11th UIC ERTMS World Conference opens in Istanbul in presence of 800 participants from 38 countries:

All players involved in the implementation and development of ERTMS, ETCS, GSM-R, debate solutions to optimise rail investments across the world

The 11th UIC ERTMS World Conference jointly organised by UIC and Turkish State Railways (TCDD) opened on 2 April 2014 in the presence of 800 participants representing 38 countries and all continents.
The main theme of the 11th ERTMS World Conference is “ERTMS – Optimising Rail Investments Worldwide”. Specific sessions are dedicated to user requirements, the state of the art and target situation for ERTMS, the ERTMS suppliers’ experience, reducing costs, implementation of strategies, as well as perspectives for technological progress for ERTMS.

This conference is taking place under the High Patronage of the Turkish Minister of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications, Mr Lütfi Elvan. In his welcome address, he underlined that railways as an economical, safe and secure transport system contributes strongly to a sustainable long-term transport policy. Railways need to develop transport corridors to achieve their development and implementation of such international corridors brings harmonisation, interoperability and common rules. The fast development of railways during previous decades in Turkey will bring an essential contribution to the creation of the new Silk Road which includes the Marmaray fixed link connecting Europe with Asia, North Africa, Middle-East and the Far-East.

Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, UIC Director General, is particularly pleased “to welcome all participants and stakeholders of ERTMS for the first time here in Turkey at the crossroads of Europe, Asia and the Middle-East, as a very strong symbol. Indeed Turkey has become one of the very leading countries having confidence in railways as an effective mean of promoting economic and social development in the present and future. […] He added “I am very pleased to welcome delegates from countries and regions represented for the first time at ERTMS Conferences, in particular from North Africa, the Middle-East, Far-East, Asia, Australia, Brazil, .. The high interest for the 2014 Conference proves that ERTMS system – with its ETCS components for train-control and GSM-R for radio communications – has not only proven its viability in Europe but is also offering new implementation perspectives all over the world”.
Süleyman Karaman, Director General of Turkish State Railways (TCDD) and Chairman of the UIC Middle-East Region, warmly welcomed all participants and described the exceptional commitment to offer an effective and modern rail transport system not only for Turkey but also for neighbouring regions.

He underlined the strategic role of the Marmaray rail link which constitutes for the first time a continuous railway system from London to Beijing, what is symbolically the re-creation of the Railway Silk Road. The Marmaray link is a part of a new high speed, commuter and freight system beneficial in the future to neighbouring countries. Therefore the issue of interoperability to be discussed during this UIC ERTMS Conference is an essential topic for the future.

Other keynote speakers at the Official Session were Marcel Verslype, Executive Director, European Railway Agency (ERA), Philippe Citroën, General Director, European Rail Industries (UNIFE), Libor Lochman, Executive Director, Community of European Railways and Infrastructure Companies (CER), Luc Lallemand, Director General Infrabel, Belgium, EIM Vice-Chairman and Kari Kapsch, GSM-R Industry Group.
Prior to the Conference Opening Turkish Railways organised a technical visit for all participants focused on the Marmaray fixed link which included the visit of the two new Istanbul stations, Üsküdar and Yenikapi. During a briefing meeting all participants received very comprehensive information on all aspects of this project: the general planning and realisation of the project, the contribution of the project to the history and heritage of Istanbul (archaeology, etc.) as well as technical conditions for operations of the Marmaray rail link today and in the future.

More information on the conference is to follow in a further issue of UIC eNews.

Address by Jean-Pierre Loubinoux is available here:

http://uic.org/com/IMG/pdf/address_by_jean-pierre_loubinoux_to_uic_ertms_world_conference_on_2_april_2014.pdf

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Market Place Seminar opens today in Trieste

The Market Place Seminar which UIC and FIATA, the International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations, are jointly organising, is holding its 6th conference in Trieste, Italy, and will continue until 3 April. The Market Place Seminar aims to create opportunities for increased cooperation and business development within the rail sector by offering a common platform for railway undertakings, freight forwarders and customers.

The seminar is taking place at the Government’s Palace, and is co-hosted by Fedespedi. The opening was a success with over 170 participants attending the event.

The overall topic of this event is “Strategic Interchange between sea and rail freight: What’s new?"

