uptake are spread in – Noise & Vibration monitoring, – Infrastructure and – Rail research Projects
  21. 21. The Roadmap EWG WP06 evaluations Uptake of Evaluated Projects WP05 WP04 € 124.806.693 € 79.419.229 STRONG WEAK WP01 € 152.024.731 WP02 MEDIUM WP03 € 241.555.224 € 35.841.008 Total 138 Projects 39 Projects Total projects in WPs Level of Uptake of the results of @ July 2009 Projects evaluated Global cost of projects in WPs € 633.646.885
  22. 22. The Roadmap EWG WP06 evaluations Lessons learnt from Strong market up-take projects Projects aimed at solving issues of general acknowledged interest (eg. technical, of harmonisation, business cases) Strong interaction between partners and relevant stakeholders Clearly defined scope and objectives at the beginning Results applied and implemented for products, or for regulatory application and made available for future revision Capability of building on results of previous projects (systemic view) Pilot cases or business cases developed
  23. 23. The Roadmap EWG WP06 evaluations Recommendations 1. Clearly defined scope, inputs and deliverables of project at inception. 2. To specify, at inception, goals of projects, and to develop implementation strategy anticipating possible problems with implementation itself, identifying targeted users for dissemination of results 3. To plan for knowledge retention and dissemination at inception 4. To form a steering group of experts/stakeholders familiar with context. 5. To make clear that projects should search for viable solutions in terms of applicability and cost implications, and to develop business cases. 6. To clarify ownership of project results and deliverables at inception. 7. To take account of implications for strategic interests of key players to avoid strategic, commercial, technological and operational constraints 8. To select committed partners really interested in finding viable solutions. 9. To establish clear communication channels and frequency of exchange. 10. To conduct a regular review on post-project progress (possibly electing a project responsible/promoter).
  24. 24. http://www.feast.org/ Building the European-Australian Research Community FEAST (Forum for European-Australian Science and Technology Cooperation) Building 67a, The Australian National University ACT 0200 Canberra AUSTRALIA
  25. 25. Australia in FP7 Can I participate in FP7 if I am based in Australia? The short answer is ‘yes’. Can I coordinate a FP7 project if I am based in Australia? The short answer is ‘no’. Can I receive EU research funding if I am based in Australia? The short answer is ‘no’, but… Australia can participate in FP7, but with their own funding.
  26. 26. Get funding from the EU: limited exceptions Marie Curie Individual Fellowships Evaluators for FP7 Become an evaluator for FP7 The Commission draws on a wide pool of evaluators. The call for evaluators for FP7 has been launched and registration of individuals and organisations is open on CORDIS: cordis.europa.eu/emmfp7.
  27. 27. ERRAC PROPOSALS FOR THE 4TH CALL OF FP7 – Feb 2010 Topic titles Dynamic traffic management for better energy efficiency and higher capacity – Energy efficient operation and managing in a dynamic way the traffic flow with timetabling tools from energy management perspective including infrastructure capacity assessment and optimized passengers + freight quality on mixed lines Saving energy in the railway system: electrified infrastructure recovery/storage potential, application and definition of recovery techniques/technologies in a sustainable way (to be considered as preparatory research, fact finding project) – Evaluation of the energy (quantity, duration) that can be stored – storing in fixed installations when the energy can not be used immediately new and innovative systems (batteries, flywheels, etc.) – smart management of the electricity/smart grids? Taking in account that the railway system is a large distributed system with several electrical loads (trains in operation, auxiliary systems, public electricity grid) – energy for isolated signalling systems (fuel cells, batteries, solar panels, etc..) Energy consumption reduction and management in Urban Rail Systems – Based in Modurban (subproject ModEnergy) results, it is now necessary to bring the energy consumption model to a step forward, validate technologies and provide an energy consumption decision support tool in the Urban Rail System.
  28. 28. Mitigation measures and good practice to reduce human fatalities and disruption of services resulting from trespasses on railways property – agreed with ERA – : Identify the practices that could be applied to introduce mitigation measures of different kinds, analyse them and identify the most effective and cost-efficient counter actions to prevent suicides. Rail System Interoperability (general open topic on the regulatory interoperability and on the non-legislative side with technological innovations) – Technologies and innovative train concepts for both passengers and freight transport characterised by interoperability and cross-operation between different rail networks. The proposed solutions will be based on advanced mechatronic systems, on-board electronics, information and communication systems and services. Research results will contribute to standardisation at two main levels: 1) in the regulated domain, related to Technical Specifications for Interoperability (TSI's) and the ‘open points’, especially in view of the upcoming geographical scope extension, given that this will undoubtfully create ‘new open points’. 2) In the non regulated domain, innovative solutions for interoperability and standardised interfacing between mostly proprietary solutions. These measures are a necessary tool for strengthening the competitiveness of the rail sector.
  29. 29. Sustainable materials for the infrastructure – It expected that this project would aim to find a viable alternative to creosoted wooden sleepers; investigate solutions to reduce the carbon impact of the rail steels currently used, concrete sleepers and slab track and also investigating the sustainability of ballast. A common methodology to calculate environmental impact and life cycle cost will be used, a performance criteria will be developed for the product specification and the alternative materials will be tested against this specification. Urban Rail Vibrations and noise – Some work in mitigation measures, modelling and procedure standardisation could be done; the RIVAS proposal presently in progress for the FP7 3rd call doesn’t include input from Urban rail systems operators (metro, light rail…) Increased control and European harmonisation against unsafe freight transport conditions (inspection gates & platforms + system inspection + onboard monitoring) Eminent IMs and Railway Undertakings are turning towards Automatic Train Examination Portals Two types of portals are currently being designed far apart one from the other depending if they are targeting train integrity (wheel sets, axles, brakepads, etc..) or infrastructure monitoring (track temperature, catenary thermal and video inspection, clearance monitoring, ). NDT supplier for railway academia and both, IM and Railway Undertakings shall gather together in a win-to-win approach for a European harmonization
  30. 30. Effective bridges (also road bridges, to be considered together with ERTRAC) – The project Effective Bridges addresses both old and new bridges in three principal areas: – Life cycle cost analyses (LCCA) of existing bridges as a tool for management and decision support – Approaches for the maintenance and strengthening of existing bridges to increase life length to avoid or postpone the costs and environmental impact of replacement (e.g. prolonging the service of 2% of the bridges by 10 years should save more than 3 billion Euros). – Methods and tools for new bridges to minimize, from “cradle to grave”, total ownership cost and environmental impact. Virtual homologation for train acoustic performances – This topic builds on the results of the Silence project and will help to specify what progress could be made in the next version of the related TSI. The idea is similar to the TrioTrain and aims to anticipate and get easier test procedures.
  31. 31. OTHERS: SUPPORTED by ERRAC and to be presented together with EIRAC: – Create an intermodal possibilities/network/facilities not only for big quantities but also for the small quantities – There may be a substantial market share if the problems of small scale intermodality operations can be addressed in a cost efficient manner. Secondary lines especially may be more efficiently used. SUPPORTED by ERRAC as a CSA project: – Intermodality and new services to the customers – With an objective of improving Urban mobility, the study would aim at identifying new information and communications services which could be proposed to the customers before entering the transport system (including multimodal information) and/or during their trip along their travel chain either on board vehicles or at interchange stations.
  32. 32. Contact Details Prof Mark Robinson Professor of Rail Systems Engineering Director - NewRail Railway Research Centre Associate Dean Transport School of Mechanical and Systems Engineering Stephenson Building Newcastle University NE1 7RU newrail@ncl.ac.uk

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