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Disruptive Technologies in Railroading, presented by Dan Rubin

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Tahoe Silicon Mountain, a network of technology professionals who live and work in the Tahoe-Truckee area, is pleased to welcome Dan Rubin to present: “Disruptive Technologies in Railroading.”

Railroads today are faced with evaluating rapidly emerging technologies for controlling systems, inspections, robotics, energy harvesting, sensor networks and more.

Dan Rubin, General Director of System Engineering for the Union Pacific, will discuss technologies in use or being developed by Union Pacific, including their move to replace their 40-year old IBM mainframe-based transportation system and their adoption of a sensor network to monitor individual rail cars.

Prior to joining Union Pacific, Rubin worked for AMCI/Nexterna developing communication systems in support of railroad operations and at Sandia National Labs developing systems for Department of Defense.

You can learn more about the Union Pacific here: http://bit.ly/AboutUnionPacific

The meeting will be on Monday, May 11th, 6-8 pm at Pizza on the Hill, in Tahoe Donner at 11509 Northwoods Blvd., Truckee. A $5 fee includes pizza and salad. Before and after the presentation, there will be time for networking with other technology professionals who live and work in the Tahoe-Truckee region.

This month’s event is sponsored by New Leaders, Clear Capital and the Truckee Donner Railroad Society.

You can find us on LinkedIn and Facebook and at TahoeSiliconMountain.com or sign up for email meeting announcements here: http://bit.ly/14XGofL.

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Disruptive Technologies in Railroading, presented by Dan Rubin