The participants had the honour of listening to the opening speech by Mr Roberto Cosolini, Mayor of Trieste, who welcomed them in his “most European city”, and along with Mrs Mariagrazia Santoro, Government of the Friuli Venezia Giulia region, expressed their will and need to work together to achieve more development in Trieste.

Mr Francesco Parisi, FIATA President, gave an introduction to the “most successful event he had attended, because it is the best for improving productivity and interchange between sea and rail freight. In fact, it allows the forwarders to learn more about the achievements and developments, and allows the operators to learn about customer needs. FIATA, the largest non-governmental association of freight forwarders was funded in 1926 by the first members in Trieste.”

Mr Ivan Petrov, Chairman of the FIATA WGRail-Co-chairman UIC/FIATA Contact Group, was pleased to highlight the long-term cooperation between UIC and FIATA and the UIC-FIATA permanent contact group created thanks to it.

Mr Piero Lazzeri, Fedespedi President, acknowledges that “these debates are vital for the sector, the new aspects of innovations in rail freight are essential. Maritime and rail sector are now facing a wind of change in law customs and this will bring positive change.”

Mr Loubinoux, UIC Director-General presented a video message in which he acknowledges the “80% growth in global demand for freight transport by 2050 (OECD forecast). At the same time, trade between the major East and West corridors represents around 600 million dollars annually, of which rail currently accounts for just 1%. This percentage illustrates the potential growth for the railways. Today this is a strategic priority at UIC, at the initiative of our Chairman Vladimir Yakunin, to develop large freight corridors on major international routes (North-South and East-West) affecting Africa, Europe, Asia and the Middle-East, such as the restoration of the Silk Route.

This is why UIC is working with all stakeholders (railways, logistics operators, international organisations, national administrative authorities…) to encourage the creation of partnerships between all these stakeholders involved in intermodal transport, including shipping companies, ports, terminals, etc. and ensure that these international, multimodal corridors become a reality.This new Market Place Seminar is an example of this.

Coming up soon in Vienna is GRFC, the 4th UIC Global Rail Freight Conference, another unique occasion to look at the future outlook of global rail freight and the advantages to be expected from the development of global seamless transport chains. We, together with Austrian Railways (ÖBB), will be particularly pleased to welcome you to this global event.

These intermodal partnerships established with all these stakeholders in the areas of shipping, intermodal transport and industry also constitute a strong element in all the Regional Strategic Visions for the railways that UIC has recently developed.”

The key aim of the seminar is to provide a lively exchange platform for railway undertakings, freight forwarders and customers, and their cooperation with sea carriers. By bringing together all participants of the logistics chain, we would like to create an opportunity to brainstorm effective transport solutions and attractive business opportunities. As in previous years, the conference will be conducted in a highly interactive format.

The following sessions will address significant topics such as:

  • Trends and developments when connecting sea and rail modes;
  • New Central European Projects and innovative loading technologies;
  • Rail connectivity between hinterland and ports: corridors;
  • Best practice in rail shunting and IT terminal technologies.

The social event will be organised on 2 April where the Golden Chariot Award will be presented and a visit of the port will take place after the conference on 3 April.

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ARGUS kick-off meeting (Paris, 19 March 2014)

On 19 March UIC hosted the opening meeting of ARGUS, the essential project which prepares and secures the response of the railways to cyber crime. Specialists from DB Netz, RFF, SNCF, ÖBB, NSB and UIC to which ADIF and Network Rail joined via audio-conference held an initial exchange of views aiming at establishing the overall strategy, work objectives, priorities and sharing of expertise to reach the first concrete results over a period of 24 months.

Mr Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, UIC Director General, opened the meeting and underlined the importance of the project in the context of railways being obliged to “open” their IT and communication networks with huge impact to efficiency and development of services, but with obvious risks. Railway safety can be targeted by cyber attacks with consequences on transport availability, deteriorating operations and hence, huge losses. More than 80% of railway safety today is built on software, in full respect of the fail-safe principles and on the existing safety standards. The railways shall maintain the philosophy of building and maintaining their safety structures historically conceived.

