Friday 29 June 2012
Expertise Development

GIS Training for Rail Executives (Paris, UIC Headquarters, 7 – 8 November 2012)

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Most European Railways today use Geographic Information Systems (GIS) within their knowledge/data management departments to enhance their business work streams and to respond to new EU requirements.

Indeed, GIS is used today within the railways for capacity conception, network maintenance, train path conception and sales, traffic management, property management and financial management. At the same time, the EU is introducing several initiatives such as the INSPIRE directive (2007/2/EC) to improve location and cross-sector data interoperability. The directive stipulates that elementary spatial railway data need to be available in the INSPIRE format by 2017!

Railway executive managers are not always well informed or aware of the business potential and legal obligations that are associated with GIS technology, still relatively new within the railways.

This two-day training provides a comprehensive understanding of GIS and many illustrative examples of how railways in Northern America and Europe are using this integration technology to bring together different work streams to optimise organisational efficiencies, planning, accountability, communication, and decision-making.

The training is targeted at railway executives and managers who need to understand or promote cross-disciplinary GIS enterprise deployment. No particular knowledge in IT or GIS technology is assumed.

Register online and find the draft programme at the following address:

For further information, please contact Nathalie Amirault, Expertise Development Unit: or Erika Nissi, Rail system Department

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