UIC projects

DESMAN

DEcision-making and Slab-track MANagement

Project code: 2016/RSF/489

Project director: Marc ANTONI

Project manager: Alvaro ANDRÉS ALGUACIL

Contact: Alvaro ANDRÉS ALGUACIL

With the exception of designs that are already outmoded and tried-and-tested (Rheda type, tracks on Japanese networks), innovation with regard to slab track design still frequently comes from industrial manufacturers. This means that on a rapidly expanding global market, there is a proliferation of innovative slab track designs while at the same time infrastructure managers do not have any clear idea of their benefits, their drawbacks and the considerations that governed their choice of design. Even more fundamental than the choice of one type of slab track or another, it is the choice between ballasted track and slab track that is often difficult for investors to resolve.. Indeed, very often there is no formal process to help infrastructure managers make the choice between ballasted track and non-ballasted track, even though they alone have the capacity to gather long-term feedback on these different options.

Keywords: Infrastructure, Asia, Europe