These have proven to be very efficient to protect the system against unavoidable random technical failures or operating failures. Cyber attacks are now a world threat, more “efficient” as a classical weapon; the enemy is not known and the attack methods are rapidly changing. “We live in a changing world where we shall face new risks. The role of UIC is to anticipate, to create awareness of threats, to federate the applicable knowledge and create alliances with all potentially similar interests and structures, to share best practice and achievements. UIC is also the vector to include the railways in the global structures of the fight against cyber crime”.

When presenting the scope and achievements of the SECRET project (security against electro-magnetic attacks on railway structures) Jacques Colliard, Head of the UIC Security Platform, underlined the complementary work and synergy between the two domains: security and safety.

The participants also presented their current work, the interest and the commitment to pursue the research aiming at increased immunity of safety structures and limitation of effects, especially the preservation of safe service and efficient operation, when cyber attacks could target the railways.

G. Barbu (UIC Rail Department, coordinator of the CCS & operations sector) characterised the overall framework and the challenges of the project work. ARGUS is extremely important and, even if until now no cyber attack has affected the railways, the task of awareness, protection and creation of efficient means is for today. Tomorrow or the day after tomorrow, it could be too late!

Ms Yuen Mon Hon (DB Netz) showed the work started at DB when defending the approach of “Embedding security to safety” which shall be applied to all layers and phases of the V – cycle of systems’ development, implementation and operation. It will be unavoidable to link the supply industry to the ARGUS objectives and findings because the development platforms of suppliers can easily be the “penetration gate” of malware.

In her short presentation, Ms Y. Garnier (SNCF and also on behalf of RFF) underlined that French Railways are aware that rapid transitions in IT and telecommunications (where Internet Protocols prevail) face the railways with new challenges. The expectations from ARGUS are to provide a common approach to the profile of threats and the consequent analysis of risks. Obviously, it is expected that the efficient response to threats and risks shall increase the opportunities of using the open networks for critical applications and to raise the awareness in the supply sector.
Prof. D. Shaljagin (RZD) emphasised the role of human factors – the staff and agents of the railways. Even if technical measures are susceptible to increase the immunity and/or provide the redundant safe structures, humans are the essential ring of the operation safety chain. Their awareness and education to face the new challenges is also of prime importance.

Mr L. Cuppari (NSB) showed that the fight against cyber crime has become an aspect of life, a part of the cultural behaviour. Inclusion of this culture shall be added to the safety culture of the railways.

Dr. M. Antony (SNCF and UIC RSD) defined the potential scope of ARGUS and the project’s unique opportunity to join railway specialists and other specialised structures to provide workable and efficient responses to the identified challenges. ARGUS will not only be a two-year project, but shall cover a permanent activity and vision, adapted to the changing world.

G. Barbu summarised the positions and conclusions to identify strategy and the immediate objectives of work.

The strategic objective would be to create synergy between security and safety and – in particular for the IT and Telecom – create the opportunity and framework to include the threats definitions into the future system developments and operations.
Currently, three work pillars have been identified:

  • Study of vulnerabilities and of the overall institutional and alliance framework (work to be conducted by UIC staff)
  • Opportunities to include security in the standard V-cycle development where specific interfaces may be identified and created to increase immunity (work to be conducted by DB Netz)
  • Human factors in the railway system as a primary active element of protection – addition of the security culture to the safety culture (RZD will study the opportunity to take over this work.

The participants agreed to meet again on 27 August at UIC to deploy the intermediate results and accurately define the outputs.

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Second Training on High Speed Systems – Level 2 (Madrid, 17 – 21 March 2014)

During the week of 17 – 21 March 2014, the headquarters of the Fundación de los Ferrocarriles Españoles (Spanish Railway Foundation) hosted the second “Training on High Speed Systems – Advanced Level” – the high speed training programme organised each year by the UIC Passenger and High Speed Department – with this year’s programme featuring an advanced training session (Level 2).

This training programme aims to give a comprehensive and conceptual overview of high speed rail systems, building on the experience and cooperation acquired by UIC members in the construction and operation of this type of system, and encompassing two levels.

While the basic level is mainly a theoretical, week-long programme held at the UIC headquarters in Paris, the course ends with a technical visit to one of the European high speed systems. The 10th edition of the course programme, which has trained over 400 professionals from around the world, will be held from 26 – 31 May.

