Why collaboration and a community approach are the best way forward for a safer railway
First published in Rail Business Daily on 30 August 2022.
Collaboration has been a key theme running through the railway industry over the last few years and we are seeing a mind shift that is changing the way the industry is working.
A good example is the collaboration between Atkins and Network Rail’s R&D Portfolio and Train Rail Infrastructure Solutions to develop OLE-StAT, an advanced signal processing tool used to evaluate as-fitted dropper compliance on the Overhead Line Equipment. This solution builds on Network Rail’s existing Measurement Train (NMT) infrastructure, helping to remove the need for staff to be physically present on the side of tracks, using data to further analyse and predict potential issues before they’ve occurred.
Safety has always been a core focus for the industry – keeping staff and passengers safe – so it makes sense for TOCs to come together to share learnings and best practice to demonstrate how they are managing the competence within their own organisations to maintain a safer railway.
AssessTech are the world’s leading electronic competence management provider for the railway, whose annual user forum is completely focused on bringing the industry together to share ideas, best practice and unlock industry wide solutions. And this year’s event taking place on Thursday 17th November in London will do just that. The theme for 2022 is Connecting and Collaborating across the Railway Community, where global operations and engineering teams will explore collaboratively how competence management needs to evolve to meet the needs of the sector going forward.
A group of forward-thinking women from across the UK railway sector have already joined forces to discuss the challenges they are collectively facing around this area.
If you want to get involved in this working group contact firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more.