  1. 1. 1 Disruptive Technologies in Railroading Dan Rubin Union Pacific Railroad
  2. 2. 2 Tahoe Silicon Mountain Tonight's event made possible by NewLeaders.com ClearCapital.comTruckeeDonnerRailroadSociety.com
  3. 3. 3 Fast Facts • Commodity Revenue $15.5 B • Route Miles 32,200 in 23 States • Employees 49,000 • Annual Payroll $3.9 B • Customers 25,000 • Locomotives 8,700 Union Pacific System Portland Oakland LA Calexico Nogales El Paso Seattle Eagle Pass SLC Eastport Brownsville Houston KC St. Louis Omaha Twin Cities Duluth Denver Laredo Dallas Memphis Chicago New Orleans
  4. 4. 4 Freight Revenue 17% Agricultural Products 16% Chemicals 18% Industrial Products9% Auto 20% Intermodal 20% Energy
  5. 5. 5 Class I Railroads • Rail's share of the US freight market is about 43% (The Economist, 2010) • Total US freight moved per year: 6 trillion ton-miles • Class I railroads move: 1.7 trillion ton-miles • Union Pacific alone moves more than 0.5 trillion ton- miles (about 9 million carloads) Sources: DOT, AAR, UP fact book
  6. 6. 6 Locomotives Cars • Typical Horse Power of a long-haul locomotive: 4000 HP (Toyota Camry: 178 HP) • Typical weight of a train: 3,000 – 8,000 tons (Toyota Camry: 1.5 tons) • Typical train length: 90 cars + 2 locomotives ( ~ 1 mile long) • Average freight per car: 63 tons (91,000 bottles of beer)
  7. 7. 7 Trackside Sensors Low Air Hose Detector Infrared Sensors Microphones Ultrasonic Sensors Wheel Profile Lasers Strain Gauges
  8. 8. 8 Recent and Current R&D Initiatives • Smart Train Inspection • Robotic Equipment Handling at Yards • Ultrasonic Wheel Inspection System • Motes and Energy Harvesting • Other R&D Projects • Positive Train Control
  9. 9. 9 Recent and Current R&D Initiatives • Smart Train Inspection • Robotic Equipment Handling at Yards • Ultrasonic Wheel Inspection System • Motes and Energy Harvesting • Other R&D Projects • Positive Train Control
  10. 10. 10 Manual Inspection
  11. 11. 11 Smart Train Inspection Site
  12. 12. 12 Detect Train Presence
  13. 13. 13 Wheel Detectors
  14. 14. 14 Cameras
  15. 15. 2014
  16. 16. 16 High Frame Rate Cameras
  17. 17. 2014
  18. 18. 18 3D Vision
  19. 19. 2014
  20. 20. 20 Automated Inspection
  21. 21. 21 Inspection GUI
  22. 22. 22 Recent and Current R&D Initiatives • Smart Train Inspection • Robotic Equipment Handling at Yards • Ultrasonic Wheel Inspection System • Motes and Energy Harvesting • Other R&D Projects • Positive Train Control
  23. 23. 23 Prototype Robotic System
  24. 24. 24 Recent and Current R&D Initiatives • Smart Train Inspection • Robotic Equipment Handling at Yards • Ultrasonic Wheel Inspection System • Motes and Energy Harvesting • Other R&D Projects • Positive Train Control
  25. 25. 25 Ultrasonic Cracked Wheel Detection • Detects internal wheel cracks • Inspects over 500,000 wheels annually • Annually about 100 wheels are replaced which would have gone undetected otherwise
  26. 26. 26 Recent and Current R&D Initiatives • Smart Train Inspection • Robotic Equipment Handling at Yards • Ultrasonic Wheel Inspection System • Motes and Energy Harvesting • Other R&D Projects • Positive Train control
  27. 27. 27 Motes SS SS SS SS SS SS GatewayMotes Sensors Linear Topology
  28. 28. 28 Recent and Current R&D Initiatives • Smart Train Inspection • Robotic Equipment Handling at Yards • Ultrasonic Wheel Inspection System • Motes and Energy Harvesting • Other R&D Projects • Positive Train Control
  29. 29. 29 Train Consist Reader Technology Existing Technology
  30. 30. 30 Alternate Mobile/Handheld Reader ORDR EQUIPMENT INIT CAR# EAST DIR LATITUDE LONGITUDE STATUS 56 Tank GETX 2346 1 NW 41.2489 -95.8859 OUT OF SEQUENCE! ------------------- 55 Tank CRGX 29459 2 NW 41.2487 -95.8857 OUT OF SEQUENCE! ------------------- 54 Gondola TILX 42613 3 NW 41.2486 -95.8855 OUT OF SEQUENCE! ------------------- 53 Gondola BN 534077 4 NW 41.2485 -95.8854 OUT OF SEQUENCE! ------------------- 52 Gondola BN 534731 5 NW 41.2484 -95.8853 OUT OF SEQUENCE! ------------------- 50 Gondola BN 534575 6 WNW 41.2483 -95.8851 OUT OF SEQUENCE! ------------------- 49 Gondola SBTX 33035 7 NW 41.2482 -95.885 OUT OF SEQUENCE! ------------------- 48 Gondola BN 534537 8 NW 41.2481 -95.8849 OUT OF SEQUENCE! ------------------- 46 Gondola SBTX 33173 9 NW 41.248 -95.8847 OUT OF SEQUENCE! ------------------- 45 Gondola SBTX 33207 10 NNW 41.2478 -95.8846 OUT OF SEQUENCE! ------------------- 44 Gondola BN 534688 11 NW 41.2477 -95.8845 OUT OF SEQUENCE! ------------------- 43 Gondola BN 534725 12 NNW 41.2476 -95.8844 OUT OF SEQUENCE! ------------------- - Gondola TILX 42619 13 - - MISSING! --------------------------- - Gondola TILX 42611 14 - - MISSING! ---------------------------
  31. 31. 31 Drones Send drones with a payload to inspect structures that are unsafe or difficult for humans to reach.
  32. 32. 32 3D Printer For rapid prototyping
  33. 33. 33 Software Defined Radio (SDR) • Decoding radio signals in out Low Pass Filter in out Fast Fourier Transform Raspberry Pi
  34. 34. 34 Recent and Current R&D Initiatives • Smart Train Inspection • Robotic Equipment Handling at Yards • Ultrasonic Wheel Inspection System • Motes and Energy Harvesting • Other R&D Projects • Positive Train Control
  35. 35. 35 Positive Train Control Building Safety • Government mandate • Collision avoidance technology • Continually calculates braking distances • $2+ B • Challenges – Communications spectrum & coverage – Interoperability – Must install 12,000 wayside, 6,800 locomotive and 1,500 base station systems Initialization Track Database Speed Restrictions Work Zones Train Consist Movement Authorities Braking Curve Warning Curve Predictive Braking • Signals • Work Zones • Switches • Speed Restrictions WARNING: BRAKING IN 70 SECBRAKING IN PROGRESS
  36. 36. 36 Existing Onboard MCP Event Recorder Fuel-On/Off DVR Health Monitoring Watt Meter Auto Start/Stop EMD’s FIRE (& Integrated ER) Pulse WDL Radio Train Control Train Control Display(s) 220 MHz Switch GPS SAT WiFi
  37. 37. 37 Existing On-Board Technology Advanced Ruggedized Computer (ARC) Mobile Access Router (MAR) Digital Cell Clean Cab Radio(Locomotive Dispatch Radio)
  38. 38. 38 Next Generation MCP Event Recorder Fuel-On/Off DVR Health Monitoring LTA/EOA Watt Meter AESS EMD’s FIRE (& Integrated ER) Pulse WDL Radio Train Control Train Control Display(s) 220 MHz GPS CELL LIG WiFi
  39. 39. 39 Antenna Farm Existing Modified Roof InstalledAccess
  40. 40. 40 Next Generation On-board Technology Ancillary Card Cage (ACC)
  41. 41. 41 Wayside Platform (Messaging Server) Required for PTC to support Wayside Integration
  42. 42. 42 Train Management Communication System DPU IP Network DPU PTC EIC Controller PTC DPU/CTC/EIC EIC Our future communication system?

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