The advanced level course held in Madrid is the second edition and also a one-week course, which focuses more on strategic aspects of high speed systems such as outlining high speed lines and networks, interaction of high speed rail in cities, traffic forecasting, analysis of operating costs, etc.

In addition, the course offers students the opportunity to discuss practical cases (for which Renfe has developed a specific software application called “High Speed Rail Designer”) and various technical visits throughout the week.

The course programme, which was delivered in English, was attended by 26 students from eight countries (Spain, France, Italy, Greece, Iran, Japan, Korea and China) and 20 lecturers from seven countries (Spain, France, Portugal, Italy, Korea, Japan and China).

Both the advanced and basic levels of this training programme – the only one of its kind in the world – have been successfully carried out thanks to collaboration from Renfe Operadora, Adif and the Fundación de los Ferrocarriles Españoles (Spanish Railway Foundation).

For further information please contact Inaki Barron: barron@uic.org

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News from UIC members

Tunisia: Mokhtar Sadok succeeds Abderrahmen Gamha as the new President and Director-General of SNCFT

Mr Mokhtar Sadok, General Manager of the Mainline Passenger Business Unit at Tunisian State Railways (SNCFT) and since 2010 Head of the UIC Regional Office for Africa, which is in charge of developing and coordinating cooperation between UIC African members, has been appointed the new President and Director-General of SNCFT. He succeeds Mr Abderrahmen Gamha who is retiring.
Tunisian Minister of Transport Mr Chiheb Ben Ahmed presided over a power handover ceremony between the outgoing CEO and his successor.

Born in 1955, and holding a Master’s in Economic Science from the Faculty of Law, Economic and Political Science in Tunis, Mokhtar Sadok has held various management responsibilities within Tunisian National Railways (SNCFT) since 1979, first of all in Metlaoui and in the regions of Gafsa and Sousse, then as Manager of Suburban and Mainline Passenger Operations in Tunis City (1996 – 1998). From 1998 to 1999, he was Head of Customer Services within the Suburban Transport Business Unit, before becoming the unit’s Commercial Manager from 1999 – 2000. He later took up the role of Commercial Manager for Mainline Passenger Services (2001 – 2007). During his time as Department Director for Communications and International Relations from 2007 – 2013, Mokhtar Sadok represented SNCFT at UIC, UAC (Union of African Railways) and CTFM (Maghreb Railway Transport Committee), before being appointed General Manager of the Mainline Passenger Business Unit (2012 – 2014).

Furthermore, in 2010 Mokhtar Sadok was appointed by the UIC Regional Assembly for Africa (chaired by ONCF Chief Executive Mr Mohamed Rabie Khlie) to lead the UIC Regional Office for Africa, based in Tunis. In this capacity, Mr Sadok actively participates in the development and coordination of cooperation work involving UIC’s African members.

UIC warmly congratulates Mokhtar Sadok on his appointment, wishes him every success in his new role and takes this opportunity to thank him for all the work he has achieved through the UIC Regional Office for Africa.

(Source: SNCFT press release)

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News from UIC members

United States: Amtrak FY 2015 (Fiscal Year 2015) Budget request seeks change in federal passenger rail investment

Warns status quo puts Northeast Corridor infrastructure at risk

In its FY 2015 budget request to Congress, Amtrak is seeking a change in federal passenger rail investment and warns that continuation of current funding levels leave Northeast Corridor (NEC) infrastructure vulnerable to a bigger, costlier and far more damaging failure than anything yet seen.

“Infrastructure deterioration and changes in business patterns have reached a point where something has to change,” said President and CEO Joe Boardman. “If America wants a modern intercity passenger rail system, the problems of policy and funding must be addressed.”

“Increased ridership, enhanced operating performance and stronger financial management are part of an improving Amtrak. It is time to consider a new paradigm for federal financial support,” said Tony Coscia, Amtrak board chairman. “The reality is that status quo federal funding levels put the Northeast Corridor infrastructure at increased risk of major failure with serious economic consequences for the nation.”
“The nation cannot afford to let a railroad that carries half of Amtrak’s trains and 80 percent of the nation’s rail commuters fall apart,” Boardman stressed, noting the Northeast Corridor is vital to the mobility, connectivity and economy of the entire Northeast region.

Boardman explained a new federal policy and funding arrangement should create a significant and reliable multi-year capital investment program to reverse the decay of NEC infrastructure and support other intercity passenger rail projects. A strong federal commitment will allow Amtrak to plan and implement major multi-year projects such as replacing century-old NEC bridges and tunnels, and make critical capacity improvements such as the Gateway Program between New Jersey and New York.
Boardman said that NEC revenues exceed operating costs by more than $300 million a year and are today used to cover some costs of state-supported and long-distance trains. To provide additional funding for NEC improvements, Congress should fully fund the operating and capital needs of the long-distance routes so the NEC revenues can be reinvested in the NEC.

By dedicating NEC revenue to meet NEC needs, it could be leveraged to pay for debt service on loans to address the most urgent NEC infrastructure issues. It also could be used to finance other funding solutions such as public-private partnerships, grants of assistance, and state and commuter rail agreements.

Boardman said long-distance trains have been a core federal responsibility since 1971, and Congress should fulfill its obligation by funding their full cost. Long-distance trains form the backbone of the Amtrak national system, connect small towns to major cities, support local economic development, deliver passengers to state-supported corridor trains and conduct interstate trade and commerce. They are vital to the communities and people they serve, and increasingly important as airlines and bus companies abandon significant regions of America.

“It is clear that Americans want a national system of intercity passenger rail, and will continue to use it in greater numbers if we can provide it,” said Boardman. “Our work over the past decade proves this, but to maintain and improve that system will require both an increase in the overall capital levels and a real federal commitment to deliver the needed financing.”

For FY 2015, Amtrak is requesting $1.62 billion in federal capital and operating support, an increase of approximately 16 percent from FY 2014 federal appropriations.
A NEC Infrastructure Advisory Commission report details the growing risk to critical NEC infrastructure. A copy of the Amtrak FY 2015 budget request is attached.

(Source: Amtrak)

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TimeTable Expert Group (TTEG) of MERITS meeting in Budapest, 25 – 26 March 2014

The TimeTable Expert Group (TTEG) meeting was held on 25 and 26 March 2014 at the invitation of MAV-START, the Hungarian Passenger Railway Undertaking, in Budapest.

34 participants representing 19 railway companies were present.

UIC was represented by Marc Guigon, Senior Advisor for Passenger Transport, Fabrice Setta, Senior Advisor for eBusiness and Joachim Baars, consultant.

The TTEG is a community of Railway Undertakings that publishes consolidated timetable data to be used in information systems to support journey planners and booking activities.

The agenda focused on the new MERITS, with the meeting being divided into two parts.

On the afternoon of 25 November, MAV-START presented its company. Dominique Margottin presented an update of the status of TAP-TSI.

Joachim Baars presented the data quality with the new MERITS, the integration process, the modifications of the software and messages.

Then Fabrice Setta presented the data updates, statistics, adaptations for TAP-TSI, minimum connecting time.

On the morning of 26 November, Frank Martini from HaCon, the German-based company that developed and maintains the new MERITS, presented the experiences and new features of the new MERITS database.

Andreas Jung, from DB Vertrieb, MERITS data manager, presented the possible upgrading of the new MERITS in order to increase usability and ergonomics, and to add some new functions.

Henrik Nyman, from Linkon in Sweden, gave feedback on the new MERITS.

Lastly, Marc Guigon presented several activities which will use the MERITS data (calculation of number of trains on high speed lines, etc.), gave an update on the MERITS community and welcomed new members. He reminded participants of the rules with regard to providing data to third parties.

Following the first year of the development phase, the new MERITS is becoming a reality and responds to the constant increasing requirements of its users by offering them a modern and adaptable web-based tool.

The next TimeTable Expert Group will be organised by CFR, Romanian Railways.

For any questions please contact Marc Guigon: guigon@uic.org or Fabrice Setta: setta@uic.org

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Save the Date – 50th anniversary of High Speed – UIC

The UIC Passenger and High Speed Department is pleased to invite you to the workshop of the 50th Anniversary of High Speed “50/50”.

The workshop will be held at UIC Paris on 29/30 April (afternoon of 29 and morning of 30 April).

The evolution of High Speed Rail over the past 50 years and its expected development over the next 50 years will be analysed and discussed at round tables by railway experts from all over the world.

We are looking forward to welcoming you to Paris.

For further information please contact Inaki Barron: barron@uic.org

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International Railway Safety Council (IRSC), Berlin, 12 – 17 October 2014

The deadline for abstract submission is extended

On behalf of the 24th International Railway Safety Council (IRSC) Organising Committee, consisting of Deutsche Bahn AG and the German Federal Railway Authority (Eisenbahn-Bundesamt), UIC would like to inform you that the abstract submission for the 24th International Railway Safety Council (IRSC 2014) has been extended until 14 April 2014.

This year’s 24th International Railway Safety Council will deal with the topic of “Railway safety in times of changes”. Therefore, the changes due to technical developments, political influences and societal reasons are going to be analysed in the presentations and discussions. Additionally,
the IRSC 2014 highlights the impact of economical, ecological and competitive aspects on railway safety and will address the aspects of fundamental changes in relation to:

  • Effects of standardised safety management systems
  • Experience with risk and hazard management and interaction of all players in the railway system
  • Approaches and instruments for maintaining and improving railway safety
  • Methods and options for preserving railway safety knowledge in changing environments
  • More information concerning the abstract submission is published on the IRSC-homepage, www.irsc2014.org where you will also find details about registration.

UIC supports and participates in the IRSC in Berlin. As a major sponsoring partner UIC offers the Farewell Party, which will take place at the “Kaiserbahnhof” (historical station) in Potsdam on Wednesday, 15 October 2014.
The IRSC presentations and discussions will run from Sunday, 12 October, to Wednesday, 15 October 2014, at the Maritim Hotel Berlin. On Thursday, 16 October, and Friday, 17 October 2014, a programme of technical visits will be proposed.

The hosts and sponsors will be very happy to welcome you to Berlin in October!

Contact: info@irsc2014.org

For further information at UIC please contact Peter Gerhardt, Manager of Safety Unit: gerhardt@uic.org

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News from UIC members

Russia/Serbia: Russian Railways (RZD) has started constructing railway infrastructure in Serbia

At the end of March, an opening ceremony was held to mark the beginning of the construction and electrification of the second railway line from Pančevo Bridge in Belgrade to Pančevo Main Station.

The ceremony was attended by President of Russian Railways Vladimir Yakunin, Transport Minister Maxim Sokolov, President of the Republic of Serbia Tomislav Nikolić, Prime Minister of the Republic of Serbia Ivica Dačić, CEO of Serbian Railways Dragoljub Simonović, CEO of RZD International (subsidiary of Russian Railways) Sergei Pavlov and other officials.

On 11 January 2013 at the Russian Finance Ministry, Anton Siluanov, Finance Minister of the Russian Federation, and Mlađan Dinkić, Minister of Finance and Economy of the Republic of Serbia, signed an agreement between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of the Republic of Serbia to provide the Republic of Serbia with a state export credit in the amount of USD 800 million. The total cost of the infrastructure projects is around USD 940 million. Serbia will thus finance about 15% of all the work.

Under this agreement, as well as the general agreement signed between Russian Railways and Serbian Railways on 27 March 2012, projects have been launched to construct or reconstruct the railway infrastructure on the territory of the Republic of Serbia.

The contract provides for the construction and electrification of 16 km of a second track on the Belgrade – Pančevo line, the reconstruction of six sections with a total length of 112 km for Pan-European Corridor X, the reconstruction of the existing track and the construction of a new second track on the Stara Pazova – Novi Sad railway (44 km), and the reconstruction of the Serbian section of the Belgrade – Bar railway with a total length of 200 km (Belgrade– Vrbnica).

(Source: RZD)

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1st UIC Conference on Natural Disaster Management of Railway Systems (Taipei, 14 – 16 May 2014)

The first UIC Conference on Natural Disaster Management of Railway Systems will be taking place in Taipei from 14 – 16 May 2014. This conference will provide attendees an in-depth understanding and discussion of issues concerning the management and possible countermeasures for various natural disasters on railway systems. The conference will provide a well-structured platform to facilitate information exchange and experience sharing for these challenging events.

During this event, practitioners and experts with background in a variety of railway systems and professional/academic institutions from around the world will contribute as keynote speakers and plenary session presenters. Topics to be addressed in several plenary/technical sessions are disaster prevention/mitigation, disaster preparedness, and emergency responses for railway systems. These topics will be fully discussed during the two-day conference. A technical visit of site installations will be arranged for the third day of the conference.

An important goal of this conference is to create an opportunity for current and prospective railway operators and their management teams to evaluate their approaches to address natural hazards and to define improvements to their effective management of such natural hazards. All participants are encouraged to take advantage of this informative programme to advance their expertise on natural disaster management and to use networking opportunities offered by this conference.

We look forward to seeing you in Taipei from 14 – 16 May 2014.

The brochure is available here:

http://uic.org/com/IMG/pdf/brochure_1st_uic_conference_on_natural_disaster_management_for_railway_systems_taipei_14-16_may_2014.pdf

All information available at: http://www.uic.org/spip.php?article3231

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Next meetings scheduled

  • 18 September 2018 CYRail Final Conference Paris, UIC HQ
  • 20 September 2018 Fourth Networking & Collaborative TALENT event Berlin, Germany
  • 25-27 September 2018 UIC PoSE Meeting Lisbon (PT)
  • 26-29 September 2018 UIMC scientific congress 2018 LUXEMBOURG
  • 26-27 September 2018 UIC TEG Plenary Meeting Prague (Czech Republic)
  • 1 October 2018 UIC Asia-Pacific Web Conference UIC HQ, Paris
  • 2 October 2018 RSF Steering Board Paris, UIC HQ
  • 5 October 2018 OptiYard mid-term Conference UIC, Paris
  • 9 October 2018 20 Plenary ELCF - ILCAD 2018 debriefing meeting FFE Madrid
  • 10 October 2018 SAFER-LC Mid term conference Madrid
  • 16-19 October 2018 14th UIC World Security Congress: Crisis management and resilience BLED, SLOVENIA
  • 18-19 October 2018 RSF Plenary Paris, UIC HQ
  • 18-20 October 2018 Masonry Arch Bridges Workshop Bristol, UK
  • 24-25 October 2018 Statistics Steering Committee Meeting Prague, CZ (SZDC)
  • 24 October 2018 UIC Asia-Pacific Web Conference UIC HQ, Paris
  • 29-30 October 2018 Talent and Expertise Development Platform Riga, Latvia
  • 6 November 2018 Passenger Services Group UIC HQ Paris
  • 6 November 2018 Standardisation event Paris UIC HQ
  • 7 November 2018 European Management committee Assistants Paris
  • 7 November 2018 European Group of Assistants Paris
  • 8 November 2018 Preparatory Group 93rd General Assembly Paris
  • 8 November 2018 Freight Forum Rail Cargo Group HQ, Vienna (AT)
  • 14 November 2018 Safety Platform Steering Group meeting UIC HQ PARIS
  • 14 November 2018 UIC Asia-Pacific Freight Corridors Workshop on Interoperability & Standards Bangkok, Thailand
  • 15 November 2018 Safety Platform Plenary meeting UIC HQ PARIS
  • 15-16 November 2018 Global Debate on Mobility Challenges for the Future Society Warsaw, Poland
  • 15 November 2018 UIC Asia-Pacific Freight Corridors Workshop on Interoperability & Standards Bangkok, Thailand
  • 16 November 2018 UIC Asia-Pacific Future Projects Seminar Bangkok, Thailand
  • 16 November 2018 16th Asia-Pacific Management Committee Bangkok, Thailand
  • 16 November 2018 26th UIC Asia-Pacific Regional Assembly Bangkok, Thailand
  • 22-23 November 2018 RSF Steering Board Paris, UIC HQ
  • 22 November 2018 Statistics Plenary Meeting UIC-Paris
  • 6 December 2018 4th UIC Digital Conference UIC HQ, Paris
  • 6 December 2018 27th European Regional Assembly Paris
  • 6 December 2018 European Management committee Paris
  • 7 December 2018 Executive Board Paris
  • 7 December 2018 93rd General Assembly Paris
  • 9-11 October 2019 5th World Congress on Rail Training Rabat, Morocco

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